Pearl Harbor was once known as Oahu's "bread basket" because it was such an important fishing area, teeming with ocean life. But since the construction of the iconic U.S. military base, the pristine harbor has been marred by environmental disaster.
- The Navy says the plume is stable, but it is nearly half the volume of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.HuffPost Hawaii - September 29, 2015
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - September 22, 2015
Better customer service, competition for the airport contract and tighter safety regulations are some of the ways Honolulu’s taxi system could be improved, critics say.
But city officials have yet to take action on recommendations made by their own task force, which was created a year ago after cabdriver Enio Tablas was charged in the sexual assault of two female passengers.
- The Hawaii Supreme Court associate justice has taken a leading role in establishing a court that specializes in Hawaii’s environmental lawsHonolulu Star Advertiser - August 14, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson considers himself lucky to have grown up on the edge of what was known then as “Kawainui Swamp.”
When he was about 18, Wilson joined a group to protect Kawainui Marsh from being drained and developed. He learned from the organization’s leaders how the marsh held religious, cultural and agricultural significance. Today, the marsh is being restored as a recreational area.
- Pacific Business News - July 14, 2015
Regal Entertainment Group will open its 10th movie theater complex in Hawaii next year at the Target-anchored Kapolei Commons in West Oahu, the state lawmaker representing the area says.
The 52,000-square-foot Regal Cinemas Kapolei Commons Stadium 12 was slated to open this fall, joining anchors Target, Sports Authority, Office Max and Petco at the retail center, which first opened in 2009.
- Solar Impulse 2 gets a big Hawaii welcome as it touches down after a historic five-day flight from Japan, powered only by the sunHonolulu Star Advertiser - July 4, 2015
Hawaii warmly welcomed the record-breaking plane — attempting to fly around the world powered only by the sun — after it successfully landed in Hono¬lulu early Friday morning.
"It's great to be in Hawaii," said Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg after he guided the Solar Impulse 2 to a stop at Kalaeloa Airport in West Oahu at approximately 5:54 a.m.
- Twenty-two Hawaii judges will devote time each month to hearing environmental cases, which may make rulings more predictable for all sides.Honolulu Civil Beat - July 2, 2015
If there are new challenges to the construction of telescopes on Mauna Kea, the expansion of Turtle Bay Resort or the Honolulu rail system’s impact on historic sites, they could be heard in Hawaii’s Environmental Court, which debuted Wednesday.
Maui’s longstanding debate over sugar cane burning is already headed that direction.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - June 19, 2015
Nearly halfway through their sail around the world, a group of researchers arrived in Hawaii to look at plastic pollution on our shores as part of a global study of the issue.
The Race for Water Odyssey expedition, sponsored by the Swiss-based Race for Water Foundation, hopes to raise awareness about the problem of plastic pollution and inspire action to fight back.
The nonprofit’s blue-and-white, triple-hulled former racing sailboat was welcomed Thursday by Hawaii officials in a ceremony at Kewalo Basin.
- Hawaii Public Radio - June 8, 2015
Hawai’i is now the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable energy requirement for electricity generation by 2045. Governor David Ige signed the measure into law and said it raises the renewable percentage levels for all utilities going forward.
House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee Chair Chris Lee introduced the measure. Lee said setting a 100% renewable goal was a necessary step to reduce electricity costs for consumers.
- The National Law Review - June 1, 2015
n an ambitious and unprecedented move, Hawaii is aiming to increase its current renewable energy output of 21% to a 100% quota by 2045. The state, which carries some of the U.S.’s highest electricity costs, is riding the momentum of decreasing renewable energy prices. Legislators believe Hawaii’s abundant sunshine, wind, ocean and tidal waves, and geothermal activity make it an ideal candidate for quitting fossil fuels.
- Honolulu Civil Beat - June 4, 2015
All that infighting between the Chess Club, the Opihis, the Tokuda Four and the few nonaligned Hawaii state senators has finally concluded.
For now, anyway.
On Thursday the Senate released its list of committee assignments following the palace coup of Oahu’s Donna Mercado Kim last month by Ron Kouchi of Kauai.
As our Nathan Eagle, who broke the story, soon reported in a follow up piece, backers of Kim lost out in the awarding of leadership posts and committee chairs, while backers of Kouchi are now sitting high and mighty.
- The Huffington Post - May 28, 2015
It's the latest trend in progressive urban planning. Cities around the world are rushing to commit to running on 100-percent renewable energy as soon as possible. From Burlington, Vermont, to Kisielice, Poland, local leaders are either trumpeting the success they've already had or making plans to kick fossil fuels out of town.
- Hawaii Sens. Laura Thielen, Russell Ruderman, Les Ihara and Gil Riviere are left out of power positions after in-session coup.Honolulu Civil Beat - May 22, 2015
New Hawaii state Senate President Ron Kouchi announced the final lineup of committee chairmanships and leadership positions Friday morning, mostly settling unresolved posts from the rocky transition to power.
He found a home for all but a few members of the Chess Club faction of the Senate who lost out when Donna Mercado Kim was deposed two days before the legislative session ended May 7.
- All of Hawaii's fuel would come from renewable sources if Ige signs the measureHonolulu Star Advertiser - May 6, 2015
A bill that would make Hawaii the first state in the nation with a 100 percent-renewable-energy standard cleared the Legislature on Tuesday and is headed to the governor.
House Bill 623 would set 2045 as the year Hawaii should reach a goal of producing 100 percent of its electric power from renewable energy sources.
The House voted 50-1 to pass the bill. The Senate voted 24-1 in favor of the bill.
- The University of Hawaii is using the crop for researchHonolulu Star Advertiser - April 11, 2015
For the first time in about 15 years, legally sanctioned industrial hemp is growing in Hawaii's soil — and local advocates hope that new economic growth will stem from the plant in the Aloha State.
But hemp's success in Hawaii could depend on whether federal drug enforcement officials make it easier to import hemp seeds to the islands.
Researchers, lawmakers and farmers used traditional oo sticks Friday to sprinkle newly acquired hemp seeds into a small soil patch at the University of Hawaii's Waimanalo Research Station, in the shadow of the Koolau mountain range.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - March 31, 2015
Gov. David Ige will join the four county mayors, University of Hawaii President David Lassner and officials from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on Wednesday to announce a new method for tracking Hawaii's progress on achieving sustainability goals.
The event will feature the Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard, a new online tool that allows the public to track state and county progress on reaching two of the six Aloha+ Challenge targets. Those goals are for clean energy and solid-waste reduction.
- Ka Leo - March 12, 2015
Although a bill that would fund and establish a sustainability office within the University of Hawai‘i system has died, UH is considering creating an office.
“The bill dying suggests, states, that our request for general funds will not be kind of met this year, which happens,” Vice President for Administration Jan Gouveia said. “That doesn’t mean that the university still can’t do a lot in terms of formalizing an office and bringing a lot more structure to the program, which we intend to do regardless.”
- Health Department's plan to impose a ban last year was thwarted by then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie's inaction. Now the Legislature is getting into the act.Honolulu Civil Beat - March 11, 2015
Concerned that raw sewage is contaminating coastal waters and threatening drinking water supplies, lawmakers have advanced two bills that would ban new cesspools and provide tax credits to help homeowners who already have cesspools convert to other systems.
Hawaii has long been the only state that allows new cesspools, holes in the ground that discharge raw, untreated waste.
- ThinkProgress.org - March 11, 2015
Hawaii is on track to pass legislation this year requiring the state to go 100 percent renewable by 2040.
Earlier this month, committees in the Hawaii House and Senate both unanimously recommended bills that would raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) from the current target of 70 percent by 2030 to the ultimate goal of 100 percent by 2040. Hawaii has had an RPS since 2001, and right now the state gets just over 21 percent of its power from renewable sources — a 12 percent increase in just six years.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - March 7, 2015
Two bills proposing to boost the state's renewable-energy goal to 100 percent by 2045 at the latest have cleared major hurdles and are positioned for a vote by the full House and Senate.
Senate Bill 715 proposes increasing Hawaii's use of renewable energy to 70 percent of total production by 2035 and 100 percent by 2040. Its companion, House Bill 623, proposes increasing the renewable-energy goal to 70 percent by 2035 and 100 percent by 2045.
The state's current renewable-energy goal calls for 40 percent of all generation to come from renewables by 2030.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - March 1, 2015
Most Hawaii electricity customers are not in a position to own a piece of the utility, as the members of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative do, and prospects for doing so remain a long way off at best.
However, lawmakers are pushing measures, one moving through each chamber of the state Capitol, to give more of them a chance at least to own a piece of a power-generation system.
Senate Bill 1050 and House Bill 484 began with language authored by state Sen. Mike Gabbard, whose efforts last session ended with a measure stalled in conference committee.