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Wurdeman withdraws from TMT case; 6 original patitioners will represent themselves | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The six original petitioners in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case will represent themselves in hearings that start next week after their attorney withdrew as counsel, citing scheduling conflicts.

Source: Wurdeman withdraws from TMT case; 6 original patitioners will represent themselves | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/wurdeman-withdraws-tmt-case-6-original-petitioners-will-represent-themselves).

Accessed on 12 October 2016, 15:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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The attorney representing six petitioners in the second TMT contested case hearing has withdrawn from the case, citing his caseload and “scheduling conflicts.” Wurdeman said he wouldn’t be able to participate in Monday’s status conference or the evidentiary hearings that will begin on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

Kealoha Pisciotta, one of the contested case hearings petitioners, told reporter Tom Callis that she’s “disappointed hearings officer Amano did not change the schedule at his request”, adding she thinks “the timeline is getting too compressed.”

Before he left the TMT case, Wurdeman filed a motion asking that retired judge Riki May Amano be replaced as hearings officer.


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Human remains placed at TMT site | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A Hilo man says an ahu built at the Thirty Meter Telescope site atop Mauna Kea should be protected after he deposited human remains there.

Source: Human remains placed at TMT site | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/human-remains-placed-tmt-site).

Accessed on 19 September 2016, 16:30 hrs, UTC.

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Native Hawaiian activist Palikapu Dedman says an ahu he helped erect near the TMT site on the Mauna Kea summit should be protected after he placed human bones belonging to a relative at the structure.

Dedman, who could face possible criminal charges, tells reporter Tom Callis that he placed iwi or bones belonging to an ancestor on the stone altar last September and “then again earlier this month after realizing the first set of bones went missing.”

Dedman claims state law defines his act as “a traditional practice…I had a right to do it.”  Dedman says the laying of the iwi at the ahu “show(s) the area is a Hawaiian burial site, a claim made by some opponents of the proposed telescope.”

Dedman may be cited for not submitting a burial plan approved by the island’s burial council.

Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth says his office is reviewing the report from DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement concerning the iwi, but was unable to tell when a decision on criminal charges will occur.

For his part, Dedman claims “I’m just being responsible for my ancestors.”


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Umauma Bridge project ongoing; Contaminated soil, additional work, weather contribute to delay of completion | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The Umauma Bridge rehabilitation project is now scheduled to finish in March — about a year later than initially expected.

Source: Umauma Bridge project ongoing; Contaminated soil, additional work, weather contribute to delay of completion | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/umauma-bridge-project-ongoing-contaminated-soil-additional-work-weather-contribute).

Accessed on 15 September 2016, 16:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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According to state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shelly Kunishige, the long-running restoration and upgrade of the Umauma Bridge near Hakalau has run into numerous problems which will delay completion of the project until March 2017.

The completion date has been pushed forward because of lead-contaminated soil, wet weather, and the addition of more steel struts and abutments. The cost of the project is now around $37 million.

A temporary, single land steel bridge is handling traffic between Hilo and the Hamakua Coast. A traffic light controls alternate use of the lane between Hilo and Hamakua bound traffic.


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New commercial space to be built at former Hilo Hattie location | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The former Hilo Hattie building at Prince Kuhio Plaza is being torn down to make way for new commercial space.

Source: New commercial space to be built at former Hilo Hattie location | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/new-commercial-space-be-built-former-hilo-hattie-location).

Accessed on 14 September 2016, 19:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Daniel Kea, the manager of the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo, says demolition of the old Hilo Hattie Building began Monday to make way for a new commercial space.

Kea adds that the new building, which will be about 13,000 square feet, will be finished during the first half of 2017.

Unlike the old Hilo Hattie location, the new building won’t have a split-level floor.  Kea says the removal of that feature will make the space easier to lease. Kea adds that up to three new businesses will be accommodated in the new building. Two unidentified businesses have already been selected for the commercial space.

The Prince Kuhio Plaza is also selecting tenants for the former Sports Authority location, which closed on 30 July 2015.


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Suit alleges Penn company defaulted on payments | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A foreclosure lawsuit was filed last week in Hilo Circuit Court against a company owned by mixed martial arts fighter BJ Penn and two of his brothers.

Source: Suit alleges Penn company defaulted on payments | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/suit-alleges-penn-company-defaulted-on-payments).

Accessed on 10 September 2016, 20:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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According to reporter Tom Callis, the suit was filed on 31 August 2016 by a representative of Barbar Osorio’s estate and claims that J.B.R. Enterprises failed to make payments on six residential properties near downtown Hilo, which it agreed to buy from Osorio for $2 million in 2002.

The parcels are located next to the Alenaio Stream and between Kinoole Street and Kilauea Avenue in Hilo.

A notice of default was issued in June 2015, saying J.B.R. Enterprises owed the estate $517,718.

Estate representative Claire Yeaton-Risley wants to cancel the sale agreement and begin foreclosure procedures “to recover the remaining sum.”

The mother of the Penn brothers, Lorraine Shin, said “they were current on their payments”  and “was surprised to hear of the lawsuit.”


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Taking a stand at Standing Rock; TMT protesters join Native Americans in North Dakota conflict | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Native Hawaiians who oppose construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea are seeing reflections of their cause in the waters of the Missouri River.

Source: Taking a stand at Standing Rock; TMT protesters join Native Americans in North Dakota conflict | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/taking-stand-standing-rock-tmt-protesters-join-native-americans-north-dakota).

Accessed on 10 September 2016, 04:40 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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According to TMT protester Michael Kyser, Jr., “there are four Hawaii residents in Standing Rock, including one from Oahu who was arrested.” Waimea resident Pua Case said she and her daughter are going to North Dakota to join Sioux tribes protesting a proposed oil pipeline through reservation territory. Case said Native Americans supported Hawaiians protesting the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, and she is returning the favor by supporting the anti-pipeline demonstrators.

The Sioux tribe  contends that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shouldn’t have used “a streamlined permit process” when it reviewed the pipeline project.  Further, Corps of Engineers officials “did not do enough to consult with tribal members about the $3.8 billion project as required by the historic preservation law.”

Sioux tribal members fear the consequences if the proposed pipeline breaks and dumps oil into regional water supplies, such as the Missouri River.


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Broken water main snarls traffic | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Hawaii County workers repaired a water main Friday evening in Downtown Hilo, restoring vehicle access and water service to nearby businesses.

Source: Broken water main snarls traffic | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/broken-water-main-snarls-traffic).

Accessed on 27 August 2016, 16:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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According to Department of Water Supply manager Keith Okamoto, the water main burst “under the intersection of Keawe and Haili streets…vehicle access was restricted a block in each direction.”

The block between Keawe Street and Kamehameha Avenue temporarily lost water service until water was restored late Friday afternoon.

Okamoto said the concrete foundation of downtown Hilo streets made it difficult for water to find its way to the surface.  The water will “travel along until there’s an opening in the concrete, and it shows up at the surface.”  Okamoto said the department may replace the entire pipe, since “it’s one of our older ones…we’ll see if our priorities need to be shifted.”


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