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Tourism funding again under threat as Governor Ige intends to veto Bill 1147.

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Tourism funding again under threat
Gov. David Ige has announced his intent to veto House Bill 1147 — the eleventh-­hour solution that state legislators cobbled together at the end of the session to save the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s $60 million annual budget. Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

Lack of workers affecting hospitality and travel
Airlines and travel officials are expecting a busier Fourth of July weekend and summer travel season compared to last year, but the shortage of workers continues to be an issue. KHON2.
Staffing shortages a key factor in labor dispute at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park: Visitor spending contributed $117M to local economy
The National Park Service says a new report finds 2021 spending supported 1,220 Big Island jobs mostly in lodging, recreation and transportation. Big Island Video NewsBig Island Now.

Here’s what we know – and don’t know – about the impact of masks on little kids
Early research suggests that parental stress has more of an impact on childhood development and wellbeing than whether kids are wearing masks. Civil Beat.

Online Hawaiian language class reaching students on the mainland and New Zealand
Ka Hale Hoaka has nearly 13,000 subscribers, including Hawaiians who live outside of the islands, where there are fewer opportunities to learn and practice their culture. Civil Beat.

Anti-vape advocates, tobacco industry applaud Ige’s plan to veto flavored product bill
House Bill 1570 proposes banning flavored tobacco products, including menthol. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Hawai‘i’s small businesses grapple with rising costs, staffing shortages
National chains are better able to weather the current challenges — including the ability to pay a rising minimum wage — than small mom-and-pop shops, according to Tina Yamaki, president of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Agriculture Board endorses plan to import millions of mosquitoes to save imperiled birds
The state Board of Agriculture on Tuesday gave the green light to the release of tens of millions of mosquitoes into the wild as part of a plan to help save Hawai‘i’s endangered forest birds. Star-Advertiser.

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This Licensed Psychologist Helps Military Veterans Transition to Civilian Careers
Turtles are fast and nimble in the water but awkward and clumsy on land. Patrick Powaser, who is a licensed psychologist in Hawai‘i and Texas and an executive coach, says that observation guides how he mentors. After working for large companies for nearly 25 years, Powaser traded it all in for his own consulting practice in 2016. He now coaches clients in 13 time zones… read more.
Bar owners’ complaints are leading to change at Honolulu Liquor Commission
While executive agencies like the Liquor Commission generally operate independently, there may be an opportunity for council members and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi to rein the commission in after some say it ran amok when enforcing Covid-19 restrictions. Civil Beat.

Warning signs still posted in West O‘ahu, but city says no bacteria detected at beaches
An undisclosed problem at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant last Thursday led to excessive discharge of treated wastewater along the Ewa coastline. City officials said for the past three days of testing, water samples were within safe limits. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Neighbors react to city shutting down Kaimukī ‘monster home.’ But what’s next?
Earlier this month, the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting revoked three building permits, and issued a stop work order for 3615 Sierra Drive. Officials say the project violates the city’s land use ordinance. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Honolulu Fire Department welcomes new accelerant detection canine
Eve, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, and her handler, Micah Ancheta, successfully completed 200 hours of intense training in the State Farm Arson Dog Program at the New Hampshire Fire Training Academy, and will be instrumental in investigating arson, which can be one of the most difficult crimes to solve. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

O‘ahu hunters oppose contraception for pigs
Pig hunters packed the Department of Land and Natural resources board room Tuesday to speak out against the use of birth control measures on wild animals. KITV4.

2021 Prince Lot Hula Festival, Hula Halau Ka Hale I O Kahala. | Photo: Moanalua Gardens Foundation / Marc Schechter

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.

Higher water rates coming down the pipe
Water customers should expect a double whammy on their bills starting Friday, when planned consumption and standby charge increases coincide with an increase in the fluctuating power purchase charge. West Hawaii Today.

Water restrictions could be eased this week
There’s good news for North Kona residents worrying about the area’s drinking water supply — water restrictions could be eased as early as the end of this week. West Hawaii Today.

Athletics facilities get much-needed upgrade at UH-Hilo
The updates included a new soccer field, an updated softball field, new tennis courts and a multipurpose clubhouse complete with bathrooms and a concession area. Tribune-Herald.

Judge orders document in Ireland case to be unsealed
Hilo Circuit Judge Peter Kubota on Tuesday ordered that one of two documents apparently related to post-conviction DNA testing performed in the Dana Ireland murder case be unsealed and made public. Tribune-Herald.

Photo: Cheryl Oncea
‘Ohana And Community Fuels John Leong’s Journey To Highlight Hawai‘i’s Natural Resources

In this episode of The Hawaii Business Podcast, John Leong, CEO of Pono Pacific Land Management and Kupu, explains how his commitment to green impact reminds us all to leverage the state’s strengths for the world to emulateListen Now!
Resolution to acquire Maui monster house passes committee
The eminent domain resolution now moves to the full County Council for consideration at its July 15 meeting. Civil Beat. Maui Now.

Funding, fencing on the horizon for farms, ranches hurt by axis deer
Solutions for feral ungulate control are slowly but surely taking shape as axis deer populations rapidly grow and create havoc for Maui County farmers and ranchers. Maui News.

Covid puts damper on Kaua‘i fireworks shows
The U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility is returning with its first fireworks show since the onset of the pandemic. But due to Covid concerns, it will only be open to U.S. Department of Defense ID cardholders and their guests. Garden Island.
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