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Updates from Mauna Kea: Activists impede work on first day of TMT construction
Nearly 500 mostly Native Hawaiian “kiai,” or protectors of the mountain, stood at the intersection of Saddle Road and Mauna Kea Access Road, the only paved access to the summit. They were armed with signs, banners and flags of protest and were rallied by Hawaiian chants and songs. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.KHON2. KITV. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Tribune-Herald.
Opponents chained to the cattle guard relinquished their position and were not arrested. Big Island Video News.
Inside the ‘protectors’ camp: Night spent with protesters shows community-run effort. West Hawaii Today.
Opponents remain at base of Mauna Kea, ready for day 2 of TMT protests. Hawaii News Now.

Late day standoff underscores just how precarious the situation is on Mauna Kea
As early evening fog rolled in, flag-waving protestors who thought they were done after an exhausting day rallied to block a small convoy of state sheriff’s deputies and National Guard members who were trying to drive up the mountain to sleep at Hale Pohaku.The demonstrators were provoked when the state installed a gate on the Mauna Kea Access Road after it had seemed that any head-to-head confrontations were over for Monday, a day of mass protests but no arrests. Civil Beat.

Both sides of the TMT debate make their point known with rallies across the state
In Hīlo, supporters of the project waved signs along Kanoelehua Avenue. They welcome the telescope for its potential benefits to science, and Hawai‘i’s economy. Hawaii News Now. Big Island Video News.
On O‘ahu, hundreds of people gathered at the State Capitol to voice their concerns over the start of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. KHON2. KITV.

Poll indicates local support for TMT has been strong for years
About three-fourths of local residents have said they support the telescope in Honolulu Star-Advertiser polls conducted in 2016 and 2018. The polling also suggested growing support among Native Hawaiians, with 72% of those polled saying they supported the project in 2018. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Gabbard has missed nearly a quarter of house votes this year
When members of the U.S. Congress run for president, they frequently miss votes. Since Tulsi Gabbard declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in January, she has missed nearly one-fourth of them — 24.1% of votes in the House of Representatives so far this year. According to ProPublica, that gives her the ninth-worst voting record out of 434 House members in the 116th Congress. Civil Beat.

Anderson backs Kahele in bid for congress
Honolulu City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson on Monday announced his endorsement of state Sen. Kai Kahele’s campaign for the U. S. Congress. Civil Beat.

Dramatic drop hits macadamia nut crop
Production of mac nuts statewide fell to a 37-year low this past season, according to a federal report released last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture report said the reduction amounted to about 14 million pounds of nuts, or a 28% drop to 35.3 million pounds this past season. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

Leadership Conference Session Highlight: Fine Tune Your Negotiation Skills
Join Meli James, co-founder of Mana Up & president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, for tips on how to negotiate successfully at Leadership Conference on July 25. Register today!
Ethics commission set to examine its role in Kealoha corruption case
The oversight board stopped its former executive director and investigator from pursuing ethics investigations into the city police chief and his prosecutor wife. Civil Beat.

Behind the verdict in Kealoha trial: An interview with the jury foreman
There was no smoking gun just a “mountain of evidence” that led to the conspiracy conviction of the former Honolulu police chief, his prosecutor wife and two police officers. Civil Beat.

Katherine Kealoha gets new taxpayer-funded attorney
A federal judge has appointed attorney Gary Singh to represent the former deputy prosecutor after her previous defense attorney, Cynthia Kagiwada, asked to be taken off the case.Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Volunteers right Kawaiahaʻo gravestones
About as quickly as they were knocked over, most of the 27 vandalized gravestones at Kawaiahaʻo Church cemetery have been restored, in large part because of the goodwill of the community. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio.

Man nabbed in child enticement sting used cameras hidden in toy cars
An Oʻahu man was being held without bail on Monday after investigators conducting a child enticement sting apparently discovered a number of cameras in his home that were hidden inside of toy cars. Hawaii News Now. 

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