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Small-scale Hawai‘i agriculture receives $2.7M boost
The awards are meant to support people engaged in small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations in Hawai‘i. A total of 579 awards — including 347 on O‘ahu — were awarded in 2022. Star-Advertiser. Maui News.

UH to receive big funding boost from 2023 federal budget
The University of Hawai‘i will get a big boost from the federal government through the omnibus budget bill for fiscal 2023 that was recently signed into law by President Joe Biden, according to U.S. Rep. Ed Case. Star-Advertiser.

Departing Land Board chair sought ‘balance.’ Instead, some saw bias
There is more conflict ahead for the Department of Land and Natural Resources — with a controversial new appointee taking over this week. Outgoing Chair Suzanne Case’s eight-year tenure included many battles, which now await her successor. Hawaii News Now.

New Hawaiʻi law bans balloon releases, establishes ranked-choice voting, stricter drunk driving penalties
A total of 22 new state laws took effect on Sunday. This includes: the establishment of ranked-choice voting for special elections, attempts to clamp down on catalytic converter thefts, stiffer drunken driving penalties and imposition of a $500 fine for the intentional release of balloons outdoors. West Hawaii Today. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now.  Kauai Now. KITV4.

Data shows Hawai‘i shippers are regularly breaking speed limits in sensitive whale zones
Matson and Pasha Hawaii are ignoring calls to slow down. But other major shippers have heeded requests to protect endangered whales. Civil Beat.

Kai Kahele to return to full-time job at Hawaiian Airlines
Former state Sen. Jill Tokuda will replace Kahele when the Congress begins its 2023 session on Tuesday. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.  Big Island Video News.

Abigail Kawananakoa to lie in state at Iolani Palace
The late Abigail Kawananakoa, the Campbell Estate heiress who was considered by many a princess for her royal heritage, will lie in state Jan. 22 at Iolani Palace. Star-Advertiser.

How 5 Hawai‘i Families Built Generational Wealth
Family businesses rarely last for three generations. Here’s how the Ai, Fukunaga, Watumull, Hata and Lau families did it….. read more.
O‘ahu residents reeling from steep property value increases
The increased assessments come as the City and County of Honolulu looks to come up with more cash for public service employees and after residential buying surged, city officials said. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu City Council on Tuesday to take oaths for new year
Councilmember Tommy Waters of District IV was re-elected and will renew his oath. Meanwhile, Councilmembers-elect Matt Weyer of District II, Tyler Dos Santos-Tam of District VI and Val Okimoto of District VIII will take their initial oath of office to begin their terms. KHON2.

Everyone agrees O‘ahu’s fireworks ban isn’t working, but there’s little agreement on a fix
After a loud and dangerous start to the new year, lawmakers and residents are calling for changes to fireworks laws. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu EMS reports long list of fireworks-related injuries in ‘brutal’ start to new year
O‘ahu first responders reported one of the busiest starts to the new year in recent memory, with at least eight people seriously injured by illegal fireworks. Hawaii News Now.

Lawsuit: State failed to help severely disabled boy
A Kāne‘ohe family is suing state education and health officials for failing to place their son, who has serious behavioral issues, in intensive treatment.  Civil Beat.

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The Big Island is confronting a big problem with fentanyl
One person dies every 11 days on the island from a drug overdose. A growing majority of those deaths involve the powerful, synthetic opioid fentanyl. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island attempts to curb short-term rentals
Two County Council members say their proposed legislation is aimed at helping to ease Hawai‘i island’s housing crisis for residents. Civil Beat.

Council to consider excess, unspent gas taxes
The Finance Committee is set to vote on appropriating $859,913 in excess fuel tax revenues collected over the past two years and reappropriating $1.519 million in lapsed fuel tax funds. West Hawaii Today.

Resurfacing planned for Hina Lani Street; work starts Jan. 18
Some 1.9 miles of the 3.6-mile roadway that connects Queen Kaahumanu and Mamalahoa highways is set to be resurfaced as part of the project that recently got the green light from the Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works. West Hawaii Today.

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5 Steps to a Successful Job Interview
Are you taking advantage of the Great Resignation and the many job opportunities out there? Here are 5 steps to ensure your next virtual or in-person interview for a job opening goes more.
Bissen’s inaugural address calls for sensible spending, embraces traditional knowledge
Maui’s new Mayor Richard Bissen called for sensible spending, explained his stance as a nonpartisan, and embraced traditional knowledge in his inaugural address on Monday evening at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

Inauguration day in Maui County: ‘Ready to go to work’
Maui County’s new mayor and council formally took office on Monday in front of a packed audience of local residents and state dignitaries who turned out on the New Year’s Day holiday for the ceremonies. Civil Beat. Maui News. Maui Now.

Hawaiʻi Department of Health gives Maui food truck Green Placard following cleanup
The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch has issued a green placard to Thai Mee Up Kula 2 food truck and has allowed the food truck to reopen to the public after a followup inspection on Friday. Maui Now.

Visitor spending surges in November
The number of visitors climbed past the six-figure mark for the ninth month in a row to 106,390 in November 2022 from 103,783 in November 2019. Spending soared to $161.7 million from $135.9 million in the same period. That was up 18.9 percent. Garden Island. Kauai Now.

Jerry Jona is new KCCC warden
Jerry Jona will be the new warden at the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center, effective Jan. 3, the state Department of Public Safety announced. Garden Island.

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