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6.16.2022
 
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Hawai‘i may not be the richest state, but it is one of the happiest
The bad news: Hawai‘i has a large percentage of people living close to the edge. The good news: they tend to be happier here than their peers elsewhere. Civil Beat.

Panel discusses proposals for legislative term limits
A panel created by the state House of Representatives to recommend reforms after two former lawmakers admitted taking bribes discussed proposals to establish term limits for legislators. West Hawaii Today. KHON2.

Political newcomer Sergio Alcubilla is seeking to oust U.S. Rep Ed Case
Alcubilla admits his candidacy is a long shot, but he’s hoping his stance on social spending will propel him in the Democratic primary. He originally wanted to run for lieutenant governor, but a mentor steered him in another direction. Civil Beat.

Duke Aiona announces gubernatorial run
James “Duke” Aiona, a former Circuit Court judge who served as lieutenant governor, announced Wednesday his latest run to become governor as a Republican. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Hawai‘i’s main staple — rice — could eat up more of the family budget
The cost of rice is now at a 12-month high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. That means the price of a 25 pound bag of rice here has jumped $2 over the past six months — putting a big dent into the wallets of many local families. KITV4.

Marine ecologist warns deep-sea mining will hurt fishing
A marine ecology researcher told a panel sponsored by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council on Wednesday that deep-sea mining will have a negative impact on Pacific fisheries. Douglas McCauley, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, said seabed mining claims have been staked by nations and private contractors in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Tribune-Herald.

Hawai‘i tops national ranking for Covid-19 response
Hawai‘i has ranked first in the nation for its management of the Covid-19 pandemic, faring much better than other states on metrics such as pandemic-related deaths, vaccination rates and strains on hospital resources, according to an assessment by the Commonwealth Fund, which focuses on improving the quality and efficiency of the country’s health care system and improving access to care. Star-Advertiser.

 
Outrigger has purchased the newly renovated Maafushivaru Resort in the Maldives, which will be renamed Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort. It is located on a private island in the South Ari Atoll region, a 25-minute seaplane from the Maldives capital of Malé. | Photo: courtesy of Outrigger Hospitality Group
 
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Outrigger’s Strategy for 2022: Upgrades and Acquisitions
Hawaii Business Magazine is interviewing the CEOs of important local companies on their plans for a near future in which change and uncertainty often seem to be the only certainties. Here is our conversation with Jeff Wagoner, CEO of the Outrigger Hospitality Group… read more.
 
OʻAHU
 
Another $1.1 billion sought to address Red Hill
The tab for the Navy’s Red Hill calamity could double to $2.2 billion, which includes estimated costs for repairing the fuel facility so that it can be safely drained, remediating the environment and reimbursing service members and their family members who were displaced last year when jet fuel contaminated their drinking water, among other costs. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i consumers are seeing higher costs, but there is some hope for relief as Honolulu sees a dip in inflation
O‘ahu’s rolling 12-month inflation rate ticked down in May to 7.0% from the prior 12-month measurement of 7.5% in March, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Star-Advertiser.

In effort to save lives, Honolulu firefighters to add opioid overdose reversal drug to their trucks
Honolulu firefighters will soon be joining the list of first responders who can administer Narcan, a a medicine that can instantly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Right now, they can only administer oxygen to someone who has stopped breathing as part of an opioid overdose until EMS arrives and dispenses Narcan with advanced medical care. Hawaii News Now.

2 LGBTQ businesses add new claims to their legal challenge against Liquor Commission
Two businesses that filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Honolulu Liquor Commission have added new claims to their legal challenge. They accuse the agency of hiring people who shouldn’t be in positions of public oversight. Hawaii News Now.

Communities post ‘Free Stores’ around O‘ahu
Pick up or drop off free plants, books and canned goods at a ‘free store’ in a local neighborhood. The community is helping each other by setting up these free stores in 16 neighborhoods around the island. KHON2.

 
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2021 Prince Lot Hula Festival, Hula Halau Ka Hale I O Kahala. | Photo: Moanalua Gardens Foundation / Marc Schechter
 
SPONSORED BY STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS

Supporting Hawaiʻi’s Creative Economy

Through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) has distributed federal funds to 41 arts and culture organizations and 20 practitioners and artists this fiscal year… read more.
 

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
 
Final death knell for tax relief this year
There will be no property tax relief this year, after the County Council on Wednesday couldn’t agree on either of two competing proposals. At issue for most council members was whether commercial and industrial property or hotels and resorts should get a tax break. West Hawaii Today.

Bill to ban most sunscreens passes
The council voted to pass on final reading a measure that will prohibit the sale of all “non-mineral” sunscreens on the island. Only sunscreens that use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as their active ingredient will be permitted to be sold in the county. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now.

Council passes resolution supporting gun control
During Wednesday’s County Council meeting, Hamakua Councilwoman Heather Kimball introduced a resolution condemning gun violence and supporting nationwide gun control measures following the May mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 students and two teachers. Tribune-Herald.

UH Hilo receiving nearly $6M for college prep program
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded four grants to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hiloʻs Upward Bound program over the next five years. More than $1.4 million will go to several intermediate and high schools across Hawaiʻi Island through the program. Hawaii Public Radio.

 
Kate Bennett | Photo: Aaron Yoshino
 
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
My Job as a Family Mediator Is to Minimize the Fallout of Divorce

As a mediator, “I have to dig in and understand not what people want but why they want it. It’s important to acknowledge their underlying interests and needs if you really want to help settle a case..read more.
 
MAUI COUNTY
 
Maui residents may get to vote on creating an East Maui Community Water Authority
The Maui County Council is considering whether a question should be added to the ballot this November for voters to decide on creating a local water authority in East Maui. Hawaii Public Radio.

Maui police chief addresses union survey showing low morale
Chief John Pelletier pointed out that his team is working to address many of the issues outlined by the SHOPO survey. He quoted the Harvard Business Review’s assessment that organizational change takes five to seven years to properly complete. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Maui Now. Maui News. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Wedding business seeks approvals to use Makena property
A longtime Maui wedding business that operated at a Makena property for 25 years without permits secured one of several required approvals Tuesday to legally hold events and weddings at the private property. Maui News.

 
KAUAʻI
 
Lawmakers mull charter amendment on affordable housing
Resolution No. 2022-22 introduced at council Wednesday proposes an amendment to the county charter that would allocate at least 2% of property-tax revenues each year to a housing-development fund, a step that proponents hope can put a dent in the ongoing affordable-housing crisis. Garden Island.

Corals left ‘baking in the sun’ at ‘Anini Beach
Hanalei Marine Biologist Terry Lilley said Wednesday that king tides were having a negative effect at ‘Anini Beach Park. Lilley wrote that hundreds of thousands of corals were bone dry and baking in the hot sun. What was also bad was that people were walking on dry reef, stepping on the corals while they try to catch fish and octopus stranded in the tide pools. Garden Island.

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