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Former union boss, Brian Ahakuelo, convicted of wire fraud, embezzlement.

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Former union boss convicted of wire fraud, embezzlement
Brian Ahakuelo, the former manager of a local electrical workers’ union, was convicted Monday of embezzling from workers and falsifying a union vote to raise dues against workers’ wishes.  Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

One-third of Hawai‘i homeless and evictions are kūpuna
A new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by AARP has estimated that Hawai‘i has 5,116 homeless adults — about one-third of whom are kūpuna 55 years or older. Star-Advertiser.

Flu, RSV cases on the rise
Statewide, the Department of Health reports that there have been roughly 2,070 confirmed cases of RSV this season, although the number is estimated to be higher due to undiagnosed cases. Tribune-Herald.

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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.
HPD to begin processing concealed carry permits after approval of new gun rules
The Honolulu Police Department will start processing permits for civilians to carry concealed firearms starting Monday, but applicants face a daunting list of requirements to get approved. There are already 600 permit applications pending, according to the department. Hawaii News Now.

City to ramp up enforcement of fines for illegal O‘ahu vacation rentals
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi put owners and operators of illegal vacation rentals on notice Monday that the city is hiring a collection agency to handle the fines —up to $10,000 per day. Star-Advertiser

‘Red Hill clinic’ set up for O‘ahu families affected by crisis
The Defense Health Agency says it’s opening a special clinic for those affected by contaminated water at Red Hill after hearing from residents suffering from symptoms including skin conditions and neurological problems. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Transparency at HPD questioned after rising violent crime stats kept out of Waikīkī safety summit talk
Honolulu police presented a slideshow showing that burglaries, car break-ins, catalytic converter thefts, robberies and assault are all down in Waikīkī compared to last year. But HPD was missing data for violent crimes, which was up from last year. Hawaii News Now.

Some Honolulu neighborhood boards are looking for new in-person meeting spots
Because neighborhood boards aren’t legal entities, contracts and negotiations with each venue go through the city. In the past these contracts were typically just renewed each year, but the pandemic pause and the subsequent administration of Mayor Rick Blangiardi prompted new scrutiny. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i nonprofit to begin dredging of Loko Ea fishpond
The sediment drawn from the bottom will be used to rebuild banks that have eroded over the decades, according to the organization. Civil Beat.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park holds reopening ceremony in Chinatown
A reopening ceremony was held Monday at Chinatown’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park after it had been closed for renovations since November 2019. Star-Advertiser.

Waikiki beach In Hawaii | Photo: courtesy of G70

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… more.

County to partner with two ‘mentor’ cities to explore hydrogen energy opportunities
Hawai‘i County is partnering with cities in California and Japan to develop hydrogen energy technology as the state transitions toward carbon neutrality. Tribune-Herald.

Hawai‘i sent at least 10 foster children to an abusive home at the center of a drug ring
At least a decade ago, Hawai‘i Child Welfare Services starting sending foster children to live in the Hilo home of Yvonne and Paul Caitano. Civil Beat.

Kaloko property in ‘zoning limbo’ gets another chance
A 21-acre Kaloko Drive parcel that had been approved for rezoning 24 years ago got a new lease on life recently, when the Leeward Planning Commission agreed to a five-year time extension for the new owners to complete the conditions of the rezoning. West Hawaii Today.

With the support of government funding, Hawai‘i Land Trust purchased the Nu‘u Refuge on Maui’s Hāna Coast to preserve it. | Photo: courtesy of Hawai'i Land Trust
Hawai‘i Land Trust Preserves Special Places for Today and the Future

The nonprofit has protected over 20,000 acres, including shorelines, fishponds and sacred cultural sites. With community support, it strives to protect land through conservation easements, stewardship and educational more.
Maui’s homeless solutions committee outlines critical plans for leadership
The volunteer-based Commission on Healing Solutions for Homelessness on Maui has been operational for about 18 months, but most of that time has been spent without leadership and a place to meet that would keep in compliance with Sunshine Laws. Hawaii Public Radio.

Maui County led Hawai‘i in revenue per available rooms at $344 for October 2022
Hawai‘i hotels statewide reported stronger revenue per available room (RevPAR), and average daily rate (ADR) and occupancy rate in October 2022 compared to October 2021. Maui Now.

Home sales slow in October
A steep rise in mortgage interest rates over the last year continued to wreak havoc with housing markets across the country, including Kaua‘i, where home sales slowed to a crawl in the first full month of fall. Garden Island.

County offices to be closed for Thanksgiving
Regular business hours for county offices and services will resume Nov. 25. Kauai Now.

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