Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Poll shows Tulsi in trouble, Caldwell raising money for gubernatorial bid, first humpback of the season spotted, Sherwood on hold after artifact found, Mauna Kea police price tag rises, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Poll: Gabbard’s Constituents Want Her To End Presidential Campaign. The Hawaii congresswoman might be in trouble, too, if she decides to run for re-election to keep her House seat. Civil Beat.

Caldwell Schedules Campaign Fundraiser For Governor’s Race. It’s the first time the Honolulu mayor has officially sought cash for a run for Hawaii’s top job. Civil Beat.

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Humpback whale spotted off Kauai a month ahead of official start of whale season. Whale season in Hawaii doesn’t officially start for another month, but the first humpback sighting has already been reported. Hawaii News Now.

Humpback whale season begins with first apparent sighting off Kauai. It’s official. Humpback whale season in Hawaii is here, with the first sighting of one off the northwest coast of Kauai. Star-Advertiser.

First Humpback of Season Sighted Off Kaua‘i. It’s officially whale season again in Hawai‘i. Big Island Now.

First whale spotted. Tuesday started out as just another day on the water for Holo Holo Charter captains Aaron Pearlman and Casey Heaton, but they got quite a surprise when they reached the waters offshore of Ke‘e Beach. Garden Island.

Humpback Sighting Marks Start of Whale Season. Captains aboard a tour boat off the coast of Kauaʻi may have spotted the first humpback whale of the season. Maui Now.

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Record Heat Thrusts Hawaii Corals Into ‘New Era’ Of Bleaching. The reefs have never had to endure such conditions. Marine scientists remain optimistic but warn that time is running out for society to step up. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants strike vote count planned for November. Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants are gearing up for a strike vote. The workers say they’ve been fighting for almost three years for a new contract. KHON2.

Oahu

Caldwell halts work at Sherwood. The city will halt further work on its contentious improvements project at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park until it hears back from the State Historic Preservation Division and the Oahu Island Burial Council about an object that was found at the site over the weekend, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Mayor Caldwell Hits Pause On Controversial Waimanalo Park Project. State historic preservation officials are taking another look at what Native Hawaiians say is a historic and sacred site that was torn up to build a ball field. Civil Beat.

Waimanalo park redevelopment on hold as authorities investigate possible artifact. A controversial Waimanalo park redevelopment project is on hold as government agencies investigate a possible stone artifact found at the site. Hawaii News Now.

Construction paused at Sherwoods during artifact investigation. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has paused construction of Waimanalo Bay Beach Park or Sherwoods. KHON2.

Controversial Sherwood Forest redevelopment project on hold. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell made the decision on Tuesday after a possible artifact was found at the construction site on Monday. KITV.

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Attorneys Who Requested Honolulu Rail Subpoenas No Longer At DOJ. It’s not clear how the departures have impacted the federal probe that’s ensnared the rail project, if at all. Civil Beat.

Texas buyer sues seller of illegal vacation rental. A Texas man who bought a home in Portlock earlier this year for $2.3 million as an investment is suing the seller and broker for not disclosing that he cannot legally rent out the property for periods shorter than 30 days. Star-Advertiser.

United Nations climate study daunting for Hawaii, but City planning is ahead of the research. The City and County of Honolulu was warned of this in June of 2018 by the Climate Change Commission, whose similar figures noted that a sea-level rise of 3.2 feet would displace 13,300 Honolulu residents and cause $12.9 billion dollars in structure and land loss locally. KHON2.

Chinatown Board To Take Up Yellow Trash Bag Mandate After Complaints. Some Chinatown merchants are not happy with the new garbage bag mandate that requires their trash be disposed of in city-required yellow bags for pickup by city trash collectors. Hawaii Public Radio.

Soaring electric bills raise alarm at Kapilina Beach Homes. Many residents of Kapilina Beach Homes in Ewa Beach were recently shocked to receive huge electrical bills — some $1,000 or more — that are significantly higher than earlier, sizzling summer power costs. Star-Advertiser.

53,000 streetlights on Oahu converted to bright, energy-efficient LEDs. The streets of Oahu are a little bit brighter thanks to the city’s partnership with Johnson Controls. Hawaii News Now.

Switching to LEDs nets city a big rebate. The city on Tuesday received a $1.9 million rebate check from the ratepayer­-funded Hawai’i Energy program for converting more than 53,000 city streetlights across Oahu to more energy-­efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

TMT response costing Hawaii County $50K daily. Hawaii County police have spent nearly $4.2 million on overtime, fringe benefits and other costs so far in connection with 11 weeks of protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope, members of the Hawaii County Council were told Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Update on TMT standoff-related expenses raises reimbursement questions. The ongoing standoff at Maunakea Access Road has now cost Hawaii County more than $4 million, but the county might be on the hook for more. Tribune-Herald.

Anti-TMT forces step up their campaign off the mountain. Sensing new momentum for the cause, opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope have turned up their outreach campaign this week to rally against the $1.4 billion project and push for Native Hawaiian rights. Star-Advertiser.

Protesters: Kim’s proposal is dead on arrival. Leaders of the ongoing protest against the Thirty Meter Telescope said they are not satisfied with Mayor Harry Kim’s proposal for Maunakea. Tribune-Herald.

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Hawaii County’s 2-Bin recycling program will no longer accept paper, plastics. Starting mid-October, paper and plastics will no longer be accepted for recycling at transfer stations on the Big Island. Hawaii News Now.

Council sees climate as emergency. At the urging of some 50 testifiers, a County Council panel Tuesday advanced a resolution committing to implement a “just, equitable, countywide emergency climate mobilization effort.” West Hawaii Today.

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$95.8M Keahuolu Courthouse dedicated. Scores of people, including legislators, dignitaries and current and retired judges and employees, gathered Tuesday to bless and celebrate the opening of the 140,000-square-foot Keahuolu Courthouse, which began operations Sept. 3. West Hawaii Today.

West Hawai‘i Dedicates New Kona Courthouse. Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday morning outside the new Kona courthouse to celebrate its completion and join in dedicating the newly-finished project to the service of justice. Big Island Now.

Multi-million dollar courthouse opens in West Hawaii. Leaders held a blessing Tuesday for the new Keahuolu Courthouse in Kona. Hawaii News Now.

Retired Judge Ronald Ibarra Tells Old Kona Courthouse Stories. After his speech, Ibarra was surprised by the naming the of Self-Help Center in the new courthouse in his honor. Big Island Video News.

Maui

Woman shares inappropriate images she says Maui officer at center of misconduct case sent her. Maui County prosecutors say the Maui police officer in the center of a misconduct and abuse of power case is facing a federal probe. Hawaii News Now.

Mahi Pono replaces HC&S on water application. Contested case on stream diversions drawing to an end. Maui News.

Study: Maui, Molokai coastal roads among those most vulnerable. 10 highways in county make UH erosion list. Maui News.

Off-road Vehicle Damages Silverswords and Trail at Haleakala Summit. On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, Haleakala  National Park law enforcement rangers observed tire tracks leaving the paved road at Haleakala’s summit. Maui Now.

Kauai

County fires deputy attorney. A deputy county attorney was fired earlier this month and says she may sue the county for retaliation and workplace discrimination. Garden Island.

Hawaii’s and Kauai’s birthrates declining. Kauai is following the national trend with birthrates dipping over the past decade in the midst of a statewide trend of declining resident population, too. Garden Island.

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