Hawaii Independent Staff

Undersea cable update → Two permits approved for rail →

The Honolulu City Council expedited approval of two critical measures Wednesday that allows construction of the $5.3 billion rail project to resume Monday morning. More at KITV »

State alters woman’s name after it fails to fit on driver’s license →

This story is getting a bit of play, but the bottom line is this: she has a long name, and the state is working to make accommodations. More at KHON »

High school statue creates an argument →

A century-old bronze statue of President William McKinley is making waves in some circles in the native Hawaiian community. More at KITV »

Company looking to cool down with seawater →

Some of Waikiki's biggest hotels and other businesses interested in a company's proposed plan for a seawater air-conditioning project. More at Star-Advertiser »

$98 million dollar deal for Kahala properties and more → Higher taxes for expensive houses will be discussed →

The Honolulu City Council will vote today on Bill 42, a new tax classification for houses and condominiums valued at $1 million or more. More at Star-Advertiser »

DonorsChoose.org helps public teachers out →

DonorsChoose.org is a Kickstarter for public education. They help the teachers with donations for their supplies. More at Civil Beat »

Memorial Task Force looking for a design →

The Memorial Task Force, co-chaired by David Brostrom and Allen Hoe, the Gold Star Fathers of Army 1st Lieutenants Jonathan Brostrom and Nainoa Hoe, are seeking input from the public on the design and location of a newly planned memorial honoring Hawaii veterans. More at Hawaii Reporter »

Mail call →

Legislators have been slow to incorporate digital delivery into the law. Hawaii’s Sunshine Law still requires “mail” delivery. And although “mail” isn’t defined, the law was written before email existed, and this provision hasn’t been amended since. More at Civil Beat »

Goal: Clean energy Hawaii → Esther Kiaaina nominated to Department of Interior

In her new position, she would oversee US territories in the Pacific Read More »

Permit to build in Kakaako challenged → Hottest class in school →

Students say portable P-1 is the hottest classroom on Campbell High School's campus. At mid-morning the thermometer had already hit 90 degrees. More at Hawaii News Now »

Decline in UH system students →

Enrollment is down 2.2%. More at Star-Advertiser » Read More »

Sharing is caring →

No, plans for an interisland power cable are not dead. More at Pacific Business News » Read More »

Kim against money for a private Catholic school →

A $1.5 million grant that the 2013 Legislature agreed to set aside for a private Hawaii Catholic school is unconstitutional, according to a recent memo from the state deputy attorney general addressed to Senate President Donna Mercado Kim. More at Civil Beat »

Kahala property almost up for grabs →

Is Genshiro Kawamoto leaving the Hawaii market? More at Pacific Business News » Read More »

Better safe than sorry? → Money goes towards debris removal projects →

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program announced Wednesday that it provided $967,000 through NOAA's Restoration Center to support locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. More at KITV »

HECO to deactivate plant in January → Hawaiian Homes Commission Act to be clarified →

New rules coming in April, President Obama said. More at Star-Advertiser » Read More »

Capitol repairs causing concerns →

A $4.5 million repair job is causing more problems along with concerns over public safety at the state capitol. More at http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/23331160/lawmakers-find-more-construction-mess-at-the-state-capitol »

Let’s strengthen our local media ecosystem Maui beaches most at-risk of erosion →

A new study (PDF) by the University of Hawaii shows the state is on pace to lose 100 feet of beach in the coming decades and Maui is most at risk. More at Hawaii News Now » Read More »

Organized labor still strong in Hawaii →

The state of organized labor in Hawaii remains among the strongest in the US. More at KITV » Read More »

Rail, full speed ahead → DHHL will receive last of payments →

Starting in the fiscal year that begins in July, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will receive the last of the $30 million in payments the state has made annually for the past 19 years. More at http://www.staradvertiser.com/newspremium/20130903__600_million_spigot_is_about_to_dry_up.html?id=222140731 » Read More »

Rainfall limited due to air pollution →

Global warming’s effect on rainfall distribution so far has been limited by an unexpected source: airborne pollutants, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Hawaii’s International Pacific Research Center and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. But as greenhouse gases increase, they will overwhelm the influence of aerosols — that is, airborne dust, soot and other pollutants, the researchers say. Their paper was published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. More at Star-Advertiser »

US Navy moving ahead with increased training →

The U.S. Navy is moving ahead with plans to increase training between California and the Hawaiian Islands, rejecting concerns from environmental groups in both states about the impact of sonar and underwater detonations on marine animals. More at West Hawaii Today »

“This is an outrage” →

Via NextDraft: "This comic from The Oatmeal gets at an interesting aspect of the debate on Syria. In some ways, it seems like a government can freely kill tens of thousands people as long as the method they use doesn't cross a red line." More at The Oatmeal »

Inside a camp for Syrian refugees →

David Remnick on the difficulty of escaping the Syrian crisis. More at The New Yorker »

U.S. military officers have deep doubts about impact, wisdom of a U.S. strike on Syria →

Concerns include a protracted war, the weakening of US position if Syria uses chemical weapons again, and retaliatory attacks by Hezbollah. More at Washington Post »

Why we march, what we demand

Why did they march 50 years ago? Here's the demands of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, verbatim. Read More »

Property tax in Kauai county will be tweaked →

A proposal to add more changes to the county’s real property tax system — which has been significantly revamped in the last three years — cleared the Kauai County Council’s Finance Committee Wednesday, though with a few tweaks. Among other things, the bill eliminates a property tax cap. More at Garden Island »

More tourist are heading to Hawaii → Caldwell makes cuts →

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is taking a proactive approach to an expected $26 million budget shortcoming for fiscal year 2014. He has announced $20 million in cuts to all of his departments. More at Hawaii News Now »

Local foods are pricy →

Hawaii struggles with being able to feed itself. Our island chain imports more than 80 percent of the food consumed by local residents, in part because the cost of producing our own food is so high people can't afford to buy it. More at Civil Beat »

Tourism industry trying to keep the pace → University of Hawaii update → Coffman changes his mind about special session →

State Rep. Denny Coffman, who had urged House leaders against quickly moving a gay marriage bill in special session, said Thursday that he now favors a special session. More at Star-Advertiser »

Radioactive water slowly creeping to the Pacific →

Deep beneath Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station, a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant's reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the Pacific. Now, 2 1/2 years later, experts fear it is about to reach the ocean and greatly worsen what is fast becoming a new crisis at Fukushima: the inability to contain vast quantities of radioactive water. More at The Associated Press »

Everybody makes mistakes →

The man at the center of 2012′s general election disaster will not get a $36,000 pay hike. The Hawaii Salary Commission, an independent appointed board that recently OK’d pay hikes for the state’s executive, judicial and legislative branches, decided Wednesday against increasing Chief Election Officer Scott Nago‘s salary to $116,000 a year. He earns $80,000. More at Hawaii Reporter »

Hawaii police bringing home the bacon → What can old menus tell us about changing ocean health? →

An interesting premise: using 20th century restaurant menus to examine fisheries. More at Smithsonian.com » Read More »

Riding between the lines

This NYC biker demonstrates what happens to bicyclists who ride obediently within bike lanes. He ought to have a helmet on.

Should the legislature meet to discuss same-sex marriage? Hawaii conservation projects get a boost →

Two Hawaii Island conservation projects are getting a financial boost from the federal government. More at West Hawaii Today » Read More »

New dorms at UH Hilo → Peaceful protest outside of Hawaii Electric Light Co. →

More than 200 people staged a peaceful protest on Monday outside Hawaii Electric Light Co.’s Hilo headquarters to express displeasure with the utility’s plan to expand geothermal energy development on the Big Island. More at Tribune-Herald » Read More »

Kakaako condos, any takers? →

About 60 percent of the units in The Collection were snapped up during an opening sales weekend that had people lined up before dawn for first crack at the 397 apartments in A&B Properties’ 43-story condominium project in Kakaako. More at Pacific Business News »

Meet Caldwell’s new chief of staff →

Ray Soon, a well-connected, Harvard-educated private consultant, will take over as Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s chief of staff on Sept. 3. More at Civil Beat » Read More »

Kana’iolowalu needs more supporters →

An effort by Native Hawaiians to form their own government has signed up fewer than 20,000 of the 200,000 people it is seeking, but organizers are undaunted. More at The Associated Press » Read More »

Honolulu won’t help state implement online voting →

Honolulu has declined to collaborate with the state on its new online voter registration system. More at Civil Beat » Read More »

How are our schools doing? →

The first report card is in, and it looks like we're making progress Read More »

On Hawaii Island, GMO issue grows → Did churches underpay the state? →

Members of New Hope Ministries are speaking up after their church is accused of underpaying to use public school facilities. More at KITV » Read More »

Commission seeks Supreme Court nominee →

With the departure of Associate Justice Simeon Acoba from the Hawaii Supreme Court when he turns 70 next year, the Judicial Selection Commission is seeking applicants for his replacement. More at Star-Advertiser » Read More »

Special session coming soon? →

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Sunday it is "very likely" there will be a special legislative session on gay marriage. More at Star-Advertiser » Read More »

Hotel workers union ratifies contract with Hyatt Regency Waikiki

After three-year dispute, new contract provides thousands of dollars in back pay Read More »

A very costly tweet →

Check it out, @honolulupolice – this is the way to use Twitter. More at NextDraft » Read More »

Last stand for rail opposition →

In San Francisco, a three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard from the opposition to Honolulu's rail project. Watch the video. More at Star-Advertiser » Read More »

What’s your favorite Barter Bar transaction?

Barter Bar opens for deals Thursday evening. We're asking participants to share their favorite experiences. Read More »

Save the Date: Quotes, August 28, 6:30 PM at The Box Jelly

The Box Jelly and The Hawaii Independent present smart conversation and great company. Read More »

Financial planning advice, courtesy of McDonald’s →

Good luck finding health insurance for $20. More at Kottke.org » Read More »

The Brief: Rechung Fujihira

We asked the tech catalyst five quick questions. Read More »

City to commemorate La Ho‘iho‘i Ea Hello, Flossie

Photos of the tropical storm from the social web Read More »

Hello, Keauhou Lane

Groundbreaking and construction are targeted for mid to late 2014 Read More »

Q&A: Ramana Vieira

The international fado star performs Saturday at the Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre Read More »

Have we reached “peak car”? →

Apropos of this week's news that construction on Ward Avenue will be seemingly interminable, a new report shows that we own fewer cars and are driving less. More at The Atlantic Cities »

Hawaii delegation meets with the president →

President Obama met with Hawaii's congressional delegation to discuss immigration and federal recognition of Native Hawaiians. More at Hawaii News Now »

Priest speaks out on dilemmas in development Senator Schatz gets support from Al Gore →

Former US Vice President Al Gore endorsed Senator Brian Schatz's campaign for reelection, citing his push towards renewable energy. More at Politico » Read More »

Espero enters Congressional race →

State Senator Will Espero (D) has announced that he'll enter the race for Colleen Hanabusa's spot. More at KHON »

Culture, conservation, and conversation come to convention center

The Community Connections event packed the Diamond Head side of the Convention center with artists, music, and great company.

What you should know about climate change
Kahoolawe agency’s fund running low →

With only 13 percent of the job done and the funds expected to run out in 2016, how will we save this cultural reserve? More at Star-Advertiser »

What is Reggio Emilia? A Q&A with Leslie Gleim

An international exhibit at UH West Oahu opened this week on the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. We spoke with Leslie Gleim, Mid-Pacific Elementary's pedogogista, to learn more. Read More »

What Are The Three Major Progressive Educational Philosophies?

An international exhibit at UH West Oahu opened this week on the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. Here's a broad look at the progressive education movement. Read More »

Could Honolulu kickstart a response to urban homelessness? →

Honolulu Councilman Ron Menor is proposing a new website where the houseless can post personalized donation requests for food, shelter or clothing. More at Civil Beat »

David Ige enters Governor’s race →

The State Senator announced that he'll run for the 2014 election for Hawaii's governor. More at Star-Advertiser »

Hanabusa raises $500,000 for Senate race

But Schatz raised $911,000 in the same time period. Read More »

Mollway or the highway: judge writes rail should end at UH →

Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway wrote a letter claiming rail is failing to meet it's purpose to serve the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. More at Star-Advertiser »

HECO gets a green light for more EV stations and lower charging costs →

Good news for electric vehicle owners. More at Star-Advertiser »

Smoking ban passed for Honolulu parks, beaches, bus stops →

The Honolulu City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to ban smoking at all parks, beaches, and bus stops on Oahu. No coincidence, then, that e-cig sales are up. More at KHON »

Come To Connect On Land, Food, Sustainability
Google Maps goes trailblazing

The program will document Big Island trails Read More »

What effects will transit spending have on the city budget?

A forum this Saturday will examine this question Read More »

Should you invest in marijuana? →

And while we're on the topic of pakalolo, the New York Times Magazine walks us through a different kind of seed funding. More at The New York Times »

Abercrombie signs bills for patient privacy and safe access to medical marijuana

Advocates call measures a “significant first step” to modernize Hawaii’s thirteen year-old medical marijuana law Read More »

C&C goes DIY for HI-5

The city is building on a grassroots recycling initiative, with a goal of 1,000 bins by the end of this year. Want to help? Read More »

Supermoon: What the world saw

A collection of photos from people throughout the world Read More »

The Friends of the Library used book sale, by the numbers Are home prices too high? → Abercrombie signs mortgage bill

The new law expands the Hula Mae home loan program Read More »

HCDA to hear public comment on three Kakaako projects Larry Ellison buys another airline →

Lana‘i. Island Air. Now go!. Unironically, Ellison is building a monopoly around the island of Lana‘i. Thank goodness for competition. More at PBN »

ACLU: Maui rules violate free speech Tonight: Barter Bar

Come one, come all, come with goods or services to trade Read More »