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Hawai‘i Supreme Court blocks the early release of certain prisoners
The state Supreme Court denied a third request by the Office of the Public Defender to release lower risk prisoners early, noting rising inmate Covid vaccination rates and a declining number of infections in Hawai‘i’s jails and prisons. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald.

Race expanding for Hawai‘i’s next lieutenant governor
The 2022 race so far has attracted former state Sen. Jill Tokuda, who represented the Windward side, and former City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson, who resigned his Windward Council seat in 2020 three months before his term was scheduled to end. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i House panel warns it may hold the state auditor in contempt
Rep. Della Au Belatti tells Les Kondo she wants audit documents by the end of business Wednesday, or else. The committee has been looking at compliance issues regarding audits of the Agribusiness Development Corp. and a special land development fund of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Home Lands residents may be out of luck when it comes to help with broadband bills
A federal pandemic subsidy program offers discounts to homesteaders. But the company that provides the service says it won’t participate. Civil Beat.

University of Hawaiʻi economist says state economy on the upswing
UHERO executive director Carl Bonham told state lawmakers he’s cautiously optimistic about the future outlook for the state’s economy even though he’s expecting statistics to show thousands of jobs were lost during the recent Covid-19 Delta variant surge. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Health officials debunk false report, saying Covid-19 is far deadlier than the flu
The statistic that is causing issue is 859, which the state Health Department said is how many people in Hawai‘i have died in the last year from pneumonia and influenza. The state said only one of those deaths was actually due to influenza — the rest were related to pneumonia and the vast majority were Covid-related. Hawaii News Now. Maui Now.

Hawai‘i doctors urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19

Women who are pregnant and recently pregnant are at an increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, pregnant women who contract the virus are at increased risk for preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes, including stillbirth. Star-Advertiser.


Saving Hawai‘i’s Endemic Plants, One Seed at a Time
In September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service named the Phyllostegia glabra, a member of the mint family that grew in the moist forests of Lāna‘i, as lost to extinction. The Army Natural Resources Program on O‘ahu works to stem the loss by maintaining a permanent stock of rare seeds… read more.
Some outdoor events now allowed on O‘ahu
Event organizers said the new restrictions are a step in the right direction ― and a way to help keep them afloat and their employees on the job. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

New body cam video shows ‘bizarre’ encounter before fatal police shooting in Nu‘uanu
Several officers were responding to a report of a car break in at Kewalo Basin. Lindani Myeni had nothing to do with this case, but happened to be there. Hawaii News Now.

New community around stadium could start to rise in about a year
Residential and commercial construction on state land around Aloha Stadium could begin in late 2022 or early 2023 without a projected timetable for replacing the largely condemned 50,000-seat facility. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KHON2. KITV4.

Former workers of Love’s Bakery are now suing the company
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is suing Love’s Bakery, alleging the company shorted health trust fund contributions after they say an audit uncovered about several hundred thousand dollars in discrepancies. KHON2.


Here’s How Hawai‘i Plans to Expand its Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

New styles to suit every need, personality and driving desire are about to debut in the electric vehicle market. By 2045, forecasts suggest half the vehicles on Hawai‘i’s roads will be electric. The challenge facing the state and Hawaiian Electric Co.: Where will everyone plug them in?… read more.

Council to discuss adding 3% to TAT
Bill 81, scheduled for Tuesday’s Finance Committee agenda, would impose an additional 3% local tax on top of the current 10.25% state transient accommodations tax. West Hawaii Today.

Police recover 600 pounds in stolen bananas
The two suspects were identified and the bananas were recovered. However, the owners of the produce remain unknown. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.


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 more.
Mayor anticipates approval for loosened restrictions on Maui
While the mayor said he has obtained a verbal okay from Governor David Ige, he’s holding back on calling loosened restrictions official until the Governor puts his signature on paper. Maui Now. KITV4.

Charter Commission adopts proposal to establish independent nomination board
At last Thursday’s Maui County Charter Commission meeting, proposals were adopted that would significantly change the selection process and requirements for people serving on County boards and commissions. Maui Now.

In ongoing battle, Kalo farmer finds water source locked up
The battle over water continues on Maui as some famers say their access to water has been abruptly shut off. Wailuku farmer Robert Street says water to his taro patch stopped on Monday without any explanation. Hawaii News Now.

Photographer complies with DLNR
A commercial wedding photography company previously called out for its practice of allegedly taking photos without necessary permits has removed photos from its website taken within closed areas without proper permitting at the behest of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Garden Island.

KPD primed and ready for explosive threats
The next time something that could go “boom” needs to be dealt with on Kaua‘i, police won’t be stuck waiting for help to be flown in from Honolulu or the mainland. Garden Island.

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