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5.26.2022
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Hawai‘i’s congressional leaders back off missile defense system
After years of arguing in favor of a nearly $2 billion missile defense radar – first on O‘ahu, then on Kaua‘i – Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation is backing away from the project. There were concerns about whether the island’s electrical grid could handle such a large project, and whether the project would take up recreation areas for the public. Civil Beat.

Multi-million dollar project aims to beef up security at state facilities targeted by crime
The state is installing high-quality security cameras for “at-risk” facilities because officials said tension during the Covid pandemic caused some places to be targets of crime. KHON2.

Endangered species’ habitats not protected, group says
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was put on notice Wednesday that it is being sued for failing to designate and protect critical habitat for 49 endangered species found nowhere else but Hawai‘i. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

UH study: Hawaiʻi’s Covid models, responses, lessons learned
The study, written by a group from the Hawaiʻi Pandemic Applied Modeling Work Group examined different Covid-19 prediction models followed by subsequent policy decisions and lessons learned from the process. One key takeaway is that there is a need for communicators who help translate and communicate complex ideas into simple concepts for policymakers and the public. Big Island Now.

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New Episode: Susan Yamada, Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship
From an idyllic Windward childhood to Silicon Valley and back, to becoming a torch bearer of Hawaiʻi’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, Susan Yamada exemplifies failing fast, failing forward and being in the right place at the right time. Although full of twists and turns, her path is one that her business owner father and public school teacher mother would surely have approved. Listen Now!
OʻAHU
Honolulu Police Department defends actions following arrest of new police chief’s son
The Honolulu Police Commission is seeking an explanation from police leadership about why the felony arrest of newly appointed Police Chief Arthur “Joe” Logan’s 36-year-old son was initially concealed from the media and public. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Navy to get violation notice for over-pumping its only O‘ahu drinking water source
The state Commission on Water Resource Management will issue a notice of violation to the Navy for over-pumping its Waiawa shaft ― in a situation that environmentalists call worrisome. Hawaii News Now.

O‘ahu’s ERs are overrun with patients, but Covid is only part of the reason
A combination of staffing shortages and overall high patient volume are also contributing to O‘ahu’s packed ERs. On Monday, a third of O‘ahu’s hospitals were on “reroute” because emergency rooms were so overwhelmed with patients. Hawaii News Now.

Oʻahu Summer Fun Program will require keiki to wear face masks indoors
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi says the move is a precautionary measure as new Covid cases continue to rise in the state. The program will still return to full capacity on June 6. Operated by the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation, the program serves roughly 9,000 keiki. Hawaii Public Radio.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
County pays $135,000 to settle defamation lawsuit
Hawai‘i County has agreed to pay $135,000 to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by two former employees who said former county officials besmirched their reputations by telling a newspaper they’d been fired. West Hawaii Today.

Ige releases $700k for Kolekole bridge work
A project to rehabilitate the Kolekole Stream Bridge in East Hawaiʻi received a financial boost from the governor’s office. Big Island Now.

Kalanianaole school play court clears final environmental hurdle
The Papaikou area averages about 160 inches of rain a year, and the project will provide a covered facility where students from kindergarten through eighth grade can engage in outdoor play during inclement weather and high outdoor temperatures. The structure also will serve as a covered, multi-purpose facility for school activities and functions. Tribune-Herald.

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From Kona’s Natural Energy Lab, Hatch Invests in Aquaculture Startups Around the Globe

The global accelerator Hatch uses its Kona branch as part of its mission to reduce the footprint of farmed and alternative seafood. Co-founder and partner Wayne Murphy calls Hatch the world’s first aquaculture accelerator. “There’s an amazing array of aquaculture technologies..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Hawaiian Cement looks to expand quarry by 45 acres
The Maui Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to Hawaiian Cement to increase the size of its quarry in Puunene by more than 45 acres. Hawaiian Cement currently has a quarry and rock-crushing operation on approximately 226 acres that it wants to expand to nearly 272 acres on lands in the state and county agricultural districts. Maui News.

Maui Fire Department welcomes new $2.5M helicopter with added safety features
Maui County has upgraded its rescue and firefighting capabilities with the arrival of a new $2.5 million helicopter with enhanced safety and hoisting features. Star-Advertiser.

Large Nāpili house should not have gotten green light, Maui council member says
The unfinished, eight-bedroom home at 5385 Lower Honoapiʻilani Road, initially designed with rooftop and floor-level pools, came under fire last year when it climbed toward 45 feet tall. A council member said the structure shouldn’t have received a permit exemption because the developer noted in an email that it would be used as a short-term vacation rental. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
Ex-Kaua‘i councilman sentenced to 20 years for leading meth ring
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former Kaua‘i County Councilman Arthur Brun to 20 years in prison for running a methamphetamine ring supplied by the United Samoan Organization, a gang that operates in and out of the Hawai‘i prison system. Civil Beat.  Hawaii Public Radio. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now.

Retaliation accusations could sink Biden’s nominee for U.S. Marshal in Hawai‘i
Michael Contrades was a defendant in a federal lawsuit that settled for $1.8 million and included a provision that he stay away from the Kaua‘i Police Department until his alleged victim no longer worked there. Civil Beat.

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