Defend Oahu Coalition (DOC), a nonprofit community advocate of open-space preservation at Turtle Bay Resorts (TBR), announced Jan. 10 that it has formally withdrawn from talks with TBR about the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) proposing expanded development along miles of pristine North Shore coastline.

The state is formally joining the process to create a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) that will look at the implications of an ecosystem approach to managing the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Such an approach means management would no longer be focused solely on the endangered humpback whale, but on the health of its marine ecosystem as a whole.

A female raccoon that hitched a ride from Long Beach, Calif. aboard a Matson cargo ship was captured on New Year’s Eve when the boat came into Honolulu Harbor.

A community briefing on proposed revisions to the Oahu General Plan is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mon., Jan.

Oprah Winfrey is putting the “O” in organic. And it’s a stake she’s planning to plant right here in Hawaii.

On Jan. 9, Molokai protesters are scheduled to sign a historic “Molokai Community Agreement” with Seattle-based American Safari Cruises spelling out rules that will govern the weekly winter visits to Kaunakakai by the 36-passenger cruise yacht Explorer.

The Senate is a pretty exclusive fraternity, and what a rush for Lt. Gov.

The Navy’s use of sonar in Hawaiian waters is getting increased scrutiny as a federal agency documents and maps human-caused noise pollution in the oceans in an attempt to dim the din for the sake of marine mammals. Cetaceans–dolphins, whales and porpoises–are very sensitive to underwater noise.

In all the excitement over filling Sen. Inouye’s seat, there’s been little attention paid to a newly elected state senator.


CIVIX / If you love the Country, speak up: Jan. 7 is the deadline for public comment on the Turtle Bay Resort (TBR) draft supplemental environmental impact statement (see [honoluluweekly.com]).


CIVIX / Most local government is taking a break, but you don’t have to. The Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations says that decisions made in federal fiscal negotiations could have grim consequences, and urges citizens to contact representatives and ask that charitable giving incentives stay in place.

Selenium, an essential mineral found in Hawaii’s wild ocean fish, is said to “nullify” the levels of mercury in seafood, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported in a splashy front-page story on Dec. 15, citing a 2007 study.

Although the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) has chosen a developer for a proposed 650-foot residential tower in Kakaako, it’s still accepting public comments on the project. The HCDA Board unanimously approved Forest City Hawaii to build the $500 million project on two acres of state-owned land at 690 Pohukaina St.

The announcement that Chai’s Island Bistro will vacate the almost-empty Aloha Tower Marketplace came as a harsh blow to the already struggling complex. So it would be especially nice if the 2012 New Year’s Eve party is a big hit.

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The Trust for Public Land (TPL) has purchased 1,700 acres of land near Wahiawa from the Galbraith Estate, Governor Abercrombie announced at a press conference on Dec. 11.

The University of Hawaii, along with Environet, Inc. and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is leading a scientific investigation into suspected chemical weapons that the military dumped in waters off Oahu before the practice was outlawed in 1972.

In the wake of problems with the Nov. 6 general election, a lawsuit was filed Dec.


Obituary / News that Hawaii’s Senator Daniel K. Inouye had died in a Washington, D.C.-area hospital swept the Weekly newsroom as we were going to press Monday.

A bill that would ban smoking at five Waikiki beach parks passed its second reading in the City Council Dec. 5.

In its last meeting of the year, on Dec. 5, the City Council approved the receipt of $1.55 billion in federal funds for the rail project, with Tom Berg casting the lone vote against it.

Calling it “seed money,” the agrochemical company DuPont Pioneer recently gave 59 third-graders at Kauai’s ‘Eleele School $25 each to open a savings account. Teacher Lori Carl had applied for a school grant from Pioneer, which grows genetically modified (GMO) seeds, when University of Hawaii funding for the west side school’s financial literacy program was cut.

Turtle Bay Before the Leg and City Council reconvene in Jan., here’s how to stay involved. There are only 37 days left for public comment on the environmental impact statement for the proposed development.

Scientists are trying to figure out the cause and extent of a coral-killing disease that has been documented on some North Shore Kauai reefs. Dr.

The State Elections Commission met Nov. 27 to hear official reports and community testimony regarding the 2012 elections.

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