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Hemp 101: Farmers learn about growing industry during convention in Hilo | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Farmers from throughout the state gained insight into Hawaii’s newest crop as the annual Hawaii Farmers Union United Convention kicked off Friday at OK Farms in Hilo.

Source: Hemp 101: Farmers learn about growing industry during convention in Hilo | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hemp-101-farmers-learn-about-growing-industry-during-convention-hilo).

Accessed on 15 October 2016, 15:44 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

According to reporter Ivy Ashe, about 60 people attended the meeting at OK Farms in Hilo to hear speakers from Vermont and Colorado discuss “the ins and outs of growing and processing industrial hemp.”

The industrial hemp industry is slowly expanding on the U.S. mainland and offers a profitable cash crop for local farmers. Federal rules and regulations have been sufficiently relaxed to allow states to create their own growing programs.  In July 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill permitting Hawaii farmers to raise industrial hemp for agricultural research purposes.

Industrial hemp can be used for biofuels, insulation, and textiles.  Hemp seeds are also a good source of protein for animals and humans.


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Emergency 911 service can now receive text messages | Hawaii 24/7


Gov. David Ige announced Thursday (Oct 13) that Hawaiʻi has launched an enhanced 911 service allowing residents to report an emergency to 911 as a text message.

Source: Emergency 911 service can now receive text messages | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/10/14/emegency-911-service-can-now-receive-text-messages).

Accessed on 15 October 2016, 15:10 hrs, UTC.

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According to Thursday’s (13 October 2016) press release, text-to-911 can support plain text Short Messaging Services (SMS) only and is limited to 160 characters per text.  Videos, emojis, and photos can’t be processed at this time.  Callers mush have active wireless service, including a text or data plan.  The device’s location service (GPS) must be turned on.


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Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


If Gov. David Ige wants the Office of Mauna Kea Management to give up more than 10,000 acres, he’s going to have to talk to the agency first.

Source: Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-mum-on-land-transfer-mauna-kea-board-expresses-frustration-over-proposal-to-shift-acreage-to-dlnr).

Accessed on 05 October 2016, 14:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Part of Hawaii Governor David Ige’s plan to reduce the number of telescopes on Mauna Kea was the transfer of more than 10,000 acres of land managed by the Office of Mauna Kea Management to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  That proposed transfer isn’t sitting well with the board of directors, who want to meet with the governor before the actual land transfer takes place.  Land management on the Mauna Kea summit has been in limbo since the start of a second contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Critics of the governor’s 10-point plan are questioning whether DLNR can do a better job protecting the cultural and natural resources of the mountain.  Currently, the University of Hawaii leases 11,288 acres of the mountain from the state as part of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.

According to reporter Tom Callis, “It remains unclear if the 10-point plan, which also calls for the removal of three telescopes by the time the controversial TMT is built, will still be implemented if construction of the $1.4 billion project ever resumes.”


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Governor to request disaster declaration as Iao Stream damage surpasses $15 million | KHON2


Flooding caused at least $15 million in damage to public property alone, and that number could rise as officials continue to assess the area.

Source: Governor to request disaster declaration as Iao Stream damage surpasses $15 million | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/09/22/governor-to-rquest-presidential-disaster-declaration-for-iao-stream-damage/).

Accessed on 23 September 2016, 15:25 hrs, UTC.]

Reporter:  Brigette Namata.

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Following a helicopter tour of storm-damaged Iao Valley on Maui, Hawaii Governor David Ige said he would ask for a presidential disaster declaration for an estimated $15 million damage done by heavy rains and flooding.

More than 20 homes were damaged by the storm and major portions of the road serving the area were swept away.  Officials said that costly recovery efforts “will take months” adding that “the storm damage was an eye opener for Ige, who surveyed the area Tuesday.”

The original path of the Iao Stream may have to be restored in order to protect homes and rebuild the road into the area.  Kepaniwai Park and Iao Valley State Park remain closed because of extensive damage.


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State seeks to protect Ige from testifying in contested case | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Executive privilege could keep Gov. David Ige from testifying during the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case.

Source: State seeks to protect Ige from testifying in contested case | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/state-seeks-to-protect-ige-from-testifying-in-contested-case).

Accessed on 11 August 2016, 15:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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In response to having Hawaii Governor David Ige and some of his department heads submit testimony in the ongoing TMT contested case hearing, the state Department of the Attorney General is seeking a protective order for Governor Ige, DLNR Chairwoman Suzanne Case and TMT board member Stanley Roehrig.

Each name was part of witness list  submitted by attorney Richard Wurdeman, who represents TMT petitioners.  The list also suggests that “a representative of the Governor’s Office could act as a substitute.”  According to reporter Tom Callis, those involved in the contested case hearing “are allowed to call witnesses for testimony before hearings officer Riki May Amano.”

The state is arguing that “executive privilege should keep Ige and Case from being called as witnesses” because “Gov. Ige and Chair Case enjoy immunity from testifying absent extraordinary circumstances.”  The state Attorney General adds that “The party summoning a high-ranking government official has the burden of establishing that only the official can provide the information sought.”

Riki May Amano will hold another hearing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Friday at the Hawaii Community College cafeteria.


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Ige pressed on TMT; Telescope talk dominates portion of governor’s visit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Thirty Meter Telescope supporters and opponents attended a “community connection” Tuesday evening at University of Hawaii at Hilo to question Gov. David Ige about his positions on the controversial project and Mauna Kea.

Source: Ige pressed on TMT; Telescope talk dominates portion of governor’s visit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-pressed-tmt-telescope-talk-dominates-governor-s-visit).

Accessed on 11 August 2016, 15:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Discussion at Tuesday’s “community connection” meeting at UH-Hilo largely centered on the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope and future use of the Mauna Kea Summit.

UH-Hilo astrophysical student Niki Thomas questioned Hawaii Governor David Ige about the fate of UH-Hilo’s damaged Hoku Kea telescope, which was part of the telescope reduction plan proposed by the governor. Although a new telescope has been ordered to replace Hoku Kea, the ongoing controversy and contested case hearing involving the TMT has put the location of the new instrument in limbo. According to UH-Hilo officials, the new telescope would be installed on campus until a suitable location on Mauna Kea is found.

In response to questions about TMT, Governor Ige said he entered office like a person arriving in the “middle of the movie.” Ige added that he had no intention of activating the Hawaii National Guard during protests against TMT and is “considering ways to make the review process for similar projects more centered around dialogue.” Governor Ige said “I’ve been accused of being on the verge of calling out the National Guard, when there really was no instance or information that I would do so…I don’t know where this misinformation starts.”


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Hawaii Governor Announces Allocation of $12M for Homelessness Eeffort | Hawaii News and Island Information


Gov. David Ige has announced that $12M in funding will be focused on the most visible and chronically homeless people in Hawai‘i.  The appropriation, provided by the Hawai‘i State Legislature during the regular session, was appropriated to the Department of Human Services (DHS) with the flexibility for DHS to allocate. “We know that addressing homelessness…

Source: Hawaii Governor Announces Allocation of $12M for Homelessness Eeffort | Hawaii News and Island Information (http://www.damontucker.com/2016/07/21/hawaii-governor-announces-allocation-of-12m-for-homelessness-eefort/).

Accessed on 22 July 2016, 04:21 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Damon Tucker.

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Comment:

Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for this update.

Hawaii Governor David Ige says the funding from the Hawaii State Legislature will be used by the Department of Human Services “with the funding to allocate.”

Attached to this report is a breakdown of funds for the homelessness project.  The $12 million package is broken down into four areas:

Affordable Housing.

Health and Human Services.

Public Safety.

Data and Infrastructure.

Let’s hope some progress can be made to mitigate some of the homeless issues in Hawaii.


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