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    Historic, divisive state land lease extensions pending
    A highly divided Legislature recently passed a heavily contested bill, HB 499, that would let tenants on state-owned public land maintain leases for roughly a century, up from 65 years, without competition. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio.
    Under fire for what one Native Hawaiian group described as hate speech, Hawai‘i Island state Sen. Lorraine Inouye issued an apology for comments she made in a television news interview on HB 499. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

    How major bills in Hawai‘i fared at the Capitol in 2021
    The 31st state Legislature adjourned Thursday and forwarded over 200 bills to Gov. David Ige, including ones that would make it illegal to capture or kill sharks, require state departments to identify facilities that are vulnerable to sea level rise and allow advanced practice registered nurses to perform abortions. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

    Poll: Hawai‘i voters really like Lt. Gov. Josh Green
    Of those surveyed in the latest Civil Beat/Hawaii News Now poll, 63% said they had a positive view of Josh Green, who has all but declared his intention to succeed the term-limited David Ige next year. Ige, House Speaker Scott Saiki, the Legislature and former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell received low marks. Civil Beat.

    Case, Kahele make their pitch for $57 million
    Building a new blood bank, growing fresh coral for Waikīkī tourists and expanding the ability of an organic farm in Wai‘anae to process more produce are just a few of the pet projects Hawai‘i congressmen Ed Case and Kai Kahele hope to secure funding for during this year’s federal budget negotiations. Civil Beat.

    Ed Case revives ambitious Pacific Island foreign policy bill
    The bill would authorize $1 billion in aid to Pacific Island nations and boost trade, diplomatic and military relations across the region. It would also support local authorities in combating illegal fishing and addressing problems caused by climate change. Civil Beat.

    Hawai‘i lumber prices more than double
    The cost of building a new home in Hawai‘i has jumped during the pandemic, largely because of the huge increase in lumber prices. Those in the industry don’t expect a drop in lumber costs anytime soon. KITV4.

    Zippy’s offering cash incentives for new hires
    Some businesses hard-pressed for new hires during the pandemic are offering certain incentives. Popular restaurant Zippy’s launched a new recruitment bonus program offering up to $3,000 cash for those looking to fill manager spots, or up to $500 for other positions. KITV4.

    As demand wanes, Hawai‘i reduces its COVID-19 vaccine order for the first time
    The slowdown comes as Hawai‘i reached a milestone, with nearly 63% of the 16-and-older population fully vaccinated as of Tuesday. Civil Beat.

    Photos: courtesy of HI Spice
    HI Spice’s Hot Sauces Feature Local Produce Such as Liliko‘i, Guava and Mango
    Hot sauces by HI Spice are crafted on Maui with locally grown produce such as liliko‘i, guava, pineapple, mango, papaya and peppers to create a balance of heat and flavor… read more.
    Homeless concerns growing in Chinatown
    Four months into the administration of Mayor Rick Blangiardi and hopes are dimming that any meaningful and quick change is coming to Chinatown to reduce homelessness in Honolulu’s oldest neighborhood. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

    Facial recognition technology goes live at Honolulu’s airport as part of federal program
    The Simplified Arrival program uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks required for entry into the country. It also fulfills a Congressional mandate to biometrically record entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.

    University of Hawai‘i graduate assistants sue for right to unionize
    Academic Labor United and three graduate assistants filed suit Saturday in Circuit Court in Honolulu against the Board of Regents, the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board and the state of Hawai‘i. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

    City pays $365,000 to motorist in crash with HPD
    The Honolulu City Council approved the settlement of Kekoa Andrade’s claim at a meeting last month after discussing the matter at the committee level, behind closed doors in executive session. Civil Beat.

    Rep. Perruso: Agribusiness Development Corporation land still marred in crime
    Sweeps of the land were done last year after a fatal shooting in the area, but state Rep. Amy Perruso says crime has returned. She says she’s received reports about illegal dumping of vehicles and drug activity. KHON2.

    Downtown Hilo | Photo: Aaron Yoshino

    Hawaiʻi Island Business Report 2021

    The road to economic recovery is challenging, but businesses are optimistic as they take steps to reopen safely, and progress is made toward sustainable goals. The Hawaiʻi Island community has bounced back from hurricanes, people came together to help each other during the 2018 eruption… read more.

    Council members balk at removing planning commissioner
    A bare majority of County Council members remained unwilling Tuesday to take the unprecedented step of removing a sitting planning commissioner, and instead by a 5-4 vote deferred Mayor Mitch Roth’s request until August. West Hawaii Today.

    100+ people apply for Kīlauea recovery housing buyout program
    The Kīlauea Disaster Recovery Voluntary Housing Buyout Program began taking applications Friday and already has received significant interest from Puna residents whose homes were affected by the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. Tribune-Herald.

    Photo: courtesy of Black Sand Publishing
    “Buy Hawaiʻi, Give Aloha” Portal Helps You Buy Local

    Many kamaʻāina want to support local businesses, especially now during the pandemic, and a new portal aims to make that easier. The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism has launched a website called Buy Hawaiʻi, Give Aloha to highlight local more.
    Maui post-arrival COVID-19 testing soft launch begins at Kahului Airport
    Medical testing is managed and administered by Doctors of Waikīkī, which won the bid and is now under contract with the County of Maui. County officials say the cost of the rapid COVID-19 test per unvaccinated trans-Pacific traveler is $25. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

    Sports facility to be used for graduations
    War Memorial Complex facilities will be closed to the general public on May 21 and May 22 for graduation ceremonies hosted by Baldwin and Maui high schools, the Department of Parks and Recreation announced. Maui Now.

    Kaua‘i to move into modified Tier 3 after spike in COVID-19 cases
    If approved by Gov. David Ige, the amendments will cut indoor social gatherings to five people from 10, although outdoor gatherings will be expanded to 25 people from 10. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Garden Island. KITV4.

    Reaching out to the houseless of Lydgate
    The park is set to shutter at the end of May to its current houseless residents, who have been able to shelter in place for over a year. Garden Island.

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