Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Coral bleaching less serious than feared, Honolulu cracking down on flags on vehicles, $11M for Mauna Kea enforcement, food industry rallies against proposed Honolulu plastic ban, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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State, federal officials say bleaching not as bad as expected, urge all to take coral pledge. State and federal officials said the widespread coral bleaching event predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration due to warmer ocean temperatures this summer did happen — but not as severely as originally anticipated. Star-Advertiser.

Bleaching Of Hawaii Reefs Less Severe Than Predicted. But the islands clearly suffered from warmer ocean temperatures. Civil Beat.

Coral bleaching not as severe as previous years, but still widespread. Coral bleaching continues to devastate some reefs across the state. Hawaii News Now.

Coral bleaching in Hawaii not as severe as predicted. The widespread coral bleaching event predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration did impact reefs across Hawai‘i, beginning with warm ocean temperatures in the summer, extending into the fall. KHON2.

Coral bleaching widespread but not as severe as predicted. The widespread coral bleaching event predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration did impact reefs across Hawaii. West Hawaii Today.

Coral Bleaching not as Bad as Expected. The widespread coral bleaching event predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) impacted reefs across Hawai‘i, though not to the extent initially thought. Big Island Now.

Coral conditions improving. As Hawaii simmers in warmer-than usual ocean temperatures, experts monitoring the expected coral bleaching say it’s not as severe as was predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in early September. Garden Island.

Coral Bleaching Not as Severe as Predicted, Still Widespread. An extensive coral bleaching event that has been impacting reefs across Hawaiʻi did not cause as much damage as experts anticipated it would. Maui Now.

Saving Coral and The Coral Pledge. DLNR press release.

Oysters Unleashed: A New Hack To Help Clean Hawaii’s Filthy Waters. For decades, oysters have helped filter polluted waterways elsewhere. Now, researchers are testing how well those efforts would do in Hawaii. Civil Beat.


In 2018, lawmakers put up $30M to create Ohana Zones for the homeless. So where are they?  It was the most money ever put towards solving Hawaii's homeless crisis. Hawaii News Now.

Costs for Hawaii's homeless continue even after they die. On average, a homeless resident dies on Oahu every 5 days. Many of them end up being cremated, with their ashes left waiting to be picked up. While the cost of that cremation is picked up by the state. KITV.


City Announces Plans To Sue Oil Companies For Climate Change Damage. The City and County of Honolulu is the second county to announce plans to sue fossil fuel companies for what officials say is damage caused by climate change and rising sea levels traced back to corporate action or inaction. Hawaii Public Radio.

Honolulu To Fossil Fuel Companies: Pay For Our Climate Change Damages. “Big oil” has caused major climate change problems for Oahu and Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants the City Council to approve a lawsuit to cover the costs. Civil Beat.

City to sue fossil fuel companies in bid to hold them ‘accountable’ for climate change. The city plans to file a lawsuit against fossil fuel companies aimed at holding them “accountable for the costs and consequences” of climate change. Hawaii News Now.


Settlement reached in deadly Marco Polo fire. A confidential settlement has been reached in the 2017 deadly Marco Polo high-rise fire, but even the parties involved in a settlement conference Tuesday did not know how much each individual insurance company and other defendants will have to pay. Star-Advertiser.

Regulators Demand Audit Of Hawaiian Electric Co. In an unprecedented move, Hawaii’s utilities regulators have ordered an independent management audit of Hawaiian Electric Co. in response to the utility’s request to increase electricity rates for Oahu customers. Civil Beat.


Hundreds gather to protest against a stricter ban on plastics. More than 200 members of Hawaii’s Food Industry demonstrated against a stricter plastics ban Tuesday. KHON2.

Food industry leaders criticize council’s proposed ban on single-use plastics. Dozens of food industry leaders rallied outside Honolulu Hale on Tuesday to express their opposition to a wide-ranging ban proposed for single-use plastics. Hawaii News Now.

Local food industry leaders voice concerns over bill that would ban single use plastics. If it becomes law, it goes into effect January 1, 2021. KITV.


Police cracking down on vehicles with large banners, flags. The Honolulu Police Department posted on Tuesday that stricter enforcement is on the way for vehicles that have large flags and banners. KHON2.

HPD cracking down on flags flown on vehicles. The Honolulu Police Department is asking drivers to be mindful. KITV.


Judge grants new trial for Puanas in civil case. Katherine Kealoha’s uncle and 100-year-old grandmother will have their day in court, again. A state judge has granted Gerard Puana and Florence Puana a new trial for their civil lawsuit against the disgraced former deputy prosecutor. Star-Advertiser.

Katherine Kealoha to stand trial again for a case she's already won. Florence and Gerard lost the case in 2013 and were ordered to pay Katherine more than $650,000. KITV.

Katherine Kealoha’s outspoken attorney withdrawing from the mailbox case. Earle Partington is withdrawing as attorney for Katherine Kealoha. Hawaii News Now.

Letters For Leniency: Katherine Kealoha’s Family And Friends Seek ‘Justice’ . The federal court has made public a number of letters aimed at helping her when she’s sentenced on numerous felonies next year. Civil Beat.


Some say gates blocking beach access in a private Kailua community isn’t fair. The public has a right to access all beaches in Hawaii, which is why newly locked gates have people upset in Kailua. Hawaii News Now.

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TMT law enforcement costs jump to $11M, almost half spent by Hawaii County. The state and counties have spent more than $11 million on law enforcement costs in connection with 16 weeks of protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope, according to new figures released today by the Office of the Attorney General and Hawaii County. Star-Advertiser.

State spends nearly $11 million in response to demonstrations against TMT. The state has spent nearly $11-million for it's response to demonstrations against the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. KITV.

County’s mauna costs hit $4.9M. Hawaii County has spent nearly $5 million on expenses relating to the standoff at Maunakea Access Road, but reimbursement should be coming soon. Tribune-Herald.

Councilman Urges HPD ‘Pull Back’ on Maunakea Patrols. During the Hawai‘i County Council Finance Committee’s update on Maunakea spending Tuesday, District 5 Councilman Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder urged Hawai‘i County Police Chief Paul Ferreira to reduce patrols on the mountain. Big Island Now.


Council hears vacation rental update. West Hawaii accounts for 82% of the county’s short-term vacation rental applications in permitted areas and just 25% of those in non-permitted areas, according to a report discussed Tuesday by the County Council Planning Committee. West Hawaii Today.

Survey results highlight Puna’s needs following Kilauea eruption. The results of three community surveys administered this summer — which aim to aid the county in its recovery from the 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano — highlight the impact the eruption had on households, businesses and the community. Tribune-Herald.


Maui Wastewater Lawsuit Will Go Before U.S. Supreme Court. On Wednesday, the nine justices of the nation's highest court will hear oral arguments in a case accusing Maui County of violating the federal Clean Water Act. Hawaii Public Radio.

High court to hear oral arguments for Maui case. Reach of the Clean Water Act hinges on Lahaina injection wells decision. Maui News.

Drone Surveys Planned for Wildfire Mitigation on Maui. The Hawaiian Electric Companies will conduct drone surveys across their five-island territory to identify areas vulnerable to wildfire and determine the best course of action to protect the public, as well as electrical infrastructure. Maui News.

Papayas planted in Mahi Pono fields. Mahi Pono Community Relations Director Tiare Lawrence said the next crops scheduled to be planted by the farm are onions, coffee and limes, which will go in the fields that have been prepped along Haleakala Highway. Maui News.


No butts. Dean Otsuki was disappointed that he picked up 700 cigarette butts in the parking lot of Wailua River State Park over the weekend. Garden Island.

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