The county Planning Department has finally been able to process almost all the approximately 4,000 short term vacation rental applications it received following last year’s implementation of a mandatory registration system.
Neighbors of a Waimea vacation rental vowed Friday to appeal Planning Director Michael Yee’s decision to allow the property to be grandfathered in under a county law prohibiting such properties in residential districts.
A statewide survey recently commissioned by the state Department of Health has found that 93% of Hawaii residents consider COVID-19 to be a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” health concern, and 75% believe it poses a real danger or threat to themselves or others living in their household, the DOH said in a news release Friday.
Hawaii’s consumer advocate is recommending the Public Utilities Commission suspend Young Brothers’ 2019 rate increase request and open a new proceeding to “investigate all relevant facts and measures” surrounding the struggling interisland shipper.
Casting a wary eye toward a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said discharging wastewater indirectly into the sea by allowing it to flow through groundwater violates the Clean Water Act, the county Environmental Management Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted to ask the County Council and administration to solicit proposals for public-private partnerships to fix island projects falling into that category.