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This Hawai‘i super political action committee is spending millions to defeat one candidate this year
Be Change Now has launched an aggressive campaign attacking lieutenant governor candidate Rep. Sylvia Luke. The super PAC funded by contractors who do business with the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, is spending more than $2 million this year supporting Ikaika Anderson’s run for lieutenant governor with radio, digital and newspaper ads, according to recently filed campaign spending reports. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Meet the GOP candidates looking to flip Hawai‘i’s U.S. House seats
The 1st Congressional District hasn’t been in GOP hands in over decade, when it was briefly represented by Rep. Charles Djou.  And the 2nd District has never been represented by a Republican since its creation. KITV4.

Crowded field vying for seats on OHA Board of Trustees
Eighteen candidates are vying for six seats in the primary election for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees, including a retired state senator, a former star University of Hawai‘i football player and all six incumbents. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i’s gay leaders take steps to educate, vaccinate their community against monkeypox
Since the first U.S. monkeypox case was identified in mid-May, more than 6,600 probable or confirmed cases have been detected in the United States. Cases have been identified in every state except Montana and Wyoming. KITV4.

Month-long RIMPAC exercises wrap up in waters off Hawai‘i
RIMPAC concluded Thursday after over a month of war games that united militaries from around the world. RIMPAC’s 2022 return was super-sized, after a smaller 2020 version during the onset of Covid-19. Hawaii News Now.

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Hawai‘i’s Best Paid Athlete is DeForest Buckner, at $16 Million
Here’s what 28 football and baseball stars with local ties earn in 2022, including Tua Tagovailoa, Kolten Wong, Isaac Suemalo and Isiah Kiner-Falefa… read more.
Board of Water Supply detects petroleum contamination in Moanalua monitoring well
The Honolulu Board of Water supply says it has detected petroleum-related chemicals in a monitoring well in Moanalua Valley, elevating concerns that fuel contamination from the Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility is traveling through the aquifer and putting a major source of drinking water for southern O‘ahu at risk. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Efforts ramp up to reduce crime in Waikīkī
A new crime-reduction program called “Safe and Sound Waikiki” is kicking off in the neighborhood where a rash of high-profile violent crimes, including a recent sword attack at a Kālakaua Avenue 7-Eleven, has sharpened community concerns. Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm said the multiagency program is based on the already established “Weed and Seed” program, which seeks to “weed out” criminals from a particular district and then “seed” communities by investing in social and economic revitalization. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu prosecutor’s office won’t charge SWAT officer who killed Kaka‘ako man
The department concluded that officers last year did everything they could to de-escalate a tense barricade situation. After an almost yearlong investigation, the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney’s Office determined that the SWAT officer who shot and killed a man in his Kaka‘ako apartment was justified in his actions and will not be charged. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

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How to Find Success as a Hawai‘i Business on the Mainland

Five guiding principles from the daughter of the founder of Sun Noodle, which has expanded to California and New Jersey. While it may seem daunting for local brands to appeal to main-land audiences, it also comes with an opportunity to showcase local values… read more.

Hilo hospital sees surge in patients: Several factors push it well above capacity
HMC on Thursday reported 13 holds in the Emergency Department, 13 patients in the overflow areas, and 37 patients waitlisted for beds elsewhere. Waitlisted means they are looking for a long-term space to obtain care outside of their homes and HMC. Tribune-Herald.

Crews to soon begin process of dismantling observatory
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Director Sunil Golwawa said the complete removal of the observatory — the first of five to be removed in exchange for the planned construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea — should be finished by the end of the year, with deconstruction of the building itself beginning before the end of summer. Tribune-Herald.

2,695 and counting: Hawai‘i Wildlife Center marks 10 years of saving native birds and bats
Around 150 different bird and bat species have been seen at the hospital, including 27 rare species. The Hawai‘i Wildlife Center, in addition to saving avian lives, does contingency planning, emergency response, training and research assistance across the state with care provided to birds and bats as far north as Kure Atoll. West Hawaii Today.

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My Job Involves Analyzing Artifacts from an Ancient Hawaiian Fishing Village

Archaeologist Windy Keala McElroy works to preserve Hawai‘i sites in “the most pono way possible.” She says involving the local community in her work gives her more perspective about the land she is working more.
Money is flowing into Maui County races as the primary election nears
In the month before voting started for the Aug. 13 primary election, recent campaign finance data shows that almost $282,000 flowed into the campaigns of candidates trying to lead Maui County’s $1 billion government. Civil Beat.

Maui County home sales cool in June; single-family home median sales price at $1.1 million
Maui County home sales fell by more than 50% for condos and 20% for single-family houses last month, as rising mortgage rates and record-high sales prices pushed out buyers. Maui Now. Maui News.

Monkeypox case on Maui brings Hawai‘i’s total to 12
The state Department of Health on Thursday announced an additional case of monkeypox in a Maui resident who traveled outside of the state, bringing the number of cases in Hawai‘i to 12. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. Big Island Now. Maui Now. KHON2.

Broken X-Rays lead to long wait times, high stress at Lihu‘e Airport
Two brand new Analogic X-ray machines broke down last week, contributing to an average wait of nearly an hour at peak times Monday. Contracted security manager Charlie Iona estimated that at certain points wait times were two hours. Garden Island.

Covid continues downtrend on Kauaʻi
Kaua‘i’s seven-day average is at 21 cases a day, down from 24 cases last week and the statewide average was 528 cases a day, down from 573 the week before. Garden Island.

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