News Bites

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August was another month of growth for the state’s tourism industry, but only slightly.

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Last month, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it fined three individuals for harassing a pod of spinner dolphins off Makua Beach on Oahu. Although the city was widely reported, NOAA officials felt the main takeaway slipped through the cracks.

Blood Bank of Hawaii

The Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi is in urgent need of blood, and is asking residents for help.

Below you will find a list of emegency shelters open on each island. If you choose to relocate to a shelter, don't forget to bring a 3-day supply of medications and pet food. In some cases, the shelters do not provide food or water - so intend to bring your own. You should also take with you your own bedding and other emergency supplies. Shelters in bold are pet friendly, those with pets must have them in a pet carrier or cage for safety.

C-SPAN

Hawaiʻi is the current stop on the national network’s U.S. bus tour.

Mark Wasser / National Park Service

A brushfire continues to burn inside Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and now threatens critical habitat for the endangered ʻiʻiwi birds.

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“Smart Cities” use technology to connect citizens and government. One example is Bandung--the third largest city in Indonesia. The mayor who brought a technology upgrade to the city has just been elected to be the next Governor of West Java. Ridwan Kamil is in Honolulu as part of an event at the East West Center--the “Smart Cities Thought Leaders Forum.” He talked with Bill Dorman about what it means to be a “Smart City” in 21st century Asia.  

Child and Family Service

Hurricane Hector is flirting with our southeast shores. You might be thinking, "Just what we need, another disaster."  How are weather weary residents coping? We sat down with Child and Family Service (CFS) President & CEO Karen Tan to talk about how we are supporting our community’s mental health needs.

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The Hawaiʻi Foodbank is asking for the public's help to replenish its shelves.

USGS

For the past year, all eyes have been on a rare plant high up in the Waianae mountains; its growth has been live-streamed 24/7.

The New York Times

Six months after the infamous false missile alert, Francine Wai of the Disability and Communication Access board joins us to discuss the efforts to improve communications with members of the disabled community during disasters.

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Our housing crisis weighs heavy across the state. This morning, Eric Gill, leader of the Hotel workers, joined us to talk about how Marriott Hotel may be warming to the idea of helping its employees through a housing trust fund.

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 The growing problem of people bringing their pets into clinics and dentist offices, grocery stores restaurants, shopping malls and even movie theaters has struck a nerve. Enough so that a new law will kick in that carries fines for trying to pass their pets as legitimate service animals.

Intro Music: Let's Go To Tahiti by J. J. Cale

Outro Music: Fram by Rodrigo y Gabriela

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The Honolulu City Council says parking is the number one complaint across the island in all the districts. That is why councilmember Carol Fukunaga has cracked down with a bill that regulates commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods.

 

Intro Music: Feels Good by Chuck Mangione

Outro Music: Wildflowers by Made In Heights

 

 

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An unknown disease is killing wild horses in Waipiʻo Valley on Hawaiʻi Island.

Go Electric

We talked to Lisa Laughner, CEO and co-founder of Go Electric, a company that provides microgrid systems to commercial, industrial, and military customers in Hawaii and on the mainland.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell discusses Lime Bike’s entrance into the market and the city’s response. Since the city issued its cease and desist order, Lime has hired Glenna Wong’s Public Relations company to help navigate further negotiations.

 

Iwi Protectors

A six-month moratorium on sand mining on Maui expires today. Lance Collin is an attorney who represents the community group Malama Kakanilua, which seeks to stop sand mining and development on Hawaiian burial grounds.

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In response to April’s flash floods, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho instituted emergency measures that included a ban on vacation rentals. Now the mayor is considering lifting the ban to address the housing crisis in the wake of the floods.

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A lawsuit filed by tenants of a Lahaina affordable housing project has become a bellwether case for the future of affordable housing in Hawaii. Victor Geminiani, an attorney with Lawyers for Equal Justice, is representing some of the plaintiffs in the case.

 

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Heather Lusk is the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Health & Harm Reduction Center, created from a merger of the Life Foundation and the Community Health Outreach Work (CHOW) Project, that seeks to provide services and combat the stigma of HIV/AIDS in Hawai'i.

 

 

 

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Tonight Hawaii Emergency Management officials will be in Maui for an open house meeting. They are winding up a series of meetings to get feedback on a draft plan to help make us more resilient as a state in the event of a natural disaster. We spoke with HI-EMA’s David Kennard about this latest effort.

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NOAA

Biologists are seeking the public’s help in tracking green sea turtles in the state.

U.S. Geological Survey

A total of 24 fissures have appeared since May 3rd in Leilani Estates. The eruption has destroyed more than 650 homes, and lava has covered more than 6,000 acres of land. 

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The impact of this week’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban is only beginning to be understood. It has far-reaching implications for immigration law and for the future exercise of Presidential power.  Hawaiʻi immigration lawyer John Egan sees the decision as one that opens the door to racism in national jurisprudence.

 

  

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Today is World Oceans Day. And for the first time, a study has analyzed the condition of Hawaiʻi's ocean environment. 

Lava Flow Takes Toll on Big Island Agriculture

Jun 6, 2018
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More than 2,500 acres on Hawaii Island are in papaya production. The majority is in the Kapoho area, which is now being affected by lava from Kilauea volcano. The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Scott Enright, the Director of the State Department of Agriculture, about the potential losses of an industry that is tied to hundreds of jobs.

Volcano Byproducts Impact Solar Panels

Jun 4, 2018
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On Hawaiʻi Island, officials have been meeting with residents of neighborhoods affected by the vog and noxious gases to address concerns about air quality. But if you live in an area that's being affected by the volcano, should you also be concerned about the corrosive effects of volcanic ash, Pele's hair, and acid rain on things like your solar panels?

State Cracks Down on Monster Home Builders

Jun 4, 2018
Catherine Cruz

Scrutiny over monster home construction triggered a complaint about a contractor who lost his license, yet continued to build. The Hawaii Construction Alliance flagged the problem to the City Department of Planning and Permitting and the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

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