Tag Archives: KAUAI

Video shows Kenoi using profanity at conference hospitality room | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Guests in a hospitality room at the Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials Conference on Kauai got an impromptu earful they hadn’t planned on — courtesy of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Source: Video shows Kenoi using profanity at conference hospitality room | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/video-shows-kenoi-using-profanity-conference-hospitality-room).

Accessed on 23 September 2016, 16:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Comment:

Things are going from bad to worse for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi following the release and later withdrawal of a profanity-laced video taken at the Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials Conference on Kauai this past Wednesday.

A facebook video taken by Hawaii Land Use Commissioner Jonathan Likeke Scheuer showed the mayor giving a rambling speech praising Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho on Wednesday night “during a social gathering at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Koloa.”

Reporter John Burnett said reaction to the mayor’s extemporaneous remarks was mixed, noting that “while there was some applause and howls in the room, that mood did not appear to be unanimous.”

Scheuer admitted to posting the video on facebook but “declined to otherwise comment.”

The conference ends today, with a Land Use Commission meeting set for 1 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.


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Earthjustice: Pesticide dust harming Native Hawaiians | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU (AP) — Environmental lawyers are asking federal agencies to investigate pesticide dust drifting into Native Hawaiian communities in West Kauai and Molokai.

Source: Earthjustice: Pesticide dust harming Native Hawaiians | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/earthjustice-pesticide-dust-harming-native-hawaiians).

Accessed on 16 September 2016, 20:55 hrs, UTC.

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On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, Earthjustice filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to Earthjustice, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the Agribusiness Development Corporation “are violating the civil rights of Native Hawaiians” by allowing toxic pesticides and contaminated dust to blow into Native Hawaiian communities.

Earthjustice attorneys contend that the state is allowing “thousands of nearby acres” to be leased “to users that are primarily genetically engineered seed companies.”  Attorneys believe state agencies are doing enough to protect Native Hawaiian communities in Molokai and in West Kauai.


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Kauai launches first voyaging canoe in over 600 years | KHON2


After 20 years of planning and building, the voyaging canoe Na Mahoe touched the water.

Source: Kauai launches first voyaging canoe in over 600 years | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/09/10/kauai-launches-first-voyaging-canoe-600-years/).

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

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It’s been a long time since Kauai launched an ocean voyaging canoe.  A 600-year gap was closed when the Na Mahoe touched the waters of Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai after twenty years of planning and building.  The Na Mahoe project was under the direct supervision of John Kruse, who was a member of Hokule’a’s maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976.


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KHNL: EPA calls for warning signs on Kauai beach


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Environmental Protection Agency is calling on the state to post warning signs at Kauai’s Mahaulepu Beach, just upshore from the Garden Isle’s gold coast.For th

Source: KHNL: EPA calls for warning signs on Kauai beach (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=eBqk0TSZ).

Accessed on 28 July 2016, 16:20 hrs, UTC.

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Over the past two years, testing at Mahaulepu Beach and the nearby Waiopili Stream “found extremely high bacteria levels” in those areas. Environmentalists claim the high readings were caused by “human waste.”

The EPA’s move comes after the Surf Rider Foundation and the citizen’s group Friends of Mahaulepu failed to convince the state Health Department to post pollution signs at the beach.  The beach is near an area once used as a solid waste disposal site.


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Autopsies determine bodies are those of missing fishermen | West Hawaii Today


LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Autopsies have determined that two bodies discovered off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii are those of fishermen who went missing over the Fourth of July weekend.

Source: Autopsies determine bodies are those of missing fishermen | West Hawaii Today (http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/state-news/autopsies-determine-bodies-found-are-those-of-missing-fishermen).

Accessed on 13 July 2016,  04:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Max Dible (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

Some very sad news for two Oahu families.  Autopsies conducted in Lihue, Kauai revealed that the two bodies found off Kauai are those of fishermen, who went missing over the 4th of July weekend.  The third fisherman has not been found.  Police identified the dead men as Derek Tomas of Pearl City and Clint Oshima of Honolulu.


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Kauai prosecutor wants unit to target drug houses | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — A Kauai prosecutor wants to target suspected drug houses with a special investigation unit.

Source: Kauai prosecutor wants unit to target drug houses | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/kauai-prosecutor-wants-unit-target-drug-houses).

Accessed on 10 July 2016, 23:54 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press (Lihue, Kauai).

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Kauai prosecutor Justin Kollar wants to create a special police investigating unit specializing in closing down drug houses.

Kollar tells the Associated Press that the proposed unit would cost approximately $131,000 and would be comprised of an investigator and a legal clerk.

Kollar says the proposed unit “would work with the Kauai Police Department and prosecutors to investigate complaints.  Kollar adds that the unit would also inform the public “about the best ways to provide tips.”  The proposed special unit could be ready “in less than a year and last as long as four years.”


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Kauai man sentenced for sexually assaulting child | KHON2


Kyron Corpuz was arrested on March 14 after the juvenile reported the assaults to school counselors.

Source: Kauai man sentenced for sexually assaulting child | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/06/30/kauai-man-sentenced-for-sexually-assaulting-child/).

Accessed on 01 July 2016, 15:56 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Kyron Corpuz of Lihue, Kauai will spend 10 years in prison for assaults that occurred between 2012 and 2014.  Corpuz was arrested on 14 March 2016 after the child reported the sexual assaults to a school counselor.

Prosecuting attorney Justin Kollar told KHON 2 News that “Child sexual assault remains a problem in our community and we will not rest in our efforts to achieve justice in these cases.”

At least this abuser is off the streets.


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