• Historic hemp harvest buoys hopes

    KITV - July 23, 2015

    “They are beasts. I call them monsters. It's crazy. They are ten weeks old, and they got this big," said UH researcher Harry Ako.

    According to Ako, the plants are not only drought-resistant and self-weeding, they're organic too. There has been no use of pesticides or fertilizer.

    The ceremonial harvest celebrated results that have yielded robust plants in a short window of time.

    With the potential of three crops a year, lawmakers who support the development of a Hawaii hemp industry say it's time to drop the stigma.

  • Industrial hemp project yields incredible crop

    Hawaii News Now - July 23, 2015

    "It's crazy. It's crazy fast". That's how Dr. Harry Ako, the lead researcher on UH Manoa’s industrial hemp project, describes how well one of the varieties has taken to the local environment.
    In just ten weeks, several plants have grown to nearly 10 feet in height.

    "Notice they destroy the weeds underneath because they grow so much faster than the weeds" he continued.

    Longtime advocates were thrilled with the results.

  • Frustrations boil over bad roads in Kapolei

    KITV - February 16, 2015

    The Villages of Kapolei was an ambitious affordable housing plan from the beginning, but with projects of this size, bumps in the road are inevitable.

    Now more than 4,000 homes and units later, the bumps in the road still remaining, are actual bumps.

    Click here to watch Paula Akana's report.

    "The road that comes out of Walmart, it has areas where there are big patches. You wish you had a pogo stick to leap over them," said Lee Conley, a 23-year-old resident.

    Some of the first streets in Kapolei have not been repaved since they were built in the late 1980s.

  • 28th Hawaii State Legislature opens with fanfare, focus on issues

    KHON - January 21, 2015

    The state House and Senate celebrated the opening day of the 28th Hawaii State Legislature with fanfare Wednesday.

    Festivities in the Senate chamber included performances by Danny Kaleikini, Robert Cazimero, Marlene Sai, Debbie Nakanelua, Jeff Auhoy, Na Leo Pilimehana, Keauhou and Halau ka Liko pua o Kalaniakea.

    Then it was time to get down to business.

  • Outage impact brief, but big for businesses

    KHON - January 13, 2015

    Many businesses, including those in Kamehameha Shopping Center in Kalihi and Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, were affected by rolling blackouts Monday night.

    At both centers, affected businesses say the outage lasted for no more than half an hour.

    While power was expected to remain on Tuesday night, companies made adjustments, just in case.

    At The Shack Hawaii Kai, customers enjoyed their food and drinks, but that wasn’t the case Monday night. With the blackout, the kitchen had to be closed for safety reasons.
    The menu was limited to chips and cold sandwiches.

  • Will 2015 be brighter for solar in Hawaii?

    KITV - January 7, 2014

    Clouds of uncertainty have been hanging over Hawaii's residential solar industry. But will 2015 be brighter?
    Installations of residential solar systems have been dropping over the past two years.

    In 2014, the numbers were down by 50 percent from the year before, going from 13,303 to 6,554 permits issued.

    Fewer homeowners may be signing up to go green because Hawaii's solar energy future is up in the air.

    Part of the uncertainty comes from the proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric to Nextera.

  • PVT dedicates $4M recycling machine

    Hawai News Now - November 19, 2014

    NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new $4 million recycling machine at the PVT landfill in Nanakuli will not only recycle tons of construction debris but could help produce enough electricity to light 12,000 homes.

    PVT Land Co. held a dedication ceremony for the massive recycling equipment at its Nanakuli landfill. The new machine will help break down demolished buildings and other construction material into smaller pieces that can be recycled.

    It also sorts out wood, paper and plastic which can be burned by energy companies to generate electricity.