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Ige issues emergency edict as protesters on Mauna Kea increase
Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation Wednesday afternoon as the number of people gathered at the base of Mauna Kea to protest TMT swelled to roughly 1,000 and crews were blocked for a third day. Law enforcement officers arrested 33 kupuna Wednesday morning, and looked poised to arrest more protesters who were blocking the road to the construction site mid-day, but backed off. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Tribune-Herald. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
Full text of emergency proclamation. Governor’s Office.

Astronomers: We’re sort of dead in the water
The protests surrounding the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea and the closure of the Maunakea Access Road affects not only the future of astronomy, but its present, as well, according to astronomers who use the telescopes already in place on the mountain. Tribune-Herald.

OHA trustee arrested at TMT protest 
Among those arrested on Wednesday was Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey, who has represented Maui since January of 2012. KITV.

In wake of TMT arrests, scores gather to call for UH president’s resignation
Students, faculty, and staff at UH-Manoa who oppose the Thirty Meter Telescope held a rally Wednesday to call for President David Lassner’s resignation. Hawaii News Now. KITV.

State officials fine tune climate change proposals for next legislature session
A 10-member advisory group, co-led by Rep. Nicole Lowen and Sen. Mike Gabbard, recommended the Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission broaden its priorities, boost its coordination among government agencies, increase testimony on bills and support legal changes that empower the counties to protect Hawai‘i’s disappearing beaches. Civil Beat.

HECO makes push toward renewable energy
The Hawaiian Electric Companies announced Wednesday its plans to request proposals for its largest and most ambitious push for renewable energy ever. The utility is seeking clean energy projects to provide reliable service over the next five years following the expected closure of its largest fossil fuel plant on O‘ahu in 2022, and the retirement of its oldest, oil-fired plant on Maui in 2024. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. 

Profiles of Three Citizens Driving Change
Throughout the Hawaiian Renaissance, Puanani Burgess has been one of the builders, planners, speakers and strategists who shaped a renewed respect for the host culture, its needs and rights… read more.
O‘ahu activists demonstrate after TMT arrests
Native Hawaiian sympathizers demonstrated at the state Capitol courtyard, held a sit-in at Gov. David Ige’s office and slowed traffic on the H-1 Freeway and at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, among other actions. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Ethics Commission, former director spar over handling of Kealoha probes
The Honolulu Ethics Commission met Wednesday to set the record straight about how it handled the Kealoha investigation. But they were stunned when former Executive Director Chuck Totto blasted them for crippling the probe, saying “the Ethics Commission did not carry out its duties to the public to properly investigate the Kealohas.” Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

4 Kealoha era lawsuits could cost city up to $40 million, Gerard Puana’s attorney says
Eric Seitz, the attorney for the man framed by the Kealohas in the so-called mailbox theft case said four civil rights violation lawsuits against the couple and HPD could cost the city up to $40 million. Hawaii News Now.

Canoe club: Homeless camp is putting young paddlers’ safety in jeopardy
Canoe clubs at Ke‘ehi Lagoon are growing more frustrated with a relatively small group of squatters they say are a danger to families who use the park. Hawaii News Now.

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