July 2017

July 26, 2017

Judge Recommends That Thirty Meter Telescope Should Get Permit Thirty Meter Telescope

Judge Recommends That Thirty Meter Telescope Should Get Permit

UPDATED: The state Board of Land and Natural Resources will now hold a hearing and make a final decision on the permit.

Military Transgender Ban Draws Ire Of Hawaii Congressional Delegation Flickr: Naval Surface Warriors

Military Transgender Ban Draws Ire Of Hawaii Congressional Delegation

Sen. Hirono and Reps. Hanabusa and Gabbard are among many criticizing President Trump for his surprise announcement.

Kauai Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Harassing Monk Seal Courtesy: DLNR

Kauai Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Harassing Monk Seal

Authorities say it may be the first felony conviction under a statute designed to protect the endangered marine mammals.

Judge Blasts Honolulu Prosecutors Over Handling Of Theft Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Blasts Honolulu Prosecutors Over Handling Of Theft Case

She said a private company appeared to have “orchestrated the vast majority of the investigation” of its former employee.

 

Hawaii AG Takes A Break From Trump Suits To Handle Dog Leash Case Flickr: Sue Salisbury

Hawaii AG Takes A Break From Trump Suits To Handle Dog Leash Case

Doug Chin’s office is apparently targeting a Maui deputy prosecutor for violating leash laws.

Ian Lind: Hawaii’s Nuclear Preparedness Is Same Old Fear Mongering Flickr.com

Ian Lind: Hawaii’s Nuclear Preparedness Is Same Old Fear Mongering

We should be pushing for rational diplomacy rather than returning to a Cold War mentality.

State Steps Up Its Homeless Sweeps Along Highways Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Steps Up Its Homeless Sweeps Along Highways

Aggressive new effort comes as officials question if moving people along encourages them to use shelters.

Emergency Meeting Held To Oppose Trump Weakening Marine Monuments Courtesy: Kelvin Gorospe/NOAA

Emergency Meeting Held To Oppose Trump Weakening Marine Monuments

UPDATED A marine sanctuary advisory group wants to block opening Papahanaumokuakea to energy exploration or mining.

Futile For Hawaii To Prepare For Nuclear Attack Flickr: driver Photographer

Futile For Hawaii To Prepare For Nuclear Attack

The U.S. Congress should urge negotiations between America and North Korea.

July 25, 2017

Council Members Put Mayor’s Call For Sprinkler Retrofitting On Hold Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Council Members Put Mayor’s Call For Sprinkler Retrofitting On Hold

They approve a call for a fire safety group established more than 10 years ago to reconvene.

Denby Fawcett: There Just Aren’t Enough Workers To Go Around In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: There Just Aren’t Enough Workers To Go Around In Hawaii

The state labor director calls it a “perfect storm” as restaurateurs and retailers struggle to recruit — and keep — employees.

Honolulu’s Potholes Are Costing Drivers — And Taxpayers — Millions PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Potholes Are Costing Drivers — And Taxpayers — Millions

A 2016 study found the city had the 11th-worst roads among large urban areas, and residents pay more than the national average for related car repairs.

 

$16K Gift To Pay OHA Trustee’s Legal Fees Raises Ethical Questions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$16K Gift To Pay OHA Trustee’s Legal Fees Raises Ethical Questions

UPDATED: Trustee Rowena Akana, who’s in a legal battle with other board members, disclosed the money in a recent ethics report.

Honolulu Council Considers Another Expansion Of Sit-Lie Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Considers Another Expansion Of Sit-Lie Ban

To avoid legal challenges, the latest measure to keep the homeless off busy city sidewalks would apply only to commercial streets.

Science Exploited In The Global Warming Debate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Science Exploited In The Global Warming Debate

Regardless of who is right, we should be planning and preparing for potential worst-case scenarios.

July 24, 2017

Hawaii Soldier Pleads Not Guilty To Trying To Assist Islamic State AP

Hawaii Soldier Pleads Not Guilty To Trying To Assist Islamic State

A defense attorney is seeking a mental health evaluation for Sgt. Ikaika Kang, whose trial is scheduled for September.

Father Of Hawaii Boy Missing For Two Decades Is Sentenced AP

Father Of Hawaii Boy Missing For Two Decades Is Sentenced

He gets 20 years in prison — and must serve a minimum of nearly seven — in the death of a child known as “Peter Boy.”

Many US Cities Still Have High-Rise Buildings Without Sprinklers Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Many US Cities Still Have High-Rise Buildings Without Sprinklers

American cities have a mixed bag of laws on whether older buildings, particularly residential buildings,   must be retrofitted.

The Monk Seal Show Now Playing In Waikiki Has A Crucial Supporting Cast Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

The Monk Seal Show Now Playing In Waikiki Has A Crucial Supporting Cast

Volunteers are credited with helping the species rebuild its population. Now they’re making sure humans enjoy but don’t disrupt Rocky and her pup.

Mayor Caldwell Needs To Act Now To Strengthen The Police Commission Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Mayor Caldwell Needs To Act Now To Strengthen The Police Commission

The Honolulu mayor has taken some steps to make the commission more professional. Now he needs to finish the job.

We Do Practically Nothing To Control Wild Cats Threatening Rare Seals And Birds Courtesy: Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project

We Do Practically Nothing To Control Wild Cats Threatening Rare Seals And Birds

While Hawaii’s animal rights and environmental groups are sharply divided on solutions, there’s little government support even for steps the two sides agree on.

Reader Rep: A TV Station Decides Its Sportscast Is No Longer Sacred

Reader Rep: A TV Station Decides Its Sportscast Is No Longer Sacred

Hawaii News Now eliminated its nightly sports segment, reflecting dramatic changes in how audiences get their news.

July 23, 2017

New State Tax Credit Is Temporary — But We Know How That Goes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New State Tax Credit Is Temporary — But We Know How That Goes

Hawaii’s Earned Income Tax Credit is intended to help the middle class, but implementing and administering it could prove problematic.

July 22, 2017

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Hawaii Soldier On Terrorism Charges AP

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Hawaii Soldier On Terrorism Charges

Sgt. Ikaika Kang is accused of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

July 21, 2017

Hawaii Prepares For ‘Unlikely’ North Korea Missile Threat AP

Hawaii Prepares For ‘Unlikely’ North Korea Missile Threat

State Emergency Management Agency announces a public education campaign and plans monthly tests of “attack-warning” siren.