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Kapolei casino moves forward

A proposed casino-resort in Kapolei survives narrow vote to proceed.

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12.23.2020
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TOP STORIES
Proposed Kapolei casino survives narrow vote to move forward
A controversial proposal to develop a casino resort on lands set aside for Native Hawaiians in Kapolei was approved by a 5-4 vote Tuesday at the Hawaiian Homes Commission. The proposal must still win approval from Gov. David Ige and the Legislature before becoming law. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now.

Proposal would exempt vaccinated Hawai‘i travelers from quarantine
Currently, travelers with a qualifying negative COVID-19 test result in hand can avoid quarantine. Lt. Gov. Josh Green is proposing another avenue to dodge quarantine, which could be useful when vaccine supplies are more plentiful. Civil Beat.

Moratorium on electric service disconnections extended through March
The Public Utilities Commission announced that nonpaying customers will continue receiving electric service for three more months. The moratorium on disconnections was extended to March 31, 2021. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2. West Hawaii Today.

Governor reflects on 2020, tough decisions he made for Hawai‘i
Like many others, Gov. David Ige was feeling positive at the start of 2020. Then COVID-19 happened. KHON2.

How decades of advocacy helped restore Medicaid access to Micronesian migrants
Congress voted to extend the federal health insurance program to citizens from the Marshall Islands, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia living in the U.S. — nearly 25 years after taking it away. The change could help an estimated 25,000 people in Hawai‘i. Civil Beat.

Matson takes delivery of the Matsonia, a massive 870-foot-long containership
The Matsonia is the second of two new Kanaloa-class combination container/roll-on, roll-off ships built for the company by General Dynamics NASSCO. The two are the largest vessels of their kind ever built in the U.S. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

HAWAII BUSINESS
Newcomer’s guide to business in Hawaiʻi
Are you here to contribute to the community or just be a taker? No one wants to be associated with a taker. We interviewed nine leaders from the public and private sectors, including some who grew up in the 50th State and others who have arrived here, successfully fit in and did well. Here are their suggestions… read more.
OʻAHU
Deadline extended to keep $250M Honolulu rail project grant
Language put into one of the bills that make up the congressional pandemic relief package approved late Monday would keep alive the city’s hopes of receiving $250 million in federal grant money for its financially strapped rail project, says U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

City grocery card program faces more woes
The $500 gift cards were supposed to be in the mailboxes of 4,000 unemployed O‘ahu residents by Dec. 7, though some report receiving theirs this week. Now the program is facing a new round of criticism from recipients who say they can’t activate their cards. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

2 more transit drivers test positive
City officials confirmed that two more drivers — one of TheBus and one of TheHandi-Van — have tested positive for COVID-19. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Some Honolulu police officers are doubling their salaries with overtime
In just the first nine months of 2020, records show that one officer earned $71,607 in regular pay and $119,014 in overtime. That’s a total of $190,622 — more than Mayor Kirk Caldwell makes in an entire year. Civil Beat.

Phase 1B of Hawai‘i’s vaccination plan begins
The city is partnering with the State Department of Health to administer nearly 3,700 COVID vaccines to first responders over the next six days. KHON2. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Recent economic crisis increases demand for data analysis

Economic thinking has come to dominate the way we make sense of the world and take action. We spoke with local economists to better understand the way they think, their groundbreaking work and the value of economic analysis now and in planning the way ahead for Hawai‘i… read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Crowds at Kīlauea are a welcome nudge for the economy and a test of public health
Approximately 48 hours after the eruption began, nearby lodgings were already filling up fast. Hawaii News Now.

Kīlauea eruption shows no signs of stopping
The eruption at the volcano’s summit appears stable, with no sign of ending. Previous eruptions have lasted from less than a day to more than 10 years. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Heavy vog returns to West Hawai‘i
Residents awoke Tuesday to a blanket of vog for the first time in more than two years. The state Department of Health is advising the public of potential hazardous air quality due to the eruption that began Sunday. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now. Maui Now.

HAWAII BUSINESS
How to build a high-end high-rise

Just in case you were thinking of adding your own giant condominium tower to the Honolulu skyline, we’ve made it easier for you by putting together this step-by-step guide..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Scaled-back state budget includes funds for hospital and jail
Funding for hospital and harbor improvements and medium-security housing at Maui’s only jail made the cut in the governor’s latest budget proposal, which calls for sharp reductions amid a struggling state economy. Maui News.

Hawaiian Electric opens 3 electric-vehicle fast chargers 
The new fast-charging stations are now open to the public at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center in Central Maui, Piʻilani Village Shopping Center in South Maui, and Lahaina Aquatic Center in West Maui. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
Council mulls parking fees for beach visitors 
To address overcrowding at beach parks, the County Council proposed a bill that authorizes the county Department of Parks and Recreation to study the feasibility of new parking fees at beach parks. Garden Island.

Surfrider Foundation seeks help collecting derelict fishing gear
The Kaua‘i chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, in collaboration with the state DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, has added recycling bins for ocean debris at the Nāwiliwili and Port Allen small boat harbors. Garden Island.

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