The issue involves the PUC rescinding its approval for Hu Honua to operate and sell the electricity from the biofuel plant to the utility, the PUC contending that during its 30-year contract, the electricity would be higher priced than other alternatives like wind and geothermal. Hu Honua argues that the PUC should have held an evidentiary hearing before deciding whether to rescind its exemption from competitive bidding with other power sources. Hu Honua also contends that for energy security, biofuel should be one of the sources in the alternative energy portfolio of the island, even with the higher price.
|Eucalyptus above Pāhala, cut for biofuel, awaits court decisions on the operation of the biofuel plant.|
Photo by Julia Neal
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of the type of batteries stolen
from Manukaʻa state park near
the South Kona/Kaʻū boundary.
According to police, the Kaʻū connection involves the batteries being sold here by the thieves. Their value is around $300 each. Police
ask that anyone with information on the theft, location of the batteries, or those who may have been in possession of the batteries, contact Detective Donovan Kohara at (808) 326-4646 Ext. 238; or via email at email@example.com. Also contact the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311."
TWENTY-TWO DUI ARRESTS were made during the week of April 5 - 11. Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the age of 21.
So far this year, there have been 353 DUI arrests compared with 273 during the same period last year, an increase of 29.3 percent. There have been 220 major accidents so far this year compared with 251 during the same period last year, a decrease of 12.4 percent. To date, this year there were eight fatalities in eight DUI related accidents, compared with seven fatalities in seven accidents at this time last year related to DUI.
This represents an increase of 14.3 percent for fatal crashes. DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island wide, according to Hawaiʻi County Police.
THE COMMUNITY MEETING ON KEOLAKAʻA PRESERVATION AND STEWARDSHIP is rescheduled for Monday, April 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., following a power outage from Kapapala to South Point Road on Monday evening, during the originally scheduled time of the gathering via zoom.
Participants who registered for Monday's meeting do not need to re-register. Any new participants will need to register before the new meeting time at https://tpl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsceygrzosGt2AxZb29h-A_arKI9Cc3tIT
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ʻO KAʻŪ KĀKOU MARKET, in Nāʻālehu, open Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Limit of 50 customers per hour, 20 vendor booths, with 20 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing required, social distancing enforced. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374 (voice or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more and to apply to vend. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.