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Fewer visitors intend to return to Hawai‘i within 5 years, survey finds
While overall satisfaction among Hawai‘i visitors has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels in key areas, fewer visitors from the state’s top U.S. market say they’re likely to return in the next five years, according to the results of a state- commissioned survey. More than 3,000 visitors from the U.S. and Canada participated in the survey. Star-Advertiser.

Snorkel safety study sheds light on unexplained drownings in Hawai‘i
The three-year project finds many snorkeling-related deaths aren’t from inhaling water, and that long flights beforehand may play a role. Project Director Carol Wilcox said that the cause of most snorkel-related fatal and near-fatal drownings is due to low levels of oxygen in body tissues prompted by excess fluid buildup in the lungs, otherwise known as hypoxia induced by rapid onset pulmonary edema, or ROPE. Civil Beat.

Democratic candidates for governor soften tone, praise one another in second joint appearance

Lt. Gov. Josh Green, U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele and business entrepreneur Vicky Cayetano on Thursday night met face to face for the first time ahead of the Aug. 13 Democratic Party primary election and repeatedly praised one another’s political stances and their philosophical positions. It was a different tone compared with when they first met virtually last week on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Spotlight Hawaii” live­stream program, where they repeatedly attacked one another. Star-Advertiser.

Civil Beat/HNN poll: Case, Tokuda far ahead in Democratic U.S. House races
U.S. Rep. Ed Case is on course to easily win reelection in the Democratic primary Aug. 13. He leads political newcomer Sergio Alcubilla 65% to 8%. Jill Tokuda, a former state senator, is leading first term state Rep. Patrick Branco 31% to 6% for the CD2 seat. But a huge number of those surveyed — 63% are not sure who they favor. Civil Beat.

Education-related bills signed into law by Gov. David Ige
An unprecedented appropriation of $200 million to create more public preschool facilities across Hawai‘i, a bill devoting $10 million to installing more air conditioning in public school classrooms, and other measures to help solve Hawai‘i’s doctor shortage were among a raft of education-related bills signed into law Thursday by Gov. David Ige. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.  Hawaii News Now.

Ige signs bills aimed at retaining more health care professionals
To combat shortages, Gov. David Ige signed two measures  into law on Thursday, appropriating a combined $6.75 million for the 2022-23 fiscal year to the John A. Burns School of Medicine at UH Mānoa. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

University of Hawai‘i president receives positive annual evaluation
UH President David Lassner received a mostly positive annual performance evaluation from the UH Board of Regents on Thursday, giving him the green light to continue leading the 10-campus system through challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, changes on Mauna Kea, development of a new university strategic plan and more. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Hawai‘i community schools seek to support and engage with local families
The schools are joining a national movement to create more community partnerships to help students thrive inside and outside of the classroom. A house bill introduced in this year’s legislative session would have required the Department of Education to offer grants for planning and implementation of community schools over a two-year period. The bill passed the House but not the Senate. Civil Beat.

Farmers want action from Hawai‘i governor candidates, not lip service
Farmers and ranchers say they want more investment into agriculture from the next administration, through various programs that consider everything from the cost of farming to climate change and invasive species. Civil Beat.

Omicron subvariants continue to rise in Hawai‘i
Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 together now make up roughly 20% of variants circulating in Hawai‘i, according to the state Health Department’s latest variant report. The CDC, meanwhile, on Thursday kept Honolulu, Maui and Hawai‘i counties classified as orange, high-level communities for Covid-19 impacts even though the state’s average case counts and positivity rates have been on a downward trend. Star-Advertiser.


The Fundamentals of Land Court, Hawai‘i’s Legal “Enigma”
Many people in Hawai‘i have heard of land court, but only a few truly understand it. The Hawai‘i Land Court was established by the territorial Legislature in 1903, and is mainly a recordation system based on the Australian Torrens title system, according to a 1983 Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruling involving the estate of James Campbell… read more.
Honolulu airport to get $10 million for upgrades
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu will receive $10 million in federal funding for upgrades to its runways, lighting and draining. The funding was drawn from the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Package signed into law by President Joe Biden in November. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

Navy investigating leaked footage of Red Hill fuel spill
The Navy is investigating the publication of video and photos this week showing fuel gushing from a Red Hill pipe on Nov. 20, according to a Navy official who said the person who released the footage to the media could face disciplinary action. Star-Advertiser.

Higher interest rates shackling O‘ahu’s housing market
Higher mortgage interest rates created ripple effects across O‘ahu’s housing market in June as sales volume decreased, asking prices were reduced and active listings stayed on the market longer. Star-Advertiser.

Bishop Museum revisits history of gender-fluid healers

A Bishop Museum exhibit on display through Oct. 16, recounts history of gender-fluid healers through artifacts like massage sticks and a medicine pounder that healers would have used centuries ago. Islander concepts of gender fluidity are explored through stories like that of King Kamehameha III and his male lover. West Hawaii Today.

Outrage grows as basketball coach accused of sex abuse still working with minors
A coach’s history of alleged sexual misconduct prompted a warning from several schools to parents — while stirring new frustration among accusers. One of them being MMA star Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, who came forward in a 2020 lawsuit against former Punahou basketball coach Dwayne Yuen. Hawaii News Now.

Police capture live gopher snake at Kapolei Home Depot
Authorities captured a non-venomous juvenile gopher snake at The Home Depot in Kapolei on Wednesday night, according to the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture. The snake was found on a pallet in a shipping container of mixed goods. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.

ALICE Initiative cohort member RYSE Hawai‘i helps youth get off the streets and move past homelessness. | Photo: courtesy of RYSE Hawaiʻi

Hawai‘i Nonprofits Join Forces to Tackle ALICE

In response to the increase of Hawaiʻi’s ALICE population, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Aloha United Way have partnered to create the ALICE Initiative. This initiative includes 17 Hawai‘i nonprofit organizations that will receive a combined $4.5 million over the next three years. The funds will be used for programs addressing key issues facing ALICE households, including financial instability and lack of access to affordable housing… read more.

Council nixes bill that sought to create new building department
The measure sought to amend the county charter to create a new department that would manage the duties and functions currently performed by the Building Division within the county Department of Public Works. Big Island Now.

Big Island to get new transit hub and bus route
The state Department of Transportation and Hawaiʻi County’s bus system Hele-On have received federal funding to plan a new transit hub in downtown Pāhoa. Officials said the new transit hub and bus system is expected to better connect people to jobs and opportunities. Hawaii Public Radio.

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Hawai‘i Supreme Court Diminishes the Power of Non-Compete Clauses

An employment attorney says the ruling, which follows a national trend, should persuade business owners and employers to review non-compete more.
Judicial Selection Commission reveals nominee list for judge vacancy on Maui
The judicial office has been vacant since December 2021, when former District Judge Kirstin M. Hamman was elevated to Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit. Maui Now.

Molokai woman is tapped to be county agricultural director
Rogerene ‘Kali’ Arce has been appointed to lead the Maui County’s brand-new Department of Agriculture, the first such county department in the state. It is that passion for the outdoors that led Arce to a more-than-three-decade career on various islands in farming, agricultural education, agroforerstry, land conservation and ecosystem restoration. Maui News.

Maui hunters protest new contraceptive meant to control feral pig populations
For the second time this week, Maui hunters are protesting a new product aimed at controlling feral pig populations. The contraceptive HogStop is now being distributed on O‘ahu. Hawaii News Now.

Joint pavement preservation pilot project begins on Kula Highway
The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, in coordination with the County of Maui, will pilot the use of micro surfacing as a pavement preservation technique in the area.  Maui Now.

Maui median sales prices hit another all-time high at $1.25 million for single-family homes
Despite a slowdown in sales, Maui County median sales prices last month hit another all-time high for single-family homes at more than $1.25 million. Meanwhile, condo median sales prices in June set a new record at $832,500, according to the Realtors Association of Maui report released Wednesday afternoon. Maui Now.

Grove Farm sues County of Kauaʻi over gifted land deeded for treatment facility
Grove Farm filed for a declaratory ruling in the Fifth Circuit Court regarding its land gift to the County of Kaua‘i. The company gifted the 5.8-acre Maʻalo Road in Kapaia property to the county, both agreeing that it would be used “in perpetuity solely for adult and adolescent health care use.” The Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center opened in 2019, but Grove Farm claimed it never served its purpose since then. Hawaii Public Radio. Garden Island.
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