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|Hawaiʻi joins states charging more for electric cars as new laws kick in
New or higher registration fees go into effect Wednesday for electric vehicle owners in at least eight states. For the first time, a majority of U.S. states will impose special fees on gas-free cars, SUVs and trucks — a significant milestone as the trend toward green technology intersects with the mounting need to pay for upgrades and repairs to the nation’s infrastructure. In Hawaii, the charge will be $50. Tribune Herald.
Sun shines for solar PV, despite tax credit step-down
Case’s fight against Jones Act not supported by others in state’s federal delegation
Mauna Kea road cleared as protesters prepare to shift focus
$30 million in ʻohana zone funding has led to multiple state projects
NTSB arrives on Kauaʻi to investigate fatal tour chopper crash
5 Steps to Change Management
Beth Whitehead, Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer at American Savings Bank offers five things to focus on when implementing change in the workplace… read more.
|ACLU: City’s “midnight homeless sweeps” unconstitutional, cruel during holidays
Civic groups call for end to enforcements they say are ineffective, inhumane and illegal, citing a federal ruling that applies to Hawaiʻi. KITV.
Barbers Point air museum files suit in attempt to stay in business
Kāneʻohe cemetery expansion plan threatens rare damselfly
Wahiawā residents say planned homeless shelter is unsafe
Kaimukī residents: City isn’t doing enough to rein in monster home builder
|SMALL BUSINESS TOOL KIT
A Single Cybersecurity Breach Can Cost Your Business Up To $188K
Roseann Freitas of Hawaiʻi’s Better Business Bureau shares about potential cyber threats and why it’s imperative that local businesses take a proactive approach to cybersecurity—before it’s too late… read more.
|GET increase to take effect January 1
For the second time in two years, the new year will bring another increase to the county’s general excise tax. Starting on Jan. 1, the county GET surcharge will increase from 0.25% to 0.50% and will be extended until the end of 2030. Tribune-Herald.
$90M penciled in for Saddle extension
$4 million for Kukuiola, Village 9 road project
Our Best-Read Stories of the Year
Our December print issue is the time we look back at the previous 12 months and rank our most popular stories on our website, in our Today’s Hawai‘i News email newsletter and on our social media… read more.
|Alice Lee new council chairwoman
The Maui County Council voted 7 to 2 Friday to elect Council Member Alice Lee chairwoman, replacing Kelly King, who recently resigned from the post to head the new council committee on Climate Action and Resilience. Maui News. Maui Now.
County Council overrides Victorino’s property tax veto
|Park limitations having impact.
One of the sure signs of the new management paradigm for the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park and the adjoining Ha‘ena State Park on Kauaʻi is a truer wilderness experience for people hardy enough to hike 11 miles one-way from Ke‘e Beach to Kalalau Beach. Garden Island.
Electric vehicle registrations are rising rapidly
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