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Experts say they’re not worried about a nuclear attack from North Korea
With five missile tests in 10 days, North Korea’s actions have people concerned and the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency keeping an eye on that part of the world. Two experts are not worried about a nuclear hit on Hawai‘i because they don’t believe North Korea has the technology to make an accurate hit on the island.  KITV4.Hawai‘i’s hot tourism summer gives way to cooler fall
August hotel performance results were mixed across the islands, and hoteliers say some signs of slowing have emerged, with bookings decelerating for the fall and keeping the festive season in December and January from already being sold out. Star-Advertiser.

Pace of traffic deaths eclipsing 2021
There were 90 traffic fatalities reported statewide in roughly the first nine months of this year, surpassing 66 from the same time frame in 2021, according to the state Department of Transportation’s preliminary statistics. Star-Advertiser.

Fighting for workers or fleecing them? An ousted Honolulu union boss faces his reckoning
The trial of Brian Ahakuelo, accused of leading a conspiracy to line his pockets while head of IBEW Local 1260, begins Thursday. Civil Beat.

In race for governor, candidates play up differences on climate change, housing plans
Josh Green is criticizing Duke Aiona for lacking substantial policies on climate change, but Aiona says Green’s clean energy plans sound just like the Lingle-Aiona administration. Hawaii News Now.

Former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says she’s leaving Democratic Party
Tulsi Gabbard, a former Hawai‘i U.S. representative and one-time presidential candidate, announced that she’s no longer a Democrat on social media on Monday. In her video statement, she called the leaders of the party an “elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness.” Hawaii News Now.

Ballot tracking service available for Hawaiʻi voters
As the 2022 General Election ballots are prepared for mailing, election officials want to remind voters that they can sign up to receive ballot tracking alerts at Voters can sign up to receive text, email, or voice alerts letting them know where their ballot is in the voting process. Maui Now. Garden Island.

Hawai‘i sees dramatic increase in fentanyl-related overdoses reported in September
Department of Health data shows fentanyl-related overdoses are happening on every major island in the state. Hawaii News Now.

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Kalihi rail construction to start ahead of schedule
The relocation of utilities along Dillingham Boulevard for the rail project should be underway ahead of schedule at the end of this year, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation announced Monday. Star-Advertiser.Gov. David Ige meets with Stadium Authority ahead of announcing his new direction for project
Gov. David Ige has yet to reveal his “different direction” to rebuild Aloha Stadium more than three weeks after scrapping the previous plan, but his point person on the project says “it’s a stretch” to expect that private development will help defray maintenance costs of a new facility. Star-Advertiser.

Lack of shelter space poses a challenge for O‘ahu’s newest homeless program
As a city program that helps homeless people approaches its one-year mark, it has faced obstacles including a lack of shelter space and psychiatrists. But the Crisis Outreach Response and Engagement program has taken 30 people off the streets and that’s a successful start, its director says. Civil Beat.

Kuilei Place high-rise in Mōʻiliʻili would rival O‘ahu’s tallest buildings
A local developer is seeking to build a $619 million residential tower complex in Mōʻiliʻili where major exemptions to building height and density limits will be needed to deliver the project with 1,005 predominantly moderate-price condominiums. Star-Advertiser.

City joins state in enforcement of illegal concrete pour at North Shore beachfront property
On a coastline already marred by illegal erosion barriers — the concrete and rebar reinforcement of this house owned by Josh Van Emmerik created a new level of outrage for Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi. Hawaii News Now.

Erosion at popular east O‘ahu beach marks emotional turning point for some residents
After decades of erosion, the city is trimming and removing trees at one of the nation’s top ranked beaches. Last week, two trees fell into the waters of Kailua Beach. Hawaii News Now.


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Sea Level Rise Intensifies Debate Over How Hawai‘i Uses Its Coastlines

A UH report asks decision-makers: What are the most important values and uses for the remaining oceanfront as the sea continues to rise? The state’s online map – which forecasts the areas that may be underwater at sea level rises — shows that every multimillion-dollar beachfront property in Honolulu’s Kāhala neighborhood has at least some exposure to sea level rise… read more.

Kimball named chairwoman, Inaba vice chairman of incoming County Council
Hamakua Councilwoman Heather Kimball has been selected chairwoman and North Kona Councilman Holeka Inaba vice chairman of the new County Council that will take office in December. West Hawaii Today.Saddle Road EIS terminated
The long-sought Daniel K. Inouye Highway extension in West Hawai‘i has hit another roadblock. Environmental studies, which are required for the project that would bring the cross-island route to Queen Kaahumanu Highway, have officially been terminated — the latest blow to the project in the works since 1999. West Hawaii Today.

State seeks to improve access to Hilo Harbor
The state Department of Transportation Harbors Division is seeking to acquire almost 10 acres of privately owned land on Kalanianaole Street near the entrance to the Port of Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

Former resident physician accuses Hilo Medical Center of breastfeeding discrimination
A former resident physician at a Hawaiʻi Island hospital is suing the institution for pregnancy-related workplace discrimination. Hawaii Public Radio.

State wants ant samples from residents’ yards
Residents are urged to be on the lookout for little fire ants during what the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has called “Stop the Ant Month.” Tribune-Herald.


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Caregivers in the Workplace: What Bosses and Employees Need to Know

For many people, time away from the workforce is only temporary, and jumping back in can feel intimidating and stressful. ProService Hawaii explains how to make the return-to-work jump and how to support caregivers at your more.
Contentious bill to limit outdoor lighting on Maui clears final council reading
The ordinance was passed due to concerns that bright, onshore lighting confuses seabirds and endangered sea turtles. Civil Beat. KITV4.Land Use Commission approves public-private partnership in Waikapū, Maui
The approval allows Maui County to assume the developer’s required contribution toward a new Central Maui wastewater treatment plant, Waiʻale Road extension and improvements in exchange for 213 additional workforce units in the planned Waikapū Country Town community. Maui Now.

Maui food voucher program extended through December
The food vouchers from Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) were supposed to end in September. But the program will continue while funds remain. Hawaii Public Radio. Maui News.

Why Lanai gas prices plunged overnight from Hawai‘i’s most expensive to the cheapest
Tech magnate Larry Ellison, who owns 98% of the island, bought Lanai’s only gas station and started subsidizing fuel prices on April 1. Civil Beat.

Kauaʻi mayor signs bill to increase benefits to farmers
Kauaʻi County Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami signed a bill last month that updates the county’s Agricultural Dedication program to provide increased benefits to farmers and lessen the burdensome red tape.  Kauai Now.Celebrating Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuges
Friends of Kaua‘i Wildlife Refuges Executive Director Thomas Daubert announced Saturday that National Wildlife Refuge Week starts Tuesday and continues through Sunday at various North Shore locations. Garden Island.


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