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Distance-learning to be limited

There will be no full distance-learning option for Hawaii students when school begins August 3rd.

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Public school students will have limited distance-learning options in the fall
There will be no full distance-learning option for Hawai‘i students when classes begin Aug. 3, although schools may be able to accommodate requests from high-risk families. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

Outgoing DOE superintendent plans to stay in Hawai‘i
Christina Kishimoto said yesterday that she is exploring career avenues outside of educational administration and has no immediate plans to leave after her contract expires on July 30. Civil Beat.

84% of staff at Hawai‘i’s long-term care facilities are fully vaccinated
The figure comes from a recent Healthcare Association of Hawaii survey of nearly 50 long-term care facilities across the state. The rate is 30 percentage points higher than the national average. Hawaii News Now.

State harbor user fee is going up. What does that mean for consumers?
The scheduled 3% tariff increase for activities such as port entry and vessel dockage goes into effect on July 1. A Matson spokesperson said the increases are passed on to shipping customers, who are primarily commercial businesses. KHON2.

Offshore wind farm development in Hawai‘i is stuck in the doldrums
Wind energy has been a key part of the state’s 100% renewable energy goals. Since 2012, 16 ocean leases have been issued for offshore wind farms along U.S coastal states, but none for Hawai‘i. Star-Advertiser.

Comment period opens for proposed recategorizing of endangered ae‘o
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed downlisting the Hawaiian stilt, or ae‘o, from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Star-Advertiser.

James Campbell Co. retains new CEO
Donald E. Huffner Jr. will start Aug. 1. Most recently, he headed a real estate investment and development firm in Florida. Star-Advertiser.

Some health care professionals are concerned about COVID-19 hospitalizations
Medical professionals in Hawai‘i say they are seeing a disturbing trend, with 33 people admitted to hospitals so far this month. KITV4.


My Job: Why Olive Oil? “It’s Liquid Gold”
After Angèl Foster and her husband, Brian, opened Island Olive Oil Co. in 2012, they discovered their company was a lot like an onion, with far more layers than they could have ever imagined… read more.
Amazon purchases land in Honolulu for Hawai‘i’s first distribution center
Amazon now owns a 14-acre stretch on Auiki Street worth more than $76 million. The company says this investment will help with future network needs. KHON2.

HART’s Lori Kahikina cites progress navigating utilities’ “spaghetti noodle mess”  
In an interview, the interim CEO discusses the progress made in the past six months as the rail project moves toward the final leg through Honolulu’s urban core, including dealing with utilities along Dillingham Boulevard. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

City gathers public feedback on its storm water master plan
The City and County of Honolulu is conducting surveys on its 50-year plan for storm water management, programs and investments. Star-Advertiser.

Harsher penalties wanted for landlords, renters who house illegal gambling rooms
The Honolulu Police Department is monitoring between 60 to 80 active game rooms, but the actual number is believed to be much higher. KITV4.

How 2 Honolulu schools are weaving connections with Pacific Islander students
A new arts pilot program at Washington Middle and Stevenson Middle schools aims to promote inclusivity for Micronesian students, who make up about 5% of the DOE student population. Civil Beat.


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.

Search begins for a new HR director
Hawai‘i County is seeking a replacement for Bill Brilhante, who leaves his position Thursday to work in his family’s business. West Hawaii Today.

Public input sought on mooring plans for manta-viewing sites
The state plans to install mooring buoys at two popular manta ray diving sites off the Kona Coast. West Hawaii Today.


Hawai‘i Economics and Economists in the Spotlight

Economics and economists have a huge impact today on the thinking of politicians, businesspeople, philanthropists and other decision-makers around the world, including Hawai‘ more.
Maui mayor’s appeal to airlines: Please bring fewer visitors
To combat mass tourism and congestion at the airports, Mayor Michael Victorino is asking airline officials to reduce passenger capacity to the island. Hawaii News Now.

Commission fundamentally changes West Maui’s water distribution system
In a historic decision on water rights, the Hawai‘i Commission on Water Resources Management has changed the distribution system that was controlled by sugar plantations for decades. Hawaii News Now.

Supreme Court decision came too late for Lahaina residents fighting a housing project
But the ruling could have statewide implications, as it narrows the limits of what planning and zoning exemptions are permissible for a fast-track affordable housing development. Civil Beat.

41 abandoned vehicles are removed from Kahului
The Maui Police Department and the county Department of Environmental Management joined forces to remove the vehicles along Amala Place. Maui Now. KHON2.

DOH investigates 2 clusters on Kaua‘i
In the past two weeks, the state Department of Health has identified two active COVID-19 clusters, one associated with a restaurant and another at a place of worship. Garden Island.
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