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Governor won’t limit emergency powers


Hawaii Governor David Ige won’t limit his emergency powers.

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Gov. David Ige pushes back against efforts to limit his emergency powers
Lawmakers are proposing a bill that would limit the governor’s emergency powers, citing that it’s gone on too long. But Gov. David Ige argues that Hawai‘i is doing better than most states because of the restrictions he’s kept in place. The latest pandemic emergency proclamation expires Nov. 30 — 20 months after the governor’s first one. Hawaii News Now.

Rescued monk seal dies after 5-week battle with parasitic disease spread in cat feces
Kolohe the monk seal’s life ended last week after battling a parasitic disease common among seals. Toxoplasmosis is a parasite carried by cats that impacts vital organs. Experts say it usually kills seals rather quickly, and Kolohe was only the second seal who lived long enough to start treatment. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. Star-Advertiser.

Period poverty in Hawaiʻi: some students use newspapers and plants in place of period products
The Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women and the nonprofit organization Maʻi Movement Hawaiʻi surveyed nearly 400 individuals, and nearly one-third of respondents said they or someone in their household experienced difficulty obtaining period products — such as a pad or tampon. Hawaii Public Radio.

Ige urges parents to vaccinate keiki

Gov. David Ige said Monday about 14% of children ages 5 to 11 statewide have received at least one shot of vaccine to inoculate them against the novel coronavirus. ​The governor added that despite the fears some children — and adults — have of hypodermic needles, he’d like to “assure the parents that it’s very safe and effective.” Tribune-Herald.

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Hawai‘i Pacific Health’s Ray Vara is 2021 CEO of the Year
He has led the nonprofit’s growth and improved health care for more than a decade while also focusing on the broad factors that impact the health of Hawai‘i’s people. It was January 2021 and nearly 140 Hawaiʻi Pacific Health employees were stationed at Honolulu’s Pier 2… read more.
Key areas of Hawai‘i Kai would be drawn out of district under new election maps plan
Community leaders are upset the area’s only high school and more could be put in another district. The commission plan mixes East and Windward O‘ahu while spitting up Hawai‘i Kai so residents are proposing an alternative map called the Hicks plan which keeps Hawai‘i Kai all in one district. Hawaii News Now.

HART Board approves $645M budget for fiscal year 2023
The budget calls for about $645 million in spending, plus a new appropriation request of nearly $1.7 billion for construction of the line through the so-called City Center from Middle Street to Ala Moana Center. Hawaii Public Radio.

Club owners allege anti-LGBTQ+ bias
The owners of a nightclub and a guide to the islands catering to the LGBTQ+ community filed a federal lawsuit alleging anti-gay discrimination by investigators with the Honolulu Liquor Commission and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Regulated Industries Complaints Office. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.

Odor from Red Hill fuel release sparks 911 calls
The smell of fuel around the neighborhoods of Foster Village and ‘Aliamanu on Saturday night, near the site of a fuel spill from the Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility, was strong enough that several residents called 911 and multiple units from the Honolulu Fire Department and Federal Fire Department responded. Star-Advertiser.

Fishpond restoration unearths surprising find: A child’s hidden grave from a century ago
The non-profit Hui O Ho’ohonua’s restoration of the fishponds at Honouliuli stream in ‘Ewa Beach recently took an unexpected turn when the founder stumbled upon a grave stone hidden in the tall grass. It belonged to a child that died in 1927. Hawaii News Now.

Abuse reported years before Isabella Kalua’s death
Honolulu police documented allegations of abuse of Isabella “Ariel” Kalua but took no action when Child Welfare Serv­ices received a report in 2019 that the girl was being beaten and starved by her foster parents — more than two years before she is believed to have died. Star-Advertiser.

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Free, reef-friendly sunscreen now at Waialae section of Hāpuna
The first non-chemical sunscreen dispenser in a Hawai‘i State Park was unveiled this week at the Waialae section of Hāpuna State Recreation Area. It’s a nod to the growing movement and legislation to get ocean users and beach goers to only apply mineral-based sun protection – to protect sensitive coral reef systems around the state. Big Island Video News.

Renovated, expanded Na´alehu Public Library re-opens to public
Following a two-year construction project, the library has grown from a 775 square-foot “portable” structure to a 1,676 square-foot library to better meet the needs of the community.  Big Island Now.

Three students complete state’s first hospice nurse residency program
Officials said that as most nurses graduate from residency programs in hospitals, many of them do not have experience working in palliative care, hospice care or bereavement care. A team at Hawai‘i Care Choices made it possible by creating a hospice program where nurses can immerse themselves in speciality care. Tribune-Herald.

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Local Architects Talk About Repurposing Existing Buildings in Post-Pandemic Hawai‘i

Adaptive reuse means repurposing an existing building – for instance, turning a high-rise tower filled with offices into an apartment building. “Office-to-residential conversions were already being done pre-COVID, but the pandemic spurred more vacancies and led us to rethink the way we more.
Tax relief is on the way for longtime Maui families struggling with steep hikes in property taxes
The Maui County Council unanimously approved Friday the ʻāina kupuna bill. The measure would amend the county tax code to allow Maui County families who have held onto their land for more than 80 years to dedicate that property as ʻāina kupuna, or ancestral land. Hawaii Public Radio.

Maui residents getting a say in how the county reforms its police department
As Maui’s troubled police department is getting new leadership, there is also a push for permanent changes. Community members have submitted revisions to the Maui Charter Commission that could end up on next year’s ballot. Hawaii News Now.

Maui dermatologist pushes back against new proposed sunscreen ban
Hawai‘i was the first state to ban the sale of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate in sunscreens, but Maui County could soon outlaw the sale and use of any other sunscreen that isn’t mineral-based. Maui Dermatologist Dr. George Martin says that the study finding marine harm used too much of the compounds in sunscreen. KHON2.

Kauaʻi County deploys ballot drop boxes for prosecuting attorney special election
Kauaʻi County started deploying ballot drop boxes Monday for its special primary election to choose the county’s next prosecuting attorney. Justin Kollar stepped down as county prosecutor earlier this year — resulting in a special election to determine his replacement. Hawaii Public Radio.
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