Monday, October 14, 2019

Harbor fees going up, Kahuku wind farm protested, Land Use Commission to consider Thirty Meter Telescope, water increase for Mahi Pono, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii Boaters Upset About Steep Fee Increase At State-Run Harbors. It’s unknown whether the increase will cover a backlog of maintenance and improvements at the 16 small boat harbors. Civil Beat.

Foreign students add $446M to state’s economy. International students had a total economic impact in Hawaii of $446 million last year, according to a new report by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Star-Advertiser.

Plastic marine debris on Hawaii’s windward coasts comes mostly from abroad, study finds. A study conducted at Hawaii Pacific University has found that the majority of marine debris washing up on Hawaii’s shores is not from the isles, but from abroad. Star-Advertiser.

Making strides in renewable energy. Hawaii has landed on a new list of states making big strides in renewable energy, tying with Vermont at number 14 on the list that looks at state policies and incentives as well as carbon emissions and renewable energy production. Garden Island.

12% of Hawaii children are obese, study finds. An estimated 13,800 Hawaii children ages 10 to 17 are obese, according to a new study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Star-Advertiser.


Running For President, Gabbard Faces Challenge In Hawaii. The campaign Kai Kahele is building for Congress is putting Gabbard's day job in jeopardy as she fights to break through a crowded Democratic presidential primary field. Associated Press.

Gabbard Backs Off Boycott, Will Debate After All. The Hawaii congresswoman, who is struggling to breakthrough on the national stage, said she was considering skipping Tuesday’s presidential debate. Civil Beat.


Investigators set their sights on owners of Hawaii’s illicit massage parlors. Hawaii law enforcement agencies, unable to curtail the proliferation of such businesses over the years, are readjusting their approach, delving into ownership ties and looking for ways to disrupt the financial infrastructure that supports the industry. Star-Advertiser.


Protesters gather in attempt to block Kahuku wind farm construction. Opponents of the AES Na Pua Makani wind farm began gathering Sunday evening in an attempt to block construction of the project on Oahu’s North Shore. Hawaii News Now.

Kia’i say that they don’t plan to move, construction for North Shore wind project begins Monday. Those opposed to the Na Pua Makani wind project have formed a line to block the construction of wind turbines in Kahuku Sunday night, October 13. KHON2.

Oahu residents hold peaceful protest against wind turbine project. Many O'ahu residents participated in a peaceful protest on Sunday night against plans to build eight 568-foot wind turbines. KITV.


New B&B property tax category proposed. A bill moving through the Honolulu City Council would carve out a new property tax category for homeowners who operate bed-and-breakfast establishments. Star-Advertiser.

Navy officials to brief public on Red Hill plans. Navy officials will brief lawmakers and the public about their proposed plans for improving tank safety at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility during meetings on Tuesday and Thursday. Star-Advertiser.

Developer, city fail to keep timely promises on Waikiki parking lot. A 50-stall metered parking lot still hasn’t been returned to the city a year after the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, opened its second tower. Star-Advertiser.

Waikiki eyesore set for long overdue makeover. Construction is expected to begin in December to transform a nearly one-acre gravel lot on Aloha Drive in central Waikiki into a community park. KITV.

HART’s Shoddy Relocation Program Took A Toll On Those Displaced By Rail. For years, the agency didn’t follow the proper federal rules moving businesses on the path of the rail line. Civil Beat.

Councilwoman wants tourists to sign pledge to protect the environment. City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine wants visitors to Oahu to pledge to be “environmentally responsible and culturally sensitive” during their stay here. Star-Advertiser.

Redevelopment of Aloha Stadium to take next step. The process of selecting a developer for the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District will take a major step in coming months as the state prepares to send out requests for qualifications from prospective partners before the end of the year. Star-Advertiser.

Kawaiahao iwi still stored in church basement as years-long controversy drags on. The families of more than 600 burials — unearthed during a construction project at Kawaiahao Church — are nearly finished with a burial treatment plan. Hawaii News Now.

Army zeroes in on rapid artillery raids in new era of ‘great power’ competition. For the first time, the 25th Infantry Division last week practiced moving two M777 howitzers — which each weigh nearly 10,000 pounds — by air using a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, setting up the big guns as fast as possible and firing at a target during the rapid artillery raid. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Mauna Kea “industrial uses” challenged by protestors. A hearing has been scheduled before the state Land Use Commission later this month to consider a petition that challenges the legality of “the industrial uses” atop Mauna Kea, including the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope. Star-Advertiser.

Maunakea VIS face-lift complete. A million-dollar renovation at the Maunakea Visitor Information Station has been completed for months, but nobody has been able to experience it yet. Tribune-Herald.

With summer ended, weather could affect the TMT protests. Summer is over, and colder weather could soon have an impact on the months-long blockade of Mauna Kea Access Road. Star-Advertiser.


‘This is totally unacceptable’: Mayor Kim riled by siren inaction. Mayor Harry Kim vowed Friday to get to the bottom of why 10% of Hawaii Island’s emergency warning sirens are inoperable. West Hawaii Today.

PGV drilling new well this week. Puna Geothermal Venture will begin drilling a new production well this week, according to a letter sent out earlier this month to neighbors and community members. Tribune-Herald.


State board OKs more water for Mahi Pono. A&B revocable permits subject of controversy for many years. Maui News.

Recent violence belies Maui’s progress in getting the homeless into more stable situations. Maui continues to see progress in reducing its homeless population — now down to 862 individuals, according to the latest count — but back-to-back violence at a new homeless encampment underscores lingering problems. Star-Advertiser.

Organizers Are Trying to Inform Tourists About Maui's Fragile Reefs. In an effort to educate the nearly 3 million tourists that visit Maui each year, a Lahaina-based environmental group is raising awareness on protecting the islandʻs marine life. Maui Now.

UH Student Enrollment Down on Maui College Campus and Across the State. Enrollment at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus is down to 2,992 students, a 3.2 percent drop this fall semester when compared to fall 2018. Maui Now.

2 county sites could receive $2.7 million for land purchases. Panel favors grants for Mapulehu and Makaalae lands. Maui News.


Bill proposes bus fee changes. The Kauai County Council is considering legislation that would change bus fares and establish a passenger code of conduct. Garden Island.

Kilauea ag park becoming something bigger. When the Kilauea Community Agricultural Center (now also known as Aina Ho‘okupu O Kilauea) was first incorporated as a nonprofit in 2015, it was probably true that most people on Kauai — if they’d heard about it at all — thought of it as small plots that community gardeners would tend. Garden Island.

Rice Street work is meeting topic. The Rice Street revitalization project is the topic of the Lihue Business Association meeting Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Duke’s Canoe Club on Kalapaki Beach. Garden Island.


Molokai residents outraged over conditions at island’s only health center. Some Molokai residents are calling for the head of the island’s only community health center to resign after the facility was forced to close for four days in August because of staff shortages. Hawaii News Now.


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