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6.27.2022
 
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Hawai‘i still struggles with abortion access
Abortion providers say the state’s strong legal protections belie the experience of many women in Hawai‘i, particularly on the Neighbor Islands. They say the state needs to pay more attention to improving access. Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Maui News. Hawaii News Now.

Ige signs a flurry of bills as veto intention deadline nears
The window closes today for Gov. David Ige to indicate which bills he intends to veto this year. As of Friday, he had signed 115 of the 343 bills passed by the Legislature. Star-Advertiser.

How a “first step” in prison reform sparked a public backlash and a likely veto
The Legislature passed a bill this session requiring judges to release without bail people arrested for low-level, non-violent offenses. But the public uproar last month startled some lawmakers, who are now waiting to see if the governor vetoes the measure. Civil Beat.

Familiar faces are seeking to return to elected office
The Aug. 13 primary elections will see the return of many politicians who have been out of office for years, nearly a decade and, in one case, a generation. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i GOP candidates for governor want tax cuts. Good luck with the Legislature.
Tax cuts have topped Republican agendas for years. But even if the nominee could win over voters, they’d likely face another challenge in the Legislature, where 71 of the 76 seats are held by Democrats. Civil Beat.

RIMPAC exercises set to begin in Hawai‘i
Warships from 26 countries are arriving in the Hawaiian Islands for the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise, the world’s largest recurring naval war game. RIMPAC 2022 kicks off Wednesday and will run through Aug. 4. Star-Advertiser.

CNHA supporters back its marketing concepts for Hawai‘i
Amid protest about the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s contract award, some are lining up in favor of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. Among them are former Gov. John D. Waihe‘e III; Ann Botticelli, a former Hawaiian Airlines executive; and Frank Haas, a former HTA executive. Star-Advertiser.

Covid-19 vaccine mistrust is spilling over to routine childhood shots
The percentage of students in Hawai‘i who either skipped routine childhood vaccinations or had incomplete vaccination records more than doubled during the pandemic. Civil Beat.

 
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The Gender Pay Gap Had Narrowed in Hawai‘i. Then the Pandemic Arrived.
Ten years ago, Hawai‘i women only made 78.4 cents for every male dollar. In 2019, women earned almost 90% of what men did. But recent hits to women’s earnings may have set back that progress… read more.
 
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Honolulu City Council elections are a hot topic for neighborhood board members
With four of the nine council seats in play, local community groups are paying attention to what a shift in power may mean in their backyards. Civil Beat.

Indicted executives are prolific Hawai‘i political donors
Four Mitsunaga & Associates executives indicted for allegedly conspiring with former Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro to charge a former employee with felony theft in exchange for campaign contributions donated more than $830,000 to candidates for key state and county offices. Star-Advertiser.

Rock revetment planned to harden eroding shoreline in Ka‘a‘awa
The state Department of Transportation is proposing to build a 450-foot-long rock revetment to forestall the potential collapse of a section of Kamehameha Highway. Star-Advertiser.

7,200 pounds of rubbish are pulled from Kāne‘ohe Bay
Tires were the most plentiful and heaviest culprit, some of them large enough to fit onto a monster truck. In total, 110 tires were removed by the Ocean Defenders Alliance. KHON2.

 
 
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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
 
Latest Honua Ola denial likely headed to state Supreme Court
The tree-burning plant north of Hilo has suffered another setback in its years-long quest to deliver electricity to customers of Hawaiian Electric. On Friday, the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission rejected the company’s motions for reconsideration of an earlier PUC denial. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Paramedics wanted as county sees uptick in emergency calls
The Hawai‘i County Fire Department is seeking to fill 13 vacant positions. With 16 ambulance units, HFD needs about 48 paramedics islandwide. Tribune-Herald.

Free Wi-Fi is coming to Pana‘ewa Park
Hawai‘i County has partnered with T&T Electric and others to deliver free Wi-Fi. The initiative is part of a scalable pilot program, says Mayor Mitch Roth. Tribune-Herald.

 
On a list of 92 cities in U.S., the Pacific Rim and Britain, Honolulu ranked 87th. Only San Jose; Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Hong Kong ranked worse for housing unaffordability. | Photo: Getty Images
 
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Honolulu Challenges World’s Priciest Cities for Housing Unaffordability

Seventy-six metropolitan areas in the U.S. had housing last year that was considered severely unaffordable – up from just 14 areas in 2019, before the pandemic hit. Honolulu ranked as the third least-affordable market in the nation. “The cost of essential parts of the middle-class lifestyle have increased faster than inflation..read more.
 
MAUI COUNTY
 
Primary election for House District 9 is a “winner-take-all” contest
Political newcomer Sam Peralta is challenging incumbent Rep. Justin Woodson, who went uncontested in the August 2020 Democratic primary. Maui News.

June 30 application deadline is approaching for South Maui CPAC
Nine of the 13 Community Plan Advisory Committee members will be appointed by the council, while four will be appointed by the mayor. Maui Now. Maui News.

 
KAUAʻI
 
Kaua‘i mayor faces three challengers in re-election bid
As Mayor Derek Kawakami nears the end of his first term, three political newcomers are running against him. They have a wide range of views but far less experience in politics. Hawaii News Now.

Līhuʻe improvement plan events are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday
The Līhu‘e Civic Center Mobility Plan seeks to improve transportation options and accessibility around the town core. The public is invited to share ideas during a walking tour and public meeting on June 29 and 30. Garden Island.
 

 
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