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  • 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.

  • State Senate committee moves pesticide measures

    Garden Island News - January 31, 2017

    The Hawaii Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment voted Monday to adopt three measures dealing with pesticide exposure and safety.

    Several Kauai residents testified on the matter.

    Jeri Di Pietro, president of Hawaii SEED and GMO Free Kauai, said it’s imperative to see the recommendations implemented.

    “Citizens on our island have done everything we can think of as far as following the steps of law,” Di Pietro said. “We think these recommendations should be (implemented) on Kauai, but also across the island chain.”

  • Mixture of Pro and Anti-Gun Bills Introduced in the Hawaii Legislature

    NRA-ILA - January 27, 2017

    Wednesday, January 25, marked the cutoff date for bill introduction in the Hawaii legislature and as expected, a number of pro- and anti-gun bills have been introduced. While none of the bills have been scheduled for hearings just yet, we anticipate committee hearings to be scheduled in the coming weeks.

    Pro-Gun Bills:

  • Money Sought To Protect Watersheds And Grow More Food

    Hawaii Gov. David Ige joins department heads asking legislators to approve funds for his Sustainable Hawaii Initiative.
    Honolulu Civil Beat - January 26, 2017

    Gov. David Ige and key state department heads made a public pitch to legislators Thursday for resources to implement the administration’s broad Sustainable Hawaii Initiative.

    The governor is seeking new positions and hundreds of millions of dollars for land, environment, agriculture, business and economic development agencies to double local food production, implement a biosecurity plan, protect watersheds, manage marine resources and transition to 100 percent renewable energy over the coming years.

  • Lawmakers attend agricultural summit amid local concerns

    Honolulu Star Advertiser - January 9, 2017

    While members of Hawaii’s House Finance Committee were debating the upcoming budget for the Department of Agriculture during a hearing at the state Capitol on Friday, key lawmakers with oversight over agricultural policy were 4,000 miles away in Baton Rouge, La., at an ag conference sponsored and paid for by major corporations, including biotech giants Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto and Syngenta, which grow seed corn and conduct crop trials in Hawaii.

  • $10M plan would target rapid ohia death

    Honolulu Star Advertiser - December 6, 2016

    A $10 million response plan to combat rapid ohia death, a fast-moving fungal infection killing millions of ohia trees, will include funding allotted for public outreach and research. Ohia trees with the disease are shown on Hawaii island.

    Experts in the campaign to combat the rapid ohia death that has killed millions of trees across Hawaii island have unveiled a $10 million strategic response plan to cope with the disease over the next three years.

  • Espero will lead Senate committee on housing

    Honolulu Star Advertiser - December 5, 2016

    The Senate leadership has reshuffled some of the key committee assignments as it readies for the start of the 2017 legislative session in January.

    Sen. Will Espero will take over as chairman of the Housing Committee, which had been led by Sen. Brickwood Galuteria. The committee is expected to take up high-priority proposals relating to the state’s homeless problem and lack of affordable housing.

  • Lawmakers: Hawaii Can Do More For Foreign Crews On U.S. Boats

    Lawmakers: Hawaii Can Do More For Foreign Crews On U.S. Boats
    Honolulu Civil Beat - October 19, 2016

    Hawaii lawmakers endeavored Wednesday to find ways to improve the working conditions of foreign crew members on U.S. commercial fishing boats and address allegations of human trafficking.

    Rep. Kaniela Ing, chair of the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs, peppered a dozen state officials and fishing industry leaders with questions about what can be done to boost sanitation, low pay, access to contract information and overall accountability.

    “Nobody wants to decimate the industry,” Ing said. “We just want humans to be treated as they should.”

  • Contaminated cat poop fuels debate over feral felines in Hawaii

    CBS News - October 17, 2016

    Two wildlife issues have collided in Hawaii, pitting one group of animal defenders against another in an impassioned debate. The point of contention? Deadly cat poop and the feral felines that produce it.

    Federal researchers believe feces from the legions of feral cats roaming Hawaii is spreading a disease that is killing Hawaiian monk seals, some of the world’s most endangered marine mammals. Some conservationists advocate euthanizing those cats that no one wants, and that’s got cat lovers up in arms.

  • 11th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Day Celebrated in Hawaii

    India-West - October 11, 2016

    HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Gandhi International Institute held its second annual event to celebrate the 147th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct. 2 outside the Honolulu Zoo.
    Dr. Raj Kumar, who founded the GIIP on Sept. 11, 2001, released his new book, “Gandhi’s Wisdom For You,” a compilation of 108 best quotes for self-realization, social change and world peace. Over 300 people, including locals, children, and tourists, attended the event.

  • Heritage park shows how life used to be lived on the Ewa plain

    Honolulu Star Advertiser - October 3, 2016

    At the Kalaeloa Heritage Park, there is a story about almost everything.

    From the ancient coral structures to the ti plants, there are features that paint a picture of the subsistence lifestyle of people who inhabited the Ewa plain more than 600 years ago.

    Much of the land at the sprawling 77-acre park, nestled between two runways at the Kalaeloa Airport and about a mile mauka of White Plains Beach, is covered in kiawe trees and other vegetation. The ground is packed with dirt and mulch, and logs and upright stones mark trails of historic sites.

  • Senator urging regulators to approve developer’s plan to buy town’s utilities

    Pacific Business News - September 16, 2016

    Hawaii lawmaker is urging state regulators to approve Texas-based developer Hunt Cos.’ plan to acquire the water and wastewater infrastructure in Kalaeloa in West Oahu, Pacific Business News has learned.

    Hunt has a multimillion-dollar plan that includes building some 4,000 homes in the area over a 20-year period.

    A Hawaii lawmaker is urging state regulators to approve Texas-based developer Hunt Cos.’ plan to acquire the water and wastewater infrastructure in Kalaeloa in West Oahu.

  • Blessing celebrates realization of Ho‘opili housing development

    Honolulu Star Advertiser - September 9, 2016

    Amid mounds of neatly compacted dirt next to a field of ripening cantaloupe, one of Hawaii’s largest homebuilders commemorated the end of an 11-year battle and the start of building the 11,750-home Ho‘opili community on Oahu’s Ewa Plain on Thursday.

    Representatives of development firm D.R. Horton and local government leaders reflected on the tribulations surrounding the $4.6 billion project, which once failed to get past the state Land Use Commission and then endured court challenges. They celebrated persevering with a blessing on the site of the first 293 homes.

  • Hemp: You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

    But the state still needs to write rules to put Hawaii’s program in place. And Gov. Ige needs to free up $400,000 to help it along.
    Honolulu Civil Beat - July 18, 2016

    Beneficial circumstances and the dogged persistence of one legislator over many years intersected in this year’s legislative session in the form of Senate Bill 2659 — aka the Hemp Bill, which Gov. David Ige wisely signed into law.

  • It’s time to fully exploit hemp production

    Honolulu Star Advertiser - July 17, 2016

    On July 7, Gov. David Ige signed into law what might prove to be the most important piece of economic legislation in the past 50 years. Hawaii now enjoys the best hemp law in the nation.

    We who have been active in bringing back hemp to agriculture believe that generations will still be saying mahalo to those who worked, some for decades, to get this law passed. Now it’s time to implement it.