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Loosened intercounty restrictions give boost to travel
Hawai‘i ended restrictions on intercounty travel between the Hawaiian Islands on Tuesday and extended the quarantine exemption to domestic travelers who were fully vaccinated with at least one shot in Hawai‘i. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.  KHON2.Hawai‘i is bringing back its health equity office as pandemic highlights disparities
A big part of the office’s job will involve better data collection and reporting. The office will also have a role in weighing in on both internal policies, such as hiring and retention practices, and external policies, such as bills at the Legislature that could impact health equity. Civil Beat.

Russian Navy west of Hawai‘i prompted F-22 fighter launch from Hickam, report says
The Russian Navy is edging closer to Hawai‘i with a big exercise 300 to 500 miles west of the Aloha State — prompting the Air Force to scramble three missile-armed F-22 fighters on Sunday. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.  Hawaii News Now.

French warplanes to train with US military in Hawai‘i as allies solidify ties
France’s new commander in the Pacific toured Hawai‘i last month as relations between China and Europe sour. U.S. Pacific Air Force spokeswoman 1st. Lt. Amber Kelly-Herrard said French pilots will arrive on June 29 for several days of training. Civil Beat.

Do we want more local food or cheaper power? Two Hawai‘i priorities conflict
Renewable energy companies say Honolulu’s plan to designate 12% of O‘ahu as “Important Agricultural Lands” could hinder the state’s ability to meet its clean energy goals. Civil Beat.

FBI reports Hawai‘i elderly lost more than $5M to fraud schemes in 2020
The FBI’s annual elder fraud report said that seniors across the nation lost roughly a billion dollars to schemes last year, which is a nearly 30% spike from 2019. Hawai‘i alone reported more than 450 complaints, resulting in losses of $5.4 million. Hawaii News Now.

In-Person Events Are Back But Many Caveats Remain
“Hope” and “Hybrid” are two words Hawaiʻi event planners frequently use while organizing conventions, weddings and other gatherings this year as they see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel… read more.
3 HPD officers are charged in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy
Six days after an O‘ahu grand jury declined to charge the officers in the death of Iremamber Sykap, Prosecuting Attorney Steven S. Alm charged one officer with second-degree murder and two others with second-degree attempted murder in complaints filed Tuesday in District Court. It was the first time since at least 1976 that a shooting by police resulted in criminal charges against the personnel who pulled the trigger. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.Security footage shows exchange before police shoot Lindani Myeni
The video captures Lindani Sanele Myeni entering the home at 91 Coelho Way in Nu‘uanu and then leaving while apologizing to the couple who called police. The prosecutor’s and police investigations into the incident are open and ongoing. Star-Advertiser. KITV4. Civil Beat.

City hopes to efficiently distribute federal funds for homelessness by deadline
O‘ahu has about $24 million in federal COVID-19 funds to spend on homelessness outreach and housing — of which $10 million is going to a new program called O‘ahu Housing Now. Star-Advertiser.

Pearlridge not affected by bankruptcy, General Manager David Cianelli says
Washington Prime Group, which owns 51% of the mall, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy. But the 1.3 million-square-foot Pearlridge Center is not part of the bankruptcy because it is not wholly owned by Washington Prime Group. Star-Advertiser.

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Police release body cam footage of fatal Hilo shooting
Authorities said the suspect that was shot and killed by police was 34-year-old Ryan Santos. According to the police department, the footage being made available to the public consists of approximately the first seven minutes of the entire video captured, and depicts the first contact by the officer to the time the officer discharged his firearm. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. Tribune-Herald.Council panel advances new building code
A County Council panel Tuesday unanimously advanced changes bringing the county up to the 2018 code for new and existing residential buildings. The bill now heads to the full council, where it faces two more votes. West Hawaii Today.

Borce wraps up three-year stint at PTA
After three years at the helm, Lt. Col. Loreto “JR” V. Borce Jr. on Tuesday passed the baton — or, more accurately, presented the colors — of Pohakuloa Training Area to Lt. Col. Kevin Cronin. Tribune-Herald.

Chinese national indicted for conspiracy in Hawai‘i
The federal grand jury indictment, handed down June 10 in U.S. District Court in Honolulu, charges Yao Zhungjun, 50, of Beijing, with a single count of conspiracy to commit money laundering as part of multiple schemes to defraud J.R. Simplot Co., a multinational supplier of agricultural products, between 2010 and 2016. West Hawaii Today.

Hālau, kumu hula prepare for Merrie Monarch Festival with modifications
Participating hālau have to isolate for five days prior to entering the stadium and undergo daily screenings. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, there will also be no big events like the annual craft fair, but nearby businesses are hosting a mini marketplace of their own. KHON2.

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Maui film industry busy with several productions filming on island
Maui Film Commissioner Tracy Bennett, the State Film Commissioner and Mayor Michael Victorino worked to bring major productions back to Maui County after the lockdown over a year ago, approving filming with restrictions in August. Bennett says the industry has done almost $40 million of business since last August. Maui Now.10-year review of Maui County Charter underway, public input sought
Once a decade the Mayor and the Council appoint a Commission of 11 citizens to conduct a year-long review of Maui County’s governing document, the Maui County Charter. Maui Now.

226 inmates have received first vaccine dose at MCCC
The last time the Wailuku jail had a confirmed positive inmate test result was on May 19, and there are currently no active cases at the facility. A total of 98 inmates overall at MCCC have tested positive for the virus during the pandemic, according to DPS data as of Monday. Maui News.

Kaua‘i condo prices skyrocket 58% over last five years
Steve Latham, a Realtor and broker at Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty, said in the first five months of 2016, the average condo sale was $436,144. In the first five months of 2021, the average sale is $688,051. Garden Island.Hawai‘i first lady promotes literacy
Hawai‘i First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige visited Kaua‘i to promote two literacy programs. One is called ‘Ohana Readers Kaua‘i, which provides no-cost opportunities for learning from birth through age 4. Garden Island.
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