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FBI wants to partner with Hawai‘i businesses, organizations to deter cyberattacks
The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to partner with Hawai‘i businesses as part of a nationwide effort to combat the cyberthreat posed by China and other actors working to undermine the U.S. economy and compromise critical infrastructure. Star-Advertiser.

Campaign Spending Commission investigates ‘ghost PAC’ supporting Cayetano
The state Campaign Spending Commission on Wednesday voted to conduct further investigation into a so-called “ghost PAC” helping Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vicky Cayetano. The political action committee ― Victory Calls 2022 ― ran television ads in May featuring the comedy duo Da Braddahs, saying Cayetano’s opponent Lt. Gov. Josh Green was not a board-certified physician. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Better access to public records among proposals from GOP candidates for governor
Transparency and government ethics has taken center stage in many races following high profile corruption cases in Hawai‘i, including the Republican gubernatorial primary. Civil Beat.

Agency seeks food truck concessions at state parks
The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks is seeking approval to allow mobile food trucks to operate at 18 state parks across the islands. Winning bidders would be able to enter three-year contracts to operate within a specific park, with an option to extend the contract for an additional three years, according to the agency.  Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

Outside spending reaches historic levels in race for Hawai‘i’s 2nd Congressional District
With the election just days away, special interest groups keep trying to sway the election in their favor. So far they’ve spent nearly $1.4 million. Civil Beat.

Masks optional for children under age 5 in preschool or child care center
Starting Thursday, the health guidance for preschools and child care providers will be updated so that masks are optional for children under age 5. Preschools and child care providers are not under the state Department of Education, so they did not implement changes at the beginning of August like everyone else. They fall under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Human Services. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawai‘i hospitals still at full capacity despite declining Covid-19 case counts
Staffing shortages also continue, with approximately 900 to 1,000 front-line health care workers out on any given day, according to Hilton Raethel, president and CEO of Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i. Star-Advertiser.

Novavax Covid-19 vaccine now available in Hawai‘i
Novavax is administered in two doses, and is available for individuals 18 and up. Unlike Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines, Novavax is a protein subunit vaccine. A protein subunit vaccine includes “harmless proteins of the Covid-19 virus that trigger an immune response.” Star-AdvertiserCivil Beat. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

A Link light rail train at Pioneer Square station in Seattle in 2009, 7 days after opening. | Photo: Steve Morgan, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
How Honolulu’s Rail Compares to Other Federally Funded Projects
It’s common for rail projects to have cost overruns, but few are as large as Honolulu’s. These numbers come from a July 27, 2021, policy brief, “Cost Overruns and Ridership Shortfalls,” written by Randal O’Toole, containing a list of 75 federally funded urban transit lines that were completed… read more.
OʻAHU
Two of Waikīkī’s oldest beach clubs are struggling to come to grips with climate change
In a precursor of business decisions that will become more common, members of the Outrigger Canoe Club have rejected a proposal to extend the club’s lease with its landlord beyond 2055 due to concerns about sea level rise. Civil Beat.

Kailua House candidates want to tame tourism
A microcosm of the state’s own dilemma, Kailua’s fresh batch of House candidates are strategizing ways to manage guests visiting their slice of paradise. Kailua’s publicity as an alternative to Waikīkī’s crowded shores has made it a victim of its own success, with the abundance of tourists and investment homes challenging longtime residents. Civil Beat.

Consumer prices still rising in Honolulu, but not as much
Honolulu’s inflation rate ebbed a bit in June and July from the previous two months, but prices for goods and services are still broadly rising, a new government report shows. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a report released Wednesday that consumer prices on O‘ahu ticked up 0.6% in June and July from April and May. Star-Advertiser.

In space-cramped Honolulu, community gardens have found new popularity ― and meaning
The city’s community gardens are bursting at the seams and more than 1,000 people are on the waiting list to get a plot of their own, said Honolulu Parks and Recreation spokesperson Nate Serota. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu City Council adopts resolution to enforce rules, address concerns at Kea‘au Beach Park
Kea‘au Beach Park, which is past Makaha on the Wai‘anae coast, has its share of problems, including illegal dumping, illegal camping, illegal fireworks, burnouts and street racing. But a city council resolution hopes to address those problems. KITV4.

Fourth graders name monk seal pup born at Kaimana Beach
Two weeks after a seal and her pup teamed up on a woman swimming off Waikīkī, fourth grade students from Waikiki Elementary School on Wednesday gave the pup, PO8, a more apt name: Koalani, or “heavenly warrior.”  Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

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The Neighborhood’s Heartbeat

The health and vitality of the land as well as the well-being of the lāhui are the focus of Kamehameha Schools’ commercial endeavors. By providing commercial centers, such as Salt at Our Kaka’ako, Kamehameha Schools creates a lifestyle where residents are able to live outside their four walls… read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Thirty Meter Telescope opponents dominate National Science Foundation meeting to determine whether federal funding will be used
The first public meeting to determine whether to award federal funding to the Thirty Meter Telescope ended Tuesday after four hours of outrage. NSF is considering four options for the TMT: to build on Maunakea, to build on the Canary Islands in Spain, to build on Maunakea with a “plan to define and practice responsible astronomy in Hawai‘i.” Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Hawai‘i County sees decrease in processed firearm applications
Hawai‘i County had the highest denial rate of firearm applications at 5.6% statewide for 2021, according to data released by the Department of the Attorney General. Big Island Now.

County to receive old Honolulu buses while awaiting new new buses
Eight more old buses will soon be on their way to the Big Island, with the County Council set to accept the donation of used buses from the City and County of Honolulu. The present Hele-On fleet totals 55, but only 30 are in service, forcing the county to rely on leased buses from local transportation companies. The eight new old buses will replace eight of the worst-performing buses in the current fleet. West Hawaii Today.

The Waiakea Villas in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. | Photo: Joelle Cabasa
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
“Home for Sale” Sometimes Means Renters are Displaced

About 40% of Hawai‘i households are renters. Their relationships with their landlords can be friendly and supportive. But this two-part report examines when the wants and needs of tenants and landlords conflict, with perspectives from both sides..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Maui County warns Lanai Resorts to not block public beach access
Maui County has issued a warning and told Lanai Resorts, the company owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, to stop blocking access to Hulopoe Beach Park or risk facing a fine of $100,000, plus an additional $10,000 for each day it goes unaddressed. In Hawai‘i, it’s against the law for private landowners to block people from traveling through public access routes to shorelines. Civil Beat.

Maui County had record 8,149 firearms registered in 2021
In 2021, Maui County had record high numbers for firearm permits processed (2,938), firearms registered (8,149) and firearms imported (3,763), according to an annual report released by the Hawaiʻi Department of the Attorney General. Maui Now.

Maui police seek to crack down on law-flouting dirt bikers
The Maui Police Department is warning the public about a growing and dangerous trend around the Valley Isle. Officers are concerned about thrill-seeking dirt bikers who are blatantly breaking traffic laws. Hawaii News Now.

Final EA published for Kēōkea Farm Lots Association community center
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has published its final Environmental Assessment with a Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed Kēōkea Farm Lots Association Community Center in Kēōkea on Maui. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
DLNR agrees to audit of all large-capacity cesspools, $105,000 fine
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources $105,543 for failing to close an illegal large-capacity cesspool on Kaua‘i. Star-Advertiser.
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