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Hanauma Bay Reservations begin

The “race” to book reservations at Hanauma Bay is under way.

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The race is on to book a reservation at Hanauma Bay
Since the park launched its online reservation system, locals and tourists are scrambling to grab spots. Bookings must be made two days prior to visiting, and when the 1,050 spots open at 7 a.m., they’re gone within minutes. Now Hawai‘i is talking about creating a statewide system. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Airlines to resume Tahiti service as pre-travel testing to French Polynesia opens
Starting today, travelers from French Polynesia may bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they present a negative COVID-19 test from an approved testing partner. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now.

Frustration grows among parents who aren’t ready to send their kids back to class
The DOE has mandated that all schools be fully open in the fall, but many families want their kids to keep attending remotely. More than half of the DOE’s student population, or about 101,000 children, are in grades K-6 and are too young to get vaccinated. Civil Beat.

SNAP, FAP recipients will be required to renew their benefits again
Following federal rules, the state announced that it will resume processing renewals for food stamps and financial assistance programs starting on July 1. Garden Island.

Wespac considers steps to protect endangered sharks
Hawai‘i’s longline fishers may have to switch fishing gear to help reduce the mortality of hooked oceanic whitetip sharks. The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council will decide this week on whether to require that wire leaders be replaced with monofilament nylon ones. Star-Advertiser.

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DOJ issues target letter to former Honolulu managing director amid corruption probe
Roy Amemiya, who served under former Mayor Kirk Caldwell, was notified that he is a target in the sprawling federal corruption investigation. He is still working at Honolulu Hale for Councilman Calvin Say. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu councilman’s old blackface video is raising concerns
In a nearly 3-minute-long video titled “Hawaii’s Next Top Mahu,” posted last week on Augie Tulba’s Instagram page, he impersonated multiple characters, including appearing in blackface as Alexander Jenkins, aka Miss J. Civil Beat.

Power struggle: A major source of air pollution is also keeping the lights on
The owner of a large coal-burning electric plant scheduled to be closed next year wants to switch to burning wood pellets instead. While the proposal is drawing opposition from clean-energy advocates, the facility produces about one-fifth of O‘ahu’s electricity and alternative sources aren’t available yet. Civil Beat.

The number of people in homeless shelters has reached a 10-year low
The 2021 Point-in-Time Count of people living in O‘ahu homeless shelters showed a significant drop, which is attributed to less shelter space being available to allow for social distancing. Star-Advertiser.

91 homes planned for farmland in Kahuku
A local contractor has revived a more than decade-old effort to expand rural housing on agricultural land behind the community’s main residential subdivision. Star-Advertiser.

A Decade of Partnership Grew PWC from 3 to 340​

PWC Hawaii Corporation has grown from a small team of three into a thriving business with 340 employees in just under 50 years. Their growth was made possible in part because PWC decided to remove one of their biggest headaches by contracting with an HR outsourcing company in Hawaii to effectively manage their workforce… read more.

Lawmakers push to grow and commercialize the agriculture industry
Advocates say an expanded ag industry would boost Hawai‘i Island’s economy, but more and better coordination among private, public and education sectors will be necessary. Tribune-Herald.

County Council scrutinizes Roth’s nominees to the Leeward Planning Commission
Members of the planning commission have been in the spotlight lately, and not because of their actions but because of who they are. West Hawaii Today.

New building for cancer center among HHSC improvement projects
The expansion is one of several capital improvement projects underway in the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation’s East Hawai‘i region, which includes the Hilo Medical Center. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Rainbow Rangers’ sudden shift in leadership raises concern
Abrupt leadership changes at the organization in charge of animal control are raising new questions about misused funds, unhealthy shelters and unpaid bills. West Hawaii Today.

A large earthquake could set off Mauna Loa, researchers say
Researchers at the University of Miami in Florida have published a paper that says Mauna Loa could be nearing its next eruption, and that a magnitude-6 earthquake could set it off. Star-Advertiser.

Home Hot Pots and Help for Schools and Teachers    

The pandemic upended the future of Kevin Suehiro’s restaurant. And in the long run, that may be a good thing. “The dine-in for Hawai‘i has been more.
Maui mayor signs new budget bill
Mayor Michael Victorino signed the fiscal year 2022 budget bill on Friday. He also returned, unsigned, a bill for pay raises in the Office of Council Services. Maui Now. Maui News.

Moratorium on visitor lodging advances
A hotly debated bill that would pause visitor accommodation development in West and South Maui passed first reading before the Maui County Council on Friday. Maui News.

Emergency rental and utility assistance helps 250+ Maui households
Residents have received more than $675,000 to make overdue rent and utility payments. Maui Now.

County sets aside $2.5M for housing
The money comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act and will be paired with about $1.8 million in federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds. Garden Island.
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