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Electric vehicles are all over Hawai‘i roads. So why aren’t there more charging stations?
In the past year, there was a nearly 32% increase in the number of passenger electric vehicles in Hawai‘i, according to the state. But officials said Hawai‘i is the lowest in the country when it comes to charging ports per electric vehicle. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu rail deficit estimate cut to $1.97B

The projected $3.5 billion deficit for the city’s troubled rail project is far less than feared — $1.97 billion, rail officials said Wednesday. Rail is now expected to cost nearly $11.4 billion to reach Ala Moana Center. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i Pacific Health ranks second in nation for cost-efficiency
The analysis is designed to reflect how well hospitals achieve good clinical outcomes at a low cost, and is calculated by determining the ratio of a health care system’s mortality rates compared to its Medicare costs. The ranking is from Lown Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that advocates for making health care more effective and affordable. Star-Advertiser.

Sport of Climbing Continues to Rise in Hawai‘i
Climbing has gained popularity in Hawai‘i and around the world in recent years, culminating in the sport’s debut at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In 2018, Climbing Business Journal reported about a 12% increase in the commercial climbing gym industry… read more.
City Council committee OK’s O‘ahu hotel tax proposal
A measure that would establish a 3% city hotel tax advanced to final reading during a Honolulu City Council Budget Committee meeting Wednesday. Under Bill 40, revenue from the new tax would be split between the city’s general fund, rail and to support parks, beaches and other natural resources affected by tourism. Star-Advertiser.

Vacation rental bill could starve Windward businesses that cater to tourists
Already suffering from Covid-19’s blow to tourism and the continuing shut-down of travel from Japan, small businesses in Kailua are bracing for the impact of a bill to crack down on illegal short-term rentals. Civil Beat.

Reasons behind Honolulu’s building permit backlog
The Department of Planning and Permitting has been hit with high turnover and has an overall vacancy rate of 25%. DPP also started paying overtime and had some workers come in on the weekends to process more applications, but was still unable to cut down on the backlog. KITV4.

HPD says it will take a fresh look at its vehicle pursuit policy
The decision comes after Civil Beat’s October investigation found that approximately 32% of chases involved collisions and the majority of HPD pursuits were in response to property crimes or traffic offenses. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.

State: Aloha Stadium redevelopment will provide nearly $1.5B economic boost
Construction to build a new Aloha Stadium ― which will begin in early 2023 ― is expected to add 12,660 construction jobs and more than $595 million in construction wages alone. Hawaii News Now.

O‘ahu grand jury indicts adoptive parents in Isabella Kalua murder case
An O‘ahu grand jury on Wednesday indicted Lehua Kalua, 44, and Isaac “Sonny” Kalua III, 52, on charges of second-­degree murder, abuse and related charges in the death of their adopted daughter, Isabella “Ariel” Kalua. They are being held without bail. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Sages Over Seventy

Six kūpuna whose passion, drive and wisdom have made a lasting difference in Hawai‘i for many decades. View the profiles of this year’s Sages Over Seventy!… read more.

Nearly 100 apply for Phase 2 of buyout program for lava-inundated properties
As of the end of last week, 90 people had applied for the second phase of the county’s Voluntary Housing Buyout Program, said Disaster Recovery Officer Douglas Le. The second phase, which runs until the end of January, allows owners of secondary residences damaged, isolated or destroyed by the 2018 Kīlauea eruption to apply for the county to buy their properties. 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.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos donates $2.5 million to fight homelessness in Hawai‘i
Family Life Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving the homeless population on the islands of Maui, Molokaʻi and on Kauaʻi, has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Bezos Day One Families Fund—the largest grant in Family Life Center’s history. This donation comes as Bezos recently bought a new estate on Maui in the area of La Perrouse Bay for $78 million. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.
Alakoko “Menehune” Fishpond saved; Chan, Zuckerberg make $4 million donation
The 102-acre Alakoko “Menehune” Fishpond has successfully been purchased by nonprofits The Trust for Public Land and Malama Hule‘ia for cultural and environmental stewardship in perpetuity. It will continue as an outdoor learning space for students to learn the science of native ecosystems, Hawaiian culture and traditional fishponds. Garden Island.
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