Tag Archives: Hawaii County Council

Kim signs foam ban


Hawaii News Digest, 21 September 2017, 1455 UTC, Post #15630.

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/kim-sign-foam-bill

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 21 September 2017, 1455 UTC.

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Comment:

On Wednesday, 20 September 2017, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said he will sign a ban on foam food containers that passed the Hawaii County Council by a vote of 7-2.

Bill 13 takes effect on 01 July 2019, with an educational program beginning in January 2018. The bill makes Hawaii County the second county in the state to ban the popular plate lunch containers.  Maui approved a similar bill that takes effect in 2018.

Supporters of Bill 13 said the measure would reduce litter and keep plastic pollution out of island waters.

Opponents of the bill  claimed the ban would mean higher food prices for customers.

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Igloos top choice for homeless village


Hawaii News Digest, 20 September 2017, 1550 UTC, Post #15626

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http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/igloos-top-choice-homeless-village

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 20 September 2017, 1550 UTC.

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Comment:

On Tuesday, 19 September 2017, Lance Niimi, an executive assistant to Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, asked the Hawaii County Council to consider creating a homeless village near the West Hawaii Civic Center using a tested housing design used by the First Assembly of God Church in Honolulu.

Niimi said fiberglass “igloos” measuring 20 feet wide and containing 314 square feet of living space could accommodate up to four residents and have minimum impact on the environment.

If the Hawaii County Council accepts the “igloo” idea, the next step would be to conduct an environmental assessment to use 15-20 acres of land for the “igloo” village or for alternative housing.

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Second water audit likely


Hawaii News Digest, 20 September 2017, 1540 UTC, Post #15625

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http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/second-water-audit-likely

Reporter:  Max Dible (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 20 September 2017, 1540 UTC.

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The Hawaii County Council is preparing to conduct another audit of North Kona’s troubled water system.

On Tuesday, council members voted 9-0 in favor of Resolution 287-17, which calls for a performance audit of the North Kona water system, which has been plagued by pump failures and a water shortage.  Once final passage of the bill is done, the inspection would be conducted by the Hawaii County Legislative Auditor.

Councilwoman Karen Eoff says the audit will be open-ended:

“More backup equipment, more redundancies at well sites — anything is a possibility. But, that’s exactly the point.”

“(Those ideas) are not really the extent of it,” Eoff said. “There’s a lot of other issues. I don’t know how far it can go.”

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County Council approves gun range for the Big Island.


Hawaii News Digest, 18 August 2017, 07:50 hrs, UTC, Post #15433.

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http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/county-council-approves-gun-range-big-island

Accessed on 18 August 2017, 07:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

According to reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, the Hawaii County Council on Wednesday approved Resolution 246, which would give the county’s Game Management Commission the “go ahead” to find potential sites for a gun range.

Lauer adds more details about what the resolution would accomplish:

“The resolution charges the working group led by the game commission with determining the type of shooting venues desired, for example rifle, pistol, shotgun, air gun, archery or other shooting sports. The group will also determine basic infrastructure, such as how much land would be needed, and create a list and description of shooting venues desired, along with the required infrastructure and the priority of construction.”

“Details such as design estimates, timing of the phasing in construction, operational costs and sources of revenue will also be determined by the working group.”

“Puna Councilwoman Eileen O’Hara had some concerns about cost and liability. She voted in favor of the resolution.”

“I fully support a public shooting range; I just want to be careful that it doesn’t become a county shooting range,” O’Hara said.

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New Council Office in Waimea


Hawaii News Digest, 12 August 2017, 15:40 hrs, UTC, Post #15423.

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/council-waimea

Accessed on 12 August 2017, 15:40 hrs, UTC.

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Waimea residents no longer will have to travel to Kona or to Hilo to offer testimony before the Hawaii County Council.  The Hawaii County Council has established a new council office at 65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Suite 109, in Parker Square.  Residents can record up to three minutes of video testimony, beginning Tuesday, 15 August 2017.

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PGV emissions prompt complaints | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Hydrogen sulfide readings taken during two recent steam releases at Puna Geothermal Venture were too low to be considered a public health risk.

Source: PGV emissions prompt complaints | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/pgv-emissions-prompt-complaints).

Accessed on 08 October 2016, 15:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

On Tuesday, a group of Puna residents told members of the Hawaii County Council that recent steam releases from the Puna Geothermal facility near Kapoho weren’t as “safe” as reported by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.  Although Civil Defense officials said the emissions were too low to endanger public health, Sarah Steiner claimed her neighbors “felt ill” after the steam escape from the PGV facility.

Another Puna resident, Sandra Baker, told the editor of the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that there was an “awful smell” at her home during the steam releases and that one of the emissions “gave her daughter a headache and made her dog appear nauseous.”  Baker claims the fumes killed her daughter’s pet rabbit “after foaming at the mouth.”  Baker told council members “So, when I hear that all is OK with the (PGV) plant, I am here to say that it is not.”

According to PGV spokesman Mike Kaleikini, no workers at the plant were sickened by the steam releases, which he stated were “well below” regulatory levels.  Kaleikini added that the releases happened in response to “high pressure conditions as a result of control malfunctions.”


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Bill aimed at curbing county’s use of toxic herbicides | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The latest attempt to decrease county use of toxic herbicides is making its way through a County Council committee.

Source: Bill aimed at curbing county’s use of toxic herbicides | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/bill-aimed-at-curbing-county-s-use-toxic-herbicides0.

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 04:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

Outgoing Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille isn’t giving up on having Hawaii County curb its use of toxic pesticides.  Wille has introduced Bill 243, which would mandate Hawaii County reduce the use of toxic herbicides such as Roundup.  Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides are used to control weed and invasive plants.

Discussion of Bill 243 has been postponed until  18 October 2016 to give Wille  time to clarify language in the legislation.


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