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Hawai‘i’s gubernatorial hopefuls exchange barbs in heated debate
The leading Democratic candidates to become Hawai‘i’s next governor — Lt. Gov. Josh Green and U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele and entrepreneur Vicky Cayetano — quickly went after one another in their first live joint appearance Wednesday. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Abortion care has a long history among Hawaiʻi’s Indigenous people
Hawaiʻi legalized abortion in 1970 when it became the first state in the nation to allow the procedure at a woman’s request. But abortion care was a fundamental part of Native Hawaiian health care history, says Indigenous health scholar Kealoha Fox. Hawaii Public Radio.

Tougher campaign finance laws top standards commission agenda
A commission to enhance government transparency in Hawai‘i is weighing a handful of measures aimed at tightening campaign finance laws and reducing the influence of money in politics in a year where several prolific political donors made headlines for alleged bribery. Civil Beat. KITV4.

Peer-to-peer car rentals must pay Hawaiʻi general excise tax under new law
The peer-to-peer car rental company Turo is going to have to pay the state’s general excise tax under a new bill signed by Gov. David Ige. Hawaiʻi Department of Taxation Director Isaac Choy says car-sharing platforms like Turo should be held to the same standard as conventional rental car companies like Hertz or Enterprise. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaiʻi airports expect busy Fourth of July holiday weekend
The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation is advising anyone traveling out of Honolulu, Kahului, Līhuʻe, Kona, or Hilo to arrive early, especially if traveling between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Maui Now.

Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau receives contract extension
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is extending the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau’s U.S. tourism contract and its global support services contract for three months as a stop-gap measure to give HTA time to sort out a procurement protest. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

Hypersonic missile test fails off Hawai‘i in fresh setback for program
 A flight test of a hypersonic missile system in Hawai‘i ended in failure due to a problem that took place after ignition, the Department of Defense said, delivering a fresh blow to a program that has suffered stumbles. Star-Advertiser.

Lack of affordable housing adds to worker shortage
Many businesses across different industries have spoken out about the need for more workers, but even when they hire the right candidate, workers said finding affordable housing is becoming nearly impossible. Some employers said it is no longer a housing issue but a housing crisis. KHON2.

 
Employees enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year at Finance Factors, which has been named a Best Place to Work by Hawaii Business Magazine six times. | Photo: courtesy of Finance Factors
 
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What’s Next for Finance Factors: New Generation of Leaders
CEO Russell Lau says it’s main focus is offering both conventional and unique solutions so local people can buy their first homes or create real estate portfolios for long-term generational wealth… read more.
 
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The cost of police misconduct: Honolulu spent over $18 million in legal settlements
Meanwhile, consequences for officers named in claims have also been mixed with some fired or given suspensions and others remaining with the department long enough to get fired for unrelated incidents on the island of just over 1 million people. Civil Beat.

Honolulu’s new police chief promises ‘enduring change’ during swearing-in
Joe Logan took the oath of office during a formal ceremony held about two weeks after he was privately sworn-in. He vowed to bring lasting change to the department, which has been plagued by the conviction of former police chief Louis Kealoha on corruption charges, high-profile shootings and multimillion dollar lawsuits over the years. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i’s first large-scale food waste composter touts a host of benefits
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and partners launched a composting operation in Waimānalo that they hope will revolutionize the way O‘ahu disposes of food waste. Civil Beat.

Mapunapuna complex’s displaced tenants are forced to make way for a Home Depot
The home-improvement chain has been working for close to a year or longer on plans for a new store on 1.4 acres in Mapunapuna once anchored by Asian grocery store 99 Ranch Market, and now tenants have until July 15 to move out. Star-Advertiser.

 
 
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ADUs Seemed Like a Simple Solution to Hawai‘i’s Housing Crisis

Hawai‘i has allowed second dwellings on certain residential lots since the early 1980s, though it wasn’t until the 2010s that counties started making it easier for homeowners to build ADUs. Today, each county specifies where ADUs can be built, what they can be used for and the public infrastructure required to service them… read more.
 

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
 
After pandemic hiatus, July 4 back in full swing
After two years of scaled-down and canceled July 4 events because of the coronavirus pandemic, a full-scale celebration is in the works for Monday. The night sky will light up with fireworks displays at 8 p.m. in both Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island police remind residents about fireworks rules, offer safety tips. Big Island Now.

 
Queen's Beach, Waikīkī | Photo: Aaron Yoshino
 
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How Will Urban Honolulu Deal With the Rising Ocean?

Eroding beaches, king tides and groundwater inundation are already impacting the urban core and it will only get much worse. Here’s what is being considered to limit..read more.
 
MAUI COUNTY
 
Candidates weigh in on ag, tourism, homelessness
Candidates participating in the Maui County mayoral race — Kim Brown, Cullan Bell, Alana Kay, Jonah Lion, Council Members Mike Molina and Kelly King and retired judge Richard Bissen — shared their thoughts and solutions on the big challenges that lie ahead during an online forum hosted by native Hawaiian youth organization Ka Leo O Na ‘Opio. Incumbent Mayor Michael Victorino was the only candidate not in attendance.  Maui News.

Council offices open for live public testimony
Six Maui County Council offices are open to obtain information about pending legislation or upcoming meetings or to provide live testimony at a council or committee meeting. Maui News.

MPD’s CSI camp gives students hands-on forensic training
When you think of summer camp, conducting autopsies and analyzing bloodstains don’t often come to mind. But that is exactly what 10 aspiring forensic specialists did last week at Maui’s Forensic Facility in Wailuku. Hawaii News Now.

 
KAUAʻI
 
KPD completes its first-ever investigation, forensics camp
Throughout the four-day course, students learned the ins and out of detective work and forensic science as well as other aspects of the job within KPD. Students learned interview and interrogation techniques, crime-scene processing and evidence collection, report-taking and information-gathering, elements of crimes as defined by Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (state laws), de-escalation techniques, polygraph examination and emergency preparedness. Garden Island.

Southwest CEO meets Kaua‘i; announced expanded services
The trip was purely to build a relationship with the island, not a news announcement trip outside of a business update, a Southwest official said. Southwest Airlines currently offers 38 inter-island flights daily. This is expected to grow to 60 flights by the fall. Garden Island.

 
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