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West Coast port trouble raises Hawai‘i shipping concerns
Dockworker labor difficulties flared up over the past few days at West Coast ports, but after largely settling down Monday, no major disruptions are expected for Hawai‘i ocean cargo deliveries. Star-Advertiser.

Video shows Pearl Harbor-based destroyer’s close call with Chinese warship
The United States military released video Monday of what it called an “unsafe” Chinese maneuver in the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, in which a Chinese navy ship cut sharply across the path of an American destroyer, forcing the U.S. vessel to slow to avoid a collision. Star-Advertiser.

Will Hawai‘i residents see changes in SNAP requirements?
The federal government raised the work requirement for SNAP beneficiaries from age 49 to age 54. KITV4.

Hawai‘i’s Got Pride: Spotlight on Francine Naoko Beppu
The VP of Integrated Marketing at NMG Network says “it’s stressful to not share who you are when you’re at work.”… read more.
O‘ahu homeowners might get $350 tax credit
The Honolulu City Council’s pending approval Wednesday of Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s proposed $3.41 billion operating budget for next fiscal year might include a $300 one-time tax credit the administration seeks to give to nearly 152,000 qualifying homeowners, a city official said. Star-Advertiser.

Here’s why the salary commission thinks big raises for the Honolulu council are warranted
Commission members say the pay for elected officials should reflect the jobs they do. Civil Beat.

New Red Hill defueling deal with EPA provides little accountability
Residents will get to talk with the military about emptying the tanks but are unlikely to see anyone punished for previous violations. Civil Beat.

People with disabilities give feedback about the accessibility of the Honolulu rail
Honolulu transportation officials hosted a couple dozen members of the disabled community last week to get feedback about accessibility on the train and its stations. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hoping to take the rail line to Kapolei’s bustling shopping mall? You’re out of luck
Extending west to include Ka Makana Alii and even further toward Kapolei Commons, another popular shopping and entertainment area, will be part of future plans for the project but that wouldn’t happen until after 2031. Hawaii News Now.

‘Startling’ number of officer vacancies at HPD spur public safety concerns
The Honolulu Police Department is scrambling to hire hundreds of police officers, a critical shortage that a former deputy chief says could be impacting the agency’s ability to respond to crime. Hawaii News Now.

City to replace viewing platform atop Koko Crater Stairs
City officials announced that a project to replace the dilapidated viewing platform at the summit of the popular Koko Crater Stairs hike begins this week. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Central O‘ahu Regional Park closure for maintenance planned
One of the largest city parks on the island will see closures this summer for the upkeep of its baseball and softball fields, the city announced recently. Star-Advertiser.

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My Second Job Is Performing in Drag as Marina Del Rey

“Drag is an artistic means of expression,” says Mark Imaizumi, who has developed his art over 25 years. It is something you have to nurture, like any other art… read more.

ACLU criticizes county, threatens legal action over homeless sweeps
ACLU of Hawai‘i said the county should set up emergency shelters that adequately can house the homeless community or designate safe spaces where houseless community members can exist without being subject to county enforcement actions. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.

Almost 4 of 5 fire dispatch recruits wash out
In the five-year period between 2018 and 2022, almost 80% — 14 of 18 — of the Hawai‘i Fire Department’s new dispatcher hires washed out, according to statistics provided by HFD. Tribune-Herald.

Relocation of Waikoloa cats ‘going well so far’
Last month, volunteers with local rescue agencies Aloha Animal Oasis and Hawaii Animal Kuleana Alliance teamed up May 19 to May 22 to capture 64 cats from the Queens’ Marketplace in Waikoloa. Tribune-Herald.

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Your Diversity Policy Shouldn’t Focus on One or Two Groups

The best way to attract LGBTQ+ candidates is by elevating diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace – for more.
Maui condo owners are trying to buy time in the fight against rising seas
A lengthy hearing Monday left County Council members with unanswered questions about using a new financing tool to replenish the beach. Civil Beat.

MPD takes lead providing services to growing homeless camp
The Department of Transportation donated a decommissioned bus, and MPD used Covid funding to retrofit it to make it possible. Hawaii News Now.

Coconut rhinoceros beetles make landfall on Kaua‘i
The invasive insect has decimated the Pacific’s coconut palm populations. Now it’s been found on Kaua‘i. Civil Beat. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

Kaua‘i’s Nawiliwili Stream ranked nation’s most frequently polluted beach
Kalapaki Bay’s Nawiliwili Stream is the most consistently overpolluted beach tested by national environmental group Surfrider Foundation, according to the group’s annual report on water quality. Garden Island.

Affordable housing advocates want state to purchase Waipouli apartments
Affordable housing advocates are asking state and county lawmakers to purchase the Courtyards at Waipouli apartments and make a 60-year commitment to securing all 82 units as affordable housing. Garden Island.

Kapaʻa residents urge state to award low-income tax credits
Property owners are requesting funding through the HHFDC’s low-income housing tax credit application. The state agency has financed more than 200 units across four projects on Kauaʻi since last year, including 66 units on Rice Street, the 96-unit Uahi Ridge project, and two ʻEleʻele developments, including the 48-unit Kai Olino project and the Lima Ola project. Hawaii Public Radio.

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