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6.14.2022
 
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Hawai‘i labs profit from PCR tests, University of Hawai‘i study finds
A study published Thursday in a medical journal and conducted by a team of University of Hawai‘i economists and others analyzing Hawai‘i tax data concluded that independent laboratories in Hawaii were making a considerable profit for Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests. Star-Advertiser.

Covid-19 infections remain high in Hawai‘i
Gov. David Ige said Monday that while he’s aware that levels of Covid-19 infection in the state remain high, no new pandemic-related regulations are planned for Hawai‘i. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again lists three counties — Kaua‘i, Honolulu and Maui —as high-level communities for Covid-19 impacts. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

Just how effective can a Lt. Gov be in Hawai‘i?
Top candidates in the Democratic primary have plans to deal with housing, workforce, the economy and just making government more efficient. Civil Beat.

Stakeholders discuss balancing culture, sustainability, community in the tourism industry
Stakeholders from community groups, state agencies, and the visitor industry gathered for the Ka Huina conference last week virtually to discuss the future of tourism in Hawaiʻi. Leaders say finding a balance between the industry and the community is important for the state’s future. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawai‘i women grapple with latest global supply chain hiccup: A shortage of tampons
Manufacturers say the shortage is temporary, but offered no timeline. This year, the Hawai‘i Legislature passed a bill to approve $2 million each year in period products to public and charter schools. The bill signing is Monday. Hawaii News Now.

 
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Why Rent Relief in Hawai‘i Became a National Model
The government program helped over 13,000 households. One reason it succeeded may have been that people who had experienced housing instability had a seat at the decision-making table… read more.
 
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Hawai‘i activists launch new lawsuit over Red Hill
A local community group has filed a new “citizen lawsuit” in federal court calling for the closure of the Navy’s underground Red Hill fuel storage facility, and for the Navy to pay for past environmental violations tied to its fueling operations. Star-Advertiser.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Kāne‘ohe soil contamination case
The High Court’s decision paves the way for service members and their families to bring their claims about toxic contamination to Hawai‘i state court. Civil Beat.

Honolulu exploring new ways to manage food waste
Honolulu may be changing the way it deals with food waste as the City Council this month passed a measure that requires providing a designated bin for food waste, to separate it from other curbside trash pickup, by 2024. Star-Advertiser.

As tensions rise, country club’s landowner seeks to evict paramilitary sovereignty group
An already bitter eviction dispute between a Kunia landowner and a Hawaiian sovereignty group is starting to heat up. Escorted by two Honolulu police officers, representatives for Guyland — which owns the Hawai‘i Country Club golf course and nearby agricultural lands — served eviction papers on members of the Occupied Forces Hawai‘i Army on Monday after a judge last week ordered them off the land. Hawaii News Now.

Waikīkī man bought gun, pepper spray after troubling run-ins with incoming HPD chief’s son
Surveillance video from a Waikīkī condo captured in December 2020 shows a man climbing the rail and hopping onto the lanai from the parking lot. The condo’s owner, Lawrence Boyd, said the man illegally entering his unit is 36-year old Zane Logan — the adult son of the incoming Honolulu police chief. Hawaii News Now.

 
 
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Controversial North Kona rock-crushing case to be heard
A 2016 permit controversy over a North Kona rock-crushing operation is coming back to the Leeward Planning Commission on Thursday, remanded there by the Hawai‘i Supreme Court in a December ruling. West Hawaii Today.

DWS: 2 wells out now same ones in 2017
The Department of Water Supply stated Monday that two of the four inoperable wells necessitating a 25% water restriction in North Kona are the same wells that failed in 2017, which prompted a water restriction in Kona that last over a year. Big Island Now.

Three arrested, charged with ag theft
A joint agriculture theft investigation involving the Hawai‘i Police Department and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officers resulted in the recovery of 157 pounds of stolen lychee worth $1,256, according to court documents filed by police. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Maui Now.

 
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HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
My Job Is Preserving Damaged Scrolls and Precious Art

Sakurai, born in Kyoto, Japan, says she decided to become an artist at age 3. After earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture and design from Kyoto Institute of Technology, she resumed her focus on art. “If I don’t keep doing this technique and using traditional materials, this type of art could die out..read more.
 
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100% affordable project Hale Waipuʻilani in Kīhei advances
Saying the decision is between affordable housing or speculator homes, Maui County Council in committee today voted to recommend approval for a hotly-debated 28-unit affordable housing project slated for Kīhei.  Maui Now.
 
KAUAʻI
 
Conservationists threaten lawsuit over endangered species risk at luxury condo
The site of a planned luxury condo development may also contain critical habitat for a pair of endangered species: the Kaua‘i cave wolf spider and the Kaua‘i cave amphipod. Garden Island.

New scanners coming to Lihu‘e Airport
The computed tomography (CT) scanners — long, futuristic-looking tubes, lined with bright blue lights — use sophisticated algorithms to create 3-D images of individual items in a carry-on bag. Garden Island.

 
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