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Protesters block Mauna Kea access road
Eight protesters were chained to a cattle guard, including one underneath the metal guard, on Mauna Kea Access Road early Monday, just hours before construction was expected to begin. One of those protesters was Walter Ritte, a well-renowned Native Hawaiian activist. “We do not want this TMT on this mountain. This mountain represents more than just their building they want to build. This mountain represents the last thing they want to take that we will not give them,” Ritte says. Hawaii News Now.

Activists gathered at Mauna Kea
Hundreds of Native Hawaiian activists encamped Sunday at the bottom of Mauna Kea were determined to stand their ground against the launching of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope – unsure of how law enforcement would intervene or what the morning would bring. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Tribune-Herald. West Hawaii Today. KHON2. KITV. Civil Beat.

Mayor Kim makes a visit to pu‘uhonua at base of Mauna Kea
Mayor Harry Kim told the Thirty Meter Telescope opponents who have established a pu‘uhonua, or “safe sanctuary”, that he supports what they have done. Kim said they informed him of their efforts in advance. “They’ve been more than good at keeping their promises that safety is first for everybody. And I admire them for it, I respect them for it, and I surely do appreciate them for that.” Big Island Video News.

Ige addresses concerns ahead of the start of TMT construction
Gov. David Ige addressed rumors that law enforcement planned to sweep Mauna Kea before construction resumes Monday morning, saying there are no such plans. Tensions have ramped up even higher over the weekend as the law enforcement presence on Hawai‘i Island has increased. Nearly a dozen Honolulu Police are assisting Hawai‘i County Police and the state Land Board’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement. Hawaii News Now. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Big Island Video News. KHON2.

OHA demands TMT construction halt 
Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chairwoman Colette Machado and OHA Trustee Dan Ahuna are demanding a halt to construction of the long-stalled Thirty Meter Telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea “to avoid harm to Native Hawaiians” and ensure public safety. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

The DOE’s CFO is leaving for UH
Amy Kunz, the longstanding chief financial officer for the Hawai‘i Department Of Education is going to the University of Hawai‘i Office of the Vice President for Budget and Finance as associate vice president. Kunz, an assistant superintendent, was appointed CFO of the DOE in September 2011. Civil Beat.

Rat lungworm victim describes her agony
Shawzy Cann describes the agony of burrowing worms on the left side of her brain as the “worst pain” she’s ever felt. The 43-year-old former Hawai‘i island resident is one of the 82 people with confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease from 2007 to 2017. A review of the cases was published last week in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

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State agency to study transferring control of Kaka‘ako to city
One day after Ige issued his veto Tuesday, board members of the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority overseeing Kaka‘ako voted to spend up to $100,000 for a private consultant to produce a study on transferring the agency’s Kaka‘ako responsibilities to another entity or entities, despite concerns that such a transfer would be premature and unwise. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

City Council’s move to Alii Place hits a snagCouncil Chairman Ikaika Anderson said last week that the landlords of the downtown Alii Place tower, The Bristol Group, want a five-year commitment from the Council, something the Council is reluctant to give because it would tie the hands of future Councils. This snag will likely push the renovation of Council offices at Honolulu Hale into 2021. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Katherine Kealoha diagnosis raises questions about her city job
After a jury convicted former Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha of multiple felony counts, the lead federal prosecutor described her as a chronic malingerer, someone who feigned medical ailments to avoid accountability for her actions.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Repaving at Ala Moana slated for next month
The city plans to resurface the main road in Ala Moana Beach Park, including repaving and re-striping of the entire stretch of Ala Moana Park Drive along with installing new speed bumps. The more than $1 million project is expected to wrap up in October. Mayor Caldwell says most of the work will be done at night. Hawaii News Now.

UH officials unhappy with West O‘ahu land transfer mandate
A dispute is brewing over a parcel of land in West O‘ahu designated as the site of a new state film studio. Hawaii Public Radio.

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