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Lawmakers grill state Land Board over below-market rents for state properties
The state House of Representatives is investigating state land management. The investigation follows a blistering state audit that found many businesses — some with political connections — could be paying more in rent. Hawaii News Now.

Department of Land and Natural Resources officials say audit veered from original scope
DLNR officials were prepared to talk about contracts related to leased state lands but soon realized that state Auditor Les Kondo intended to go beyond what they thought the Legislature wanted from Kondo’s 2019 audit, DLNR officials Tuesday told a special House Investigative Committee that’s investigating Kondo and his office. Star-Advertiser.

Native Hawaiian education programs are awarded $28 million in federal funds
The grant money, part of the American Rescue Plan and the Native Hawaiian Education Program, will support 35 programs that offer Hawaiian-language services and professional development. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Lawsuit claims Hawaiian Airlines covered up sexual assaults, security failures
The accusations come from the airline’s former head of corporate security, who was hired in 2015 and fired in September 2019. A Hawaiian Airlines spokesman called the complaint “stunningly inaccurate.” Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i has first confirmed maternal death due to Covid-19
Dr. Stacy Tsai, chair of the Hawai‘i State Maternal Mortality Review Committee, could not share specific details of the case due to medical privacy, but confirmed it was recent and that the patient suffered from a very severe disease due to Covid. Her baby, however, survived. Star-Advertiser.

State Ethics Commission looking for new executive director
Dan Gluck, the current head of the agency, announced his resignation in August. Gluck was appointed director of the Ethics Commission in 2016 after the Legislature selected the previous director, Les Kondo, to be the state auditor. Civil Beat.


Sages Over Seventy: Lloyd Sueda
After 50 years as an architect, Lloyd Sueda still gets up every morning and wants to go to work. He was the inspiration behind Kahauiki Village, an affordable housing community for formerly homeless families… read more.
Honolulu Mayor gives the go-ahead to remove ‘Stairway To Heaven’
The City Council included $1 million for the project in its budget this year, but Mayor Rick Blangiardi had to agree to release the funds. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Gov. David Ige stands firm on no-spectators policy for UH sports
As the Bows approach Saturday’s home game against San Jose State, Gov. David Ige upheld the decision to prohibit in-person spectators. Parents of players are pleading with the state to open up the stands to limited groups. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Teachers rally for more Covid safety measures at Leeward O‘ahu schools
Members of the teacher’s union, concerned parents and community members picketed Tuesday afternoon outside the Kapolei State Office building. KHON2. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Hundreds help search for missing 6-year-old Waimānalo girl
Police, family, friends, and even complete strangers, rallied together on Day 2 of the search for Isabella Kalua in Waimānalo. She’s also known as Ariel Sellers, the name given to her at birth. KHON2Hawaii News NowKITV4Star-Advertiser.


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Our virtual Wahine Forum features a variety of sessions to empower, inspire and rejuvenate! Learn how to build social capital, fight burnout and conquer anxiety, lead with grit and grace, and more. Register Now!

County, Uber partner to provide transportation for shot-seekers
The partnership is part of the county’s Hele-On Get Your Shot! campaign.The Uber program expands access to vaccine clinics around the island; the Hele-On Demand Response bus service and Paratransit service also provide rides. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now.

Lawmakers: Plan to designate Maunakea occupiers as ‘homeless individuals’ is unacceptable
Two O‘ahu legislators have asked the state Department of Hawaiian Homelands to halt any plans to forcefully remove protesters who remain on Maunakea. DHHL Chairman William Aila Jr. said DHHL regularly addresses unauthorized campers and unpermitted structures on Hawaiian homestead lands, but plans for any immediate removals have been “paused.” Tribune-Herald. KITV4.

Ethics Board retracts Van Pernis vote
Now that Mark Van Pernis is no longer a commissioner on the Leeward Planning Commission, the Board of Ethics on Monday retracted a prior finding that he violated the ethics code. West Hawaii Today.

Charter school project back before land panel
The Windward Planning Commission is set to decide whether to grant a special permit for Connections New Century Public Charter School to build a new campus on about 70 acres of state land in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.


Hawaiʻi REALTORS® Names Lurline Johnson REALTOR® of the Year

Each year since 1967 the award has recognized an outstanding REALTOR® in Hawai‘i for work in the interest of fellow REALTORS®, the profession and the community. Lurline Johnson has been involved in real estate sales and property management for 22 more.
Maui Charter Commission to consider proposing ranked-choice voting
The Charter Commission is evaluating substantial changes to the county’s Charter, and at its last meeting voted to propose a Charter amendment to create three voter districts within the County. Maui Now.

Businesses wrestle with vaccine mandate
Some Maui businesses say it will put a burden on them to turn the unvaccinated away. Beginning today and for at least 30 days, only fully vaccinated customers, 12 years or older, will be allowed to enter restaurants, bars, and gyms, while unvaccinated patrons will have to seek other options under Maui County’s “Safer Outside” initiative. Maui News.

Sub-Actions underway to fulfill Molokaʻi Destination Management Action Plan
The plan was approved in December 2020 and aims to rebuild, redefine and reset the direction of tourism over a three-year period. Maui Now.

Controversial Kaua‘i glamping resort hits stumbling block
A bill that would foil the planned luxury campground on a Princeville golf course got the green light from county planning commissioners. Civil Beat. Garden Island.

Kapa‘a school bus routes affected by driver shortage
Kapa‘a Middle and Kapa‘a High School parents were notified that beginning on Tuesday, three bus routes would be suspended, affecting 155 students. The two drivers on these routes have chosen not to drive due to a new state mandate that requires government contractors to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or test weekly. Garden Island.

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