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Coastal Protection In Hawaii

Hawaii gets a “B” for coastal protection in national report.

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Hawai‘i gets a “B” for coastal protection in Surfrider Foundation’s national report
That’s an improvement from the “C” it received last year, and ranks Hawai‘i higher than 67% of coastal states surveyed. Surfrider’s regional manager attributed the grade to two new state laws that address sea level rise and coastal resources. Star-Advertiser.

Kaiser Permanente strike averted after workers, company reach agreement
The health care company concluded contract negotiations with unions representing nearly 50,000 employees nationally, including more than 1,800 employees in Hawai‘i. The agreement was reached Saturday but still needs to be ratified. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

More French visitors expected in Hawai‘i
With travel restrictions still in place by the Japanese government, some believe it’s the French that could soon provide an economic boost to the state. KITV4.

Attorney: Lawsuit over alarming spread of Covid in prisons has prompted change
More than 2,900 inmates were infected during the pandemic, and nine died. But in the last week, the state reported just one infection on the Big Island — a sign of progress, said attorney Eric Seitz. Hawaii News Now.

State libraries seek security upgrades as pandemic spurs crime wave
Hawai‘i’s 51-branch public library system is looking to hire more security guards and install cameras in at least 11 branches following acts of vandalism and violent confrontations, including an attempted kidnapping. Star-Advertiser.

Gary Gill returns to politics in bid for state House
The former Honolulu City Council chair is seeking to fill the seat held by Sylvia Luke. Civil Beat.

Troubled United Public Workers Union holds a pivotal election
About 11,000 members in Hawai‘i began voting this weekend to select new leadership at a time when the influential union is under federal investigation for alleged financial irregularities. Civil Beat.

Past Attempts to Build a Rail on Oʻahu
Discussions and attempts to build a rail transit system in Honolulu have spanned five decades, eight mayors and seven governors. These are some highlights of past… read more.
Dream campus envisioned for 19 government agencies on O‘ahu
Work on the First Responder Technology Campus could begin next year on 243 acres of former agriculture land in Mililani. The project includes office space, classrooms, lodging for visitors and staff apartments. Star-Advertiser.

Why isn’t affordable housing in Kaka‘ako more affordable?
The trendy Honolulu neighborhood is a designated special “community development district.” But critics say it has done little to ease the island’s affordable housing crisis. Civil Beat.

Despite fewer visitors to O‘ahu, power, water and sewer consumption held steady in 2020
Chief Economist Eugene Tian extrapolated that if tourism were completely shut down in Hawai‘i, statewide electricity sales would decrease by only 14.7%, while water charges would only decrease by 10.7%. Star-Advertiser.

Condo owners face steep costs to comply with fire safety measures
A bill under consideration by the Honolulu City Council would extend the deadline to install fire sprinklers to 2033 — three years beyond the current deadline established in response to the deadly 2017 Marco Polo fire. Star-Advertiser.

Planning for a Bright, Secure Future

Chaminade University and Spectrum Wealth Management, LLC are working to achieve new goals, help communities and build a better Hawaiʻi… read more.

Stanford Carr slated to build workforce housing at Waikōloa
The developer has been selected to partner with Waikoloa Land Co. to build the workforce housing component of a residential and timeshare project coming before the Leeward Planning Commission next week. West Hawaii Today.

County approves master plan for Hilo mixed-use development
The development, on more than 171 acres between Komohana and Mohouli streets, has been on the drawing board since 2009. Tribune-Herald.

Four Programs That Inspire and Teach Kidpreneurs

Steve Sue likes to start young when nurturing the next generation of public-spirited entrepreneurs. He launched Lemonade Alley in 2011, a lemonade stand challenge for children in kindergarten through high more.
ACLU sues Maui County over homeless encampment sweep
The lawsuit claims the sweep violated people’s constitutional rights. Maui officials counter that concerns about health, safety, access and wildlife in the Kanahā Beach area prompted the action. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

State’s largest solar project gets green light
The Maui Planning Commission approved the Kuihelani Solar project, which would cover nearly 450 acres in Central Maui. Maui News.

Endangered ‘akikiki birds to travel to Maui for breeding program
The rescue mission is intended to be a temporary reprieve while biologists work to restore the birds’ forest habitat on Kaua‘i. Maui Now.

DOH raises alarms after at least 36 Covid cases linked to Kaua‘i church
Health officials are urging the congregation of King’s Chapel in Nawiliwili to participate in virtual services and to avoid in-person church activities until the cluster is contained. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Kauaʻi to use old irrigation system to store electric power
The Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative plans to use the irrigation system to help store solar power for use at night. Officials say the project will provide about one-quarter of Kauaʻi’s energy needs and allow the utility to obtain 80% of its power from renewable sources by 2025. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

$40M restoration of Hanapēpē River Bridge is finally completed 
After three years of construction, drivers traveling through Hanapēpē will be routed onto the new bridge on Monday. Hawaii News Now.

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