Major Jeff Hickman has had nine days off since May 7. Every other day, Hickman said, has been spent managing public and media access to the lower Puna eruption zone in his capacity asHawaii National Guard public affairs officer.
The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in an appeal that could determine whether an embattled multi-nation telescope project can be built on a mountain Native Hawaiians consider sacred or have to move to a backup site in Spain’s Canary Islands that’s less desirable to scientists hoping to use the instrument for groundbreaking discoveries.
As the reality of the county’s budget crisis sank in Thursday, Mayor Harry Kim held an emergency Cabinet meeting seeking $5 million in cuts, and the Salary Commission voted to postpone discussion of a new round of top officials’ raises until August.
Hawaii Island residents will have only one volcano to worry about. At least for now. The U.S. Geological Survey lowered the alert level for Mauna Loa on Thursday from “advisory” to “normal” asseismic activity returns to background levels.
It ain’t over till it’s over. Baseball great Yogi Berra’s famous quote could well apply to the general excise tax hike in Hawaii County, whichis coming back in a special June 29 County Council meeting, just one day shy of the state-imposed deadline topass it.