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Native Hawaiian reconciliation commission resolution passed
A panel of Hawaiʻi lawmakers Monday passed a resolution calling for the governor to convene a Native Hawaiian reconciliation commission. The goal is to “foster more dialogue, to bring a sense of opportunity for people to talk and maybe address some of the past wrongs,” Rep. Ryan Yamane said after his committee passed the measure. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.Big Island Video News.
Attorney General’s office hires nationally-known ethics expert to lead integrity efforts
Hui Chen, an anti-fraud expert who made national news when she resigned from her U.S. Department of Justice job in the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, has been hired by the Hawaiʻi attorney general’s office. Attorney General Clare E. Connors announced Chen will fill the newly created position of chief integrity adviser, and will report directly to Connors. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
State labor supervisor investigated for other allegations
A supervisor with the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations who was recently fined $1,000 by the Hawaii State Ethics Commission also was investigated for accusations that he repeatedly touched a female business owner who was fined $9,400 in 2016 and said he could “fix” the fine if the woman went to dinner with him. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Why Hawaiʻi isn’t competitive in recruiting teachers
While competitive with other teacher salaries around the country, Hawaiʻi’s teacher pay drops drastically when adjusted for cost of living, a new study done by an outside firm hired by the Hawaii Department of Education concludes. Civil Beat.
Early education to expand but lawmakers grapple with what that means
State lawmakers have recognized the need for affordable child care in the state, so much so that they’ve made it a part of a joint-legislative package negotiated by the governor and House and Senate leaders. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
A bill to require coffee labeled with a Hawaiian name contain at least 50% Hawaiʻi-grown beans has so far faced no opposition. Civil Beat.
Bill would require public high schools to start no earlier than 8:30. KITV4.
House defers bill expanding police firearms searches. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
Decision making hearing scheduled for housing bill SB 3104. Maui Now.
Bill calls for public education to encourage parents to set limits on children’s screen time. Tribune-Herald.
State Senator proposes new vehicle tax to fund car recycling program and curb abandoned vehicles. KITV4.
Aila confirmed as head of DHHL
William Aila won confirmation as chairman of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands on Monday by a 21-3 vote of the state Senate. He will serve through Dec. 21, 2022. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
HAWAII BUSINESS Three Ideas to Preserve Nature
“Despite the fact that visitors rank nature and ocean their top reasons for coming, we put less than 1% of our total state budget into maintaining these assets,” says Emilia von Saltza, a Hawai‘i-based project manager for Conservation International’s Green Passport initiative… read more.
HART board member most critical of rail’s handling resigns
John Henry Felix submitted his resignation Jan. 29, effective once his replacement is confirmed. He cited medical treatments along with corporate and community commitments for stepping down. His term was slated to end in 2021. Civil Beat.
Bill would prohibit Red Hill fuel tanks in 2028
The Navy would no longer be able to operate its massive underground fuel tanks at Red Hill after January 2028 under a bill that moved out of a Senate committee Monday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.KHON2.
Businesses at Dillingham Airfield hold out hope for a flying future
Dillingham Airfield tenants — including skydiving, glider and ultralight operators — are hoping a white knight will step forward to prevent the North Shore airport from shutting down civilian operations June 30. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.