Governor Ige working to get TMT project to proceed


“We are a patient people in Hawai‘i. We listen to and understand differing points of view, and we respect the many cultures of this land, especially that of the host culture. I have done my very be…

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Here’s the latest update on efforts to get construction restarted for the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.  Hawaii Governor David Ige says he is still trying to get an agreement with protesters which would allow the project to proceed.  Meanwhile, the University of Hawaii, which is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the Mauna Kea Access Road, has closed the road and the Visitor Center because of "safety" concerns.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island police asks public’s help in identifying theft suspect


Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person wanted in connection with a theft.
On Saturday, May 30, an unknown person entered the Keaʻau Shell gas station and used the victim’s stolen bank card to purchase items.

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This image of the suspect was captured on a surveillance camera.  Those with leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.  You can also call the crimestoppers network at 961-8300. You might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.  Aloha, Russ.

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Plane lands with no wheels down at Kalaeloa Airport


The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident Monday night at Kalaeloa Airport (aka John Rodgers Field).
A TransAir twin-engine SD3-60 turboprop landed around 8 p.m.

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Fortunately, no one was hurt in this unexpected accident.  I just don’t trust small aircraft these days.  Aloha, Russ.

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Thieves rob Nature Conservancy Hawaii Island preserve


The Nature Conservancy reports that more than $25,000 worth of equipment, most of it belonging to the Conservancy, was taken by thieves Monday morning from a storage unit at its Kaiholena Preserve in Kaʻu.

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Another senseless crime committed by persons with no sense of social responsibility or personal decency.  Those with leads in this case should call police or the crimestoppers network.  Aloha, Russ.

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Federal judge rules Maui County ban on GMO crops invalid


(AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.
The county’s ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county’s authority, U.S.

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This is a major setback for opponents of GMOs in Hawaii.  The federal judge ruled that the Maui ban on the growing of genetically modified crops is pre-empted by state and federal law and, therefore, is invalid and "exceeded the county’s authority."  Back to the drawing board.  Aloha, Russ.

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Bill Mandating Native Hawaiian Rights Training Signed Into Law


Will require members of certain state councils, boards and commissions to attend course Governor Ige this morning signed into law HB207 which will require certain state councils, boards, and commissions to attend a course administered by the Office…

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Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for this update.  The measure signed by Hawaii Governor David Ige would require members of select state boards, councils, and commissions to receive mandatory Native Hawaii Rights training before they could recommend policies affecting Native Hawaiians.  HB 207 is part of a program of "cultural sensitivity" to make government agencies more aware of Native Hawaiian cultural, social, and economic concerns.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii’s Congressional delegation gets rail project additional $250M


Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Tuesday that Hawaii’s Congressional delegation was able to get an additional $250 million in federal appropriations for construction of the rail project.

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While I applaud our congressional delegation for securing additional funds for the Honolulu Light Rail Project, this may be a case of "too little, too late."  The cost for this long-delayed rail project has increased steadily over the years.  Whether the light rail system will actually alleviate traffic woes on Oahu is unknown.  This is a very expensive transportation experiment with no guaranteed outcome.  Aloha, Russ.

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