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Officials balk as the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project’s price tag nearly doubles
The estimated cost of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ redesigned plans is now $651 million, potentially stalling the two-decades-old project once again. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i GOP official resigns after using party Twitter account to support QAnon 
The Hawai‘i GOP vice chair of communications, Edwin Boyette, resigned through a Facebook post Sunday night, saying that discussing QAnon conspiracy theories was an error of judgment. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Ige expected to outline his economic recovery plan in State of the State address
House and Senate leaders have a long list of ideas that they hope to hear during Gov. David Ige’s televised speech today. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Proposed budget cuts would “basically gut” Hawai‘i state auditor’s office
Days after he ordered an investigation into the office, House Speaker Scott Saiki wants to cut the watchdog agency’s budget in half — far more than any other state agency. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority readies for defunding
The state agency responsible for leading tourism recovery across the Islands is in dire financial straits and has already started running “doomsday scenarios” in the event of defunding. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Celebration plans for Queen Lili‘uokalani’s home could cost the state $53,000
Washington Place, the former residence of the queen and a dozen Hawai‘i governors, turns 175 this year. But Gov. David Ige’s proposed $53,000 birthday plans are raising eyebrows. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i Rep. Ed Case tries again to rein in helicopter tour and skydiving operations
Noise and safety are at issue in federal legislation the congressman is still pursuing. Civil BeatWest Hawaii Today.

Isle labor market is not likely to see major gains in the short term
Travel demand hasn’t returned as strongly as some had hoped. While the economy had recovered 42% from the pandemic lows, UHERO data shows that figure has stagnated since October. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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She was about to lose her job. Then her dad’s department hired her.
Two weeks before Honolulu’s former Budget Director Manny Valbuena left office, his department hired his daughter for a six-month gig that was not advertised and for which no other candidates were considered. Civil Beat.

New HART board member wants a fraud hotline
Natalie Iwasa wants to encourage people to report suspected fraud or other misconduct in connection with the Honolulu rail project. An outside auditor for HART describes the tip hotline as a best practice. Civil Beat.

Permit for Red Hill fuel tanks stirs controversy
A contested case hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1-5 to debate the Navy obtaining a state operating permit for the Red Hill fuel farm. The Sierra Club of Hawai‘i hopes it leads to stricter controls in the short term and relocation of the underground tanks in the longer term. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

In Kaimukī, residents worry monster homes are taking over the community
Residents say the pandemic has not slowed down the construction of gigantic homes in their neighborhood — and they’re fighting back. Hawaii News Now.

O‘ahu’s second mass vaccination clinic to open today at Blaisdell
So far, more than 12,000 people ages 75 and up have made an appointment to receive the Moderna vaccine at the clinic, which is run by The Queen’s Health Systems. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

‘da CHEFS box’ presents Chris Kajioka of Miro Kaimuki

Chef Kajioka and his Miro Kaimuki team have crafted unique and delectable menus for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Not only are the Miro boxes available for all of January 2021, but a reimagined menu from Tex 808 BBQ & Brews can be ordered too… read more.

COVID-19 app won’t be mandatory for travelers to the Big Island
Hawai‘i County officials say they have no plans to make visitors download the state’s official exposure notification app, AlohaSafe Alert. Tribune-Herald.

Teaching telescope project to proceed at Hale Pōhaku
Despite receiving predominantly negative feedback from community members, the Office of Maunakea Management hopes to proceed with constructing the telescope facility. Tribune-Herald.

Loans for People Who Can’t Otherwise Get Loans

Kūhiō Lewis is president and CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, a CDFI and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-certified housing counseling agency that has loaned out over $9.5 million since the inception of its loan fund in 2010. When people have trouble repaying their loans, CNHA can temporarily reduce or defer monthly payments until the borrowers get back on their feet..read more.
Maui is still behind on vaccine rollout
As vaccinations continue statewide, the only island not accepting first dose registrations is Maui. State Health Director Dr. Libby Char said Maui may have used both first and second doses in an initial round of vaccinations, and are now using their weekly allotments for second doses. KHON2.

UH Maui College achieves net-zero goal
The campus reduced its use of fossil fuels by an estimated 100% through a combination of solar photovoltaic energy, distributed energy storage and energy efficiency measures. Maui Now.

Moloka‘i’s fabled axis deer are starving to death in droves
The crisis, triggered in part by drought, exposes rifts in the community and raises questions about how to manage the herd in the future. Civil Beat.

This innovative Kaua‘i medical clinic is struggling to survive
Physicians at the Makana North Shore Urgent Care Center in Princeville work at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City and fly in for rotations lasting several weeks. But the pandemic and subsequent lockdown have impacted patient volumes and the doctors’ ability to travel. Civil Beat.

Kaua‘i Bus announces significant schedule changes 
In an effort to improve service, both the mainline and shuttle routes will change starting Sunday, Feb. 7. Garden Island.

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