The Abercrombie administration issued this press release at about 10:30 a.m. today:
Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed an emergency proclamation in anticipation of the arrival of two tropical cyclones in Hawaii. Hurricane Iselle is forecast to impact the state Thursday evening through late Friday. Hurricane Julio is a few days behind Iselle and may impact the islands as soon as Sunday.
The proclamation, which includes the entire state, activates the Major Disaster Fund set aside by the Legislature for disaster relief. It also allows easier access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels, along with the suspension of certain laws as needed for emergency purposes.
“We want to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect the public,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “This proclamation improves the state’s ability to respond quickly to any potential impacts from both storms.”
The disaster emergency relief period for the proclamation begins today and continues through Aug. 15, 2014.
Recommended preparedness actions may be found on the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website at scd.hawaii.gov. Residents are also encouraged to enroll in local notification systems and monitor local radio and television broadcasts.
Ige Vists Japan and China
Gov. David Ige is visiting Japan and China through Oct. 14 to talk about economic development, energy cooperation and education.
Offshore Wind Farm Planned
A $1.6 billion, 400-megawatt offshore wind farm is planned 10 miles southeast of Barbers Point in West Oahu.
School Calendars Mostly Unchanged
Hawaii’s School Board decides not to make major changes to school calendars despite this year’s sizzling start.
Members whose terms expired in June stay on to keep the council running as they wait — and wait — for Gov. David Ige to make new appointments.
The head of Hawaiian Electric Co. talks about Hawaii’s 2045 renewable energy goals and how unique conditions help keep the islands’ power bills so high.
When belongings are confiscated instead of trashed, Honolulu’s retrieval process is too expensive and cumbersome for many.
The Center for Food Safety sought emails between legislators and seed companies. It’s appealing the denials to the Office of Information Practices.
Defining “local” in Hawaii is highly subjective, but exploring the question proves enlightening.
If the sign isn’t removed, a group demands more signs, including one saying, “There is no god … We have each other.”
A legal clinic trying to exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted has new leadership that’s hoping to free more innocent people.
As the sun finally overpowered the clouds, some visitors couldn’t resist venturing a little farther out on Oahu’s southeast shores than safety officials would prefer.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige and the EPA praise a new agreement to fix the underground storage tanks, but critics say it’s not enough.
The Public Utilities Commission hears a lot about alternative utility ownership models, but little about a proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries.
Candidates include Walter Ritte, Rowena Akana, Bumpy Kanahele, Dante Carpenter, Lilikala Kameeleihiwa and Faye Hanohano.
The state Land Use Commission often lacks the power to enforce the conditions that developers agree to.
Keith Davis was in an unusual and sometimes dangerous line of work, often spending weeks at sea to make sure fishermen abide by the rules.
Of the state program’s 800-plus “graduates,” only 20 have returned to prison after committing a new sex crime, a recidivism rate of slightly more than 2 percent.
The Navy says the plume is stable, but it is nearly half the volume of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.
As the ACLU launches a legal battle against Honolulu’s sweeps of homeless encampments, it points to a Los Angeles case in which that city’s sweeps were ruled unconstitutional.
An assessment of the controversial Honolulu Police Commission is up next for the panel looking at improving the structure of Oahu’s government.
The justices consider a change after nearly two dozen attorneys requested the ability to help clients who want to establish dispensaries.
Hawaii is underserving its 12,000 youths who suffer from mental illness, and the problem is getting worse.
A former Honolulu mayor and a former state attorney general ask the Hawaii Supreme Court to permit lawyers to serve medical marijuana dispensary applicants.
A Sept. 14 letter from HART supplied six pages of detail relative to progress on the rail project, but the mayor’s reply makes it clear he wants more.