The Conversation: The Status of Cesspools Across the State

Feb 3, 2021

The Long View: An analysis of "Our Radicalized Republic"; Community opposition to possible development near the Pololū Valley trailhead; Reality Check: Judge says that Kakaako roads are state's authority, dismisses Kakaako Land Co. ownership claims; The status of cesspools across the state; Cinderella toilets offer sustainable solution by burning waste





The Long View with Neal Miler: An analysis of "Our Radicalized Republic"

Political analyst Neal Milner predicts that polarization will continue under this new federal administration.  He joins us with analysis of the article "Our Radicalized Republic" by Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, published on FiveThirtyEight. Koerth and Thomson-DeVeaux hone in on the limits of what President Biden can accomplish in our divided political climate.



Community opposition to possible development near the Pololū Valley trailhead

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Community opposition in Kohala is growing over a proposal that would allow the development of a parking lot near the Pololū Valley trailhead. The proposal would open the door to the development of a 13-lot subdivision along the Pololū Valley ridgeline. Private landowners are donating land on the Pololū Valley floor and near the trailhead in exchange for the subdivision. Hawaii Public Radio reporter Ku'uwehi Hiraishi has the story.


Reality Check: Judge says that Kakaako roads are state's authority, dismisses Kakaako Land Co. ownership claims

After a years-long court battle, Hawaii Circuit Court judge ruled that Kakaako Land Co. does not have ownership over several roads in Kakaako, and that the company must stop collecting fees for parking and towing in that area. Read Civil Beat reporter Marcel Honore's full story here at civilbeat.org.


 The status of cesspools across the state

Cesspools threaten surface drinking water on Maui and pose other ecological and public health risks across the state. A series of town hall meetings are set to launch this Thursday in Kahaluu to address this issue. Stuart Coleman, Executive Director of Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations, and Roger Babcock, a professor at the University of Hawaii who has taken a position with the city as its new facilities director, discuss the problem and some possible solutions.

Cinderella toilets offer sustainable solution by burning waste

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There are other creative ways to dispose of waste. Two "Cinderella" toilets have been recently installed on Oahu, one on Coconut Island at the Institute of Marine Biology and one at Kuilima Farms on the North Shore. These toilets incinerate waste, using no water whatsoever.