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Unscrupulous fundraising for Maui relief under heavy scrutiny
Citing the immediacy of fundraising for Maui relief efforts, House Speaker Scott Saiki asked Gov. Josh Green on Monday to issue an emergency proclamation “to prohibit and criminalize fundraising under false pretenses” and for an attorney general audit of funds.  Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.  Hawaii News Now.

HTA pursues tourism recovery plan for Maui, state
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority board is seeking a contractor to develop a Tourism Recovery Plan that supports Maui and the state in rebuilding the economy following the devastating Aug. 8 wildfire that destroyed Lahaina town. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

Here are some of the changes in Gov. Green’s latest emergency housing proclamation
The changes now exclude the area affected by the Lāhainā wildfire, restore cultural and environmental protections, and reinstate the open meetings through the Sunshine Law. The new proclamation also prioritizes state and county affordable housing projects, which aim to create thousands of new low-income and workforce housing units statewide. Hawaii Public Radio.

UH fundraising dips, but still tops $100M mark
Money raised by the University of Hawai‘i Foundation to benefit UH students, programs and research amounted to $103.6 million for the 2022-2023 fiscal year — a decrease of more than one-third compared with the previous year. Star-Advertiser.

University of Hawai‘i’s four-year universities earn high marks for grad rates, more
The University of Hawaiʻi’s three 4-year universities were highly ranked in the U.S. News and World Report 2024 Best Colleges rankings released Monday. Big Island Now. Kauai Now.

Forest Frizzell, left, and Olin Lagon | Photo: Aaron Yoshino
Hawai‘i’s Sustainability Heroes: Shifted Energy
The company uses machine learning to optimize energy use, with a focus on multifamily and rental buildings. “On average we’re seeing between $75 and $125 in monthly savings from making the switch.”… read more.
Skyline ridership up since fall classes started at LCC, UH West O‘ahu
Although more people are getting off and on at the two stations near LCC and UH West O‘ahu, the city’s Department of Transportation Services said the stop near the Aloha Stadium still remains the busiest and most popular. KITV4.

Amendments made to parking limits bill
A City Council committee has approved amendments to a proposed measure to make permanent a years-long program to restrict parking in Kalihi Valley — including a proposed fee structure with fixed, annual permit fees. Star-Advertiser.

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Are your health and wellness benefits the reason your employees left?

Employee retention is equally as critical. Research shows employees today have much more clarity about what they want from a job. An attractive benefits package is key to employee recruitment and retention… read more.

Bill seeks to ease rules for home solar systems
A bill seeks to remove the requirement for licensed engineers to prepare, design and stamp residential PV systems smaller than 30 kilowatts. Tribune-Herald.

State ups security around derelict hotel
Gov. Josh Green has signed a second emergency proclamation regarding the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel, and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has established 24-hour security following recent break-ins at the dilapidated resort. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.  Big Island Video NewsBig Island Now.  Hawaii News Now.

Register for Need to Know: We Need More Workforce and Affordable Housing, Sept. 20
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Need to Know: We Need More Workforce and Affordable Housing is happening tomorrow! Join us at the YWCA Fuller Hall at 8:45AM for a conversation on what’s holding us back and what’s needed to move forward and create more housing in Hawai‘i for working residents.  Register NOW!
Ahead of tourism reboot in West Maui, some Lahaina fire victims are told they’ll have to move
Some Lahaina residents who lost their homes are being forced to move from temporary housing as hotels prepare to welcome visitors back to West Maui. Hawaii News Now.

Five additional Lahaina wildfire victims were identified
This brings the total number of victims publicly identified to 74 of the estimated 97 fatalities, which is down from the death toll of 115 that had been reported for more than two weeks. Another five people have been identified, but their families have not been located or notified. Maui Now.

Maui residents ‘want hope’ as council develops wildfire recovery plan
Members held the first in a series of meetings to gather public input on what actions the county should take. Civil Beat.

Their homes and businesses were destroyed in Lahaina, but mortgage payments are still due
Almost six weeks after the devastating wildfire, mortgage payments are coming due — even for some whose homes or businesses no longer exist. Advocates are urging banks to give their customers a bigger break. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Falck pledges to maintain current services in county
Advance life support services will be maintained for Maui County’s ambulances and Falck, a global healthcare and emergency services company, says if anything they will try “to improve it.”  Maui News.

Lahaina residents can return to their burned properties soon. But is the air safe?
Some health experts say the state and county should be more cautious in their approach. Civil Beat.

State Water Code suspension lifted as debate continues over rights in West Maui
The Commission on Water Resource Management will receive an update from staff on the status of water resources in West Maui at its monthly meeting on Tuesday. The meeting begins at 9 a.m.  Hawaii Public Radio.

Lahaina banyan tree sprouting new leaves
New growth sprouting from the 150-year-old banyan tree in Lahaina offers signs of hope for its revival more than a month after fire singed its leaves. Star-Advertiser. Maui News.  Hawaii News Now.

4,200 pounds of marine debris airlifted from Kaua‘i’s shores by helicopter
Surfrider Kaua‘i announced its 12-week annual Operation Airlift program has concluded, as volunteers partnered with Jack Harter Helicopters and Timbers Kaua‘i Ocean Club to fly 2 tons of marine debris out of some of the island’s hardest-to-reach shores. Garden Island.

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