Friday, July 18, 2008

DLNR chair clarifies its regulations

Beach wedding permits, fishing bounds, other rules hashed out

By HARRY EAGAR, Staff Writer
POSTED: July 17, 2008

‘If you’re standing in sand, it’s probably state land and you need a permit.’

— Laura Thielen, state Board of Land and Natural Resources chairwoman

WAILUKU - The Department of Land and Natural Resources is sticking to its position that weddings - just like any other commercial operations - need a right-of-entry permit if they are going to use unencumbered state land.

Although beach weddings are a hot-button issue, ...


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Most of the Ahihi-Kinau reserve will close Aug. 1

Pristine resources need the protection from overcrowding

POSTED: July 16, 2008
The Maui News

Public access to portions of the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve will be closed for two years beginning Aug. 1, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has announced.

Officials will close off access to the majority of the 2,000-acre reserve between Ahihi and La Perouse bays. Prohibited areas will include unofficial trails to Kalua o Lapa, Kalaeloa, popularly known as "the Aquarium," and Mokuha, also known as "the Fishbowl."

Access to northern portions of the reserve most used by the public will remain open during visiting hours from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. Some of these open areas are Waiala Cove and the coastal area along Ahihi Bay and the "Dumps" surf break.

Pat Borge, a member of a citizens advisory committee for the reserve, said ...


Molokai residents air complaints to PUC

Hearing draws about 150, fewer than 10 testify — county official

POSTED: July 16, 2008
The Maui News

Molokai residents took their complaints Tuesday about possible rate increases for water and sewer service to the state body that proposed the hikes as an emergency measure, the Public Utilities Commission.

About 150 people went to the 2-hour public hearing at Maunaloa Elementary School. However, fewer than 10 people testified, said county spokeswoman Mahina Martin.

The commission will likely have a decision about the rates on or about Aug. 14, said Stacey Djou, the panel's chief legal counsel.

The commission has said it needs to ...


Maui Democrat Media Chair Lawyer Lance Collins Sues State for Violating Election Rules and His Fee

Filed Under: It Takes One to Know One
POSTED: July 16, 2008
The Maui News

WAILUKU - Five Maui residents have sued state Chief Elections Officer Kevin Cronin, alleging that proper rule-making procedures were not followed to permit electronic-voting machines or the use of Internet and phone lines to transmit vote results.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in 2nd Circuit Court by Wailuku attorney Lance Collins on behalf of residents Robert Babson Jr., Ann Babson, Joy Brann, Paula Brock and Daniel Grantham.

Cronin did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The Hawaii Administrative Procedure Act requires a notice, public hearing and comment period before an agency may adopt rules applicable to members of the public, Collins said.

Administrative procedures were not followed to allow the Office of Elections to use electronic-voting machines or to use the Internet and/or telephone lines to transmit vote counts, he said.

Collins also maintains that current state law does not permit the Internet or phone lines to be used...