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Hawai‘i Democratic Party rivals break bread after primary election
Adversaries gathered Sunday for the party’s Unity Breakfast, an event designed to encourage commitment to defeating Republicans in November. Among them, Congressional District 2 winner Jill Tokuda graciously recognized her opponent Pat Branco, while the winner of the lieutenant governor race, Sylvia Luke, did the same for Ikaika Anderson. Two notable absences were gubernatorial candidates Vicky Cayetano and Kai Kahele. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Gubernatorial race should be cordial unless it becomes close
The campaign to become Hawai‘i’s next governor should be genial compared with the testy Democratic Party primary — unless the race suddenly tightens between Lt. Gov. Josh Green and former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. Star-Advertiser.

General election candidates for Hawai‘i Legislature include 64 Republicans
Now that the 2022 primary election is over, most voters will have an opportunity to choose between a Democrat and a Republican candidate to represent them in the state Legislature. Star-Advertiser.

The number of ballots cast was down this year
Voter turnout for the 2022 primary was about 39.6% — back to the dismal rates before Hawai‘i implemented a vote-by-mail system aimed at boosting turnout. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Schatz: New climate bill is “an incredible economic opportunity” for Hawai‘i
The far-reaching bill seeks to reduce drug prices and force certain corporations to pay more taxes. It also injects a record $369 billion into the fight against climate change, Schatz’s top policy priority. Civil Beat

Land board approves proposal for food trucks in state parks
The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted to open solicitations for bids by food truck owners seeking to operate in 18 state parks. Tribune-Herald.

Navy’s deep ship graveyard in Hawai‘i continues to grow
The Navy was unable to provide an exact figure of how many ships it has sunk in and around the Hawaiian Islands. But a spokesperson wrote that “since the early 2000s, the Navy has conducted an average of two SINKEXs in the Hawaiian Islands Range Complex each even-numbered year.” Star-Advertiser.

Condo construction in the Ala Moana neighborhood on the island of Oʻahu. | Photo: Getty Images
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OʻAHU
City proposes more than $11.67 million in upgrades to Waikīkī Shell
Improvements would include installation of a tensile structure over the main seating area and an additional 2,000 fixed seats. Star-Advertiser.

Traffic expected as students move into UH Mānoa housing
As about 3,500 students move in, the university warns that traffic delays are expected this week on the H1 freeway, the University Avenue off-ramp, and Dole Street and University Avenue. KHON2.

Honolulu City Council: All races headed to runoff
Candidates Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, Matt Weyer and Val Okimoto are in the lead in races to represent downtown Honolulu, the North Shore and the Pearl City area, respectively, according to primary election results published Saturday and Sunday evenings. Civil Beat.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Bill seeks to curb automatic rezoning time extensions
A new bill aims to address a common complaint among West Hawai‘i residents that developers’ rezoning applications, once approved, get numerous extensions despite conditions changing in the intervening years. West Hawaii Today.

Inouye bests Acasio in Democrat primary
State Sen. Lorraine Inouye, whose Pauka‘a residence was redistricted from Senate District 4 to Senate District 1, cruised to an easy victory Saturday night over District 1 incumbent Laura Acasio in the Democrat primary election. Tribune-Herald.

Six incumbents win outright for Hawai‘i County Council
In the race for nine seats, all six incumbents were reelected Saturday. They include Heather Kimball, Susan Lee Loy, Ashley Kierkiewicz, Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder and Holeka Goro Inaba. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

Judge releases redacted document from Ireland case
Hilo Circuit Judge Peter Kubota has released a redacted version of a document apparently related to post-conviction DNA testing performed in the Dana Ireland murder case. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island prosecutor’s alleged harassment dates back years
In addition to an ongoing harassment dispute with his Pauka‘a neighbor, deputy prosecutor Winston Albright had allegedly harassed neighbors in the Puna District where he previously lived. Civil Beat.

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Lack of teachers keeps some preschool centers closed
Maui Economic Opportunity’s Head Start centers have enough federal funding to serve 219 children this school year but only have the capacity for 160 due to the closure of three centers and lack of teachers. Maui News.

Incumbent Mayor Victorino to face former judge Bissen in general election
Retired state judge Richard Bissen looks to have a good shot at unseating Michael Victorino in a November runoff election after drawing the most votes in Saturday’s mayoral primary election. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

DeCoite secures win over Ritte; McKelvey and Walker top Senate District 6 primaries
In the closely watched Democratic primary race for state Senate District 7, incumbent Sen. Lynn DeCoite beat challenger Walter Ritte by a wide margin on Saturday night. Maui News.

KAUAʻI
Federal law could lead to lower energy prices on Kaua‘i
Climate provisions in the federal Inflation Reduction Act, which passed both chambers of Congress last week, could lead to lower energy prices on Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

Incumbent Mayor Derek Kawakami easily advances to the Nov. 8 election
Kawakami received a majority of the votes in the primary election for the county mayoral race and will advance to the Nov. 8 general election with first-time candidate Michael Roven Poai. Star-Advertiser.

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