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Mayors put more pressure on Gov. Ige to veto bail reform bill
Hawai‘i’s four county mayors will hold a rally that will include the police officers union as well as unions from other cities where bail reform laws have passed. The bill would allow those arrested for non-violent crimes, including Class C felonies, to be released without having to pay bail. KHON2.

Could employer-provided rentals help solve Hawai‘i’s housing crisis?
While government and private employers in other locales are increasingly stepping up to build homes to address housing shortages, the idea has not caught on in Hawai‘i. A bill to support development of teacher housing here died during the last legislative session. Civil Beat.

A progressive super PAC seeks to change Hawai‘i politics
Our Hawaii Action is creating a super PAC and 501(c)4 dark money group to influence voters in favor of progressive candidates. The goal is to put the progressive movement on equal footing with other major players in Hawai‘i politics and push the Democratic majority in the islands to address issues such as corruption in government, climate change and food security. Civil Beat.

3 men indicted on charges related to drug trafficking between Maui and Oʻahu
More than 50 special agents from the FBI and Maui Police Department arrested three individuals in Maui and Honolulu counties on Friday, June 3, for their alleged roles in an elaborate drug trafficking and illegal gambling operation. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Star-Advertiser. Maui News. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Photo by: Aaron Yoshino
Passing the Torch at the Weinberg Foundation
When Corbett Kalama retires at the end of 2022, two co-leaders plan to keep expanding rural funding and stabilizing the $1-billion-plus real estate portfolio… read more.
O‘ahu water use up amid drought and brush fire worries
Despite a call for a voluntary 10% reduction in water use on O‘ahu, consumption is up slightly from a year ago amid concern about drought, brush fires and the potential for mandatory water rationing ahead of what’s expected to be a drier-than-average summer. Star-Advertiser.

Standoff in Waipahu: Hawaiian rights ‘army’ has illegally occupied a private pot farm
The owners of the 5-acre site intended to grow medical marijuana have a court order to remove the activists who are refusing to leave. Civil Beat.

Crackdown at Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor nets illegal live-aboards
The state has fined the owner of a boat moored at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor $30,000 for allowing a family to live aboard the boat without the required permitting. Star-Advertiser.

Taiwanese F-16 jet crash lands at Honolulu airport with minor damage, no injuries
A fighter jet made a crash landing at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Monday afternoon, after its front landing gear did not deploy. KITV4. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Single-family home sales dip slightly, but that’s not stopping prices from hitting new highs
The median price for a single-family home on O‘ahu is now at $1,153,500, according to the latest figures released by the Honolulu Board of Realtors Monday. Median condo prices hit $516,500. Both figures are new record highs for O‘ahu’s real estate market. Hawaii News Now.

HFD welcomes 9 new fire trucks with Hawaiian names honoring aliʻi and the places they’ll serve
HFD held a Hawaiian blessing at ‘Iolani Palace for the trucks, each given Hawaiian names. The names are significant because they honor King Kamehameha III, who established HFD in 1851. Hawaii News Now.

In 2020, volunteers from Papakōlea homestead,Y Fukunaga Products, Altres and Pili Group sorted food for distribution. | Photo: Aaron Yoshino

Aloha Harvest Distributes Good Food to the Needy Before It Gets Tossed

Aloha Harvest distributes good-quality excess food from restaurants, hotels, stores and farms to agencies that feed the hungry, like homeless shelters and food pantries. The nonprofit’s mission is to reduce food waste and hunger… read more.

Inaba tries again on property tax cuts
North Kona Councilman Holeka Inaba’s attempts to reduce taxes for homeowners and affordable rentals fell flat last week amid a rush by council members to distribute revenue windfalls to county projects and accounts. His new proposal gives a small break to homeowners and affordable rentals, while giving the biggest break to those in the commercial and industrial class. West Hawaii Today.

Public comment period closing for environmental study on Pōhakuloa training area
The U.S. Army has held a lease on lands at Pōhakuloa on the Big Island for decades. The public has one more day to comment on the Army’s draft environmental impact statement regarding its proposed plans to continue training at Pōhakuloa beyond 2029. Hawaii Public Radio.

No imminent construction for Thirty Meter Telescope planned after key permit is ended
On Friday, the state Health Department got a notice of cessation from TMT for its NPDES permit, which authorizes discharges of stormwater. That means TMT will not be allowed to do further construction unless a new permit is issued. Hawaii News Now.

Maunakea rangers inspect brakes on descending vehicles in effort to prevent accidents
The rangers, a program managed by UH Hilo’s Center for Maunakea Stewardship, began conducting brake checks earlier this year after a series of accidents on the road, including one in January that caused the death of a 9-year-old Kailua-Kona girl. Tribune-Herald.

Keauhou HOA fines condo owner $26K (and counting) for feeding cats
A Keauhou condo owner is facing upwards of $26,000 in fines from her homeowner’s association for feeding two wild cats who have lived in the condo complex for years. Big Island Now.

Photo by Josiah Patterson
My Job as a Psychiatric Nurse at the Hawai‘i State Hospital

Tom Davidson says many staffers treat patients like family and view them as people who have gone through traumatic experiences and need help to get better. “I became a nurse because I felt that it was a great way to help other people and give something back to the more.
Maui’s native birds and bees getting protection money from the feds
The Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources will receive $1.7 million from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect native forest birds, waterbirds, seabirds and yellow-faced bees. The federal funding will support several conservation projects, including three on Maui. Maui Now.

Maui companies aim to grow through Mana Up’s program
Eleven entrepreneurs across the state, including Haku Maui, Advance Wildlife Education and Revive Glassworks from the Valley Isle, were chosen to participate in the annual six-month local program, which offers educational opportunities and helps solve business challenges for Hawai‘i-based companies. Maui News.

Radar lab to survey Kauaʻi’s endangered seabirds, monitor declining population
Starting now until the middle of July, the Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project mobile radar lab will be surveying island’s two endangered seabirds all around Kauaʻi. Maui Now. Garden Island.
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