The Hawaii Legislature, which wraps up its 2013 session May 2, has been up to no good. On Thu., April 25, HB 622, the so-called “Media Shield Law” bill, was passed out of conference with most of Sen.
A bill allowing an archaelogical inventory survey (AIS) to be done in phases for a multi-phase development project, SB 1171, survived conference committee and will be voted on this week. The bill is in response to a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling that the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) allowed a phased review of the rail corridor when it shouldn’t have.
Workforce Housing A developer will present a proposal that would demolish single-story industrial buildings for workforce housing and commercial space in Kakaako. 461 Cooke St., Makai Room, Wed., 5/1, 9am; [hcdaweb.org] Session ending The Hawaii Legislature’s session is coming to a close.
The Honolulu Salary Commission voted April 16 to approve pay increases of between 2 and 5.5 percent in 2013 for certain city employees. The raises would be on top of salaries whose previous 5 percent pay cuts will be restored July 1.
SB 524, a bill establishing an agricultural development and food security program, was being considered in conference committee as of press time. The bill would also establish planning objectives for the state to increase local production of food.
At Kapolei Hale, April 17, the Honolulu City Council gave a third reading to Bill 7, the “sidewalk bill.” Among members of the public who testified, David Takahashi and Debbie Murphy supported the bill on the grounds that obstructed sidewalks are a hazard for pedestrians, including the disabled. Sugar Russell, a member of DeOccupy, opposed the bill, pointing out that the cost of getting her own items back or replacing items destroyed in raids averaged out to over $700 per month.
On March 1st, student organization Oceania Rising paid tribute to the 59th anniversary of the “Bravo” U.S. nuclear bombing on Bikini Atoll.
Earth Day Engagement The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is celebrating Earth Day by putting out educational information at numerous Earth Day volunteer events. Find a list at [dlnr.hawaii.gov] City Council Budget bills will get a second reading in the full council April 17, so there should be more detailed discussion in the Budget Committee the following week.
The Honolulu Planning Commission (HPC) decided April 3 to adopt the revised Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan (KSCP), despite its inclusion of controversial provisions for development. These provisions–the expansion of Turtle Bay Resort (TBR) and “Envision Laie,” which would allow Brigham Young University (BYU) to develop Malaekahana ranchlands–had been added to the plan after its creation by a community group (see “Koʻolauloa,” March 20).
A resolution urging the governor to seek alternatives to wind farms and the proposed undersea cable to carry power to Oʻahu passed unanimously in a joint hearing of the House Committees on Energy and Environmental Protection and Consumer Protection and Commerce on April 10. Cindy McMillan of Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) appeared and had also submitted written testimony in opposition to HR 150/HCR 189.
The Department of Health (DOH) should create a task force to develop guidelines for making health a priority in transportation and land use, according to a resolution, HCR 22, that passed unanimously in the House health committee April 11. “The health outcomes of people are [partially] determined by their geography,” said Lola Irvin of DOH at a public hearing April 10.
The City Council committee on budget held a special meeting April 8 primarily to discuss the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) budgets and proposed sale of bonds to help fund rail. Rather than seeking $442 million from the federal grants fund and $108,910,500 from the transit fund, HART was requesting amendments combining both into one $550,910,500 request from the transit fund, said Diane Arakaki, HART chief financial officer.
Last week Wednesday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell gave his inaugural State of the City address at Honolulu Hale. Besides outlining his goals, the mayor placed a great emphasis on teamwork and mobilizing many different people and organizations to find more comprehensive solutions to problems.
Alhough a bill to label GMOs in food has died in the state Legislature, Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff says he’s happy that the measure got as far as it did. “It’s unprecedented in Hawaii and nationally,” says Achitoff, who has extensively litigated issues involving genetically engineered (GE) crops.
The House Committee on Finance heard three early-childhood education bills April 2 and passed all three. SB 1084 proposes a constitutional amendment allowing public funds to be appropriated for private preschools, SB 1093 addresses a “school readiness” program and SB 1095 establishes the Early Childhood Learning Program.
Four resolutions attempting to curb development of rural areas were heard in the Legislature last week. SR 121/SCR 164, introduced by Sen.
A bill that would require the Legislature to implement rules allowing live oral testimony to be received from neighbor islands, HB 358, passed unanimously out of the Senate Ways and Means committee March 27. The bill also requires both chambers of the Legislature to seek out sites with, and allows funds to be appropriated for, audiovisual systems.
Community members from faith groups and nonprofits gathered in March for the Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) Summit to discuss Hawaii social justice issues. Rev.
Efforts to protect marine mammals from death and injury caused by Navy training exercises in Hawaii and Southern California have gotten a boost from the California Coastal Commission, which recently rejected the plan. Proposed federal rules would allow the Navy to kill, injure or disrupt marine mammals 9.6 million times in its Hawaii and Southern California ranges over five years, starting January 2014.
The State and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract after over two years of negotiation, Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced in a press conference held March 24.
In its March meeting, the City Council tackled some big issues, including: Smoking ban Bill 72, which bans smoking at five Waikiki beach parks (“Ban the Butts,” Dec. 12, 2012) passed third reading 8-1.
A nearly five-hour meeting held by the city Planning Commission March 6 to discuss whether to adopt the revised Koʻolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan (KSCP) revealed a deep divide between community members. In June 2009, a group of community organizers created a draft of the plan that was accepted by the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP).
After a hearing held March 12, the House Committee on Labor passed SB 331, which would increase Hawaiʻi’s minimum wage. The bill originally called for the wage to be raised to $9.25 in 2016 (with smaller increases until then) and then automatically raised in proportion to the consumer price index in following years.
HCDA: Permitted–On March 6, the Hawaii Community Development Authority approved a plan for an amusement park in Kakaako. House: Early ed–On March 13, The Committee on Education passed SB 1095, establishing an early childhood education program, and SB 1084, allowing the appropriation of public funds for private early childhood education programs.
For this year’s Food + Drink issue, we compiled 100-plus memories of the fantastic bites we’ve taken, the culinary experiences we’ve undergone and other tasteful moments of absolutely loving what Hawaii’s food scene has to offer. The result is a mixed plate of the Weekly ‘ohana’s favorite dishes, libations, produce, places and some lesser-known joys.
Respect Your Veg At long last, vegetables are being recognized as culinary stars. The following dishes have two things in common: They’re veggie-centric, if not strictly vegetarian, and best eaten on the spot.
Paitan Broth: Kyoto Ramen Yotekko-Ya If you’re a ramen lover, you know the most important element of the bowl is the broth. At Kyoto Ramen Yotekko-Ya, the paitan broth ($9.95 for paitan chashu ramen) is deeply savory.
Naan: Cafe Maharani “The dough is just special,” says owner Chris Rahman of Cafe Maharani. The naan ($2.99) is made to order and handled very delicately.
Asian: Green Door Cafe Enter into Green Door Cafe to find a whole ‘nother world. Owner Betty Peng is a one-woman show (don’t start with her, or else) and cooks all of her Singaporean dishes to order.
Byron’s Drive-in The vacant, former Byron’s Drive-in building still stands near the airport since closing its doors in February. “We’d always go [to Byron’s] late at night,” says Sabrina Thompson, a Tripler Hospital nurse.
Shinsato Pork: Guava Smoked Scott Shibuya of Guava Smoked made a splash in the farmers’ market scene with his finger-licking good, guava wood-smoked Shinsato Pork. “I really wanted to be my own boss,” he says.
Cheese: Surfing Goat Dairy Owners Thomas and Eva Kafsack moved from Germany to Maui and found that they missed receiving fresh goat cheese from their neighbors’ backyards. A few goats from the Big Island (and a huge investment) later, Surfing Goat Dairy was born.
Decadent Fries: Home Bar and Grill These aren’t ordinary fried potatoes. Chef Neil Nakasone’s Parmesan truffle fries ($8) are an elite class of spuds.
Rotations: Taste Some might say Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi and partner Amanda Corby, with the help of another power couple, Poni and Brandon Askew of StreetGrindz, fleshed out the pop-up trend with Taste. But: “Actually, Adam is Taste,” Gooch explains, referring to Taste’s general manager, Adam Lock.
Healthy Food Truck: Beet Box Cafe The Beet Box Cafe is a sit-down eatery located in Haleiwa Town, but their bright yellow lunch wagon is also worth following. The lunchtruck serves organic, vegetarian burritos ($7-10), a special of the day made with farm-to-table ingredients ($10-12), smoothies ($7.50), kombucha ($5) and snacks such as baked goods and dried fruits ($3).
A Cook’s Catch When it comes to fish, freshness really matters, so eating local from our Hawaiian waters is always in the best of taste. Health and sustainability also count.
Whole Foods & Down To Earth Down to Earth offers strictly vegetarian delights such as Bombay spinach, eggplant parmesan, stuffed shells, Thai curry and vegetable korma ($9.59/pound). The tofu and eggplant are always sourced from local producers.
Edible Land: Permablitz Fruit trees flourish in Hawaii but sadly, much goes to waste. Permablitz aims to change that.
Foraging: Strawberry Guava at Waahila Ridge Strawberry guava is invasive to Hawaii, which is why I don’t feel an ounce of guilt picking the small, red fruits in (free!) handfuls whenever I hike up Waahila Ridge. When they’re a light red color, just pull them off the trees, check for bug-made holes and bite in.
Nutmeg and Cloves: Frankie’s Nursery Want to spice up your kitchen? Lynn Tsuruda of Frankie’s Nursery says they sell spices grown in Hawaii, by the plant or the fruit.
Filipino: Pacific Drive out to Central Oahu and find Pacific Supermarket, a haven for all things Southeast Asian. With the Leeward community’s large Filipino population, access to local favorites at Pacific is a big deal.
Korean Chew: Taegu Taegu, more properly pronounced as dae-goo, is either a variety of cod, sliced into strips and seasoned, or a seasoned side dish. There is some confusion, as I came to realize while asking my born-and-raised-in-Korea mom, because those side dishes are made with different fish.
Matcha Latte: Peace Cafe Peace Cafe, a second home for vegans, carries a matcha (green tea) latte with a secret. “The first sip is always the most important,” explains an employee.
Good For You: Kombucha A SCOBY is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast integral to making kombucha. Kombucha, a fizzy tea, is full of promises to boost detoxification, immunity and digestion and joint health.
Free: Whole Foods Whole Foods Market Kahala offers free cooking classes at CookSpace in Ward Warehouse. “We just did a Health Starts Here cooking class,” says Whole Foods marketing supervisor Natalie Aczon.
Wine Tasting: Kalapawai Cafe Every second Sunday of the month at 3:30 p.m., Kalapawai Cafe holds a free wine tasting. “We [have] five wines.
Dear Friends, Readers, and Advertisers, I am sorry to say that this will be the last issue of the Weekly that we will print. I am sad about closing but I see no way that we can maintain our revenue stream and our fiscal health.
Native Hawaiians and preservationists have pledged to fight a law, signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on May 28, that will allow some construction projects to begin before the site has been fully inspected for ancient burials.
Imagine you’re walking through downtown Honolulu and, rather than bypassing an empty, blighted park, you’re drawn into an urban oasis–a forest of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. You could spend your lunch break chatting with friends in the shade of an ‘ulu tree–and, if you’re hungry, pick whatever’s in season.
Road Rule On May 20, Gov. Abercrombie signed Act 73, requiring all vehicle passengers to buckle up regardless of age or seating arrangement.
Tourists enjoying the Waikiki waterfront were treated to Hawaiian phrases such as “Aole, aole, aole GMO!” chanted by protesters in the March Against Monsanto on Sat., May 25. Translation: No GMOs, ever.
The Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) made its proposed plan to redevelop the Kakaako district available to the community during an open house on Thu., May 23. HCDA Executive Director Tony Ching began with a presentation of the new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) plan before letting residents ask questions.
In 2011 the city Department of Transportation Services (DTS) was tasked by then-Mayor Peter Carlisle’s administration to shave $10 million from its budget. Over the course of a year, several bus routes were cut and many more were shortened or reconfigured and the frequency of service decreased.
You mentioned in your May 29 GMO article (“Big Pharm Fallout”) that GMO bans were placed on taro and coffee in 2008 in Kohala County. However it was an islandwide ban in Hawaii County.
What a great quote: “I understand that it’s frustrating that we can’t get past the issue of homelessness . .
I know space is limited and you couldn’t put everything in one small article (“Art with HART,” May 29). Here is the rest of what I wanted to have said.
Have five or more contractors “compete” by tackling sections of roadway (“Road Repaving,” May 29). Criteria for competing are expenses, timeliness and a level of quality assurance standards.
Thanks for this article (“The Naked Truth,” May 22), I’m Mykel Hicks, grandson of Sharon Hicks, and I am so proud of my grandma for all she has done for herself, this family and specifically me. She is an amazing grandma who comes with a moving story I hope can help people around the world.
Please remind readers that the HCDA is not interested in providing housing for minimum wage individuals or families, but in providing property developers with profitable opportunities; that our ancient water and sewage lines were not designed to support the needs of thousands of condo and apartment dwellers, but no one is interested in replacing them because no one wants to pay the price (“Civix,” May 22). As a result, Kakaako’s streets are regularly flooded with no sidewalk retreat for pedestrians, wheelchairs, bicyclists, skateboarders, etc., and constantly excavated/repaired to accommodate one project after the other.