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Vote recounts don’t change results in six primary races
The mandatory recounts of races for the Kaua‘i County Council, several races for House districts on O‘ahu and one Senate seat representing Kāne‘ohe did not result in new winners. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. David Ige rails against super PAC attacks during Hawai‘i’s primary
In Hawai‘i, super PACs, known as independent expenditure committees, are allowed to accept an unlimited number of donations and spend as much as they please either supporting or opposing candidates. Civil Beat.

Differences emerge between Aiona and new running mate
There are some ideological differences between Hawai‘i gubernatorial Republican running mates James “Duke” Aiona and Seaula Tupai Jr., especially when it comes to abortion and gun control. Star-Advertiser.

State Supreme Court: Hawai‘i longline industry’s use of foreign crews OK
Those crews’ working conditions have come under scrutiny in recent years because they don’t have legal U.S. standing and can’t leave the pier when docked. Civil Beat.

School librarians are becoming a thing of the past in Hawai‘i
In 2012, the state Department of Education employed 192 school librarians. Today there are only 84 — a massive drop in a state that until 2004 required all of its public schools — more than 250 at the time — to employ at least one full time librarian. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i Pacific University offers $10,000 scholarships to incoming Hawai‘i students
It’s the first time HPU has made such an offer. The $10,000 merit scholarship would account for roughly one-third of the first-year tuition at HPU, which is $31,440 this academic year, and is renewable for three additional years.

Hawai‘i expands access to monkeypox vaccine as case count rises to 16
The Department of Health said it has received about 2,800 doses of the Jynneos vaccine and more than 1,000 doses have been administered. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

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You Don’t Need 4 Wheels to Go Electric
Honolulu has the highest potential for micromobility to succeed, according to a 2019 ranking of 10 U.S. cities by mobility analytics company Inrix. For short trips, e-bikes and scooters, Onewheels and even electric unicycles are fuel efficient, easy to park and lots of fun… read more.
OʻAHU
HPD reviewing results of personnel survey sent to 1,820 officers, 400 civilian personnel
Chief Arthur J. Logan and his leadership team will spend the next 60 to 90 days reviewing the results and working them into Logan’s strategic vision for evolving the department to become what the community and officers want to see for the next five to 20 years. Star-Advertiser.

Officers suspected in brutality case retain attorneys ahead of anticipated federal charges
Officer Corey Morgan is facing termination for the incident, which happened in June 2020 in the Kaimukiī area. Bodycam footage shows Morgan shoving one of the suspect’s heads into a shelf and then punching him for no apparent reason. Hawaii News Now.

Marines seek public comment on Kāne‘ohe proposal
The Marine Corps wants to station a MQ-9 Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron and a KC-130J Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron at Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i to enhance aerial refueling, transport, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Civil Beat.

Residents affected by Red Hill fuel spills plead for more ‘proactive’ help from the Navy
Lawyers representing nearly 200 military families said the Navy is continuing to fail the people affected by last year’s fuel spills. The law firm Just Well Law organized a meeting Tuesday night for residents to share their stories at the Keehi Lagoon Memorial Park. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

UH plans to expand football stadium for 2023 season
UH Mānoa is moving forward to expand the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex that would increase its capacity to 17,000 fans. The plan is to have it ready for the 2023 football season. KHON2.

New dialysis clinic in Nānākuli fills growing need
The Wai‘anae clinic has been overtaxed, and area residents have had to travel to clinics in ‘Ewa, Kapolei and Waipahu, said Dr. Arie Ganz, medical director at the Nānākuli clinic. Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Committee postpones emergency management bill
Constitutional questions around suspension of electronic media coverage and what constitutes a civil disturbance had a County Council panel on Tuesday postpone a sweeping emergency management bill so it could be clarified. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News.

Narrowed-down affordable housing audit recommended for approval
A pared-down request by a West Hawai‘i council member to have the county auditor take a deeper look into the marred county Office of Housing and Community Development’s use of affordable housing credits was recommended for approval by the county’s finance committee. Big Island Now.

Ex-councilman sues county to recoup legal fees
Former County Council Chairman Dominic Yagong is suing Hawai‘i County for $306,000 in legal fees he says he incurred successfully defending himself against a defamation lawsuit. Tribune-Herald.

PGV to hold meeting tonight on proposed power increase
Puna Geothermal Venture seeks to up its energy output in two phases — from 38 megawatts to 46 megawatts and, eventually, to 60 megawatts. Tribune-Herald.

Road closure near affordable housing project floated to deter illegal activity
Resolution 478 calls for barricading off for an indeterminate period the southern end of Ka‘eka Street due to complaints raised by residents and management of Lei Kupuna and Lei Ohana at Kamakana Villages over “activities that compromise public safety” including loitering, littering, consumption of alcohol and other illegal activities. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now.

Utilities Commission says rural telecom provider must respond to consumer advocate
But Sandwich Isles Communications says the state agency is on a “witch hunt” and is resisting providing information about its financial status. Civil Beat.

County to consider leasing 1,000-acre Hāmākua parcel to nonprofit
Hāmākua Councilwoman Heather Kimball presented a resolution that would allow the county to negotiate a long-term lease for an area called Koholālele to nonprofit Hui Malama i ke Ala ‘Ulili, also called huiMAU. Tribune-Herald.

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HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
My Job Lets Me Jump Out of Airplanes

Skydiving instructor Ben Devine says falling through the air at 158 mph can have “a calming effect on you.” Devine’s first skydive was at the age of 18. He has since jumped from an airplane about 5,000 times..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Data show Bissen won twice as many precincts as Victorino
Overall tallies put former judge Richard Bissen with 13,407 votes, or 34 percent, compared to Mayor Michael Victorino’s 11,747 votes, or 29.8 percent. Both will face each other in the general election on Nov. 8. Maui News.

County contacting voters to fix ballots

A total of 849 ballots contain issues that need to be fixed within the next five business days, Maui County Clerk Kathy Kaohu said Monday.  Maui News.

New Park Maui program would charge visitors to park at Maui’s most visited areas
Mayor Michael Victorino is inviting interested Maui County residents to participate in two virtual meetings on Aug. 24 to hear the community’s thoughts and suggestions about plans for “PARK MAUI,” a new parking management program for beach parks, business districts and streets in Maui’s most heavily visited areas.  Maui Now.

Live skunk found at Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary
Personnel from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources found the skunk in a trap that was set to catch feral cats and mongoose in the wildlife sanctuary area. It was euthanized and turned over to the DOA. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

KAUAʻI
Kauaʻi Board of Ethics considering opinion on second jobs for police officers
After a small influx of requests for outside employment as guards, Kauaʻi Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck requested the advisory opinion from the board, citing his interpretation of state and county laws and union contracts. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Federal grant means electric buses for Kaua‘i
A total of $35 million includes the following for The Kaua‘i Bus: Acquisition of four electric buses and expansion of the base yard to prepare the infrastructure needed to transition its fleet to electric buses by the year 2035 and provide the space required to expand and improve transit service quality. Garden Island.

DHHL completes $12 million project in Anahola
The state Department of Hawaiian Homes Lands held a dedication ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a $12.9-million project to improve the Anahola Farm Lots water system. Garden Island.

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