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Mayor Kim opposes use of physical force at Mauna Kea
Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim said Monday he doesn’t want the job to mediate the standoff on Mauna Kea, but will keep working to settle the matter without using physical force. Kim, at a news conference in Hilo, said his next move could be holding a second meeting with the group of Native Hawaiian leaders he met Friday. Friday’s meeting, however, didn’t include any leaders of the group opposing and obstructing construction of TMT. Star-Advertiser.Tribune-Herald.Civil Beat.Hawai‘i Public Radio.Big Island Video News.Hawaii News Now.
Erick becomes a major hurricane
Packing maximum sustained winds of 115 mph as of 5 a.m. today, the center of Erick was located 920 miles east-southeast of Hilo and 1,135 miles east-southeast of Honolulu and headed west at 17 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.
TMT official: Project has legal right to start,
Gordon Squires, TMT vice president for external affairs, said Monday that state officials need to find a way to allow construction of the next-generation telescope on Mauna Kea – and soon. Squires said the Mauna Kea summit, with its stable atmosphere above 40% of Earth’s atmosphere, remains the preferred site for the telescope. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Global human rights group demands Ige put a stop TMT construction
The Hawaii chapter of Amnesty International took their stance straight to the state capitol Monday. They brought a proposal, including a letter to the governor, stating the state should have consulted and gotten consent with indigenous people whose human rights could be affected by TMT. KITV.
Ige picks Rona Suzuki to head tax department
Gov. David Ige has appointed Rona Suzuki as interim director of the state Department of Taxation. She replaces Linda Chu Takayama who will begin serving as the governor’s chief of staff on Aug. 1. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Watchdog groups decry Aloha Stadium deal as gut and replace bill
House Bill 1586, introduced in the 2019 Hawai‘i Legislature, called for shifting around various energy and environmental agencies within state government. But by the time it was passed and later became law, it morphed into a $350 million deal for Aloha Stadium. Civil Beat.
Federal leaders look to improve military housing conditions
The Department of Defense and congressional members of both parties are pushing for new regulations on the private companies that serve as landlords. Civil Beat.
FBI names new head of Honolulu office
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray has named Eli S. Miranda the new special agent in charge of the bureau’s Honolulu Field Office. Hawaii News Now.
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