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UH Regents approve stewardship resolution, rules on management for Mauna Kea
The guidelines aim to limit the amount of vehicles and commercial activity on the mountain. The Board of Regents heard from 99 people over 11 hours at UH Hilo Wednesday. After testifiers shared their thoughts, the board voted unanimously to pass a stewardship resolution with just one amendment: The requirement that groups of 10 or more must register before entering UH-managed areas was dropped. Hawaii News Now.Hawaii Public Radio.Tribune-Herald.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.KHON2.KITV.Big Island Video News.
Regents agenda and rules can be found here.
U.S. Supreme Court hears debate in Maui injection well case
Maui County Council members who tried to stop a case involving wastewater injection wells from being heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday say they still hope Maui Mayor Michael Victorino will withdraw the case before justices can come out with a ruling sometime next year. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaiʻi Public Radio.Civil Beat.
Gabbard meets criteria to participate in next Democratic presidential debate
Hawaiʻi Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has met the qualifying criteria for the next Democratic presidential debate and is poised to join nine other candidates on stage later this month. Hawaii News Now.Civil Beat.Honoulu Star-Advertiser. Gabbard says she wonʻt mount 3rd-party bidHawaiʻi Pulic Radio.
Judge allows state to subpeona Airbnb
First Circuit Court Judge Bert Ayabe on Wednesday ruled Hawaiʻi tax authorities may subpoena Airbnb for records of its hosts as part of an investigation into whether operators of vacation rentals have been paying their taxes. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
Housing experts weigh in on affordable housing plan based on Singapore’s model
State Sen. Stanley Chang wants to take a page from Singapore’s public housing playbook and apply it to Hawaiʻi’s affordable housing shortage. He envisions dense public housing developments on government-owned land like present public housing sites and along the rail line. Hawaii News Now.Civil Beat.
DOT has a long-term fix for roads
The Department of Transportation has a solution that could double the life of their roads. It’s called stone matrix asphalt, a stronger and more flexible aggregate that could last up to 25 years. KHON2.
Iconic Pacific bird sanctuary ravaged by plastic and death
Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there’s a different scene: plastic, pollution and death. Hawaii News Now.
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Council OKs extending workday of lifeguards
Lifeguard service on Oʻahu beaches will be extended to sunrise-to-sunset from the current 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. hours under a measure adopted by the Honolulu City Council Wednesday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.
Plastic ban bill undergoing changes
A bill banning single-use plastic items on Oʻahu has been moved back to a City Council committee for more discussion but that’s not stopping business owners from wanting a statewide approach to the issue. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
New pedestrian bridge planned for Ala Moana
On Tuesday, Sen. Brian Schatz’ office announced a $20 million in federal funding for the project, which is still in the early design phase. The bridge would extend over Ala Moana at Victoria Ward Park and Kewalo Basin Harbor, according to officials with Howard Hughes Corp. Civil Beat.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Major project begins to tackle erosion hotspot on Oʻahu’s most famous shoreline
They will construct a sandbag groin that will extend out into the ocean.The structure at Kūhiō Beach will be 95 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4.3 feet high. The barrier will help to stabilize the corner of the beach where the foundation of the old Waikiki Tavern has been exposed. Hawaii News Now.
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