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News stories by HPR's Nikki Motson
The Public Land Development Corporation is a newly created division of state government. The PLDC is looking to bring a combination of prosperity and protection to publicly owned land, but many concerned residents say this can’t be done without conflicts of interest. Members of the board say some exemptions are needed for progress.
The public will soon have the chance to review new draft rules and a strategic plan presented by the Public Land Development Corporation. The effort is to bring greater transparency to the exact scope of the new board’s power.
Containers that once transported goods to and from the islands will be converted into new homes on Kaua`i. Educators and community leaders are teaming up to create a self-sustaining community with recycled homes, renewable energy and community aquaponics.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Hawai`i’s fourth graders scored lower than students in 39 states in 2011. Some scientists at the University of Hawai`i are looking to improve science scores by brining kids to campus where they spend the day running experiments in university labs.
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Hawai`i residents are worried about what the state’s new Public Land Development Corporation will mean for land across the state. The PLDC’s five member board has been granted increased powers to develop public property. Now board members are considering some changes to the rules, in an effort to ease residents’ concerns.