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7.27.2023
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Lawsuit claims Honolulu’s homeless policies are unconstitutional
The suit isn’t seeking money, but asks the court to put a stop to “targeted enforcement actions” against homeless residents ― including sweeps, citations and arrests ― until the inventory of shelter beds and affordable housing units on O‘ahu grows to meet demand. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.  KITV4.

Hawai‘i LG Sylvia Luke needed bailout from governor, documents show
Just before the close of the fiscal year, Gov. Josh Green stepped in with a $49,000 solution to a budget problem that threatened to expose Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke to possible liability and removal from office. Civil Beat.

Feds closely watching local property deals for signs of money laundering
Real estate purchases by anonymous shell companies can distort appraisals and tax assessments. Civil Beat.

Businesses, residents demand more clarity on how new ocean recreation fee will be used
The state is preparing to collect a new $1 fee from every customer of commercial vessels, watercraft and water sports equipment operators. Hawaii News Now.

Law enforcement standards board inches toward hiring key staff
The board charged with overseeing police statewide still can’t develop standards, leaving Hawai‘i the only state unable to certify its law enforcement officers. Civil Beat.

Angelo named as Hawai‘i’s consumer advocate
The state has named Michael S. Angelo executive director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Division of Consumer Advocacy. Angelo assumed the position on July 17. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i defense contractors likely to get probation for campaign violations
Clifford Chen and Lawrence Lum Kee, formerly of Navatek LLC, were indicted along with their boss, Martin Kao, after making illegal donations to a senator’s reelection efforts. Civil Beat.

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New Episode: Jack Wong on Instilling a Native Hawaiian Identity in the Next Generation
The CEO of Kamehameha Schools shares his background, how he manages such a big responsibility and the trust’s priorities. One of Kamehameha Schools’ priorities is to shift to a mindset rooted in the importance of culture… read more.
OʻAHU
EPA hosting public meeting to create new community group for Red Hill defueling
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a community meeting Thursday night in Salt Lake, joined by Navy officials, to share more information about the formation of the “Community Representation Initiative.” Hawaii News Now.

HPD’s newly converted fleet of pickups taken off patrols after safety concerns surface
An internal memo to HPD went out Tuesday, saying the fleet had been taken off the streets after the trucks were found to be unsafe for patrol work. In June, Honolulu police converted 10 Chevy Colorados into the department’s newest patrol vehicles. Hawaii News Now.

Planners OK more mixed-use development in Halawa
The Honolulu Planning Commission voted Wednesday to recommend rezoning 227 acres around Skyline’s Halawa station to allow for more development of mixed-use business, residential and affordable housing sites near the state’s planned New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District. Star-Advertiser.

Former site of Stadium Bowl-o-Drome will be new home for DHHL’s first rental project
The 23-story building in Mōʻiliʻili will include 278 affordable apartments exclusively for beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Home Lands program. Hawaii News Now.

Developer renews plan for homes below Koko Crater
A developer has revived plans to extend a subdivision of million-dollar homes in Hawai‘i Kai onto land zoned for preservation after making similar efforts twice before in recent decades. Star-Advertiser.

Nearly 300 tsunami hazard road signs installed across O‘ahu
The city says this is part of phase 2 of its project to alert people where the danger zone begins and ends. Hawaii News Now.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Council votes to change process for ag land tax assessments
The proposed bill would allow property owners whose land is used in part for agriculture to have the land assessed at lower rates for tax purposes. Tribune-Herald.

UH reaches agreement with hackers in Hawai‘i Community College ransomware attack
UH officials say the ransomware attack on the Hawai‘i Community College network — first reported on June 13 — compromised data for about 28,000 individuals but was not widely posted. Notification letters are being sent to those individuals and credit monitoring will be offered. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now.

Board hearing over TMT construction is postponed
The dispute centers around a condition of the project’s conservation district use permit, which was issued in 2017 and requires the start of construction within two years. Star-Advertiser.

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HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
My Job Is Hunting for Hidden Treasures and Reselling Them

“Upscale cheapskate” Jamie Nalani Fulkerson has found $15 Tiffany coasters that she resold for $250. She also personally likes to reuse items, rather than throwing them away and polluting the earth..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Roadway along rural Alelele Point reopens 3 months after rockfall
The narrow, remote roadway connecting the rural communities of Kipahulu and Kaupo was closed in May due to safety issues in the wake of a rockfall in late April that obstructed the road and created hazardous conditions. Maui News.

Outrigger finalizes acquisition of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel
The 11-acre, 432-room property is now rebranded as Outrigger Kā‘anapali Beach Resort. Maui Now.

School bus routes modified to handle driver shortage
Some Maui public school students will head to campus on modified or consolidated routes, similar to last school year, as the island deals with a shortage of 29 bus drivers, the state Department of Education said. Maui News.

KAUAʻI
Kaua‘i Bus to offer free passes to high school students this upcoming school year
With ongoing staffing shortages for school bus drivers, the state will partner with counties for the second year in a row to provide transportation for students attending Hawai‘i public schools. Kauai Now.

Kauaʻi Community College begins chancellor search
Margaret Sanchez was appointed interim chancellor on Jan. 3, 2023 after the previous chancellor, Joseph Daisy, retired in December 2022. Kauai Now.

Tour companies host free sightseeing event at Kīkialoa Small Boat Harbor
Tour companies at Kīkialoa Small Boat Harbor gave free Nāpali Coast sightseeing tours to more than 200 Kaua‘i residents on Wednesday, July 26, launching what organizers say will be an annual event for locals. Garden Island.

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