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7.22.2022
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Charting a new course for tourism in Hawai‘i
Among other changes, the head of a leading Hawai‘i tourism association is calling for mandatory certification in Native Hawaiian culture for all hospitality industry employees. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i’s jobless rate ticks up amid rebound in tourism
More would-be workers poured into Hawai‘i’s labor market in June — so much so that they pushed up the state unemployment rate for the first time in 21 months amid a recovering local economy. The number of people statewide with jobs rose by 750 in June, but 1,650 additional people were in the job market. As a result, Hawai‘i’s unemployment rate rose to 4.3% in June from 4.1% in May. Star-Advertiser.

Leading Democratic, GOP candidates for governor spar in HNN Super Debate
Businesswoman Vicky Cayetano, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele focused on the high cost of living and soaring inflation, but also questioned one another on ethics. Green and Kahele, in particular, shot barbs at one another. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.

On crowded debate stage, LG candidates looked for opportunities to shine
During the debate, the candidates were shooting arrows from the podium. But they also looked for opportunities to share their personal sides. Former state lawmaker Sylvia Luke talked about the struggles she had after immigrating to the United States from Korea as a child and learning English with the help from her dad. Former City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson touched on the struggles of being a single father. Hawaii News Now.

University of Hawai‘i scores a record total of research funding
The University of Hawai‘i amassed $505 million in research funding in fiscal year 2022, topping the half-billion-dollar mark for the first time in its history. Star-Advertiser.

Hospitals ask for emergency proclamation
Officials say the staffing shortage at hospitals and nursing homes has reached a critical point. The industry has asked the governor to declare an emergency proclamation to bring in mainland workers as soon as possible. KHON2.

Omicron subvariants BA.4, BA.5 now make up 47% of COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i, DOH says
The department’s State Laboratories Division found via genome sequencing that subvariant BA.4 represented 8%, while BA.5 represented 39% of test specimens collected in the two-week period ending July 2. Star-Advertiser.

‘You don’t need to suffer’: Doctors predict more use of Covid treatments in Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i receives two oral antiviral treatments from the federal government, Paxlovid and Lagevrio, which both received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in December. But the treatments for Covid must be taken within five days of the onset of symptoms. Civil Beat. KITV4.

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We Asked 396 Business Leaders: Is Your Company Flourishing or Surviving?
In our latest survey of 400 local business leaders, 54% said they were 100% confident their company will still be in business three years from now. In our November 2020 survey, only 40% of business leaders had that response. read more.
OʻAHU
Oʻahu takes a closer look at its energy usage with new law
Honolulu City Council Bill 22 will require property owners to report their total energy and water consumption every year. The bill only applies to properties larger than 25,000 square feet. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oʻahu homeowners have 2 more months to apply for a property tax exemption
Homeowners under 65 years of age can deduct $100,000 from the property value and pay taxes on the remaining balance. Those who are 65 and older can deduct $140,000 dollars — but you must be 65 on or before June 30 to be eligible. Hawaii Public Radio.

Panel discussion on Red Hill water crisis offers new questions ― but few answers
In a panel discussion Thursday in Waikīkī, key stakeholders in the Red Hill fuel spill crisis raised new questions about the extent of the contamination and whether O‘ahu’s drinking water has been irreparably harmed. Hawaii News Now.

How the story of the ‘army’ that illegally took over a Kunia property is playing on social media
Arrested earlier this month, members of the group claim they own the land as heirs of Native Hawaiians who got land grants during the Great Mahele in 1848. Civil Beat.

Former manager of Chinatown apartment files racial discrimination lawsuit
The former resident manager of Winston Hale in Honolulu’s Chinatown is suing Hawaiʻi Affordable Properties Incorporated for racial discrimination because he claims that he was demoted to a laborer position for no reason. Hawaii Public Radio.

Local 5 members approve 2-year agreement with Hilton
Union negotiates with other major hotels. 1,800 union members employed by the Hilton Hawaiian Village have a new two-year contract after 99% of members approved the hotel’s proposal on Wednesday. Hawaii Public Radio.

UH West O‘ahu’s accreditation is affirmed for 8 more years
UH West Oahu has been granted another eight years of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. But while the college was applauded by the panel for promoting Hawaiian culture and serving the unique needs of the Leeward O‘ahu community, it also is being required to produce stronger plans for growth. Star-Advertiser.

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How Government Can Be Improved From a Business Background
As President & CEO of United Laundry, words and actions were vital to Vicky Cayetano’s success because her employees watched everything she said and did. Even now, transparency, accountability, and a sense of urgency are at the core of Cayetano’s leadership style. read more.
HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Hawai‘i seeks applicants to serve on new Mauna Kea governing authority
The search for the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Committee begins amid concern about the future of astronomy on the mountain, which has been the center of past protests by many Native Hawaiians who consider its summit sacred. New panel members would oversee the astronomy district on Mauna Kea’s summit. Civil Beat. Big Island Now. Maui Now.

EPA solicits comments on Pahala, Naalehu wastewater treatment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it is accepting comments on a proposed revision to the consent order requiring Hawai‘i County to close five decades-old gang cesspools in Pahala and Naalehu. Tribune-Herald.

Leeward Planning Commission gives Bolton neighbors legal standing
A group of owners of condos surrounding a North Kona rock-crushing operation now have standing in a future contested case hearing over whether the work being done there exceeds what was allowed by a permit application that was subsequently withdrawn by the applicant. West Hawaii Today.

Developer of proposed Ali‘i Drive subdivision asked to do more diligence before commission can sign off
A developer looking to build a subdivision near Ali‘i Drive has more work to do before a county planning commission would be willing to sign off on the development. The Leeward Planning Commission deferred on Thursday, voting on Hawai‘i One Investors LLC’s proposal until the developer can update the property’s cultural impact assessment to ensure the land’s history isn’t destroyed and neighbors and decedents of the area are satisfied on that front. Big Island Now.

Country Club lessee to surrender permit
The former Country Club Condominium Hotel could fall under new management this year after the Board of Land and Natural Resources decides whether to open requests for new lessees for the property. Tribune-Herald.

Wildfire scorches estimated 600 acres within Pohakuloa Training Area
A wildfire that broke out Thursday morning within Pohakuloa Training Area has scorched hundreds of acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.

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HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Editor’s Note: The Best Guide to Business in Hawaii 2022

An essential guide to business in the islands. See where you and your organization stand within the complex and ever-changing business economy. Get the big picture and vital details. read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Who’s bankrolling the campaigns in the race for Maui mayor
Since the start of this year, political donors have poured almost $600,000 into the campaigns of candidates vying to become Maui County’s next mayor. Civil Beat.

Project aims to restore gulch, buffer runoff
Work to reestablish the riparian corridor — the natural flora and fauna along waterways — in Keokea Gulch within Hapapa watershed is underway to buffer runoff into streams and the North Kihei coastline. Maui News.

U.S. Department of Labor recovers $290,000 for 95 food truck workers on Maui
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found violations by a single enterprise consisting of five corporations: Da Nani Pirates LLC, Da Nani Pirates Lahaina LLC, Maui Poke LLC, Maui Burgers LLC and Aloha Thai Fusion LLC. Maui Now.

Maui County’s unemployment rate up to 4.9% in June
Maui County’s unemployment rate in June of 2022 was 4.9%, up from 4.2% in May, and down from 8.3% at the same time last year. The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism reports that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 4.3%, compared to the revised rate of 4.1% in May. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
Rice Street Business Association gets AARP grant
Three organizations across the state — including the Rice Street Business Association — are recipients of 2022 AARP Community Challenge grants totaling $49,500, part of $3.4 million awarded among 260 organizations nationwide. Garden Island.
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