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New poll results:  Rail remains unpopular but support for TMT is strong.

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7.11.2022
 
 
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Civil Beat/HNN poll: Rail remains unpopular but support for TMT is solid
Three years after mass protests on Mauna Kea over the Thirty Meter Telescope project, supporters still outnumber opponents by a 2-to-1 margin. But public opinion on rail hasn’t changed much. Civil Beat.
The poll also found that approval ratings had improved for Gov. Ige but slipped for Lt. Gov. Green, while Kai Kahele doesn’t fare well with voters. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

New law creates state police force
Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 2171 into law, creating a new state Department of Law Enforcement and converting the Department of Public Safety into the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now.

Should the next lieutenant governor take the lead on solving the housing crisis?
The top four Democrats in the race have all said that affordable housing is a critical issue. But their specific proposals differ, and their approaches to the housing crisis also reveal how each candidate would approach the job. Civil Beat.

Ige intends to veto the healthy soils program 
Gov. David Ige wants to nix the program because there is a soil survey in the works. Advocates for the bill say his logic is faulty. Civil Beat.

Veto looms for tour helicopter bill that would collect data on flights
The bill would set up a task force to make recommendations on restricting tour flights, but Gov. David Ige says it’s the federal government’s jurisdiction. Civil Beat.

Bill expanding computer science education is facing a veto
The bill requires the UH College of Education to create more pathways for teaching computer science at the elementary and secondary level. But questions about its impact on UH admissions and high school graduation requirements could kill the measure. Civil Beat.

New Zealand tourism market returns to Hawai‘i after a two-year hiatus
Hawaiian Airlines and Air New Zealand resumed direct flights and are each operating three flights a week. In 2019, about 73,896 arrivals from New Zealand came to Hawai‘i. Star-Advertiser.

Project aims to make Hawai‘i’s Japanese American internment records accessible  
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi plans to scan logs from the Honoʻuliʻuli Internment Camp and add them to their online collection next year. The records only exist in paper form in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
 
Photo: courtesy of 808 Cleanups
 
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808 Cleanups Shares the Concept of Aloha ‘Āina
Volunteers started out cleaning graffiti. Now they restore beaches, hiking trails and other natural places from mauka to makai… read more.
 
OʻAHU
 
Keith Kaneshiro’s refusal to cooperate in the Kealoha probe turned scrutiny on him
The former Honolulu prosecuting attorney’s resistance to a federal investigation of his former deputy, Katherine Kealoha, likely led authorities to look into allegations that he conspired with an engineering firm to frame a former employee, according to an attorney familiar with the investigation. Star-Advertiser.

Help wanted: Honolulu needs 3,000 workers for city jobs
The city’s high job vacancy rate is leaving residents waiting for services, as city officials scramble to try to hire new people in a tight labor market. Civil Beat.

Civil rights advocate again challenges state House speaker in primary race
Kim Coco Iwamoto is running against incumbent Scott Saiki in the changing downtown-to-Kaka‘ako district, which has grown from semi-industrial to a high-rise residential area. Iwamoto says many units are vacant and proposes a surcharge on empty homes. Hawaii News Now.

Tentative agreement reached between Hilton Hawaiian Village and workers, says union
The new two-year agreement reportedly includes improved wages, benefits and the reinstatement of daily room cleaning, according to union officials. Hawaii News Now.

Assets School opens student screening center to public
The private school has opened a center to make screening for learning differences more widely accessible to the public. The project was funded with $378,000 from the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund. Star-Advertiser.
 
 
Joanne Niwa and family (left). Leilani Tuitele (far right with her family). | Photos: Getty, courtesy of Leilani Tuitele, Joanne Niwa. Illustrations by: Kelsey Ige
 
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Grandparents Help Hawai‘i Parents Get the Job Done
It’s often said it takes a village to raise a child. Grandmothers and grandfathers are storytellers, sources of wisdom, keepers of family legacies and teachers. But perhaps their most important role in Hawai‘i is to help working parents raise their keiki… read more.
 
HAWAIʻI ISLAND
 
County gears up for primary election despite lack of elections administrator
Hawai‘i County still hasn’t filled the chief election officer position, which has been vacant since longtime Elections Division Administrator Pat Nakamoto retired Dec. 31. West Hawaii Today.

Proposal for new building department fails to reach ballot
A proposed charter amendment creating a Building Department will not appear on the November ballot, after the County Council killed the measure last week. West Hawaii Today.

Nearly 200 teachers needed, but the high cost of housing makes it hard to recruit
The state Department of Education says the county has 196 vacancies, most in hard-to-fill areas that offer salary differentials ranging from $3,000 to $8,000, as well as relocation bonuses. But recruitment remains challenging. Tribune-Herald.
 
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MAUI COUNTY
 
Fast-track process on horizon for 752-unit Waiehu project
Developers of the proposed affordable housing project plan to apply for the county’s fast-track process, according to a consultant for the project. Maui News.

County attorneys still have issues with a revised bill designed to protect seabirds
The bill aims to cut outdoor light pollution, which harms native seabirds. It was amended at the Maui County Council’s July 1 meeting to allow for more exemptions and more time to comply, and is up for a final reading on July 15. Maui News.
 
KAUAʻI
 
Kaua‘i visitors are volunteering in regenerative tourism programs
Visitors recently helped clean up Kahili Beach as part of a partnership between The Cliffs at Princeville and the Surf­rider Foundation. A recent survey of 463 Kaua‘i residents found that these kind of programs make the tourism industry more attractive to residents. Star-Advertiser.

 
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