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Hawaii News Digest, morning edition, 27 July 2017


Hawaii New Digest, 27 July 2017, 14:45 hrs, UTC, Post #15372.

Here are some of the stories making headlines on Hawaii Island for Thursday, 27 July 2017:

Smoke causes evacuation a Keck 2 telescope.

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/5700086.html

W.M. Keck Observatory spokeswoman Mari-Ela Chock reported smoke coming from a control room around 3 p.m. Wednesday.  The control room is housed separately from the main dome.  Fire units from the Pohakuloa Training Area responded to the fire and cleared the room of smoke.  The smoke was caused by an “electrical issue” with the control room’s air conditioning system.

Judge recommends BLNR approve TMT permit.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/07/26/breaking-news/judge-reccommends-contested-giant-telescope-for-permit

On Wednesday, 26 July 2017, Hearings Officer, retired judge Riki May Amano, recommended that a land use permit be granted to the Thirty Meter Telescope project atop Mauna Kea.  The decision now goes to the State Board and Land and Natural Resources, which will hold a public meeting before deciding on the permit application.  Opponents of TMT vow to continue the case in the Hawaii Supreme Court if the BLNR rules in favor of TMT.

Proposed liquor license fee increase could affect the price you pay for alcohol.

http://khon2.com/2017/07/26/proposed-liquor-license-fee-increase-could-affect-the-price-you-pay-for-alcohol/

Retail liquor licenses fees could double on Oahu once a new fee schedule takes effect.  For general restaurant and retail licenses, the license cost would increase to $800.  This is the first time in 12 years that the Honolulu Liquor Commission is proposing a fee increase.

Kauai man sentenced in monk seal harassment case.

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/kauai-man-sentenced-for-monk-seal-harassment-case

Twenty-year-old Shylo Kaena Akuna of Lihue will serve a four-years sentence for harassing an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal at Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe, Kauai in April 2016.  Akuna also faces charges in an unrelated case involving an alleged burglary of a room at the Poipu Grand Hyatt Hotel in March 2017.

Tropical cyclones lose intensity far east of Hilo, Hawaii.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/07/26/weather-updates-greg-and-irwin-weaken-further-as-hilary-remains-a-category-2-hurricane/

Tropical storms Greg and Irwin are weakening far to the east of Hilo, Hawaii.  Greg, about 895 miles east of South Point on Hawaii Island, has weakened to a remnant low pressure system and is expected to break apart by Friday evening.  Tropical Storm Irwin, about 1,000 miles west-southwest of Baja, California, is moving west at 7 mph and is showing signs of losing strength.  Hurricane Hilary is about 600 miles south-southwest of the tip of Baja, California. Hilary remains a category 2 hurricane, but is slowing down and should lose strength over the next few days.

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Call to dismiss state’s legal counsel among pending TMT hearing motions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Riki May Amano, hearings officer for the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case, will preside over another hearing Aug. 29 on pending motions, including a proposed protective order for Gov. David Ige and other state officials.

Source: Call to dismiss state’s legal counsel among pending TMT hearing motions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/call-to-dismiss-state-s-legal-counsel-among-pending-tmt-hearing-motions).

Accessed on 13 August 2016, 19:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

Friday, 12 August 2016, was another long day of motions and opinions regarding the delayed Thirty Meter Telescope project.  Hearings officer, retired judge Riki May Amano, met with parties in the dispute at the Hawaii Community College cafeteria and heard arguments to dismiss the state’s legal team and restart the permitting process again.

Plaintiff attorney Richard Wurdeman said a new conservation district use permit should be submitted because the TMT project is “now under a separate entity, the TMT International Observatory.”

Amano will preside over another hearing on 29 August 2016 on pending motions, including one that would exempt Hawaii Governor David Ige and other state officials from testifying in the contested case hearing.  Amano also indicated she will visit the proposed TMT site on Mauna Kea on 26 September 2016.  Amano said evidentiary hearings will be held this October.


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Multiple motions filed in TMT case; hearing set for today | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Participants in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case have filed a flurry of motions ahead of today’s meeting in Hilo, from declaring Mauna Kea sacred to ongoing challenges to Riki May Amano’s selection as hearings officer.

Source: Multiple motions filed in TMT case; hearing set for today | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/multiple-motions-filed-tmt-case-hearing-set-today).

Accessed on 05 August 2016, 15:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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Comment:

The hearing will be held today, Friday, 05 August 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hilo YMCA.  This will be the first TMT hearing since retired judge Riki May Amano convened the first meeting on 17 June 2016.  At that hearing, judge Amano increased the number of people and groups participating in the TMT discussion from seven to twenty-five.

Excluding a site inspection on Mauna Kea for the proposed telescope, this hearing could be the last meeting before the evidentiary hearing begins, perhaps in October 2016.

Motions filed to date range from dismissing judge Amano as hearings officer to reasserting the rights of The Kingdom of Hawaii over all development on Mauna Kea.


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Poll: 60 percent of isle residents support TMT construction | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Sixty percent of Hawaii Island residents support building the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, according to a new poll.

Source: Poll: 60 percent of isle residents support TMT construction | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/poll-60-percent-isle-residents-support-tmt-construction).

Accessed on 05 August 2016, 02:00 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

According to a poll commissioned by TMT International Observatory and conducted by Honolulu-based Ward Research, Inc., 60% of Hawaii Island residents support the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.

Native Hawaiians and part Hawaiian remain divided on the TMT, with 46% in favor of the TMT and 45% opposed to the $1.4 billion project.

According to Ward Research, Inc., the biggest change was in the amount of people opposed to TMT.  In the previous poll conducted in October 2015, 39% of those surveyed were against TMT.  In this poll, that number dropped to 31% opposed to the TMT project.

TMT Executive Director Ed Stone said the results are “significant and we are most grateful that the community’s support of the project remains high.”  Stone hopes TMT construction begins by April 2018.


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Decommissioning plan questioned; Hawaiians, others oppose removal of UH-Hilo telescope | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Plans to remove Hoku Kea, the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s teaching telescope, from Mauna Kea are being delayed after a group of Native Hawaiians who support astronomy on the mountain and others urged officials to consider the impact to students.

Source: Decommissioning plan questioned; Hawaiians, others oppose removal of UH-Hilo telescope | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/decommissioning-plan-questioned-hawaiians-others-oppose-removal-uh-hilo-telescope/).

Accessed on 24 June 2016, 17:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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Comment:

The University of Hawaii-Hilo’s Hoku Kea telescope was scheduled to be removed last year in order to meet Governor David Ige’s ruling to “demolish” three telescopes before the Thirty Meter Telescope is completed. That idea remains on hold because members of “Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities”, a pro-TMT group of Hawaiians and other individuals, questioned the decision last month during an Office of Mauna Kea Management board meeting.

According to reporter Tom Callis, the pro-TMT group cited “the educational value of Hoku Kea for Hawaiians and other Hawaii Island residents if the broken 36-inch telescope is replaced as previously planned.”

In response to the request, the board decided to defer the decommissioning process of the observatory “until it hears more public input and a report from a Governor’s Office representative.”  According to reporter Tom Callis, “That effectively  postpones decommissioning.”

Meanwhile, plans to decommission and remove the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory are progressing.


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Internship program relies on TMT: Loss of key contributor would impact aspiring scientists, engineers | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Science and Technology Building was about as quiet as could be expected Wednesday given the summer break.

Source: Internship program relies on TMT: Loss of key contributor would impact aspiring scientists, engineers | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/internship-program-relies-tmt-loss-key-contributor-would-impact-aspiring-scientists).

Accessed on 16 June 2016, 16:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

The survival of an engineering and science internship program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo depends on the continued existence of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea.

Lisa Hunter, who  of the Akamai Internship Program, says the largest contributor to the science-based student program has been the TMT International Observatory, “the nonprofit organization behind the Thirty Meter Telescope, a controversial $1.4 billion project proposed for Mauna Kea.”

If the TMT is not built on Mauna Kea and the $150,000 a year support withdrawn, Hunter believes she would have “to patch together the difference from multiple sources or cut back on the number of students.”  Hunter added that reducing the Akamai Internship Program could mean “fewer opportunities for Hawaii students to get their foot in the door in high-tech fields without having to travel to the mainland.”

Opinion:  Those opposed to the TMT should think carefully about the consequences of their actions. They could cripple the science and technical base Hawaii is building to confront the problems of the future, not to mention the loss of jobs for Hawaii residents.  It seems some people are losing perspective as they rush headlong into the 15th century.  Beware the law of unintended consequences.


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Land Board keeps Amano as TMT hearings officer | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU — The state Land Board on Friday again affirmed a retired judge to oversee Thirty Meter Telescope permit proceedings despite calls for her removal from the project’s builder and those who opposed building the telescope on Mauna Kea.

Source: Land Board keeps Amano as TMT hearings officer | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/land-board-keeps-amano-tmt-hearings-officer).

Accessed on 04 June 2016, 15:31 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jennifer Sinco Kelleher (AP-Honolulu).

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

Saying that no qualified hearings officer candidate will satisfy everyone, the Hawaii state Land Board has retained retired Hilo Judge Riki May Amano as the new TMT hearings officer, adding that “The board will not go down this rabbit hole.”

According to AP reporter Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, groups on both sides of the TMT controversy want to replace Amano with someone else. The University of Hawaii, which manages the telescope facilities on Mauna Kea, admits to her excellent qualifications, but wants he removed as hearings officer “to avoid further delay.”  Others claim her family membership to the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is a conflict of interest.

Richard Wurdemann, the attorney representing the petitioners against the Thirty Meter Telescope, says the case against a new TMT permit will continue, because “We believe the TMT project is already on extremely tenuous legal grounds as a result of the board’s actions and the presentation of substantive evidence through the contested case process has not even started yet.”

TMT officials want a new permit in place by the end of this year or early next year in order to resume construction in 2018.  TMT representatives are looking for alternate sites for the telescope in case it can’t be built on Mauna Kea.


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Russ Roberts

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