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Rising sea temps may reduce marine life by 17%, study says
Every degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) that the world’s oceans warm, the total mass of sea animals is projected to drop by 5%, according to a comprehensive computer-based study by an international team of marine biologists. Which could result in a loss of one-sixth of the fish and other marine life in the oceans by the end of the century. Associated Press.

Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i groups recognized for restoring sustainable fisheries
Hui Makaʻainana o Makana on Kauaʻi and and Hui Mālama o Moʻomomi on Molokaʻi are among 22 communities around the world to receive the 2019 Equator Prize for innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling climate change. The award is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme.Civil Beat.

OHA trustee in trouble for alleged disloyalty
Neither the name of the offending board member nor details of the specific violations alleged are being disclosed by the trustees in public. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Board of Trustees has a code of conduct policy that requires trustees to publicly support a board decision even though he or she might disagree with it personally. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

Deaths from suicide, alcohol and drugs have spiked over the past 12 years
Suicide deaths rose to the second-highest rate in the country at 15.2 per 100,000 in 2017, the latest data available, from 8.2 per 100,000 in 2005, while alcohol deaths climbed to 5.8 from 3.5 and drug poisonings increased to 13.8 from 9.4, according to the 2019 scorecard on state health system performance released Tuesday night by the Commonwealth Fund. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Much of the land the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands manages cannot be developed
Some senators question why the agency charged with providing homes for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries must also manage so much land where building can’t occur. Civil Beat.

Homestead leaders applaud OHA for housing program investment
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded a 2-year grant of $484,114 to the nonprofit, Homestead Community Development Corporation also known as the Homestead Housing Authority.Maui Now.

The Residence at Sky Ala Moana
Towering forty-three stories, Sky Ala Moana will soar into Honolulu’s vibrant and dynamic skyline… read more.
Honolulu is prepping for a national gathering of mayors, but who’s footing the bill?
The U.S. Conference of Mayors will be held on Oʻahu later this month. It’s expected to cost the city about $5 million to put on. But taxpayers aren’t the only ones paying for it. As good as that sounds, it’s raising some red flags to some who worry about conflicts of interest. Hawaii News Now.

Caldwell and Anderson optimistic after FTA meeting about rail funding
Following a meeting with federal transit officials Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson said they’re optimistic that a recovery plan for the rail project will be approved. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Some council members concerned with cost of Blaisdell renovations
After gathering input and ideas for years, the Final Environmental Assessment for the Blaisdell Center Master Plan is out. In the report, construction costs are estimated to be nearly $773 million. Some City Council members have said funding would be an issue, especially with the cost of rail at the forefront. KHON2.

City-funded domestic violence shelter that was barely used is slated to close down
The decision came after the City Council rejected a funding request for the facility, a pet project for embattled city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro, who has since gone on leave amid a federal investigation. Hawaii News Now. 

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