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Rail officials deliver updated recovery plan to FTA
Honolulu rail chief Andrew Robbins hand-delivered a revised financial plan to federal officials in San Francisco this morning. The Federal Transit Administration asked for the plan in response to the constant increases in rail cost estimates, and has been withholding additional funding until their concerns are addressed.
Packed room as City Council takes up short-term rental regulations
Council meetings are often disregarded by the public, but more than 100 people packed into the committee room at Honolulu Hale today to hear debate and give testimony on proposals to regulate short term rentals. One of the major points of contention was how the two bills would affect the local economy, as they could eliminate over 90% of short-term rentals.
Hawaii Business Magazineʻs June cover uses Hawaiian to introduce a feature on the four-decade renaissance of the language, part of our CHANGE Report on Arts and Culture. Mahalo to UH Hiloʻs Larry Kimurafor providing the translation. To buy this issue or subscribe …more
TODAY’S FACT, FIGURE OR PHRASE
“It would take seven Earths for the rest of the world to consume at the same rate we Americans do. Ninety percent of what we buy in a mall ends up in the dump within 60 to 90 days. It’s no wonder we are no longer called citizens but consumers.”
– B-Corps feature: Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia
ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES
Hawai‘i’s high impact leaders join Omidyar Fellows Program
Omidyar Fellows welcomed 15 emerging leaders and change makers to its seventh cohort today. The individuals were selected through a rigorous application process, and will participate in 15 months of structured curriculum, executive coaching, conversations with community, business, and government leaders, and more. See the full list of 2019 honorees here:
These are the best U.S. cities to live in on a teacher’s salary — and the worst
In a “first of its kind” study of teacher pay and housing expenses, Honolulu was ranked fourth on a list of the least affordable cities for teachers in the country. The average experienced teacher in the state’s capital would have to spend 53% of their income after taxes to afford the area’s median rent.
The parade route runs from ‘Iolani Palace to Kapi‘olani Park tomorrow from 9-11am. The celebration continues at Aloha Tower with hula, live entertainment, Hawai‘i made product vendors and food booths from 4-10pm.
This Saturday and Sunday, shop for couture and designer apparel, handbags, shoes, jewelry, art, home accents, and more with the proceeds going to service the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre. HOT receives the goods for ACT II from the generous donations of its supporters, and many of the items are brand new.
Find out more at the upcoming SmallBiz Academy happening on June 20.
Panelists include owner of R.A.W. Body Essential Ceandrys Black, owner of Manoa Chocolate Dylan Butterbaugh, Debbie Ah Chick-Hopkins from Global Village, Retail Merchants of Hawaiiʻs President Tina Yamaki, and Kamehameha School’s Director of Leasing Haunani Fujimoto. Grab your seat!