The U.S. Navy has successfully drained 99.5% of the 104 million gallons of fuel from the Red Hill Storage Tanks as of November 17, 2023. The remaining fuel from the tanks will be removed during phase two of the operation.
Governor Josh Green announced a $150 million fund to help compensate family members of the 99 people killed in the Maui wildfires and to those survivors that have been severely injured. Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), the state of Hawaii, Maui County, and Kamehameha schools have contributed to the fund. Each family is projected to receive $1.5 million if they agree to release the parties from liability stemming from the fires. The program is voluntary, and families can opt to continue their lawsuits if they would rather seek higher claims from the defendants. The state projects participants receiving initial payments between April and June 2024.
Hawaii Humane Society on Oahu has requested help in either adopting a pet or allowing an adoptable pet, crash your couch for two weeks if you are not ready to adopt. The Oahu campuses in Moiliili and Kapolei have been overcrowded since October 2022. For more information, visit hawaiianhumane.org.
The state Department of Agriculture has filed suit against five “bad actor” nurseries that, according to the suit, continue to ship plants known to be infected with fire ants or the coconut rhinoceros beetle. State lawmakers have pressed the department to release the names so that other nurseries are not financially harmed by the issue.
A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the City and County of Honolulu by Friends of the Haiku Stairs to block removal of the stairs popularly known as “The Stairway to Heaven.” The city has approved a contract worth $2.26 million to remove and dispose of the stairs. The city has not announced a start date.
The University of Hawaii (UH) Rainbow Wahine volleyball team lost in the second round to the second seeded Oregon Ducks finishing with a 24-9 record. UH played in its 30th straight NCAA tournament and has made it to the second round three of the six years under coach Robyn Ah Mow.
A renovated Genki Sushi restaurant in Ewa Beach has replaced its system of delivering sushi to customers using conveyer belts to sushi delivering robots. The robots don’t currently take orders and simply deliver sushi and help buss tables. The robots are a hit with kids and Genki’s employees are still working out how to make the best use of their machine teammates.
Amazon is finishing up a three-story, 595,000 square foot warehouse after two years of construction on Sand Island. The facility will have solar power and infrastructure to charge electric delivery vehicles. Amazon plans to warehouse frequently ordered items to improve delivery times.