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Hawai‘i gubernatorial candidates Green, Aiona clash over abortion in debate
Lt. Gov. Josh Green and former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona sparred Wednesday night over the issues of abortion and whether to legalize recreational marijuana in their first televised debate to help decide who will become Hawai‘i’s next governor. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Reluctant standards commission proposes term limits for Hawai‘i lawmakers
A measure that would impose a 16-year term limit on service for state legislators narrowly cleared the Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct Wednesday even as members who wrote the proposal raised concerns over possible negative impacts on policymaking in Hawai‘i. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i veterans say VA bureaucracy is hampering access to health care
The visiting Veterans Affairs secretary outlined plans for improvements, including hiring more nurses and expanding telehealth. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

HTA contract extended 6 months as dispute nears resolution
A tentative deal has been reached in the dispute over the $34 million contract to market and manage tourism for the islands. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

First-ever conference prepares Department of Education staff for safety crisis
Wednesday was the final day of the three-day conference featuring national experts that aimed to guide department leaders and staff members in preventing, identifying and responding to various threats to school safety. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i lawmakers urge Kaiser to resolve strike, improve mental health care
The Kaiser workers, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, say that severe understaffing has put their patients’ health at risk and Kaiser needs to boost salaries and benefits to attract more employees. Star-Advertiser.

Photo: Aaron Yoshino
These 5 Women Are Changing the Face of Real Estate Development
Christine Camp, Laura Kodoma, Cayenne Pe‘a, Karen Seddon and Michelle Swartman are proving that it’s not a man’s world anymore. They bring a different and valuable perspective, and have realized that the best way for others to join them is for women to support women… read more.
Honolulu ballot proposal would steer money to affordable housing
Proponents of a measure to dedicate money to Honolulu’s housing fund see it as an opportunity to help solve O‘ahu’s affordable housing shortage. Critics, meanwhile, say there are better ways to achieve that goal: chiefly by following the standard budgeting process in which the City Council decides how to spend money each year. Civil Beat.

City council appoints building lobbyist to planning commission
The Honolulu City Council confirmed a construction industry lobbyist to the Honolulu Planning Commission on Wednesday, despite concerns over his reappointment. Star-Advertiser.

Taxpayers will fund legal defense for officers accused of chasing car that crashed, failing to render aid
The Honolulu Police Commission has decided taxpayers will fund the defense of two Honolulu police officers accused of chasing a car that crashed and then failing to render aid. Officers Jake Bartolome and Erik Smith remain on restricted duty as the city Prosecutor’s Office investigates the allegations that the two did not stop to help the victims ― teens and adults who were seriously injured. Hawaii News Now.

Liquor control executives deny culture of retaliation, calling allegations ‘baseless’
The Honolulu Liquor Commission was accused of ignoring a culture of retaliation Wednesday as the City Council called on the commission to find ways to restore the public trust. The commission has been accused of discrimination against LGBTQ businesses and retaliation against others who complained about liquor inspectors. Hawaii News Now.

One month in, improvements seen under Waikīkī ‘Safe and Sound’ initiative
Residents say they’re seeing fewer criminals and illegal campers in the state’s prime tourist area. Hawaii News Now.

Photo: courtesy of Wāhine Pō‘ai

Bringing Women Leaders into the Circle

Wāhine Pō’ai, a leadership program for female executive directors of Hawai’i nonprofits, aims to empower through peer connection. “At a certain point, I realized that all of these new executive directors were women who were in this position for the first time… read more.

Mauna Loa summit backcountry closed after increased seismic activity
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park officials have closed the Mauna Loa summit backcountry because of increased seismic activity but say an eruption is not imminent. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.

Lawmakers OK resolution calling for relocation of HCCC
The Hawai‘i County Council and a state oversight commission agree that the Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center should be moved to a different location. Tribune-Herald.

Council passes bill aimed at removing abandoned vehicles
The Hawai‘i County Council Wednesday signed off on a bill that’ll help private property owners rid their land of abandoned or derelict vehicles. West Hawaii Today.

Council endorses Keauhou Bay land purchase
The last open piece of property on Keauhou Bay could soon belong to the public, following approval Wednesday by the County Council to purchase the parcel using property tax proceeds. West Hawaii Today.

UH Hilo enrollment dips again
Enrollment for UH Hilo declined again this year by 8.2%. Total enrollment for Fall 2022 is listed at 2,977 students, or 266 fewer than those enrolled in Fall 2021. Tribune-Herald.

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Maui sees decline in visitors at end of busy summer season
In the last month of a bustling summer that prompted airport officials to try and cut down on wait times, a total of 265,410 visitors arrived on Maui Island and spent $472.9 million, according to recent reports by the state and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Maui News.

Maui median home price in September rises to $1,025,000, up 3% from same time
Overall inventory of single homes for sale ended the month at 249, up 7.8% from September 2021, boosting the month’s inventory by 45% compared to the same time last year. Maui Now.

Kaua‘i council approves first-of-its-kind sea level rise bill
With a unanimous county council vote, Kaua‘i is set to become one of the first counties in the nation to regulate construction based on future sea level rise projections. Garden Island.

Queen’s Bath access closed for winter
The access gate to Queen’s Bath in Princeville is closed through winter. Safety officials said this is due to hazardous ocean conditions and anticipation of the winter season. Garden Island. Kauai Now.

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