Governor-elect Josh Green heads to Japan to promote Hawaii tourism.
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|Gov.-elect Josh Green heads to Japan to promote Hawai‘i tourism
Japan fully reopened for travel on Oct. 11, but the annual visitor count to Hawai‘i is less than 10% of pre-pandemic years. Tourism officials say Japanese visitors are key to improving the state’s economy because they spend more than mainland tourists. Hawaii News Now.
Hawai‘i Island delivered the largest percentage of votes to Green, at 65.2%
Lawmakers honored federal lobbyist despite her conviction in a foreign lobbying scandal
National $22.5 million grant awarded to help Hawaiʻi researchers study health disparities
Permits are now required to use lay nets
Scientists are still unlocking the mysteries of Hawai‘i’s humpback whales
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Hawai‘i’s Most Charitable Companies 2022
These 78 companies and nonprofits gave more than $217.3 million and 78,692 volunteer hours. The dollar figure is more than double the previous year’s, thanks to the inclusion of the state’s largest philanthropic organizations… read more.
|O‘ahu needs more affordable housing, but voters said no to more money
The charter amendment rejected last week would have increased the percentage of real property tax money sent to the city’s Affordable Housing Fund. The reasons behind the measure’s failure are complicated, but experts point to “economic NIMBYism” as a culprit. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.
Honolulu City Council to take up restricting guns in “sensitive places”
At least 274 problem properties owe $130 million in fines to city
Plans move forward for $100 million renovation of “antiquated” Honolulu Hale
Felons violating probation threaten Hawai‘i’s public safety, says Alm
Concerns over leadership at St. Louis School prompt resignations, investigation
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Critical Planning for Sea Level Rise in Waikīkī and Shoreline Resort Properties | G70 & Sea Engineering
It is essential for Waikīkī and shoreline resort properties to prepare critical adaptation plans. As sea levels rise now and into the future, coastal natural hazard exposure, such as passive flooding, wave inundation, coastal erosion, and storm surge, is predicted to increase for properties close to the shoreline….. read more.
|County bills would reduce requirements for director positions
Hawai‘i County’s hiring criteria for directors of the departments of Public Works and Environmental Management could be loosened by a pair of bills to be discussed at County Council committee meetings this week. Tribune-Herald.
State officials, Hawaiian activists voice concern over Army’s Pōhakuloa training site
County hires security for Waipi‘o Valley Lookout
Final application phase for county’s Kīlauea disaster recovery program closes
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Seeking Nominations for 20 for the Next 20 – Hawai‘i’s People to Watch
Hawaii Business Magazine is seeking nominations for the 2023 cohort of 20 for the Next 20 – Hawai‘i’s People to Watch. We are looking for people with a record of achievement in Hawai‘i and the potential to do much more over the next two decades.... read more.
|In open council races, candidates overcame criticism of campaign donations
Nohe U‘u-Hodgins and Tom Cook, who won the County Council’s only open seats, survived criticism over heavy campaign spending and challenges by progressive candidates. Maui News.
Experts warn people to watch out for whales after record entanglements last season
|Lane closures scheduled in Kapa‘a
Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Mailihuna, Hau‘a‘ala and Kawaihau roads will prompt additional lane closures and detours this week. Kauai Now.
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