$9 for a loaf of bread? Here’s why it’s so expensive to eat at home these days
Prices in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s “Food at Home” category for April in Honolulu were 11.8% higher than when the pandemic started in March 2020. Civil Beat.
As business booms with hungry tourists, restaurants struggle to keep up
Local residents are operating at 50% capacity. Some restaurants say this limit is making it harder for them to keep up with the demand from tourists. Hawaii News Now.
Lawsuit alleges poor conditions at Hawai‘i correctional facilities contributed to COVID outbreaks
A new lawsuit against the state also says the Public Safety Department violated its own COVID policies repeatedly, including by having up to 60 inmates in a single room and mixing sick inmates with healthy ones. Hawaii News Now.
Restrictions could remain until October if pace of vaccinations doesn’t increase
About 150,000 Hawai‘i residents still need to initiate the vaccination process to reach the 70% mark. Currently, 53% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 60% has received at least one shot. Star-Advertiser.
SPONSORED BY CENTRAL PACIFIC BANK 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.
Bomb threats lock down Pearl Harbor-Hickam for 4 hours
Two phoned-in bomb threats claiming an explosive device was on the destroyer USS William P. Lawrence in the shipyard’s Dry Dock 4 led to a lengthy Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam lockdown Tuesday, bottling up thousands who were told to shelter in place and avoid windows in the event of flying glass, officials said. Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.Hawaii News Now.KITV4.
Family of man killed by HPD wants officer to face criminal charges
The decision will be up to Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm, but his office has yet to review the case even though it happened in 2019. Civil Beat.
Environmental Protection Agency fines 2 Hawai‘i companies over jet fuel release
The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Signature Flight Support Corp. and Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corp. $150,000 for the release of 42,000 gallons of jet fuel in late 2014 at a bulk fuel storage facility on Sand Island. Civil Beat.Hawaii News Now.Star-Advertiser.
Kapālama Canal project OK’d in final impact review
A proposed $80 million city project that plans to turn a canal in Kapālama into a mile-long recreational area has completed its final environmental impact statement. Star-Advertiser.
$93M Halewai‘olu Senior Residences ready to rise in Chinatown
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Tuesday, six years after the city selected New Jersey-based The Michaels Organization to produce the 156-unit tower. Star-Advertiser.
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Deep Dive: Impact Investing
Hawai‘i Community Lending, a community development financial institution, has an individual impact investor note that individuals can contribute to, and that money will help get capital to residents in need. Here are 4 key elements of impact investing and 5 ways you can make impact investments… read more.
Aquarium industry submits revised EIS
A revised environmental impact statement from a commercial aquarium collectors’ group states it will rely on fish population trend data and projected population trends to implement catch quotas along the West Hawai‘i coast. West Hawaii Today.
Department of Liquor Control to lease office space in Kona
Just a decade after opening, the West Hawai‘i Civic Center has reached its brim and a Hawai‘i County department is again leasing office space in Kailua Village. West Hawaii Today.
New eco-hotel in Hilo launches program to clean beaches
The Soul Community Planet Hotel in Hilo — formerly the Hilo Seaside Hotel — opened on June 1 and immediately launched the Pristine Makai program, which partners with the Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund to clear marine debris from the south shores of the island. Tribune-Herald.Big Island Now.
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Best Practices for Community Engagement
Here’s advice from experts in conflict resolution and planning. It’s mainly geared toward project leaders and developers, but community members may find it useful.... read more.
Economist questions hotel moratorium
A Hawai‘i economist on Monday questioned the timing and the reasoning behind a Maui County Council bill that would temporarily halt building permits for visitor accommodations in the tourism hotbeds of West and South Maui. Maui News.
Maui home prices soar over historic $1 million mark in May
In May 2021, with inventory low and buyer demand high, the median sales price for single family homes in Maui County increased to a historic high of $1,039,000 — a 30% increase from one year ago, according to data from the Realtors Association of Maui. Maui Now.
Maui Bus will combine certain monthly passes into single $25 pass
Riders ages 55 and older, people with certified disability fixed-route cards, Medicare cardholders, and students ages 24 and younger will be eligible. Hawaii Public Radio.Maui Now.
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority gives $100K to Kaua‘i shuttle
HTA said that it is supporting Kaua‘i County’s development of a pilot shuttle program between Līhu‘e Airport and resort areas, which is anticipated to start next month. The initiative came out of the island’s Destination Management Action Plan, which allowed communities to have a voice in the type of visitor industry and tourism experiences that they have in their neighborhoods. Star-Advertiser.
Scientists are running out of time to save this critically endangered Kaua‘i bird
The new data suggests the population of ‘akikiki — a honeycreeper bird found only on Kaua‘i — may be declining faster than previously thought. Conservationists located just three breeding pairs this year, compared to 35 pairs spotted by researchers four years ago. Civil Beat.