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Hawaii military bases dump toxic wastes into ocean

According to “Honolulu Civil Beat”, military bases in Hawaii have dumped 630K tons of toxic nitrate into the ocean.

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EPA: Hawai‘i’s military bases dumped 630,000 lbs. of toxic nitrate into the ocean
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam led with 540,000 lbs. of nitrate compounds, which are commonly found in wastewater treatment plants, fertilizers and explosives. While federally permitted, the EPA hopes the data’s public release spurs facilities to reduce their chemical waste. Civil Beat.

Contractor sentenced in Army corruption scheme in Hawai‘i
John Winslett bribed U.S. Army officials with cash, cars and guns to win lucrative construction contracts in Hawai‘i, the Justice Department said. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority spent “exorbitant” amounts marketing to visitors as lockdowns dropped demand
For the 2020 fiscal year, HTA estimated the cost per arrival for every U.S. visitor was $7.13, up more than 118% from the prior year. The cost per arrival from Japan was $17.17, a 200% increase. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Despite rumors of weekend protests, the state Capitol was quiet Sunday
Bracing for unruly crowds, state officials put up barricades and fences around the Capitol building and beefed up security. But the effort seemed to be precautionary as protests never materialized. Hawaii News Now.

Noncommercial fishing is booming, and many depend of their catch for sustenance
A recent NOAA survey found that 66% were fishing for food, and 36% said their catch was “extremely or very important to their regular diet.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

State report highlights defense sector’s important economic role
According to a report from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, military-procurement spending generated $4.5 billion in economic impact last year. $2.3 billion in federal contracts were awarded, helping to sustain more than 30,000 jobs statewide. Garden Island.

Spike in snorkeling deaths is linked to a previously unknown cause, study finds 
New DOH research shows that while full face masks can be a risk factor, the underlying cause of death was hypoxia (asphyxiation), induced by rapid onset pulmonary edema. The condition has been implicated in 206 drownings from 2009 to 2018, a period when deaths nearly doubled. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Fast clip of coronavirus spread puts state at risk of another outbreak
Hawai‘i has the worst effective reproduction rate for infections in the nation after Washington state. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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The first mass vaccination site opens today at Honolulu Harbor Pier 2
Hawaii Pacific Health said nearly 600 people have signed up for Monday’s clinic and the rest of the week is booked with appointments. KHON2. KITV4.

Waikīkī Shell to be used in effort to return stranded American Samoa residents home
Honolulu officials are joining the state in assisting about 800 American Samoan residents, who are traveling through O‘ahu en route to their previously shuttered island home. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Polynesian Cultural Center reopens with limited capacity and activities
One of O‘ahu’s major tourist attractions and an economic magnet for the North Shore community is set to reopen Monday following a 10-month closure. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Plans for 2 more Ward towers set for review
A state agency regulating development in Kaka‘ako has scheduled public hearings in March to consider plans for developing two more condominium towers at Ward Village. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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Roth says he’s “very hopeful” following heart attack
Mayor Mitch Roth is still at the Hilo Medical Center, where he was taken after suffering a heart attack in North Kohala on Jan. 9. The former county prosecutor became mayor on Dec. 7. Tribune-Herald.

With gas use down 18%, county highway fund takes a hit 
The pandemic year has seen fewer commutes and fewer tourists. That drop has translated into less money for road repairs. West Hawaii Today.

High court denies writ to Honua Ola; appeal of PUC decision still active
The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied Honua Ola Bioenergy’s request to order the Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a decision it made. Earlier, the PUC had denied Honua Ola’s request to waive the competitive bidding process used in the sale of electricity. Tribune-Herald.

Council Planning Committee to review rezoning application for Waikōloa Village  
Plans for the 36-unit housing complex and eight commercial lots will be reviewed on Tuesday, following a negative recommendation from planning agencies under the prior administration. West Hawaii Today.

What New Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill Means for Hawaiʻi Employers

The $900 billion pandemic aid bill passed by Congress at the end of 2020 aims to drive more money to small and minority-owned businesses, which makes it particularly relevant for Hawai‘i...read more.
Maui vaccination clinic temporarily closes due to shortage
Shipment delays promoted Maui Health, which runs the vaccination clinic at the Maui Memorial Medical Center, to cancel appointments for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine scheduled between Jan. 17 and Feb. 7. Only second doses will be available. Civil Beat. Maui News. Maui Now. KITV4.

Retailers, gyms face tighter restrictions
In the latest rule change aimed at slowing Maui’s COVID-19 spike, businesses will be restricted to 30% capacity starting tomorrow. Maui News.

Kaua‘i businesses are struggling under restrictive travel policies
Travel plummeted after Mayor Derek Kawakami opted out of the Safe Travels program on Dec. 2. In a recent survey, some 49% of respondents said they did not expect their businesses would survive more than 90 days without a significant return of tourism. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Paid positions are available in youth conservation program
Kupu, Hawai‘i’s leading conservation and youth education nonprofit, is now accepting applications for its summer Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps program on Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

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