From Moloaa to Princeville on Sunday, residents emerged from sleepless nights with some of the heaviest rain on record on Kauai and thunder so intense it shook houses as badly as a severe earthquake. Ironically, I’d spent Saturday in a Kauai Fire Department training session in Lihue as a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Sherry Alu Campagna sat at a table in the middle of Ha Coffee Bar in Lihue, one of the few places on the island with anything approaching creds as a political hangout. She was on island from her home on Oahu recently, on one of her first visits to Kauai after announcing her campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in the August Democratic primary.
County Attorney Mauna Kea Trask on Thursday cautioned activists who occupied the grounds of the former Coco Palms Resort and continue attempting to win title to the property that they are basing their arguments on the authority of a fake court whose “chief justice” is a registered sex offender.
The first new shopping center on the North Shore in 30 years is about to open in Kilauea, but two things will be missing when it does: the anchor supermarket operated by Foodland and a long-awaited new access road to Kilauea town.
It’s that time of year again in the Legislature. In the session that’s just a couple of weeks old, 29 pesticide-related bills have been introduced, but many use stealth techniques to attack the cultivation of genetically engineered crops in addition to further restricting pesticide.
When Stephan Bell, four other men and their field supervisor reported for work at Blue Knight Services, the security guard firm they work for in Lihue, on Thursday, they were instructed to go to the site of the former Coco Palms Resort and work to remove squatters.
It’s an innocuous, two-word term on page 10 of the current draft version of Kauai County’s general plan update. “Provisional area.” More on what it is supposed to mean later. It has roused the (unsuccessful) opposition of County Council Chair Mel Rapozo and attracted the critical attention of Councilmember JoAnn Yukimura.
In the climax of the trial of the Native Hawaiians who have occupied the grounds of the former Coco Palms Resort in Wailua — especially when Judge Michael Soong gave the group until 6 p.m. Sunday to leave or be removed — many in the gallery did not notice a tall man sitting in the corner of the very back row.