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6.20.2022
 
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State needs more time to regulate cryptocurrency merchants in Hawai‘i
A cryptocurrency pilot program, scheduled to close June 30, will be extended for another two years while the state decides how to regulate the industry. Lawmakers failed to pass legislation this session. Star-Advertiser.

A year of embarrassing scandal may help Hawai‘i finally reform campaign finance
The convictions of former Sen. J. Kalani English and Rep. Ty Cullen in a corruption scandal seemed to confirm everyone’s worst suspicions about “pay to play” in local politics. Democrats running for governor say they are serious about making changes. Civil Beat.

U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele’s run for governor highlights financing from state
Public financing for political campaigns has become an issue again, with Kahele — who joined the gubernatorial race on May 7 — announcing that he has already raised $100,000 in small donations. That makes him eligible for as much as $207,000 in public campaign funding. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu lawmaker arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving
Rep. Matt LoPresti was arrested Thursday, a little more than a year after Rep. Sharon Har was also arrested for drunken driving. Civil Beat.

All-electric seaglider targeting Hawai‘i takeoff
A subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries announced today that it is developing a seaglider transportation network in Hawai‘i. The venture is partnering with Mokulele Airlines and plans to launch in 2025. Star-Advertiser.

Bills signed to help improve keiki hearing, vision screening statewide
The Hawaiʻi Department of Health joined child health advocates as Gov. David Ige signed two bills to expand and improve hearing and vision screening and interventions. Maui Now.

UHERO report: Pandemic has taken a toll on Hawai‘i’s population
On Monday, UHERO launched its first quarterly public health report, which sheds light on the pandemic’s impact on economic security, mental well-being, the ability to work and other areas. Two-thirds of people surveyed said they have been negatively affected. Star-Advertiser.

UH study: 23% of Hawai’i nurses are considering leaving the workforce
Safety was the biggest factor (39%), followed by job fatigue (24.7%), retiring (21.6%), no longer wanting to be a health care provider (21.6%) and economic strain (9.3%). Maui Now.

 
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Are You a Hawai‘i Landlord or Property Manager Who Sold or Renovated Your Long-term Rental? We Want to Speak with You.
Many are taking advantage of Hawai‘i’s hot housing market by selling or renovating their properties. What hasn’t been as well documented are the impacts this is having on Hawai‘i’s long-term rental market. Hawaii Business Magazine wants to speak with local landlords and property managers who have sold or renovated their rental units… read more.
 
OʻAHU
 
Keith Kaneshiro charges detail abuse of power, bribery and conspiracy
Honolulu’s former prosecuting attorney was arrested on Friday and pleaded not guilty. He is accused of wrongfully prosecuting the enemy of a major campaign donor, who in turn directed tens of thousands of dollars to Kaneshiro’s reelection campaign. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.

Pearl Harbor-Hickam gets $15 million for water projects
The money is from an annual Department of Defense competitive funding program and comes on the heels of the Red Hill water contamination crisis. Star-Advertiser.

Is Honolulu’s Chinatown on the brink of a turnaround?
Residents say new city programs and the dispersal of River of Life’s meal distributions are bringing peace and safety back to the historic neighborhood. Civil Beat.

Waikīkī surf racks destroyed by flames will be removed
More than 500 boards went up in flames last October and damaged the Moana Surfrider Hotel. The city says it will start removing the surfboard lockers this week. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Some Honolulu businesses are shifting their office plans
American Savings Bank, Hawaiian Electric and Central Pacific Bank had all consolidated their headquarters when the pandemic hit. The companies are taking different approaches to bringing people back to the office or offering work-from-home options. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

 
 
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Kukulu Hale Awards 2022

Our annual Kukulu Hale Awards recognize individuals and organizations that, through their projects and professional achievements, have contributed to Hawai‘i’s economic growth and enriched our community. We invite you to read about this year’s awardees and distinguished entries… read more.
 

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
 
Chief Paul Ferreira to retire from Hawai‘i Police Department
His retirement will happen in the fall, according to a letter from Ferreira to the department. Big Island Now.

Hu Honua lobbyist hosted fundraiser for senators who were key to energy bill
The event benefited Hawai‘i Sens. Donovan Dela Cruz, Glenn Wakai, Michelle Kidani and Bennette Misalucha, who all voted in favor of the controversial bill. Civil Beat.

Mayor Mitch Roth rejects housing measure
Roth exercised his first veto by rejecting a bill its sponsors say expands the number of eligible programs that could be implemented with county housing funds. West Hawaii Today.

Non-domestic TRO requests are up 67%
Between 2015 and 2021, there has been a sharp increase in requests for temporary restraining orders in non-domestic situations on Hawai‘i Island. Domestic abuse orders, however, were down 25%. Tribune-Herald.

Bids sought for new classroom building for Kealakehe Elementary School
The Department of Education is seeking a contractor to construct the $13 million project, allowing for growth at the 53-year-old school in Kailua-Kona. West Hawaii Today.

 

 
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
How to Protect Your Organization from Ransomware

Ransomware is a dynamic form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering its data and systems unusable. Once inside an organization, attackers quickly “spread out” and threaten systems at scale before demanding ransom. Most security breaches are executed in minutes, yet they can go undetected for months..read more.
 
MAUI COUNTY
 
Audit turns up problems at Maui County Zoning Division
Employees say they lack confidence in planning director Michele McLean whom they see as “heavily politicized and unconcerned with staff welfare or input.” Civil Beat.

Concerns loom over outdoor lighting bill in Maui County
Maui County attorneys are questioning the county’s ability to enforce a proposed measure that addresses light pollution and mitigates threats to native seabirds. Maui News.

Iwi kūpuna found at West Maui surf spot may find rest soon
What started as five bones turned into more than five boxes of bones found over the last several years at Puamana Beach Park. The county has purchased large reinterment lock boxes. Maui Now.

 
KAUAʻI
 
“New normal” drives up car rental costs
The price of rental cars has fallen from last summer’s peak but remains higher than pre-pandemic levels, as Kaua‘i rental companies deal with a shortage of vehicles, supply-chain issues and labor costs. Garden Island.

 
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