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Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation announces over $42M to improve state’s green spaces
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $42,585,500 in grants to nine Hawai‘i organizations to plant and maintain existing trees, combat extreme heat and improve access to green spaces in communities throughout the state. Spectrum News.

Senate committee to hold a briefing in Lahaina to address insurance questions
The Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a field briefing in Lahaina next week to address questions and take testimony pertaining to wildfire-related insurance claims. The briefing will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 28. KITV4.

Chief Pelletier to Maui Police Commission: ‘We saved lives’
Chief John Pelletier told the police commission that despite fears of looting and mayhem in the weeks after the fires, Maui’s crime rates actually dropped. He said violent crime was down approximately 22% in August and property crime dropped 27%. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

Mayor Bissen responsible for Lahaina evacuation per Hawaii Revised Statutes
The Hawai‘i Revised Statutes states under section 127A-13 (b)(4) that “under a local state of emergency,” the Mayor has the power to “direct and control the mandatory evacuation of the civilian population.” KITV4.

Hawaiian Electric Industries hires utility bankruptcy expert as CFO
Investment banker Scott DeGhetto will be paid about $1.5 million for a 15-month gig. Civil Beat.

HMSA says it resolved Covid-19 shot coverage confusion
Hawai‘i Medical Service Association is telling members it is covering the updated Covid-19 vaccine for the fall and winter after some people said they paid out of pocket for the shot, HMSA official said a technical issue on its end is being blamed for the confusion. KHON2.

Photo: Aaron Yoshino
Hawai‘i’s Sustainability Heroes: Elemental Excelerator
The climate-tech accelerator helps fund food, energy and transportation solutions in Hawai‘i and around the world… read more.
Landlords hosting illegal game rooms could face fines of $1,000 per day
Draft Honolulu City Council legislation would raise the stakes for landlords who allow illegal gambling in their units. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.  Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

City in high-stakes talks with military over proposed new landfill site
Last year, the city went back to the drawing board on selecting a new site for a municipal landfill after the Board of Water of Supply said six potential locations identified to replace Waimanalo Gulch in Nānākuli were too close to O‘ahu’s aquifer. Hawaii News Now.

Pipes leaking millions of gallons of water a month at Dillingham Airfield still not fixed

The Army owns Dillingham Airfield, but the Department of Transportation is currently leasing it. Under its current lease with the Army, all airport “improvements” by the DOT must be submitted for review and approval by the Army. According to a letter, the DOTʻs requests for several projects which include fixing the pipes, have not been approved.

Hawaii News Now.

City to close Mōʻiliʻili Neighborhood Park for month-long maintenance and renovations
Mōʻiliʻili Neighborhood Park will close from Oct. 2 to Oct. 31. Hawaii News Now.

2 Kailua schools earn 2023 National Blue Ribbon recognition
Ka‘elepulu and Maunawili Elementary schools in Kailua  received the National Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education. Hawaii Public Radio.

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HMSA celebrates 85 years of caring for Hawaii

The Hawaii Medical Service Association is proud to celebrate its 85th anniversary of serving its members and the people of Hawaii. HMSA opened its doors on June 1, 1938. Back then, HMSA served 671 members. Today, HMSA serves more than 770,000 people… read more.

Hawai‘i County Council works to identify legislative priorities for next year
The Hawai‘i County Council wants the state Legislature to pursue bills to better regulate vaping and allow counties more control over dangerous roads. Tribune-Herald.

Critically endangered, nocturnal seabird found on Hawaiʻi Island
A Critically Endangered ‘akē‘akē, or band-rumped storm-petrel, was recently found nesting on Hawaiʻi island within the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve. Big Island Video News. Garden Island.

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What is the Proper Spelling and Pronunciation: Lahaina or Lāhainā?

Two Hawaiian language experts and other sources say the proper spelling and pronunciation doesn’t include diacritical more.
Maui County announces first residential reentry zone
Lahaina property owners and residents for the area along Kaniau Road will be allowed in from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday as long as they have vehicle passes, which will be available from Saturday through Sunday at the Lahaina Civic Center. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.  KHON2.  KITV4.

In wake of devastating wildfire, experts propose new sources of water for parched West Maui
One resident wants to expand plans for the county’s new wastewater recycling system by repurposing and restoring reservoirs, pipelines and ditches to make the recycled water for irrigation available across West Maui. Hawaii News Now.

DOE opens distance learning hub in Kahana for over 250 students
The learning hub at Citizen Church in Kahana will provide students enrolled in distance learning with in-person opportunities for teacher support and peer socialization, as well as access to meals, social-emotional learning and other resources. Maui News.

Planned Lahaina visits divide survivors
Residents worry about how much time they’ll have to experience the emotions they expect to feel when they return to their homes. Star-Advertiser.

One more victim identified by police six weeks after Lahaina wildfire
The Maui Police Department on Wednesday added Lahaina resident Kirk Carter, who died Aug. 15 at Straub Medical Center’s Burn Unit in Honolulu, to its official list of fatalities from the Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfire. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

FFA students given scholarships to attend national convention
Four Kaua‘i High School students from the school’s Future Farmers of America will be joining a group of about 50 people from Hawai‘i at the national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, starting on Oct. 29 and wrapping up on Nov. 5. Garden Island.

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