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7.28.2022
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Hawai‘i schools are struggling to get seniors to apply for college financial aid
Efforts to increase the number of high school students in Hawai‘i who apply for financial aid for college have been significantly hampered by the pandemic as schools and advocacy groups struggle to reach families virtually and some students feel mounting pressure to get a job after graduation. Civil Beat.

DHHL official: New funding could result in up to 6K homesteads
Between 3,000 and 6,000 new homestead lots could be developed with $600 million allocated to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands this year. Tribune-Herald.

Public weighs in on government reform in Hawai‘i
A 5-month-old commission aiming to improve conduct standards for Hawai‘i government officials finished an initial set of public meetings Wednesday as it moves closer to producing a much-anticipated report by the end of this year. Star-Advertiser.

Ethics reform: Leading Democrats endorse term limits for state lawmakers
Josh Green and Vicky Cayetano both want to limit members of the state House to four terms, and members of the Senate to two terms. They say term limits for state lawmakers is the most urgently needed government reform proposal in Hawai‘i, but admit it won’t be easy to put term limits into place. Civil Beat.

Cayetano and Kahele team up to question Green’s finances
In a rare joint news conference, Vicky Cayetano and Congressman Kai Kahele questioned Lt. Governor Green’s earnings from his LLC’s. In past debates, Green has said those earnings came from his medical business as a physician. KHON2.

Hawai‘i congressional candidate accused of using ‘shameless’ tactic to woo dark money ads
A candidate for Hawai‘i’s 2nd Congressional District is being accused of using a new tactic to attract so-called “dark money” advertising by mainland Political Action Committees. It’s illegal for candidates to directly collaborate with independent PACs, but experts and his opponent say Patrick Branco is openly soliciting for mainland advertising and dictating what the ads should say. Hawaii News Now.

Rep. Ed Case facing primary challenge from progressive opponent
Sergio Alcubilla, who came to the U.S. from the Philippines as a child and later became a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, decided to challenge U.S. Rep. Ed Case for the 1st District seat after Case expressed opposition to part of the Build Back Better bill supported by the Biden administration. KITV4.

Use of fake urine on the rise in Hawai‘i workplace drug testing
Positive tests for marijuana during workplace drug screenings have increased since Hawai‘i’s medical dispensaries began operating in 2017, and recent lab data indicates that more people are turning to fake urine to avoid detection of cannabis, as well as other drugs. Star-Advertiser.

Despite mounting hardships at hospitals, Hawai‘i nursing programs see a rise in interest
Despite years of Covid stresses and staffing shortages, student nursing programs in Hawai‘i are seeing a surprising trend ― a rise in interest. Hawaii News Now.

Covid-19 treatments available to prevent serious illness
Health officials are reminding the public that therapeutics are available to Hawai‘i residents as BA.5, a more transmissible omicron variant of Covid-19, gains a foothold in the state. Among the options are federally approved antiviral pills, such as Paxlovid and Lagevrio, which prevent the virus from replicating. Star-Advertiser.

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Candidates for Honolulu’s District 6 vow to tackle housing, corruption and crime
Community and family ties run deep for the seven candidates vying to represent downtown Honolulu and its surrounding urban areas. Civil Beat.

Hawaiʻi’s only coal-fired power plant receives final shipment of coal
Hawaiʻi’s only coal-fired power plant received its final shipment of coal on Wednesday. The AES Hawaiʻi power plant, the largest single source of electricity on Oʻahu, is set to end operations in September after three decades of use. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.

“Not in my backyard” worsening Hawai‘i’s housing crisis
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office said they’re working on building more affordable housing, but it will also need the support of folks in wealthy communities. Currently, the city has plans for 200 project-based vouchers over the next five years. KHON2.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Taxpayers could save tens of millions on replacement cesspool agreement
Hawai‘i County taxpayers are expected to save tens of millions of dollars on downsized plans for sewer treatment systems in Naalehu and Pahala. The consent agreement between the county and the EPA signed last week not only gives the county more time to get into compliance, but also allows it to consider four alternatives to the massive former projects. West Hawaii Today.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park officials get feedback on planned improvements
HVNP and the U.S. Geological Survey held the last of a series of meetings to discuss a proposed $49 million recovery project to replace park facilities damaged during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. The project — funded with $28 million from the National Park Service and another $21 million from USGS — would demolish buildings on the Uekahuna Bluff that were critically damaged during the eruption and build a new visitor center near the existing one, which would be replaced partly with a new education center. Tribune-Herald.

$15M NELHA project clears environmental hurdle
The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority is moving forward with an estimated $15 million project that will expand the campus’s research village and create a shoreline visitor education center. West Hawaii Today.

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Sea Level Rise Intensifies Debate Over How Hawai‘i Uses Its Coastlines

A UH report asks decision-makers: What are the most important values and uses for the remaining oceanfront as the sea continues to rise? The issue has been put at center stage by these three recent developments..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
First-time candidate tops council races in donations
First-time political candidate Nohe U’u-Hodgins bested all primary election candidates for the Maui County Council in terms of fundraising, netting around $63,000 since she filed for office on May 13. Maui News.

Maui Emergency Management Agency urges residents to sign up for new alert system
The new system provides automated alerts directly from the National Weather Service, in over 60 different languages to be selected by the user. The new system also offers the myAlerts app that provides alerts and notifications for areas where users are located. Maui Now.

Kahului Airport sees some of its longest lines; Maui residents wonder if relief is in sight
One contributor is that carrier demand for the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. window is higher than it was pre-pandemic. If there is a gate, federal rules protect carriers from being denied a time slot. Before the pandemic, arrival and departure times were more staggered and there were larger gaps between flights. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
More than half of Kaua‘i went without medical care, survey shows
More than half of Kaua‘i residents (51%) cut back on medical care or medicine this past year because they were short on money, according to the Access to Care survey released this week by the nonprofit Community First. Garden Island.

Hamada is interim Kaua‘i school leader
Daniel Hamada retired in Dec. 2018 as principal of Kapa‘a High School following more than 40 years as an educator and leader in the DOE. He previously served as Kaua‘i complex area superintendent for seven years. Since retiring, Hamada has been working with the Leadership Institute to mentor new principals in their first and second years, primarily on Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

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