Kawakami joins energy talk

HONOLULU — The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and Hawaii Energy on Tuesday hosted a roundtable discussion with mayors Derek S.K. Kawakami, Kirk Caldwell, and Michael Victorino, and others on Hawaii’s leading role in energy innovation to confront climate change.

Ige extends homeless emergency

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige issued a third supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the disaster emergency relief period for homelessness across the state.

Hirono highlights work of KIUC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) highlighted the efforts of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and Hawaiian Electric to deploy renewable energy plus storage facilities across the state at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on energy storage Tuesday.

County Council comments on spending plan

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council has refrained from making public comment on the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget throughout the budget process, which started in March.

Felicia Cowden heads to Russia for summit

LIHUE — Councilmember Felicia Cowden was not in attendance for Wednesday’s Kauai County Council meeting. She is traveling to Volgada, Russia to be a delegate at a Russian-American peace conference.

County cracks down on illegal TVRs

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council on Wednesday will hear public testimony on a bill aimed at helping the county shut down illegal vacation rental homes.

County sues big pharma

LIHUE — The County of Kauai is suing dozens of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers and their executives for fueling the nationwide opioid epidemic.

OHA seeks budget input

HONOLULU — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is seeking community input for its preliminary budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

Cowden declines Russian invitation

LIHUE — County Councilmember Felicia Cowden will not be traveling to Russia as part of a conference to foster conversation and collaboration between the United States and Russia from May 31 until June 10.

Hirono goes after Barr

LIHUE — Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono on Wednesday accused Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress and called for his resignation.

County Council to consider audits

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council this morning will discuss authorizing the audits of several departments based on concerns about potentially illegal mismanagement of federal government funds, overtime abuse, pension spiking, low morale and managerial incompetence.

Legal TVRs can resume operations

LIHUE —­ Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed an eighth supplementary emergency proclamation for the County of Kauai, and has amended the emergency rule and order as it applies to legal Transient Vacation Rentals in the Lumahai, Wainiha, and Ha‘ena area.

Leaders seek sustainability for state

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami and state Senate President Ron Kouchi joined other Hawaii leaders in what is being called “an unprecedented show of unity and purpose” to significantly raise the profile on climate change.