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Russian spy ship near Kauai

Russian intelligence- gathering vessel in international waters off Kauai.

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Russian spy ship in international waters off Kaua‘i results in postponed missile test
The planned test could be for an SM-6 missile intercept of a replicated cruise or ballistic missile threat. An official said yesterday that the test was delayed because the U.S. didn’t want the Russian vessel to “collect on” the effort. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KITV4.

Pride of America to resume isle cruises in November
Norwegian Cruise Line announced Wednesday that it plans to relaunch its seven­-day Hawai‘i cruises aboard the Honolulu-based Pride of America, starting Nov. 6. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i economic recovery is picking up speed
The state is now forecast to grow 3.5% this year as domestic visitor arrivals reach full recovery by the end of 2021. Adjustments to projected tax revenues could mean state government hauls in $450 million more than previously predicted. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now.

Vacation rental occupancy continues to exceed hotel stays
The average unit occupancy at a Hawai‘i vacation rental in April was 66.6%, compared with just 50.8% for hotels, according to a Hawai‘i Tourism Authority report. April’s figures continue a seven-month trend. Star-Advertiser.

Some Hawai‘i farms want to keep feeding locals, even as tourism returns
When the pandemic shuttered restaurants and hotels, eliminating the client base for many local farmers and food distributors, a new kama‘āina market appeared. Some growers say they will continue to prioritize local families that kept them afloat. Civil Beat.

Most of Hawai‘i’s recent COVID-19 cases are from “variants of concern”
Of almost 1,500 specimens collected by the state laboratory since January, 1,023 were confirmed to be variants. Officials say vaccines are still effective in protecting against these more contagious strands. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Maui Now. KHON2.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Two Maui Watermen Unleash the Foilboard
Foilboarding has been around for nearly a decade, but it took a conversation between two Maui watermen for the technology to truly take off. Waterman Kai Lenny wanted a foilboard that could be ridden without a kite or tow boat and, instead, use the ocean as his engine… read more.
OʻAHU
Mayor Rick Blangiardi is working on modifications to Tier 4
O‘ahu could be moving to the less-restrictive Tier 4 of its reopening plan in a few days, pending the mayor’s submission of a proposal for approval by the governor. Star-Advertiser.

“It’s disappointing”: Blangiardi wants answers from HPD
Mayor Rick Blangiardi said yesterday that outgoing Police Chief Susan Ballard hasn’t returned his calls over the past month or briefed him of two fatal police shootings that occurred in April. Ballard’s last day is June 1. KITV4.

Judge orders release of complete footage from Nu‘uanu shooting
A judge has ordered the Honolulu Police Department to turn over unedited body-cam footage of the shooting that left 29-year-old Lindani Myeni dead in April. KITV4.
On Tuesday, police shot a 27-year-old man in Kalihi who they say pointed a handgun at officers. He is in critical condition. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.

Effort to protect key O‘ahu farmland paused for legal review
The state Land Use Commission has paused a highly contentious effort to potentially preserve 41,407 acres of privately owned farmland on O‘ahu as important agricultural land. Star-Advertiser.

New $160M state hospital facility in Kāne‘ohe set to accept patients in August
A long-awaited 144-bed psychiatric facility at the Hawai‘i State Hospital, which for decades has been plagued by overcrowding and assaults on staff, is set to begin housing its first patients in August. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Kīlauea has stopped erupting after months of producing new lava 
The volcano, which has been erupting at its summit crater since December, has paused over the past two days, according to USGS scientists. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now.

Perreira appeals fire chief selection, says process wasn’t “fair and transparent”
The acting fire chief who was passed over for the permanent position is appealing the Fire Commission’s selection process. West Hawaii Today.

Hawai‘i Island Paddlesports Association, Kona Sailing Club leases in question
On Friday, the Board of Land and Natural Resources is set to review a request to authorize the sale of the organizations’ leases at public auction. West Hawaii Today.

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New Program Will Help Women Entrepreneurs Rise

Central Pacific Bank Foundation is launching an accelerator program for women entrepreneurs. The 10-week program includes workshops designed for women entrepreneurs to hone financial management, marketing and leadership skills. Participants will also receive a host of benefits..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Bill to pause hotel permits advances
A Maui County Council committee voted to recommend approval of a bill that would place a moratorium on building permits for visitor accommodations. The proposal now heads to full council. Maui News.

Country Market at Waikapū to open at former Maui Tropical Plantation store
The new venture is made possible through a collaboration between Kumu Farms and Maui ʻOma Coffee Roasting Co. Maui Now.

Officials investigate suspicious deaths of 2 monk seals on Moloka‘i
Both seals, a 4-year-old male and 3-year-old female, were found dead on April 27 on the west side of Moloka‘i, according to officials. Star-Advertiser.

KAUAʻI
Council hears residents’ budget concerns
On Wednesday, residents again expressed concerns that the  upcoming 2022 Capital Improvement Projects budget lacks more avenues for waste diversion. Garden Island.

COVID-19 restrictions remain in state parks
Polihale State Park and others remain open for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, but the state Department of Land and Natural Resources reminds locals and visitors to follow the rules. Garden Island.

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