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Russian yacht, seized in Fiji by U.S., docks at Honolulu Harbor
A superyacht seized last week in Fiji by U.S. federal agents — as part of an effort by Western governments to confiscate Russian assets and punish oligarchs for their country’s invasion of Ukraine — arrived Thursday morning in Honolulu Harbor. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Gov. David Ige signs LGBTQ rights bills into law
The bills address a range of issues — from insurance coverage for gender affirming treatments to jury participation for the LGBTQ community. One formally establishes the Hawai‘i LGBTQ+ Commission. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-HeraldBig Island Video News. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i jobless rate ticks up to 4.2% as labor force grows
The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism reported Thursday that Hawai‘i’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2% in May, up from 4.1% in April. Star-Advertiser.

Anticipated revenue windfall raises the stakes in OHA elections
Six seats on OHA’s board of trustees, which oversees more than $600 million in trust funds, are up for grabs. The election comes at a critical time as the semi-autonomous state agency is poised to receive more revenue from public lands than in past years. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i’s red-flag law took effect in 2020
Hawai‘i’s red-flag or “extreme risk” law took effect on Jan. 1, 2020. But since then, there’s only been one request for a gun violence protective order. Advocates say the problem is not many people know what it is ― and how it works. Hawaii News Now.

Public forum on Hawaiʻi broadband access set
The University of Hawaiʻi is inviting the public to an online forum on June 23 to discuss creating more broadband access opportunities. Big Island Video News.

Despite Hawaiʻi’s clean energy strides, oil keeps its grip on the islands
While Hawaiʻi has made strides to transition its electrical grid to renewable energy, the economy still overwhelmingly relies on fossil fuels. Each year, Hawaiʻi imports roughly 30 million barrels of oil to meet its energy needs. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hokule‘a and Hikianalia return from Tahiti
The voyaging canoes Hokule‘a and Hikianalia docked at Sand Island at 6:45 p.m. Thursday upon their return from their 2,500-mile voyage from Tahiti. Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

One of five awards won by Hawaii Business Magazine was Best Magazine Cover for the March 2021 issue that featured 20 for the Next 20 honoree Rachel James, attorney for the Public Utilities Commission.
Hawaii Business Magazine Wins Five Awards
Hawaii Business Magazine has won five awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers, an association of about 65 publications in the U.S. and Canada that deliver regional business news. The awards were for work published in 2021… read more.
Honolulu police investigate 2 SHOPO leaders after internal union fight raises extortion allegations
The top two officials of the police officers union have been placed on restrictive duty after Honolulu police opened a misdemeanor extortion case in connection with allegations outlined in a civil suit filed by an ousted union official who says he was falsely accused of double-dipping travel funds and blackmailed with the threat of a theft complaint. Star-Advertiser.

Son of new Honolulu police chief charged in bicycle thefts
The 36-year-old son of newly sworn-in Honolulu Police Chief Arthur “Joe” Logan has been charged with second-degree burglary related to the alleged theft of two bicycles in 2021. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Mixed reactions over hotel proposed for Honolulu’s Chinatown
If approved, the 4-star, 240-room hotel outfitted with a rooftop restaurant and pool — would be located in Chinatown. Ikenakea Development touts its $127 million project as a vision for revitalizing a deteriorating district, and an opportunity to provide 100 full-time local jobs. KITV4.

University of Hawai‘i is awarded $25 million to create hybrid reef
The University of Hawai‘i will be awarded up to $25 million by the Department of Defense to design and build a hybrid coral reef that aims to protect the coastline from the growing impacts of flooding, erosion and storms. The part-man-made, part-natural reef structure will be installed at a yet-to-be-determined site on the coast of O‘ahu in a project funded by the DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Star-Advertiser.

Broken waterline at Dillingham Airfield is leaking millions of gallons ― every single month
As the state grapples with an ongoing water crisis, a broken waterline at Dillingham Airfield is leaking millions of gallons every month. State leaders say problems with the system date back nearly two decades. Hawaii News Now.

Closure of Wahiawa nursing facility leaves worrisome long-term care gap
The looming shutdown of the only skilled nursing facility in Wahiawa has advocates raising more alarms about Hawai‘i’s long-term care crisis. Hawaii News Now.

58th annual Hawaii State Farm Fair coming to Kaneohe in July
The 58th Hawaii State Farm Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, at the Kualoa Ranch in Kaneohe. The Fair is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, in partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Agriculture and Hawai‘i State 4-H Livestock Council. KITV4.

Joanne Niwa and family (left). Leilani Tuitele (far right with her family). | Photos: Getty, courtesy of Leilani Tuitele, Joanne Niwa. Illustrations by: Kelsey Ige

Grandparents Help Hawai‘i Parents Get the Job Done

Grandmothers and grandfathers are storytellers, sources of wisdom, keepers of family legacies and teachers. But perhaps their most important role in Hawai‘i is to help working parents raise their keiki… read more.

CDC categorizes Hawai‘i County as a high-level community for Covid-19 risks
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today moved Hawai‘i County from a yellow, medium-level community to an orange, high-level community for Covid-19 impacts. Hawai‘i County now joins Kaua‘i, Honolulu, and Maui counties, which are also categorized as orange, high-risk Covid communities. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now.

Increased homeowner exemption clears committee
Bill 182 doesn’t change tax rates but would increase the value of property that would be taxed. The bill also adds two new categories for kūpuna exemptions — 65 years and 75 years — while increasing the amounts exempted. The exemptions would be applied beginning July 1, 2023. West Hawaii Today.

Portuguese center one step closer to fruition
Today marks an important milestone for the organizers of the Hawai‘i Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Cultural and Educational Center — they will be inking signatures on a construction contract for the long-envisioned facility at the corner of Komohana and Ponahawai streets in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.


Strategic Plans Are Scrutinized for DE&I and ESG Policies. Would Yours Stand Up?

Developing strategic plans in this time of economic, political, societal, environmental and technological turmoil may seem like a counterintuitive exercise for companies. However, strategic plans that account for DE&I (diversity, equity and inclusion) and ESG (environment, social and governance) are crucial to maintaining momentum, galvanizing growth and ensuring more.
Mayor signs record high $1.07 billion budget, saying it will rebuild Maui County
Saying that the county will go from surviving — to rebuilding and revitalizing — Mayor Michael Victorino signed into law the record-high $1.07 billion budget for the new fiscal year.  Maui Now.

Proposal paves way for more public parking at coveted South Maui beach
After years of sparring over beach parking at popular Keawakapu in South Maui, a new bill is paving the way for additional public parking on nearby state land. The bill gives the mayor the green light to enter an agreement with the state so a half-acre parcel of nearby state land can be cleared and used for public parking.  Maui Now.

South Maui residents want a community plan with sharper teeth
An update to South Maui’s community plan has been a long time coming. Residents charting the region’s future complain that past plans have been too flimsy. Updates to the county’s community plans are supposed to occur once a decade. But it’s been 24 years since the Kihei-Makena Community Plan got an overhaul. Civil Beat.

Newly renovated community center, DMVL in Pukalani opens with blessing
Work on the Hannibal Tavares Community Center included replacement of deteriorated wood, structural repairs, asphalt shingle roofing and gutter replacement, and repainting of the center’s interior and exterior. Maui Now.

Judicial nominee faces accusations of witness tampering
But defense lawyers say attorney Gregory Meyers followed standard procedure when he delivered a witness statement to Kaua‘i County prosecutors and described the complaint as “frivolous.” Civil Beat.
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