Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Hawaii Dems pivot support to Harris, Maui Planning Commission continues vacation rental ban hearing today, Hawaii joins high risk COVID states, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

With some unease, Hawaii Democrats pivot support to Vice President Kamala Harris. Party leaders say there is new enthusiasm and consensus growing for Harris even though some delegates who weren’t committed to President Biden were hoping that there would be some kind of process in the party to test Harris against other potential candidates. “The DNC appears determined to go ahead with the early virtual roll call vote, which prevents any real deliberation and discussion,” National Committeeman Bart Dame said. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Electrification of Transportation “Roadmap” Updated. The Hawaiian Electric company says significant community and industry input went into developing the plan aimed at growing the local EV market. Big Island Video News.

Hawaii joins 20 other states with ‘very high’ COVID levels in sewage. Nationally, overall viral levels in wastewater are considered “high” for the second straight week, the CDC said. Los Angeles Times.

Hawaii Looks To Improve Mosquito Testing As Dengue Cases Rise Globally. The Department of Health says it has enough staff to handle the growing threat of mosquito-borne diseases, but it is struggling to fill numerous vacancies. Civil Beat.

RIMPAC exercises continue on USS Carl Vinson.
As the biennial exercise Rim of the Pacific continues off the coast of Hawaii, the U.S. Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 1 has been practicing flight operations from its flagship the USS Carl Vinson. Star-Advertiser.

State delays rollout of sound detector program aimed at reducing loud noises on the road. The state is delaying the rollout of a controversial sound detector program aimed at reducing excessive noise on the roads. Hawaii News Now.

UH gets $6.5M grant for cyberinfrastructure project. The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded a $6.5 million grant to the University of Hawaii for a project that will enhance its cyberinfrastructure — the hardware, software, networks and data, along with the people operating and managing the advanced computing technology. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now.


Blangiardi raises over $2M for mayoral reelection. In the Aug. 10 primary election, Blangiardi, a former media executive elected in 2020 to lead the city, will run against David L. Duke Bourgoin, a business owner and consultant; Karl O. Dicks, who’s variously worked as a farmer, journeyman carpenter and heavy equipment operator; and Choon James, a residential real estate broker. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Prosecutor’s Tenacious Push For A Different Kind Of Probation Has Failed To Win Over Critics — So Far. Steve Alm, running uncontested for reelection, swears by the HOPE probation model, which ensures predictable and immediate sanctions for violators, but studies have produced varying results. Civil Beat.

Country Living: Senate Candidates Offer Different Visions For Rural Oahu. Newcomer Ben Shafer is focused on the cost of living while former Sen. Clayton Hee wants to promote agriculture and tackle cesspools. Civil Beat.

In wake of violent arrest, HPD’s Crime Reduction Units sidelined as agency reviews operations. Days after a social media post showed a violent arrest of a car theft suspect, the Honolulu Police Department has paused Crime Reduction Units islandwide. Hawaii News Now.

DOT: Arrive earlier due to screening delays at Honolulu airport. The Hawaii Department of Transportation is advising travelers with flights departing from Terminal 1 at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to arrive earlier to allow for more time to get through security. Star-Advertiser. KHON2. KITV4.

Haiku Stairs: City urges public restraint, portions set for removal despite injunction. Portions of iconic Stairway to Heaven will soon be removed despite the court’s temporary injunction. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Announces Closures Due To Kīlauea Unrest. Due to a sudden increase in activity, the National Park Service has had to close areas that could put visitors and staff at risk if Kīlauea erupts. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now.

Environmental attorney shares concerns about Keauhou Bay development plan. Kamehameha Schools' proposed Keauhou Bay Management Plan includes many upgrades and aims to reorganize some of the area's activities. But as with any proposed development or change in our islands, some disagree with the proposal. Hawaii Public Radio.

East Hawaii home sales remain flat.
According to multiple listing service data, the total number of house sales this year to date is higher than last year to date — 1,003 homes were sold by the end of June, a little over 1% higher than June 2023 — while the median sales price also rose 7% to $535,000. Tribune-Herald.


Maui Planning Commission to hold continuation of June meeting today. The Maui Planning Commission will hold a meeting in Wailuku on July 23 at 9 a.m. as a continuation of their June 25 meeting. The commission listened to over seven hours of public testimony at the June 25 meeting in regards to a bill that would amend the Maui County Code, removing transient vacation rentals (TVR’s) as a permitted use within the A-1 and A-2 apartment zoning districts.  Maui News.

County Council approves resolution of ‘a global settlement’ for fire litigation against county. The resolution states approximately 451 wildfire lawsuits involving a variety of claims resulting from the Lahaina and Upcountry fires have been filed in the United States District Court and the Hawai’i State Circuit courts as of July 8, 2024 (“Wildfire Litigation”) by affected parties. Maui News.

Mandatory evacuations lifted in Wailuku after brush fire. One firefighter was treated for heat distress at the scene of the brush fire Monday in Wailuku, where approximately 45 homes along Piihana Road were evacuated. The cause of the fire, which is under control, remains under investigation. Star-Advertiser.

Condition of Pioneer Mill smokestack causes concern. Maui officials have closed part of Lahainaluna Road over concerns about the structural integrity of the Pioneer Mill smokestack. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.


Brush fire burned about 1,600 acres in Koke‘e. A mop-up was underway on Monday at the site of a brush fire, which scorched approximately 1,600 acres before it was extinguished by air and ground attacks from personnel with local, state and federal agencies. Garden Island. Kauai Now.

Ballot drop boxes ready to accept ballots. Ballot packets for the 2024 Primary Election were mailed on Wednesday, July 17, and the county’s Office of the County Clerk said voters should have either gotten their packets, or should be getting them, shortly. Garden Island.

Monday, July 22, 2024

State House leadership hangs in balance as Saiki faces primary battle, Dems rally around Harris, OHA says state has no say in ethics violations, Maui fire victims sue as settlement misses Friday deadline, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

What Happens If Scott Saiki Loses The Primary? More than any other local contest this season, that primary race for the urban District 25 House seat that includes Ala Moana, Kakaako and downtown has the potential to redistribute political power in Hawaii and redirect the Legislature. Civil Beat.

Historic moment might energize Hawaii voters in local elections. Most Hawaii political leaders welcomed President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race and swiftly expressed support for his replacement pick of Vice President Kamala Harris, but it’s still unclear whether these historic events will energize Hawaii voters enough to affect local elections. Star-Advertiser.

Top Hawaii Democrats Praise Biden’s Decision To Drop Out Of Race.
Major leaders in the Democratic Party of Hawaii on Sunday hailed President Joe Biden’s decision to exit the 2024 election, and three members of the state’s congressional delegation are already throwing their support behind Vice President Kamala Harris. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.  Big Island Video News. Maui Now.  KITV4.

Most delegates pledged to Biden’s pick as replacement choice looms
. Dozens of delegates representing Hawaii are heading to Chicago next month for the DNC.  According to party rules, right now the pick is Kamala Harris, with committed votes signed sealed and as good as delivered from state-by-state caucuses and primaries earlier this year that pledged to a Biden-Harris ticket. KHON2.

Court Ruling Could Have Major Impact On State Oversight Of The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs. Lawyers for OHA say the state does not have the authority to fine trustees for ethics violations. The Attorney General’s Office disagrees.  Civil Beat.

Hawaii Gave Up Funding For Marine Mammal Protection Because Of Cumbersome Paperwork. Dropping out of the federal program has not hampered efforts to protect the islands' marine species, including monk seals, state and federal agents say. Civil Beat.

National Nonprofit Is Spending Millions To Support Hawaii’s Effort To Jail Fewer Teens. Teens need mental health services and mentorship instead of imprisonment, advocates say — strategies that a $20 million grant is bolstering in the state.  Civil Beat.


Red Hill community group is told it won’t be disbanded. The Red Hill Community Representation Initiative received an email Friday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirming that the organization will not be disbanded, despite being notified in June about its potential dissolution in response to Navy complaints. Star-Advertiser.

Trio vies for Council District 5 seat
. In the Aug. 10 primary election, William “Bill” Muneno, Brendan Schultz and Scott Y. Nishimoto will respectively face off to fill the Council District 5 seat, which spans St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, McCully, Ala Moana, Makiki and portions of Kakaako, after current Council member Calvin Say recently declared he will not run for reelection due to ongoing health concerns. Star-Advertiser.

Kia‘aina faces contenders for Windward Council seat. Since 2021, Esther Kia‘aina has represented Council District 3, which includes Ahuimanu, Heeia, Haiku, Kaneohe, Maunawili, Kailua, Olomana, Enchanted Lake and Waimanalo. Star-Advertiser.

Residents Say Indefinite Closure Of Park Leading To Haiku Stairs Is Unfair. The controversy over the Haiku Stairs hiking trail has spilled over to the other side of the Koolau Range, where Moanalua residents are asking why their entire neighborhood park has to be closed just to block access to a trail that leads to the same summit. Civil Beat.

New development projects for Kalaeloa in West Oʻahu. On Oʻahu, more than 500 acres of Kalaeloa Town are currently under redevelopment. There are nearly 4,000 acres of land that the Navy once used as Naval Air Station Berbers Point.  Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Island

Is Growing Your Own Food Considered Agriculture? Hawaii County Says No. Subsistence farmers on the Big Island say recent changes to county agricultural laws threaten their ability to keep farming. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald.

Final draft of Hawai’i County General Plan 2045 to be released by end of July. The general plan will serve as a 25-year blueprint for the long-term growth and sustainable development of Hawaiʻi Island. The document establishes the vision, policies, and actions necessary to enhance the overall quality of life for residents. Big Island Now.

Ed Olson dies at 93. Edmund “Ed” Olson, Big Island businessman and philanthropist, died Monday afternoon at Hilo Benioff Medical Center. The Edmund C. Olson Trust II owns more than 15,000 acres of land, most of which is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, with some also set aside for conservation. Tribune-Herald.

 New Online Map Tracks Hawaiʻi Island Affordable Housing Projects. Studies show Hawaiʻi County needs to add 10,796 affordable housing units by 2025 to meet the community’s needs. Big Island Video News.

Maui Fire Victims Sue Insurers To Make Sure They Get Fully Paid In Any Settlement. The lawsuit comes after parties failed to meet a Friday deadline for a mediated settlement. A group of Maui wildfire victims has sued several of Hawaii’s largest insurance carriers, alleging the insurers are wrongly seeking compensation from a limited litigation settlement fund before the fire victims are fully compensated for their damages. Civil Beat.

Maui County says second West Maui TDS report shows compliance with environmental regulations. The West Maui Temporary Debris Storage site environmental monitoring quarterly report for the second 90-day operational period shows the findings from sampling and monitoring comply with county, state and federal environmental regulations, the county said in a press release Friday. Maui News.

Costly road damage from fire cleanup leaves Kula residents searching for answers. Huge potholes. Torn-up concrete. Hardly any road left. That’s how some Kula residents described their roads after the fire debris cleanup process wrapped up. Hawaii Public Radio.

EPA: Maui County Must Pay $193K Fine And Shut Down 7 Illegal Cesspools. The cesspools, which hold untreated human waste, are on a parcel of land that includes the Hana police station, the Hana Motor Vehicle and Licensing office and the Public Works vehicle maintenance shop, according to the 30-page settlement. They are also located at the Makawao Baseyard, Maui Veterans Cemetery and the Molokai Veterans Cemetery. Civil Beat.


Koke‘e brush fire scorches 1,600 acres; remains 85% contained. The Koke‘e fire remains at 85% contained as of Sunday evening, following efforts to address numerous hot spots throughout the day. Fire officials estimate approximately 1,600 acres have been burned since Thursday. Kauai Now. KITV4.

County mayor announces goal to eliminate traffic fatalities on Kaua‘i by 2040.
A Vision Zero advisory group will be formed to advise the Mayor’s Office and County Council on safe transportation laws and policies. Kaua‘i County will also continue investing in programs that make roadways safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and more. Kauai Now.

Friday, July 19, 2024

$4B settlement reached in Maui wildfire lawsuits, Honolulu crime boss Miske found guilty of murder, racketeering, some Hawaii flights grounded in communications outage, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

$4 billion proposed settlement reached over Maui wildfire lawsuits. Report: Key Defendants Have Agreed To Settle Maui Wildfire Claims For $4 Billion. Hawaiian Electric Industries, the state of Hawaii, Maui County and Charter Communications have agreed to pay $4 billion to settle several hundred lawsuits filed on behalf of thousands of victims of Aug. 8’s Lahaina wildfires, Bloomberg News has reported, citing anonymous sources. Civil Beat.  KITV4. Bloomberg.  Reuters.

Honolulu crime boss Miske guilty of murder, racketeering. Jury Convicts Miske Of 13 Counts, Including Murder In Aid Of Racketeering. Jurors in the federal racketeering trial of Michael Miske found him guilty Thursday of 13 of 16 counts, including racketeering conspiracy and murder in aid of racketeering in connection to the 2016 killing of Johnathan Fraser. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.  Hawaii News Now.  KHON2.

Dozens of Hawaii flights impacted amid widespread technology outage. United, Delta and American issued system-wide ground stops due to communication issues. Hawaii News Now.


The State Of Hawaii Keeps Snatching Up Land From Former Agriculture Companies. Senate Ways And Means Chairman Donovan Dela Cruz is the driving force behind one proposed deal that just won't go away. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Supreme Court Will Review Judge’s Decision To Withhold Abused Girl’s Case File. Public First Law Center is trying to open files that would show why the state and Family Court placed Isabella Kalua with the couple accused of killing her. Civil Beat.

Alternate emergency road in Waiʻanae set to reopen spring 2025.
The state Department of Transportation has committed to making upgrades to the road to form a roughly 5-mile route stretching from the Nānākuli to Waiʻanae areas. Hawaii Public Radio.

HNN News Director Scott Duff, dedicated journalist who ‘led with heart,’ dies at 59. Hawaii News Now is mourning the loss of News Director Scott Duff, who died early Wednesday following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 59. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

Planning director: Bill could slow down permitting process. Bill 134 would require that every time a property owner seeks a change of zoning district, the Planning Department would have to compile a report of all buildings that are legally permitted to be built on surrounding properties within a quarter-mile radius. Tribune-Herald.

Proclamation Issued On District 1 House Seat After Death Of Rep Nakashima. The Office of Elections says that ballots already printed, the late Representative Nakashima will remain on the ballot and votes cast will be counted accordingly. Big Island Video News.

Alleged assailant of county-contracted surveyors charged. Police have charged 32-year-old Kukaua Keliihooluhi Kaupe Bright, whom they say is one of two men who allegedly assaulted a pair of county-contracted surveyors July 9 in downtown Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

Goodwill Hawaii settles in to new Hilo home. Goodwill Hawaii announced in October 2023 that it would be closing its three leased properties in Hilo and would move operations to a large parcel at 17 Makaala St. to serve as the East Hawaii hub for employees, customers and clients. Tribune-Herald.


Lahaina Schools To Close For Fire Anniversary. Lahaina’s four public schools will close on Aug. 8 to honor the first anniversary of the Maui wildfires, the Board of Education decided on Thursday. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.  Hawaii News Now.  KHON2.

Another Maui Jail Project Stalls After Underground Duct Work Is Discovered. For years, state officials have been unable to move forward with plans to build an entirely new jail at Puunene. Now, even a modest addition to the existing jail is being delayed. Civil Beat.


Mayor Kawakami shares vision for Kaua‘i during Chamber of Commerce luncheon. At the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce held the 10th Annual Mayor’s Luncheon on Thursday, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami shared his vision for the residents of the Garden Isle. Kauai Now.

Aloun Farms to acquire Kaua‘i Shrimp. Kaua‘i Shrimp currently produces over 500,000 pounds of premium Pacific White Leg shrimp every year on its 238-acre farm in Kekaha. Garden Island.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

New teacher apprentice program strives to address shortage, HPD officers who handcuffed 10-year-old could face excessive force lawsuits, Lahaina after-action report vendor disqualified, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii’s Latest Effort To Recruit Teachers: Put Prospective Educators In Classrooms Sooner. A new apprenticeship program would provide financial support for future educators and remove some of the barriers to obtaining a teacher's license. Civil Beat.

NATO protection for Hawaii is not clear-cut. A senior State Department official said the agency believes that U.S. allies likely would respond if Hawaii was attacked, but that any chance of explicitly amending the treaty to include it or other U.S. Pacific territories is not likely. Star-Advertiser.

COVID activity in Hawaii has peaked, but is still at high levels.
The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported a statewide average positivity rate of 16.3%, up from 14.7% the previous week. The positivity rate — the percentage of all reported tests that are positive — was at 16.1% two weeks ago. Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

Bill protection is ending for HECO's Shift and Save program. Utilities charge higher rates for electricity during the evening and overnight, and lower rates during the day. For the first six months of the program, HECO placed a $10 cap on any increases in enrolled customers' electricity bills, which insulated participants as they adjusted to the new rate structure. Hawaii Public Radio.

DOE employees can donate sick leave to Maui wildfire impacted teachers.
Hawaii Department of Education teachers across the islands can now share up to 10 sick days with other salaried D.O.E. employees impacted by the Maui wildfires. KITV4.


More tiny home ‘kauhale’ to open across Oahu. A flatbed truck on Wednesday carried two more newly built 100-square-foot tiny homes to a new “kauhale” going up at Kalihi’s Cedar Church as the state, counties and a hui of builders and developers work together to create more communities for low-income and homeless people on Oahu by the end of the year. Star-Advertiser.

HPD Officers Who Handcuffed 10-Year-Old Can Be Sued For Using Excessive Force, Judges Rule. Judges in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rule three Honolulu police officers who arrested an elementary school student in 2020 are not entitled to qualified immunity on an excessive force claim. Civil Beat.

After years of waiting, Waianae coast residents may get their highway bypass next year. Paakea Road in the Maili area is part of the emergency access route for the Waianae Coast. However, parts of it are sealed off by rarely opened gates. Hawaii News Now.

HPD launches internal review of escapee incident at Kapolei Police Station. Law Enforcement sources say David Montoya scaled a 15-foot security fence and a retaining wall Sunday morning. This was after an employee unlocked a secured door for the 31-year-old because they thought he was an officer. Hawaii News Now.

Financial help for struggling rail businesses still months away.
The City’s Rail Transit Mitigation Fund went into effect at the beginning of the month, but it will still take some time for businesses to see the money. KHON2.

Opossum captured in Downtown Honolulu. The animal was found near S. King Street and Alakea Street just after 7 a.m. So far it is unknown where the animal originated. KITV4.

Hawaii Island

Police commissioner sues HPD and assistant chief. 
The complaint alleges Assistant Chief Kenneth Quiocho violated Police Commissioner Anthony Sur's right to privacy by disclosing to the county Board of Ethics in a 2023 complaint against Sur that he carries a concealed firearm.  Tribune-Herald.

Kamehameha Schools Faces Pushback On Plan To Build ‘Low-Impact’ Resort On Big Island. Hawaii’s largest private landowner is asking the public to weigh in on its proposal to build 150 units of bungalow-style lodging at Keauhou Bay, about six miles south of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island’s leeward coast. Civil Beat.

High Bacteria Advisory Posted For Richardson Ocean Center In Keaukaha.
Health officials say enterococci levels of 364 per 100 mL have been detected at Richardson Ocean Center during routine beach monitoring. Big Island Video News.


Vendor disqualification delays Maui fire report.
The lone vendor selected to perform an after-action report of the Maui Emergency Management Agency’s response to the fatal Aug. 8 fires that killed 102 people and destroyed the heart of historic Lahaina town is non-compliant with state policies and unable to perform the work. Star-Advertiser.

Maui County considering 2 proposals that could impact Lahaina rebuilding. Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen is proposing to allow destroyed buildings in Lahaina to be rebuilt, even if they don’t meet current zoning rules. Hawaii News Now.

Lahaina wildfire final debris site hits snag. U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Mansfield denied a motion by Maui County to immediately use 20 acres of privately owned property in Central Maui to expand the county’s adjacent landfill to accommodate fire waste and municipal refuse in advance of a trial to condemn the site and pay the owner a fair value. Star-Advertiser.

EPA completes drinking water and wastewater mission in Lahaina. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently completed its Drinking Water and Wastewater mission in Lahaina as part of a multi-agency emergency response to the 2023 Maui wildfires. Maui Now.

This Lahaina Family Finally Finds A House To Call Home — At Least For A While.
In the span of a week, the Dadez family moved from a resort condo to a pair of studio hotel rooms and then, finally, into a five-bedroom home in Napili. Civil Beat.

Scouting America, Aloha Council receives funding to replace cabins at Camp Maluhia.
Whittier Trust has donated $100,000 to the Scouting America, Aloha Council to replace five Pop Hutton cabins at Camp Maluhia. Maui Now.


Median home price on Kaua‘i highest of four major islands in first half of year. The median price of a single-family home jumped nearly 29 percent on the back of stronger sales in the first half of the year, in turn making Kaua‘i the most expensive housing market of the four major islands in Hawai‘i. Garden Island.

Water conservation request continues for customers in ‘Ōmao and Kōloa. Kaua‘i County’s Department of Water reminds customers located in ‘Ōmao and Kōloa to continue water conservation efforts until further notice. Kauai Now.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

$149M high-speed internet plan approved, federal judge denies Maui plan to take private land for Lahaina wildfire debris landfill, parts of volcano park closed due to fire risk, more news from all the Hawaiian islands

Hawaii gets over $149M to get Hawai‘i 100% internet connected. Hawaii will soon see an expansion in affordable and reliable high-speed internet access through a grant of over $149 million, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced Tuesday. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.  Big Island Now.

Full text of initial Hawaii broadband proposal as approved by the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment, or BEAD, program by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. University of Hawaii.

Commission allows candidates to pay for child care with campaign funds. Lisa Dugan with the Vote Mama Foundation, an organization that advocates for caregivers to hold political office, explained that the inability to afford child care is a reason why many people wait until their children are grown to even consider running for office. Hawaii Public Radio.

Land board authorizes temporary closures of wildlife sanctuaries
. In an action inspired by last month’s birth of a monk seal on Mokulua island off of O‘ahu’s windward coast, the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the temporary closure of wildlife sanctuaries statewide when necessary to protect endangered or threatened species. Maui Now.

Can I Sue My Neighbor For Playing Pickleball? The Noise Is Tearing Hawaii Neighborhoods Apart. The sport’s popularity skyrocketed during the pandemic, but its noise is getting to some residents. Civil Beat.

Former CNN Exec Named New HPR Chief. Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Board of Directors has appointed Meredith Artley, former editor-in-chief and senior vice president of CNN Digital Worldwide, as the nonprofit media organization’s new President and CEO.  Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio.


Honolulu names acting Ocean Safety director. Kurt Lager, a nearly 19-year city lifeguard veteran, was named acting director of Honolulu’s Ocean Safety Department on Tuesday morning. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio.

Residents are urged to vote by mail
. Some 480,000 registered voters across Oahu should receive their primary election ballots in the mail sometime next week — which can be mailed back or dropped off by Election Day on Aug. 10 to vote for preferred candidates. Star-Advertiser.

How to vote on Oahu.
Oahu voters have multiple ways to cast ballots on or before the Aug. 10 primary election. Star-Advertiser.

Jury deliberation continues in sprawling Miske trial.
  The jury has been deliberating since Friday afternoon after both sides presented their closing arguments.  Hawaii News Now.

Chinatown Business Owners Filing Claims From June Power Outages Unsure How Much Will Be Covered. For restaurants, the outages meant lost tips and wages and spoiled food, but also damaged equipment from power surges. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Island

Elevated Fire Risk In Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Prompts Closures.  Sections of Mauna Loa Road and Hilina Pali Road has been closed to motorized vehicles, and open fires are prohibited until further notice. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.

Uncertain path forward for Bayfront Trails: Funding needed for next phases of the project. The Hilo Bayfront Trails project — spearheaded by the nonprofit Hilo Bayfront Trails Inc. — has built out a network of pedestrian trails throughout downtown Hilo since 2016.  Tribune-Herald.

Water quality issues continue to disrupt hatcheries at Big Island's HOST Park.  The state Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaiʻi Authority manages the HOST Park, located in Kailua-Kona. The facility houses about 50 aquaculture operations, renewable energy projects and other groups working with ocean-based sustainable technologies. Hawaii Public Radio.

How an illegal ATV Tour near Green Sand Beach was shut down. Vendors react to regulation. A recent Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) enforcement action on Hawaii Island's South Point was aimed at an illegal ATV tour company, operating in the Kau Forest Reserve. KITV4.


Federal Judge Rules Against Maui County Taking Private Land Soon For Lahaina Fire Debris. The ruling likely will result in the estimated 400,000 tons of fire debris and ash staying much longer than expected in the temporary dump site at Olowalu. Civil Beat.

Wednesday Disaster Recovery Community Update Meeting to be held in Lahaina Civic Center gym, July 17. Residents are encouraged to attend the County of Maui’s Weekly Disaster Recovery Community Update Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, in the Lahaina Civic Center gymnasium. Maui Now.

Hawaiian Electric deploys AI video cameras for early detection of wildfire ignitions;
First station is in Lahaina, Maui. Hawaiian Electric began deploying a network of high-resolution video cameras using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to provide enhanced situational awareness and early detection of ignitions in elevated fire risk areas near company infrastructure.  Maui Now. KITV4.


Hanapepe and Kaumakani fire charred an estimated 1,100 acres. A brush  fire, which tore through roughly 1,100 acres in Hanapepe and Kaumakani on Monday, was 100 percent contained about 12 hours after it started, the Kaua‘i Fire Department said.  No homes were destroyed and no injuries were reported. Garden Island. Kauai Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Info-sessions to educate Kaua‘i residents on broadband equity and funding.
The county of Kaua‘i Office of Economic Development will hold a series of informational sessions from July to September to update and train the public on the upcoming Broadband Equity, Access and Development Challenge Process. Kauai Now.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Money flows to incumbents in state races, DOE fails to spend farm-to-school grant, Kauai fire contained as 200 evacuated, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Lawmakers Have Big Money Advantages In This Year’s Election Campaigns. Members of the House have spread campaign cash around to newcomers in efforts aimed at coalition building. Civil Beat.

Hawaii’s bold tax cuts and its impact on residents. Hawaii recently enacted the most significant tax cuts in its history, which promise to impact residents positively. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii DOE Still Doesn’t Have A Plan For How To Spend Farm-To-School Funds. The Hawaii Department of Education is responsible for spending the bulk of a federal grant that would support local farmers, but it has yet to touch the funding. Civil Beat.

DOA reopens applications for popular micro-grant program. This year, the department received about $3.5 million from the federal government for the program under the 2018 Farm Bill.  Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Ag Agency Won’t Get All The Money Slated For Pest Management After All. Money to manage feral chickens and educate the public are among the items zeroed out of the budget. Millions of dollars have been cut from other programs for pest management. Civil Beat. Big Island Video News.

Disaster response training at RIMPAC in Hawaii grows.  A task force of nine countries, led by the Japan Self-Defense Forces, has been conducting operations across the Hawaiian Islands practicing search-and-rescue operations, evacuations and medical treatment in partnership with local Hawaii hospitals, emergency agencies and volunteer organizations. Star-Advertiser.


More video monitoring on Skyline sought. According to Council staff, Bill 37 ensures that the public would be made aware of the presence of cameras and any video monitoring in or around the city rail system, and the use of data collection. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Merchants have mixed views about county homeless camp. Some downtown Hilo business owners are conflicted about a temporary shelter erected on Ponahawai Street to house the area’s homeless population. Tribune-Herald.

Funds Provided For Fentanyl Task Force, Big Island Substance Abuse Council. $478,400 in National Opioid Settlement Funds are being invested to directly address the growing opioid crisis on Hawaiʻi Island. Big Island Video News.


Lessons From Lahaina: Upcountry Maui Residents Prepare To Flee As Crater Road Fire Burns
. While stronger interagency coordination and better public communication are cited, some residents say they're relying on themselves, neighbors and past experience to stay safe. Civil Beat. Maui Now.

Maui Crater Road fire remains 80% contained. The Maui Crater Road fire remained 80% contained as of 7 p.m. Monday with 574 acres burned and no fire growth, according to the Maui Fire Department. Star-Advertiser.

UH to conduct $3.8 million study of Lahaina wildfires. A five-year, $3.8 million study by a team of UH Manoa’s researchers will look at the government’s response and its impact to the residents affected by the Lahaina wildfires that occurred in August 2023.  KHON2. KITV4.


200 Residents Evacuate As Fast-Moving Wildfire Rips Through West Kauai. One structure has been destroyed, 1,000 acres have burned and KIUC has de-energized its transmission lines as a safety precaution.  Civil Beat. Kauai Now.

Kauai tour helicopter crash victims’ family wants search to resume. Family members of the victims of Friday’s Kauai tour helicopter crash are urging the public to contact Kauai officials if they find any wreckage following the suspension of search and rescue operations for two of the three victims. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

More than 2,100 backpacks given out to school children at Kukui Grove Center on Saturday.
For the 10th year, the Kukui Grove Center partnered with the Department of Education to distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to students preparing to return to the classrooms at the 10th annual Back to School Bash on Saturday. Garden Island.

Monday, July 15, 2024

NOAA scientists study coral reef, condo insurance a rising campaign issue, Hawaii Herald newspaper reopens as The San Times, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

NOAA ‘mother ship’ circling Hawaiian Islands as scientist scuba divers monitor coral reefs. The ship wending its way through the blue waters of the tropical archipelago is Oscar Elton Sette – a 224-foot research vessel operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, now conducting the first Hawai‘i portion of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program in five years. Kauai Now.

Alternate technology to make electricity from wind proposed for Hawaii.
Small-scale wind turbines that don’t resemble the rotating fans seen on typical wind farms could start popping up around the state under an ambitious plan by a startup company. Star-Advertiser.

State law extends reporting time for child sex abuse. Gov. Josh Green signed Senate Bill 2601 into law last week, extending the reporting period for childhood sexual abuse from the previous limit of 26 years old to 50 years old. Star-Advertiser.

State works to keep H5N1 bird flu out of Hawaii. Hawaii is the only U.S. state in which H5N1, also known as highly pathogenic avian influenza, has not yet been detected, according to state and federal officials — not in wild birds, domestic poultry or mammals, including cattle. Star-Advertiser.


Condos’ High-Rising Insurance Premiums Are A Top Issue In These Legislative Races. The plight of condo owners grabs the attention of House and Senate candidates in urban Honolulu races. Civil Beat.

It’s All About Water Quality And Housing For Windward City Council Candidates. David Kauahikaua, Kelsey Nakanelua, Christopher Curren and incumbent council member Esther Kiaaina are on the ballot. Civil Beat.

GOP Primary Opponents Square Off In Waianae, Where ‘You Can Win As A Republican’. Tiana Wilbur and Chris Muraoka are candidates for the open seat in House District 45. Civil Beat.

Accused crime boss’s case goes to the jury.
Ninety-eight days after federal prosecutors tried to prove Micheal J. Miske Jr. was a notorious Hawai‘i crime lord instead of a benevolent businessmen providing essential services to homeowners, businesses and county government, Miske’s fate now rests with a jury. Star-Advertiser.

Waikiki Community Center redevelopment could support senior housing. The nonprofit, which has served the community since 1978, is discussing a collaboration with the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. to redevelop a portion of its property into a mixed-use facility that could include a preschool, offices and senior affordable housing, according to HHFDC Development Branch Chief Randy Chu. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Herald newspaper reopens as The San Times.
For 43 years, the Hawaii Herald told Japanese-American stories in Hawaii. Now it's resurfacing as The San Times - as in "sansei" - the third generation of Japanese-Americans. KITV4.

Beloved Oahu surfer and lifeguard Tamayo Perry is celebrated. Tamayo, 49, died June 23 after he was bitten more than once by a shark while surfing during a break from his city life-guarding shift. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.  KHON2.

Hawaii Island

Green to appoint Nakashima’s successor, Dems to submit choices. Since the 2008 election, the residents of House District 1 have known only Mark Nakashima as their state representative. According to law, Nakashima’s successor must be a Democrat. The Hawaii Democratic Party will submit a list of three individuals to the governor, who will select one. Tribune-Herald.

In A Hilo Rematch, Senate Candidates Differ On The Economy And Tourism.
Incumbent Lorraine Inouye and former legislator Laura Acasio are back on the ballot in the Democratic primary. Civil Beat.

Hospital morgue overcapacity: Hawaii County urged to build its own facility.
According to state law, the chief of police in each county is the county coroner, and police officers are deputy coroners. Police, as coroners, have used the hospital’s morgue as a holding facility for bodies in coroner’s inquest cases and in criminal investigations. Tribune-Herald.

Update On Key Hawaiʻi County Park Projects. Officials say there are more than 130 projects in development through the planning section of the Department of Parks & Recreation. Big Island Video News.

June brought below average rainfall to E. Hawaii. The locations where rain fell in near- to above-average amounts were along the lower Hamakua slopes and along the Kona slopes south of Hualalai. Tribune-Herald.


Long-Term Recovery Plan For Lahaina Expected By December. The county is compiling public input to help prioritize fire recovery projects and programs for disaster funding. Civil Beat.

Maui wildfire 70% contained as crews battle for fifth day
. The Maui Crater Road wildfire that has burned 574 acres since Wednesday was 70% contained as of 10 a.m. Sunday, the Maui Fire Department said. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

DOH monitoring Upper Kula Brushfire for air quality and behavioral impacts. The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) is coordinating with state and county officials in response to the brushfire in upper Kula that started on the evening of July 10, 2024. Maui News.


Search for pilot, passenger suspended following helicopter crash in waters off Na Pali Coast.  Search and rescue operations were suspended Sunday afternoon for two people reported missing following a tour helicopter crash off Kauai’s Na Pali Coast last week.  Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.  KITV4.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Nakashima dead at 61, 1 dead, 2 missing in Kauai tour helicopter crash, federal prosecutor details vast 'criminal underworld' as Miske trial closes, Maui wildfire rekindles trauma, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

State Rep. Mark Nakashima Dead At 61. Mark Nakashima, a Democrat who represented Hamakua, a portion of Hilo and Kaumana in the Hawaii House of Representatives, died Thursday in Honolulu. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio.  Big Island Video News.  Big Island Now.  KHON2.

Young Voters Want To Make Themselves Heard In Hawaii — But They Don’t Always Know How. Events like Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have boosted Generation Z's political awareness, but more needs to be done to engage the state's youngest voters. Civil Beat.

Funding for landmark biosecurity bill slashed in half. Gov. Josh Green has cut what was once a $20 million biosecurity bill in half, raising some concerns about invasive species management in the state. Hawaii Public Radio.

Gov. Green signs bill extending conservation fee on ocean tourism industry. Gov. Josh Green has signed off on an extension to a fee levied on the ocean tourism industry to support marine conservation efforts. Hawaii Public Radio.


Prosecutors Describe Vast ‘Criminal Underworld’ Controlled By Michael Miske During Closing Arguments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Inciong told jurors alleged racketeering boss Miske operated a criminal enterprise for nearly 20 years that engaged in violent assaults, kidnapping and murder. Civil Beat. KHON2. KITV4.

New PR Firm To Sell Honolulu Rail? Some HART Board Members Say No. HART is already paying a public relations firm $8,000 to $9,000 per month through another arrangement with a rail consultant. Civil Beat.

TSA: New tech promises enhanced security (and faster lines) at Honolulu’s airport. TSA officers at Honolulu’s Airport have screened over 5 million travelers so far this year.Now, they’re debuting new technology that could bolster security — and speed up lines. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Sam Shomaker lays out his priorities as JABSOM's sixth dean. Dr. Thomas Samuel “Sam” Shomaker started his new role on July 1 as the sixth dean of the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Island

Mayoral hopefuls take stage. AARP Hawaii invited Mayor Mitch Roth and three challengers — Kimo Alameda, Breeani Kobayashi and Seaula “Junior” Tupa‘i — to discuss the issues facing Hawaii County. Tribune-Herald.

Chancellor chosen for Hawaii Community College. Susan Kazama has been named the next Hawaii Community College chancellor, effective July 19. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Upgrading tradition: Drones aid restoration, resilience of Native Hawaiian fishponds. Researchers from the University of Hawai‘i and fishpond stewards in Hilo are using these unmanned aerial vehicles to support integrated coastal zone management, including at cultural heritage sites. Big Island Now.


Fire On Haleakala Tests Maui’s Improvements in Emergency Management. The county's leadership on Thursday detailed actions its taken to deal with a fast-moving blaze, a stark contrast to what occurred on Aug. 8. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Maui News. Maui Now. KITV4.

No injuries after Hawaiian Air flight overshoots Kahului runway. A runway at the Kahului Airport was briefly closed Thursday afternoon after a Hawaiian Airlines flight carrying 173 passengers was towed to the gate after experiencing problems with its brakes on landing. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.  KHON2.


1 Dead, 2 Missing In Tour Helicopter Crash Off Na Pali Coast. A helicopter crashed into the ocean off the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Thursday, leaving one person dead and two others missing, the Kauai Police Department said. Associated Press. Star-Advertiser.  Garden Island.  Kauai Now. Hawaii News Now.  KHON2.  KITV4.

Kaua‘i sees below average rain in June as dry season intensifies. Rainfall totals for Kaua‘i were near to below average at most of the gauges, according to the monthly precipitation summary from the National Weather Service. Kauai Now.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

1k increase in COVID cases in a week, Maui mulls intracounty ferry, Green signs final bill, power outages plague Kauai, Maui, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

DOH: Hawaii sees more than 1k increase in COVID cases. More than 1,000 Hawaii residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, and the numbers continue to increase. KHON2.

Bipartisan group of senators pushes for Hawaii’s inclusion in NATO treaty. As NATO leaders gather in Washington, D.C., for their 75th-anniversary summit this week, a bipartisan group of 12 U.S. senators is asking leaders to amend the North Atlantic Treaty, the military alliance’s founding document, to include Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Green signs final bill, frames revenue picture and strategizes on Senate pick. Gov. Josh Green signed one bill Wednesday that became the last of 253 enacted into law this year, and described this year’s work with Hawaii lawmakers as collegial. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiʻi extends statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims of minors. Senate Bill 2601, which Gov. Josh Green signed into law this week, gives survivors of sexual abuse at least 32 years after their 18th birthday to bring a civil case to court. The new law extends the deadline for civil action by more than 20 years. Hawaii Public Radio.

Green Wants More Legal Advice Before Filling Senate Vacancy.
The governor says he’s in a difficult situation, as all three possible replacements are running in the primary. Civil Beat.

West Oahu House Race Is One Of The Most Competitive This Year. The open seat has attracted four Democrats and two Republicans for separate primary races. Civil Beat.

'A prostitution of our culture.' Expert rails against Delaware food company that trademarked Hawaiian word. Yet another mainland food company is in the hot seat for trying to take ownership of a Hawaiian word, a pattern trend many Native Hawaiians are fed up with. Hawaiian Bros Inc., which started in Delaware, trademarked the phrase "Aloha Spirit." KITV4.


North Shore Landowner May Donate Her Property To Avoid Environmental Fines. The proposed deal with the state follows extensive native bee habitat destruction and the killing of a nesting albatross at Marconi Point last year. Civil Beat.

Honolulu City Council adopts city-led gambling task force plan
. A plan to set up a city-led gambling task force composed of multiple city agencies including the Honolulu Police Department was formally adopted by the City Council on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu Small Businesses Forge New Strategies To Offset The Decline In Japanese Tourism
. Economic factors are changing the way Japanese visitors perceive a trip to Hawaii in the post-pandemic era — and the growth model of small businesses that cater specifically to them. Civil Beat.

Ex-teacher sentenced in child sex assault case. A former Oahu schoolteacher — initially discovered by FBI agents to be exchanging messages containing child pornography with a Philadelphia teacher — was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old former student and promoting child abuse. Star-Advertiser. KHON2. KITV4.

State, city investigating after company caught dumping brown water down storm drain.
The city says it plans to issue a notice of violation to one of the state’s largest construction companies over an illegal dumping incident captured on camera. Hawaii News Now.

Beachgoers report seeing multiple sharks circling near Waikiki surf spot. A shiver of sharks circling Waikiki was captured on video on Wednesday evening. The incident occurred near Hilton Hawaiian Village at Kaiser’s around 6:30 p.m. Hawaii News Now.

Gun buyback program offers gift cards for guns. In an ongoing effort to protect Hawaiʻi residents from gun violence and keep communities safe, the Department of Law Enforcement will host another community gun buyback event on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2024, at the Aloha Stadium Lower Parking lot on Oʻahu, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maui Now.

Hawaii Island

Hawaii County mayoral contenders spar in forum. Wastewater, Housing And Hazard Pay Are Driving The Big Island Mayor’s Race. With a month to go before the primary, Big Island Mayor Mitch Roth is facing significant challenges in his bid to retain his job as Hawaii County’s top executive for another four years. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.  Hawaii News Now.

Council recommends impact study of proposed STVR regulations. A Hawaii County Council committee has supported a proposal for a study about the economic impacts of much-debated changes to the regulations for short-term vacation rentals. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaiʻi County agrees to take action on unpermitted harbor sewage flow. Hawaiʻi County says it will apply for a Clean Water Act permit because of wastewater discharges into Honokōhau Harbor. Hawaii Public Radio.

NASA awards contract to UH worth up to $85.5M. A Maunakea telescope that is used to identify asteroids and comets that might pose a threat to Earth likely will continue operating through the end of 2033. Tribune-Herald.


Intracounty ferry service topic of online survey, community workshops. Community members are asked to provide input on demand, routes and other preferences for a possible intracounty ferry to connect Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi with Maui. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

Maui Fire Department, ATF officials clarify timeline and process for Lahaina wildfire cause and origin report. Officials with the Maui Fire Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded Wednesday o media inquiries about about the timeline and process for releasing information on the cause and origin of the Aug. 8, 2023 Lahaina wildfire.  Maui Now.

Maui wildfire burns 300 acres, forces closure of Haleakala summit. A wildfire on the slopes of Haleakala burned about 300 acres Wednesday night, closed Crater Road and access to Haleakala National Park’s summit but is not threatening any homes, Maui County officials said. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.  Hawaii News Now.  KHON2.

Over 1,300 HECO customers in Kula without power. A power outage in the Kula area is affecting 1,382 Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) customers.  The power went out at about 6:30 Wednesday evening.  KITV4.


About 50% of power restored on Kaua‘i after islandwide outage
. With roughly 50% of its members restored at 10 p.m. Wednesday,, Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative continued working into the night. Early analysis shows a fault at the Kapaia switchyard caused all generators to trip offline.  Kauai Now. Hawaii News Now.

Looking for a job? Līhuʻe Airport is hiring security officers. In July 2023, the TSA implemented a new pay system in an effort to bring the agency’s salaries in line with the rest of the federal government, which resulted in an average pay increase of 26%, with some salaries going up by 40%.  Kauai Now.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Green vetoes 7 bills, trims budget; Maui postpones short-term rental phase out, Army listens to Oahu concerns over future of state lands, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. Josh Green vetoes 7 bills passed by lawmakers. Green, who had until today to veto bills passed earlier this year by the Legislature, announced Tuesday that he is vetoing only seven bills from a list of 17 that he previously indicated could be vetoed due to concerns. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

Governor signs nearly $24B budget that will tackle priorities such as affordable housing, health care, Maui recovery. Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green on Tuesday signed the state’s supplemental budget, which provides $19.1 billion in operating funds and $4.5 billion in capital improvement money throughout the state for fiscal year 2025 to tackle state priorities from affordable housing and health care needs to continued recovery efforts from last year’s deadly wildfires on Maui. Big Island Now.  Hawaii News Now.

New Hawaii laws signed for gun control, child protection. On Tuesday, Gov. Josh Green signed bills addressing public safety and crime response, including implementing stricter regulations on the sale and ownership of ammunition, and extending the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.  Big Island Video News

Hawaii Governor Says Media Operations Should Be Protected During Emergencies. Gov. Josh Green on Tuesday said he would sign a bill intended to protect First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and the press during times of crisis. Civil Beat.

Green balks at acting to replace state senator before election. Gov. Josh Green is refusing to appoint an interim member of the state Senate by a deadline set by Hawaii law to fill a seat vacated in May by then-Sen. Maile Shimabukuro representing parts of West Oahu. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. 

Government Workers In Hawaii Get Paid Not To Work As Misconduct Investigations Drag On For Months Or Years.
A system meant to protect worker rights and resolve disciplinary cases fast has turned into something much different, with taxpayers picking up the tab for employees told not to come to work.  Civil Beat.

Study finds Hawaiʻi struggles the most with SAT vocabulary. The study aimed to measure the difficulty of every word listed as answer options in the most recent tests' Reading and Writing sections.  Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii faces shortage of Covid vaccines as demand surges.
The Centers for Disease Control is scheduled to release the latest version of its vaccine later this fall. Until then, doctors advise the public to be cautious.  KHON2.


Army concedes ‘environmental justice concerns’ amid debate over future of state-leased lands. The Army is expecting passionate testimony as it kicks off a series of meetings over the future of its leased lands on Oahu. The U.S. government leases about 6,322 acres of land from the state at the Makua Military Reservation, Kahuku Training Area and Kawailoa-Poamoho Training Area near Schofield Barracks. Hawaii News Now.

3 bridges in Hawaii Kai will undergo $1.6 million rehabilitation. Three well-traveled bridges built more than 50 years ago over the man-made waterways of Hawaii Kai will undergo a $1.6 million rehabilitation, city officials say. Star-Advertiser.

Nurses picket for safer staffing ratios. Hundreds of unionized nurses Tuesday morning held signs in front of three hospitals across Oahu, eliciting honks from passing cars, as they called for safer staffing levels. Star-Advertiser.

What comes next for Aloha Stadium with 1 developer in the running? Two development teams were in the running for the project, and then, all of a sudden, one dropped out in June. Waiola Development Partners said no thanks, leaving Aloha Halawa District Partners as the last group standing.  Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Island

Mayoral candidates to appear today at AARP Hawaii forum.
The candidates are Kimo Alameda, Breeani Kobayashi, Mitch Roth and Jr Tupa‘i. They will answer questions from AARP Hawaii and a live audience. Tribune-Herald.

Short-Handed Kona Public Defender’s Office Won’t Accept New Drunken Driving Cases.
The Kailua-Kona Public Defender’s Office has stopped accepting new drunken driving cases and the most serious felony cases because it is short-handed, and a retired Big Island judge is warning that it could affect public safety if something isn’t done. Civil Beat.

Hilo airport evacuated, bomb squad called after inert grenades found in Japanese man’s carry-on bag. Hawaii County police have arrested a 41-year-old man from Japan after two items resembling grenades were found in his carry-on bag at Hilo International Airport. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News.  Big Island Now.  KITV4.

Proposal aims to create more farmers markets. A new Hawaii County bill introduced at Tuesday’s meeting of the County Council’s Policy Committee on Health, Safety and Well-Being would allow seven additional farmers markets to be set up in county parks and facilities islandwide. Tribune-Herald.

Dredging Begins At Wailoa Small Boat Harbor. The $3.1 million dredging operation at Wailoa Small Boat Harbor started on Tuesday, the Hawaiʻi DLNR reports. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.


Fire lawsuits settlement advances at Maui County Council. A massive settlement resolving all claims and lawsuits over the Maui wildfires could be on the table as soon as next week. A Maui County Council committee late Tuesday advanced a measure to the full council, to approve a global settlement. KHON2.

Maui Commission meeting postpones action on phasing out thousands of vacation rentals. Tuesday was supposed to be a monumental day regarding the future of thousands of short-term rentals on Maui. However, it turned into a major disappointment after an important Planning Commission meeting was unexpectedly canceled. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

‘The Most Critical Challenge We Face’: Maui Council On Track To Confirm New Housing Director. Richard Mitchell says he knows the importance of a roof over people's heads having lived in public housing as a child. Civil Beat.

Stream restoration, water supply needs prompt a closer look at Ha‘ikū streams. Maui County is planning to ask the state to amend the interim in-stream flow standards for 11 streams in Ha‘ikū, according to Department of Water Supply Director John Stufflebean. It comes amid a greater push for community control over East Maui water and the county’s search for more water sources in the face of demand and drought. Maui Now.

Illegal Fireworks Task Force releases report of enforcement. From January until the end of June, Task Force officers seized approximately 1,000 pounds of illegal fireworks from various sources in the community. Maui News.


Next Kaua‘i Community College chancellor recommended to university president. Margaret Sanchez has been recommended to be the next chancellor of Kauaʻi Community College after a nationwide search. Sanchez has been serving as interim chancellor since 2023. Kauai Now.

Sprucing up historic Koloa monument. For Derwin Nohara and others on the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Engineering Department team, the two-day cleaning project of the historic Koloa monument became an educational experience at the space where the monument is located. Garden Island.