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TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023

Good morning Big Island,

Today, we have a story about Gov. Josh Green’s inaugural State of the State address
in which he outlined plans for bold action for Hawai’i on issues that include affordable housing, climate change, homelessness and poverty.

A Kona man with a long criminal history has added to it with recent charges that include assault and terrorist threatening for two incidents six months apart at a Big Island subdivision; and police say he is a suspect in several more criminal investigations.

We also have posts about a missing 76-year-old man, two new UH studies that deal with cancer and its treatment, a state housing survey, the return of the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival and “The Eddie” winner, who is a lifeguard on the O’ahu North Shore, as was the namesake of the invitation only big-wave competition.

Mahalo for reading.

HAWAII STATE NEWS

Gov. Green’s inaugural State of the State outlines bold action, concrete plans for Hawaiʻi By Nathan Christophel

New Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green said now is the time for Hawai‘i to move forward by taking bold action rooted in shared values — and he’s asking state lawmakers to do the same.

On Monday, Green delivered his inaugural State of the State address to a joint session of the 32nd Hawai‘i State Legislature. He pledged to take on affordable housing, climate change, homelessness and poverty; and he presented his plan about how to tackle these long-standing, challenging issues.

 

   

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Kona man with long rap sheet allegedly on recent crime spree, including assault

Hawai‘i Island police have charged 34-year-old Drosstain Pua, of Kona, with multiple offenses in incidents six months apart; and he also is a suspect in several other ongoing criminal investigations.

 

   

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EAST HAWAII NEWS

Hawaiʻi Island police seeking held locating endangered Keaʻau 76-year-old man

Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 76-year-old William Bishop Sr. of Keaʻau, who was reported missing. He is considered endangered because of his age.

Bishop was last seen in the area of 22nd Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park in Keaʻau on Jan. 22, 2023, at 2 p.m. He is known to frequent the Kea’au and Hilo areas.

 

   

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NEWS

Big Island residents urged to complete survey for 2023 Hawaiʻi Housing Planning Study

Big Island residents are urged to participate in a telephone and email survey conducted by SMS Research as part of the 2023 Hawai‘i Housing Planning Study.

Surveying is underway and expected to continue through May. It is necessary to gather data on housing supply and demand.

 

   

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Cancer discovery at University of Hawai‘i could improve treatment

A research team at the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center may have discovered a key to increasing the survival rate of mesothelioma, one of the deadliest cancers.

The discovery of the research team, which is led by Michele Carbone and Haining Yang, could also ultimately be used to treat other types of cancer.

 

   

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NEWS

New UH study about aggressive breast cancer in Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Director Naoto T. Ueno and Xiaoping Wang with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center led a study about inflammatory breast cancer that was recently published in Science Advances.

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women diagnosed with breast cancer have higher rates of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), which is rare but the most aggressive form of breast cancer compared to other racial/ethnic populations in Hawaiʻi.

 

   

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ACTIVITIES

Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival back Feb. 4 on Big Island

The 30th anniversary of the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival is set for Feb. 4 with a full lineup of free, multi-cultural performing arts, hands-on demonstrations, crafters and food booths.

The festival marks the blooming of the historic cherry trees at Church Row Park and celebrates the age-old Japanese tradition of hanami, which translates to “cherry blossom viewing party.” After a seasonal winter chill, the trees typically bloom in early February.

 

   

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HAWAII STATE NEWS

Lifeguard beats out pros to win Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational at Waimea Bay on Oʻahu

Luke Shepardson, an Oʻahu lifeguard, beat out the professional riders to win the prestigious Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational held Sunday at Waimea Bay on Oʻahu’s North Shore.

It had been seven years since the invite-only event, named after Eddie Aikau, also a lifeguard on the North Shore.

 

   

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BIG ISLAND WEATHER
MAUI

$198,000 grant allows for launch of Native Hawaiian Owner-Builder project on Molokaʻi

The grant funds will allow HCL to launch the 3-year Native Hawaiian Owner-Builder Project on Moloka‘i. The project will serve 58 Nāʻiwa lessee families and five Native Hawaiian builders to increase their capacity to build and own homes on Hawaiian Home Lands. 

   

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Haleakalā National Park plant nursery service trip, Feb. 7

The Friends of Haleakalā National Park hosts a service trip on Feb. 7 at the park’s plant nursery in the Summit District. Work runs from 9 a.m. to noon. 

   

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KAUAI

Kauai Weather Forecast for January 24, 2023

Southeast winds will give way to sea breezes and interior clouds and showers this afternoon. An approaching cold front will bring a period of showers as it… 

   

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Kauai Surf Forecast for January 24, 2023

A diminishing northwest swell will decrease surf heights today to minimal High Surf Advisory (HSA) thresholds for most north and west facing shores. A new long… 

   

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