In Print

  • PUC Approves Community Solar Program

    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.

  • 2 senators to discuss N. Korean missile threat

    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.

  • Community members tour Waimea High farm

    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.

  • Community Meeting to Address Ag Theft

    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.

  • Hawaii Farm Bureau annual meeting here Monday

    Update on drone industry set for Nov. 1
    The 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.

  • Threat To Drinking Water Remains As Navy Studies Options For Fuel Tanks

    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.

  • Nation’s broadest wildlife trafficking ban takes effect

    Measure targets illegal wildlife trade in Hawaii
    The 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.

  • Critics: Water Bill Could Hurt Customers And The Environment

    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.

  • Majority Leader Leads Senate In Absenteeism This Session

    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.

  • Kids, activists rally for bill setting clean-fuel goal

    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.

  • U.S. ConCon resolution advances

    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.

  • Senators shelve foam ban proposal

    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.

  • Bill would have state uphold terms of Paris accord

    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.”

  • Measures target abuse of ag land

    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.

  • Legislation seeks commitment to Red Hill

    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.

  • Bill Would Force The Navy To Upgrade Red Hill Fuel Tanks Sooner

    The Honolulu Board of Water Supply says the current plan for modernizing the tanks poses too high a risk to Oahu’s drinking water.
    Honolulu Civil Beat - February 8, 2017

    Hawaii lawmakers plan to consider a bill Wednesday to require the Navy to upgrade aging underground fuel storage tanks at Red Hill by July 2027 or shut down the facility by July 2030.

    Sen. Mike Gabbard introduced Senate Bill 1259 which would require the state Department of Health to adopt rules for “field-constructed underground storage tanks and tank systems” to ensure they conform with recently revised federal regulations and comply with state law. Currently such tanks are exempt from certain requirements.

  • Will This Be The Year For A Styrofoam Ban?

    A Senate bill to ban polystyrene food containers is slated for its first hearing Wednesday.
    Honolulu Civil Beat - February 6, 2017

    The quintessential Hawaii plate lunch comes with meat atop two scoops of rice next to mac salad, with sauce overflowing from the cracks of a styrofoam takeout clam.

    This year lawmakers hope a bill will force vendors to replace those single-use containers with more environmentally friendly ones.

    Scheduled for a joint committee hearing Wednesday, Senate Bill 1109 would ban food vendors from using styrofoam and other polystyrene containers.

  • Bill would impose fines on Hawaii parking lot owners for not having EV spaces

    Pacific Business News - February 6, 2017

    A new Hawaii bill would add penalties and increase the amount of electric vehicle parking spaces shopping malls and other places, would need to dedicate at their respective properties.

    Senate Bill 817, introduced by state Sen. Russell Ruderman, D-Keaau-Pahala, would mandate “places of public accommodation,” including hotels, restaurants, movie theaters and health care facilities, to have at least one EV parking space per 100 spaces by July 1, 2018 and two parking spaces per 100 spaces by July 1, 2023.