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Mayor Kim believes he can find a way through the divisions on Mauna Kea
Hawai‘i’s governor put Hawai‘i Island Mayor Harry Kim in charge of negotiating with activists blocking construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Kim says he understands the issue is about a lot more than just whether or not a telescope should be built on Mauna Kea. It’s about how the state has treated Native Hawaiians and their land. It’s about ceded lands — public land that previously belonged to the Hawaiian Kingdom, which includes land on Mauna Kea. Civil Beat.Tribune-Herald.Big Island Now.
Governor’s decision to step back from TMT conflict gets mixed reviews. Hawaii News Now.
The Rock visits Mauna Kea
Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a surprise visit to Mauna Kea on Wednesday afternoon to add some star power to the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope, and a surge of people submitting comments about TMT on the governor’s website caused the site to crash. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.
Loss of TMT would harm state’s investments in science, business, supporters say
Contractual agreements between the state, UH and developers don’t spell out damages if the state fails to provide access to the construction site for the Thirty Meter Telescope. And TMT attorney Douglas Ing said that suing the state is not something the board of the TMT International Observatory has ever considered. But even if Hawai‘i doesn’t face a lawsuit, TMT supporters say if the project fails it could have a chilling effect on future investments in science and business ventures of a similar nature, as well as damage the future of astronomy in Hawai‘i.Star-Advertiser.
Telescope employees find future uncertain as protest blocks access to Mauna Kea
Observatories evacuated their employees from Mauna Kea last week, fearing their access might be jeopardized. And only a handful of technicians have returned for maintenance. More than 500 employees work at the observatories, and about 50 to 75 of them would be up at the summit on any given day. Hawaii News Now.
Congressional Pacific Islands Caucus formed
U.S. Rep. Ed Case on Wednesday announced the formation of the Congressional Pacific Islands Caucus, saying the Indo-Pacific region is the future. He will co-chair the caucus along with three “high-ranking” U.S. House colleagues, according to a press release. Civil Beat.
Bill to restore health care for COFA citizens reintroduced
U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz on Thursday reintroduced the Covering our FAS Allies Act. According to a press release, it would “reinstate Medicaid coverage, also known as Med-QUEST in Hawai‘i, for citizens of the Freely Associated States” — or FAS — living in the United States under the Compacts of Free Association. Civil Beat.
Class action lawsuit filed against Diamond Resorts for alleged wage theft
Workers at three hotels have filed a class action lawsuit against the hotels’ owner and operator Diamond Resorts alleging wage theft. The lawsuit covers past and current employees of the Modern Honolulu, Kā‘anapali Beach Club on Maui and the Point at Poʻipū on Kaua‘i. KHON2.
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Labor unions favored for city construction projects under proposed bill
Bill 37 proposes that no less than 80% of all project works—costing at least $250,000— must be carried out by local residents, in order to promote the city’s economy and infrastructure development. Under the bill currently making its way through the Honolulu City Council, Community Workforce Agreements, would be made to solidify partnerships between the city and the labor unions of the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council and the Hawaii Construction Alliance. Hawaii Public Radio.
City hopes to buy eyesore along Pearl Harbor Historic Trail and create neighborhood park
On Wednesday, the city council budget committee passed a resolution that would create funding to purchase about half an acre along the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail and transform it into a neighborhood park. Hawaii News Now.
Funding boosts efforts to reduce Chinatown homelessness
A combination of state funding and matching donations resulted in checks on Wednesday totaling more than $105,000 to two organizations working to address homelessness in Chinatown.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.KITV.
O‘ahu may get a motorsports race track
It’s something the island hasn’t had for more than a decade. Local motor-sports enthusiasts turned out in force at the Kapolei Neighborhood Board meeting tonight to voice their support.KHON2.
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