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FBI recovers 11 missing children in Hawaiʻi, rescues 200 victims of sex trafficking nationwide
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently announced the results of “Operation Cross Country,” a nationwide sweep targeting sex traffickers. The effort involved local police departments, non-profit groups and more. Hawaii Public Radio.

New Hawai‘i BOE chairman brings corporate expertise to the table
Veteran businessman Warren Haruki says he accepted the position to help students in the public school system. Civil Beat.

Thousands of Hawai‘i classrooms still need air conditioning
Out of the 12,000 classrooms statewide, 3,400 units have been installed so far. A DOE official said there are classrooms in certain areas of the state that are hotter and get priority, such as the west side portions of the islands. KHON2.

Increase in Hawai‘i Covid cases points to late-summer wave
The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported a seven-day daily average of 115 new cases, reaching triple digits for the first time since mid-May. The average positivity rate was about 12% statewide, roughly double what it was in mid-May. Star-Advertiser.

Dora strengthens to Category 4 hurricane
Dora, located about 2,050 miles east of the Big Island, is moving west at 18 mph and this general motion is expected to continue during the next several days. Dora’s winds have decreased to near 130 mph with higher gusts. Star-Advertiser.

Capitol security measures delayed
Hawai‘i had been set to join 37 other state capitols that have incorporated metal detection into their security measures, but supply chain and technical issues pushed back the installation. The state did not provide a specific date for implementation but said it will be announced at a later date.  Maui News.

Hawaiian Airlines announces route suspensions amid recalled engine inspections
The airlines will be altering its flight schedule for the next couple months after some of its engines have been recalled for inspections. Hawaii News Now.

Second Pasha ship powered by natural gas now serving Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i is now being regularly supplied with goods delivered on two cargo ships powered by natural gas instead of higher­-emissions fuel. Star-Advertiser.

Servco Pacific highlights its musical instruments and automobile divisions with guitar accents on the ceiling and an antique car on the floor. | Photo: courtesy of Servco Pacific
This Remodeled Headquarters Makes Other Offices Look Boring and Cold
Some companies have taken advantage of the return to full-time in-person work to rethink and renovate their offices to better suit contemporary needs and goals.Two leaders at Servco Pacific describe what went into the renovation… read more.
Fundraising for mayor’s 2024 campaign is off to a slow start
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has close to $600,000 in his war chest with just over a year to go until the next election, according to his most recent disclosure to the state Campaign Spending Commission. Civil Beat.

Honolulu rail is still waiting for the feds to release large chunks of money
HART had hoped $125 million would quickly be released last year to help fund the $10 billion project but now expects that money won’t arrive until December. Civil Beat.

Honolulu Liquor Commission selects new administrator
The Honolulu Liquor Commission voted in Sal Petilos as its new administrator Thursday. Petilos had originally been nominated to join the commission itself, but the nomination was deferred because he did not meet the state requirement that county liquor commissioners must have lived in the county for the last three years. Civil Beat.

Waikiki Community Center matching savings to help residents
The Waikiki Community Center over the next three years will provide a dollar-for-­dollar savings account match for low-income kupuna and financially struggling working families who earn too much to qualify for traditional aid programs like food stamps. Star-Advertiser.

No longer hidden from view, homeless encampment in Kalihi draws concern
DeCorte Neighborhood Park is hidden in the Kalihi Valley neighborhood, which means a homeless encampment there has been allowed to grow. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.


Hawaiʻi’s Top 250 Company Profiles 2023

Learn more about some of the Top 250 companies that made this year’s list — each a leader in its field… read more.

Mauna Kea telescope suspends operations following attempted cyber attack
The telescope — known as the Gemini North — had its system immediately shut down following the attempted attack, The National Science Foundation said. Hawaii News Now.

Long-awaited draft EA puts county one step closer to reopening Puna roads cut off by lava
Nearly five years after the end of the 2018 Kīlauea eruption, a long-delayed environmental report about the reopening of Pohoiki Road and other lower Puna roads inundated by lava finally was published Thursday. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Kohala Swimming Pool to reopen this month after being closed nearly 2 years
After being closed for almost 2 years because of numerous system failures in the pump room, the Kohala Swimming Pool at Kamehameha Park in Kapaʻau will reopen Aug. 12. Big Island Now.

Honokohau Harbor drainage project begins
Work began Monday at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor on the boat wash down area to improve drainage. The existing boat wash down area has been entirely shut down and will remain closed throughout the project’s duration, which is expected to be complete by the end of September. West Hawaii Today.

Food Basket clears part of Hilo site that will house ag campus
The Hawai‘i Island Food Basket has started clearing a portion of its 24.5 acres of land meant for an agricultural innovation campus in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

"Six new penthouse units, including this one, were recently put on the market at the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach. Diamond Head views are a big selling point for any condos in Waikīkī, Kaka‘ako or Ala Moana. | Photo: courtesy of Irongate "
Luxury Condos for Sale in Waikīkī Top Out at $16.8 Million

Japanese buyers have been mostly absent from the high-end market since the pandemic started, but many mainlanders, and some locals, are showing more.
1st phase of Liloa extension could be ready in 2027
Maui County officials anticipate that by 2027, the first phase of a north segment of the long-awaited Liloa Drive extension — which aims to provide an alternative to busy Pi‘ilani Highway and South Kīhei Road — will be operational in Kīhei.  Maui News.

Senate WAM Committee delves into priorities during recent site visit to Maui and Molokaʻi
The schedule featured vigorous discussions that gave Senators an opportunity to convene Cabinet members and private sector leaders to learn more about the status of critical and urgent statewide and regional initiatives.  Maui Now.

June home sales highest of year on Kaua‘i
The most expensive residence sold in the opening summer period was a 2 bedroom, 2.5 oceanfront home on 4.9 acres in Haena, which weighed in with a price tag of $18,160,000. Garden Island.

Disaster relief effort aims to help Philippines
Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami and other county employees joined leaders of the Filipino community, including the Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center, in soliciting relief funds to help the Filipino people that were impacted when Super Typhoon Egay impacted Northern Luzon on July 23. Garden Island.

Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall auditorium closed through first week of September
Although the auditorium is closed through the first week of September, Exhibit Halls A and B, the lobby, and kitchen areas remain open. Kauai Now.

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