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Limits on Hawaii Tourism

New survey says Hawaii residents support limits and restrictions on tourism.

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Hawai‘i residents support limits on tourism, a survey finds
A new survey of residents finds support for more government controls that could lead to limiting numbers at popular destinations across the state and charging higher user fees to offset tourists’ impact across the islands. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

Vacation rentals continue to see high demand, but regulations create uncertain future
In the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s latest report for April, vacation rentals had a 66% occupancy rate, compared to the 51% hotels saw. Hawaii Public Radio.

Pentagon again denies funding for $1.9 billion Hawai‘i radar
Both the Hawai‘i radar, which was to be used to better track North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile threats, and a separate Pacific radar have been shelved by the Defense Department. Star-Advertiser.

UH chosen for NOAA research institute
The University of Hawai‘i will receive up to $210 million over five years to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research. UH won the right to host the research institution following an open, competitive evaluation. Star-Advertiser.

New incentives push Hawaiian Electric toward more clean energy
The state’s Public Utilities Commission issued a decision and order approving the new Performance Incentive Mechanisms,  which are key components of the new Performance-Based Regulation Framework that the PUC approved in December. Star-Advertiser.

In rare move, lawmakers voted to eliminate job of well-paid university professor
Prof. Carl-Wilhelm Vogel has worked at the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center for more than two decades, earning more than $300,000 a year. Hawaii News Now.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
She Sees a Better Future
When Kilara Sutton was laid off from her bartending job in March 2020, she barely had enough savings to last a month. Thanks to UH’s free O‘ahu Back to Work program, Sutton has a new career path… read more.
OʻAHU
Federal funding leaves Honolulu budget in limbo
The Honolulu City Council is expected to decide on a budget today, although it has not yet been finalized how the $196 million in federal funds O‘ahu is expected to receive from the American Rescue Plan Act will be spent. Star-Advertiser.

Alternatives to the last Honolulu rail leg? HART releases a ‘matrix’ of ideas
Marked “confidential,” the matrix includes 27 changes to rail’s design, technology and route past Middle Street. It aims to address the new budget deficit, estimated at around $3.6 billion. Civil Beat.

Ex-HPD chief begins 7-year prison sentence for crimes he now denies
Louis Kealoha is now a federal prison inmate at a facility in Sheridan, Oregon. In a May 7 deposition, Kealoha said under oath that he should not have been convicted of conspiracy and obstruction, despite his conviction in June 2019 and subsequent guilty plea for bank fraud. Hawaii News Now.

Assistant Chief Rade Vanic takes over as interim Honolulu police chief
The state’s largest law enforcement agency welcomed an interim leader Tuesday, announced the retirement of its second in command and began looking for qualified candidates to serve as Honolulu’s 12th police chief. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

O‘ahu neighborhood board election winners announced
This year, 495 candidates filed to run, and 402 were elected. Over 26,000 people voted, mostly online. Civil Beat. KITV4.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Do You Use a Cybercurrency?

Business leaders and locals weighed in on their knowledge of cryptocurrency in this survey. Only 1% of local business leaders have actually used cryptocurrency compared to 52% who don’t have a working knowledge of this payment form… read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Coronavirus cases rise at HCCC
A COVID-19 outbreak at Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center has grown to include 77 inmates and nine staff members, the state Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.

Hawai‘i County updates Covid-19 emergency rules
Rule No. 15 “opens commercial boating capacity to 100 percent, increases attendance at sporting events to 75 persons outdoors and 25 indoors, and defers all travel policies to the state’s Safe Travels program,” the Office of the Mayor says. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.

Planning Department outlines plan to fill CDP committees
Many of the citizen boards charged with advising the county on planning issues are getting by with holdover members whose terms have expired, and two don’t have enough members to make quorum, but progress is being made, Planning Department staff told a County Council panel Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

AT&T wants to place 5G tower on Saddle Road
Telecommunications company AT&T is seeking to erect a cell tower on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway about 13 miles from Waikoloa Village. Tribune-Herald.

Committee accepts statue donation, favors new location
After previously rejecting it in March, a Hawai‘i County Council committee on Tuesday accepted the donation of a statue at Liliuokalani Gardens with the stipulation that it be moved. Tribune-Herald.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
TheBus Combats COVID

A worker with H2O Process Systems, a contracted company, applies ammonium disinfectant inside a Honolulu city bus to kill germs. “The hardest part, I feel, is verifying the efficiency and efficacy of all the solutions..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
County COVID testing program receives award
Maui County was recognized for its community-based COVID-19 testing programs with an achievement award in the health category from the National Association of Counties. Maui News.
KAUAʻI
An explosion of green parakeets is causing big problems on Kaua‘i
Transported to the Garden Isle as pets and then either intentionally or mistakenly released into the wild in the 1960s, the birds now number at least 11,000 on Kaua‘i, according to the scientists who study them. Civil Beat.

Corteva Agriscience leases unused greenhouses
A collaborative community network is using 11 shade houses being leased to The Monkey Pod, a Kaua‘i nonprofit that was registered in 2017 to support and grow sustainable communities through agriculture. Garden Island.

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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amatuer (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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