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Funds cut for HTA

Hawaii legislators override Governor Ige’s veto and cut funding for the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

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Lawmakers override Gov. David Ige, cut tourism funding
State legislators overrode five measures that the governor vetoed, including a bill that pulls dedicated funding for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and changes the formula for how counties get tourism tax dollars. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Sen. Lorraine Inouye wants a woman to serve on state land board
Aside from Suzanne Case, who chairs the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the board consists entirely of men. Terms expired Wednesday for three of the seven board members, and two of those positions are now open. Star-Advertiser.

Bankrupt Honolulu charter operator faces allegations of multimillion dollar fraud
Wing Spirit had donated $1 million in flights to support interisland travel for medical care during the pandemic, but filed for bankruptcy six months later. Civil Beat.

Metered parking no longer free for handicap placard holders
As of July 1, drivers who have the temporary red or long-term blue placards, as well as special license plates, will now have to pay the normal rate in metered street stalls. This is a result of a change in the Hawai’i Revised Statutes approved in 2019. Hawaii News Now.

Almost all of those contracting COVID-19 in Hawai‘i are unvaccinated
According to Hilton Raethel, head of the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i, 98% of people diagnosed with COVID statewide over the past couple months haven’t gotten a COVID vaccine. Hawaii News Now.

New federal vaccination data boosts Hawai‘i percentages
The addition of detailed information from the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program increases the percentage of residents who have initiated their vaccinations from 62.7% to 64.7%, a gain of 2%. It also drops slightly the number of residents who have completed their vaccinations from 58.3% to 58%. Big Island Now. Maui Now.


The Statewide Effort to Turn Filmmaking into Hawai‘i’s Next $1 Billion Industry
Talent, training and financial incentives are driving a new era of filmmaking, TV and digital media production in the Islands. “We had tremendous years in 2018 and 2019, each averaging over $400 million” in direct spending… read more.
Boom in O‘ahu’s housing market continued in June
The Honolulu Board of Realtors said in report released Tuesday that the median sale price for single-family homes surged 27% to a rec­ord $979,000 last month, compared with $770,000 a year earlier. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.
Three factors shift Hawai‘i’s real estate market into overdrive. Hawaii Business Magazine.

Officers’ attorneys seek dismissal of charges in fatal shooting of teen
Attorneys representing three Honolulu police officers charged in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old teenager who led police on a high-speed pursuit after a two-day crime spree are seeking to have the allegations dismissed. Star-Advertiser.


When Employees Love their Job, Customers Love Your Brand

We were pleased to welcome keynote speaker and Punahou alumna Tiffani Bova, who shared her expertise on how creating an employee experience built on trust and transparency transfers to the best possible customer experience… read more.

Complaints lead to ouster of Big Island animal control contractor
Hawaii Rainbow Rangers will be replaced by county officials after numerous allegations of mismanagement circulated on the island. Civil Beat. Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

4 HCCC inmates test positive for COVID-19
Four out of 44 inmates at Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center recently tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, one out of 16 HCCC staff results was positive for COVID. Big Island Now.


Volunteering on Government Boards Yields Emotional, Intellectual and Professional Rewards

In 2021, about 395 seats will need to be filled on state boards alone; each county will have plenty of openings too. Each volunteer on government boards or commissions make or inform decisions on a vast number of issues, including conservation, affordable housing, land use, disabilities, ethics, more.
Maui County looking at banning certain bodyboards
Councilmember Tamara Paltin, who introduced the legislation, is looking to ban cheaply made polystyrene made bodyboards from being sold or rented. KHON2.

Mayor reserves water for affordable rentals, attainable workforce housing
The balance of available water was recently allocated to the Department of Water by the Hawai‘i Commission on Water Resource Management. Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino’s decision is slated to give developers an incentive to build units quicker by offering more certainty to those who would like to construct affordable rentals and attainable workforce housing. Maui Now. KHON2.

Maui shuttle service aims to move tourists around while reducing cars on the road
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau and Polynesian Adventure Tours have launched a shuttle service for tourists from the Kahului Airport to big resort areas like Kā‘anapali and Wailea. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Island to move to Tier 5, resort bubble program ends
As of Thursday, Tier 5 will allow gatherings of up to 75 people outdoors or 25 indoors. Restaurants, gyms, buses and attractions will be able to operate at 75% capacity. Garden Island. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

Group: No hotel at Coco Palms site
Kaua‘i community residents have mobilized to protect the land of Coco Palms Resort against development as the property heads to auction later this month. Garden Island.

KPD, DLNR cite, eject remaining houseless
The Salt Pond Beach Park closed last Wednesday, June 30, signaling the end of the county’s Shelter-In-Place program that allowed the houseless community to live on county-owned beach properties throughout the pandemic and have access to running water and electricity. Garden Island.

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