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State panel forecasts better economic outlook for Hawai‘i
Adjustments to Hawai‘i’s projected tax revenues could mean the state government hauls in $450 million more than previously predicted. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald.

Gov. Ige eliminates mask mandate for outdoors
The change brings Hawai‘i’s mask mandate more in line with recent CDC guidance, which says most Americans, particularly those who are fully vaccinated, do not need to wear a mask outdoors. People will only be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of whether someone is vaccinated. Hawaii Public Radio. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

University of Hawai‘i floats plan to reopen campuses to public, end telework policy
The university aims to resume full, in-­person services at its offices July 6 and have all staff back on campus Aug. 3. It reached out last week to the unions representing its staff and faculty and asked for their feedback on the reopening plans by Friday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i teachers’ $2,200 bonuses may be in jeopardy
The governor is under pressure to veto the $2,200 bonuses that legislators voted to give every public school teacher, but hefty pay “differentials” for classroom teachers in shortage areas are on track for next year. Star-Advertiser.

Grand jury mix-up puts dozens of state felony cases at risk
A spokesperson for the state Judiciary said 60 cases total were impacted by the mix-up and additional precautions have been taken to prevent similar situations from occurring. Hawaii News Now.

New state veterans home is being built on land designated for affordable housing
Construction crews broke ground on the $75.5 million, 120-bed residential and treatment facility last month on a long-vacant lot in Kapolei. The dilemma underscores the frequently competing interests for scarce land on Hawai‘i’s most populous and urban island. Civil Beat.

Chocolate and Determination Create a Community
Erin Kanno Uehara’s shop, Choco le‘a, had been a Mānoa haven since 2014 when she opened with confections created from her uncle’s recipes. Then the pandemic hit. “We closed the end of March, then April was completely dark, but we started doing curbside pickup… read more.
Former police officer, Derek Wayne Hahn, bound for prison pending appeal
A former Honolulu police lieutenant must report to prison next week to serve a 3-1/2-year sentence in Hawai‘i’s biggest ever corruption case after a U.S. judge denied his request to remain free while he appeals his conviction. Star-Advertiser.

City plans to revitalize Chinatown, business owners say crime is the biggest issue
Earlier this month, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said he has a plan to fix major problems in Chinatown and efforts include beautification and security. Hawaii News Now.

Sierra Club raises new questions about Navy’s cleanup of Red Hill fuel leak
Citing data from the state Department of Health, the Sierra Club said they believe the reason for a spike in contaminants is because the leak was not properly contained. Hawaii News Now.

TheBus to modify, discontinue more than a dozen routes
The discontinued routes include Route 80A (Hawai‘i Kai Park and Ride Express – University) Route 80B (Upper ‘Āina Haina Express); and Route 235 (Kahala Mall — Wai‘alae ‘Iki). Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

Small O‘ahu landowners say they were blindsided by ag land plan
The state Land Use Commission has scheduled two days of hearings beginning Wednesday to try to sort through Honolulu’s plan for designating Important Agricultural Lands. Civil Beat.

Going, Going, But Not Yet Gone: Gender Bias in Family Businesses

Gender bias still exists within the leadership of many local family businesses, but its hold slips as new generations take over. And the role models for younger family members are often mothers, grandmothers and sisters… read more.

Wanted: Good foster parents for some troubled kids
Catholic Charities Hawai‘i is seeking therapeutic foster parents on Hawai‘i Island to provide specialized foster care for emotionally and behaviorally challenged youths ages 5-19. Tribune-Herald.

Water Board creates operations superintendent position
A shortage of qualified administrators has hit home for the county Department of Water Supply, which on Tuesday was given permission to add a superintendent position to its operations division to help shoulder the load. West Hawaii Today.

Ag theft leads to regulations legitimate producers need to know
Due to the increasing reports of agricultural theft on Hawai’i Island, the Hawai’i Police Department on May 25, issued a reminder to the public that there are regulations set in place. Big Island Now.

Graduating Into Uncertainty

This is the second in a series of reports about the challenges facing high school and college seniors in Hawai‘i. Here are brief profiles of four full-time UH Mānoa seniors, each facing different more.
Concerns persist over market-rate units in Larry Ellison project
Pulama Lana‘i is proposing 150 units with 76 affordable, 74 market-rate. A high number of market-rate units, proximity to a sewage treatment facility and lack of options to buy are among the concerns of community members for a 150-unit rental home project proposed by Pulama Lana’i. Maui News.

Maui Police Commision votes to allow former chief to retire in ‘good standing’
Despite being caught on camera fleeing the scene of an accident, former Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu is now allowed to retire in good standing. Hawaii News Now.

Kaho‘olawe restoration project to benefit land and sea
The Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission has launched a 14-month campaign to restore the Hakioawa Watershed and protect the island’s windward nearshore waters and reefs. Star-Advertiser.

Kaua‘i County adds two levels to Covid-19 tier system
If the state hits a vaccination rate of 70%, Kaua‘i will lose its tier system and mandated restrictions, according to the county’s latest tier chart from Mayor Derek Kawakami. Garden Island. KITV4.

Solid-waste plan up for review
The latest draft of the county’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, which outlines goals and objectives for one of the county’s most pressing issues of waste disposal, is now up for public review. Garden Island.

TGI editor returning to mainland

After six years of writing for The Garden Island newspaper, including a year as editor of the publication, this is Jessica Else’s last week at TGI. Garden Island.

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