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2 separate Hawaiian Airlines flights return to Honolulu after two unruly passenger cases
One incident involved an alleged unprovoked attack against a flight attendant on an interisland flight bound for Hilo, while the other involved a passenger who allegedly defied the federal face mask mandate on a flight to Seattle. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Maui Now.  Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Hospital rewrites the rules so loved ones can say goodbye at Covid patients’ bedsides

Health care workers say one of the most tragic aspects of Covid is that so many patients die alone. A partnership between Adventist Heath Castle and Bristol Hospice is allowing exceptions so family members can be at the bedside during those final moments. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i’s economy is expected to resume recovery in November
According to a new report by University of Hawai‘i economists, the Nov. 25 Thanksgiving holiday is likely to be around when the main driver of the local economy — tourism — starts to make a significant recovery after a big tumble tied to the towering delta wave of Covid-19. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i officials seek workers statewide for Safe Travels program
The state is seeking to hire 100 people to help verify Safe Travels program documents at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on O‘ahu, the Hilo and Kona International Airports on Hawai‘i Island, Kahului Airport on Maui, and Lihue Airport on Kaua‘i. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News. Garden Island.

Hawai‘i’s high cost of living just keeps getting higher
Rising gasoline and housing prices are driving up living costs for isle families, offsetting wage gains that had appeared to offer a bright spot in a tepid economic recovery. Civil Beat.

Supreme Court partially approves subpoena into bank records of group opposing TMT on Mauna Kea
The Hawai‘i Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a subpoena to access the bank records of a nonprofit organization that has opposed the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, but the ruling also further limits the scope of the subpoena. Star-Advertiser.

Vacation rental supply only two-thirds back to pre-pandemic days
Vacation rental occupancy across the state was down about a third in August, while hotel supply was almost at the pre­-pandemic level that it was two years ago. August vacation rental demand dropped to 459,152 units, a 32.6% decline from August 2019. Star-Advertiser.


My Job: A Life in Music
Kira Santos of the band Close the Distance says being a professional musician requires a tough skin “because you’re going to get knocked down 100 times in this industry.” Santos and her younger sister, Ezri, met their original bandmates when they were students at Hawaii MusicWorks… read more.
U.S. House passes bill with enhanced standards for Red Hill fuel tanks
The bill passed ahead of a highly anticipated decision by the Hawai‘i health director on the World War II-era tanks, which have leaked into the area’s groundwater. It would require the Navy to adhere to “significantly enhanced” inspection standards of its underground fuel tanks. Civil Beat.

Honolulu Police Commission seeks public’s help in search for new police chief
The Honolulu Police Commission is urging the community to send in presentations and testimony regarding the search for the new police chief. The commission narrowed the field of initial candidates down from 24 to 20. Out of those 20, 12 candidates were listed as Hawai‘i residents and eight were listed as non-residents. Civil  Beat.

With city vaccine exemptions pending approval, councilwoman proposes alternatives to firing
Andria Tupola has introduced a resolution calling for alternatives to firing and is asking city officials to be clearer about the exemption policies. She said she is fighting to prevent more jobs from being lost among workers whose religious and medical exemptions are still pending. Hawaii News Now.

Iwilei homeless shelter scrambled to identify and isolate Covid-19 cases
The outbreak affected 26 residents and a dozen of its 28 staff, forcing the remaining workers to jump into action. The shelter was locked down and staff used telehealth for severe cases and moved infected residents out of the general population to a conference room. KITV4.

Police officer falsely accused former state senator of being at massage parlor raid
Officer Chester Desiderio faced an undisclosed administrative action for Facebook comments he made about former Sen. Will Espero. The decision came after Espero filed a complaint with the Honolulu Police Department regarding the social media post. Civil Beat.


Start A Workplace Campaign This Giving Season to Support Aloha United Way’s 211 Helpline

Powered by trained local experts, Aloha United Way’s 211 helpline is Hawai‘i’s only comprehensive community information and referral helpline. Help keep people in our community connected to expert help and care… read more.

Big Island Covid patient’s family wants court to force hospital to give him Ivermectin
A Big Island man is is “on death’s doorstep,” according to his family. Now they hope to force the hospital to give him an experimental drug that has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration as a coronavirus treatment. KITV4.

Ironman World Championship moving to Utah, officials plan Kona return in October 2022.

The Ironman World Championship will be held outside of Hawai‘i for the first time in its 40-plus history, race officials announced Thursday. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.

Collaboration allows students to use Hele-On pass to get to school
Hawai‘I County has formed a partnership with the state Department of Education to help alleviate student transportation issues on Hawai‘i Island caused by a shortage of school bus drivers and routes. The collaboration will allow students who live near an existing Hele-On route to get to and from school by way of a monthly pass. Star-Advertiser.

Water reservoir project moves forward: Final EA released for 10 million gallon tank in Kohala
The Hawai‘i County Department of Water Supply proposes to build the 36-foot-tall prestressed concrete water tank on property currently owned by Parker Ranch. West Hawaii Today.


5 First Steps to Expanding Your Business

Lisa Miller, CPA, a senior consultant and entrepreneurial strategist at Business Consulting Resources, says she and her colleagues are often asked: Should I grow my business? Check these five indicators to help you decide if it is time to take your company to the next more.
Big changes to Wailuku town development rules proposed
Saying they’re up against a wall, Maui County Council members on Wednesday recommended approval for sweeping changes to nearly 70 acres of downtown Wailuku in a step to evade long-term litigation. Maui News.

6th Hawaiian monk seal found dead on Moloka‘i wildlife
Officials reported the death of another Hawaiian monk seal on Moloka‘i, the isle’s sixth so far this year, which they said is unprecedented. In April, officials reported that two monk seals died as a result of human-inflicted trauma. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

‘It’s very devastating’: activists decry removal of Maui’s largest homeless encampment
Maui County officials are nearly finished removing the island’s largest homeless encampment along Amala Place. Community organizers argued the county did not do enough to help houseless individuals in the area to move into shelters. KITV4.

Kaua‘i to move away from tier system
The County of Kaua‘i will be moving away from its six-tiered system, Mayor Derek Kawakami announced Thursday, but will continue to enforce strict Covid-19 safety measures. The current tier system anticipated dropping all safety-mitigation measures when the state reaches a 70% fully vaccinated population.
Garden Island.

Project seeks to boost local egg production
Farmers have an opportunity to add fresh eggs to their list of wares next year, with tools provided by nonprofit Malama Kaua‘i. The new Poultry Egg Education Project promises to provide participants with over $2,500 in startup supplies, including 50 hens, and weekly online classes with experts. Garden Island.

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