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Navy wants to find alternative uses for Red Hill as part of its closure plan.

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Navy wants to find alternative uses for Red Hill as part of its closure plan
The Navy wants to keep its Red Hill fuel facility, including the 20 cavernous fuel tanks, surge tanks and pipelines, in the ground after it permanently retires the facility from fueling operations, according to a plan it submitted Tuesday to the state Department of Health. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i corrections by the numbers: Incarceration declined in 2020, and so did crime rates
The combined inmate population in the state’s jails on O‘ahu, Maui, Big Island and Kaua‘i dropped from 2,072 at the end of 2019 to 1,646 at the end of 2020, a decline of nearly 21%. Civil Beat.

Struggles of Micronesian students point to ‘significant issues’ in Hawai‘i school system
Education advocates say Micronesian students often struggle with feeling connected and face bullying in the schools. There’s also a lack of language interpreters for families that can result in challenges understanding the school system.  Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i Health Department issues nearly $110K in fines for air pollution violations
The Hawai‘i Department of Health has fined six entities, including several major companies and the U.S. military nearly $110,000 for air pollution control permit violations in the state. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

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Register for Need to Know: Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance
Julie Smolinski is the Vice President of Sustainability and Investor Relations at Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. She will discuss how HEI tracks their energy efficiency, programs implemented for improvement, the diversity of leadership and more  Register Today!
Environmentalists, engineers urge local leaders to prepare for coastal erosion
The North Shore Coastal Resilience Working Group found that 73% of North Shore beaches are undergoing chronic erosion. It also said roughly 28% of beachfront residential North Shore properties have a home within 20 feet or less of the shoreline. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.

City acquires university dorms and classrooms to create affordable housing
The city has acquired a building that Hawai‘i Pacific University currently uses for dorms and classrooms in hopes of adding another 100 units to its 1,500-unit affordable housing portfolio. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Report: Consultant, rail engineer at odds over station cracking
Those investigating the cracks have disagreed about their severity, but the final report still isn’t out. Civil Beat.

Waikiki Health employees fired after protesting bathroom limits get back wages
The community health center offered jobs back to three employees who were fired a week after complaining about losing access to a unisex bathroom. Civil Beat.

Gap Parks raise interest
Parks over the freeways is an idea that’s floating around and could be implemented on O‘ahu. A senator says it could reconnect communities that are currently split by freeways. KHON2.

City Council looks into street speaker noise ordinance for Waikīkī
The measure would restrict the use of speakers on the streets at night. Levels have to be less than 80 decibels and can’t be above that for more than a full minute. KITV4.

Hanauma Bay begins accepting JCB payments for reservations
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is accepting the Japan Credit Bureau, or JCB, credit card for online reservations. Starting today, JCB cards will be accepted for in-person admission payments. Hawaii Public Radio.


How a Hub of Farmers Connect Island Communities

Looking over Kahumana Organic Farms’ verdant 31-acre expanse in Waianae’s Lualualei Valley, Farm Manager and Director of Social Ventures Christian Zuckerman sees the future growing in every pound of produce….. read more.

Hawai‘i’s high court hears arguments tied to Mauna Kea
The justices heard arguments on the question of whether, in this case, it is the government that must prove its rules are reasonable and do not unduly limit the rights conferred by the state Constitution, or whether the burden is on the challenger to prove the opposite. Star-Advertiser.

Gun carry permits granted; police raise concerns over training
With 19 licenses to carry a concealed firearm issued and another 58 pending approval in Hawai‘i County, some Hawai‘i Island police officers are concerned they haven’t received proper training on encountering permit holders. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now.

Bill aims to provide tool to revitalize downtown Hilo
The bill would have allowed member businesses in a downtown Hilo Business Improvement District to finance upgrades to the area’s infrastructure and other services. Tribune-Herald.

Council members urge state to help solve traffic and road woes
The Hawai‘i County Council is urging the Legislature to take steps to improve ailing roadway infrastructure on the Big Island. Tribune-Herald.

Photo: courtesy of Tammy Haili'ōpua Baker
The Rise of Indigenous Theater in Hawai‘i

UH students and faculty are creating original plays in ʻOlelo Hawai‘i, and winning national awards. The program’s latest production, “Hoʻoilina,” which means legacy and inheritance, is a comedy written and directed by Kahikina. The dialogue is a mixture of Hawaiian, Pidgin and more.
Maui resort agrees to reduce bright lights to protect Hawaii seabird
The Grand Wailea resort on Maui has reached an agreement with several conservation groups to reduce its bright lights to protect endangered Hawaiian petrels, resolving a lawsuit filed earlier this year. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Maui Now.

In contentious race for Maui mayor, water is a key issue — with few solutions
The general election is one week away and the candidates for Maui County mayor are vowing to improve the island’s water system. Hawaii News Now.

Maui County employees entitled to temporary hazard pay for working during pandemic
Employees who worked during Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamation period from March 4, 2020, to March 25, 2022, can get up to 25% of their base salary. Hawaii Public Radio.

Maui venison could soon stock local grocery stores
Efforts to manage the axis deer population in Maui County are working, and their plans to use the meat to feed the community and create economic opportunities are moving in the right direction. KHON2.

They’re ‘holding space’ at a popular Kaua‘i beach to protest commercialization on the sand
On Kaua‘i, there are growing concerns that residents are getting pushed out of a popular surfing and beach spot. Hawaii News Now.

Kaua‘i jobless rate falls to 4 percent
Employers ramped up hiring in the final days of summer and into early fall on Kaua‘i, in turn helping send the unemployment rate for September to its lowest level in three years. Garden Island.

Blessing commemorates completion of Waimea rockfall mitigation project
The Department of Public Works held a blessing on Tuesday to commemorate the completion of the $1.6-million Waimea Rockfall Mitigation Project. Kauai Now.

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