Today’s Hawaii News 6/3

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How scientists discovered the link between sunscreen and coral reef death
It’s now commonly known that many chemicals commonly found in sunscreen are harmful to coral reefs. But that link wasn’t established until 2015 and many challenges to mitigating the negative effects remain. Hawaii Public Radio.

Climate modeling company expects less risk this hurricane season
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicted an above-normal tropical cyclone activity this hurricane season; however, a Hawai‘i based climate forecasting and risk management company anticipates a below- normal season. AbsoulteClimo puts the chance of exceeding two or more hurricanes in the Central Pacific at 10% or less. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Electric’s ambitious plan to quit using coal is a “moon mission”
To replace a coal plant set to close in 2022, HECO is seeking private developers to build a new wave of renewable energy generation and storage facilities around the islands. Civil Beat.

Money may determine fate of vacation rental measure
The measure, Senate Bill 1292, would generate an estimated $46 million in extra tax collections next year, and key lawmakers said they need that cash to pay the bills. While Ige has been mulling whether he should sign or veto the measure, the money picture has shifted. An unexpected surge in state tax collections may help sink the measure. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Conflicts, lax oversight shroud this secretive fisheries fund
In the past 10 years, millions of dollars have flowed through an obscure federal fund aimed at supporting commercial tuna fishermen in Hawai‘i and three U.S. Pacific island territories. But limited oversight, a process of awarding contracts mostly behind closed doors and a reluctance to produce public records about the fund have stymied efforts to find out how the money is being spent, who is receiving it and whether it’s being used in accordance with federal law. Civil Beat. 

Waikīkī pavilions might be converted to deter homeless
The city pavilions in Kūhiō Beach park on Kalākaua Avenue were built so local residents and tourists could pause awhile to bask in the beauty of Waikīkī’s sandy shores and aquamarine waters. The situation at the pavilions has led Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to propose adding concessions to all four Waikīkī pavilions. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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