Hawaii Island News, 28 Jan 2019

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Accessed on 28 January 2019, 2115 UTC, Post 18336.



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Public rails against land fund cut
After hearing often emotional testimony from about 30 people, the county Charter Commission Friday voted 7-3 to advance an amendment that essentially reverts the fund back to status quo, requiring a minimum of 2 percent of property tax revenues be put in an acquisition fund and 0.25 percent be put in a maintenance fund. Then it rescinded the vote and left the matter pending. West Hawaii Today.

Satellite launch proponents meet with DHHL residents
The CEO of Alaska Aerospace Corp. said the organization will have some homework to do after a contentious meeting with Department of Hawaiian Home Lands residents Friday about its proposed small satellite launch facility. About 50 people from Panaewa and Keaukaha attended, and none appeared interested in rockets being launched in the area. Tribune-Herald.

Plan for Keauhou Bay in the works
Kamehameha Schools, which owns 54 acres at Keauhou Bay, is developing a management plan intended to move traffic and commercial operations away from historic sites and reduce pressure on the bayfront’s resources. West Hawaii Today.

Lawyers discuss Lloyd’s of London lawsuits
Attorneys told about 35 people who packed a conference room Wednesday at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo there will be more lawsuits filed against Lloyd’s of London and its associated agents, brokers and adjusters. Tribune-Herald.

Council advances Kaupulehu project
Developers of the 1,079-acre luxury Kaupulehu project have begun the first steps toward public shoreline access and said Wednesday they’ll have it completed within one year.The County Council, on an 8-0 vote, approved on first reading an amended development plan and a 20-year extension for completion of the project located between mile markers 84 and 87 on Queen Kaahumanu Highway. West Hawaii Today.

I just received an email message from Hawaii County regarding the reopening of the Pahoa pool.  According to Parks and Recreation representative Roxie Waltjen, the pool will reopen on Wednesday, 06 February 2019.  The pool was closed because of lava damage from the Kilauea volcano.  I’ve posted the story on my facebook page.  You can also research the story here:


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Russ Roberts