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Ige reflects on his accomplishments and contemplates a future run for office
Ige declared a state of emergency 41 times — each of them played out in the unforgiving eye of social media criticism often directed at Ige, famous for his methodical thinking and low-key, measured responses. Star-Advertiser.

Biden lands in Hawai‘i, meets Iges after global tour
President Joe Biden made a brief stop at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Wednesday so that Air Force One could refuel. Biden met Gov. David Ige and his wife on the tarmac along with other dignitaries and service members. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Kouchi back as state Senate president
The state Senate announced Wednesday that Ronald D. Kouchi (D-8 – Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau) will remain Senate president next session, a position he has held since 2015. Garden Island.

Backlog delays food stamps for hundreds of families
Food stamps also known as SNAP benefits are usually received at the beginning of the month. An official says there are about 800 people still waiting. KHON2.

Longs Drugs pharmacists now prescribing Paxlovid
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, which operates Longs Drugs in Hawai‘i, said pharmacists at more than 9,000 locations can now prescribe Paxlovid, an oral antiviral treatment for Covid-19. Star-Advertiser.

Health officials push bivalent boosters ahead of Thanksgiving
While the daily average of Covid-19 cases in Hawai‘i has become less of a concern, health officials are now keeping an eye on the rise of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus infections approaching winter. Star-Advertiser.

Photo: Michelle Tan
New Episode: Hawaiian Host Group’s Ed Schultz is on a Mission to Rebrand the Macadamia Nut
The East Coast native shares how the company’s pandemic survival strategy resulted in a new product – macadamia nut ice cream. “We really tried to take that and use that brand to democratize the macnut and let’s see how far we could push it across this country and around the world and help Hawai‘i agriculture,” he says. Listen now!
After recount of ballots, Democratic incumbent wins razor-thin state Senate race
In a razor-thin victory, Democratic incumbent Maile Shimabukuro won the state Senate race for District 22 after a recount of ballots. The results show Shimabukuro won with just 40 votes over Republican Samantha Decorte.  Hawaii News Now.

The average wait for a residential permit is 10 months. The city hopes ‘bots’ will slash that to weeks
Improvements are in the works for Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting, which is grappling with a backlog of 6,000 residential permit applications. Hawaii News Now.

Jury finds state not liable for alleged women’s prison sex assaults
A federal jury on Wednesday found that the state and a former warden of the women’s prison in Kailua are not liable for alleged sexual assaults committed by guards against six inmates between 2013 and 2016. Lawyers for women who were sexually abused say they will ask a federal judge to overturn the jury’s decision. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Navy creates information sharing group to discuss Red Hill defueling
Members will receive updates from the Department of Defense on the defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. They will also be tasked with sharing this information with constituents and community members. Hawaii Public Radio.

VA researching jet fuel, Red Hill effects
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed in a hearing Wednesday that it will follow military families potentially exposed to jet fuel during the Navy’s Red Hill fuel spills for decades to come. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

A bill that would impact TheBus and Handi-van services is advancing at Honolulu Hale
It would lower TheBus and Handi-van rates for seniors, low income and disabled riders. The bill also proposes a special week bus pass, largely targeted at visitors. KITV4.

Imprisoned Honolulu ex-police chief Kealoha begins paying restitution
Honolulu’s ex-police chief Louis Kealoha has begun paying restitution more than three years after he was convicted in one of Hawai‘i’s most notorious corruption scandals. Civil Beat.

HPD chief: Officers were chasing motorcyclist moments before critical crash
Plainclothes police officers were chasing a motorcyclist moments before a crash last week that left the man critically injured, the Honolulu Police Department revealed Wednesday. The incident happened Nov. 10 in Wahiawa. Hawaii News Now.

Parents asked for more pedestrian safety efforts at O‘ahu’s North Shore — and they got it
This week the Department of Transportation is installing two raised pedestrian crosswalks to act as speed bumps to reduce speeding in areas of concern. Hawaii News Now.

Photo: Tommy Shih

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.

County Council passes legislation barring firearms in ‘sensitive places’
Bill 220, which defines a list of “sensitive places” on the island where carrying concealed and unconcealed firearms is prohibited, was introduced in late September and has finally been approved after three drafts and dozens of amendments. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. KHON2.

Police report: Mom says Big Island prosecutor threatened to shoot her son
A number of neighbors have had issues with the deputy prosecutor, Winston Albright, but he has kept his job as the cases get dismissed or resolved behind closed doors. Civil Beat.

Kanalani street extension to open soon
The extension of Kanalani Street providing access to the Kaloko Light Industrial Area could be opened as early as next week, thanks to action Wednesday by the Hawai‘i County Council. West Hawaii Today.

Nearly 2,000-acres in Kaʻū transferred to trail association
Ownership and stewardship of Kiolakaʻa has been transferred from the Trust for Public Land to the Ala Kahakai Trail Association. Big Island Video News.

Photo: Aaron Yoshino
Tell Us About Your Favorite Small Business in Hawai‘i

Hawaii Business Magazine is now accepting nominations for its annual awards honoring outstanding small businesses across the state of Hawai‘i. Nominees must be businesses based in Hawai‘i with fewer than 100 full-time employees …read more.
Deputy Chief Wade Maeda sworn-in as the Maui Police Department’s second in command
Maeda was promoted to fill the spot vacated by former Deputy Chief Charles Hank III, who announced his retirement in October after 10 months on the job.  Maui Now.

The state just cracked down on this West Maui water company
Olowalu Water Co. was accused of taking more water than it was allowed from a stream, a rule that’s aimed at protecting fragile natural ecosystems. Civil Beat.

Lahainaluna farming program for boarders revives orchard
Students, Lahainaluna alumni and others planted mango and avocado trees in Lahainaluna High School’s revived orchard last week, signaling a restart of its boarders’ farming program which dissipated over the years. Maui News.

Council approves affordable housing funding commitment
In a move to set a floor for affordable housing funding, the Kaua‘i County Council unanimously approved a measure on Wednesday that would allocate 2 percent of real property tax revenue each year to a housing development fund. Garden Island.

Connecting with the homeless
The House Connect outreach event presented by the County Housing Agency in partnership with community agencies and groups continues on Thursday at The Salvation Army Lihu‘e Corps, starting at 10 a.m. Garden Island.

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