Fire Captain investigated for media leak.


Captain Sean Sommers accused of talking with the media about the Hawaii County Fire Chief.

Source:  West Hawaii Today.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

West Hawaii Fire Captain Sean Sommers is under investigation by Hawaii Department Chief Darren Rosario for criticizing the department’s management philosophy in public.  Rosario sent a letter to Sommers telling him he was being investigated because he "violated the department’s rules when he discussed it and the fire chief in a March 19 interview on Hawaii News Now."  Rosario claimed that Sommers violated a regulation stating, "no member shall publicly criticize or ridicule the department, its policies or the members…when such action tends to impair the good order or efficiency of the department, interferes with the ability of officers to maintain discipline or it’s made  with reckless disregard for truth or falsity." Honolulu attorney Jeff Portnoy, who specializes in First Amendment issues, told reporter Lauer that the "rules go too far….government employees do not lose their First Amendment rights to speak out about what they believe is wrongdoing they believe is not being appropriately handled by those in authority."  Aloha, Russ.

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Protesters block telescope construction site.


Demonstrators establish an “Aloha Safety Check” near construction area.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

Construction at the site of the Thirty Meter Telescope has stopped following a protest by more than 50 demonstrators outside of the Mauna Kea Visitor Center.  Activists called the telescope a "desecration of the mountain" and marched "back and forth" across the Mauna Kea Access Road, blocking access to the upper slopes of the mountain. Protesters allowed visitors and other telescope operators through the picket line. Protesters also disrupted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in October 2014.  Protesters told reporter Tom Callis that promised jobs and funding didn’t justify the project.  Protesters said part of their mission was to educate visitors, who "mostly looked on with curiosity, about the mountain’s sacredness and cultural importance."  A group of state conservation officers and Hawaii County police monitored the activity, with Police Captain Richard Sherlock saying their focus "was on making sure people stayed safe."  The Thirty Meter Telescope has gained the necessary approvals to begin work on the facility, which achieve first light in 2014.  Ruth Aiona of Kailua-Kona said her group was "standing up for their ancestors and the mountain’s sacred status."  Aloha, Russ.

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Dead sea turtle discovered in Maili Beach Park trash bin – Hawaii News Now


A troubling discovery at a Leeward Oahu beach has many people outraged. Two dead sea turtles were seen at Maili Beach Park on Sunday and one of them was found in a charcoal bin surrounded by trash.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

What an insensitive, illegal act.  Some people have no respect for life. Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island Of Hawaii mayor used government charge card at hostess bar – KHON2 – News List Online


KHON2 discovered that disciplinary action could be taken when the card holder uses it for private or unauthorized reasons, in order to buy alcoholic drinks.

Source: news.list-online.com

Some more background information on Mayor Billy Kenoi’s illegal use of a  county credit card at a Korean hostess bar in Honolulu.  Kenoi says he repaid the county for using the card incorrectly.  The incident occurred in 2013 and only recently came to light.  Aloha, Russ.

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Police arrest 21 for suspected DUI on Big Island – West Hawaii Today


Hawaii Island police arrested 21 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant from March 23 through Sunday. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Five were younger than 21.

Source: westhawaiitoday.com

Some people never learn.  Thankfully, these folks were taken off the road before they killed someone.  Aloha, Russ.

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Coast Guard seeks owner of kayak adrift off Hawaii island


The Coast Guard is looking to the public for help in locating the owner of a kayak seen drifting in waters off Hawaii’s Molokai Island.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for the owner of a partially submerged blue kayak seen off the coast of Molokai on Sunday.  The kayak was found adrift about 12 miles southwest of Molokai’s Laau Point.  The Coast Guard searched the area for about 3 hours and found nothing.  There have been no reports of missing persons or boats in the area.  Aloha, Russ.

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HECO clears PV interconnection queues in Maui, Hawaii Islands – Utility Dive


Pressure from regulators to gets results, with HECO nearing the end of its interconnection backlog.

Source: www.utilitydive.com

Under intense pressure from community groups and the state of Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, The Hawaii Electric Company is making good progress in reducing  the backlog of rooftop solar installation permits on Maui and the rest of the Hawaiian Islands.  HEI said delays were necessary because of safety issues associated with hooking PV systems to the electrical grid.  Aloha, Russ.

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