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Consumer advocate criticizes HOVE solar farm plan | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


OCEAN VIEW — The state’s consumer advocate is siding with Ocean View residents in criticism of a plan to build acres of commercial solar panels in a residential area.

Source: Consumer advocate criticizes HOVE solar farm plan | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/consumer-advocate-criticizes-hove-solar-farm-plan).

Accessed on 04 July 2016, 17:01 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Bret Yager (“West Hawaii Today”).

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According to consumer advocate Jeff Ono, those developing a solar farm in a residential area of the Ocean View Estates subdivision “gamed the systems by breaking the project up into smaller farms so it wouldn’t have to follow the bidding protocol that normally accompanies commercial solar operations.”

In a report released Thursday, Ono agreed with Ocean View Estate residents that there were impacts on the area and “questioned whether the solar farms are in the public interest.”  He also questioned the timetable for the project first proposed five years ago.

The plan by SPI Solar to build 27 solar farms in and around Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos has been opposed by “scores of homeowners, a former Public Utilities Commission chairwoman, and other energy experts.”

Ocean View Estates resident Ann Bosted told reporter Bret Yager that her neighbors have been denied due process and feared the solar farms would be “a detriment to the community”, which “forces the island’s utility company to buy the electricity at a high, fixed rate that is meant to benefit much smaller projects but in this case would giver big business a break while soaking ratepayers.”

Ono said , “In this instance, it is apparent that the Solar Project Owners effectively ‘gamed’ the FIT process in order to avoid going through the more rigorous competitive bidding framework.”


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Purchase will place South Kona shoreline in public hands | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONAUNAU — An ancient South Kona fishing village and trail is set to be placed in public hands, thanks to the efforts of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail and The Trust For Public Land Hawaii.

Source: Purchase will place South Kona shoreline in public hands | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/purchase-will-place-south-kona-shoreline-public-hands).

Accessed on 27 June 2016, 17:13 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Bret Yager (“West Hawaii Today”).

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According to reporter Bret Yager, the $3.5 million purchase of the Pace family property “sets the stage for preservation of the Kauleoli Fishing Village, its accompanying canoe hale, salt-making ponds, agricultural areas and essentially the entire shoreline of the Kauleoli ahupuaa.” Funding for the land purchase came from the Water & Land Conservation Fund through the National Rivers & Trails Initiative.

Aric Arakaki, the superintendent for the Ala Kahakai Trail corridor, tells reporter Bret Yager that a community planning process “to shape the parcel’s future has already begun and will continue.”


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New app allows user to stay on top of shark attacks, post experiences | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — With the rollout of virtual reality “Shark Week” programming this week and increases in shark encounters over the past few years, some beachgoers might be a tad nervous about sticking their toes in the water.

Source: New app allows user to stay on top of shark attacks, post experiences | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/new-app-allows-user-stay-top-sharck-attacks-post-experience).

Accessed on 27 June 2016, 00:22 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Bret Yager (“West Hawaii Today”).

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With the increasing popularity of shark-related programming and an uptick in shark attacks against humans, you may want to get the latest app which will keep you appraised of shark attack potential at some of the world’s most popular beaches.

According to reporter Bret Yager, the “SharkBytes” app “is designed to quell fears and provide real information about attacks on humans by the predators.”

Eric Knox, the creator of the app and CEO of the nonprofit SharkBytes organization, says the app will also work for conserving sharks “through better information.”  Once people are armed with up-to-date information, “it’ll make people feel a lot safer.”

The new app “allows users to search beaches near their location, or they can search by location name.”  Knox adds, rather than vilifying the sharks, the app has educational material on more than 200 species, highlighting the animal’s vulnerability and showing they have mcuh more to fear from humans than the other way around.”

For information on the new shark warning app, visit http://www.sharkbytesapp.com.


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Mayoral forum helps kick off election season | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — Should the county overhaul a sluggish building permitting process, and what to do about having too few places for the homeless? And how do you clean up the county government we already have?

Source: Mayoral forum helps kick off election season | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/mayoral-forum-helps-kick-off-election-season).

Accessed on 18 June 2016, 5:44 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Bret Yager (“West Hawaii Today”).

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On Friday, 17 June 2016, eight of the 13 mayoral candidates appeared before members of the West Hawaii Association of Realtors at the Kona Elks Club to discuss what they plan for Hawaii County should they be elected mayor this year.  The candidates explored a variety of issues ranging from restoring trust in local government to affordable housing.

Most of the attention was centered on former Hawaii County Councilman Pete Hoffman, former mayor Harry Kim, and former managing director Wally Lau.

Hoffman spent some time explaining how he would renew the public’s faith in local government, saying “I believe I can do better than the previous two mayors.”

Wally Lau stressed the theme of working “aggressively with fellow mayors to say to the state:  ‘The only thing we want is fair…'”

Former Hawaii County mayor Harry Kim addressed realtors in his laid back, informal style adding that “the merits of  his past work” speak for themselves.


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Hooked on barbless: Fishermen urged to adopt more humane fishing gear, but not all on board | West Hawaii Today


KAILUA-KONA — It’s an age-old design going back to ancient hooks carved in bone, when primitive man sought to assure that every fish he hooked was one he would land.

Source: Hooked on barbless: Fishermen urged to adopt more humane fishing gear, but not all on board | West Hawaii Today (http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/hooked-on-barbless-fishermen-urged-to-adopt-more-humane-fishing-gear-not-all-board).

Accessed on 17 June 2016, 16:22 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Bret Yager (“West Hawaii Today”).

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A new federally supported fishing program is urging fishermen to use barbless fishing hooks in the interest of resource conservation and personal safety.

Kurt Kawamoto, a biologist with the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, says, “All we’re asking for is the try…we’re not trying to beat anyone over the head.”

According to Kawamoto, barbless fishing hooks “can be self-shed by the lunkers that break the angler’s line…and they’re easier for responders to remove from the mouths of turtles and monk seals…” Kawamoto adds “Fish that  aren’t wanted for  food or bait coulbe be saved by the simple technique.”

Although some anglers may be unhappy with barbless hooks, Deb Wickham, of The Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian monk seal hospital Ke Kai Ola, says the use of barbless hooks should be tried since they “are definitely easier to remove from marine mammals…and they can save a trip to the emergency room for a human.”


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A Clear Trail | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — Visitors to the Big Island and locals alike have a new tool for getting out into the forest, just in time for summer.

Source: A Clear Trail | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/clear-trail).

Accessed on 13 June 2016, 16:08 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Bret Yager (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Those who enjoy hiking and seeing Hawaii’s natural beauty up close should enjoy a new website created by the state Na Ala Hale Trail Access Program.

According to reporter Bret Yager, the website focuses on 18 major Hawaii Island trails and “offers details on scores of other hiking opportunities around the state.”  The searchable interactive website “provides trailhead directions for GPS, updates on weather and safety hazards and special conditions hikers should know about to be prepared.”

For details, visit http://www.hawaiitrails.org.


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Drought eases on Big Isle’s west side; El Nino to blame for much of island’s dry ‘wet’ season | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — The drought that plagued West Hawaii earlier this year appears to be a thing of the past.

Source: Drought eases on Big Isle’s west side; El Nino to blame for much of island’s dry ‘wet’ season | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/loca-news/drought-eases-big-isle-s-west-side-el-nino-blamed-much-island-s-dry-season).

Accessed on 09 June 2016, 16:11 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Bret Yager (“West Hawaii Today”).

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According to reporter Bret Yager the “drought that plagued West Hawaii earlier this year appears to be a thing of the past.”

As the El Nino weather phenomenon retreats from the state, leeward areas such as West Hawaii have experienced more rain than normal for this time of year.  That’s good news for farmers, ranchers, coffee growers, tropical fruit businesses.

An added blessing from the increased rainfall has been the reduction of damage from feral pigs, which come down from higher elevations seeking water and food.

While the latest round of showers has helped farmers and ranchers in north and west Hawaii, many rain gauges are still 50 percent below normal.  Some scattered showers are expected over Hawaii Island this weekend.


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