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Governor-elect Josh Green appoints 8 women to key positions in his administration.

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11.23.22
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Governor-elect Josh Green appoints 8 women to key positions in his administration
They include chief of staff Brooke Wilson, who had served in the same position when he was Hawaiʻi’s lieutenant governor; deputy chief of staff Lori Abe; chief housing officer Nani Medeiros; and director of communications Makana McClellan. Big Island Now. Kauai Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Civil Beat.

Jeff Bezos donates $7.5M to fight homelessness in Hawai‘i
On O‘ahu, Family Promise of Hawaii received $2.5 million — the largest private grant the organization has ever received. Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Maui’s largest homeless shelter provider, received a $5 million grant. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Space Force establishes its first regional command in Hawai‘i
Brig. Gen. Anthony Mastalir will lead the new organization, which initially will be made up of fewer than a hundred troops, known as Guardians. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Thanksgiving travel bustling, but Hawai‘i eyeing weak festive season
Jerry Gibson, who leads the Hawaii Hotel Alliance, described Hawai‘i’s booking pace as “not great” for the rest of the calendar year, with some of the softness expected to carry into 2023.  Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now. Kauai Now.

Discussion progresses on UH tuition increase
The University of Hawaiʻi will hold two more meetings to discuss raising tuition for both residents and non-residents at three of its campuses. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

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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 tools…. read more.
OʻAHU
Gov.-elect Green, Mayor Blangiardi team up on housing push
On Tuesday, they asked the owners of thousands of illegal O‘ahu rental units to rent to local families instead of tourists as both named new housing directors to lead state and city housing efforts. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu to get new affordable housing chief
State Finance Director Craig Hirai will be joining the city of Honolulu in a new position known as chief of affordable housing policy and strategy. Star-Advertiser.

‘Portability’ of Section 8 vouchers from other states draws concern
A feature under the Section 8 program, called portability, allows voucher holders in one location to move to another rental unit of their choice. Criticism erupted on social media about an East Coast woman who “ported” to Hawai‘i and got an apartment in Mililani. Hawaii News Now.

Rules for concealed-carry weapon licenses are finalized
Honolulu police will process applications and likely issue a first batch of concealed-carry weapon licenses before the City Council votes on legislation that outlines where guns can and cannot be carried on O‘ahu, police Chief Arthur “Joe” Logan confirmed Tuesday. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Hundreds of O‘ahu residential high rises fail to meet ‘acceptable’ fire safety standards
A new report on the results of comprehensive safety evaluations was recently shared with the Honolulu City Council. Very few high rises have fire sprinkler systems. Star-Advertiser.

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Working Together for a Common Goal

With a regulatory process that can take years, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has partnered with other ali’i trusts, such as Kamehameha Schools to advance its mission….. read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Top cop search down to 5 candidates
Charisse Correa, secretary for the Hawai‘i County Police Commission,  said Tuesday the commission is “seeking permission right now to unmask their names.” Tribune-Herald.

Solar projects to benefit low- and moderate-income electric customers
A trio of solar projects slated for West Hawai‘i will be the first on Hawai‘i Island to offer Hawaiian Electric’s shared solar program. West Hawaii Today.

Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor renovations begin next week
The boat ramp will remain open during the work, which includes new asphalt pavement, drainage improvements, and new, solar powered streetlights. Big Island Video News.

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Tracking Hawai‘i Paychecks Versus Living Costs Since 1969

To see if people are better off than their grandparents, we compared wages after inflation, debt loads, where people spent their money and more....read more.
MAUI COUNTY
New women’s dorm at MCCC is expected to help alleviate overcrowding
The Capitol Improvement Project will add up to 32 beds and includes more indoor space, large and small multi-purpose areas, and a natural light dayroom. Maui Now. Maui News.

DOH approves third medical cannabis retail dispensary for Pono Life Sciences on Maui
The green light for the new facility brings the total number of licensed retail dispensaries on Maui to six. As of Oct. 31, a total of 33,540 in-state patients and 2,781 caregivers were registered statewide. Maui NewsMaui Now.

First three shared solar projects on Maui are selected
The largest of the projects will be Lipoa Solar, a 3-megawatt solar and battery project located mauka of the Maui Nui Golf Club in Kīhei. Maui NewsMaui Now.

KAUAʻI
Millions released for Kaua‘i improvement projects
The total funds for Kaua‘i amount to at least $7 million. Among the most significant allocations is $1.7 million that will partially fund a project to improve the road leading into Waimea Canyon State Park. Garden Island.

DMV customers encouraged to make appointments
In a move aimed at providing more efficient service through the holiday season, the county Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging customers to make an appointment. Garden Island.

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