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Tourism loses favor

Support for tourism “worsens” as only a narrow majority of Hawaii residents believe “issues are worth it.”

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Residents’ feelings about tourism worsens, but a slim majority believe issues are worth it
Only 53% of respondents said tourism has brought more benefits than problems in the 2021 HTA Resident Sentiment Survey released by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority yesterday. Star-Advertiser.Hawai‘i will lift restrictions for vaccinated U.S. travelers on July 8
Gov. David Ige announced Thursday that quarantine and pre-travel testing requirements will be removed for Mainland travelers who show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Garden Island. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Ige signs bills to bolster EV use, help state reach its clean energy goal
Gov. David Ige signed three bills Thursday aimed at increasing the use of electric vehicles and keeping the state on track to reach its 100% clean energy goal by 2045. Hawaii News Now. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.

Unidentified remains from the USS Oklahoma will be reinterred at Punchbowl
At least 51 unidentified remains arrived in Honolulu Thursday from Nebraska’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency lab. So far the lab has identified 88% of the casualties who were exhumed from Punchbowl for return to families. Star-Advertiser.

Matson Inc. ups dividend 30%, approves share buyback
On Thursday, the state’s largest ocean transportation firm announced a 30.4% increase in its dividend and said its board has approved a share repurchase program totaling 3 million shares. Star-Advertiser.

Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems to receive federal funding
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced yesterday that the nonprofit Papa Ola Lokahi and the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems will receive $18.2 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

More than half of Hawai‘i’s inmates have been vaccinated
But a breakdown of individual facilities shows mixed results, with 89% inoculated at the Kulani Correctional Facility and 23% at the jail in Hilo. Civil Beat.

Cluster report highlights COVID-19 transmission in places of worship
State health officials said they investigated two clusters on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i this month. One involved 13 infections at a faith-based retreat, and the other cluster of 11 cases was at a place of worship. Star-Advertiser.

Free UH Training Aimed to Fill Job Openings
UH, in collaboration with the City and County of Honolulu, used $3 million in CARES Act funding to support 76 types of free classes to retrain residents who lost their jobs. “When you look at job postings, we could see, for example, that employers were still searching for… read more.
Another questionable million-dollar Honolulu rail contract?
Internal emails and other procurement records show that top HART officials planned to hire both former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Denis Dwyer, a Washington, D.C. lobbyist, even before they began a required competitive bidding process. Civil Beat.HPD is pushing for more recruits
The Honolulu Police Department is looking for qualified candidates to help fill 279 vacancies that cost the city more than $2.5 million in overtime expenses in a single quarter. Star-Advertiser.

Plans for Farrington Highway bypass are changed after community protests
The state Department of Transportation has scrapped plans to build a temporary bypass road near Mākaha Beach Park. Instead, one highway lane will be intermittently closed so steel bridges can be constructed. Civil Beat.

O‘ahu licensing centers, satellite city halls to extend hours 
Starting July 1, hours will be increased to meet a growing demand for driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and state identification cards. Star-Advertiser. 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.

July 4th fireworks are back on the Big Island
On Thursday, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced this year’s Fourth of July celebrations in Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Big Island Now.Public input sought on DLNR environmental assessment of Kona boat moorings
The state plans to install additional day-use moorings at two popular manta-viewing sites along the Kona coast. Big Island Video News.
Commercial vs. Personal Auto Insurance for Business Owners

Using your car for work? Choose your insurance coverage wisely. The line between personal and commercial usage can blur, especially for small-business owners. Kevin Kurosu of First Insurance Co. of Hawaii explains how to determine which coverage you more.
Water restrictions for Upcountry Maui take effect July 2
Due to dry conditions and high water use, residents will be prohibited from using water for irrigation, watering lawns, washing vehicles or other nonessential activities. Maui Now.Kahului Park playground closes because of unsafe equipment
The county Department of Parks and Recreation announced yesterday that the playground will be shut down immediately due to “deterioration of the play features.” Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

Kahului pizza parlor that failed inspection opts to shut down for good
Pizza in Paradise first closed in May after a routine Department of Health inspection found live maggots in a pot of old food and roaches in the kitchen. Hawaii News Now.

KPD graduates 6 new police officers
The Kaua‘i Police Department held a small outdoor ceremony on Thursday for the new officers. Garden Island.Kaua‘i Museum’s new exhibit hall is dedicated to Maryanne Kusaka
The museum’s Board of Trustees dedicated the exhibition space in honor of Kusaka, who is the current head of the Trustees. Garden Island.


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