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Ige tours, commends Kona micro-housing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — Gov. David Ige visited the micro-housing project in the Kona Old Industrial Area on Wednesday, nearly one year after he issued an emergency proclamation for Hawaii’s homelessness crisis.

Source: Ige tours, commends Kona micro-housing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-tours-commends-kona-micro-housing-project).

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 16:25 hrs, UTC.

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

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On Wednesday, 12 October 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige paid a visit to the micro-housing project in the Kona Old Industrial Area.  Ige has been touring a variety of projects designed to reduce homelessness in Hawaii. The micro-housing project is one way Hawaii County is responding to the growing homeless problem in the state.

According to reporter Max Dible, Governor Ige was impressed with the initial results of the effort just off Pawai Place, calling it “the final portion of the three-piece solution to the puzzle of homelessness…”  Ige also was pleased with the speed with which the micro-housing project was designed and built.

Ken Van Bergen, the assistant housing administrator at the Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development, said a formal blessing of the project will occur before Thanksgiving and “tenants likely will move in by the first week of December.”


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Beware the bite this fall; DLNR warns oceangoers of October peak in shark attacks | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is urging oceangoers to use extra caution this month, as shark encounters tend to peak in Hawaii during the fall season.

Source: Beware the bite this fall; DLNR warns oceangoers of October peak in shark attacks | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/beware-the-bite-this-fall-dlnr-warns-oceangoers-october-peak-shark-attacks).

Accessed on 08 October 2016, 15:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Max Dible.

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October may be a good month to stay out of the ocean.  The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says shark encounters tend “to peak in Hawaii during the fall season.”

According to DLNR data, there have been 122 unprovoked shark attacks in Hawaiian waters during the past 35 years.  Division of Aquatic Resources administrator Bruce Anderson adds “We recommend ocean goers exercise a little more caution, this month especially, and also through the end of the year.”

The University of Hawaii confirms that shark attacks are more likely during the fall months.  Apparently female tiger sharks migrate to warm Hawaiian waters to give birth to their pups.  The combination of sharks in “popular waters and a greater need to feed because of depleted energy stores might play a primary role in increasing the likelihood of shark bites.”

If you do venture into neighboring waters, please go to a beach with lifeguards, stay near other people, and don’t swim too far from shore.


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Water main break on Alii Drive blamed on old age | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — A water main broke Monday afternoon on Alii Drive, leading to flooding of the roadway that spilled into the underground parking area at Waterfront Row.

Source: Water main break on Alii Drive blamed on old age | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/water-main-break-alii-drive-blamed-old-age).

Accessed on 21 September 2016, 22:17 hrs, UTC.

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

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Old age catches up with all of us–a basic natural law that also affects water mains under Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona.

A water main on Alii Drive broke Monday afternoon, flooding the roadway and spilling into an  underground parking lot.  The rupture in the fresh water line interrupted water to several business along Alii Drive, causing them to close for the day.

The Hawaii County Department of Public Works managed to repair most of the road by late Monday. Robert Ravenscraft, the district supervisor of the Department of Water Supply in Kona, said “DWS workers finished excavation and pipe maintenance sometime between 4 and 4:30 p.m.” DWS spokesman Darren Okimoto believed the pipe rupture was a result of “old age” or the failure of a “stressor” of some type.

On Tuesday, 22 September 2016, Alii Drive was open to two-way traffic and running water was restored to affected shops.


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With NextEra deal off table, stakeholders wonder what’s next for Hawaii | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — The NextEra deal is dead, and one looming question presides over its demise: What comes next for Hawaii, a state that has set the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation?

Source: With NextEra deal off table, stakeholders wonder what’s next for Hawaii | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/nextera-deal-table-stakeholders-wonder-what-s-next-hawaii).

Accessed on 18 September 2016, 23:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Max Dible.

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Comment:

On Thursday night, 15 September 2016, concerned Hawaii Island residents met with HELCO officials, energy consultants, and political leaders to discuss an energy future without NextEra Energy LLC.  The PUC rejected the buyout from NextEra Energy, so Hawaii has to find another way to meet its ambitious energy goals.

Despite pushing for a rate increase to cover ever increasing expenses, HELCO president Jay Ignacio said “whatever the future paradigm is, it must be affordable, reliable, and offer access to renewable energy.”

And, therein lies the issue.  While Ignacio says advanced technology will advance the cause of energy independence, the current power grid will be an active player for some time.

That’s where an energy cooperative may help solve the spiraling cost of power generation and distribution.  Marco Mangelsdorf, who represented the Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative, says that if HIEC bought HELCO, “an important shift would occur…instead of an investor-owned utility, it would assume a cooperative model”, such as that on the island of Kauai. Mangelsdorf add that should such a sale occur, the new cooperative would “still be regulated by the Public Utilities Commission and employees from HELCO would be welcome additions to the new setup.”

Earthjustice’s Isaac Moriwake said a few things are certain in the evolving future of power generation on Hawaii Island:  “The state remains far away from its goal and to reach it, a paradigm shift must occur.”


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The rise of Gabbard: No telling how far independent path will take her | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard stood before the nation on a stage in Philadelphia as a woman of the people, starkly juxtaposed to the corruption that left the Democratic Party reeling.

Source: The rise of Gabbard: No telling how far independent path will take her | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/rise-gabbard-no-telling-for-independent-path-will-take-her).

Accessed on 28 August 2016, 23:55 hrs, UTC.

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

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Intriguing piece of political analysis from “West Hawaii Today” reporter Max Dible.

Compared the the political scandals revealed for both the Republican and Democrat Parties, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard seems to be a breathe of fresh air in the political arena.

Gabbard took a big risk quitting the Democratic National Committee to support the failed presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders.  But, by so doing, she “became a symbol of democratic purity among the party’s growing progressive movement as she formally nominated Sanders for the presidency and spoke of a movement of love, of aloha, than could never be defeated.”

Her popularity among voters in Hawaii and across the nation is growing, with Hawaii Island state representative Joy San Buenaventura saying, “She was so popular at the convention that she couldn’t even sit with us delegates because there was constant attention.”

Colin Moore, associate professor of political science and the director of the Public Policy Center at UH-Manoa added that “She’s never really been one to buy into the conventional wisdom and it’s always worked out for her.”

According to reporter Max Dible, Gabbard appeals to both right and left of center voters, with stances ranging from opposition to foreign wars and GMOs to a very hard line on terrorism and the immigration of Syrian refugees.

Gabbard says she is “not consciously trying to be independent…I simply look at each issue on its own merits and so what I feel best for Hawaii and our country.”


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Returning the support; Group helps clean up image of homeless by picking up rubbish | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — A stigma stalks Kona’s homeless, sticking stubbornly to them like a midafternoon shadow. That stigma manifests conversationally in a slew of derogatory adjectives: disrespectful, lazy, a nuisance.

Source: Returning the support; Group helps clean up image of homeless by picking up rubbish | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/returning-support-group-helps-clean-image-homeless-picking-rubbish).

Accessed on 24 August 2016, 15:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Max Dible.

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A group of homeless persons in emergency housing on the HOPE Services campus in the Old Kona Industrial Area are doing something to clean up that business area, while at the same time restoring some of the person dignity and pride lost over the years.

Angelia Anderson, the program coordinator of HOPE Services in Kona started a Community Cleanup program in July to meet these twin goals.

On Tuesday, 23 August 2016, Anderson accompanied a small group of homeless volunteers to pick up trash and pull weeds along Pawai Place and Kaiwi Street in the Kona Old Industrial Area.

Anderson told reporter Max Dible that volunteers “want to do their best for our community.”  Volunteer Kevin DeBruhl, who lost his job because of eye problems and became homeless, said the cleanup effort “helps to give the homeless a better name…some of us are not like that..we can take care of things, and we are respectable people.”  DeBruhl, who had his retinas treated and gained back much of his lost vision, is now able to work.  DeBruhl says work performed by the Community Cleanup program is a way to improve the community perception of homelessness.

By the end of the workday, homeless volunteers had collected enough trash to fill four large garbage bags, “helping to make the community that has supported them that much more beautiful.”


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Cyclists putting more eyes on Big Island roadways with mounted cameras | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — In a world increasingly inundated with video surveillance, courtesy of devices like traffic and police body cameras as well as cell phones, a growing trend among Hawaii cyclists is putting even more eyes on Big Island roadways.

Source: Cyclists putting more eyes on Big Island roadways with mounted cameras | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/cyclists-putting-more-eyes-big-island-roadways-mounted-cameras).

Accessed on 08 August 2016, 16:20 hrs, UTC.

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

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According to reporter Max Dible, “more riders are mounting Fly6 and Fly12 cameras on their road bikes…to allow cyclists to constantly record what’s happening behind and in front of them, while also providing a light function to make themselves more noticeable to passing motorists.”

Grant Miller, the owner of Bike Works, says the use of such technology is on the rise.  Miller believes “they’re a really good deterrent…they make drivers and cyclists more responsible for their actions out there, which is good for our community.”

The cameras have come along at the right time.  According to Tina Clothier, the director of Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH), data indicate that between 2007 and May 2016 there have been 915 crashes involving pedestrians, with 23 resulting in official traffic fatalities.


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