Law enforcement action expected on Mauna Kea

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Protesters brace for more law enforcement action at Mauna Kea
Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope were concerned that law enforcement officers would move in to Mauna Kea early Friday, but there had been no indication from authorities so far that a larger presence was on the mountain yet. Activists say they are still preparing, though, for the possibility of swarms of law enforcement and even the potential use of excessive force.Hawaii News Now.

Emergency edict puts Mauna Kea off-limits even to cultural practitioners, officials say
An emergency proclamation signed by Gov. David Ige means that no one will be allowed on Mauna Kea, including cultural practitioners, and National Guard troops will join other law enforcement officers in dealing with protesters attempting to stop construction of TMT, state officials said Thursday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.
Kupuna decry Governor’s emergency proclamation. Big Island Video News. Maui Now. KITV.
Ige sued over emergency proclamation. Civil Beat.

Updates from Mauna Kea
Hundreds maintain their vigil as authorities say all access to the mountain is now restricted. No arrests made on day 4 of protest.Civil Beat. Big Island Now. KHON2.
Elders and protest leaders call on partners in the international collaboration building TMT to halt. Hawaii Public Radio.

Leaders respond to TMT protests
UH President David Lassner said Wednesday was one of the most challenging days in his six-year tenure as the head of the university system. Hawaii News Now.
Ed Case and Mazie Hirono issue brief statements. KHON2.
State Sen. Kai Kahele plans to ask Gov. Ige “for a moratorium on the construction for the next 60 days.” Tribune-Herald.

Hawai‘i funds women’s health services to address Trump rule on abortion
Hawai‘i officials say they are prepared to maintain women’s health services in the state as the Trump administration orders taxpayer-funded family planning clinics to stop both referring patients for abortion services and discussing the topic with them.Hawai’i Public Radio.

State jobless rate remains steady at 2.8%
The seasonally adjusted measure held in June for the fourth month in a row while the state’s labor force continued to shrink, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

Elliot Mills, VP of Hotel Operations at Disney Aulani Resort, Joins Leadership Conference
A strong consumer experience is invaluable to any successful business. Join Elliot Mills and other local CX experts for a discussion on how to build a brand through satisfied customers at Leadership Conference on July 25. Register today!
TMT protest on H-1 foolish and dangerous, HPD says
Pop-up TMT protests are happening statewide, including on O’ahu roadways. On Thursday, protesters took to the H-1 Freeway westbound for a second day, creating a slow-rolling convoy near the Ward Avenue overpass. Hawaii News Now.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Federal investigators probe Katherine Kealoha’s role in costly rail project delay
Katherine Kealoha played a role in one of the first, major and costly delays of the Honolulu rail project. The question: How her actions ― or in this case inaction ― affected the state’s largest public works project ever and why a key environmental review was stalled. Hawaii News Now.

Rail will spend nearly $40M more on change order fixes
Despite the cost increases, the 20-mile, 21-station transit line is holding steady to HART’s latest, $8.14 bn construction budget, officials say. Civil Beat.
Contingency fund to cover contamination, HART says. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Next Kealoha trials may get pushed back as new attorney gets up to speed
Katherine Kealoha’s attorney wants to delay a bank fraud until next year. That could also set back her drug trafficking trial, too.Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Board of Water Supply proposes to remove Haiku Stairs
The owners of Haiku Stairs, also known as Stairway to Heaven, made yet another pitch at the Kāneʻohe Neighborhood Board meeting Thursday evening to remove the nearly 4,000 steps above Heʻeia. Hawaii News Now. KITV. KHON2.

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