|A new gun inspection law, signed by Gov. David Ige on Friday, deals with ghost guns, guns brought from outside|
the state and gun transfers between private individuals. See more below. Photo from Office of the Governor
See https://luc.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Agenda-for-JUNE-8-2022.pdf to submit testimony and to join the LUC zoom meeting.
The landowners claim that banning vacation rentals is an unconstitutional taking of their property rights, but the judge disagreed. She did agree and that state law fails to define the length of time that renting a dwelling makes it into a vacation rental and ruled that the county can't set a length of time on its own.
According to a story by Nancy Cook-Lauer in West Hawai'i Today on Sunday, "The ultimate ruling will have far-reaching ramifications. Some 1.2 million acres on Hawai'i Island — almost half of the land mass — is classified as agriculture. More than 1,500 of the county’s approximately 4,000 Short Term Vacation Rental applications during the first year of the program in 2019 were for nonconforming use certificates, primarily for agricultural land.
Cook-Lauer wrote: "About 50 owners of property in the agriculture district have appealed the county’s denial of their short-term vacation rental and nonconforming use applications to the county Board of Appeals."
|Dr. Johnathan Likeke Scheuer chairs the state|
Land Use Commission that classifies all Hawai'i
land as Conservation, Urban, Rural or Agriculture.
She noted that "those appeals have been on hold while the Rosehill case proceeds through the legal process." The Rosehill case, also called Rosehill petition refers to a leading plaintiff among the owners and trusts that filed the suit to ask for their properties to be approved for Short Term Vacation Rentals.
A NEW LAW REQUIRING INSPECTION OF GHOST GUNS, AS WELL AS GUNS FROM OUT OF STATE AND GUNS TRANSFERRED BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS was signed into law by Gov. David Ige on Friday. A statement from the governor's offices says HB2075 (Act 030) restores part of a previous gun law that was struck down by a federal court last year.
The new law requires the physical, in-person inspection of three categories of firearms that have been identified by county police chiefs as top concerns and threats to public safety. They are: Guns without
The governor said, “In the wake of the tragic mass shootings in Uvalde Texas, Tulsa Oklahoma and in so many other cities across the U.S., and a week after a shooting injured four in Honolulu – it is more important than ever that the State of Hawaiʻi takes action against gun violence. Hawaiʻi has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in America, and this new law is key in helping law enforcement keep our communities safe.”
Among the state’s strict gun laws is one that requires people who buy guns to obtain a license and complete a firearm safety course.
Since Ige took office, Hawaiʻi has enacted new gun safety legislation that includes the Extreme Risk Law, which allows individuals to petition a court to disarm a person in crisis. Another law enacted during the governor’s term alerts law enforcement officials when anyone who is prohibited from owning a firearm, attempts to obtain a gun. And in 2020, Hawaiʻi joined other states in prohibiting ghost guns and the manufacture or purchase of parts for the purpose of assembling a ghost gun.
|Beautiful but invasive, banana poka invades disturbed lands, like a|
burned area between 3,000 and 3,500 ft. in elevation on Mauna Loa
where surveys and control efforts will be conducted this month.
June 6 between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for sling loads of fence material to the Koa Unit of ʻŌlaʻa, between 3,500- and 4,000-ft. elevation;
June 8 between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to support vegetation monitoring between 6,000- and 8000-ft. elevation on Mauna Loa;
June 13 between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. for Hawaiian petrel monitoring on Mauna Loa between 4,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation;
June 14 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. for survey and control of invasive guinea grass in the coastal Keauhou area, between sea level and 3,000-ft. elevation;
June 16 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. for survey and control of invasive fountain grass from park's west boundary to Keauhou, between sea level and 4000-ft. elevation;
June 23 between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. for sling loads of fence material to Keanakākoʻi, between 3,000- and 3,500-ft. elevation.
June 30 or July 1, U.S. Geological Survey plans a schedule of low-level helicopter flights that will cover Kīlauea volcano over a three-week period. (Visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website for more information). The USGS may conduct additional flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.
A statement from Hawai'i Volcanoes, says, "The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities."