The State of Hawai‘i reports that in the first year of its 10-year plan to strengthen biosecurity, it took dozens of steps to better present, detect and control invasive species in Hawai‘i.
- Big Island Now - January 30, 2018
- CoffeeBUZZ - January 18, 2018
Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism issued the following news release:
The AGathon, Hawaii’s first agriculture-tech hackathon, wrapped up over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend with 10 teams participating. Four teams were recognized for outstanding solutions to problems currently facing Hawaii agriculture.
- A new Community-Based Renewable Energy program is designed to open the door for people previously shut out of the solar marketHonolulu Civil Beat - December 28, 2017
Hawaii residents who live in condos and apartments without access to rooftop solar soon may be able to join the state’s renewable energy push, thanks to a new program approved last week by state energy regulators.
Hawaii’s long-awaited Community-Based Renewable Energy Program is designed to let residents, including renters, buy their electricity from off-site producers of renewable power.
- Maui Now - December 26, 2017
Solar power will soon be an option for many Hawaiʻi residents and businesses—regardless if they rent, live in a condo, or lack a rooftop to install their own solar panels.
On Friday, Dec. 22, the Public Utilities Commission issued a decision directing Hawaiʻi’s electric utilities to implement a community-based renewable energy program. Customers should be able to participate starting in 2018.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - November 11, 2017
Two state senators plan a town hall meeting in Kapolei on Monday to discuss the North Korean nuclear missile threat.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials will discuss what they are doing to prepare the state for the threat and to educate the community.
State Sens. Will Espero (D, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) and Mike Gabbard (D, Kapolei-Makakilo) are hosting the meeting at Kapolei High School cafeteria, 91-5007 Kapolei Parkway, at 6:30 p.m.
- The Garden Island - October 29, 2017
WAIMEA — “We’re going trick-or-treating as the Garden of Eden,” said Dana Hazelton of Kauai Community College, displaying the healthy heads of bok choy with Steph Moir of the Hawaii Public Health Institute during the Perspectives on Community Health field trip to the Waimea High School farm.
On a more serious note, Hazelton said she was planning on making mac nut pesto with the bag of basil she helped harvest with Bev Brody of Get Fit Kauai.
- Big Island Now - October 24, 2017
A community meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, to address the increasing agricultural theft issues on Hawaiʻi Island.
Guests at the meeting will include Sen. Mike Gabbard, Rep. Richard Creagan, Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture Chairperson Scott Enright, Shane Muramaru from the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and police, county and grower representatives.
Organizers of the meeting say growers statewide have been plagued with continuous theft of orchard crops, making it extremely difficult for small farmers to achieve sustainability.
- Update on drone industry set for Nov. 1The Garden Island - October 22, 2017
LIHUE — The Hawaii Farm Bureau’s 70th annual meeting will be prefaced Monday by the Ag Summit Reception and screening of “Food Evolution” on Kauai.
The Ag Summit, a partnership with the Kauai Chamber of Commerce, will feature a mini sunshine market and Kauai Made product showcase from 5 p.m. at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall with the movie starting at 6:45 p.m.
- Some 27,000 gallons of fuel spilled at the Red Hill facility in 2014. City, state and federal officials aren’t satisfied with all the steps taken since then.Honolulu Civil Beat - July 13, 2017
Some critics say the Navy isn’t moving fast enough to comply with an 18-month-old agreement to upgrade the underground fuel system at Red Hill.
There’s disagreement about whether the project is actually behind schedule, but it’s still in the information-gathering stage and state and federal officials have complained about the quality of data the Navy has provided so far.
- Measure targets illegal wildlife trade in HawaiiThe Garden Island - July 4, 2017
HONOLULU — As the “endangered species capital of the world,” Hawai‘i knows firsthand the devastating impacts of losing significant and iconic native species.
And now state has taken a historic step in helping to prevent the further loss of critically endangered species within its own borders and abroad.
- New York Times - June 7, 2017
Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state to pass a law committing to the goals and limits of the Paris climate accord, defying President Trump, who announced last week that he would withdraw the United States from the historic agreement.
- The Sierra Club is mounting a last-minute push amid worries the measure will remove private water distribution companies from state regulation.Honolulu Civil Beat - April 28, 2017
The Hawaii chapter of the Sierra Club is trying to persuade lawmakers to amend a bill that the organization fears would remove governmental oversight of private companies that distribute non-potable water.
House Speaker Joseph Souki and Rep. Ryan Yamane introduced House Bill 1536 to help farmers by clarifying that the Board of Agriculture can use eminent domain to acquire and run irrigation systems.
The proposal also sought to ensure that those state-owned irrigation systems would be exempted from oversight by the Public Utilities Commission.
- J. Kalani English has already missed 12 days, partly because of trips to Fiji and Micronesia.Honolulu Civil Beat - April 26, 2017
The majority leader of the Hawaii state Senate has missed 12 legislative session days this year, twice as many as any other senator.
That included five straight days in March. Even if Sen. J. Kalani English attends the remaining session days (there are 60 in all), he will have missed one-fifth of them.
English’s office referred questions to a Senate spokeswoman, who said in an email that English was in Fiji in mid-March to attend a “high level” regional preparatory meeting for The Ocean Conference, a United Nations event that will be held in New York City in early June.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - April 24, 2017
Jeff Mikulina, executive director of Blue Planet Foundation, spoke to students from seven schools Thursday at the state Capitol in support of reducing gasoline reliance.
More than 600 students joined activists at the state Capitol rotunda Thursday in support of a bill that sets a goal of having all ground transportation in Hawaii run on renewable fuel by 2045.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - April 24, 2017
Hawaii is close to joining a growing number of states urging Congress to convene a national constitutional convention — an event that, other than the original 1787 convention, has never taken place in U.S. history.
The state’s Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee advanced a resolution Tuesday calling for a convention to claw back the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, which has increased the influence of corporate money in political campaigns.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - April 2, 2017
Hawaii lawmakers who oversee committees on agriculture and the environment indicated a new resolve last week to ban a commonly used insecticide that could be harming the brains of fetuses and young children, as well as farm workers.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - March 12, 2017
A bill seeking to ban foam containers was shelved this session, despite sizable public support.
Most of the 615 submitted testimonies supported Senate Bill 1109, which would have prohibited the use of polystyrene foam products by food vendors starting in January 2020. The material is commonly used for coffee cups and takeout containers.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - March 4, 2017
Hawaii legislators have drafted a bill that would make the state an eco-friendly outlier.
In response to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from some international environmental commitments, lawmakers have introduced a measure to incorporate requirements into state law that reflect many of the environmental obligations agreed to in the 2015 Paris Agreement on global warming.
Senate Bill 559 would require the state to adopt “the best available science to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - February 26, 2017
Regulators will gain more authority to crack down on illegal structures and uses on agricultural land if two bills advancing at the Legislature become law.
The legislation was introduced to address enforcement gaps that emerged over the past several years as dozens of unregulated buildings, including illegal dwellings, were erected in an off-the-grid ag development in West Oahu.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - February 18, 2017
Hawaii’s congressional delegation is weighing in on the Red Hill fuel farm, saying in proposed legislation that the “sense of Congress” is that the facility is a “national strategic asset” whose relocation or closure would undermine Pacific security and strategy.
The lawmakers are calling for “sustained” federal commitment to see through fixes to be agreed to by the Navy, state Health Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Defense Logistics Agency.