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Stene: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park should seek Federal funds to fix damaged roads

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park wants to reopen the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park eventually. The first step in this process is the reconstruction of the park’s heavily damaged roadway infrastructure

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Stene: Daniel K. Inouye Highway Extension needs to be built

The Daniel K. Inouye Highway Extension, which completes a critical cross-island link across the Big Island, doesn’t have any funding committed to begin construction anytime soon.

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Stene: Kona sewer upgrade in limbo as bid process fails to secure contractor twice

I don’t live in the Lono Kona subdivision slated for a sewer connection upgrade, but I’ve followed the bidding process for this project. The January 29th, 2018 bid opening had four contractors submit bids; Isemoto Contracting was lowest at $7,728,427.25, and Goodfellow Brothers was highest at $10,726,943.25.

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation decided to defer most roadway capacity projects in 2016. This is why there won’t be a lot of new roads constructed statewide going forward. I didn’t agree with this arbitrary decision, as I believe there is a way to continue the much-needed capacity program, along with maintaining the existing inventory of state roads and highways.

Stene: Hawaii’s new highway projects stuck in administrative gridlock

The Hawaii Department of Transportation decided to defer most roadway capacity projects in 2016. This is why there won’t be a lot of new roads constructed statewide going forward. I didn’t agree with this arbitrary decision, as I believe there is a way to continue the much-needed capacity program, along with maintaining the existing inventory […]

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Stene: Public communications with DPW staff stymied

Mayor Harry Kim ran on a platform of transparency, and restoring trust in county government. Nonetheless, his administration has taken action against me, which goes against those campaign promises. The problems started on February 6th, 2017 when the Department of Public Works director Frank DeMarco sent me an official e-mail stating that I cannot communicate […]

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Zellner: Hawaii’s citizens won’t wait 132 extra years for renewable transportation

Although we are currently relying on fossil fuels that are bad for the economy, the environment, and our health, senator Inouye’s original Senate Bill 1580 lays out a plan that will allow Hawai’i eliminate our use of fossil fuels used for transportation by the year 2045. However, the bill was altered by the House. The […]

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Stene: Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) Safety Issues

There are serious roadway safety issues on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) between Kuakini Highway/Queen Kaahumanu Highway Extension intersection and Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. First and foremost, the asphalt pavement is in dire need of being resurfaced for most of this highway. Both the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and Hawaii County are responsible for maintenance, […]

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Stene: Ane Keohokālole Highway Phase III should be a top priority for Hawaii County

Ane Keohokālole Highway Phase III should be top transportation project for Hawaii County in North Kona. This segment will connect Hina-Lani Street to Kaminani Drive, so we’ll be able to drive from Henry Street to Kona Palisades without having to use Mamalahoa or Queen Kaahumanu highways.

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Stene: Where’s the info?

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Albertini: Mauna Kea Park & Hawaii Island contaminated with military radiation?

The March 17, 2014 lead front-page story in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald said that Hawaii County Mayor, Billy Kenoi, wants Hawaii County to take over management of what is presently Mauna Kea State park. Does that mean Hawaii County will take over the liability if it is determined that the park is contaminated with Depleted Uranium […]

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Wagner: Open letter to legislators on Sen. Solomon and energy

I must commend Senator Malama Solomon for her courage for continuing to “tell it like it is”, as she did on January 29, 2013. She needs to be voted back into office, not a HECO supporter who will follow every command that HECO gives to the legislature and the Governor, like the rest of you […]

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Stene: Questions around Queen K project

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Singer: Prescription for sick environmentalism

Singer: Prescription for sick environmentalism

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Singer: Geothermal exploration needs environmental review

Singer: Geothermal exploration needs environmental review

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