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Hawaiian Homes Commission pursues land compensation

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is seeking a private attorney to help ensure the state justly compensates it for hundreds of acres of land in its inventory that the state for decades has been using for highways and roads. Read more

Overall costs of Mauna Kea law enforcement remain hazy

The Attorney General’s Office continues to withhold information about the overall costs of the state’s law enforcement efforts on Mauna Kea, where demonstrators have been blocking the road leading to the construction site of the Thirty Meter Telescope for nearly two months. Read more

State won’t pursue bank on $150M loan commitment to Hawaiian Home Lands

Amid mounting political pressure to force Bank of America to make good on a 2-decade-old commitment to provide $150 million in home mortgage loans to beneficiaries of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaii’s Office of the Attorney General says there appears to be no legal basis for the state to actually pursue the matter. Read more

City ban on single-use plastics moves forward

A bill that would ban foam containers and plastics used for serving food on Oahu passed out of the Honolulu City Council’s Public Safety and Welfare Committee on Thursday, buoying the hopes of the environmentally conscious who worry plastics are polluting beaches, breaking down into microplastics that are ingested by sea life and contributing to climate change. Read more

Questions arise over Mauna Kea road

Hawaii Sen. Kai Kahele (D, Hilo) questioned whether the state Department of Transportation has legal jurisdiction over Mauna Kea Access Road during a legislative briefing at the state Capitol on Wednesday, setting up what could potentially develop into a larger legal issue for the Thirty Meter Telescope and other telescope sites atop Mauna Kea. Read more

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