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Maui Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran announces retirement
In a statement given to KITV4 Wednesday afternoon, Keith-Agaran said he had decided weeks ago that he’d likely be leaving the Senate. Hawaii News Now reported that Agaran’s decision to resign comes after he was pictured on a flyer for a community discussion with members of his law firm.
Biden announces $95M to ‘harden’ Hawai‘i’s power grid in wildfire’s wake
The Biden administration says the investment will help position the state to better withstand future storms. Officials say it will also help reduce the likelihood of outages, reduce restoration times following outages, reduce risk of wildfire events, and increase grid operational resilience.
The first generation works hard and sacrifices to accumulate wealth, the second generation witnesses those sacrifices but may not devote the time and effort needed to maintain the wealth, and it is even rarer for the third generation to perpetuate that initial success, so generational wealth is lost.
Biden to nominate Hawai‘i attorney for federal judgeship
Micah W.J. Smith has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawai‘i since 2018. He is a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i and one of four individuals President Biden intends to nominate to federal district courts.
EPA said the hazardous materials it’s removing include household paints, solvents, batteries and pesticides. Fuel from pressurized cylinders and tanks will also be removed and stabilized. Workers will also remove items thought to contain asbestos if they are easy to identify.
Maui Ola Benefit Concert Series Continues with Performance by “The Green”
Since the Aug. 20 concert raised over $1 million for Maui aid, a number of local concert producers have expressed interest in maintaining the momentum of Maui Ola by producing a series of benefit concerts––with all proceeds donated to benefit those affected by the fires on Maui. The second Maui Ola concert will feature a local favorite band, The Green, who will perform live on Sept. 3, at the Tom Moffatt Waikīkī Shell. The band will offer free live streaming of their performance on mele.com from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.