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Why it’s so hard to reshape Hawai‘i’s tourism industry
One reason policymakers don’t want to make changes is that the state needs jobs. And dealing with the pandemic has consumed the attention of government officials and business executives to a point that other initiatives, such as reimagining tourism, have languished. Civil Beat.

International visitor market isn’t expected to fully recover until 2024
Hawai‘i’s visitor industry has been slowly coming back from pandemic lows. But while domestic visitors to the state rose 32% in March, international visitors fell more than 98%. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Will Hawai‘i’s spinner dolphins finally get a rest from the crowds?
NOAA officials hope to issue a new rule this summer that bars anyone from approaching within 50 yards of the dolphins. In Wai‘anae and on the Kona Coast, spinners encounter more tourists than any other dolphin group in the world. Civil Beat.

Governor considers creating Green Jobs Corps to train conservation army
To curb the exodus of young people, state Rep. Sean Quinlan backed a bill requiring the state to create environmental jobs in agriculture, conservation and renewable energy. If signed, training and work could begin this summer. KITV4.

Broadband measure awaits Ige’s signature
House Bill 1191, which establishes Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to incentivize the expansion of high-speed internet into rural areas, successfully passed through the Legislature last week. Tribune-Herald.

Measure criminalizing “coercive control” faces opposition from law enforcement
House Bill 566 empowers law enforcement to address nonphysical forms of domestic abuse, but it needs to pass legal review before becoming law. That may not happen due to strong objections from the public defender’s office, prosecutor’s office and police departments. Civil Beat.

Hundreds of UH graduate assistants sue the Board of Regents, state over the right to unionize
The movement stems from a Hawai’i Labor Relations Board ruling in 1972 that deemed graduate assistants to be private secretaries, not public employees entitled to a union. A graduate student group is fighting for better pay and more control over their work hours. KITV4.

Fraud at ‘Ōlelo is a hard lesson for nonprofits
Former executives Hanalei Aipoalani and Stacy Higa allegedly worked in concert to embezzle and defraud the government of more than $1.3 million, including CARES Act money. The case serves as a cautionary tale for nonprofits and government offices. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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Navigating the Next Normal: How Technology Can Fuel Your Business Growth
Not all the effects of the pandemics were negative. During the pandemic we have learned how interconnected we all are. Not just as a regular community, but as a business community. When restaurant and hospitality businesses were struggling, we came together to support them. Watch the replay!
Aloha Stadium could be demolished in 2022
State officials had originally planned to keep the stadium operational while a new one was constructed nearby, but the Stadium Authority says that plan is costly. The group will now consider demolishing it to make way for a new 30,000-seat stadium on the same spot as the existing venue. Civil Beat.

HPD releases audio of 911 call that led to fatal police shooting in Nu‘uanu
While the 911 call underscores the confusion at the scene, it offers few answers to lingering questions about what 29-year-old Lindani Myeni was doing and why police shot him. Hawaii News Now.

Biki to decommission dozens of bikeshare stations
Facing mounting financial woes, Bikeshare Hawaii Executive Director Todd Boulanger said that of the roughly 130 stations now in service, 40 to 50 could be decommissioned soon. Hawaii News Now.

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Pawniolo Pets Offers Raw Pet Food from Hawai‘i Island

Nick and Miki Vericella say their miniature bull terrier was their first customer: They provided it with raw dog food and treats using products from animals raised on their family cattle ranch in Waimea on Hawai‘i Island… read more.

West Hawai‘i continues to shoulder highest tax burden
Taxpayers in North Kona’s District 8 have more property tax burden than County Council Districts 1-6 combined, as West Hawai‘i’s property values continue to grow. The County Council will consider budget issues and tax rates in coming weeks. West Hawaii Today.

Dozens of applications submitted for Mauna Kea working group
More than 50 candidates have been nominated to fill seven positions on a working group to discuss new management structures for Mauna Kea. Tribune-Herald.

$83.8M program could help Hawai‘i residents who lost homes in the 2018 Kīlauea eruption
Officials estimate the disaster caused $296 million in home losses. Many will get their first chance at relief with the Kīlauea Disaster Recovery Voluntary Housing Buyout Program, which will pay as much as $230,000 per offer. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Lower Puna residents are frustrated by the wait for road repairs and boat ramp access
The Pohoiki Boat Ramp is not the only major infrastructure project yet to materialize. The 2018 eruption damaged more than 13 miles of public roads, 14.5 miles of waterlines, 900 utility poles and two geothermal wells. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

I had just signed a lease on a 17,000 square foot space in Kaka‘ako when the pandemic hit.
Small Business/Big Challenge: Devin Tryan, Co-Owner, HI Climb

Starting any business is risky, especially a climbing gym due to all the safety precautions. The upside is that when all this passes – and this will pass – the community will want to get out and explore new hobbies and be more.
Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu says goodbye
After 35 years in the Maui Police Department and six years leading it, Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu got emotional on his last day. Hawaii News Now.

Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia sail to Honolua Bay for 45th anniversary event
The Polynesian sailing canoes left for Maui, marking the 45th anniversary of Hōkūleʻa’s maiden voyage to Tahiti. Saturday’s event also honored Mau Piailug and Pwo navigator Chad Kālepa Baybayan. Maui Now.

Health officials identify 2 restaurants and 2 events as sources of COVID-19 clusters
Among them are attendees of the ‘Ekolu Mea Nui drive-in concert in Līhu‘e on April 24 and the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort Brunch Babes show in Kapa‘a on April 17 and 18. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Over 30 people evicted from Lucy Wright Park
In March 2020, the county designated five beach parks as Shelter in Place zones for the houseless community. In February of this year, the county ended the program, which was used by over 200 people. Garden Island.

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