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6.6.2022
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Officials seek solutions as unsheltered people move from downtown to East Honolulu
The latest Point-in-Time count shows that East Honolulu, which includes Waikīkī, has 575 of O‘ahu’s 2,355 homeless people. That’s 6 percentage points higher than the 2020 count and 10 points higher than in 2019. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i gas prices are up 39% from a year ago
The $5.46 average price for a gallon of regular gas is up 4% from a month ago, and 39% from $3.94 a year ago. Hawai‘i’s prices are the second highest in the nation behind California, where the average is $6.25. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Electric says spike in residential rates is due to rising fuel prices
Residential energy rates in Hawai‘i have increased by nearly 20% since March thanks to impacts to global fuel supply chains. Tribune-Herald.

Former state Rep. Ty Cullen gets new sentencing date in cesspool bribery case
A judge moved the date from July 5 to Oct. 20. Cullen pleaded guilty to one count in connection with his acceptance of bribes. Former Senate Majority Leader Kalani English, who also pleaded guilty in a related case, is still scheduled to be sentenced on July 5. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Bill to reduce costs of public information requests sits on Ige’s desk
Among the bills awaiting signature or veto by Gov. David Ige is one that would cap copying charges of public records at 25 cents per page. Tribune-Herald.

Will Hawaiian voters finally show up this year?
U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele’s run for governor could be a powerful draw for the Hawaiian community. But turnout has been low in a number of Hawaiian communities for many years, and it is uncertain who will win those votes. Civil Beat.

Super PAC targets Josh Green as the governor’s race heats up
The biggest funders of a recent political ad that raises questions over his board certifications have also donated to Vicky Cayetano’s campaign. Civil Beat.

Oʻahu and Kauaʻi jails report Covid clusters
New state Department of Public Safety data shows about 70 cases at Oʻahu Community Correctional Center and about 50 at the Kauaʻi Community Correctional Center. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

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ADUs Seemed Like a Simple Solution to Hawai‘i’s Housing Crisis
Hawai‘i has allowed second dwellings on certain residential lots since the early 1980s, though it wasn’t until the 2010s that counties started making it easier for homeowners to build ADUs. Today, each county specifies where ADUs can be built, what they can be used for and the public infrastructure required to service them… read more.
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Honolulu’s rail recovery plan is submitted to the Federal Transit Administration
The plan, submitted Friday, notably shortens the route to end in Ka­­ka‘ako rather than continuing on to Ala Moana Center. It also  delays construction of the Pearl Highlands parking garage. Star-Advertiser.

A coastal road connects patients to dialysis, but climate change could make it harder
The two-lane Kamehameha Highway connects North Shore residents to essential medical services. But a gradually rising water table is already eating away at the highway. Civil Beat.

Waikīkī noise reduction bills await City Council decisions
Council member Calvin Say introduced Bill 23, which bans trash pickup before 6 a.m. Council Chairman Tommy Waters introduced Bill 43, which bans amplified sound under certain conditions. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu City Council approves federal Covid funeral assistance to COFA citizens
A federal program grants financial death benefits to families, but has largely left out citizens who live in the U.S. through the Compacts of Free Association. The council voted to remedy that omission. Star-Advertiser.

Motion describes ex-Honolulu police officer as a “prolific sexual predator”
Mason Jordan allegedly sexually assaulted “multiple children,” according to a 14-page motion to detain him that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court. The motion lays out his “duplicitousness” in allegedly using his position as a police officer and HPD resources to further his crimes. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

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The Best of Small Business 2022

Profiles of companies in 12 categories that won Hawaii Business Magazine’s SmallBiz Editor’s Choice Awards, plus four 100-year-old companies inducted into the Hawaiʻi Small Business Hall of Fame… read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Judge overturns county ban on short-term rentals in agricultural districts
More vacation rentals may be popping up on farmland after a Third Circuit Court judge overturned a state Land Use Commission ruling that said the county had the right to prohibit the vacation rentals. West Hawaii Today.

State claims major victory in developer’s $360 million suit 
A federal judge has dismissed a 2017 lawsuit filed by a company seeking $360 million from the state over an adverse regulatory action involving a mostly undeveloped $1 billion Hawai‘i Island housing project. Star-Advertiser.

UH Hilo warns of potential Mauna Kea lease terminations
UH officials told the state Board of Land and Natural Resources last week that dozens of permits and leases will have to be terminated should the university be removed from management of the summit. Tribune-Herald.

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Entrepreneurial Mindset Defines Susan Yamada’s Journey From Change Agent to Mentor

In this episode of The Hawaii Business Podcast, we talk story with Susan Yamada, whose roots of “Okage Sama De” (I am what I am because of you) has propelled her into the unexpected limelight of coaching others to achieve their entrepreneurial goals. Listen Now!
MAUI COUNTY
Maui Police Department cited for safety violations
The Hawai‘i Occupational Safety and Health Division issued the citation following its investigation of a Feb. 4 cross-country run. A 27-year-old recruit suffered heat stroke during the training and was hospitalized. Maui News.

Hawai‘i’s first mobile biodiesel fueling station opens on Maui
The first of six mobile stations opened Friday, making the renewable fuel more accessible to customers. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Maui News. Hawaii News Now.

The long fight to protect public hiking access isn’t close to over
A Maui nonprofit is suing the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources and Haleakala Ranch, alleging that the state has failed to maintain and protect the historic Haleakalā Trail, which has been closed to the public for years. Civil Beat.

Maui’s median home price hovers at near record highs
The median price for a single-family home was $1.21 million in May, just below the record high, while sales showed signs of slowing, according to a new report by the Realtors Association of Maui. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
Federal tax break for the poor helps luxury developers on Kaua‘i
Wealthy investors in Kōloa and Hanalei real estate could be in line for millions of dollars in federal tax breaks. These areas are considered Opportunity Zones — a Trump-era program intended to pump investment cash into low-income areas. Garden Island.

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