Hawaii Island News, 29 August 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 29 August 2018.

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Here are Hawaii Island’s top news stories compiled by “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Councilwoman to continue not voting
County officials were still at a stalemate Tuesday, one week after Puna Councilwoman Jen Ruggles shocked fellow council members by announcing she will refrain from voting or sponsoring legislation because she feared she would be violating international law and committing war crimes against the Hawaiian Kingdom. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now.

Water Board finding puts future of wind farm in question
A decision by the Hawaii County Water Board at its monthly meeting Tuesday may signal the end of an award-winning renewable energy project and prove the impetus for a legal battle with implications amounting to tens of millions of dollars. West Hawaii Today.

Cleanup efforts continue as county tabulates Lane’s damage
Damage assessment teams fanned out across windward areas this week to gather data that could determine if Hawaii County qualifies for aid. The county so far has not released any information related to damage assessments, but Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman with the Mayor’s Office, said crews focusing on tabulating damage to residents and businesses should wrap up today. Tribune-Herald.

Officials warn that flooded buildings pose risk even after waters recede
Dangers include electrical hazards, structural damage, hazardous materials, bacteria and viruses, and mold and mildew. The health department says that in order for a building to be safely reoccupied, it must be completely dry, and all dirt and debris must be removed. Big Island Video News.

Invasive pests threaten mac nut trees
The felted coccid has posed a threat to the macadamia nut industry since the insect was first discovered in 2005. Hawaii is considering introducing a newly discovered wasp to prey on the invasive pest. Civil Beat. 

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Russ Roberts