Governor Ige Talks TMT During Press Conference

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Last week, the Governor stated that “we are a patient people in Hawaii”, but today that patience appeared to be wearing thin. During a press conference to announce his intent to veto list, Governor Ige answered questions about the Thirty Meter Telescope project, and how the state plans to help move the $1.4 billion project forward.

UH Says Mauna Kea Access Will Remain Closed

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MAUNA KEA, Hawaii – The University of Hawaii, which manages the summit area of Mauna Kea, says the access road will remain closed at Halepōhaku, and only “authorized personnel” will be allowed through. UH made the announcement shortly after noon on Monday. Here is the full media release. The Mauna Kea summit road beginning at […]

Hawaii Earthquake Upgraded to 5.2, Another 3.1 Quake Follows

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HAWAII ISLAND – The magnitude 5.0 earthquake that shook Hawaii Island on Saturday night has been upgraded to a 5.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was centered about 7 miles south southeast of Volcano, in the Hilina Region of Kilauea. It was first recorded at a shallow depth of 0.1 miles down, […]

Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Rocks Hawaii Island

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NOTE: This information has been updated on this new story page, including a civil defense message. HAWAII ISLAND – A magnitude 5.0 earthquake shook Hawaii Island on Saturday night. The quake was centered about 8 miles south of Volcano, in the Hilina Region of Kilauea. It was also shallow at a depth of 0.1 miles […]

Oral Arguments Set for TMT Hawaii Supreme Court Case

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MAUNA KEA, Hawaii – The Hawaii Supreme Court has set a date for oral arguments in the case challenging the state-awarded permit to build the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Arguments will be heard on Thursday, August 27, 2015 , at 8:45 a.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom in Honolulu. Although TMT was granted […]

VIDEO: Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Against Cannabis LLEP

Mike Ruggles talks about the failure of the Lowest Law Enforcement Priority of Cannabis ordinance at the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Proponents of Hawaii Island’s lowest law enforcement priority for cannabis law suffered a loss at the Hawaii Supreme Court this week. On Thursday, the state’s high court struck down an appeal of lower court decisions ruling Hawaii County’s voter-approved initiative conflicted with state law. The Hawaii Supreme Court agreed with the Circuit Court and the Intermediate Court of Appeals on the pre-emption.

Lava Tour Company Faces State Fine

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HONOLULU – The tour company that made headlines for alleged trespass onto closed state lands during last year’s lava emergency in Puna faces a fine at a land board hearing today. Ahiu Hawaii goes before the Board of Land and Natural Resources following a DLNR-documented series of events between 2013 and 2014, in which state […]

Mauna Kea Access, VIS Closed Until Further Notice

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MAUNA KEA, Hawaii – The gravel road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea has been cleared of boulders, however the road has been temporarily closed until further notice. According to the office of Governor David Ige: The Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) worked collaboratively with volunteers to ensure the rocks were safely and […]

30,000 Lose Power After Keahole Power Plant Trips Offline

Keahole Power Plant in Kona, image from video provided by HEI.

HAWAII ISLAND – An estimated 30,000 customers experienced a power interruption this morning on the Big Island, the Hawaii Electric Light Company reports. At 10:20 a.m. (June 25) the power utility’s CT-4 unit tripped offline at the Keahole Power Plant in Kona, according to a HELCO media release. Automated load-shedding, which is necessary to protect […]

VIDEO: Mauna Kea TMT Showdown – Part 3 of 3

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As law enforcement made slow progress clearing the gravel access road on Mauna Kea, things began to get heated. Tensions became elevated as DLNR officers began to push their way through blockade lines, which were set up at intervals going up the mountain. This is where 11 of the arrests occurred.