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UH study suggests onslaught of disease amid global warming
The survey of medical literature of known cases of illness found evidence that more than 58% of human diseases caused by pathogens, such as dengue, hepatitis, pneumonia, malaria and more, already have been aggravated by the kind of climatic hazards that would become more commonplace as the planet heats up. Star-Advertiser.

Campaign Spending Commission investigates Covid testing company that got big city contract
The state Campaign Spending Commission subpoenaed the bank records of two employees of Capture Diagnostics, which is part of a consortium awarded a $19.5 million emergency contract in 2020 for the city’s testing program at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The commission is looking at whether the company reimbursed the employees who gave a total of $10,000 to former Mayor Kirk Caldwellʻs campaign in November 2021. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i political candidates return $142,000 from besieged executive
Ty Cullen, former vice chair of the House Committee on Finance who pleaded guilty in February to accepting bribes in the form of cash and casino chips from a Honolulu wastewater systems executive, is among 31 state and county lawmakers to return more than $142,000 in campaign contributions from the owner of H20 Process Systems, according to the state Campaign Spending Commission. Star-Advertiser.

Fueled by doubts, hundreds of Hawai‘i Republicans sign up as election observers
Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago said the Republican Party of Hawai‘i sent about 200 people to be volunteer observers this year. In a typical year, the state Office of Elections would be lucky to get only 50. Hawaii News Now.

‘It lasts as long as the money lasts’: Enrollment in discounted broadband program low
The Affordable Connectivity Program began at the beginning of 2022, offering eligible low-income families $30 off of their monthly internet bills, or $75 off for households on Hawaiian Home Lands. Since then, 29,000 Hawai‘i households have enrolled in the program, with 5,264 of those on the Big Island as of June. However, more than 100,000 households are estimated to be eligible for the program. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Maui Now.

The surveys were conducted over several weeks. In many cases, the interviews came before the law’s final approval at the Legislature and all came before the governor signed it into law.
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Here’s What Residents Say about Tourism, the Minimum Wage, Remote Work, Personal Finances and More
We asked business leaders about their companies and the general public about their workplaces, what business leaders and the general public’s view was is on the Jones Act, and more. The general public had other thoughts on electric vehicles and minimum wage increases… read more.
OʻAHU
$30 million Covid-19 relief fund established for Honolulu County nonprofit organizations
The county is setting aside $30 million for local non-profit organizations that were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonprofit organizations can receive up to $100,000 if they meet certain criteria that demonstrate economic harm directly related to the pandemic. KITV4.

Honolulu’s embattled Leahi Avenue will be returning to city control
City officials say they will put the street back to essentially the way it was before a private owner angered resident, took away street parking and allowed food trucks to operate. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

SEC sues Semisub tour boat, alleging investor fraud
The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a suit against the Hawai‘i Semisub tour boat and its founders, who they allege misappropriated at least $1.5 million from investors to pay for personal expenses, including $8,500 per month to rent a Kahala home and over $200,000 on psychics and recreational drugs. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu City Council candidates spend big bucks on campaigns as primary nears
Ron Menor, Makua Rothman and Tyler Dos Santos-Tam led in fundraising and spending in each of their races last month, according to campaign finance reports. The biggest spender last month was Menor, who spent $63,629. Civil Beat.

Over 141,000 ballots already received in primary. Here’s how they’re being processed
Ballots collected via mail or dropped off at a deposit box on O’ahu eventually make it to the Hawaiʻi State Capitol building for pre-processing following signature verification from the Honolulu City Clerk’s Office. Once they’re processed and scanned, the ballots are locked up and stored for 22 months, according to federal standards. They won’t be counted until Saturday night, once polls across the state have closed. Hawaii Public Radio.

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Vicky Cayetano Addresses Needs of Small Business, Farmers

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Three vie for Senate District 1
The Democratic primary for state Senate District 1 has two sitting senators facing off against each other and a third candidate who’s a former high-level appointed government executive and union chief. Tribune-Herald.

Program rolled out to ease burden on families for school supplies
Monday marked the official roll-out of the school supply subsidy pilot program, designed to cover the cost of supplies for all schools within the state that meet the financial qualifications. The pilot program was established by Senate Bill 2893, which provides the one-year subsidy to all schools composed entirely of students eligible for participation in Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Tribune-Herald.

Minors of the Kawailoa Youth & Family Wellness Center have the opportunity to work at the 5-acre Kupa ‘Aina Farm on the grounds of the facility. | Photo: courtesy of Partners in Development Foundation
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Improving Hawaii’s Health

Focusing on vulnerable and underserved populations, Kaiser Permanente provides support to nonprofits to uplift the community’s overall health and well-being..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Mayor announces $25M federal grant for Waiʻale Road extension
Mayor Michael Victorino announced the County of Maui will be awarded $25 million for the Waiʻale Road extension through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity discretionary grant program. The planned extension will connect Waiʻale Road with Honoapiʻilani Highway to improve traffic flow in the Waikapū area and provide an alternate route between Kahului and Wailuku. Maui Now. KHON2.

In Haleakalā National Park, crews look to the past to understand the present
Since the first people arrived on Maui, the summit was viewed as sacred, a place to hold spiritual ceremonies, commune with the gods and to collect precious resources to shape into weapons and tools, according to the national park. More funding and focus has recently been put toward restoring these historic places. Civil Beat.

KAUAʻI
Kaua‘i gets $25 million in RAISE grant infrastructure funds
The federal government awarded Kaua‘i a $25 million grant Monday, which will be used for South Shore transportation improvements. The money will allow for the construction of three new roundabouts on the South Shore — at the intersections of Po‘ipu and roads, Po‘ipu Road at Kiahuna Plantation Drive and Po‘ipu Road at Ala Kinoiki and Pe‘e Road. Garden Island.

EPA fines state agency for illegal Kaua‘i cesspool
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources paid federal regulators a six-figure fine for operating an illegal cesspool at the site of the former Kamokila Hawaiian Village in Kapa‘a. As part of a settlement, the agency agreed to conduct an audit to determine whether there are other illegal cesspools in operation across its 1.3 million-acre landholdings. Civil Beat. Garden Island.

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