UH scrambles to replace funding as it faces $80M in budget cuts
The cuts amount to about 9% of the overall UH budget. The Board of Regents said they hoped to use federal funding to offset the budget cuts but were told that federal money wouldn’t fully cover the loss. Hawaii News Now.
Hawai‘i’s hotel occupancy at 51% in April
Hotels in Hawai‘i were only about half full in April even with the spring break rush, but performance is expected to heat up this summer as many U.S. travelers take leisure trips. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The great Hawai‘i car rental crisis: Is it ever going to end?
Some island leaders say it’s time to implement smarter visitor management strategies that don’t involve large fleets of rental cars. Honolulu Civil Beat.
New fungicide approved for use in Hawai‘i’s battle against coffee leaf rust
Priaxor Xemium is not labeled for use on coffee plants, but is used on other crops including soybeans, tomatoes and other leafy vegetables.The EPA gave the green light for use on Wednesday in hopes that it will halt the devastating disease that’s threatening coffee crops on several islands. Hawaii News Now.Big Island Video News.KHON2.
Marines scrap Hawai‘i-based attack helicopters after just 3 years
The Marines announced in March that they would remove all their helicopter units from Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Kāne‘ohe Bay as part of a broad restructuring of the Marine Corps that’s starting in Hawai‘i and is intended to reshape the force by 2030. Honolulu Civil Beat.
State auto sales seen rising 9.1% this year
Key factors driving the state’s new-vehicle market are low interest rates, pent-up demand, accelerated employment and the federal government’s economic stimulus, but they will be offset by tight inventories and rising gas prices. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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Council chair considers action to force HPD to release bodycam videos in fatal teen shooting
Honolulu Council Chair Tommy Waters said he plans to discuss the possibility of legislation or a resolution. He said HPD’s statement on transparency and its use of bodycams show that there is no reason why HPD shouldn’t release all video from body cameras using redaction to take out personal information. Hawaii News Now.Permitting Department considering new ways to crack down on “monster homes”
One option is to have the City Council pass a new ordinance that would allow DPP to foreclose on a property once a lien has been filed against it. Putting a lien on a property and then seeking foreclosure is one of the last steps the department takes against landowners who do not comply with the law. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Navy responds to leak at Red Hill fuel frustration
The Navy said that a release of approximately 1,000 gallons of jet fuel at its Red Hill fuel farm earlier this month had been “captured and fully contained” and that there was no evidence of environmental harm or risk to an underground aquifer that supplies drinking water. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hawai‘i summer programs having trouble finding applicants
Summer camps and programs across O‘ahu are having trouble finding applicants. City officials say they want to avoid closing a Summer Fun program site over a worker shortage. KHON2.
Kailua residents demand Wendy’s build a wall as concerns rise over customer disturbances
O‘ahu’s 11th Wendy’s restaurant was built on what used to be a Tesoro gas station, with a high rock wall that separated it from the neighborhood. Hawaii News Now.
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Court hears oral arguments on attorney general’s subpoena of anti-TMT group
The Hawai‘i Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the purpose and nature of a state subpoena meant to look into the financial records of a nonprofit that has opposed the Thirty Meter Telescope. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Tribune-Herald.Council advances budget after adding contingency funds
Stark philosophical differences among County Council members, coupled with limited funds and a lot of funding requests, led to some tense moments Thursday that threatened to blow up a special session on the budget but ultimately culminated in compromise. West Hawaii Today.
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Ethnicities of Public School Teachers and Students Don’t Match
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Maui mayor seeks to acquire 545 acres in Wailuku for historic cultural preserve
The area was originally intended to build housing and affordable rental units for working families, but the county’s principal archaeologist found evidence of ancestral remains on the property. KHON2.Maui County’s unemployment rate drops to 11.5% in April 2021
It is drastically lower than the 32.9% rate a year ago when the pandemic shutdown much of the island’s economy, and slightly lower than the 12.3% unemployment rate in March 2021, according to information from the Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations. Maui Now.
COVID cancels Maui Fair for second straight year
Organizers were worried about the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak even as more people get the vaccine. The fair was last held in 2019 when attendance for the 97th Maui Fair logged an estimated 90,000 individuals. Maui News.Maui Now.
Council passes cat and dog microchipping bills
A one-time, $20 microchipping cost will replace biennial licensing fees for cats and dogs on Kaua‘i, per two Kaua‘i County Council-approved measures, bills 2820 and 2821, on Wednesday. Garden Island.County awards $500,000 for rental assistance
The Kaua‘i Police Department, in partnership with the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, awarded Women In Need a grant of $500,000 to provide housing support to houseless individuals and families. Garden Island.
Program leaders: More services needed for domestic violence victims
The 15th annual Domestic Violence Counts Report Hawai‘i Summary found that victims made 90 requests for services that could not be provided because programs lacked the resources to meet victims’ needs. Approximately 52% of these unmet requests were for housing and emergency shelter. Garden Island.