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Tourist Numbers Decline

Hawaii sees a 31% drop in visitor arrivals in September.

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Hawai‘i sees 31% drop in visitor arrivals in September
A combination of scant international travel to Hawai‘i, a Covid-19 surge and Gov. David Ige’s subsequent plea in August for travelers to avoid non­essential trips to the state through October contributed to a substantial drop in visitor arrivals last month compared with pre-pandemic September 2019. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

The plan to redraw Hawai‘i’s political lines goes out for public comment
Members of the Hawai‘i Reapportionment Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to put forward its redistricting plan for public comment. The commission is planning to host meetings in November and December that would give the public the opportunity to weigh in on the proposals. Civil Beat.

Army holds large-scale readiness exercise in Hawai‘i for the first time

The annual training program usually takes place at Fort Polk, Louisiana, but as great power competition increases, the U.S. Department of Defense is focusing its efforts in the Pacific. Commanders say the Joint Pacific Multinational Training Center drills are likely to continue to be held in the islands, which have more realistic terrain for war scenarios. Civil Beat.

Former city auditor: Les Kondo is the ‘poster child for bad auditing’ 
Edwin Young encourages the Legislature to “take action” against the state auditor or risk consequences. The former auditor on Thursday told a special House committee that State Auditor Les Kondo does not follow federal standards on auditing and acts in a way that Young finds professionally inappropriate. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority hires T. Ilihia Gionson for new public affairs position
T. Ilihia Gionson is a longtime public affairs and community engagement professional from Hawai‘i island. Gionson, who begins work Monday, assumes the job of public affairs officer that was created as part of an HTA reorganization in early June that emphasized destination management. Star-Advertiser.

Covid-19 cluster report highlights O‘ahu elementary school, notes downward trend in cases statewide
The latest cluster report from the Hawai‘i Department of Health reflects a downward trend of Covid-19 cases, with only 13 clusters currently under investigation statewide. Star-Advertiser.

DOH says poor classroom ventilation likely contributed to cluster of 30 Covid cases. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

U.S. Postal Service looking to fill more than 600 positions in Hawai‘i
Job openings include 275 entry-level positions and 350 seasonal positions. Entry-level opportunities include positions in the Honolulu mail processing facility and mail carrier positions statewide. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.


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More than 30% of all family-owned businesses survive into the second generation. If you belong to a family business, it’s never too early to begin thinking about the succession process. This year’s Family Business Forum will provide information on key generational issues and challenges that families encounter along the succession journey. Register Now!
Governor didn’t approve city’s planned reboot of large indoor events but has no plans to stop it
Gov. David Ige says he’s not comfortable with the city’s plan to allow large indoor events on O‘ahu, but won’t stop Honolulu’s mayor from moving forward. Hawaii News Now.

City explains reasoning behind food and beverage restrictions at O‘ahu events. Star-Advertiser.

Amid calls for relocation of Red Hill, the Navy pushes a double-tank test
The Navy said it is investing over $750 million in improvements to its aging fuel storage tanks that lie 100 feet above the Moanalua-Waimalu groundwater aquifer — while also pursuing a double-wall tank experiment. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

Former judge tells lawmakers he was removed from audit after questioning rail spending
Randal Lee, a retired Circuit Court Judge and white-collar crime expert, said when he began looking into the rail authority’s books back in 2018, he quickly spotted 76 questionable change orders. Those orders were worth more than $100 million. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi hosts city blessing following completion of repairs at Koko Crater Stairs
The city partnered with the Kokonut Koalition, a nonprofit which coordinated thousands of hours of labor by hundreds of volunteers that manually hauled more than 600,000 pounds of materials up the incline. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.


It Takes a Village

It truly has “taken a village” over the past 18 months to envision and establish the Puʻuhonua o Waiʻanae’s (POW) Farm Village. The project created a place of hope, resiliency, and a sense of renewal, which aligns with the values of G70… read more.

County breaks ground on new dispatch call center
A new emergency call center being built in Hilo will improve communications between the county’s police and fire departments. The project will cost $25.4 million from the county’s capital improvement budget and is estimated to be completed in early 2023. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.

Puna water projects mulled: Meeting held to discuss restoration of service to Isaac Hale Beach Park, 12 other proposals
Hawai‘i County will not be reinvesting in infrastructure destroyed by the 2018 Kīlauea eruption, public officials said Thursday. Officials said it would be hard-pressed to justify restoration work in areas in Lava Zone 1 that have been inundated by lava. Tribune-Herald.


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 more.
Maui mayor wants to loosen Covid restrictions on large gatherings, restaurant capacity
Maui Mayor Victorino wants restaurants to be allowed capacity anywhere from 75% to 100% — instead of the current 50%. Unlike Honolulu, Maui allows customers in restaurants who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus, as long as they show proof of a negative Covid test within the past 48 hours. KHON2.

Large employers either silent or taking a wait and see approach to vaccine mandates
On Sept. 9, President Joe Biden announced proposed rules that all employers with more than 100 workers would require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly, affecting about 80 million Americans in private sector businesses. Maui Now.

DOE request to open school without a crossing denied
The state Land Use Commission on Wednesday denied the state Department of Education’s request to allow it to open Kīhei high school without an underpass or overpass for pedestrians. ​Back in 2013, the Land Use Commission set the requirement that either a pedestrian over or underpass was required for safety. Maui News. Hawaii News Now.

Maui crews are successfully eradicating invasive little fire ants — with aerial support
The Maui Invasive Species Committee began a pilot project two years ago using helicopters to spray bait aimed at sterilizing ant queens and curbing the stinging pests. Hawaii Public Radio.

Kaua‘i vacation rentals on rebound
A new Hawai‘i Tourism Authority report shows demand, although down from a summertime high, equaled 53,346 unit nights last month. That’s up 1,424.2% from September 2020, when 3,500 unit nights were recorded, but still down 42.5% from September 2019. Garden Island.
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