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11.11.2022
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OHA vows accountability after audit finds evidence of ‘fraud, waste and abuse’
A financial investigation released Thursday found 22 instances of questionable spending worth more than $7.3 million made by former top officials at the Office of Hawaiians Affairs. The findings were a follow-up to a 2019 report that initially flagged 38 transactions made from 2012 to 2016. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

These Hawai‘i spots are offering freebies for veterans
Today is Veterans Day and many businesses across the country are offering free items or nice discounts for veterans, active duty and retired military people. KHON2.

County ethics watchdogs need more money to do the job right, state panel says
The Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct says the grants will beef up bare-bones budgets that now exist in all counties except Honolulu, which spends more on its ethics board. Civil Beat.

Green’s proposed visitor fee might be popular with residents, but lawmakers appear cool on the idea
One of the marquee elements of Josh Green’s agenda is a flat fee on all visitors to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for everything from erosion to parks. But it could already be in trouble at the Legislature ― a challenge that could be a test of his lobbying skills. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. David Ige reflects on wins and losses as his final inning comes to a close
Gov. David Ige is rounding third base and heading toward home as his last day in office approaches. Hawaii Public Radio. KHON2.

Voter turnout for Hawai‘i general election plateaus at 48%
It’s the lowest general election turnout in the state’s history. Prior to the 2022 election, Hawai‘i’s lowest general election turnout came in 2014, when 52% of registered voters participated. Civil Beat.

On Election Day, this new tool helped speed up Hawai‘i’s delivery of voting results
The state Elections Office launched the Remote Rally system for the first time Tuesday and said it worked. The technology allowed results to transmit “directly to the county center.” Hawaii News Now.

Adult learners thought this program was a path to college. They were wrong
Hawai‘i schools continued to operate a popular alternative diploma program from 2014 to 2019, despite it not meeting federal standards. Now some of those graduates are unable to access financial aid. Civil Beat.

The state Board of Education is appointed. It used to be elected. Is one way better?
The governor nominates members, and the state Senate either confirms or rejects them. Hawaiʻi’s elected board members were divided by district. But appointed boards can be chosen by skillset. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawai‘i agency picks 4 planned mid-income affordable-housing projects to subsidize
Four planned affordable-housing projects received state financing help Thursday under a new program to produce rental apartments for middle-income residents. Star-Advertiser.

New state funding will help expand nursing classes, but it’s a fraction of what’s needed
At a news conference last month, Gov. David Ige released $1.75 million to combat a severe faculty shortage at nursing schools across the state. Hawaii News Now.

In effort to expand healthcare services, VA opens first telehealth station in Hawai‘i
There are more than 55,000 registered veterans living in Hawai‘i but not all of them live near a VA clinic. This can make getting access to healthcare challenging but a new program by the Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System is designed to bring healthcare services directly to vets. Hawaii News Now.

State Health Department warns of early rise of RSV rates
The state department of health said the number of positive tests for RSV this season so far has been 2,070 and this doesn’t include the many who haven’t tested. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Kauai Now. KHON2.

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How the University of Hawai‘i Diversifies the Economy and Nurtures Entrepreneurs
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Over 100 new plaintiffs join Red Hill lawsuit against federal government
They allege that military officials provided inadequate medical care in the days and months following the emergency. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Former TV anchor defeats incumbent in state Senate race
Former TV news anchor Brenton Awa pulled off a come-from-behind win in the race for the state Senate seat that represents Kunia, the North Shore and parts of Windward O‘ahu. Hawaii News Now.

North Shore property owner offers to take down concrete barrier poured on Sunset Beach
A North Shore property owner who poured concrete on the berm behind his Ke Nui Road home has been granted more time by the city to remove the barrier. Hawaii News Now.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
State clears the way for Meadow Gold expansion
An expansion of the state’s only dairy processing facility could be completed within two years. Meadow Gold Dairies Hawai‘i is seeking to double the size of its premises in Hilo, a move that could enable more dairy producers in the state. Tribune-Herald.

New rules for Kahaluʻu Bay surf schools
The Hawaiʻi BLNR on Thursday voted to limit the number of companies and students participating in surf instruction in a specific area of Kahaluʻu Bay. Big Island Video News.

Waikoloa Loan Closet provides medical equipment for the community
Realtor Phyllis Klicker had closed on a home sale in Waikoloa Village and discovered the previous owner had left behind a cache of medical equipment. Not wanting to take it to the landfill, she decided to open the Waikoloa Loan Closet, making the equipment available free of charge to anyone in need.West Hawaii Today.

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Local Artists Shine in Fall Exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art

Two dynamic new exhibitions featuring work from Hawai‘i based artists open this month at HoMA. These exhibitions spotlight local artistic voices, offering visitors unique perspectives on cultural history and the transformative potential of natural materials...read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Temporary Wednesday closures implemented to address permit backlog
The Plans Review Section of the Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division will be closed to the public temporarily on Wednesdays beginning Nov. 16, 2022. Maui Now.

Maui police chief explains new tactics
Maui Police Dept. Chief John Pelletier explains the island’s approach to concealed-carry permits, and the evolution of 21-century policing for Maui County. KHON2.

Man testifies about Maui beating he says was hate crime
A white man who says he was a victim of a hate crime when two Native Hawaiian men assaulted him while he was fixing up a home he purchased in their remote Maui village testified Wednesday that his attackers were racially motivated, even though he conceded that no racist comments can be heard in video taken during the 2014 beating. Star-Advertiser.

West Maui fire scorches 2,100 acres, burns mauka brush between Kahoma & Launiupoko
Firefighters continue efforts to contain a stubborn fire in West Maui has burned 2,100 acres since it was first reported on Tuesday. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
Kaua‘i county council race shifts; Cowden and DeCosta in, Kagawa out
Late voting favored incumbent council members Felicia Cowden and Billy DeCosta, who passed former council member Ross Kagawa to slot into the sixth and seventh spots, respectively. Garden Island.

Kaua‘i Community College names Margaret Sanchez as interim chancellor
Under Sanchez’s leadership, Kauaʻi CC received more than $3.5 million in grants in support of its mission, including enabling the college to be a Native Hawaiian Indigenous-serving institution. Kauai Now.

Kaua‘i animal shelter buys 10 acres with plans to grow
The Kaua‘i Humane Society now owns the Lihue parcel where it has operated for more than two decades. Civil Beat.

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