Land Links for Tuesday, July 13

Every day, I'm scouring the Internet for land use and environmental news from around the state and around the world that means something for us here in Hawaii. Noteworthy today: the Na Wai Eha decision is appealed and a court decision reshapes land law.

  • Maui community groups are appealing the state water commission's recent ruling regarding Na Wai Eha streams. The Associated Press and Maui News have stories today.

  • Land rights blawger Robert Thomas writes that a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling [pdf] handed down Friday fundamentally rewrites Hawaii land use law.

  • Hawaii fishermen could hit the ahi limit weeks before New Year's, scientists warn. Also on the open seas, NOAA levied its largest fine ever — $5 million — to a Spanish ship fishing without a U.S. permit. Meanwhile, sick pufferfish, inflicted with a mysterious disease, are washing up on shores statewide.

  • ClearFuels, a company working toward building commercial biorefinery facilities in Hawaii, has an investment from the Ulupono Initiative.1

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a $1.4 million cleanup at the site of two former U.S. government buildings near Pearl Harbor where the ground was contaminated.

  • With a new, tighter-fitting cap in place on its runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP prepared on Tuesday to test whether the gusher could be stopped completely, the New York Times reports.

  • After sitting vacant for three decades, the land that made up the former Almaden Air Force Station straddling Mount Umunhum in California is a step closer to being converted into a public park.

  • Forget McMansions — environmentally friendly eco-homes are shaping up to be a real estate trend, the L.A. Times reports.

Join the conversation on these and other stories.


  1. Ulupono Initiative is funded by Civil Beat Publisher Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam.  

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