Monday, October 31, 2022

Hawaii tries to balance public access and safety, two vacancies on state Supreme Court, most elementary schools test positive for lead, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii’s public offices are not so public. Visiting state government offices can be hard these days in Hawaii, where security guards, discouraging signs, locked doors and cordoned-off public parking are impeding access to services and information. Star-Advertiser.

‘We are not immune’: Pelosi attack prompts talk of political violence in Hawaii.
Hawaii political leaders and experts say we are not immune to the rhetoric that can lead to violence. Hawaii News Now.

Majority of Hawaii elementary schools test positive for lead in drinking water. Three-quarters of Hawaii’s public elementary schools have tested positive for high lead levels in at least one sink or drinking water fountain, according to extensive testing recently completed by state health officials as part of a nationwide push to reduce childhood exposure to the heavy metal that can cause permanent developmental disabilities. Star-Advertiser.

Another Vacancy Posted For Hawaii Supreme Court.
Associate Justice Paula Nakayama turns 70 next October, the age by which all Hawaii judges and justices must step down. Earlier this month the Judicial Selection Commission announced another vacancy on the high court. Associate Justice Michael Wilson turns 70 in April. Civil Beat.

Report: State law successfully limited evictions during COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report by the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, the vast majority of the mediation sessions that stemmed from the law ended with the tenants remaining in their homes. Tribune-Herald.

Public is invited to give feedback on University of Hawaii tuition hikes. University of Hawaii students, parents, faculty and staff, and the public, are invited to five public meetings to provide feedback on a proposed tuition schedule for 2023 to 2027. Star-Advertiser. Kauai Now.

University of Hawaiʻi project aims to address wage disparity in early education. Low wages are the biggest contributor to the state's early educator shortage. That shortage means fewer children can go to preschool. Hawaii Public Radio.

Respiratory viruses pose triple threat in Hawaii. Health care workers are bracing for a triple threat ahead of winter: with the beginning of flu season, rising cases of respiratory syncytial virus and continuation of COVID-19. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.


Report details strategies for receding beaches and the threat of sea level rise. A report released this week by a community working group lays out the growing catastrophe Oahu’s North Shore will face in the coming decades amid accelerated sea level rise, while providing a framework for policymakers to devise immediate and incremental strategies for adapting to environmental realities. Star-Advertiser.

Charter change aims to diversify Planning Commission. Oahu voters now have the chance to decide whether to amend the Honolulu City Charter to require that four of the nine members of the Planning Commission have certain expertise requirements. Star-Advertiser.

Private Security Will Handle Patrols Along Honolulu’s Future Rail Line. The model for how to handle transit security varies from place to place. Honolulu considered using HPD but went a different route. Civil Beat.

Windward community at odds over popular beach park overnight stays. Unlike many beach parks on O’ahu that have limited hours of public access, Kailua Beach Park is open 24/7, except for its parking lot that closes at 10 p.m. Hawaii News Now.

Bill to extend areas for short term rentals in Ko'olina area. Rand Eastwood, property management owner in Ko’olina said this is where the demand is in the vacation industry especially after the city removed 10,000 unpermitted vacation units. KITV4.

Here’s What Happened When Lawyers For A Condo Association Tried To Collect Their Fees. Porter McGuire Kiakona now faces $475,000 in damages for violating debt collection laws in a case that started with a $150 fine against a dog owner. Civil Beat.

Crying Fowl In Downtown Honolulu: ‘Chickens Are Wandering Around Like They Own The Place’. Crowing roosters and squawking chickens are invading urban Honolulu, leaving residents sleepless, exhausted and angry. Civil Beat.

Fishpond predators astonish University of Hawaii researchers.
UH scientists conducted a study on fish caught at Heeia Fishpond in Kaneohe. The information was published last month in the journal Aquaculture, Fish and Fisheries. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

TAT sweetens county budget. Hawaii County’s new tax on hotels and short-term rentals helped sweeten county coffers to an extent unseen in previous years. West Hawaii Today.

Council to consider exemptions for Waikoloa affordable housing project.
Developers of the proposed Hoomalu at Waikoloa affordable housing project are asking the county to exempt them from three development requirements as a way to help keep the units affordable. West Hawaii Today.

Mortar round, grenades cleared from Waimea area during ordnance search. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found eight hand grenades and a mortar round in and near Waimea this year while clearing unexploded ordnance from the former Waikoloa Maneuver Area. Tribune-Herald.

'High tensions’ at Hilo jail because of lack of services, overcrowding. Weeks after a scathing report was released about conditions at the Hawaii County Correctional Center, some improvements have been made. Hawaii News Now.

What is the mysterious bright light off Hiloʻs east coast? The bright lights belong to the Norseman II, a former fishing boat that is now a survey vessel. It is carrying field scientists from Region 9 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who are conducting monitoring work in a study area that includes an ocean dredged material disposal site several miles offshore of the Hilo coast, according to oceanographer Allan Ota. Kauai Now.


Hotel moratorium close to ending. Maui County Council members are one step away from ending the temporary visitor lodging moratorium, but are also seeking to keep the cap on transient vacation rentals at existing levels. Maui News.

Axis deer management is topic of Monday’s council committee meeting. The Infrastructure and Transportation Committee will meet Monday at 9 a.m. to discuss potential solutions and updates regarding axis deer management in Maui County. Maui Now.

Community budget meetings on Lānaʻi and in Lahaina. The last community budget meetings for Fiscal Year 2024, hosted by Mayor Michael Victorino and his administration, are set for Lānaʻi at the Hale Kupuna O’Lānaʻi, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, starting at 3:30 p.m., and at the Lahaina West Maui Kaunoa Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 3, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Maui Now.

Riot, COVID prompt changes at jail facility in Wailuku. During a media tour of the jail Thursday, Major Manny Labasan and acting Warden Liane Endo discussed changes prompted by the March 11, 2019, riot as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. Maui News.

Maui labor market crisis directly tied to housing . Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, said that as of 2017, Maui was 14,000 housing units behind meeting the island’s rental housing needs. Hawaii Public Radio.

1,600 people attend Maui County Senior Fair. The first in-person Maui County Senior Fair since 2019 on Saturday, Oct. 29, drew about 1,600 people to the War Memorial Gym, where they ate local food, met candidates for office, listened to George Kahumoku Jr. and got their flu and COVID-19 boosters. Maui Now.


Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first, state-sanctioned tour since the onset of the pandemic, jail representatives Friday led The Garden Island through the facility, which now features an remodeled parking lot and front office, 42 new security cameras and a new sallyport for prisoner intake. Garden Island.

DOW wins national water award. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the county Department of Water with a 2022 WaterSense Excellence Award for their dedication to helping consumers and businesses save water through conservation awareness and educational outreach. Garden Island.

Credit union acquires Otsuka Building. A deeply rooted financial institution plans on expanding its presence on the island following the purchase of a historic building in north Kapa‘a. Garden Island.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Hawaii Island residents advised to pack 'go bag' as volcano rumbles, red light cameras catch drivers, Maui deputy police chief quits, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands


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Big Island residents advised to pack ‘go’ bag as Mauna Loa rumbles. Hawaii officials are warning residents of the Big Island that the world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, is sending signals that it might erupt. Experts say it would take just a few hours for lava to reach homes closest to vents on the volcano, which last erupted in 1984. Associated Press. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. Big Island Video News.

Mail-in voting still presents obstacles for people with disabilities. The Statewide Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee began meeting earlier this year to make sure everybody in this group has the opportunity to vote. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaiʻi IT Scores A- In 2022 Digital States Survey. Hawaiʻi ranks among the top performing states with an overall grade of A- in the Center for Digital Government’s 2022 Digital States Survey. Big Island Video News.

Hawaii students outpace most of U.S. in pandemic test scores, study finds. While the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt public-school reading test scores in almost all other states, Hawaii was one of only two states where the reading scores for grades 3 through 8 have stayed relatively stable, according to a new independent analysis called the Education Recovery Scorecard. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Schools Are Struggling To Help English Learners Recover From Pandemic Setbacks. Distance learning had an outsized effect on students learning English. The DOE hopes more qualified teachers will turn things around. Civil Beat.

Fishing For Likes: Has Social Media Affected Ulua Fish Stock In Hawaii? Some experts say giant trevally, a culturally and ecologically important fish, has declined as its popularity has soared online, but better data is needed. Civil Beat.


Rail utility work along Dillingham Boulevard to last over 3 years. A three-year slog up and down Dillingham Boulevard with round-the-clock construction taking up one side of the major thoroughfare between Kalihi and Iwilei is set to begin in November. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Red light cameras catch 126 drivers, warnings issued. The state says 126 drivers have been caught on camera going through a red light. For now, those drivers are only getting a warning. Fines will be handed out next month, and a second camera will be installed by then also. KHON2.

Board of Land and Natural Resources repeals permit rules for Waikiki surf instructors, others. The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Thursday to repeal administrative rules requiring surf instructors, outrigger canoe captains and other people who operate commercially in Waikiki waters to obtain a state permit certifying their qualifications, despite objections from some longtime operators who said it would threaten the traditions and legacy of the Waikiki beachboys. Star-Advertiser.

Attorney for alleged Russian spy in Hawaii withdraws following ‘breakdown’ in relationship. Walter Primrose and his wife Gwynn Morrison are accused of stealing the identities of dead babies from Texas in the 1980s. They also were found keeping military maps, coded messages, and kits for invisible ink in their home. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu’s only public shooting range closed indefinitely as probe into possible lead contamination begins. The city has no timeline for when Oahu’s only public shooting range will reopen as an investigation into elevated lead levels in the majority of workers at the facility begins. Hawaii News Now.

HNL airport: Mauka concourse restaurant plans rejected. The mauka concourse at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport opened to travelers more than a year ago, but the new facility is noticeably missing places to eat as the building permit application for a restaurant was recently rejected. KHON2.

KCC receives $1.29M grant for community health worker training. The grant is part of an $11.3 million award to the UH system from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Island

Proposed rules would curtail manta viewing. The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation has developed a proposed series of rules that would limit the number and activities of permitted commercial manta ray viewing operators in order to mitigate overcrowding, environmental impacts and safety concerns. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Maui Now.

Fixes unveiled for Waipio road: Three-year effort would be done in phases. A three-year Hawaii County plan to fully reopen Waipio Valley Road by mitigating its safety hazards was met with little opposition Wednesday. Tribune-Herald.

Aging, overcrowded Hilo correctional center getting some help, but more is needed. Cramped, cluttered and under construction. That’s the current situation at Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center in Hilo. Big Island Now.

Hawaii Island residents who lost their homes to Kilauea eruption receive buyout checks
. Hawaii Island property owners who lost their homes in the 2018 Kilauea eruption are finally receiving their buyout checks from the county. Hawaii News Now.


After just 10 months on the job, Deputy Police Chief Hank retires; Maui’s Wade Maeda promoted. Maui Police Chief John Pelletier selected Hank as his second in command prior to being sworn in last December. Maui Now.

3 years after riot, an inside look into what’s changed at Maui Correctional Center. More than three years after a jailhouse riot caused more than $5 million at Maui Community Correctional Center, the media got an inside look at all the changes. Hawaii News Now.

$8.29 M awarded to Pacific islands region projects
. Five funded projects to benefit Maui, Molokai conservation. Maui News.


Former JROTC instructor sentenced behind bars for child porn. A former JROTC instructor has been sentenced 14 years in prison for sexually exploiting a student, said the U.S. District Court on Friday. Victor Aguilar, 66, of Kauai pleaded guilty to child pornography offenses in May. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Kaua‘i tourism numbers surge in September. A post-pandemic bounceback appears to be in full swing on the island of Kaua‘i, as evidenced by strong gains in visitor numbers and tourism spending last month. Garden Island.

Inaugural Operation Rising Star golf tournament on Dec. 18 at Hōkūala on Kauaʻi. Hōkūala will host the inaugural Operation Rising Star golf tournament at its award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Ocean Course on Dec. 18 with the proceeds going to Folds of Honor scholarship recipients in Hawaiʻi. Kauai Now.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Hawaii big recipient of military money, Honolulu police cleared in fatal shooting of 16-year-old, Oahu electric rates dip, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Annual Hawaii military spending hits $7.9 billion. Overall, the military spent $7.9 billion in the islands during the 2021 fiscal year, making up 8.3% of Hawaii’s gross domestic product — an increase from 7.7% in 2019. That makes it No. 2 in terms of how significant military spending is to a state’s overall economy, behind only Virginia. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Standards Commission Moves To Tighten Ethics Rules For Lawmakers And Lobbyists. New proposals regarding government ethics and conflicts of interest will be taken up by the Legislature in the wake of corruption scandals involving former lawmakers. Civil Beat.

Department of Interior to host virtual meeting with Native Hawaiian community. The U.S. Department of the Interior will host its first formal consultation meeting with the Native Hawaiian community on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. HST. Tribune-Herald.

Outdated staffing analysis leads to problems at jails and prisons, state audit finds. The state is not collecting the data necessary to determine how many Adult Correctional Officers, or ACOs, are needed to safely operate a jail or prison, according to a state audit. Hawaii Pubic Radio.

Judge: Prison Officials Must Release Names Of Inmates Who Die In Custody. A Hawaii Circuit Court judge on Tuesday ruled the state Department of Public Safety must release the names of prison and jail inmates who die in state custody, an order that moves the department a step closer to the longstanding policies of other states. Civil Beat.

$4.9 Million To Hawaiʻi For EPA Clean School Bus Program. The grant will help Hawaii purchase 25 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities. Big Island Video News.

Mark Takai's congressional papers available to the public. Former U.S. Rep. Mark Takai’s collection of papers has been made available to the public at his alma mater, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Hawaii Public Radio.

More immune-evasive variants have landed on Hawaii shores. Health experts are concerned not only because of their increased ability to get around immunity from vaccination and previous infections, but their ability to evade existing treatments. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Health officials report 1,327 new COVID-19 infections, 2 coronavirus-related deaths. The state’s average positivity rate also increased to 6.2% compared with 5.8% reported the previous week. Star-Advertiser.


Judge allows family of man shot by police to pursue legal claims that HPD lacked training. U.S. District Judge Jill Otake ruled that the family of Kyle Thomas can pursue claims against the city and the HPD that plainclothes officers lacked training when they surrounded his car in a residential neighborhood and shot him. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu officers cleared of internal violations in fatal shooting of 16-year-old. The three Honolulu police officers who fatally shot teen robbery suspect Iremamber Sykap last year won’t face discipline from the department. Hawaii News Now.

After dodging questions, city confirms several workers at shooting range have elevated lead levels. The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health officials launched an investigation Wednesday after reports workers had been exposed to lead at Koko Head Shooting Complex. Sources confirm more than half of the range’s 12 staff members have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu electric rates dip in October after a rise in September fueled by a coal plant shutdown. On Oahu there was a 1.4% price dip, which for a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatt-­hours of electricity amounts to a savings of $3.27 on a $233.52 bill, compared with $236.79 in September. Star-Advertiser.

North Shore House Race Emphasizes Local Fixes For The Area’s Problems. Since narrowly winning the House seat for the North Shore and Koolauloa in 2016, Democratic Rep. Sean Quinlan has faced a variety of challengers. His latest is the creator of the popular Instagram account @meanhawaii, Mark Talaeai. Civil Beat.

Council District 8 candidates focus on economic growth. The City Council District 8 race in the Nov. 8 general election pits former Council member Ron Menor against the Republican minority leader in the state House of Representatives, Val Okimoto. Star-Advertiser.

Ala Wai street project gets favorable reaction, but concerns about traffic persist. Ala Wai Boulevard is a very busy thoroughfare where motor vehicles have had priority. But the city wants to shift that priority more toward bicyclists and pedestrians. Hawaii News Now.

Federal grant with private match to bolster new Honolulu container terminal project. A new state-owned ocean cargo container terminal being built at Honolulu Harbor is slated to receive extra bells and whistles valued at $139 million thanks to a federal grant requiring private matching funds. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

County seeks federal grant to build recycling program. Hawaii County is hoping to secure part of a $275 million federal recycling grant to pull the island out of its solid waste slump. A recent survey discovered what county officials suspected: recycling facilities and collection systems are inadequate, there’s insufficient end markets and shortages of staff. Policies need to be redefined and strengthened and impacts of the system are most felt by rural and low-income communities. West Hawaii Today.

EPIC building permit system to get upgrade. The county Department of Public Works Building Division and the Planning Department will install a system upgrade to the Electronic Processing and Information Center, or EPIC, system from 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 until 8 a.m. Oct. 31. During this time, EPIC will not accept new permits, payments or allow any document to be uploaded. Big Island Now.

$234K to protect native cloud forest on Kohala Mountain. In a move to protect essential fresh water resources, manage non-native feral pigs and promote native forest regeneration, The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, in partnership with The Kohala Center received a $234,000 grant to carry out its ambitious four-year environmental protection initiative. KHON2.

Hapuna to remain closed through early November. The closure of the two sites at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area follows a waterline break on Oct. 8 that left no water source for restrooms, showers and other facilities at the beach park and A-frame cabins. West Hawaii Today.


Community budget meetings to be held. Each community meeting will begin with an overview of the current budget, followed by various departments recapping updates. Maui News.

Residents worry about safety and hygiene as Maui North Shore homeless encampment grows. More homeless camps are popping up along a country road on Maui’s North Shore. Tarps, tires, cars, and trash — everything is multiplying on Holomua Road in Paia. Hawaii News Now.

Family claims land for affordable housing is theirs. Although notices to vacate and trespassing citations were issued last week, a Native Hawaiian group in Waiehu feels that an undeveloped property slated for a 100 percent affordable housing project is rightfully theirs. Maui News.

Maui outdoor lighting ordinance victory for seabirds, turtles. In a victory for seabirds and turtles, Maui approved an ordinance regulating the amount of blue light that outdoor lighting fixtures can emit on the island.  Maui Now.


Candidates speak on housing at the Kaua‘i Realtors forum. With soaring rents making life on the island less and less affordable, housing is the number one issue for many voters this election season. Garden Island.

Blessing held for $3 million Hanapēpē Park Improvements Project. The improvements will include a new multi-use building containing a ticket booth, prep kitchen and a concession area. Additional restrooms are also part of the project. Kauai Now.

Hanapēpē Swinging Bridge to close Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 for repairs. The Hanapēpē Swinging Bridge will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 2 on Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, weather permitting, according to the Kauaʻi Department of Public Works. Kauai Now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

HECO seeks to install 30 EV chargers, nonprofits await $50M in late state grants, election doubters stake out ballot drop boxes, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands


Pilot program aims to increase EV chargers. A pilot program by Hawaiian Electric will subsidize electric vehicle chargers throughout the state in an effort to improve charging infrastructure. Hawaiian Electric is accepting applications for its new three-year Charge Up Commercial pilot program, which has a goal of establishing up to 30 new electric vehicle charging sites on the Big Island, Maui and O‘ahu. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Maui Now. KHON2.

Hawaii’s Nonprofits Are Still Waiting For Millions Of Dollars In Needed Grants. The Legislature changed the Grant-In-Aid process this year and that’s keeping money from getting to the organizations that need it. Nearly $50 million in state grant funds isn’t getting to nonprofits that need them to run programs because of bureaucratic holdups and missing language from the state’s budget bill. Civil Beat.

In-person voting begins as election doubters organize to stake out drop boxes. A group called “Audit the Vote Hawaii” is organizing election doubters to stake out ballot drop boxes. Hawaii News Now.

Volunteers vouch for Hawaii’s election security. Veteran election volunteers insist they’ve never seen any impropriety in the way ballots are handled at the state Capitol, several volunteers told the Honolulu Star-­Advertiser on Tuesday, the first full day that ballots were counted and processed ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii early childhood education needs upgrade. A new report indicates that pay and conditions for Hawaii’s early childhood educators must be improved dramatically in order to attract and retain enough added workers just to resolve the severe current shortage, not to mention expand preschool access to all 3- and 4-year-olds by 2032 to fulfill the state Legislature’s directive. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai’i getting fewer visitors, but more revenue.
While hotels are still not as full as they used to be, properties are making more money. Hotel revenue is way up compared to numbers from 2019. KHON2.

Hawaiian Airlines loses $9.3 million amid Japan visitor lag. A continued lag in visitors from Japan to Hawaii and a protracted interisland fare war with competitor Southwest Airlines were among the headwinds that Hawaiian Holdings Inc., the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, faced before reporting a third-quarter loss. Star-Advertiser.

Amazon Will Use Hawaiian Airlines To Operate Cargo Planes. Hawaiian said it issued warrants that Amazon can exercise over the next nine years and acquire up to 15% of Hawaiian stock. Civil Beat.

Omicron variants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 and XBB.1 detected in Hawaii. New omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, more immune-evasive strains that have driven COVID cases up in parts of Europe, are now present in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.


All eyes on Navy as first phase of massive Red Hill defueling effort kicks off. New video from U.S. Pacific Command showed the massive above ground tanks at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, which can hold more than 5 million gallons of fuel, along with military members working inside the Red Hill tunnels. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Critics: State didn’t do enough to protect 2 young kids from horrific alleged abuse at foster home. Child welfare advocates are criticizing the state over the alleged sex assaults of two young girls at a foster home over a six-year period. The victims were 6 and 8 years old when the alleged abuse started. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Semisub owners charged with fraud. A couple that founded the Hawaii-based Semisub company has been charged with securities fraud, a felony, for misspending a good part of $28 million raised from investors, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

The Miske Files: Feds Say Phony Documents Built A Well-Known Pest Control Company Out Of Thin Air. Newly unsealed documents show the federal prosecutor’s story of how a then 26-year-old convicted felon created an $8 million enterprise. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Island

Tackling government inefficiencies: Cost of Government Commission makes recommendations. Streamlining the building permit process, cracking down on unpermitted structures, renegotiating the county’s composting contract, exploring public-private partnerships for wastewater processing and beefing up the Information Technology Department are the top recommendations of the Cost of Government Commission. West Hawaii Today.


How The Candidates For Maui Mayor Would Shape Food Security And Agriculture. Boosting availability of affordable local food and combating invasive species are top issues for Michael Victorino and Richard Bissen. Civil Beat.

First-time council candidate challenges political veteran. In the race for the Maui County Council’s Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency seat, incumbent Alice Lee will face off against challenger and first-time candidate Noelani Ahia. Maui News.

New public-private partnership on Maui provides hope for affordable homes, but raises questions of fairness. A budget amendment that provides an $18 million appropriation to the Pulelehua affordable housing project in West Maui was approved unanimously by members of the Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday in an 8-0 vote, with one member excused. Maui Now.

Maui County law to require animal-friendly lighting. Maui Mayor Michael Victorino has signed a bill into law that will require many businesses and residents to change their outdoor lighting fixtures to reduce the kind of blue light, or shortwave light, known to result in injury and death to seabirds and sea turtles. Star-Advertiser.


Improvements coming to Hanapepe Stadium. As part of the improvements, the existing food booth will be replaced by a new combined-use building containing a ticket booth, prep kitchen and concession area. Additional restrooms will also be a part of the project. Garden Island.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

In-person voting begins today, Navy to start draining Red Hill tanks, health experts urge bivalent COVID booster, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Voter service centers to open for in-person voting Tuesday. Hawaiʻi voters should have received their mail in ballots last week. For those who prefer to vote in-person, voter service centers open Tuesday, Oct. 25. Hawaii Public Radio.

Ranked choice elections coming to Hawaii. Although the process will not be used in this year’s general election here at home, starting next year when Hawai’i has a special federal election or special election of vacant county council seats the process will be used. KHON2.

Bank of Hawaii posts strong loan growth, but profit falls. Bank of Hawaii posts strong loan growth, but profit falls. Bank of Hawaii Corp. showed strong loan growth in the third quarter but saw its stock price tumble to a 52-week low Monday after reporting a 14.9% decline in net income primarily due to some one-time items. Star-Advertiser.

With fentanyl driving up Hawaii overdoses, drug agents are urging caution for trick-or-treaters. Hawaii drug agents are urging extra caution this Halloween, advising trick-or-treaters (and their parents) to only accept candy from trusted family and friends. Hawaii News Now.

Expert: Protection from early COVID vaccines ‘pretty much totally gone’. As new COVID-19 variants spread throughout the community, protection from previous infections and prior vaccinations is waning. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii health officials urge kupuna to get bivalent boosters as soon as possible. For some kupuna, getting the updated bivalent booster for COVID-19 was top priority once it became available over Labor Day weekend in Hawaii. For others there seems to be no particular rush. Star-Advertiser.


‘Unpacking’ of Red Hill fuel pipelines begins today. Joint Task Force Red Hill, the military group tasked with draining the tanks at the Navy’s underground fuel storage facility, is slated today to begin “unpacking” 1 million gallons from pipelines that connect the tanks to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

OCCC is obsolete and overcrowded. What’s next for this jail is up for debate. Between calls for tougher treatment of criminals and movements for bail and prison reform, Oahu Community Correctional Center remains in limbo. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Proposed City Council resolution looking to improve officer retention and police coverage. A new resolution is making its way through Honolulu City Council as concerns mount about police coverage on the West Side of Oahu. But it may have far reaching affects going well beyond that area. KITV4.

Politics Afoot? A Long-Sought Civic Center In Wahiawa Has Been Stalled For Nearly A Year. Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz’s signature project for Wahiawa has been on Gov. David Ige’s desk since January. Ige’s not saying why he won’t sign off. Civil Beat.

Few short-term rental owners register upon launch. The mad rush for short-term rental owners in resort districts to register under the city’s new short-term rental law, Ordinance 22-7 (Bill 41), didn’t happen Monday, the first day that the city made the online process available. Star-Advertiser.

City moves forward with project to install ‘bus only’ lanes on busy Waikiki thoroughfare. The city says the new street plan for Kuhio Avenue is designed to make the road safer, but residents believe it will do the exact opposite. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

State high court to determine burden of proof in Maunakea rules case. A legal challenge against the University of Hawaii’s rules for managing Maunakea cannot proceed until the Hawaii Supreme Court settles a question of legal procedure. Tribune-Herald.

SHOPO: Detectives, officers put investigations on hold to provide security at 2-day Ironman event. The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers says it’s investigating how security was handled for the IRONMAN World Championship event in Kona earlier this month. Hawaii News Now.

Plans Detail New Hilo Medical Center Building. Hilo Medical Center is proposing a new 2-story, 18,750 square foot Medical Office Building, which would occupy space on its existing campus on Waianuenue Avenue. Big Island Video News.

County to unveil repair plans for dangerous Waipiʻo Valley Road at public meeting Oct. 26. Over the past year, the narrow, steep Waipiʻo Valley Road has been the focus of a geotechnical engineering evaluation, an emergency closure, a lawsuit, a partial reversal of the emergency closure, community meetings and protests. Big Island Now.

Unexploded ordnance meeting slated today in Waikoloa.
Members of the public are invited to a meeting today to learn about efforts to remove unexploded military ordnance from the former Waikoloa Maneuver Area. West Hawaii Today.


Charter Question Recommends Reforms For Maui Boards And Commissions. The ballot measure features a series of questions about the recruitment process for county boards and commissions, as well as some staff positions. Civil Beat.

Applicants sought for Maui County Boards and Commissions. Applicants are being sought from residents willing to provide public service on various Maui County boards, commissions, councils and committees. Citizen volunteer responsibilities include attending meetings, receiving public testimony, and reviewing policies and standards. Maui Now.

Maui affordable housing project triggers land dispute. The family claims the parcel in Waiehu is “kuleana land,” which was land that was granted to Native Hawaiian farmers back in the 1800s. MEO says the property in question is actually a royal patent grant, which is an outright purchase of government land. Hawaii News Now.


Community group lays out vision for Coco Palms. As the plan to develop the ruins of Coco Palms into a 350-room hotel slowly creeps forward, a community group has proposed an alternative vision for the site. Garden Island.

Kauaʻi County launches online road resurfacing and bridge status map. The County of Kaua‘i has launched an online Road Resurfacing and Bridge Status map, which enables the public to easily track the location of past, current and upcoming road projects. Kauai Now.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Hawaii Supreme Court applicants to be made public, Democrats hold grand rally in Hilo, developers seek subsidies for midpriced housing, more news from all the Hawaiian islands

Hawaii Supreme Court applicants to be made public. For the first time, the names of applicants to sit on the Hawaii Supreme Court will be made public when the Judicial Selection Commission considers who will replace retiring Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson. Star-Advertiser.

State to subsidize midpriced rental housing projects. Developers have blitzed a state agency to tap a special $150 million legislative appropriation for funding new rental housing aimed largely at middle-income Hawaii households. Seven developers submitted applications for 11 projects with a combined 1,416 rental homes, of which between 600 and 800 can probably be financed with the available $150 million. Of the 11 proposed projects, seven are on Oahu, two are on Kauai and one each is on Maui and Hawaii Island. Star-Advertiser.

Large exercise will be noisy, Army leaders say. Army leaders want people on Oahu and Hawaii Island to be prepared for increased traffic and noise as the Schofield Barracks-based 25th Infantry Division prepares for a large exercise at training sites across the two islands for an exercise involving 6,350 soldiers between Oct. 31 and Nov. 9. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s public school math, reading scores relatively stable as national results suffer pandemic drop. While a coronavirus pandemic drop-off in nationwide reading and math scores on “The Nation’s Report Card” is being called “appalling” by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Hawaii’s public-school scores surprised local officials by holding relatively steady in three out of four categories, declining significantly only in eighth grade math. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

Charter School Oversight Is Still A Source of Contention In Hawaii. Hawaii’s only charter school authorizer is charting a path to progress, but some school leaders remain skeptical about the commission’s ability to both regulate and support the schools. Civil Beat.

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiary advocates blast $600 million spending plan. Two advocacy groups for existing and future Hawaiian homesteaders are challenging a tentative state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands plan to spend a recently appropriated historic $600 million helping beneficiaries. Star-Advertiser.

Former Hawaii football star accused of conspiring to sell methamphetamine. A former star University of Hawaii linebacker and high school football coach will plead guilty to federal drug charges for his alleged role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring that operated for three years on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. Star-Advertiser.

Man Who Promoted Erotic Maternity Photos Is Suing The Women Who Called Him ‘Creepy’. Danny Gallagher’s lawyer acknowledges he advised women on how to sell nude photos and videos on line but says he never coerced or groomed anyone, as defendants say. Civil Beat.


Short-term rental law could hurt Oahu’s economy. Economist Paul Brewbaker estimates if not for the pandemic, vacation rentals on Oahu could have been worth as much as $500 million in Hawaii’s recent economy. Without those tourism receipts, Brewbaker said, job losses and loss of income for many on Oahu are inevitable, especially when tourism spending adjusted for inflation is still running behind 1989 levels. Star-Advertiser.

Complications expected for registration of Oahu short-term rentals. Enforcement of city Ordinance 22-7, a controversial bill to regulate short-term rentals, is supposed to start today. Star-Advertiser.

Efforts To Reform Honolulu’s Troubled Permitting Office Face An Uphill Battle. Here’s Why. Contractors and property owners describe bureaucratic hurdles and delays in the application process that sometimes last years. Civil Beat.

New project is aimed at making the state’s no. 1 tourist destination more pedestrian-friendly. The state is kicking off a new pilot project to increase pedestrian safety in Waikiki. Ala Moana Boulevard and Hobron Lane along with Ena and Kalia Road were turned into all-pedestrian crossings on Saturday. Hawaii News Now.

Housing and infrastructure dominate District 2 City Council race. Housing and infrastructure are key issues in Honolulu City Council District 2 — an area that covers Royal Kunia, Wahiawa, along the North Shore to Kahaluu. Star-Advertiser.

Pearl Harbor Elementary School Water Sample Tests Positive For Coliform Bacteria. No illnesses have been reported, according to the Department of Education. Civil Beat.

Punaluu homeowners face high risk of shoreline enforcement. A growing number of coastal homeowners have been selling properties with expired sandbags and other illegal shoreline hardening structures as DLNR tries to increase enforcement. Star-Advertiser.

Emergency crews respond to a mock derailment and mass casualty drill in Kapolei. Honolulu police, firefighters and city and private paramedics responded to a mock train derailment in East Kapolei on Saturday that led to hypothetical mass casualties. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

Democrats Hold General Election Grand Rally In Hilo. Speakers included former Governor Neil Abercrombie, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, candidate for governor Lt. Gov. Josh Green, candidate for lieutenant governor Sylvia Luke, candidate for US Representative Jill Tokuda, and others seeking to represent the Big Island in the State House or State Senate. Big Island Video News.

County election office’s mistake sends voters scrambling: Clerical error tells voters their ballots were received before they were sent. Erroneous text messages Thursday afternoon confused and alarmed some Big Island voters who were told their ballot had been “received, validated and accepted for counting,” even though many had not even received their mailed ballot when the notice went out. West Hawaii Today. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Mauna Loa meeting draws concerns. Hundreds of citizens packed into the Ocean View Community Center on Saturday to hear a presentation about the likelihood and contingencies for an eruption of the volcano, following weeks of elevated seismic activity, including a magnitude-5.0 earthquake near Pahala on Oct. 14. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.

Search for Big Island’s next top cop narrows to 21; identities of applicants remain secret.
Commission hopes to find new police chief by end of year. “The Police Commission still does not know the names of the individual applicants,” said John Bertsch, the commission’s chairman. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now.

Extension of lease for mall in question: Legal issue clouds long-term future of Prince Kuhio Plaza. A 40-year lease extension sought by Prince Kuhio Plaza is in a legal quagmire between the state and federal governments, and most who testified last week at the Hawaiian Homes Commission’s monthly meeting opposed extending the lease for almost 39 acres of homestead land. Tribune-Herald.

Public frustrated by ban on trailers at transfer stations
; department says new rules could be in place next year. County officials are once again hopeful that trailers could be allowed at certain county transfer stations by early next year. Tribune-Herald.


New Maui law caps rent for subsidized units to one-third of a tenant's income. County-subsidized housing on Maui will soon follow new pricing guidelines. It's the county’s attempt to define affordable housing. Hawaii Public Radio. Maui Now.

Maui County Voters Asked To Boost Transparency Between The Police Chief And Commission.
There is no requirement at present for the chief to tell the commission when he or she disagrees with its findings. Civil Beat.

‘Oiwi department proposal is in voters’ hands. Some say it would bring more Native Hawaiian input in planning, others question need for new department. Maui News.

UH-MC enrollment down 9.3%. University of Hawaii Maui College’s enrollment dropped 9.3 percent this year compared to last year for the largest drop in the UH system, according to information released this week by the university. Maui News.


Repaving project to resume at Lihu‘e Airport. The second phase of a repaving project at Lihu‘e Airport is scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 24, the state Department of Transportation Airports Division said in a statement. Garden Island.

County median home price falls in September. A steep drop in sales of single-family homes, likely brought on by rising mortgage interest rates, helped keep the median price of home under $1 million in the County of Kaua‘i last month. Garden Island.

Flat tax rate of $40,000 a year for Ni‘ihau proposed. The 47,605-acre island was purchased in 1864 by Elizabeth Sinclair from the kingdom of Hawai‘i for $10,000, equal to about $170,000 in 2021. Garden Island.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Hawaii election workers, volunteers, face threats, Blangiardi vows to enforce short-term rental limits despite court order, AG urges cooperation on Aloha Stadium, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Threats escalate against Hawaii’s election volunteers. Hawaii’s electoral process, the officials who oversee it and even the volunteers who keep island elections running across the state are facing unprecedented hostility and even threats as the Nov. 8 general election approaches. Star-Advertiser.

Doctors And Lawyers: Who’s Donating To Whom In The Race For Hawaii Governor. Campaign contributors have rewarded dozens of candidates with significant financial support this election season but the top race — for governor — has drawn the most money. Civil Beat.

University Of Hawaii Proposes Tuition Hike Amid Inflation Worries. University of Hawaii administrators recommended a phased plan that would start with a 2% increase for students at the law school in 2024. Civil Beat.

Television, movie productions bring millions to Hawaii. Hawaii’s film and television production industry is booming, at least half a dozen large productions are currently filming in the state, bringing revenue to the state and opening up opportunities for local talent. KHON2.


Enforcement of new law for Oahu short-term rentals begins Monday. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi says the city will fight a court challenge to having a 90-day minimum stay for Oahu vacation rentals that are outside of resort districts, and starting Monday will begin aggressively enforcing all other provisions of its new short-term rental law. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.  KITV4.

Suit accuses prolific monster home developers of shoddy construction. Several Diamond Head homeowners are suing one of the the state’s most prolific monster home developers for a rash of alleged construction defects. Hawaii News Now.

Navy reschedules defueling of Red Hill pipes. The defueling of Red Hill was rescheduled to begin Tuesday, the Red Hill Joint Task Force announced Thursday. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Attorney general urges cooperation on stadium issue.
Two state agencies at odds must cooperate to build a new Aloha Stadium, according to the attorney general in an emailed letter made public at Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Stadium Authority board. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

BOE discusses fiscal plans, considers buying Saint Francis School campus. The state Board of Education said it is considering buying the Saint Francis School campus in Manoa. The private school shut down in 2019. Hawaii News Now.

10 gambling machines, drugs, cash seized in raid of illegal game room in Aiea. Officers of the Narcotics/Vice Division executed a search warrant at 99-125 Puakala St. Star-Advertiser.

Boulders above Moanalua homes unsafe. Boulders sitting on a hillside in Moanalua Valley have residents feeling unsafe. The hillside is U.S. Army property and residents said the military refuses to do anything about it. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

Planning commission OKs zoning time extension bill. The Leeward Planning Commission on Thursday agreed with a bill requiring County Council authorization of time extensions to zoning ordinances, a measure that would replace the current practice of administrative time extensions approved by the Planning Department. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaiʻi County Council approves proposals and priorities for 2023 State Legislature. Council members on Wednesday approved Resolution 583, which lays out the Council’s four legislative priorities. Big Island Now.

Hawaiʻi County Council considers bill to prohibit concealed weapons in 'sensitive places'. The Hawaiʻi County Council is working on a bill that will prohibit concealed weapons in sensitive spaces. This comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a New York law requiring people to show a need to carry a firearm in public. Hawaii Public Radio.

Judge orders preschool to shut down amid contentious dispute with state. Kalamapii Play School is a bustling and bright new preschool near downtown Hilo. Some 44 pre-K students are enrolled and more are on a waiting list. Hawaii News Now.

EPA Orders Closure Of Three Illegal Cesspools On Hawaiʻi. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says SKS Management and Wailuku Plaza will close cesspools and pay a combined $71,780 penalty. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.

Judge Rejects Couple’s Request For Extended TRO Against Deputy Prosecutor. Big Island Deputy Prosecutor Randall Winston Albright succeeded in having a judge toss out a temporary restraining order against him and his wife for alleged harassment of their neighbors. Civil Beat.


The Tourism Industry Is Trying To Unseat Maui Council Members Who Want To Limit Hotels. In a heated election year, the county’s moratorium on visitor lodgings has become a rallying point for those across its political spectrum. Civil Beat.

Maui County residents to decide if they want community water authorities. Should Maui County establish community water authorities? That is what residents will decide this election. Hawaii News Now.

Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization announces new Executive Director. The Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board has unanimously approved the hiring of Pamela Eaton as the agency’s new Executive Director. She will begin on Nov. 7. Maui Now. Maui News.

Haleakalā National Park issues call for Guided Astronomy and Hiking Tour applications. Haleakalā National Park is now accepting applications for commercial guided astronomy and hiking tours to be conducted in the park under Commercial Use Authorizations. Maui Now.

Another Death At The Maui Jail Is Apparently A Suicide.
The death would be the sixth suicide at the facility in five years. Experts say staffing and a lack of mental health professionals on staff is a major concern. Civil Beat.


Kawakami signs sea level rise bill into law. A groundbreaking plan aimed at regulating construction based on future sea level rise projections will now dictate the way in which the building industry moves forward on Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

Kauaʻi County launches online road resurfacing and bridge status map. The County of Kaua‘i has launched an online Road Resurfacing and Bridge Status map, which enables the public to easily track the location of past, current and upcoming road projects. Garden Island.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Wetter than normal rainy season predicted, Hawaii signs agreement to share tech with Israel, commission favors ban on campaign contributions during legislative sessions, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Forecasters predict above-average rain for Hawaii this winter. Above-average rainfall is being predicted for Hawaii’s wet season — good news for a state locked in a prolonged drought. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii, Israel to share technology on range of shared issues. Hawaii and Israel on Wednesday forged a “historic” agreement to share technology that could help Hawaii with desalinization, creating water out of “thin air,” cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Star-Advertiser.

Ban On In-Session Campaign Donations Gets Thumbs Up From Hawaii Standards Commission. Currently, state lawmakers are banned from holding fundraising events while the Legislature is in session but can still accept donations to their campaigns. Civil Beat.

Gov. Ige appoints new leaders at DAGS, announces resignation of PUC commissioner. Gov. David Ige today announced the appointment of Audrey Hidano as the state’s new comptroller, and the departure of Jennifer “Jennie” Potter from the Public Utilities Commission. Maui Now.

Here's what your 2022 county ballot amendment questions mean. Every county does it a little differently, but for the most part, charter amendments can be proposed through a combination of council members, the mayor’s office, or other boards and commissions. Hawaii Public Radio.

University of Hawaii enrollment dips as graduation rates rise. Student enrollment across the University of Hawaii’s 10-campus system continues to fall, though not as dramatically as at colleges nationwide, while “on time” graduation rates for seven UH campuses have swelled to record highs — trends caused in part by the COVID-19 pandemic. Star-Advertiser.

New Research Shows Tuna Stocks Benefit From Expansion Of Papahanaumokuakea Monument. The spillover effect created outside the marine protected area seems to have benefited Hawaii’s commercial fishermen as well. Civil Beat.

Booster options grow as subvariants keep evolving. As winter approaches, health officials are watching troublesome new subvariants — all of them evolving simultaneously from omicron. Among them are BQ.1 and its descendant, BQ.1.1, which are both offshoots of BA.5 and rising quickly in the United States and Europe. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 1,700 with 3 new deaths; 2,211 infections reported for week. The state’s average positivity rate remained about the same, at 5.8% compared with 5.6% reported the previous week. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.


Navy wraps up main break repairs; boil-water advisory still in place. The Navy has finished repairing the first water main that broke Friday, Capt. Mark Sohaney, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam commander, said Wednesday at a news conference on the base. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio.

Board of Water Supply supplies emergency connection to Navy water system. On Tuesday, the Navy established an emergency connection to bring 1 million gallons of water a day from the Board of Water Supply to the Radford Terrace neighborhood, where pressure had been low for residents. Hawaii News Now.

Pu‘uhonua O Waianae Houseless community receives $250K donation. The First Hawaiian Bank Foundation said it will donate $250,000 to Pu‘uhonua O Waianae, an organized houseless community near the Waianae Small Boat Harbor. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

New fire code on hold. A bill updating the county fire code was temporarily set aside Wednesday to allow officials time to figure out a way to make an important component of the code compatible with the county’s online EPIC building permit system. West Hawaii Today.

Mauna Loa Meeting Set For Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. On Saturday, officials will provide an update and background information on Mauna Loa to the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates community. Big Island Video News.

Hilo mall at heart of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands dispute. The federal government is clashing with the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands over a move by DHHL to use a controversial year-old Hawaii law enabling long extensions of state commercial land leases. Star-Advertiser.

Police ordered to turn over records to slain Boy Scout’s family. The Hawaii Police Department has been ordered to turn over records of its investigation into the accidental fatal shooting of an 11-year-old Boy Scout on Aug. 28 to the parents of the slain boy. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.


King endorses Bissen in the mayor’s race; Victorino is ‘not surprised’. Maui County mayoral candidate Richard Bissen. Jr. was endorsed Tuesday by his former opponent and current Maui County Council Member Kelly King. Maui News.

Maui Charter Proposal Would Let Some County Employees Work From Home. The measure is geared toward helping the environment, but studies have questioned how much teleworking actually helps. Civil Beat.

FEMA approves $1.5M for COVID-19 protection measures by Maui Emergency Management Agency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the release of more than $1.5 million to the County of Maui to reimburse the public funds it spent to test people for COVID-19 from October 2020 through September 2021. Maui Now.


Over opposition, Kaua‘i County Council approves American Rescue Plan Act funding.
After debate on Wednesday, the Kaua‘i County Council approved a plan which would spend the bulk of the latest round of American Rescue Plan Act funding on the renovation of the former Big Save space at the Lihu‘e Civic Center Pi‘ikoi Building in Lihu‘e into a child care and youth center. Garden Island.

Kaua‘i restaurant Tahiti Nui fined for labor violations. North Shore restaurant Tahiti Nui was ordered to pay more than $37,000 in back wages, damages and penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found they failed to pay overtime wages and violated youth labor laws. Garden Island.