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Hawaiʻi is a leader in early education investment but not access or enrollment, report says
While the state is a leader in spending per child, it isn’t in access or enrollment. The state ranked 44 out of 45 states surveyed in the U.S. because it only reached 2% of 4-year-olds across the Islands. Hawaii Public Radio.

Lawmakers earmark $1 billion for affordable housing
Nearly $1 billion in state housing funding is ready to be approved this week to help the homeless, low-income to working families, and Native Hawaiians, House leaders announced today. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Maui Now. KITV4.

Hawai‘i plans to destroy expired Covid tests that cost $22.5M
The state said the kits were bought for nursing homes and prisons in 2020 but were put in storage after the feds provided an easier-to-use version. Hawaii News Now.

Drinking water at 72 Hawai‘i schools To be tested for lead
Results from tests last year found that 89 out of 106 public schools had elevated concentrations of lead, or levels exceeding 15 parts per billion, in at least one faucet. The Lead and Copper Rule action level for lead under the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act is 15 parts per billion. Civil Beat.

State study shows nearly 50% of Hawaiʻi employees working remotely
An estimated 42% of private-sector employees were working remotely as of August 2021, according to a report released by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Hawaii Public Radio. Maui Now.

Hawai‘i homeowners must tell prospective buyers if sea level rise threatens their property
This week Hawai‘i became the first state to require real estate sellers to disclose to potential buyers if their property is threatened by sea level rise. A report estimates that rising seas threaten to generate $19 billion in property losses and displace 20,000 residents, possibly as soon as 2060. Civil Beat.

Hannemann: Tourism won’t recover until next year
Hawai‘i is still a year away from a full return to pre-pandemic levels of tourism, according to Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging &Tourism Association. During the recent spring break surge, the total number of visitors was 11% behind what it was in 2019. Tribune-Herald.

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Mira Image Construction: 2022 SmallBiz Editor’s Choice Award Winner – General Construction
When Michael Gangloff was 25, he was buried alive in a 30-foot trench while working on a summer construction job. He says this near-death experience not only left him with a long recovery but also a new outlook on how businesses should be run. That’s what led him to launch his own construction company, Mira Image, in 2001… read more.
Honolulu City Council considering tax incentives for businesses along rail line
In an effort to encourage private-sector development in neighborhoods along the rail line, the Honolulu City Council is considering a measure that would give tax credits for up to three decades to businesses that invest substantially in facility improvements and create scores of new jobs. Star-Advertiser.

No decision on criminal charges in alleged Honolulu police chase that injured 6 in Mākaha
The trio of District 8 patrol officers accused in the case, Jake Bartolome, Erik Smith and Joshua Nahulu, remain on restricted duty and have had their police powers suspended, according to HPD, while the criminal and administrative investigations continue. The crash left a 14-year-old boy paralyzed from the waist down, and will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life. Star-Advertiser.

Self-service DMV kiosks added to Salt Lake and Hawai‘i Kai
There are a total of eight of these self-service kiosks for renewing motor vehicle registrations at Safeway and Foodland stores on O‘ahu. KHON2. Star-Advertiser.

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Hawaii Blood Donors Can Help Replenish Ukraine’s Blood Supplies

In a show of solidarity, Blood Bank of Hawaii invites new and current donors to join the nationwide effort to provide essential blood supplies and equipment to Ukraine. From Monday, April 25 through Sunday, May 8, BBH will make a financial donation to the Blood Centers of America Foundation… read more.

Ex-employee sues county, claims she was unlawfully terminated
A former building inspector trainee is suing the county Department of Public Works, saying she was discriminated against and unlawfully terminated in retaliation after she reported what she saw as wrongdoing in the department. She claims that an inspector was unprofessional and when she brought up the issue, nothing was done. West Hawaii Today.

Hilo surgery center is in jeopardy of closing: Owners allege hospital is discouraging doctors from using the facility
The surgery center, which is owned by a consortium of local physicians, has been in operation since 2000. Hilo Medical Center bought a one-third stake in the outpatient facility for $500,000 in 2010, but later divested itself of its minority ownership stake. Tribune-Herald.

Snowy conditions atop Mauna Kea force closure of road, visitor station
Located at an elevation of 9,200 feet, the station is reporting downright wintry conditions with ice and snow on the road, freezing temperatures and thunderstorms. Hawaii News Now. Big Island Video News.

From left to right: Steve Petranik, Mālia Sanders, Pauline Sheldon, Mondy Jamshidi Kent, Kalani Kaʻanāʻanā. | Photo: Tricia Murata
Need to Know: Regenerative Tourism

Almost 200 people gathered in-person and virtually at the Prince Waikiki on April 21 to hear a lively discussion on regenerative tourism as part of Hawaii Business Magazine’s “Need to Know” event series. The conversation focused on issues like managing the impact of millions of tourists on community and local resources; educating visitors on Hawaiian more.
As arrivals continue to rise, visitors spend more per trip
Though Maui’s visitor numbers in March still trail pre-pandemic levels, people are spending more money per trip on the Valley Isle, according to a recent report. Maui hosted 239,538 visitors in March compared to the 271,934 visitors that same month in 2019, the report revealed. Maui News.

Landslides, road damage leaves portions of Piʻilani Hwy in East Maui impassable
Heavy rainfall in East Maui over night triggered landslides and roadway damage that have closed multiple sections of Piʻilani Highway between mile markers 19 in Kahikinui and mile marker 39 in Kīpahulu. Maui Now.

Hawaiian Home Lands offers 51 vacant lots to Kauaʻi families
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has offered 51 residential vacant lots to Kauaʻi families. The lots are within the Pi‘ilani Mai Ke Kai Subdivision in Anahola. Hawaii Public Radio.

Legislators call on state to look into emergency road, second bridge for Hanalei
Kuhio Highway, the only roadway in and out of Hanalei Town on Kaua’i, has been blocked off twice over the past four years, due to flooding and landslides. State senators adopted a resolution asking the Dept. of Transportation to launch a study looking into the feasibility of creating an emergency access route and second bridge in the area. KITV4.

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