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5.11.22
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Ranked-choice voting set to be used in some special elections
Hawai‘i is set to use ranked-choice voting for the first time after state lawmakers passed a bill that would test the voting method in certain winner-take-all special elections. Star-Advertiser.

Navy given 6 months to submit plan for closing Red Hill
A new emergency order issued by the state Department of Health requires the Navy to come up with a plan and implementation schedule to drain the massive, underground tanks by June 30 and a plan to shutter the facility by Nov. 1. Star-Advertiser.

Supreme Court explains reapportionment decision
The justices have released their opinions on why they voted as they did in a divided ruling that dismissed a challenge to how the state Reapportionment Commission determined boundary lines for state legislative districts. West Hawaii Today.

Bill doubling prison term for fatal DUI crashes awaits Ige’s signature
A measure increasing the penalty on a person convicted of first-degree negligent homicide while driving under the influence of an intoxicant is one step away from becoming law. West Hawaii Today.

Lawmakers request audit of driver’s ed programs
House Concurrent Resolution 125 requests a performance audit of the Hawai‘i driver’s ed programs to examine administrative policies and procedures. The resolution is intended to address the ongoing backlog of students awaiting driver’s education, where demand outnumbers available instructors. Tribune-Herald.

US Rep. Case says White House is open to Jones Act exemption amid fuel import monopoly
U.S. Rep. Ed Case says it’s time for the Biden Administration to support an exemption for Hawaiʻi when it comes to the federal 1920 Jones Act. That law requires any cargo, including fuel, transported between two U.S. ports to be carried on U.S.-built and U.S-flagged ships. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

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Here’s Which Ethnic Groups Make the Most Money in Hawai‘i
Some new data is surprising, but other data confirms what has long been known about Hawai‘i’s social and economic hierarchy. People who are Japanese or part Japanese have the highest median family income in Hawai‘i at $114,825 a year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest data, which is from 2019… read more.
OʻAHU
Honolulu City Council picks projects for Covid-19 relief funds
Honolulu City Council members Tuesday added about $167 mil­­­lion in projects they want funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act to the proposed city budget, with a focus on housing and job development. Star-Advertiser.

O‘ahu to launch agricultural grant program for farmers
A new $3 million federally funded agricultural grant program for farmers, ranchers and other growers on O‘ahu is being developed by Honolulu’s city government to support local agriculture. Star-Advertiser.

HART says $330M park-and-ride facility may need to be relocated to cut costs
The 1,600-stall garage slated for the industrial area by the Pearl Highland Shopping Center has been put on hold because it could cost $330 million. Hawaii News Now.

Spending over $100 per bird, city discusses more effective ways to combat feral chickens
The city’s Customer Service Department has spent $7,000 catching 67 chickens. The city said the cost is high due to traps being vandalized, damaged or stolen. Hawaii News Now.

Crime on O‘ahu is bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels
As of April 30, 13 homicides were reported to police, including a string of high-profile attacks that have raised pressure on the HPD, the police union and the Honolulu prosecutor to take action. Civil Beat.

Waikīkī opens first all-rental property in decades
Līlia Waikīkī sits across from the International Market Place on Kūhiō Avenue. Monthly rents start at $2,300 for studios to $6,255 for three-bedroom units. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Document shows sailor found dead last year at Pearl Harbor served aboard a deeply troubled submarine
More than a year after a submariner died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while on guard duty at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, a Navy report on its investigation into the command climate aboard the USS Charlotte shines a light on the toxic work environment he and his crewmates endured in the months leading up to his death. Star-Advertiser.

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Mana Up’s Giveaway Celebrates the Unveiling of Its Cohort 7

One lucky person will receive a free assortment of local products from the 11 Hawai‘i companies in Mana Up’s newest cohort. The giveaway is part of the unveiling of the companies all next week. Each day readers will learn about two or three of the companies and their products… read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
NELHA to grow research village, add visitor center
Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority officials plan to have the project done by 2025. The architecture and design, done by W.R.N.S studios, is already 60% completed.West Hawaii Today.

2022 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament cancelled
The event is called off due in part to uncertainty around travel logistics as well as rapidly rising costs. Big Island Video News.

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EV Sales in Hawai‘i Are Up 30.6%, and Many Buyers Say They’re Glad They Made the Switch

David Aquino traded his Tacoma pickup truck for a Kia Niro EV last year as part of his New Year’s resolution to contribute to a cleaner future. “Being born and raised in Hawai‘i, I spent a lot of my time in and around the ocean so I could see the impacts we were having on our oceans and reefs..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Lawsuit against Maui County remains despite council’s vote to allow Taser sales
Maui residents are the only ones in Hawaiʻi who can’t buy a Taser in their county, and the representative of a lawsuit against the county said the legal pressure won’t stop until that changes.  Maui Now.

State’s $192M housing, civic center project in Kahului advances
A $192 million Kahului plan to develop 300 affordable and market-rate units, along with a civic center for state office space, cleared a hurdle in the approval process. Maui Now.

Developer wants to turn proposed hotel site into apartment complex
The developer behind two large-scale housing projects on Oahu wants to build a 125-unit apartment complex in place of a six-story hotel proposed in the heart of Wailuku town. Maui News. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

KAUAʻI
Kaua‘i helicopter crash that killed 7 was ‘100% preventable,’ report says
Federal investigators blamed a deadly 2019 helicopter crash on Kaua‘i on the pilot’s decision to keep flying into worsening weather, and in a report today they accused regulators of lax oversight of air tours that are popular among tourists to the islands. Star-Advertiser. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now.

The Kaua‘i landfill ‘conundrum’ could quickly become a ‘public health hazard’
The island’s only landfill is filling up fast. But the places available to put a new landfill are severely limited. Civil Beat.

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