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Last-minute candidates emerge to reserve spots on Hawai‘i’s primary ballot
Former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona entered the race among Republicans running for governor, and Native Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte from Moloka‘i is competing for a state Senate seat representing parts of Maui County. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Government conduct panel to solicit input on reform ideas
The Commission to Increase Standards of Conduct held its first public meeting June 1 and so far has scheduled four more such meetings between June 15 and July 27 to explore specific topics including campaign finance reform and election law changes. Star-Advertiser.

Native Hawaiians march to raise awareness about dark history of boarding schools
Their march follows the release of a federal investigation that exposed trauma and abuse intended to separate Native American, Alaskan and Hawaiian children from their culture and their people from their land. Cultural experts are eager to learn more details about the Hawai‘i schools in future federal investigative reports. Hawaii News Now.

Biden signs bill on West O‘ahu clinic to be named after the late Sen. Daniel Akaka
The Advanced Leeward Outpatient Healthcare Access Clinic  was a pet project of Akaka’s during his time as a U.S. senator. It will be the first new major VA project of its size in Hawai‘i since the Spark Matsunaga VA Ambulatory Care Clinic opened at Tripler Army Medical Center in 2000. Star-Advertiser.

Experts expect drought and wildfire conditions to worsen
As Hawai‘i enters its 12th driest wet season in the past 30 years, drought and wildfire concerns and conditions are both on the rise. Civil Beat. West Hawaii Today.

Kaimukī High struggles compared to neighboring schools like Kalani High. | Photo: Aaron Yoshino
Hawai‘i’s Public Schools Are Battered But Working to Recover
Steady gains by students have eroded after two years of upheaval. Can teachers, principals and $690 million in federal funding turn things around? Meryl Matsumura often starts her workday in the dark, at 6 a.m., and doesn’t head home until the hot Waipahu sun retreats after 5. “Coming back on campus in fall felt like we had two freshman classes. Half the campus was completely new… read more.
Lawsuit seeks to block O‘ahu vacation rental law
The Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance said the new vacation rental law is unfair to landlords who have been renting their units on a month-to-month basis for decades. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

City identifies millions of dollars in fees owed
From refuse disposal, rental assistance and liquor law violations, the City has identified 129 accounts that owe a hefty amount of money. Some of the outstanding fees dating back to 1990. KHON2.

Kalama Valley residents heated over proposed development
A proposed 360-unit kupuna living community at the Kalama Village Center had some strong pushback from residents. Developers they say the population of east Honolulu is aging and that similar kupuna-serving organizations in town have five, six, seven-year wait lists. KHON2.

Elderly Hawai‘i man sues city, HPD after being met at his door by officers with guns drawn
A Waikīkī man is suing the city and the four HPD officers, citing negligence and invasion of privacy. The suit also claims they conducted an improper search. Hawaii News Now.

Chinatown businesses feel ‘sense of normalcy’ after homeless meal operations relocate
Chinatown businesses said they see a difference in the homeless population after a non-profit relocated its daily homeless meal operations. Hawaii News Now.
Mayor outlines Chinatown revitalization plan. KITV4.

Rising prices, higher rates soften O‘ahu’s home market
While median prices for both single-family homes and condos reached all-time highs in May, sales fell double digits for single-­family properties. Economist Paul Brewbaker said the data is “an indication that there is a cooling off about to unfold, to the extent that it hasn’t already.” Star-Advertiser.

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Recruiting Midcareer Employees In The Face Of The Great Resignation

The challenge that businesses are facing, in light of the Great Resignation, is recruitment and retention. Many businesses are benefiting from hiring midcareer employees in the Gen-X or Baby Boomer age group. Here are a few reasons… read more.

Group: Mayor illegally closed Waipi‘o road
The plaintiffs, through attorneys Steven Strauss and Christopher Bridges, argue the mayor’s authority under HRS §264-1.5 extends only to “allowing for the establishment of traffic emergency zones to provide access to an affected area, not close a county road.” Tribune-Herald.

Hawai‘i Island real estate market expected to cool
The median sales price for a home in May was $522,500, a decrease of only about $3,000 from April, but still more than $20,000 higher than it was in May 2021. Tribune-Herald.

Number of veterans test positive for Covid at Hilo VA Home
This is the first time the virus has been detected among VA residents since the fatal outbreak during the Delta variant in the summer of 2020 where 27 veterans succumbed to Covid. Big Island Now.

The Kalauao rail station near Pearlridge Center in ‘Aiea, will be one of two “mobility hubs” planned by the City & County of Honolulu. | Photo by: Aaron Yoshino
O‘ahu’s Mobility Hubs Will Make Ditching the Car More Attractive

Planned hubs near Pearlridge Center and Ala Moana Center will help people transfer between rail, buses, bikes and car services. “The concept of a mobility hub is exciting for us because it melds and merges all of the different pieces of mobility together in one site,” says Jon Nouchi, deputy director of the city’s Department of Transportation more.
The race for Maui mayor just got even more competitive
With four longtime county leaders among the eight candidates vying for Maui’s top position, this election is anything but certain. Civil BeatMaui Now.

Residents mixed over 100% affordable housing planned in S. Maui
Saying they’re for affordable housing — just not in this area — at least a dozen opponents to proposed Hale Waipu’ilani 100% workforce project in Kīhei pointed to flooding and traffic concerns Monday during the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee meeting. Maui Now. Maui News.

West Maui groups launch fundraising campaign to build Olowalu fire substation
Two West Maui groups have joined forces to launch a fundraising campaign in an effort to build a new fire substation in Olowalu, with plans to gift it to the County of Maui. Maui Now.

Extended Hāna road closure stir concerns for residents, small businesses
It’s been nearly a week since a damaged bridge prompted Maui County to close the so-called “back road” to Hāna. The bridge repairs could take two months to complete. Hawaii News Now.

Housing market may be cooling amid record-high prices
High home prices and mortgage rates may be putting the brakes on a hot housing market as the median sales price for a single-family home in Maui County continues to hover above $1.2 million. Maui News.

Nonprofit: Cinderella toilets could get to bottom of cesspool crisis
Honolulu-based nonprofit Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations installed a Cinderella Greywater Combination System at a Wailua homesteads home.  Garden Island.

Biden withdraws ex-KPD chief’s nomination after retaliation accusations
Michael Contrades, a former deputy police chief from Kaua‘i, will not be Hawai‘i’s next U.S. Marshal after the White House this week yanked his nomination after questions were raised about his involvement in a federal retaliation lawsuit that settled for nearly $2 million. Civil Beat.

11 affordable homes coming to Kīlauea

Kauhale O Namahana, located across the street from the Kīlauea post office, is the first new construction by Permanently Affordable Living Kaua‘i, which purchased the property in 2020.  Garden Island.

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