Power Plays in West Kaua`i

Parties to the Water Commission mediation regarding water diverted by the Agribusiness Development Corporation’s irrigation systems in West Kaua`i on a site visit.

To Waiahole, Na Wai `Eha, and East Maui, add now Kekaha. The dispute over the use of stream water in West Kaua`i is turning out to be as complex and fraught as any of these other, more famous, water wars.

As our cover story explains, the Agribusiness Development Corporation is seeking to push the many parties to the dispute toward a resolution by the end of the year. Whether this can happen is anyone’s guess – and even some ADC members seem skeptical.

Also in this issue: We report on the first few days of testimony in the contested case hearing over the Conservation District Use Permit needed for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea; we provide an update on the latest developments in deciding if Alexander & Baldwin will continue to be allowed to use East Maui surface water to irrigate its future crops now that sugar is out of the mix; and we describe the efforts of the Board of Land and Natural Resources to deal with its new policy on contested case hearings.


Excerpts from Questioning Of Witnesses for the TMT

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  On Gravitational Waves and GPS  On October 27, Brannon Kamahana Kealoha cross-examined Günter Hasinger, director of the University of Hawai`i’s Institute for Astronomy, for nearly two hours, covering a vast range of... READ MORE

2 New T-Shirt Designs!

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In concert with our August 21 fundraiser in Hilo, Environment Hawai`i is releasing two new cotton jersey t-shirt designs featuring photos taken by our staff. You can purchase them at our event in a few... READ MORE

‘Worst-Case Scenario’ Plays Out

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‘Worst-Case Scenario’ Plays Out: In April, we reported that fishing industry experts speculated the Hawai`i longline fleet might reach its annual catch quota for bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific as... READ MORE

A clarification on fish exports

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Our cover story attempting to clarify issues surrounding the proposed expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument unfortunately includes some rather confusing language. With regard to the debate over the percentage of fish caught by the Hawaii... READ MORE