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Hawaii residents recommend ideas for better waste management

Jan. 23, 2020 9:23 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Solid Waste Advisory Committee in Hawaii has proposed a plan that includes 82 waste management recommendations covering nine programs. The committee also heard recommendations at a public hearing in Hilo Tuesday, West Hawaii Today reported Wednesday. The committee made...

Hawaii County to open discussions of hazard mitigation plan

Jan. 14, 2020 9:24 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Public meetings have been scheduled to discuss updates to Hawaii County’s multi-hazard mitigation plan, officials said. The plan consists of the county’s hazard and risk assessment for natural disasters, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday. The plan includes...

Decommissioning of Hawaii mountain observatory on schedule

Jan. 13, 2020 9:20 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The decommissioning process for one of the Mauna Kea telescopes to be removed in the coming decade remains on schedule. The Maunakea Management Board approved environmental assessments for the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory last month, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday. The...

Hawaii County mayor identifies 6 legislative priorities

Jan. 11, 2020 4:29 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The mayor of Hawaii County has identified six legislative priorities ahead of a scheduled meeting with all four county mayors to begin the regular legislative session. The Senate Ways and Means Committee and House Finance Committee have scheduled a joint informational session at the...

Hawaii council fails to override Kim's veto of herbicide ban

Jan. 10, 2020 9:35 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii County Council fell one vote short of overriding a mayoral veto of a bill to ban the use of herbicides on county property. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim's veto will stand after an override attempt failed to obtain the necessary six votes Wednesday, West Hawaii Today reported....

Geothermal deal could lower Hawaii island electric bills

Jan. 6, 2020 12:21 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii island geothermal power station that was knocked offline by a volcanic eruption hopes to produce lower cost electricity under a new agreement with a state utility, company officials said. Puna Geothermal Venture and Hawaiian Electric Light Co. are seeking approval of an...

Veterans group searches for Hawaii family of WWII soldier

Jan. 2, 2020 10:37 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A veterans group is conducting a search for relatives of a World War II soldier from Hawaii whose dog tag was found on a French battlefield, the group said. The Japanese American Veterans Association received a request in July to help locate family members of the soldier from Hilo, The...

Hawaii geothermal company almost done with volcano repairs

Dec. 27, 2019 9:22 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Puna Geothermal Venture hopes to finish reconstruction of its facility this year after the eruption of a Hawaii volcano shut down its operation, the company said. The power production company on the Big Island hopes to be ready to sell electricity in early 2020, The Hawaii...

Telescope protest puts Hawaii County police $3M over budget

Dec. 26, 2019 10:47 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Police Department has gone $3 million over budget primarily because of the necessity of an increased police presence near the site of demonstrations at the Mauna Kea Access Road, an official said. Assistant Chief Samuel Thomas told the Hawaii County Police Commission of the...

Governor says Hawaii spent $15M to ensure Mauna Kea access

Dec. 18, 2019 10:16 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii has spent about $15 million to ensure safe access to Mauna Kea during an ongoing protest of a giant telescope project, the governor said. Democratic Gov. David Ige said the cost was higher than anticipated to maintain access to the mountain road during demonstrations against the...