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According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, Hawaii’s population is growing at a slow pace.

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Hawai‘i population grows but at a slower pace, census finds
The state’s population grew 7% over the past decade — to just over 1.4 million people — retaining its ranking as 40th largest, according to the 2020 census released Monday. Hawai‘i will keep its U.S. House seats but expects delay in redistricting. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.

Bill that would allow 99-year leases of public lands is poised for approval
Despite strong opposition from the Native Hawaiian community, a measure that opens the door to century-long leases of public lands could pass when the full state House and Senate vote on Tuesday. Hawaii News Now.

Tobacco trust fund is targeted by state lawmakers
Should Hawai‘i’s tobacco settlement money be used to help balance the state budget? Lawmakers will decide on a bill that could eventually wipe out the tobacco trust fund. KITV4.

The state is pushing to vaccinate younger residents, now driving the infection rate 
On Monday, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said that 70% of all new COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i are among residents under 50. Those 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated, and Green believes herd immunity is possible within eight weeks. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.


Tips for Remote Workplaces
Michal Anne Rogondino, the founder and CEO of Rocket Communications, has been managing her team of more than 40 people, across 15 states, remotely from Hawai‘i for more than 20 years. Here are her tips for managing a remote workforce… read more.
Blangiardi administration and state lawmakers reach agreement on EMS transfer
A proposal to transfer Oʻahu’s emergency services system from the state to the city is moving forward at the Legislature. Although city officials were surprised at first, the mayor believes shifting responsibility will improve ambulance services on the island. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

EPA sues bankrupt O‘ahu Sugar Co. over pesticide dumping in Waipi‘o
In a lawsuit filed last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged that the company, which shut down in 1995 and filed for bankruptcy in 2005, operated a pesticide mixing plant that spilled toxic chemicals into the land for decades. Hawaii News Now.

Bulk of $63,000 from the Kealoha home sale goes to uncle
A U.S. judge ruled that money from the foreclosure sale of an East Honolulu house owned by Louis and Katherine Kealoha must go to the relatives they bilked. About $63,000 was left over from the $1.3 million sale. Honolulu State-Advertiser.

Alleged crime boss says he’s being thwarted from preparing a defense
Attorneys representing Michael John Miske Jr. say their client has been held in solitary confinement in the Federal Detention Center for over 200 days, without a hearing and without concern for his procedural and constitutional rights. Civil Beat.

Families left scrambling after state orders shutdown of Hau‘ula assisted living facility
The state Department of Health announced that it was revoking the license and closing Dignity Senior Living at Oceanside Hawaii. All 60 residents must be discharged by Friday, and some say they don’t know where they’ll go. Hawaii News Now.


Easing stress and anxiety related to the coronavirus

Many employees are understandably experiencing feelings of uncertainty and stress during the pandemic. You can help them cope with anxiety about COVID-19 with resources designed to support workforce mental health… read more.

Hilo Medical Center is ending its mass vaccination clinics
The center is winding down vaccination efforts as demand begins to wane. Tribune-Herald.

New PTA commander to oversee lease retention negotiations
When Lt. Col. Kevin Cronin takes over as garrison commander of Pōhakuloa Training Area in June, his tenure will include overseeing an environmental impact statement and negotiating to retain the Army’s lease of nearly 23,000 acres of state land in the saddle between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. West Hawaii Today.

Officers crack down at Kehena Beach
Law enforcement agencies have issued more than 100 citations at Kehena Black Sand Beach since the beginning of April for violations that include alcohol, drugs and public nudity. But some nearby residents are unsure whether it will solve longstanding problems. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. KITV4.

North Kona sewer pump project moving forward
The county Department of Environmental Management is moving forward with plans to construct a sewer pump station that will provide service to properties north of the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Kona. West Hawaii Today.


Maui Varieties LTD. / House Mart Inducted into Hawaiʻi Small Business Hall of Fame

Maui Varieties was founded in 1934 by Shikano Kamitaki and is now run by four of her grandchildren: Paul Mizoguchi, Wayne Kamitaki, Lynn Ushijima and Guy Kamitaki. They are working now to pass the family business to the next more.
Plan for dozens of luxury condos in South Maui spurs backlash
The price tag for each of the 57 units is expected to reach $3.6 million, and developers predict 90% will be sold to part-time residents. KITV4.

New problems arise at closed West Maui beach park
Puamana Beach Park has been closed since January because of erosion and to protect exposed Hawaiian burials. But residents say homeless people have moved in, causing a new set of problems. Hawaii News Now.

Maui is no longer safe for Hawai‘i’s endangered birds, biologists say
After a failed effort in 2019 to move kiwikiu from one side of Haleakalā to the other, avian malaria still killed the birds. Conservationists are now pursuing two plans: capture and ship a small group to mainland zoos for breeding, and cut down the mosquito population that now thrives at high altitudes because of climate change. Civil Beat.

State allocates $223M for Kaua‘i projects
The capital improvement project funds are in the final version of the state budget that passed out of the Senate and House conference committee on April 19. Garden Island.

Vehicle registration offered at Princeville Foodland
County officials, in partnership with Foodland and Intellectual Technology Inc., recently launched the island’s fourth self-service kiosk for motor vehicle registrations. Garden Island.

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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amatuer (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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