Emergency declaration faces legal challenges

Welcome to the “Hawaii State News” update for 23 July 2019 from Hawaii News Digest.  Views expressed in this Hawaii News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Content provided by “Hawaii Business Magazine.”

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Judges challenge both sides in dispute over Mauna Kea emergency declaration
The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and state attorney general faced off Monday over whether the governor’s emergency declaration for Mauna Kea is illegally blocking those who want to practice traditional worship on the mountain. A ruling is expected Tuesday after a hearing into whether the order violates the rights of a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KITV. KHON2.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green visits Mauna Kea
He explains, that he is not on Hawai‘i Island to make a political stance but to make sure the health and safety of the kiai are okay. KHON2. Hawaii Public Radio. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.
Lt. Governor says TMT should “move on” if brokered deal can’t be found. Hawaii News Now.

Will TMT survive its opposition?
Gov. David Ige’s cabinet members spent most of Monday in meetings to discuss the future of the project planned for Mauna Kea. Civil Beat.
An increasing number of activists are targeting the largest funder of the next- generation telescope, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of Palo Alto, California. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Support for protest stretches statewide
TMT protesters continue to gain momentum for their cause, with statements Monday from public officials, shows of support from around the country and a nod from businesses shutting their doors in solidarity. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

TMT supporters speak up for the project
Those who favor the project have long said they are in the “silent majority”. Oliver Crowell, a Native Hawaiian who is pro TMT, says he knows many Native Hawaiians who support TMT, but aren’t saying anything publicly since the issue has become so personal. Hawaii News Now.
Astronomy proponent feels that some against the $1.4 billion telescope may not know enough about it. Hawaii News Now.
TMT spokesperson says Mauna Kea remains as ‘preferred site’ for telescope. KITV.
TMT says telescope will not be built near historical burial on Mauna Kea. KITV.

Personal information for 70,000 Hawai‘i students potentially compromised
Personal information for as many as 70,000 public school students may have been compromised after a University of Hawai‘i vendor charged with overseeing a college and career planning website detected suspicious unauthorized access to one of its servers. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Tribune-Herald.

Unsafe water was found last year at 41% of Hawai‘i beaches
A new water pollution report scheduled for release by the national nonprofit Environment America Research & Policy Center, says an estimated 57 million people get sick from recreational waterborne illnesses each year. According to the report, 90 of 218 beach sites sampled in Hawai‘i, or 41%, were potentially unsafe for swimming for at least one day in 2018.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i to receive $1 million from Equifax over massive data breach
The state will receive one million dollars as the result of a large, multi-state settlement with Equifax Inc., one of the largest consumer reporting agencies in the world, regarding a major data breach in 2017. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2. Civil Beat. 

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