(BIVN) – Hawaiʻi County costs in response to the standoff over the planned Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea have risen to nearly $4.9 million, lifting the total for the entire state to over $11 million.
County Finance Director Deanna Sako and Police Chief Paul Ferreira talked about the updated tally during a Hawaiʻi County Council Finance Committee meeting in Hilo on Tuesday.
The updated county costs were revealed in this communication:
Meanwhile, at the state level, the Attorney General provided this updated information:
- $2.2 m for the Hawaii National Guard (up to Oct. 140
- $101 k for Maui County Police (reimbursement once all the necessary paperwork is submitted and appropriate documentation in place)
- $162 k for Honolulu County Police (reimbursement once all the necessary paperwork is submitted and appropriate documentation in place)
- $1.6 m for the Attorney General (up to November 1)
- $1.2 m for Public Safety (up to August 31)
- $601 k for the DLNR (up to September 3)
- $275 k for Department of Transportation (up to August)
On October 31, the Hawaiʻi County Police reported “the combined total of the 11-week long Daniel K. Inouye Highway enhanced traffic enforcement efforts” stands at 5,915 citations issued and 58 persons arrested for 104 offenses. “The effort will continue for the duration of the ongoing protest situation to promote the safety of motorists and pedestrians alike,” police said.