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State reforestation effort hits milestone
A unique initiative partly fueled by charitable contributions has helped return a half-million native trees to deforested Hawaiʻi ranch lands over the last decade. The nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative said it recently reached its 500,000th tree planting, a milestone that includes contributions from an affiliated for-profit company, Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods LLC. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Big Island Now.
Making koa sustainable Hawaii Business Magazine.
Louis Kealoha allegedly assaulted by half brother, an HPD lieutenant
Disgraced former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha suffered facial injuries after allegedly being assaulted by his half brother, Andre Peters, an HPD lieutenant. Hawaii News Now.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.KHON2.
Kim Coco Iwamoto to take on Scott Saiki
Saying she is “fed up” with the way her state representatives have “sold out the working people” of Hawaiʻi, former Board of Education member Kim Coco Iwamoto said Friday she will run for House District 26. That seat is currently held by Scott Saiki, a fellow Democrat and speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives. Civil Beat.
Building a Hawaiian language curriculum classroom by classroom
As the popularity of Hawaiian language immersion programs soars — enrollment has grown by 40% in the last five years — the need for more standardized curriculum and common teaching materials represents a major challenge. Civil Beat.
As global coronavirus outbreak spreads, hoteliers watch for effects in Hawaiʻi
Tourism executives across Hawaiʻi are watching for economic sniffles from the coronavirus, but so far the state is inoculated against its worst effects. Hawaii News Now.
HAWAII BUSINESS 20 for the Next 20: John Hulihe‘e
Central Pacific Bank
John Hulihe‘e had a hand in business from early on. While growing up, he and his two sisters helped their mother with her garment manufacturing business. He credits his mother with instilling in him a sense of hard work and the importance of building relationships… read more.
HART employee reported improper use of federal funds in 2015
Long before HART announced it was under federal investigation, a HART employee raised concerns about improper handling of millions of federal dollars and said she faced retaliation for reporting it, according to a confidential city report obtained by Civil Beat. Civil Beat.
Hanabusa: I don’t need ‘training wheels’ to serve as Honolulu’s mayor
Hanabusa was elected to the state Senate in 1998 representing Waiʻanae, and previously served as the first female Senate president. She also represented Hawaiʻi in Congress, but lost races for U.S. Senate and governor. Hawaii News Now.
Feds plan catastrophe response using huge Kalaeloa Airport hangar
The state is leasing a 105,000-square-foot World War II hangar at Kalaeloa Airport to the federal government for emergency response to catastrophic natural or man-made disasters in the Pacific, with a focus on serving remote locations, including Hawaiʻi and other U.S. interests in the region. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Last of Japanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto’s Kāhala properties sold
The name Genshiro Kawamoto has been famous in Hawaiʻi since the late 1980s, when the Japanese billionaire was emblematic of a wave of Japanese investment in the islands. He bought 30 homes in Kāhala, which then did nothing but sit unoccupied and disintegrating, except for a brief time when he offered them for rent to Native Hawaiian families before scrapping that plan. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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