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Top Story: Thanks to the scientists and technicians at the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Telescope on Haleakala, Maui, the world is seeing the most detailed images of the sun ever made.
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Never-before-seen images released from world’s largest solar telescope
Researchers and the general public are getting a glimpse of the most detailed view ever of the Sun, thanks to the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Haleakalā, Maui. The imagery, released January 29, 2020, shows cell-like structures the size of Texas roiling on the Sun’s surface and the tiny footprints of magnetism that reach into space.
The Maui Planning Commission voted 7-0 to grant a petition to intervene in the Grand Wailea Maui’s plans to build over 100 additional rooms and make other property upgrades. The hotel and organizations advocating for the protection of ancient burials will now go to mediation; if they can’t come to an agreement, they will move on to a contested case.
Former union leader sentenced to 30 months in prison
Nate Lum, former division director of the powerful Longshoremen’s union, was also ordered to pay $314,000 in restitution for identity theft. The 62-year-old pleaded guilty last year to stealing his late father’s Social Security checks and failing to file federal tax returns.
Annual visitor arrivals exceed 10 million for the first time
The number of visitors increased by more than 5% last year, but spending growth only rose about 1% to nearly $17.8 billion. Average daily spending by visitors across the state fell almost 2% to $195 per person.
Hawai’i is a test bed to see if renewables can meet peak energy demands
Can a device given the somewhat baffling name of “PV peaker plant” begin to solve some of the nation’s most pressing climate-related energy problems? That is a question that utilities, some states and most recently the Department of Energy have begun to wrestle with. Among the leaders in this technology exploration are the sun-drenched islands of Hawai‘i.