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Thursday, September 21, 2017

TMT Hearing: KAHEA Calls for Recusal of 2 BLNR Members

An artist’s rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope at sunset. TMT photo. The Hawai‘i State Board of Land and Natural Resources began hearing oral arguments in the Contested Case Hearing for the Conservation District Use Application (CDUA) for the Thirty Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Crown Room of the Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo. During the hearing, Dexter Kaiama, council for KAHEA-The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance, asked the BLNR to reject the CDUA for the TMT project and asked for the recusal of two board members—Sam Gon and Stanley Rorick Attorney Kaiama called for the recusal of Gon based on what he called a “predisposition” due to the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou vs BLNR. The Supreme Court sided with Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, ruling the permit invalid and remanding it back for a contested case. Attorney Kaiama explained this was initially brought up by a Supreme Court justice..

Hawai`i Among States on Track to Meet Paris Climate Targets

Governor David Ige attended Climate Week NYC 2017 this week, where he joined fellow state governors to meet with national and international government and business leaders for discussions on climate change and efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Hawai‘i is among 14 states and Puerto Rico who are members of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bi-partisan … The post Hawai`i Among States on Track to Meet Paris Climate Targets appeared first on MAUIWatch.

Senate to Hold Special Session to Confirm Hawai‘i Island Judiciary Appointments

A Special Session of the Hawai‘i State Senate is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 25 and 26, 2017, to consider two judicial appointments for the Circuit Court of the Third Circuit – Hawai‘i Island. On Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, the Senate received two letters of appointment from Gov. David Ige naming current District Family Court Judge of the Third Circuit Henry T. Nakamoto to the Third Circuit Court (Hilo) and Attorney Robert D. S. Kim to the Third Circuit Court (Kona). Both appointees were chosen by Gov. Ige from a list of candidates selected by the Judicial Selection Committee. Pursuant to Article VI, Section 3 of the Hawai‘i State Constitution, the Senate has 30 days from the date of the appointment to advise and consent on the two appointees. Therefore, the Senate will convene a two-day Special Session at 10 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2017 to consider both appointments.

Today on Bytemarks Café: Computer Science Teachers Association

Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll hear about the formation of a new organization called the Computer Science Teachers Association. We’ll hear from the organizers about the importance of computer science and the role it plays in the future of our students. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

Bytemarks Café: Computer Science Teachers Association

Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll hear about the formation of a new organization called the Computer Science Teachers Association. We’ll hear from the organizers about the importance of computer science and the role it plays in the future of our students.

Record setting applications for UH Mānoa

Participants at the high school counselors workshop. More than 13,000 applications for enrollment at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa were submitted this year, the most received in a quarter century, thanks to continuous recruitment efforts by the Office of Admissions. Among the many recruitment initiatives is the annual high school counselors workshop held at Campus Center. This year, more than 150 counselors, including 34 from the neighbor islands attended the all-day workshop to learn about what UH Mānoa has to offer so they can guide students on how to make the most of their Mānoa experience. Associate Director of Admissions Ryan Yamaguchi also unveiled the new Counselors Resource webpage on the Admissions website, which can assist counsellors as they speak with students at every stage of the college decision making process. The workshop is an opportunity for counselors to be on campus while the semester was in session to experience all that UH Mānoa has to offer first hand...

Hurricane Maria Hits Areas Still Recovering From Hurricane Irma

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Hilo Man Wanted for Questioning in Connection to Kidnapping

David John Erlenbach. HPD photo. Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 19-year-old Hilo man wanted for questioning in a kidnapping investigation involving an adult female. David John Erlenbach is described as 5-feet-11-inches tall, 170 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has been known to wear prescription-type eyeglasses. He has a Japanese symbol tattoo on his left shoulder and his date of birth tattooed in Roman numerals on his chest. Erlenbach resides in the Hilo area. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Hawai‘i Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at (808) 961-2278 or via email at fetuutuunai.Amuimuia@hawaiicounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep th..

Kohea Kai Resort Now Offers Single Night Stays

The resort will now offer single night stays as an option for business travelers seeking a resort experience without the minimum stay restrictions.

The Conversation: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Myanmar Unwound; Oil Refining in Hawaii; Sustainable Tourism

K-pop group’s record breaking album conquers three continents

BTS is breaking records worldwide.

Free Health Screenings at Walmart, Sept. 23

The free health screening event provides Hawaii residents an opportunity to learn valuable health information like: Blood glucose, Blood pressure. Body mass index. Low-cost immunizations and in select locations, customers can also take advantage of free vision screenings. PC: Walmart Nearly everyone in America will have access to free health screenings, education, services and products as Walmart stores nationwide host Walmart Wellness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. All 10 stores in Hawaiʻi will be participating. Walmart announced it has again teamed up with the American Diabetes Association for the in-store event at 4,700 Walmart locations across the country. According to the ADA, nearly 600,000 in Hawaiʻi are living with prediabetes or diabetes, affecting one in three individuals. The ADA estimates nearly 8 million people with diabetes are undiagnosed in the US. Last June the retailer teamed up with the ADA for a health screening event and as a result, tens of..

Miami Fourth-Graders Write About Their Experiences With Hurricanes

When the fourth-graders in Mrs. Marlem Diaz-Brown's class returned to school on Monday, they were tasked with writing their first essay of the year. The topic was familiar: Hurricane Irma. By the time I visited, they had worked out their introduction and evidence paragraphs and were brainstorming their personal experiences. To help them remember, Mrs. D-B had them draw out a timeline — starting Friday before the storm. Then, based on their drawings, they could start to talk about — and eventually, write about — what they experienced. The essays all started off this way: The name Irma will always strike fear, disappointment, and dismay in our city. Here's what else they had on their minds: Antonio Santamaria, 9 "I felt like Dorothy and her dog in the Wizard of Oz, the winds were howling around my house, the rain came on and off, lights flickering on and off in the kitchen. Irma, she devastated the internet and the cable, so we played board games. We had a really good family ti..

Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation

When 2-month-old Isaac Enrique Sanchez was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, a condition that causes vomiting, dehydration and weight loss in infants , his parents were told that their son's condition was curable. The problem was that no hospital in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas had a pediatric surgery team capable of performing the operation on his stomach. To make Isaac well, Oscar and Irma Sanchez would need to take their infant son to Driscoll Children's Hospital, in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was just a couple of hours up the highway, but for them it was a world away. The Sanchezes, who are undocumented, would need to pass a Border Patrol checkpoint. "The nurse told us we had to go there," Oscar says in Spanish. "We said we couldn't go." While they pondered their predicament in a Harlingen, Texas, hospital, a Border Patrol agent showed up in the waiting room — Oscar Sanchez suspects a nurse turned them in — and said he could arrange for officers to escort the parents..

URGENT – Dominica official: At least 14 deaths due to Hurricane Maria

(CNN) -- At least 14 people are dead after Hurricane Maria barreled through the Caribbean island of Dominica on Tuesday, Charles Jong, a spokesman for the nation's Prime Minister, tells CNN.

These GOP Senators Could Block Republicans’ Obamacare Repeal

Republicans' complex health care calculations are coming down to simple math. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 of the chamber's 52 Republicans to vote for a bill that aims to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act and drastically reshape the Medicaid system. McConnell's office is planning to bring the bill up for a vote next week. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has made clear that his vote is unattainable on the latest and last-ditch proposal by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana to roll back key pillars of Obamacare and convert Medicaid to a capped, block grant system. "The problem I have with this current bill is it basically keeps the Obamacare spending, keeps the Obamacare taxes — most of them — and then actually just redistributes the money from Democrat states to Republican states," Paul told NPR's Ari Shapiro on All Things Considered . "So I don't think this really fixes the problem, nor does it honor our pled..

Free Public Kīhei Charter School to Open August 2018

The new three-story Kīhei Charter School is on budget and on time for a scheduled August 2018 opening.

Food Basket & KTA Partner for DA BUX Rollout

Hawai`i Island’s Food Bank will unveil its DA BUX – Double Up Food Bucks – program at KTA Super Stores’ Hilo locations on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. DA BUX is an incentive program for SNAP – EBT cardholders that doubles the purchase of Hawai‘i Island-grown produce while supporting local farmers through an incentivized dollar-for-dollar match. The Food Basket’s DA BUX program is supported by a $500,000 United States Department of Agriculture Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant. “DA BUX is not simply free food,” said Chelsea Takahashi, DA BUX coordinator. “It is a driver for economic development for our island. I believe infusing hundreds of thousands of dollars directly into our island’s agriculture industry can make a difference in terms of sustaining and growing small farm revenue. It also ensures more of our federal money stays circulating in our local economy.” SNAP customers at KTA Super Stores’ Puainako and downtown Hilo locations can purchase up to $20 in participating ..

Ira Flatow’s First Live Appearance in Hawaiʻi for HPR Members, July 2018

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents " First Take with Science Friday " and welcomes host Ira Flatow to his first live appearances in Hawaiʻi in the summer of 2018. Every week, Science Friday brings today’s most innovative and exciting scientists to your public radio airwaves. "First Take with Science Friday " brings those same stimulating stories to two Hawaiʻi stages. At these science-themed evening conversations, you’ll join host Ira Flatow as he interviews a local scientist—and, true to Science Friday form, you’ll be invited to ask your own questions and join the conversation. The events will be recorded for possible broadcast on future episodes of Science Friday . Join us! "First Take with Science Friday " will be held in Honolulu: Hawaii Theatre Center - Friday, July 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island: Kahilu Theatre - Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Both evenings are exclusive to HPR members and tickets may be selected as a benefit of membership. Seating is reserved and

Two Maui Men Charged with Attempted Kidnapping in Kīhei

Edward James Martin of Kīhei was arrested and charged for the offense of Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree.