October 2019

October 18, 2019

Kealoha Plea Deal In The Works Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Plea Deal In The Works

A hearing has been set for Tuesday in federal court to finalize a settlement that would avoid more trials.

Hillary Clinton Implies Gabbard Is Favored By Russia Flickr/Keith Kissel

Hillary Clinton Implies Gabbard Is Favored By Russia

Gabbard would be a third-party candidate that the Russians could support to sway the election, the former secretary of state says.

Wind Farm Protesters Arrested As They Blockade Road For Construction Vehicles Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat

Wind Farm Protesters Arrested As They Blockade Road For Construction Vehicles

UPDATED: After the arrests, four construction trucks carrying sections of turbines left for the wind farm site in Kahuku but were later blocked by a downed power pole that HECO says was intentionally cut down.

State Finally Gets It Right With Much Higher Fees At Public Harbors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Finally Gets It Right With Much Higher Fees At Public Harbors

Hawaii’s 16 small boat harbors are in desperate need of better maintenance, and users need to pay more of the cost.

Navy Resists Calls To Relocate Or Strengthen Red Hill Fuel Tanks Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Navy Resists Calls To Relocate Or Strengthen Red Hill Fuel Tanks

Critics worried about leaks into Honolulu’s drinking water are calling for the Navy to relocate the tanks as fast as possible.

Yes, Honua Ola’s Renewable Energy Is Sustainable Honua Ola Bioenergy

Yes, Honua Ola’s Renewable Energy Is Sustainable

Biomass represents an important part of Hawaii’s renewable energy mix.

Hawaii High Schooler To Legislators: Ban Flavored E-Cigs Eleni Gill/Civil Beat

Hawaii High Schooler To Legislators: Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Meanwhile, a major Hawaii e-cigarette retailer said a flavor ban wouldn’t do any good.

Sterling Higa: Hawaii Politicians Could Use Lessons In The Art Of Persuasion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Hawaii Politicians Could Use Lessons In The Art Of Persuasion

Leaders need to offer a vision of the future that resonates with the day-to-day experiences of people.

Once-Defeated Kaneohe Cemetery Expansion Plan Is Back Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Once-Defeated Kaneohe Cemetery Expansion Plan Is Back

While many neighbors are mounting opposition to the new proposal, the expansion has vocal support from several Native Hawaiian organizations.

October 17, 2019

Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging Out At HART Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging Out At HART

UPDATED: Yamanoha’s continued employment at HART drew criticism, but rail agency officials won’t say whether he was fired or left voluntarily.

UH Regents Urge Nonviolent Solutions To Mauna Kea Standoff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Regents Urge Nonviolent Solutions To Mauna Kea Standoff

The directive from the board offers little new in the way of resolving issues regarding Thirty Meter Telescope.

Hirono, Top Senate Dems Call For Return Of DACA Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hirono, Top Senate Dems Call For Return Of DACA

The Hawaii senator, who herself is an immigrant, wants permanent protections for dreamers targeted by the Trump administration. 

NOAA Forecast: ‘Above Average’ Rainfall For Hawaii Through April Cory Lum/Civil Beat

NOAA Forecast: ‘Above Average’ Rainfall For Hawaii Through April

As such, existing drought is expected to be eliminated by the end of the rainy season.

Kiewit’s Payments On Hold Pending Findings Of Rail Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kiewit’s Payments On Hold Pending Findings Of Rail Investigation

The contractor’s payment denials are among $77 million in freshly rejected rail invoices that didn’t meet state standards for legitimate construction costs.

Honolulu Police Acquire More Military-Style Equipment Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Acquire More Military-Style Equipment

The local ACLU criticizes the purchase of equipment like the $580,000 Lenco Bearcat armored vehicle as encouraging local police to adopt a “warrior mentality.”

Honolulu Mayor Should Veto City Council’s Union-Friendly Public Works Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Should Veto City Council’s Union-Friendly Public Works Bill

Bill 37 offers unsupported justifications to favor organized labor over nonunion general contractors.

Hawaii’s Push To Plant Millions Of Trees Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Push To Plant Millions Of Trees

Climate change, bureaucracy and goats are all complicating efforts to combat carbon emissions with more greenery.

Hawaii’s Green Energy Projects Search For Ways To Navigate Community Opposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Green Energy Projects Search For Ways To Navigate Community Opposition

A number of new solar and wind projects are needed on Oahu to replace the last coal-fired plant, which is scheduled to close in 2022.

Cybersecurity Is More Important Than Ever Flickr: blogtrepreneur.com/tech

Cybersecurity Is More Important Than Ever

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and for good reason.

October 16, 2019

Hawaii Democrats To Hold Presidential Primary April 4 Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats To Hold Presidential Primary April 4

The Democratic National Convention has approved how the local party will select delegates.