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Hawaii Sues Oil Refinery

Hawaii sues state’s largest oil refinery for alleged unpaid taxes.

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Hawai‘i sues state’s largest oil refiner for alleged unpaid taxes
The State of Hawai‘i has sued Par Hawaii, alleging it relied on a flawed interpretation of state tax law to skirt paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes annually for an unknown number of years. The whistleblower suit against the company could have repercussions for other companies operating in Hawai‘i’s foreign trade zones. Civil Beat.

Governor’s Veterans Day Ceremony 

Due to the limiting factors associated with the pandemic, the State Department of Defense in conjunction with the State Office of Veteran’s Services has canceled the Governor’s Veterans Day Ceremony. Officials hope to hold the ceremony in person next year. KITV4.

HTA study: 81% of visitors rate Hawai‘i trips as excellent
Nearly all (94%) of the visitors who were polled in this latest Hawai‘i Tourism Authority study were fully vaccinated, with one in three travelers indicating they had postponed their trip to Hawaiʻi or waited to visit until the vaccination exemption was in place.  Maui Now.

Federal audit finds questionable spending and lax oversight by Wespac of secretive fisheries fund
Federal investigators have found $1.24 million in questionable expenses. Wespac’s verification and documentation of certain deliverables was “inadequate,” the audit says, and management of the contract awards needs to improve because the council and its subrecipients did not follow competitive procurement requirements.  Civil Beat.

The Night Rail First Died and What’s Next
Hawaii Business Magazine’s editor talks about the Honolulu City Council vote that changed the fate of the previous attempt to build rail. What died that night was the authorization for a 0.5% general excise tax surcharge on O‘ahu… read more.
Short-term rental bill advances despite confusion
The Honolulu City Council is considering a measure that would alter the rules for short-term rentals, notably increasing the minimum stay to six months from 30 days for short-term rentals without a special permit. However, the bill submitted by the city Department of Planning and Permitting was the incorrect version. Star-Advertiser.

Adoptive parents of Isabella Kalua arrested for murder in connection with her disappearance
Honolulu police say that the adoptive parents of 6-year-old Isabella Kalua, also known as Ariel Sellers, killed her sometime around mid-August and reported her missing a month later. Authorities have not recovered her body, but continue to search the Kalua’s Waimānalo property. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Maui Now.  Hawaii Public Radio.  Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Department of Education finds no bias in how girl’s arrest was handled
The state Department of Education has not found any evidence of bias or wrongdoing by its employees after they called police, who then arrested a 10-year-old Black girl on a campus for allegedly drawing a picture featuring a gun and death threats above the names of students. Star-Advertiser.

Waipi‘o stream contaminated by runoff containing high amounts of drinking alcohol
The state Health Department is now investigating the spill from a storm pipe next the the H-2 Freeway. The state Department of Transportation, which owns the pipe, told the DOH that the spill came from Paradise Beverages, which owns a warehouse across the freeway from the spill site. Hawaii News Now.

Ray Vara, the CEO of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, is Hawaii Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year for 2021.

Vara’s hard work and leadership have been essential parts of HPH’s efforts to build a healthier Hawai‘i, both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. And he has also been an advocate and leader in helping the working poor throughout Hawai‘i achieve a better quality of life… Learn more.

EPA fines Hawai‘i County for failure to complete wastewater treatment facility design by deadline
EPA said that in June 2017, the county had agreed to close five large-capacity cesspools serving the Pāhala and Nā‘ālehu communities, in order to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The county was to replace them with a wastewater treatment plant approved by the Hawai‘i Department of Health, and the design was to have been completed by July 24 of this year. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now.

Big Island climate change project highlighted at United Nations Climate Change Conference
The project hopes to map the coastline of the Big Island in order to create a baseline against which future sea level rise and coastal erosion can be measured. Big Island Video News. Tribune-Herald.

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Maui Fire Department seeks new tanker to meet Upcountry demand
The Maui Fire Department is proposing a new fire tanker in Kula to assist with the growing number of calls Upcountry, help with response time and water resources and combat the increase in wildfires in the Kahikinui and Kaupō areas. Maui News.

Acting Gov. Connors declares disaster emergency relief period for Maui drought
Maui County has suffered under drought conditions since March 2019. Officials said rainfall, streams and ground water levels remained “significantly below normal,” and the emergency proclamation provides state assistance in dealing with damages and losses as a result of the drought. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.

Former Kaua‘i councilman pleads guilty to leading meth ring
Former Kauai County Councilman Arthur Brun pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he led a methamphetamine ring supplied by the United Samoan Organization, a gang that operates in and out of the Hawai‘i prison system. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now.

Kaua‘i allows bars, gyms to choose new policies
Effective Friday, high-risk businesses — including bars, restaurants and gyms — can institute their own Covid-19 vaccination or testing policy for entry to reopen to 100% indoor capacity, according to a new county policy. Garden Island.

Kaua‘i homeowners worry about ‘black slime’ health risks
State health regulators said the problem is isolated to the 151-unit Ho‘oluana at Kohea Loa housing development, a mix of market rate and affordable single-family homes and duplexes. More than half of the Ho‘oluana homeowners say they’re affected. Civil Beat.

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