Wastewater Update

by Steve Holmes Amy Miller, Director of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 has been in discussions with Hawaiʻi County Department of Environmental Management Director Ramzi Mansour and Mayor Mitch Roth. Mansour and Roth acknowledged island-wide deficiencies and non-compliance with legal requirements. The other bit of good news is … Read more Wastewater Update

Pohakuloa: Little Aloha for Culture

by Cory Harden A recent report by the Pohakuloa cultural resources office shows that protecting cultural resources is an extremely low priority for the Army. Surveys to locate burials and archaeological features, and production of a video to educate Army personnel, proceed slowly. A listening session failed due to technical difficulties. The cultural resources manager … Read more Pohakuloa: Little Aloha for Culture

Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Round 2 on Hu Honua Biomass

By Steve Holmes While the spin machine for Hu Honua Biomass would have you believe that a recent Hawaiʻi Supreme Court decision was a great victory for them, that really isn’t the full story. Justice Michael Wilson, in a concurring opinion for the majority makes it clear, that the Public Utilities Commission may still decline … Read more Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Round 2 on Hu Honua Biomass

Upcoming Agenda: What’s at risk for the 2% land fund? 2 STAFF MEMBERS.

Charter commission, FRIDAY JUNE 7 AT 9 am, HILO.  SEND TESTIMONY to Charter.commission@hawaiicounty.gov  What’s on the agenda?- everything for 2nd Reading  CA-9 and Ca-18. CA-9:  What’s at risk?  ONE dedicated staff member to work only on the 2% land fund, in addition to the existing staff position provided in the Code to help PONC. What we … Read more Upcoming Agenda: What’s at risk for the 2% land fund? 2 STAFF MEMBERS.

UH Mauna Kea use proposed admin rules – provide feedback!

IMPORTANT: The University of Hawaiʻi invites the public to provide feedback on the latest draft of the proposed administrative rules to govern public and commercial activities on UH – managed lands on Maunakea [Chapter 20-26, Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules]. To obtain a copy of the rules and submit comments, please review the official 30-day public notice. … Read more UH Mauna Kea use proposed admin rules – provide feedback!

Nakahili

by Steve Holmes and Cory Harden Changing aquifer boundaries may solve one thorny problem for a developer—but only one. A developer is proposing Nakahili, a “family agricultural community”, for almost 1,600 acres near the junction of Mamalahoa Highway and Waikoloa Road. At first glance, it looks dreamy—lots of affordable housing, agriculture lots, and open spaces. … Read more Nakahili