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Covid-19 vaccines for Hawai‘i keiki under 5 roll out this week
The Department of Health  is expecting a delivery of 27,500 doses of the keiki vaccines — both Pfizer and Moderna — in the coming week, which will be distributed to hospitals, pediatricians’ offices and clinics on all islands. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Expert says large amounts of Covid community spread likely until mid-July
A health expert has warned that the state is underestimating the impacts of an ongoing spike in Covid-19 cases. Tim Brown, an infectious disease expert with the East-West Center said current Covid test positivity rates are nearly 20%, although he noted that doesn’t take into consideration the thousands of home tests in circulation. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now.

Public schools to provide free feminine products
When Hawai‘i’s next public school year begins for students Aug. 1, a new law will require administrators to provide free menstrual products on campuses statewide. A report shows that the lack of access to menstrual products in schools limits full participation in school, contributes to higher rates of school absences and missed activities, and negatively impacts a student’s ability to learn. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Attorney, former news reporter Bruce Voss appointed head of Board of Education
Starting July 1, Voss will lead the nine-member board that sets statewide educational policy for Hawai‘i’s public school system, the 10th largest school system in the nation, and appoints the state schools superintendent, state librarian and members of the state Public Charter School Commission. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald.

State early learning office’s new director enters role during critical time
Earlier this year, the state’s Early Learning Board named Yuuko Arikawa-Cross as the new executive director. There are 34 public schools across the state that have pre-K classrooms serving four- and five-year-old children. While the office is working to expand the number of classrooms, Arikawa-Cross enters the role during a challenging time. Hawaii Public Radio.

Seaglider company conducts feasibility study
Regent and a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries called Pacific Current are working together to see what impact a seaglider would have on the economy, the environment and on the community. KHON2. KITV4.

State bankruptcies fall despite higher rates, inflation
Bankruptcies, which often represent the last resort for people unable to pay their bills, declined 33% in May to mark the 11th consecutive month that cases were fewer than 100, according to new data released by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Hawai‘i. Star-Advertiser.

What’s next for Hawaiian Airlines: Restoring flights and adding new ones
CEO Peter Ingram talks about hiring, investments and innovations like fuel from local feedstocks and all-electric seagliders that can fly between islands. Hawaii Business Magazine.

Photo: Cheryl Oncea
Meli James Fuels Hawai‘i’s Entrepreneur Ecosystem By Turning Local Businesses into Global Companies, S1E4
As the co-founder of Mana Up, a state-wide initiative to grow and support entrepreneurs based in Hawaiʻi, Meli James is creating an ecosystem that allows startups and small local businesses to scale and thrive. In this episode of The Hawaii Business Podcast, we talk with her about the art of persuasion in weaving shared goals, not being afraid to ask for help and finding a symbiotic business partner. Listen Now!
Repairs before defueling Red Hill facility might cost $100 million
It could take more than two years and cost upward of $100 million in repairs before the Navy can begin safely draining its Red Hill fuel tanks, according to Hawai‘i U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

For the first time, there are no girls incarcerated at Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility
For the first time, there are no girls incarcerated at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility — the product of a years-long effort to “divert” kids away from juvenile corrections and into community programs and toward mental health supports. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu Police Chief Logan shares transparency goals, outlook
Logan was sworn in last week as the 12th chief, following a year-long selection process, often marred by past history of corruption. He started his first week back on the force by auditing staffing, possibly looking to rearrange special assignments to cover over 300 vacancies Hawaii Public Radio.

Date set for HPD chief Logan’s swearing in. KHON2.

Honolulu officials revoke building permits for controversial Sierra Drive multi-dwelling project
Honolulu planning officials revoked the project’s three building permits on Thursday for violating the city’s “monster homes” laws. It found that the project exceeded the city’s floor area ratio threshold, which determines restrictions under the city’s monster home ordinances. Hawaii Public Radio.

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HDS Prioritizes Local Service and Community Impact

Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) commemorates 60 years of healthy smiles and local roots by continuing efforts to improve oral health across the state. As Hawaii’s leading dental benefits provider, HDS and its charitable arm, the HDS Foundation, play a key role in the funding and development of programs that prevent oral disease, increase access to dental care, and provide oral health education to the community… read more.

PONC purchases pledged: Council approves county purchase of Lyman’s and old growth ‘ōhi‘a forest
The council, in separate 9-0 votes, approved resolutions authorizing the administration to purchase a .78-acre Alii Drive parcel containing a historic home, and a 220-acre old-growth ‘ōhi‘a property in Waiohe, South Kona. West Hawaii Today.

Gov releases millions in CIP funding for Big Island projects
Projects varied from a public charter school in Laupāhoehoe to the Federal Inspection Services Building at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole. Big Island Now.

Land board to revisit Naniloa refinancing request
An embattled owner of the Grand Naniloa Hotel is asking for a second chance after the Board of Land and Natural Resources denied him a request to refinance the mortgage for the building. Tribune-Herald.

Waikoloa Village residents try out fire evacuation road
The event was held to familiarize people with the evacuation route before a future evacuation in the wake of an order issued in summer 2021 as the island’s largest fire in history raced toward the South Kohala town. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News.

CTL staff member Lahela Manning mentors students. | Photo: courtesy of Center for Tomorrow's Leaders
Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders Pairs Mentors with Hawai‘i’s Youth

Unfold is designed to provide a bridge of support for high school seniors during the transition from graduation to whatever’s next, whether that be college, a job or a trade. Unfold began in 2019 as an in-person program but was held virtually over the last two years because of the more.
Hawai‘i’s extreme drought is forcing ranchers and farmers to get creative
Farmers and ranchers are researching and experimenting with new and old ways to attract, harvest and conserve water for their crops and livestock, from planting water-attracting trees and foliage to trying to harvest moisture from fog. Civil Beat.

Kukuiula Bridge in East Maui reopened today, county says
Repair work has been completed to the foundation and protective structure of the Hana side abutment to Kukuiula Bridge at the 39.5 Mile Marker on Hana Highway. The bridge was closed June 1 after storm water runoff damaged the foundation of the abutment. Maui Now.

MEO holds focus groups to find Maui County’s top community needs
Government, private and nonprofit Maui County leaders and clients and staff of Maui Economic Opportunity offered their views on top community problems and ways to address them in focus groups organized last week as part of MEO’s effort to formulate a Community Needs Assessment. Maui Now.

Judicial nominee fends off criminal complaint
The state Senate Judiciary Committee recommended confirming Gregory Meyers as a state district judge for Family Court on Kauai after an unusual public hearing Thursday at which a criminal complaint filed recently against Meyers drew major attention. Star-Advertiser.

Covid vaccines for children younger than 5 starts Saturday on Kauaʻi
Kaua‘i Medical Clinic-Pediatrics Clinic will be one of the Hawai‘i Pacific Health sites offering the Pfizer’s three-dose Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months through 4 years old. Garden Island.

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