Monday, December 2, 2019

Farms hit hard by natural disasters, Ige to stump for teacher pay hikes, Honolulu plastic ban vote nears, Maui residents fight solar project, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Natural disasters brought huge loss for Hawaii farms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said natural disasters, including the Kilauea eruption, damaged and destroyed nearly 3,900 acres of Hawaii farms in 2018. Star-Advertiser.

Governor, DOE Seek Pay Increases To Keep Teachers In Special Ed, Hawaiian Language. Hawaii Gov. David Ige has scheduled a Tuesday press conference to announce his support for pay differentials for certain teachers in key hard-to-fill areas, specifically special education, rural schools and Hawaiian language immersion. Hawaii Public Radio.

Kaiser president bemoans insolvency in memo. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, the state’s second-largest medical insurer, has fallen behind competitors in the volatile business of health care. Star-Advertiser.

What Are The Long-Term Impacts of Microplastic Pollution in Hawaii? The amount of microplastics washing up on Hawaiian beaches is expected to double by 2030. Civil Beat.

Child abuse registry case to go before high court. Courtney Bird, who was placed on the registry in 2007 without her knowledge, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that she failed to file a lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services within the two-year statute of limitations. Star-Advertiser.


Single-use plastics ban likely to pass. Oahu would have the strictest single-use plastics ban in the state under a bill that is likely to pass a final vote of the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Controversial Bill 40, banning single-use plastics, up for final vote Wednesday. A landmark disposable plastic ban bill, known as Bill 40, is scheduled to go before the City Council on Wednesday for a final vote. KITV.


Rail project copes with new delays at a critical time. The next 100 days likely will determine whether the 20-mile Honolulu rail line will be finished by the city’s latest target date of December 2025, and there are signs there could be trouble ahead. Star-Advertiser.

Disabled Handi-Van Users Face Long Waits To Book Rides. City officials blame heavy call volumes and technological issues for a system that has been problematic for years. Civil Beat.

Graduation rates keep climbing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The on-time graduation rate for students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has doubled in the last decade and now matches the national average for public universities. Star-Advertiser.

City Car Registration Kiosks Closed For Maintenance. The City and County of Honolulu is closing the vehicle registration kiosks Sunday and Monday for maintenance. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Island

Aquarium trade proposes reopening West Hawaii fishery. The coastal waters off West Hawaii, closed to aquarium fishing for two years, would reopen to 14 commercial fishermen under a proposal described in environmental documents submitted to the state. Star-Advertiser.

Council to consider 2020 state priorities. As the 2020 session of the state Legislature draws near, county leaders are working to present a united front in advocating bills they think will improve local government. West Hawaii Today.

The final gavel: Judge Greg Nakamura retires after almost three decades on bench. Tribune-Herald.


PUC to hear contested case on Maui solar project. Residents coalition concerned about proximity and price. Maui News.

Off-the-grid Maui homestead marred by conflict. Multiple controversies have stoked anger, frustration and division within Kahikinui, the only homestead in DHHL’s 203,000-acre land trust in which leases were issued for raw land and management of the area was placed in the hands of homesteaders. Star-Advertiser.

Oysters, retiring old roads mulled to save reef. Maalaea Bay, watershed plan being implemented. Maui News.


Golden Rule arrives. The small sailboat with a big mission, the Golden Rule, sailed into Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor Sunday. Garden Island.

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