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12.1.2022
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Lava slows on Mauna Loa, but busy highway vulnerable
Hawai‘i Volcano Observatory scientists said the lava flow from Mauna Loa is moving at a slower pace as it spreads into a flatter area. If it continues at the rate it is flowing right now, officials said that it will most likely be over a week until the flow reaches Daniel K. Inouye Highway. The key thoroughfare connects Hilo and Kona. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2KITV4.

Mauna Loa eruption update website. USGS.

How the fight for tribal rights in North Carolina could reshape Native Hawaiian housing
Hawai‘i Sen. Brian Schatz is trying to cut a last minute deal that could bring tens of millions of dollars in new funding to the islands for Native Hawaiian housing. Civil Beat.

Federal grant will pave way for rural internet
Nearly $5.6 million in federal funding is designed to provide the first phase of high-speed internet access to “unserved and underserved” communities such as Native Hawaiian homesteads, to create an “internet for all,” Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Hurricane season comes to a quiet end
Hurricane Darby was the only tropical cyclone to enter the Central Pacific during the 2022 hurricane season, which ran from June 1 to Nov. 30. Big Island Now. Big Island Video News.

Hawai‘i Health Department to receive $14M for public health programs
The funding is part of the newly developed Public Health Infrastructure Grant Program, which is supported in part by the American Rescue Plan. Star-Advertiser.

Triple threat: Covid, RSV, flu circulating this holiday season
On Wednesday the state Department of Health reported the state’s seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases at 137 — a dip from 149 reported on Nov. 23. The state’s average positivity rate, however, increased to 6.3% compared with 5.5% the previous week. Star-Advertiser.

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2022 CEO of the Year: Paul Yonamine of Central Pacific Bank
He led transformative changes at Hawai‘i’s fourth largest bank, improved its financial results and helped drive innovation across the state… read more.
OʻAHU
Navy says it still doesn’t know cause of latest Red Hill leak
The Navy continues to conduct cleanup operations at its Red Hill fuel facility where an estimated 1,100 gallons of concentrated fire suppressant containing hazardous chemicals was released into the ground. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

City hires contractor to evaluate Koko Head shooting range amid lead concerns
The city and the Honolulu Police Department are issuing a $55,000 emergency contract to Kramer One — a Scottsdale, Arizona architectural and planning firm specializing in firing ranges — to evaluate and review the range, which has been closed since September. Hawaii News Now.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs renames 30 acre land in Kakaʻako
Hakuone — which translates to “sands of creation” — is the new name for a 30 acre swath of industrial land in Kakaʻako owned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Hawaii Public Radio.

Sinkhole fix complicated by ‘a lot of unknowns’
A sinkhole in Kaka‘ako that led city officials to close the intersection at Halekauwila and Cooke streets in October is months away from a fix. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2

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We Surveyed 112 Tourism Leaders to See How They’re Faring

On average, companies in the visitor industry are doing substantially better than they had been doing and their leaders are significantly more optimistic on average about the coming year than leaders of other local businesses… read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Planning ahead: Officials, utilities, transportation companies look to lava flow for clues
Mayor Mitch Roth says the lava has slowed significantly, and is now not expected to reach Daniel K. Inoyue Highway until over a week. But state and other officials are planning for when it does happen. West Hawaii Today.

Ironman to split venues in 2023
Under the new format, the women will race Oct. 14, 2023, in Kailua-Kona. The men’s race date and location outside of Hawai‘i is still being evaluated and expected to be announced in January 2023. For 2024, the men and women would exchange locations, meaning the men would race in Kona while the women would travel elsewhere for the grueling 140.6-mile triathlon. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.

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Hawaii Business Magazine’s Most Popular Stories of 2022

We choose in-depth stories to report based on how important we think the topics are to our readers – not on how many clicks or likes they will get. But it is gratifying when these important stories get a lot of readers… read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Supreme Court hands win to Kauaʻula Valley kuleana family; case continues on Maui
The Hawai‘i Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Ke‘eaumoku Kapu and his family regarding his claims to a kuleana parcel that his house sits on in Kaua‘ula Valley, but the case is not over as it returns to the Circuit Court on Maui.  Maui Now.

Ke Ao Hāli‘i receives $100,000 grant to support Native Hawaiians in Hāna
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded Ke Ao Hāli‘i a $100,000 grant over two years to manage more than 90 acres of coastal land south of Hāna town that has been recently returned to community ownership and stewardship. Maui Now.

Public informational meetings set for the Honoapiʻilani Highway improvement project
The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation will host two virtual and one in-person public informational meetings, to discuss the Honoapiʻilani Highway Improvement project, from Pāpalaua Beach Park to Launiupoko. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
Kaua‘i drug treatment center lawsuit tossed as former operator faces legal challenge
At a hearing in Lihu‘e Circuit Court on Tuesday, Chief Judge Randal Valenciano tossed out the lawsuit from Hope Treatment Services over the county’s termination of its contract to operate the embattled adolescent drug treatment center. Garden Island.

County launches online liquor license application platform
The Kaua‘i Department of Liquor Control has launched a new online licensing platform meant to improve the application experience and decrease processing times for new liquor license applications. Kauai Now.

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