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Low voter turnout on Election Day creates big turnover at state legislature.

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Low voter turnout on Election Day translates into big turnover at state Legislature
The biggest change is in the state House, which will have 16 new faces out of its 51 seats ― the highest number of newcomers in two decades. The 25-member state Senate could see up to five new faces. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Gains in Hawai‘i Legislature small, but encouraging for Republican Party
Five Republican candidates beat Democratic opponents, including four incumbents, but Democratic candidates won in two legislative contests where incumbent Republican lawmakers are departing after running for county or federal office. Star-Advertiser.

Gov.-elect Josh Green considering new ways to address old problems in Hawai‘i
Green is planning to take a fresh look at difficult issues, including the future of Aloha Stadium, Mauna Kea and the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope, Red Hill, O‘ahu Community Correctional Center, diversifying Hawai‘i’s economy, and overhauling state departments. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Green is hiring for new administration
Governor-elect Josh Green launched his transition website Wednesday morning announcing more than 100 position openings for the new administration that’s set to be sworn in Dec. 5. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Big Island Now. Maui Now.

Ballot trends push back on early voting
More than 10,000 people voted in person at voter service centers statewide yesterday, far surpassing the 6,600 who voted that way in all the weeks leading up to Election Day. KHON2.
Worker shortage, costs among barriers to adding more Election Day polling places. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i may soon have more tools to prosecute public corruption
A statewide standards commission recommended new felonies dealing with fraud, false claims and statements that may allow state and county prosecutors to bring charges against public officials similar to those brought by federal prosecutors in a string of public corruption cases this year. Civil Beat.

Inaugural Hawai‘i honor flight lands in D.C.
Twenty eight veterans in total took part in this first ever honor flight. Nineteen served in the Vietnam War, six in the Korean War and three in World War II. Hawaii News Now.

Omicron subvariants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 gain ground in Hawai‘i
The BQ.1 lineage now makes up at least 11% of variants circulating in the islands, according to the state Department of Health’s variant report published Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

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New Episode: Hawaiian Culture and Connection to Community Guide Kūha‘o Zane’s Impact at Sig Zane Designs and Hawai‘i
The incoming CEO of Sig Zane Designs discusses how to merge the western business perspective with the Hawaiian principle of reciprocity. His worldview is shaped by his 30-year hula practice. Tune in now!
Mother-son political duo prepares to make Hawai‘i history
Donna Mercado Kim and Micah Po’okela Kim Aiu will become the first mother-son duo to serve in the state Legislature at the same time. KITV4.

HPD stands by its scanner access ban, but launches new online system with dispatch details
Public access to non-tactical radio traffic of Honolulu police, firefighters, emergency medical services workers and ocean safety personnel will remain restricted for at least the next 90 days as Honolulu Hale has opted not to enter into an agreement with Hawai‘i media to restore access. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Gov-elect Green asks Ige to pause Aloha Stadium redirection
The future of the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District is still uncertain as many await details from Gov. David Ige, but his successor said he’s going to push fast ahead to get it done. KHON2.

Revival of Red Hill fueling operations feare
The Honolulu Board of Water Supply’s top official expressed concern Wednesday that the Navy might try to revive its underground Red Hill storage tanks at some point in the future for fuel use, despite the Department of Defense’s assurances to the contrary. Star-Advertiser.

Hundreds of Red Hill families still sick a year later, survey finds
Of the 1,000 survey respondents, 80% reported symptoms in the last 30 days such as headaches, skin irritation, fatigue and difficulty sleeping. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

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HDS Prioritizes Local Service and Community Impact

Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) commemorates 60 years of healthy smiles and local roots by continuing efforts to improve oral health across the state… read more.

Hawai‘i Island is getting new federal funds to tackle health care shortages. Is it enough?
UH recently received nearly $1 million to launch a new rural health policy research program, which got up and running last month. Congress also appropriated another $4.6 million to help the Hawaii Island Community Health Center. Civil Beat.

Native Hawaiian clinic plans relocation, expansion
The Kipuka o ke Ola Clinic in Waimea has plans to move out of the rented commercial space it currently occupies and build a new facility on two acres of homestead land. Tribune-Herald.

Puna park renamed in former Mayor Billy Kenoi’s memory
Family, friends and county and state officials gathered to rename Pahoa District Park after the former Hawai‘i County mayor, who served from 2008 to 2016. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now.

Photo: Aaron Yoshino
Wildfires on the “Hawaiian Savanna”

Invasive grasses have spread across a quarter of Hawai‘i’s land, and they’re fueling an alarming rise in wildfires. Coalitions are fighting back with new urgency and old more.
Bill caps short-term rentals, prohibits camper van vacation rentals on public property
Areas that permitted transient accommodations were identified to create a “cap” for each zoning district, including Lahaina historic districts 1 and 2, the apartment districts, the B-CT country town district, the B-2 and B-3 business districts, the B-R resort commercial district, the hotel districts, planned developments and time share plans. Maui News.

West Maui fire day 2: “Fire on the move” in mountain ridges above Launiupoko
The brush fire has already burned an estimated 1,200 acres since it was first reported at around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Kauaula Valley. On Wednesday, fire officials had estimated that they had the fire 40% contained. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Maui News.

Kaua‘i election: Final results still not out
Election Administrator Lyndon Yoshioka reported his team had been working through Tuesday night handling 6,000 drop box ballots that arrived on Election Day. In addition, Yoshioka said there were 800 in-person voters. Garden Island.

Farming company to conduct controlled agriculture burn Nov. 10 on Kauaʻi
A controlled agriculture burn will be conducted near the Kaumakani makai area on Nov. 10, from 7 a.m. to noon, weather permitting, according to the Kaua‘i Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau. Kauai Now.

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