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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Cesspools: Four Years Later EPA Fines Hawaii County Again
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 690 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

“...County of Hawai‘i has failed to meet its legal commitment to modernize wastewater infrastructure....”

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Solar Developer Abandons Big Island Project
By News Release @ 5:21 AM :: 1010 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... to abandon the Puako solar and storage project due to elevated interconnection costs coupled with global supply chain and production issues, as well as tariffs and trade disputes specifically affecting the photovoltaic solar industry ....

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Sunday, October 24, 2021
CWS Sex Assault Suit: Two sisters sent to same Foster Home Molesters
By Andrew Walden @ 8:02 PM :: 2082 Views :: Hawaii County , Family, Judiciary

... The suit alleges a Child Welfare Services social worker knowingly placed a 13-year-old girl, identified only as ‘TG’, into the same Kailua-Kona foster home where her older sister had previously been sexually assaulted ....

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Saturday, October 23, 2021
BLNR to Rule on Whether UH Missed Deadline to Break Ground on TMT
By News Release @ 1:11 PM :: 740 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... BLNR will rule on a petition for declaratory orders from parties from the 2016-17 Thirty-Meter Telescope permit contested case ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
COVID Money: Stacy Higa Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Embezzlement
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 1482 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, COVID-19

... Former Hawaii Public Official Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from AmeriCorps and Offering a Bribe in Return for CARES Act Grants ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
Big Island Second Amendment Win
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 901 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

... the county can no longer use a blanket denial process for those with harassment or disorderly conduct convictions but MUST show that the charge actually included a "crime of violence" ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
Wood Pellets? Hawaii 'Green' Energy Scam is Dirtier Than Coal
By Selected News Articles @ 6:53 PM :: 2102 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... Hu Honua on the Big Island and AES on Oahu are both proposing to burn wood to generate electricity.  NRDC explains that wood burners actually produce more CO2 than coal.... 

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Friday, October 8, 2021
VIDEO: UH Virtual Forum on Maunakea Master Plan
By Video @ 8:44 PM :: 664 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... About 55 questions were submitted and answered during the two hour livestream hosted by Marisa Yamane ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
EEOC Sues Suisan Company, Ltd for Racial Harassment and Retaliation
By News Release @ 5:16 AM :: 1001 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Labor

... Food Distributor Condoned Racial Harassment and Retaliated Against African American Employee for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges ....

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Friday, September 24, 2021
Supreme Court Allows Investigation of Anti-Telescope Group
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 1163 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Law Enforcement

... In a unanimous 5-0 decision, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled that the Hawai‘i Attorney General was fully authorized to issue a subpoena to obtain the bank records of the non-profit organization KAHEA ....

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Zombie power plant refuses to die
By Video @ 2:50 AM :: 1113 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

... Who's who and What with Hu Honua ....

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
Anti-Vaxxer May Soon Chair Hawaii Democratic Party
By Andrew Walden @ 10:23 PM :: 4761 Views :: Hawaii County , Democratic Party, COVID-19

... People like us are above the law, force others to be immunized, but never us ....

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Lawsuit Challenges Seizure of Guns by Hawaii County PD
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1180 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

... In addition to the lawsuit, they filed a temporary restraining order against the Police department to stop them from taking away Lance's lawfully owned firearms ....

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Sunday, September 12, 2021
Public input requested for new Maunakea Master Plan
By News Release @ 7:48 PM :: 1069 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... the draft is going to the UH Board of Regents for review and possibly further changes before final approval, which is expected in early 2022 ....

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Sunday, September 5, 2021
JSC Announces Two Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 961 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Judiciary

...Third Circuit and Fifth Circuit ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Hawaii County's Failed Bus System Cited for ADA Violations
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 720 Views :: Hawaii County

... The county agrees to fix “chronically inoperable” wheelchair lifts and make other changes to avoid getting sued ....

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Monday, August 23, 2021
No Land for TMT on La Palma: Spanish Court Revokes Telescope License (again)
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 2379 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... a judge of the High Court of Justice of the Canary Islands has revoked the concession of public forest land to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) ....

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Inside Look: U.S. Army-Hawaii Responds to the Waimea Wildfire, the Largest in Hawaii History
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 1078 Views :: Hawaii County , Military

... U.S. Army-Hawaii (including Hawaii Army National Guard) support Hawaii County Fire Department to battle the 40,000 acre Waimea wildfire, considered the largest in Hawaii Island history ....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Mauna Kea Working Group Creates Webpage, Working on Report to the Legislature
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 1186 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... MKWG is to present recommendations for a new governance and management structure for Mauna Kea to the Legislature by December 31, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Parker School Announces Vaccine Requirement
By News Release @ 12:39 AM :: 1185 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, COVID-19

... “Requiring students ages 12 and older and employees to be vaccinated is a new and important addition to our health and safety protocols” ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Sue and Settle: Eco Group 'Sues' BLNR to Stop Aquarium Fishing
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 1225 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

... Today’s complaint, filed in Hawai‘i Circuit Court in Honolulu, challenges the board’s failure to reject the latest environmental impact statement submitted by trade representatives, which the group says violates state environmental protection laws ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
Police Corruption Scandals Revenge for Gambling Prosecutions?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:14 PM :: 4909 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Ethics, Gambling, Police

... What part of ‘mutually assured destruction’ did they not understand? ....

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021
DOJ: Chinese Money Laundering Buys Big Island Properties
By News Release @ 12:50 PM :: 2259 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Law Enforcement

... routed the proceeds of these schemes through at least six pieces of real estate on the Island of Hawaii ....

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Saturday, June 5, 2021
Maunakea telescope one step closer to decommissioning
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 1511 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, one of five Maunakea telescopes that the University of Hawaiʻi says will be removed from the summit ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Telescope Protesters Challenge DLNR Approval of 'initiation of work'
By News Release @ 10:31 AM :: 2524 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... UH notified the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) on April 28, 2021, that work/construction on the TMT project was initiated in 2019 based on project activities in June and July of that year ....

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Mauna Kea: 'Tell Canada to Stop Being Racist'
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 6:44 PM :: 1657 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... new requirement to be the imposition of racist, neo-colonial requirements on our society ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Saiki Names Mauna Kea Working Group Members
By News Release @ 5:17 AM :: 1808 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

.... Saiki selected Representative Mark M. Nakashima, Chair of the Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Committee (District 1 – Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo) to serve as Chair of the working group ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Maui, Kona Rental Car Rates Top $900/wk
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 1922 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Kahului, Hawaii, is the most expensive U.S. destination in which to rent a car this spring ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
VIDEO: Squatters Take Over Uncle Billy's Hotel
By Video @ 1:10 AM :: 2053 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness, Tourism, Drugs

... Akamai readers will remember this is exactly what happened to the old Hilo Hotel on Kinoole St during the 1990s depression ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Decommissioning Update
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 1657 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Caltech hopes to have its plans approved by early 2022, which would enable the physical deconstruction and restoration to begin by summer 2022 ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
DHHL Offers Rent-With-Option-To-Purchase Homes on Hawaiʻi Island
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 1736 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL

... Sixty homes initiated the project within the Villages of Laʻi ʻŌpua in Kealakehe, Hawaiʻi Island ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
DLNR hands out more dam fines
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 1614 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Agriculture

... Ka’u dam has been empty since about 2010 ....

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Friday, April 9, 2021
Mauna Kea Working Group Nominations Extended
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 2993 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The House of Representatives has extended the nomination deadline for Native Hawaiian persons who wish to serve on the Mauna Kea Working Group from April 5, 2021 to April 26, 2021 ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
​Third Circuit Seeking Applicants for Independent Grand Jury Counsel
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 1368 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

... The Circuit Court of the Third Circuit (Hawaii island) is seeking applications for independent grand jury counsel for Hilo and Kona ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Protest Erupts After DHHL Selects Community Solar Developers
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 2542 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, DHHL, Energy

... State Sen. Kurt Fevella (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) organized the action to rally opponents and to publicize many DHHL beneficiary complaints that the solar farm plan originated without their input and is a bad use of the agency’s trust land ....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
​State House to Restore Funding for Hilo Youth Challenge
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 1412 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, Military

"...The Youth Challenge Academy, operated by the Hawai‘i National Guard, is a community-based program that trains, educates, and mentors young people under military-like conditions...."

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
DLNR to Select Banyan Drive Proposals Next Month
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 1245 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... renovations of the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel and Country Club Condominium Hotel ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Chief Justice Appoints Family Court Judge for Hawaii County
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 2249 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

... Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald today appointed Jeffrey W. Ng to fill a judicial position in the District Family Court of the Third Circuit ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Pharmacists Vaccinate 90% of Patients in Care Homes on Oahu, Big Island
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 1390 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Independent pharmacies on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island have administered first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to about 10,000 residents and caregivers in approximately 1,700 small care homes and have now begun returning to administer second doses ....

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Nominations Open for Participants in Mauna Kea Working Group
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 1703 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... a working group to include seven (7) members who are Native Hawaiian to be nominated by Native Hawaiian groups, organizations, or communities to be appointed by the Speaker of the House ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Finalists named for Hawaiʻi County appointments to Board of Regents
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 1344 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education

... a list of candidates to Gov. David Ige to fill one Hawaiʻi County seat for a five-year appointment, beginning July 1, 2021 ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
$272K Fine for Aquarium Fishing
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 1591 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business

... This case achieved a lot of notoriety ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Bridge Aina Lea Case
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 PM :: 2005 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

"... If there is no such thing as a regulatory taking, we should say so ...."

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
$510K Fine for Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 1493 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, COVID-19

... During a follow-up revisit of Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home on Jan. 6, 2021, inspectors found the facility to be in compliance, avoiding a mandatory termination of the facility on April 16, 2021 ....

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Thursday, February 4, 2021
Mafia News: Kahele Admits he was Picked for State Senate by Malu Motta’s Best Friend
By Video @ 3:26 PM :: 5543 Views :: Hawaii County , Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

...tracing the mafia line into the legislature and congress....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
UH: 'Astronomy at Significant Risk' from Saiki's Half-baked Plan
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 2347 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"... Similar ideas have been previously proposed in the legislature in past years with no result. This has created uncertainty and concern amongst the existing observatories and their national and international non-profit owners/sponsors regarding matters critical to their futures ...."

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
VIDEO: Saiki Calls for UH to Give up Mauna Kea
By Video @ 3:48 AM :: 1872 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Package Deal?  Saiki, Hanabusa Launch Attack on State Auditor to Save OHA’s Dirty Secrets ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
ICA Decision: Telescope Wins Again
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 1916 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Law Enforcement

... ICA affirmed a lower court decision finding that the chief of the Hawaii County Police Department had the authority to request aid from Maui County Police Department and the Honolulu Police Department ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
DLNR Hires Helicopters to Exterminate Sheep on Mauna Kea
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 1922 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Second Amendment

... Control work is scheduled for February 17 and 18. Public access to affected areas and the Mauna Kea Hunter Access Road will be restricted ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Allows Case to go Forward
By Robert Thomas @ 4:42 AM :: 2118 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... The district court's judgment is reversed, case remanded for the merits ....

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