Column: Get past manufactured crisis, and have state move on water permits

EDITORIAL | INSIGHT | ISLAND VOICES By Gary Hooser | April 21, 2019 In my 20 years of experience in government, politics and policy-making, House Bill 1326 is the most egregious example of special-interest legislation I have ever seen. Fortunately the state Senate has taken time to listen to public concerns. After weighing both sides, conducting a thorough public … Read more

Health director wants Navy to move Red Hill fuel tanks

By Sophie Cocke April 12, 2019 Updated April 12, 2019 12:32am State Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson is urging the Navy to relocate its underground fuel storage facility at Red Hill away from a major source of Oahu’s drinking water. To that end, he’s hoping the Navy will agree to reopening a legal agreement entered into in … Read more

Editorial: Get tougher on water lease bill

EDITORIAL| OUR VIEWApril 9, 2019  | Updated April 8, 2019 6:34pm There’s buzz at the state Capitol that a contentious public water rights bill, which appeared to be dead for this legislative session, could be resurrected today in the Senate for a floor vote. If that unusual parliamentary maneuver plays out, senators should reject House Bill … Read more

Column: Balanced solution to water-rights bill rejected, sadly

EDITORIAL| ISLAND VOICES By Marti Townsend April 7, 2019 Updated April 6, 2019 7:29pm In a rare move, a state Senate committee voted on Thursday to pass a bill that would have established a true balance between Hawaii’s food sustainability and constitutionally protected water rights. The proposed bill would have prevented Alexander & Baldwin Inc., a $1.8 billion … Read more

Water bill appears to give A&B a financial break

HAWAII NEWS By Timothy Hurley April 2, 2019 Updated April 2, 2019 12:57am A state measure that would give an assortment of large landowners, agricultural concerns and electrical utilities seven more years to meet stricter requirements for access to public water appears to give one particular company a huge break. A state measure that would give an assortment … Read more