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Power companies respond to solar farm complaint | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaiian Electric Co. and Hawaii Electric Light Co. are disputing allegations that they didn’t follow proper procedures in relation to a proposed plan for solar power projects that would generate a combined 6.75 megawatts at Ocean View.

Source: Power companies respond to solar farm complaint | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/power-companies-respond-solar-farm-complaint).

Accessed on 16 October 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

Opponents of the 6.75 solar power project in the Ocean View area of Hawaii Island claim HECO and HELCO are breaking up the large-scale energy project into smaller operations to avoid strict bidding procedures.

An attorney for HECO and HELCO says the utility companies followed “all applicable rules and laws” and complaints against them “are based upon misinterpretation of the rules.”

In September, the Public Utilities Commission temporarily stopped the solar farm project while it reviews complaints from residents in the Ocean View area.


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Kamakana Villages to provide 170 units for low-income families, seniors | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — Two developments intended to provide 170 affordable housing rental units for Kona families and seniors are expected to finish construction and start moving in new residents by the end of next year.

Source: Kamakana Villages to provide 170 units for low-income families, seniors | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/kamakana-villages-provide-170-units-low-income-families-seniors).

Accessed on 14 October 2016, 16:05 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka.

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Construction continues on the Kamakana Villages at Keahuolu–a development that will provide 170 affordable housing rental units for Kona senior citizens and low-income families.  The project should be finished by the end of next year.

The affordable housing project is located off the Ane Keohokalole Highway. According to reporter Cameron Miculka, the $52 million housing development is divided into two separate projects.  The first of the two projects will be the “Hale Makana Ohana”, consisting of five building with 85 units “geared toward families.”  The second development, “Hale Makana O Kupuna, will add 85 units for senior citizens and “will be spread across five residential buildings.”

Those desiring to live in the new housing development must meet specific income requirements “based on the area’s median income as determined each year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.”


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New wells proposed for North Kona | West Hawaii Today


KAILUA-KONA — Two new wells are being proposed in North Kona to increase water capacity at higher elevations, with the goal of reducing the use of water sources closer to sea level.

Source: New wells proposed for North Kona | West Hawaii Today (http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/new-wells-proposed-north-kona).

Accessed on 03 October 2016, 14:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka.

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The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, 05 October 2016, in the West Hawaii Civic Center to discuss the drilling of two new wells in North Kona.

According to reporter Cameron Miculka, the two wells, “along with upgrades and improvements” are among several capital improvements planned for the next five years.

Miculka says the new wells “would help the county meet anticipated water demands of 28.07 million gallons per day” and “reduce pressure on the Kahalu’u Shaft.”

The new wells are needed because chloride levels in the Keauhou Aquifer System are rising to “critical levels.”


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Class action lawsuit in hepatitis case grows | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — People who ate at any of 51 locations in Hawaii where employees infected with hepatitis A were working may be eligible to join a class action lawsuit against Genki Sushi, as well as a distributor and importer.

Source: Class action lawsuit in hepatitis case grows | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/class-action-lawsuit-hepatitis-case-grows).

Accessed on 30 September 2016, 14:35 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Cameron Miculka (“West Hawaii Today”).

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The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed 282 cases of Hepatitis A in Hawaii.

A class action lawsuit filed on behalf of infected victims has been extended to include 51 locations where workers were diagnosed with the viral infection, including one Hawaii Island resident who ate contaminated scallops at Sushi Shiono Waikoloa.  The lawsuit also covers 10 Hawaiian Airlines flights to or from the Kona International Airport.  Currently, neither Hawaiian Airlines nor Sushi Shiono are defendants in the  case.

Trevor A. Brown, a director at Starn, O’Toole, Marcus and Fisher, who filed the suit along with foodborne illness attorney Bill Marler, said “We have over 120 people who have filled out forms for the class…we think there may be thousands.”  Brown added that those filing under the action  “would need to be able to prove they consumed food at one of the identified restaurants…individuals must also be able to verify they received a hepatitis A vaccination.”


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Ethics Board to hear Kenoi complaint in November | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — The county Board of Ethics in November will hear a complaint that Mayor Billy Kenoi’s use of a county-issued credit card violated the Code of Ethics.

Source: Ethics Board to hear Kenoi complaint in November | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ethics-board-hear-kenoi-complaint-november).

Accessed on 29 September 2016, 16:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Cameron Miculka (“West Hawaii Today”).

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The Hawaii County Board of Ethics will hear a formal complaint against Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi filed by Kapaau resident Lanric Hyland. That hearing is set for the board’s meeting in November 2016.  Hyland filed his original complaint in April 2015, but the ethics panel “deferred the matter for a year pending the disposition of the state’s investigation into the criminal allegations” against the mayor.  Mayor Billy Kenoi is facing numerous criminal charges related to the use of his county purchasing card (pCard).

Hyland says the “clock has run out” and the best the ethics panel can do is “call Kenoi and any other witnesses to testify in order to make a decision before the mayor leaves office.” Given the current situation, Hyland believes board members “should give up their positions.” Hyland added that indecision by the board of ethics “is an example of why people lose faith in the local government and why voter turnout is dropping…they understand it doesn’t make a nickel’s worth of difference.”


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Upgrades at wastewater treatment plant are expected in next 3 years | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KEALAKEHE — Hawaii County wastewater experts hope to have the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant upgraded and able to produce quality, reusable water in the next three years.

Source: Upgrades at wastewater treatment plant are expected in next 3 years | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/upgrades-wastewater-treatment-plant-are-expected-next-3-years).

Accessed on 27 September 2016, 19:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Plans for the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant would enable the facility to produce what is called “R-1” water, which is “considered suitable enough for irrigating food crops.  The recycled water won’t connect with any drinking water sources.”

Proposed sites for the upgraded water treatment facility include the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area, and the Kohanaiki development.  Treated water from the facility could be used to irrigate land surrounding the current plant.

Even with the four sites, consultant Craig Lekven says “there’s still going to be plenty of water that can’t be used as a result of fluctuations in water use…that presents a need to manage unused water.”

Lekven adds that under the current proposal, excess wastewater would be channeled into what is called “subsurface flow wetlands” around the perimeter of the treatment facility.  After preliminary treatment, wastewater would “flow into the constructed wetlands, which act as a natural treatment system designed to pull nutrients from the wastewater, effectively ‘polishing’ the water.”

Lekven says once the wastewater is “polished”, it “will go through soil aquifer treatment, with the water eventually making its way through the ground.”

Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd, the director of Hawaii County’s Department of Environmental Management, says the proposed upgrade would cost around $54 million.


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Manta ray tour proposals debated | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — Several dozen people packed into a room at the Hawaii Community College Palamanui Campus Saturday to discuss new proposals aimed at reducing crowds at popular manta ray viewing sites in West Hawaii.

Source: Manta ray tour proposals debated | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/manta-ray-tour-proposals-debated).

Accessed on 26 September 2016, 16:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka (“West Hawaii Today”).

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According to reporter Cameron Miculka, the proposed rules from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) include “a call to limit access at Keauhou Bay and Makako Bay, commonly known as Garden Eel Cove, by limiting the number of vessels at each site and requiring operators to get new permits in order to run manta ray viewing tours…”

Although any proposed restrictions on manta ray tours would have to go through an approval process, those attending Saturday’s meeting at the Hawaii Community College’s Palamanui Campus felt new regulations would cause some tour business to close their doors.

Hawaii Oceanic owner Jason Thurber said “Putting people out of business is not the answer.”  Thurber added that restricting access “doesn’t necessarily reduce the number of people in the water”, and limiting access “is only going to encourage companies to go with the biggest boat that can get with the highest maximum capacity.”

However, Martina Wing, the managing director of Hawaii Ocean Watch, said she supports the new regulations and permitting process, adding that DLNR officials have been “very receptive” to concerns about the sites. Wing says the process has been very transparent and “every boat operator was invited.”  Wing contends that the DLNR rules establish standards “to cover divers and snorkelers, prevent injuries to rays and set rules for boats at the sites.”


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