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Officials of Maui County and Alexander and Baldwin are putting together a task force to assist workers displaced by the closing of the state’s last sugar mill.

Last week Alexander and Baldwin announced they would cease cane operations on Maui---affecting nearly seven-hundred workers. Beginning in March- half of the HC&S workers will be laid off, with the rest staying until the end of the 2016 harvest.

Brett Neilson / Flickr
Brett Neilson / Flickr

After years of planning, the Bishop Museum is pushing its primary focus back to its visitors.  It’s begun a 5 year plan to help the museum become more self-sustaining and less reliant on government funding.  The museum has already implemented a $24-million renovation to Hawai‘i Hall and the J. Watumull planetarium.

Ilya / Flick
Ilya / Flick

Hawai‘i’s gas utility is looking into adding renewable gas into its product.  Hawai‘i Gas has released a request for proposals to buy raw bio-methane from municipal wastewater treatment centers and landfills in Hawai‘i.  The company is seeking proposals from local and national suppliers who can provide large quantities of gas on a daily basis.

Alejandro Forero Cuervo / Flickr
Alejandro Forero Cuervo / Flickr

The State Department of Health has selected the on-line “seed-to-sale” tracking system that will manage Hawai‘i’s medical marijuana inventory.

Florida based BioTrackTHC was awarded the contract yesterday.  Their system will track every plant with a unique number, measuring each fraction-of-a-gram of cannabis from seed, through sale. Patrick Vo is the CEO of BioTrack THC. He says the system is important to bring transparency and accountability to cannabis operations.  

Forest and Kim Starr / Flickr
Forest and Kim Starr / Flickr

On Maui, a piece of history is scheduled to be destroyed….on purpose.

The Hana Pier was built in the early 1920’s.  It was fenced off in 2010 after falling into disrepair with exposed holes and rebar in the deck.  The Department of Transportation reviewed various options for rebuilding the pier but settled on its removal following public feedback.

Tim Sakahara is the spokesperson for the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation.

Microbeads Get Banned

Jan 6, 2016
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Wikipedia Commons

Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are often added to beauty products to gently exfoliate the skin.  But environmental advocates say their small size makes them extremely difficult to filter and clean from water.  They add that marine life often mistake the particles for food and when consumed the beads enter the food chain. 

Norbert Schörghofer via aaarjournal.org
Norbert Schörghofer via aaarjournal.org

Researchers with the University of Hawai‘i are studying the potential impact of climate change on melting ice on Mauna Loa.

In the 1970’s researchers documented two frozen lava tubes perched more than eleven-thousand feet above sea level.  Scientists say the lava tubes could be between 750 and 1,500 years old - and the ice inside may contain clues to Hawai‘i’s past environmental conditions.

The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land

A historical area of land on the Southern Coast of Hawai‘i Island will be protected from development.

The Kuamo‘o battlefield and burial grounds cover forty-seven acres of land south of Kona.  In 1819- the Nephew of Kamehameha the first clashed with Liholiho over keeping the traditional Kapu system of order in place.  Liholiho was victorious, but many warriors from both sides perished in battle and were buried on the property.

Rose Parade Honors Float Designer

Jan 1, 2016
John Zak
John Zak

Part of this New Year’s Day is the 127th Rose Parade in southern California. One of its millions of fans is HPR classical music host John Zak, who has a story from Pasadena about an artist, a bird, and more than five-hundred parade floats.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

For some families in Hawai‘i the end of the year brings the tradition of Mochitsuki or mochi pounding.

Glutinous rice is steamed, and then put into a mortar where it’s pounded.  It’s then cut, formed into balls, and filled with sweet beans or covered in soybean powder.

HPR visited the Kubo family for their annual gathering.

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