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Honolulu’s New Rail Plan

New rail plan would end construction just short of Ala Moana Center.

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New rail plan would end construction shy of Ala Moana Center
The new plan for the city’s troubled rail project would stop construction two stations short near the Circuit Court at South and Halekauwila streets in Kaka‘ako and still receive the federal government’s final share of $1.55 billion in funding, or $744 million. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Supreme Court mulls reapportionment process
How much discretion the state Reapportionment Commission has in drawing political maps was a central theme Tuesday, when Hawai‘i Supreme Court justices grilled attorneys for the state and a citizen coalition challenging the maps. West Hawaii Today. Civil Beat.

Lawmakers resistant to $1B for rainy day fund
This legislative session, two bills were introduced to execute that appropriation, which was suggested by Gov. David Ige. However, one of those bills is dead and the other one has had all references to “$1 billion” scrubbed from its text. Tribune-Herald.

Senate committee advances distracted driving bill
House Bill 1692 would increase the fine for using a mobile device while driving. The Senate Committee on Transportation then adopted the bill with a 5-0 vote, leaving the dollar amount increase to be determined at its next hearing before a joint Committee on Judiciary and Ways and Means. West Hawaii Today.

Hawai‘i community health centers to split $23 million in federal funding
The newest round of funding follows over $40 million in federal dollars distributed to Hawai‘i’s 14 health centers during the pandemic. Civil Beat.

Drugs in Hawai‘i prisons: ‘We are swimming in spice, and nobody cares’
Inmates and staff say use of synthetic cannabinoids in the state’s largest prison is rampant. The drugs have caused two deaths. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i’s longline community scrambles to outfish false killer whales
Those at the forefront of managing Hawai‘i’s deep-sea fishing industry are meeting this week in hopes of figuring out how to deal with their catch being seized off their lines. Hawaii News Now.

Illustration by Mallory Adams-Nakamura
The Gender Pay Gap Had Narrowed in Hawai‘i. Then the Pandemic Arrived.
Women’s pay gap with men has shrunk: The latest U.S. Census Bureau data shows that Hawai‘i women made 89.4 cents for every dollar that men made in 2019. However, the pandemic may have reversed some of the improvements for women, who make up half of Hawai‘i’s civilian labor force… read more.
Affordable housing, transportation and public safety at the forefront for Honolulu mayor
Mayor Rick Blangiardi said he would prioritize affordable housing projects such as the Aiea Sugar Mills Senior Affordable Housing Project, Kapolei 67, and 27 units in Iwilei. Star-Advertiser.

HPD’s interim chief withdraws from list of candidates for permanent job
Interim Honolulu Police Chief Rade Vanic reportedly told his five assistant chiefs Tuesday morning that he was not seeking the job permanently anymore and cited personal reasons. Hawaii News Now.

Navy orders ‘supplemental investigation’ of Red Hill
Commanders at the Pentagon determined that an investigation by the Hawai‘i­-based U.S. Pacific Fleet into contamination of the Navy’s water supply on O‘ahu “did not include a sufficient review” of previous spills from the Red Hill fuel farm — ordering a “supplemental investigation.” Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu City Council measure would require permit, license for commercial drones at parks
The Honolulu City Council is introducing a bill that would create a process for television and film production crews to use drones at city parks. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Laniakea parking might reopen this week, officials say
The parking area across the highway from the North Shore’s popular “Turtle Beach” might finally reopen following work scheduled for today through Friday. Star-Advertiser.

From left: Lori Teranishi, Girl Scouts of Hawaii Board Chair, Shari Chang, CEO of Girl Scouts of Hawaii, Dayna Matsumoto, Controller, CPB, Catherine Ngo, Executive Vice Chair of CPB, and Keith Amemiya, Executive Director of the CPB Foundation. | Photos: courtesy of Central Pacific Bank

20 for the Next 20: A Special Congratulations from Central Pacific Bank

Central Pacific Bank extends a special congratulations to all the honorees of this year’s 20 for the Next 20 program. We especially want to recognize our own CPB leader, Dayna Matsumoto, Group Senior Vice President and Controller. Dayna started her career with CPB as a part-time teller in 2000 while still in college… read more.

Owners of former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Hotel seeking money to knock down burned structure
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources told Big Island Now on Tuesday that it will cost around $13.5 million to knock the structure down and it will make a request this session from the Legislature to fund the work. Big Island Now.

How an unpaid $336 insurance bill led to a Big Island woman’s 9-year fight to keep her home
Eleanor Fernandes is one of a growing number of Americans whose reverse mortgages have unraveled, in some cases because their insurance lapsed and servicers bought much more expensive coverage on their behalf. Civil Beat.

All 2,000 Merrie Monarch Ho‘ike tickets sold out in four hours
Hundreds of people lined up at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in the morning to buy tickets for the Ho‘ike, a noncompetition exhibition of hula and dance from around the Pacific Rim. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.

Mike Hinkley receiving his 2020 Big Brother of the Year award with his little brother Vance. | Photo: courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaiʻi
Big Brothers Big Sisters Helps At-Risk Youth Achieve Their Full Potential

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i aims to create meaningful one-to-one relationships between adults and at-risk children. Mike Hinkley was inspired to become a big brother as a way to serve his Kāne‘ohe community. He was paired with Vance four years ago and the two remain in contact weekly and go on frequent more.
Maui council urged to raise tax on second homes, short-term rentals
The Maui County Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan outlines ways to create 5,000 affordable homes for residents below 120% over the next five years. Portions of the plan continue to be discussed in the Affordable Housing Committee. Maui Now.

Shortage of homes on Maui amplifies demand, spurs bidding wars, report says
The median price in February was over $1 million for single-family homes and over $730,000 for condos. A shortage of homes available on the market continues to amplify the demand for Maui real estate, with economists saying that bidding wars are common even as home prices continue to rise. Maui News.

BlackSand Capital makes three-year commitment to affordable housing on Maui
BlackSand Capital has entered into a three-year commitment of $300,000 to House Maui, a Hawaiʻi Community Foundation initiative working to create a sustainable housing market for local families on Maui. Maui Now.

Maui business shares how it plans to help reduce the axis deer population
Lawmakers and community leaders continue to look for solutions to the axis deer overpopulation problem on Maui. One business that harvests and sells axis deer meat, Maui Nui Venison, released step three of its four-step plan for growth this month. Hawaii Public Radio.

Erosion-mitigation project for Wailua Beach gets $1.15 million in CIP funding
The Kuhio Highway Emergency Shoreline Mitigation design includes an ungrouted rock revetment to protect infrastructure from extreme weather events, and Sandsaver modules facing the shore. Garden Island.

$10M Chan, Zuckerberg donation for Kaua‘i medical program
The six-year gift will fund tuition and fees to train six JABSOM medical students who have ties to Kaua‘i or another neighboring island and are interested in rural health care, beginning in July. Garden Island.

Multi-agency effort may save Kaua‘i endemic plant from extinction
A years-long project that may save an endangered Kaua‘i plant from extinction is about to take its next step, when recently collected DNA samples are sent to China for analysis. Garden Island.

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