The Polynesian Voyaging Society is putting a pause on the Moananuiākea Voyage to bring Hōkūleʻa home. In the wake of the West Maui wildfires, PVS announced the double-hulled canoe will temporarily return to Hawaiʻi from San Diego, California in late December. HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has the story.
A wildfire burned through the town of Lāhainā on Aug. 8, causing loss of life, property and cultural landmarks. HPR continues to cover Maui's efforts to heal and rebuild.
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Some Hawaiʻi Island residents are suing Hawaiʻi County for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act. Hui Mālama Honokōhau filed the lawsuit in US District Court this week. They say that government officials have allowed treated sewage to flow from the county-owned Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant into a nearby harbor without the required permit.
Time-of-use rates were supposed to kick in across Maui, Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island for some 17,000 households on Oct. 1. It's now been pushed back until next year for Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island residents — and suspended indefinitely for those on Maui.
How did a small fire sparked by downed power lines and declared extinguished flare up again hours later into a devastating inferno? The answer may lie in an overgrown gully beneath Hawaiian Electric Co. power lines and something that harbored smoldering embers from the first fire and rekindled into a wall of flame that destroyed the town of Lāhainā and killed at least 97 people.
During the Thrive Hawaiʻi Agrifood Summit at Hawaiʻi Convention Center, panelists hope for better government policy, investment and general willpower to improve local agriculture. On Wednesday the summit’s opening remarks noted both the potential and the dire state of Hawaiʻi agriculture.
Wayne Goo, the vice president of AIA Honolulu, said the organization looks for a film each year that highlights design and community.
More than $3.5 million will be available for small-scale food production in Hawaiʻi. The money will be distributed through the Micro-Grant for Food Security Program, a federal program meant to increase local food production and improve food production.
After five years of planning and preparation, Hōkūleʻa set off for a four-year voyage around the Pacific in June 2023. Stay tuned for HPR's coverage of Hōkūleʻa as reporters interview crew members and track their progress.
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