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Governor, lawmakers announce legislative package aimed at easing Hawaiʻi’s cost of living
Governor David Ige and leaders from both chambers of the state legislature announced a major deal Tuesday that will see an increase in the state’s minimum wage, among other measures. The agreement was announced just one day before the opening of the 2020 legislative session. Lawmakers say the deal is the first joint House/Senate package since 2004 with strong support from Governor Ige.
Popular fast-food chicken chain to open first Maui location
Popular fast-food chain Jollibee is expected to open its first location on Maui on Friday, January 24. The store will be located in Kahului at Maui Marketplace. Jollibee is well-known for its fried chicken, but also serves spaghetti, burgers, hot dogs and more.
Free non-credit Hawaiian language class to be offered at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
The Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will offer the public a free weekly Hawaiian language class at Campus Center Room 310 starting Jan. 22 after the student government approved the funding in December. “We’re trying to bring awareness of the language and the importance of learning the language,” Raiyan Rafid, vice president of ASUH, said.
Mililani student-teacher team picked for prestigious World War II history program
Mililani High School student Armaan Needles and his teacher, Ms. Charlie Buenafe, have been chosen to participate in the second annual Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute. The program brings student-teacher teams from Hawai’i and America Samoa together with teams from the U.S. mainland for an opportunity to learn about World War II.
Royal Hawaiian Center celebrates Hawai’i entrepreneurs with House of Mana Up
In collaboration with Mana Up, YWCA Oʻahu, and Kamehameha Schools’ Community Engagement and Resources Group, Kona Oʻahu Region, Royal Hawaiian Center will host House of Mana Up, a special extended pop-up that brings the Hawaiʻi-based accelerator’s portfolio of local products to the heart of Waikīkī.
The road to the summit of Mauna Kea has reopened to the public after five months of closure due to ongoing controversy related to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. The contentious telescope project, which demonstrators say would desecrate the sacred mountain, has been put on hold by the government as part of a “temporary truce” between the State and the protesters.