Boating & Water Sports COVID-19 Restrictions Relaxed Statewide

Effective immediately, emergency restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic for commercial and recreational boating and ocean recreation are being relaxed statewide.

Commercial and recreational boating can now include up to ten people on a vessel at one time, operating under new COVID-19 “Act With Care” guidelines. This includes passengers and crew and applies to all recreational and commercial vessels. It applies in all four Hawai‘i counties. The ten-person limitation can be exceeded if everyone is from the same household.

Commercial water sports operators, like surf schools and kayak rental companies, can also resume operations with the same restrictions – a limit of 10 people including crew or staff. 

Boating and Ocean Recreation COVID-19 guidelines are based on Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as input from boaters in Hawai‘i and in coordination with the counties. These guidelines remain in effect and call for physical distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing of masks, when practical. Boating and Ocean Recreation COVID-19 guidelines to be followed are linked below.

Additionally, offices of the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) across the state will reopen for transactions tomorrow.

All patrons will be required to abide by now common health protections. This includes asking whether someone is sick prior to entering an office and only allowing one customer in at one time. Face masks are required. Maintenance of six-foot social distancing will be in place as practical and hand sanitizers or disinfectant wipes will be available.

Further protective steps include the installation of barriers to separate staff from visitors, frequent hand washing and frequent disinfection of high use areas. Note, that many boating and ocean recreation transactions can now be accomplished online.

Street Light Repairs in Hilo Started Today

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works Traffic Division will be conducting street light repairs on five streets in the Kaumana area of Hilo.

Starting this week, the Traffic Division will be removing street light poles that need to be replaced and installing new poles.

Street light poles will be replaced on the following streets: five poles on Kilikina Street (from Waialeale Place to the dead end), three on  Waialeale Place, two on Kaeokulani Place, and one pole each on Hokulea Place and Lei Hinahina Place. 

Residents are advised that during this work the area will not have street lights. Those street lights requiring the construction of new foundations may be non-functional for the entire duration of the project.

Work will be conducted weekdays between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., from June 3, 2020, through Monday, August 3, 2020, weather and construction conditions permitting. 

Street traffic will not be impacted while the street light repairs are conducted. 

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call the Traffic Division at (808) 961-8341.

Hawaii Tourism Authority President & CEO Chris Tatum Announces His Retirement

After a 40-year career dedicated to serving the hospitality industry and working to make a positive difference for Hawaii, Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) President & CEO Chris Tatum announced he’s retiring. His last day at HTA will be August 31.

Chris Tatum

Tatum was appointed to the top tourism position for the State of Hawaii in December 2018 after a 37-year career with Marriott International.

Under his leadership, HTA established Hawaii’s direction for tourism’s future in the coming years with its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.

HTA is putting an increased focus on destination management, which includes investing more time and money in programs that support the community, perpetuate the Hawaiian culture, and protect Hawaii’s natural resources. He also advocated for workplace development in tourism to provide local students with career opportunities in hospitality.

“I’m very proud of the HTA team and our refocused plans to develop a balanced strategy for tourism. With active collaboration from the community, we need to create a sustainable industry that is respectful of the culture and protects our environment for future generations. I plan to spend the next three months working with the HTA board on the transition and supporting the state’s recovery efforts,” Tatum said.

HTA Board Chair Rick Fried commented, “Chris is smart, candid, always puts the residents of Hawaii first, and, most importantly to me, is unfailingly honest. When he asked to come to my office on Monday, I assumed it was just to discuss various HTA matters as we often do. After a few minutes of talking he handed me a brown envelope with his resignation letter and explained his thinking. I deal with many sad cases, but I teared up when it became clear his decision was final.”

HTA Chief Administrative Officer Keith Regan said, “It has been such a blessing to have had the opportunity to work alongside Chris. From the first day, he displayed all the great qualities you’d expect from a true leader. Besides his decisive and passionate approach, what I’ve really appreciated has been his willingness to share, teach, and mentor those around him has elevated the whole organization. He has placed HTA on the right footing, focused on balance and sustainability. We owe him a true debt of gratitude and I, for one, am truly indebted to him for his incredible leadership.”

Prior to joining HTA, his experience included executive leadership positions on the U.S. mainland, in Asia, Australia, and Hawaii. His career started as a housekeeping houseman at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel during his summers home from college.

Tatum moved to Hawaii with his family in 1965, when his father Lon was a member of the U.S. Air Force, and his mother Bette was a teacher. He’s a proud graduate of Radford High School. The Tatum family fell in love with the islands and made Hawaii their lifelong home.

Before her passing in 2017, Bette was a well-respected leader in the business community as executive director of the National Federation of Small Business for the State of Hawaii. Lon retired from the military and supported Bette’s career until his passing in 2010. Tatum’s brother Lonnie was a very successful owner of a recreational vehicle dealership in Washington State until his passing in 2004.

Tatum and his wife Peg, who have been married for 28 years, plan to relocate to Colorado to begin the next stage of their lives.

“After 40 years in a 24/7 industry, I’m looking forward to traveling with Peg and spending quality time with my daughter Sam and son Alex. I’m blessed to have grown up and raised our kids in the islands and Hawaii will always be our home.”

ADVISORY: High Bacteria Count at Kailua-Kona Pier

The public is advised of a water quality exceedance of enterococci at the Kailua-Kona Pier.

Levels of 164 per 100 mL have been detected during routine beach monitoring. The Department of Health Clean Water Branch provides beach monitoring and notification through its beach program.

The advisory for this beach is posted because testing for enterococci indicate that potentially harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or parasites may be present in the water. Swimming at beaches with pollution in the water may make you ill.

Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely populations to develop illnesses or infections after coming into contact with polluted water, usually while swimming.

Fortunately, while swimming-related illnesses can be unpleasant, they are usually not very serious – they require little or no treatment or get better quickly upon treatment, and they have no long-term health effects.

The most common illness associated with swimming in water polluted by fecal pathogens is gastroenteritis. It occurs in a variety of forms that can have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, headache or fever. Other minor illnesses associated with swimming include ear, eye, nose and throat infections. In highly polluted water, swimmers may occasionally be exposed to more serious diseases.

Not all illnesses from a day at the beach are from swimming. Food poisoning from improperly refrigerated picnic lunches may also have some of the same symptoms as swimming-related illnesses, including stomachache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. At any given time and place, we are constantly exposed to a variety of microorganisms that have the potential of making us ill.

The beach has been posted and this advisory will remain in effect until water sample results no longer exceed the threshold level of 130 enterococci per 100 mL.

For more information, see: http://eha-cloud.doh.hawaii.gov/cwb/#!/viewer?eventId=1163
and https://www.epa.gov/beaches/learn-human-health-beach

Hawaii Domestic Violence Spikes During Pandemic

Hawaii Lt. Governor Josh Green states that domestic violence reports are up substantially this year over last year in the Hawaii Islands during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“Domestic Violence Action Center has given us some numbers, and they really wake us up,” said Lt. Gov. Green. “April of last year they had 519 safety plan calls, April of this year they got 3,038 calls.”

ZERO NEW CASES. Total cases 652⁣⁣Stats: ⁣-48,921 total tested (1,500 in last 3 days)⁣-3.49% Hawaii tested ⁣-95.6% recovered 608/635⁣⁣The Aloha Free Clinic is open starting today and located at 2055 North King St. ⁣⁣Email Alohafreeclinic@gmail.com to volunteer or to make an appointment. Walk-ins available and Tele-health for those on the Neighbor Islands.⁣⁣Governor will be making an important announcement at 2pm. I will be joining him for this, please tune in to your favorite news channels. ⁣⁣Josh LG🤙🏽⁣⁣

Posted by Lieutenant Governor Josh Green on Monday, June 1, 2020

Helplines – April of last year they had 692 calls, this year 1,066.

There are resources to help, please check out domesticviolenceactioncenter.org

Princess Cruises Extends Pause of Global Ship Operations on Select Sailings

Due to extension of the closure of cruise ports in regions around the world and other factors impacting international travel, Princess Cruises is extending its pause in cruise operations with respect to the following voyages: 

  • All cruises sailing in and out of Australia through mid-September on Sea Princess, Majestic Princess, Sun Princess and Sapphire Princess 
  • All cruises in and out of Vancouver and Seattle in September and October on Coral Princess, Emerald Princess, Grand Princess, Royal Princess, Ruby Princess and Star Princess 
  • Pacific and California Coast 7-day roundtrip cruises from San Francisco departing in September and October 2020 on Star Princess 
  • All roundtrip cruises from Keelung, Taiwan, departing August 2020 on Majestic Princess 
  • Hawaii cruises that are cancelled, can be found here.

Guests currently booked on these canceled voyages, who have paid Princess in full, will have the option to receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25% of the cruise fare (not applicable on charter voyages). 

For guests who have not paid in full, Princess will Double the Deposit, providing a refundable FCC for the money currently on deposit plus a matching bonus FCC that can be used on any voyage through May 1, 2022. The matching bonus FCC is non-refundable, will not exceed the base cruise fare amount of the currently booked cruise and will have a minimum value of $100 per person. 

For Sea Princess, Sun Princess, and Sapphire Princess May and June sailings a different offer was provided. 

In order to receive the above FCC no action is required. 

Alternatively, guests can request a full refund for all monies paid on their booking through this online form. Requests must be received by June 30, 2020, or guest will be registered for the Future Cruise Credit option. 

Princess will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for cancelled cruises that were paid in full, in recognition of the critical role they play in the cruise line’s business and success. 

https://www.princess.com/plan/impacted-and-cancelled-cruises/The most current information and instructions for booked guests affected by these cancellations, and more information on FCCs and refunds, can be found online at Information on Impacted & Cancelled Cruises

Sex Offender Registry Scam

The Department of the Attorney General has documented a number of people who have reported calls from a person claiming to be with a law enforcement entity soliciting payments. The caller appears to be targeting registered sex offenders and requesting them to wire money to fulfill sex offender registration obligations or face getting arrested.

This is a scam.

Law enforcement agencies will not call to inform you of an arrest warrant and tell you an arrest can be avoided if payments are transmitted via wire, money card, or other means of monetary transmittals. Furthermore, law enforcement agencies will not ask anyone for banking/personal information and make threats of arrest.

If you are in doubt, hang up the phone. Scammers will utilize burner phone numbers and they are nearly impossible to track. These scammers may be operating outside of the United States.

This is a nationwide scam and has been going on for about a year. If you have been victimized by this scam please call Attorney General Investigations at (808) 587-4373.

It’s important that during this trying time, all residents remain vigilant about any kinds of scams. This includes when online shopping, as well as in communications with those offering what seem to be too-good-to-be-true opportunities. Common scams include, but are not limited to, the following categories – cyber scams, telephone and text messaging scams, counterfeit product offers, bogus door to door tests and virus-related products, and phony charity donation requests.

HPD Identify Man Killed in Saddle Road Crash

A male that died from injuries sustained in a two motor vehicle crash that occurred on Tuesday morning, June 2, on Daniel K. Inouye Highway near the 8.5-mile marker has been identified.

The 65-year-old male has been identified as Charles K. Makanui Jr., of Kona.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking that anyone who may have witnessed or have any information regarding the incident to contact Officer Clifford Antonio of the Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit at (808) 961-2339.

This is the 9th traffic fatality this year compared to 9 at this time last year.

State Warns of Unofficial Annual Business Report Solicitations

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Registration Division (BREG) is repeating its warning to local businesses and the public of ongoing unofficial solicitations sent out regarding annual business report filings.

BREG has previously issued warnings regarding these notices. “C.P.S.” and “Workplace Compliance Services” continue to send unsolicited mailings, most recently labeled “2020 – Annual Report Instruction Form (Hawaii Businesses)” to numerous businesses in Hawaii, with instructions to fill out the form and submit it, along with a $145 payment.

“We want businesses to know that they can easily submit their annual business report filing directly with us, for a fraction of the cost offered by these unofficial solicitations. If businesses have questions or need assistance with their filing, BREG is here to help,” said Ty Nohara, Hawaii Commissioner of Securities. “We are extremely concerned that those solicited could be misled and erroneously believe that it came from a state agency. On the contrary, ‘C.P.S.’ and ‘Workplace Compliance Services’ are not government agencies, have no affiliation with one, and appear to use a mail drop as their company address.”
Neither company is registered with DCCA to conduct business in the state.

BREG does not endorse or utilize the services of “C.P.S.”, “Workplace Compliance Services”, or any other third-party company to collect or file annual business reports. If you are ever unsure about the legitimacy of a notice you receive regarding your business filings, we encourage you to contact the Business Registration Division via email at breg@dcca.hawaii.gov or call (808) 586-2727 before responding to the notice.

All businesses registered in the State can file their annual reports directly online in the quarter that it is due. The online fees for filing annual reports with BREG are as follows: LLCs, profit corporations and LLPs: $12.50; nonprofit corporations: $2.50; and partnerships: $5.

To find your business’ annual report information online, visit: http://hbe.ehawaii.gov/annuals. For filing-related questions, please visit www.businessregistrations.com, email breg@dcca.hawaii.gov, or call (808) 586-2727.

DOH Accelerating Telehealth Adoption Among Community Health Centers Statewide

 When COVID-19 and social distancing guidance required healthcare providers to rethink the way they delivered care, larger healthcare organizations were able to rapidly pivot to telehealth and keep pace with the rest of the nation.

But Hawai‘i’s community health centers—federally qualified health centers—needed assistance in getting up to speed to serve the state’s most vulnerable populations. Patients who receive care at these centers pay for their care on a sliding scale discount, depending upon their household incomes.

With a combined total of $670,000 from the Hawai‘i State Legislature and federal telehealth grant awards, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the University of Hawaiʻi Area Health Education Center and Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center, has provided the necessary policy guidance and technical support for community health centers to take advantage of new federal telehealth reimbursement policies. This has included weekly webinars on the basics of telehealth for providers.

“It has been an intensely busy time and it has been amazing to see our community partners and healthcare providers come together at such a critical time to help Hawai‘i’s families access healthcare services from home,” said Laura Arcibal, DOH telehealth and health care access coordinator.

To date, telehealth funding has been provided to:

  • Hamakua Health Center (Hawaiʻi Island) 
  • Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association, Inc. (a community-based nonprofit organization in Pahala on Hawai‘i Island)  
  • Lānaʻi Community Health Center (Lānaʻi)  
  • Ho‘ola Lāhui Hawai’i (Kauaʻi)  
  • Wahiawā Health Center (Oʻahu) 
  • Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (Oʻahu) 
  • Kōkua Kalihi Valley (Oʻahu) 
  • University of Hawaiʻi, John A. Burns School of Medicine – Area Health Education Center

In addition to primary care, patients have been able to access behavioral health care services and COVID-19 screening via telehealth at https://hawaiicovid19.com/telehealth/ 

“Community healthcare providers who serve the most vulnerable populations in Hawai‘i hope telehealth can become part of the new normal to continue to efficiently deliver quality care and that the federal reimbursement policies will remain in place permanently beyond the current COVID response,” Arcibal said.

To learn more about telehealth in Hawai‘i, visit: https://hawaiicovid19.com/telehealth/

‘Ohana Health Plan Names Dr. Sherie Smalley Chief Medical Officer

‘Ohana Health Plan announced it has named Sherie Smalley, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer for Hawaii. Dr. Smalley will report directly to Scott Sivik, ‘Ohana Health Plan’s Plan President and CEO.

Dr. Sherie Smalley, Chief Medical Officer, ‘Ohana Health Plan

In her role, Dr. Smalley will oversee the plan’s medical strategy and clinical direction of healthcare services and quality improvements to help ensure high-quality health outcomes for ‘Ohana Health Plan members.

“Dr. Smalley is a highly accomplished physician and healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience delivering care to those populations most in need,” said Sivik. “Her leadership will be instrumental in addressing the overall health and wellbeing of our members, as well as the social factors – such as food access, housing and transportation – that are so critical to healthy outcomes.”  

Prior to joining ‘Ohana Health Plan, Dr. Smalley served as medical director at AlohaCare, a local nonprofit health plan in Hawaii. She also served as senior medical director for medical policy at UPMC Health Plan in Pittsburgh where she chaired the technology assessment committee and oversaw evidence-based coverage policies and held leadership roles in California’s MediCal Medicaid program.

Dr. Smalley received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sonoma State University and her medical degree from the University of California, Davis. She completed her residency at Kaiser Permanente’s San Francisco Medical Center and practiced medicine in North California for a decade. Dr. Smalley is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.

“I have a passion for improving health outcomes by promoting patient-centered, high-quality care,” said Dr. Smalley. “Working in collaboration with our state partners, network of providers, and local community-based organizations, I look forward to delivering on our mission to help our members live better, healthier lives.”

As of March 31, 2020, ‘Ohana Health Plan serves 54,000 Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Plan (PDP) members across the state.

QNHCH Relaxing Visitor Policy

Beginning Wednesday, June 3, the visitor policy at Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital (QNHCH) will relax for both inpatients and outpatient clinic visits. Visitors were restricted earlier this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize how difficult the visitor restrictions were on our patients – having a loved one nearby is an important part of the healing process,” said Cindy Kamikawa, QNHCH president. “We feel that it is now safe to allow visitors, with certain restrictions, as part of a phased approach as we begin to re-open the hospital to visitors.”

Patients, both hospitalized and those coming for appointments or procedures, will be allowed to have one adult visitor or companion at a time. All visitors and companions will undergo screening, be required to wear a mask, and must be 18 years of age or older. Waiting rooms have been re-opened, however, because of physical distancing requirements, seating is limited. Visiting hours for hospitalized patients are 11 am to 7 pm. No visitors are allowed for suspected/confirmed COVID patients or infusion patients.

Fire Department Releases Info on Today’s Fatality

The Hawaii Fire Department released the following information about today’s motor-vehicle accident around 10:15 a.m. that left one male dead:

A Honda CRV driven by a male occupant was turning left off Daniel K. Inouye Highway onto Kaumana Drive when it was hit on the passenger side by an oncoming semi-tractor truck.

Both vehicles ended up approximately 120 yards north of the intersection. 

The driver of the Honda CRV died at the scene. The driver of the tractor truck was transported to Hilo Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

‘Megalops’ Land on Kauai Beaches

On Friday May 29, Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) on Kauai got reports of thousands of tiny crab like creatures washed up along the south and west shoreline.

PC: DLNR Facebook page

These creatures are called “megalops” and are the larval stage of crabs. Once crabs hatch from their eggs, they float in the open ocean for a while, transitioning through larval stages, until they are large enough to settle onto the ocean floor.

PC: DLNR Facebook page

What likely happened was that there was a large recruitment of crabs that happened to get caught in a strong current that brought them to shore. It doesn’t happen very often, but it is not unnatural. A similar event happened in Oahu in 2017.

PC: DLNR Facebook page

These crabs will provide a nice meal for the birds.

1 Person Dies in Saddle Road Crash

One person is killed in a two-vehicle crash this morning on Daniel K. Inouye Highway in Hilo.

Just after 10:13 a.m. today, South Hilo Patrol officers and members of the Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit responded to a two-vehicle traffic crash near the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Kaumana Drive.

Police have preliminarily determined that a 2001 Kenworth semi-truck driven by a 58-year-old male party from Hilo was traveling Kona bound on Daniel K. Inouye Highway approaching the Kaumana Drive Intersection.

A 2007 Honda sports utility vehicle driven by an unidentified party initiated a left-hand turn from the Hilo bound lanes of Daniel K. Inouye Highway to head onto Kaumana Drive.

The Honda SUV was struck broadside by the semi-truck. The driver who has yet to be positively identified was dead at the scene and later pronounced officially at Hilo Medical Center. The driver of the semi-truck was also injured and taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation in this case.

Anyone with information should call Officer Clifford Antonio at (808) 961-2339 or email at clifford.antonio@hawaiicounty.gov.

Hawaiian Electric Posts New Renewable Energy Projects’ Details

Hawaiian Electric has posted details of 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone-storage projects selected in the latest phase of the clean energy transition for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island.

The name, location, developer, technology, size and estimated completion dates are listed below as well as links to each project’s individual website. Each developer is responsible for ongoing outreach to their prospective neighboring communities, alerting them to plans and responding to concerns.

If all projects are completed as planned, nearly seven points will be added to Hawaiian Electric’s renewable portfolio percentage by 2025. The company expects to reach the mandated 30% renewable energy goal by the end of this year with plans in place to exceed 40% by 2030, 70% by 2040 and 100% clean energy for electricity by 2045.

The 16 projects – including two to be built by Hawaiian Electric – were chosen through a competitive evaluation in the largest renewable energy procurement ever undertaken in Hawaii. Among the criteria for selection were price, location, technology and a plan for meaningful community engagement by the developer.

The results are eight solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone-storage project on Oahu, three solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone-storage project on Maui and two solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone-storage on Hawaii Island for a total of 460 megawatts of solar energy and nearly 3 gigawatt-hours of energy storage.

An announcement on project selection for Molokai is expected by the end of July. Hawaiian Electric is currently working on a request for proposals for Lanai to be issued later this year.

Renewable Project Status Board

We are committed to increasing Hawaii’s use of clean energy and reducing our dependency on imported oil. This status board tracks the progress of new and upcoming renewable energy projects and the impact that they will have in increasing our overall RPS % points – essentially, the percentage of renewable energy on the grid – to meet our clean energy goals.


Stage 2 RFP Final Award Group Projects

Contracts Under Negotiation

NameIslandDeveloperTechSizeEstimated CompletionRPS % Points Contribution
Kapolei Energy StorageOahu (Barbers Pt Harbor)Energy Storage Resources LLCBESS185 MW, 565 MWh2022N/A
Kaukonahua SolarOahu (Waialua)Kaukonahua Solar LLCSolar + BESS6 MW, 25.4 MWh (BESS)20220.03
Keahole Battery Energy StorageHawaii Island (Kailua-Kona)Hawaiian Electric CompanyBESS12 MW, 12 MWh2022N/A
Kupehau SolarOahu (Kunia)Hanwha Energy USA Holdings Corp (174 Power Global)Solar + BESS60 MW, 240 MWh (BESS)20221.2
Kupono SolarOahu (Ewa Beach)Bright Canyon EnergySolar + BESS42 MW, 168 MWh (BESS)20221.0
Mehana SolarOahu (Kalaeloa)Onyx Development Group LLCSolar + BESS6.6 MW, 26.4 MWh (BESS)20220.2
Barbers Point SolarOahu (Kapolei)InnergexSolar + BESS15 MW, 60 MWh (BESS)20230.4
Kahana SolarMaui (Napili – Honokowai)InnergexSolar + BESS20 MW, 80 MWh (BESS)20230.7
Kamaole SolarMaui (Kihei)Pacific Green Ikehu LLCSolar + BESS40 MW, 160 MWh (BESS)20231.3
Mahi SolarOahu (Kunia)Longroad Development Company, LLCSolar + BESS120 MW, 480 MWh (BESS)20233.0
Mountain View SolarOahu (Waianae)AES Distributed Energy IncSolar + BESS7 MW, 35 MWh (BESS)20230.3
Puako Solar PV + Battery StorageHawaii Island (Puako, South Kohala)ENGIE Development, LLCSolar + BESS60 MW, 240 MWh (BESS)20231.8
Pulehu SolarMaui (Pulehu)Longroad Development Company, LLCSolar + BESS40 MW, 160 MWh (BESS)20231.1
Waena BESSMaui (Kahului)Hawaiian Electric CompanyBESS40 MW, 160 MWh2023N/A
Waiawa Phase 2 SolarOahu (Waiawa)AES Distributed Energy IncSolar + BESS30 MW, 240 MWh (BESS)20231.2
Waikoloa Village Solar + StorageHawaii Island (Waikoloa)EDF Renewables Development, Inc.Solar + BESS60 MW, 240 MWh (BESS)20231.8

2019-2020 Completed Projects

NameIslandDeveloperTechSizeCommercial OperationRPS % Points Contribution
Aloha Solar Energy Fund IIOahu (Kalaeloa)Aloha Solar Energy Fund II, LLC (Altus Power America)Solar5 MW4/2/20200.1
West Loch SolarOahu (Ewa Beach)Hawaiian ElectricSolar20 MW11/25/20190.5
Kawailoa Solar, LLCOahu (North Shore)Kawailoa Solar, LLC (Clearway)Solar49 MW11/20/20191.0
Lanikuhana Solar, LLCOahu (Mililani)Lanikuhana Solar, LLCSolar14.7 MW9/19/20190.3
Waipio PV, LLCOahu (Waipio)Waipio PV, LLC (Clearway)Solar45.9 MW9/19/20191.0

Under Construction

NameIslandDeveloperTechSizeEstimated CompletionRPS % Points Contribution
Mauka FIT 1Oahu (North Shore)Mauka FIT One LLC (SPI)Solar3.5 MW20200.1
Na Pua Makani Wind ProjectOahu (North Shore)Na Pua Makani Power Partners, LLC (AES)Wind24 MW20201.0

Approved By Regulators

NameIslandDeveloperTechSizeEstimated CompletionRPS % Points Contribution
Molokai Island Energy ProjectMolokai (Kaunakakai)Molokai New Energy Partners LLCSolar + BESS2.6 MW, 15 MWh (BESS)20200.1
AES KuihelaniMaui (Central Maui)AES Kuihelani Solar, LLCSolar + BESS60 MW, 240 MWh (BESS)20211.9
AES Waikoloa Solar, LLCHawaii Island (Waikoloa)AES Waikoloa Solar, LLCSolar + BESS30 MW, 120 MWh (BESS)20210.8
AES West Oahu Solar, LLCOahu (West Oahu)AES West Oahu Solar, LLCSolar + BESS12.5 MW, 50 MWh (BESS)20210.4
Hoohana Solar 1, LLCOahu (Kunia)Hanwha Energy USA Holdings Corp (174 Power Global)Solar + BESS52 MW, 208 MWh (BESS)20211.4
Mililani I Solar, LLCOahu (Mililani)Mililani I Solar, LLC (Clearway)Solar + BESS39 MW, 156 MWh (BESS)20211.2
Waiawa Solar Power LLCOahu (Waiawa)Waiawa Solar Power LLC (Clearway)Solar + BESS36 MW, 144 MWh (BESS)20211.2
Hale Kuawehi Solar LLCHawaii Island (Waimea)Hale Kuawehi Solar LLC (Innergex)Solar + BESS30 MW, 120 MWh (BESS)20220.8

Proposed, Awaiting Approval

NameIslandDeveloperTechSizeEstimated CompletionRPS % Points Contribution
Hu HonuaHawaii Island (Pepeekeo)Hu HonuaBiomass21.5 MW20201.6
Paeahu Solar LLCMaui (Wailea)Paeahu Solar LLC (Innergex)Solar + BESS15 MW, 60 MWh (BESS)20220.5
Puna Geothermal VentureHawaii Island (Puna)Ormat Technologies Inc.Geothermal46 MW2022~4.0

Out of Service

NameIslandOwnerTechSizeEstimated Return to Service
Waiau HydroHawaii Island (Hilo)Hawaiian ElectricHydro1 MWTBD

BESS = Battery Energy Storage System

Dates are subject to change based on the results of interconnection requirement studies and impacts due to unforeseen circumstances, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Macadamia Market is Projected to Grow

The global macadamia market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% during the forecast period (2020-2025). The market is growing at a faster pace with the growing importance of healthy eating and consumers are more frequently choosing nuts as a healthy snack option and incorporating them into their daily diets.

In addition, organic macadamia is also gaining popularity with increasing demand coming majorly from the European countries. The wide application of processed macadamia in different industrial segments, such as the food and beverage industry, and cosmetics and personal care industry, is also augmenting the growth of these nuts in the global market. 

Australia, Hawaii in the United States, and South Africa are the largest macadamia production regions in the world. Few other growing regions include Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

Read the full report here.

Key Market Trends

Increase in Government Initiatives Supporting Macadamia Production And Trade

As a commodity witnessing rising demand, globally, along with the shortage of supply in the global market, leading to discrepancies in the demand-supply situation of the commodity, there is a dire need for investments in the industry and contributions from government organizations, which, in turn, may act as a growth catalyst for the development of the market.

For instance, the Australian Macadamia Society, a government horticulture organization, with the macadamia levy fund, has successfully developed ‘Mactrix’ to control macadamia nut-borer that allowed the macadamia industry to have one of the highest rates of adoption of Integrated Pest Management. They have also published their research works, grower meetings, and conferences in order to spread the message to increase the adoption of the latest and best-practice methods for the cultivation of macadamia.

Hawaii Macadamia Nut Association has also researched on topics, such as nutrient management and leaf sampling, integrated pest management, orchard floor, and canopy management, micronutrient management, and many more. One such project was on fertilizing macadamia, which included all the critical factors affecting fertilizing, important soils in macadamia nuts, determining Nutrient Status, soil analysis, tissue concentration for bearing macadamia nut, and other factors.

Also, the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association, a South African association, in 2019, worked on projects, such as Phytophthora control, pruning, thrip/mite control, stink bug scouting techniques/chemicals, pollination/beehive requirements, cultivar research, nut borer management and control, cultivar breeding, reducing November nut drop, sting bug control average rating, etc.

Australia to be the Fastest Growing Market for Macadamias

The production of macadamia in Australia was at 14,800 metric tons in 2018. The Australian macadamia crop has grown steadily since 2015, driven largely by sustained investment in productivity improvements. therefore, doubling the export tree nuts since 2013. The expansion has been recorded in 2018 across all growing regions, including relatively newer areas such as Emerald north of Bundaberg and Yamba south of Ballina which has fueled the growth of production of macadamia nuts in the country.

According to the Australian Macadamia Society, currently the industry has about 6 million trees covering an area of 16,000 hectares varying in tree ages, with approximately 850 macadamia growers which supports the production of macadamia nuts in Australia.

According to Australian Macadamia Society, the country has approximately 70% of the world macadamia production is and it has also been involved in the trade of the crop by exporting to more than 40 countries, worldwide. The changing consumer preferences towards nutritious diets coupled with the growing importance of macadamia nut in the international markets is likely to drive the market for macadamias in the domestic market.

Sign Code Variance Changes Go Into Effect This Week

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works (DPW) Building Division announces that starting this week a new sign variance process goes into effect. Signs that do not meet Chapter 3, Sign Code, and require a variance will first be considered by the Director of Public Works for approval. To download the new Sign Code Variance application, go online.

The changes to the sign variance process are intended to reduce the costs and time for applicants, as well as provide a method of appeal for variances through the Board of Appeals (BOA). 

Instead of having to take action through the County Council, a sign variance that exceeds the limitations of Chapter 3 will now be reviewed by the Director of Public Works. Should the variance application be denied, the process now directs applicants to the Board of Appeals. The public will also have an opportunity to provide feedback through a notification prior to review and determination. 

For questions or concerns contact the Department of Public Works Building Division by phone at (808) 961-8331 or email cohbuild@hawaiicounty.gov.

Businesses Team Up to Cover Food & Medicine Expenses for Families Impacted by COVID-19

Local businesses MANAOLA, Honua Consulting, and American Savings Bank have teamed up to donate relief funds to Hawai‘i families impacted by COVID-19. The funding will pay for household goods, groceries, and prescription medicines – additional resources which are not always covered by relief programs. The funds will be donated to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) and distributed through the nonprofit’s Kahiau and Ho‘āla Programs immediately.

“We have been blessed all these years to have the unwavering support of our community,” said MANAOLA Owner and Designer Manaola Yap. “This was our opportunity to return that support and we are overjoyed to do so.” MANAOLA is one of the biggest names in Hawai‘i fashion, with their collections receiving high praise from around the world. Both stores, one in Ala Moana and one in Pearlridge, have been closed since March due to COVID. Nonetheless, Yap, who three years ago became the first Native Hawaiian designer invited to show his collection during New York’s fashion week, recognized the opportunity for Hawaiian businesses to help the community.

Honua Consulting Owner Trisha Kehaulani Watson, whose son suffers from chronic asthma and whose niece suffers from cerebral palsy, jumped at the opportunity to join MANAOLA in their effort. “I have been deeply worried about our many local ‘ohana with family members who need regular prescription medication. Families should never have to choose between buying food or buying the medicine they need to survive. We hope to ease that financial strain,” said Watson. Honua Consulting, first founded in 2014, is the largest Hawaiian owned cultural resource management company in Hawai‘i.

Upon hearing of the effort, American Savings Bank joined in, matching the donations from the other companies. “Since the start of this crisis, American Savings Bank has mobilized every resource available to support Hawai‘i’s businesses and families,” said Beth Whitehead, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of American Savings Bank. “We are honored to be a part of this effort and hope that it will help those facing financial hardship in our community.”

CNHA CEO Kuhio Lewis noted, “This funding will go a long way to help our families. The funds we are currently managing do not necessarily cover these expenses, so this support will fill critical needs and gaps in existing support.” More than 2,000 families applied for support in the first week CNHA’s emergency relief program opened earlier this year. These supplemental funds will go to new or current applicants who need additional support or have not yet received support.

Households interested in applying for the support should email kahiau@hawaiiancouncil.org.

Class Action Filed Against Carnival & Princess Cruise Lines Alleging Extreme Negligence on Ship Bound for Hawaii

A class action lawsuit filed on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Los Angeles Federal Court against Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines demonstrates how these companies helped spread the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 60 individuals who were passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship filed the lawsuit alleging gross negligence in the handling of passenger health and safety during the coronavirus outbreak.

More than 60 individuals who were passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship filed the lawsuit

The complaint alleges the Cruise lines and staff did not take proper precaution in cleaning or sanitizing the ship in-between voyages and did nothing  to properly screen or test existing or new passengers aboard the ship that was bound for Hawaii. 

Carnival and Princess are also accused of failing to notify passengers of the potential dangers on board the ship. The cruise lines were aware that passengers on the prior trip reported COVID-19 symptoms and they never made the new passengers aware of this fact.

“Princess put profits before people, plain and simple,” said co-counsel Mary Alexander of Mary Alexander & Associates. “At every turn, these cruise lines misinformed, misled, mistreated or put passengers in harm’s way.” 

The complaint specifically notes two passengers who contracted the coronavirus as the direct result of the cruise lines’ lack of proper care. Nancy Alvis became infected while on-board the Grand Princess and when she sought medical help, the staff gave her ibuprofen and sent her back to her cabin. Pamela Giusti also became infected, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and treated in an intensive care unit at Kaiser Permanent Medical Center. These are two of numerous people who were exposed to and/or contracted the virus while on the Grand Princess.

“This appalling response by Carnival and Princess is defined by a callous disregard for passenger well-being,” said co-counsel Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. “They were more interested in packing in new passengers in order to continue operations than they were in thinking about the safety of those passengers.”

Among the other allegations made in the complaint are:

  • On February 25, while the Grand Princess was on its way to Hawaii, Carnival and Princess sent emails to passengers who had disembarked from the San Francisco-to-Mexico trip on February 21 alerting them that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 during that trip. However, no such notice was provided to passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess at that time. 
  • The passengers aboard the Grand Princess were not made aware until March 4 that there were COVID-19 infected passengers on the previous voyage. They were then told they would no longer be traveling to Mexico as originally planned but headed instead to San Francisco. 
  • An advisory alert was sent to passengers that a “small cluster of COVID-19 cases in Northern California connected to” the Grand Princess’ Mexico trip, and informed passengers of their potential exposure to the virus.

The complaint alleges that had the passengers been properly alerted to the potential dangers on-board the Gran Princess they Plaintiffs would not have sailed on the February 21, 2020, roundtrip voyage to Hawaii.

The case is Robert Archer et al. v. Carnival Corp., Princess Cruise Lines, United States District Court, Central District of California, Case No. 2:20-cv-04203-RGK-SK.

Click here to read the court docket.