Diary

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The U.S. Army has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for an exemption from the need to obtain a license to possess toxic depleted uranium at Schofield Barracks and the Big Island’s Pohakuloa Training Area.


turtle ALERT

Conservationists and animal protection groups have joined forces to stymie a proposal to lift federal protections from the Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu. About 126,000 people submitted comments opposing a petition by the Association of Hawaii Civic Clubs to remove honu from the Endangered Species List.


In Public

Mayoral candidates Ben Cayetano and Kirk Caldwell squared off before a live audience on Sat., Oct. 6 in a debate organized by The Hawaii Independent in co-sponsorship with Radio KTUH, the League of Women Voters, and the William H.


On Tv

In their Oct. 4 debate on PBS Hawaii, mayoral rivals Kirk Caldwell and Ben Cayetano avowed their love for the city, and agreed that the roads should be repaved and the water/ sewer systems fixed.


WeCar, UH

WeCar by Enterprise, a car-sharing service on 50 campuses nationwide, is now available for membership to those who work or study at University of Hawaii at Manoa, are at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. Members can rent a Chevy Volt, Ford Focus or Jeep Compass on an hourly or daily basis, even overnight, starting at $10 an hour.


HALT the dig

The state Intermediate Court of Appeals has ordered Kawaiahao Church to stop any work that could lead to the disinterment of more burials. The decision ends a three-year court battle launched by Dana Naone Hall, whose family members were buried on church grounds.


PLDC Day

Opposition to the newly-created Public Land Development Corp. is coalescing into a Hawaii-wide “Day of Action,” set for Oct.


UnTOD

On Sept. 25, at the end of the rollout for TOD, the downtown Transit-Oriented Development plan, city planners asked, “What do you think of our plan if there is no Rail?” What if…the Rail is never built?


Editor’s note

• Vote: Tues.,Nov. 6 is the general election.


WAHIAWA WOES

Trapped for hours, Central Oahu motorists tweeted their frustration when Wahiawa’s Karsten Thot Bridge closed for repairs on Sept. 16.


PLDC GRAB

The state Legislature has raided $620,000 from the Legacy Land Conservation Program to help fund the Public Land Development Corp. (PLDC).


BAD NEW DAY

Gov. Abercrombie’s first “Cabinet in Your Community” meeting fell into disarray last week on Kauai.


burial grounds

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is pressing for an accounting of the iwi kupuna unearthed at Kawaiahao Church to determine if they include traditional and historical burials not covered by a state disinterment permit. Some 605 sets of iwi kupuna and thousands of other remains have been removed since 2009 to allow construction of a new multipurpose center.


Editor’s Note

The arts are made for public enjoyment and so should be accessible, even if you may not always understand them. But one art form, the literary, is languishing as outlets for authors, old and new, go dark.


Thirst Friday

Here at the Weekly, we love being part of Chinatown. So we’re sad that overzealous partiers may have killed a gracious tradition: a sip of wine while eyeing art on First Friday and other occasions.


Club Déjà vu?

On Aug.30, the new concert venue Republik turned down more than 100 fans trying to get into a Third Eye Blind performance because fire inspectors from the Honolulu Fire Department had discovered standard fire code violations. The club had not completed installation of a fire alarm and a fire sprinkler system, which meant it could only accommodate 299 people.


MAKAHAGATE

The growing debate over using farm land for housing has spread to Waianae with the announcement of plans for a gated residential project on agricultural acreage in Makaha Valley. “The community is not in favor of it because we don’t want any more of our agricultural land taken away,” says Roberta Searle, chair of the Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board’s Economic & Development Committee.


Atrazine $

The Kauai County Department of Water could be eligible for $5,000 to $10,000 in settlement funds in a national class-action suit against Syngenta, which produced atrazine, an herbicide detected in groundwater at Lihue and Hanapepe, says Deputy Manager Bill Eddy. The money would be used to cover the costs of testing for atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting pesticide heavily used in sugar cane cultivation.


Timely Grads

The University of Hawaii has launched a new campaign, “15 to Finish,” to ensure that students graduate in four years by taking at least 15 credits per semester. This campaign, which includes TV and radio commercials, comes at a time when only six percent of students graduate from their respective UH campuses, including community colleges, on time.


TAKE THE Albatross

The Ancient Mariner shot an albatross and doomed his ship. Nonetheless, the Hawaii-based swordfish fleet will be allowed to kill or injure two species of protected albatrosses.


Prosecutor bias

In the four years since Kauai Prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho became the first woman in any Hawaii county to be elected to that office, Kauai County has paid out $223,000 to settle federal discrimination and harassment complaints filed by three of her female employees. Another woman’s complaint was resolved without compensation.


Grassroots vs. Fasttracks

Environmentalists, union leaders and native Hawaiians have formed a loose coalition to push for repeal of Act 55, which created an agency intended to spur private development of public lands. The opposition movement was launched during a recent series of meetings intended to seek comment on draft rules to govern the new Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC).


Rail Stops, HART Continues

With dirt-turning construction shut down for possibly six months, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) gathered last Thursday, Aug. 30, to figure out what’s next.


Runaway Overruns

At HART, what the public thinks of as cost overruns is a “draw down” from the Rail contingency budget. In addition to the previously reported $15 million draw against the Ewa-Waipahu design/build project, overruns on that one project alone seem likely to at least triple and perhaps more, to judge from the discussion at HART’s budget meeting on Thursday, Aug.


Big Wind Hearings

A new round of statewide hearings is planned for Sept. 11–20 on a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the “‘Big Wind” and interisland cable projects, now renamed Hawaii Clean Energy.


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