Today’s Hawaii News A.M. 08/26/2019

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08.26.2019
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State failed trust duties in Pōhakuloa, Supreme Court rules
The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state has not properly managed lands leased to the military on Hawaiʻi Island. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources leases more than 20,000 acres in Pōhakuloa to the military for training. The Supreme Court ordered the state to come up with a plan to better manage the land. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hemp growers are having to destroy their plants because of high THC levels
More than half of the hemp crops cultivated in Hawai‘i over the past year as part of the state’s industrial hemp pilot program have tested hot, meaning their levels of THC, the chemical that makes people high, were above the federal limit for hemp.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Airlines outlines its economic impact across the state
Nearly 3,000 Hawai‘i residents do not reside in the county where they are employed and depend on interisland airfare to make a living, according to a new Hawaiian Airlines report. Hawaiian Airlines is one of the three largest companies in the state, employing nearly 7,300 people of which 88% are based in Hawai‘i. All told, 9% of the state’s employment is derived from Hawaiian Airlines jobs. Civil Beat. Big Island Now.

Work on $3.2B airport modernization project hits the halfway mark
Most of the big-ticket capital improvement projects are slated to wrap up by December 2021. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kupuna protesters plead not guilty
About 200 people showed up Friday in Hilo to support nine people facing their initial court date for charges of obstructing Mauna Kea Access Road on July 17 to prevent construction vehicles and workers from scaling Mauna Kea to build the Thirty Meter Telescope. Tribune-Herald.

Anti-TMT protests affecting Big Island tourism
A convention of bird- watchers has canceled a planned meeting on Hawai‘i island because of uncertainty surrounding protests over building the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

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Short-term vacation rental rift creates a house divided
A fierce battle is brewing at Waikiki Lanais, where the Association of Apartment Owners just voted to add a hotel front desk to the property and spend at least $40,000 to hire an attorney to defend the right of some owners to continue renting their units short-term. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Councilwoman Tsuneyoshi wants Biki to pay for public space used to store bikes
The nonprofit Bikeshare Hawaii has gotten no-cost access to city parking spots and sidewalk space since 2017 to rent out 1,300 Biki bikes in Honolulu. Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi is urging Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration to sign a lease that would make the program pay its “fair share,” according to a resolution advanced by a council committee this week. Civil Beat.

Kailua Town Farmers Market forced to relocate after DOE complaints
This Sunday will be the last time the farmers market is held on the Kailua Elementary School campus. Market organizers say they’re still trying to finalize plans for a new location after receiving notice from the school principal that this would be their final weekend. Hawaii News Now.

EPA to remove extremely high levels of lead buried under deteriorating Kalihi road
The asphalt on Factory Street covers up extremely high levels of lead — buried by the government decades ago. Health officials rediscovered the forgotten site in 2017, warning inaction would put families in danger. Hawaii News Now.

Thousands of university students heading back to classes – and the roadways
An estimated 20,000 students will converge on U.H.-Mānoa. Some of them started moving into dormitories over the past few days, but many more will be commuting from around the island.Hawaii News Now.

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