A Maui Department of Health official says field burning should be limited to 75 acres or less at a time.
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission held its first of seven listening sessions on the proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries to NextEra Energy.
The county has hired Guernsey to look at alternative business models for the electric utility company on Maui.
A simple request from a citizen leads to a colorful exchange with a county attorney and, eventually, a change in policy.
A lawsuit filed last month seeks a preliminary injunction to stop cane burning operations on the basis that the activity is illegal and is putting the public’s health at risk.
Judge Susan Mollway ruled that the ordinance is preempted by state and federal law, much like earlier measures in Hawaii and Kauai counties.
Advocates for the hard-won ballot initiative aren’t optimistic about their chances at the District Court level.
Marine biologists have been studying the clash of humans and sharks since two people were killed off the coast of Maui in 2013.
A federal judge has extended an injunction blocking Maui County’s voter-approved moratorium until she rules on the case. She set the next hearing for June 15.
A federal judge says she may wait to see what happens with two related bills in the Legislature, even though they both appear to be dead.
Opponents decry effects on health and tourism, but field burning by the only sugar plantation left on Maui doesn’t violate clean-air standards, state says.
A Maui County spokesman said that it’s up to the SHAKA Movement to defend the bill now that the group has intervened in a lawsuit.
While Honolulu pushes to tighten restrictions to force more development of affordable homes, a neighbor island goes the other direction.
A hearing is scheduled for March 10 on the motion by the SHAKA Movement, which has intervened to defend the voter-approved ban.
The SHAKA Movement and a coalition represented by the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice separately filed motions to intervene in federal court.