Friday, November 4, 2022

Climate change brings Hawaii more rainbows, Honolulu cops violate body cam rules, new black hole discovered, Pacific garbage patch shifts away from Kauai, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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UH Study: Expect to see more rainbows due to climate change. The Hawaiian Islands, already called the “Rainbow Capital of the World,” are predicted to experience a few more days with rainbows per year due to climate change. The scourge that threatens the health and livelihood of humans and other life on the planet will increase opportunities to see rainbows, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Maui Now. Kauai Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Interior Department seeking input on new Hawaiian consultation process. The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to hold two meetings — one next week and another in December. It’s part of the federal government’s plan to require formal consultation with Native Hawaiian communities on issues that impact them. Hawaii Public Radio.

Why Parents Want ‘More Of A Voice’ In Hawaii’s Education System. Stakeholders are cautiously hopeful that the state’s new plan for public education will reflect their feedback this time around. Civil Beat.

Department of Education braces for increased electricity bills. In the past, Hawaiʻi’s public schools have gone before legislators asking for help to pay the power bills. It’s likely schools will ask for an emergency appropriation due to surging electricity rates. Meanwhile, Gov. David Ige has rolled out adding 1,200 more air conditioners to cool down classrooms. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

Honolulu City Council approves bill to streamline building permitting process. The measure replaces a notary requirement with an online form that property owners can submit to affirm they have no pending fines or penalties with the city. Hawaii Public Radio.

Honolulu Police Department body-worn camera violations rise. There were 95 violations of the Honolulu Police Department’s policies on use of body-worn cameras this year through September, nearly doubling the 58 total reported in 2021 in a review of administrative investigations as the department deliberates discipline that goes beyond counseling. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Meth remains Oahu’s top overdose killer. Methamphetamine continues to be the most deadly drug on Oahu, in contrast to a national trend of soaring deaths related to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, according to a new state dashboard that tracks metrics related to substance abuse and mental health disorders. Star-Advertiser.

Katherine Kealoha claims to have told prosecutors who stole her infamous mailbox. Nearly a decade after the infamous mailbox theft at the Kealohas’ Kahala home, Katherine Kealoha revealed in a court filing that she knows who did it ― and told prosecutors. Hawaii News Now.

Hundreds of Aloha Stadium artifacts sold at auction. A state agency unloaded over 500 items from Aloha Stadium including seat backs and pieces of artificial turf at an auction that ended Wednesday evening ahead of a still-uncertain plan to replace the 47-year-old facility in Halawa. Star-Advertiser.

Election prep underway: Take a tour of the sorting facility for Oahu’s mail-in ballots. With the general election Tuesday, county and state elections officials are already busy sorting mail-in ballots as they prepare to count votes. City Elections Administrator Rex Quidilla gave HNN a tour of the county’s sorting facility at Honolulu’s airport. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island


Astronomers discover closest black hole to Earth using Maunakea telescope. A team of astronomers using the Gemini North Telescope on Maunakea detected a black hole only 1,600 light-years from Earth, about one-third of the distance away from the previous known closest black hole. Tribune-Herald.

County Council and housing office divided on how to use new funding for homeless problem. When it comes to tackling homelessness on the Big Island, there is a divide between the Hawai‘i County Council and the Hawai‘i County Office of Housing and Community Development about how to spend an estimated $9 million through the end of next June to address the islandwide problem. Big Island Now.

Affordable housing project advances: Council panel agrees with exemptions for 229-unit project. An affordable housing project in Waikoloa got nine thumbs up Tuesday, signaling an easy approval when the County Council meets later this month to take a final vote on the plan. West Hawaii Today.

Council OKs zoning applications for Honokaa housing development. Lehua Villages is a pair of planned subdivisions in Honokaa which together would offer 40 new lots for single-family housing, half of which would be available at the county’s affordable housing rates. Tribune-Herald.

Husband Sues Pit Bull Owners For Wrongful Death After Wife Dies From Dog Attack. The lawsuit also seeks damages from the landlord of the property from where the animals had evidently escaped. Civil Beat.

A Big Island Business Group Is Putting On A Drag Show Despite The Handful Of Haters. A flurry of emails from people expressing concern about a drag show this weekend on the Big Island will not succeed in canceling the event, organizers said. Civil Beat.

Maui

Maui Looks To Crackdown On Companies Selling Shares Of Second Homes. A County Council measure would expand the definition of timeshare to include stays of up to 180 days to try to limit multiple owners from buying into vacation homes. Civil Beat.

Maui proposes major improvements to Lahaina’s Front Street. Decades of exposure to salt air and crashing waves have taken their toll on two seawalls and scenic walkways in Lahaina town that have served as a backdrop for countless photos. Star-Advertiser.

9.5-acres at ʻŌpelu Point in Kīpahulu, Maui is now protected in perpetuity. Mayor Michael Victorino and the Office of Climate Change, Resiliency, and Sustainability awarded a grant of $2.5 million from the Open Space, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, and Scenic Views Preservation Fund to Kīpahulu ʻOhana for the acquisition of ‘Ōpelu Point. Maui Now.

Former Maui police officer sentenced to 10 years for attempted child enticement. Brandon Charles Saffeels, 38, a former Maui Police Department officer, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and a 15-year term of supervised release following that prison term for attempted child enticement. The sentencing comes a year after he was ordered to serve two and 1/2 years for offering to sabotage a Kahului woman’s drunk driving case in exchange for sex. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Union PAC shifts attention to Maui races amid contentious debate over development. “Be Change Now,” a PAC controlled by the Carpenters Union, is dominating spending in key council races in a county where slow-growth and development interests often clash. Hawaii News Now.

Incumbent council member Sugimura, challenger Hocker face off once more for Upcountry seat. After going unchallenged in the 2020 election, incumbent Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura is defending her seat against progressive-endorsed candidate Jordan Hocker. Maui News.

Kauai

Shifting Garbage Patch means less marine debris on Kaua‘i. As the location of the garbage patch shifts amid changing ocean currents, the amount of debris washing up on island has fallen dramatically. Garden Island.

Construction of Kapa‘a roundabout continues; more lane closures scheduled. Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Mailihuna Road, Hau‘a‘ala Road and Kawaihau Road in Kapa‘a continues and additional lane closures are planned next week to accommodate the work. Kauai Now.

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