• Pesticide oversight, buffer zone bills advance out of committee

    Hawaii News Now - January 30, 2017

    The Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee today approved two measures that provide more oversight over pesticide use by Hawaii's seed industry.

    One bill calls for an expanded oversight committee that would establish statewide standards for long-term, low-level exposure to pesticides, as well as creating policies for buffer zones from spraying.
    "It's important to continue this conversation. As you can see, so many people testified," said state Sen. Mike Gabbard, who chairs the committee. "There was a lot of community interest in this bill."

  • Mokulele Airlines halts service from Kalaeloa Airport

    Hawaii News Now - September 27, 2016

    Mokulele Airlines said it grounded its Kalaeloa service earlier this month after losing hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past two years.

    It's a major inconvenience for people on the Leeward side who will now have to travel to Honolulu International Airport to catch an interisland flight.

    It's also a setback for the state which has struggled for more than a decade to turn the former military air base into a commercial airport.

  • Informational meeting on status of Pueo Owl held in Kapolei

    KITV - August 18, 2016

    The Pueo Owl is a sub-species of the short-eared owl that is found only in Hawaii. Once found throughout the islands including in the Ewa/Kapolei area. Over the last several months members of the community have expressed concern about this endemic bird. Thursday night an informational meeting was held about the Pueo Owl and the possible impact of development on it's natural habitat.

    "They're like little puff balls and they're so intelligent, their eyes are bright," says Jenny Hoskins, US Fish and Wildlife

  • State lawmakers who had the best, worst attendance

    KHON - July 1, 2016

    When it comes to school or work, does attendance matter?

    What if it’s Hawaii lawmakers we’re talking about?

    They’re elected into office and they get paid. So are lawmakers there at the State Capitol when they should be?

    “If you or I missed a day every week or two, our boss would ask us questions. So I think we do have to ask questions, when our Legislature that we pay for are not there,” said John Hart, political analyst and chair of Hawaii Pacific University’s Communication Department.

  • Lawmakers introduce bill to expand industrial hemp operations

    KHON - January 26, 2016

    Lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday to expand industrial hemp operations in Hawaii.

    The measure, HB2555, supports a public-private partnership to consider the benefits of industrial hemp to our state’s economy.

    The measure has been cosigned by over 30 members in the House of Representatives.

    A similar industrial hemp measure, SB2659, was introduced last week on the Senate side by Sen. Mike Gabbard.

    As of now, there is only one plot of industrial hemp that’s allowed to be grown in Hawaii, and that’s the University of Hawaii’s research project in Waimanalo.

  • Microbeads now under federal ban

    KITV - January 12, 2016


    On the same day the San Bernardino mass shooting captured our attention, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to ban the use of what are called microbeads in cosmetics.

    "The worst part of this stuff goes right through our sewage treatment plants and right into the ocean," said Kahi Paccaro of Sustainable Coastlines.

    Weeks later, during his Hawaii vacation, Pres. Obama signed the bill into law.

    "The ban the president put through is for the betterment of all of our health," said Paccaro.

  • Kauai wants state to help make interisland travel cheaper

    Hawaii News Now - November 3, 2015

    LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai County is asking the state to incentivize competition and help make interisland travel cost less.

    The Garden Island reports council members unanimously approved a resolution last month asking the Legislature to step in.

    Councilman Ross Kagawa says he's spoken with officials on other islands and he thinks they will pass similar resolutions.