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Hawaii’s poverty rate declined with help of pandemic relief funds.

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Hawaii Island police continue crack down on motorists who drive unter the influence of an intoxicant.

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BIG ISLAND NEWS

Police: Nine drivers arrested for DUI

Big Island police continue to crack down on motorists who drive under the influence of an intoxicant. 

   

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DISCUSSION

County Council postpones taking action on proposed gun control measure until Oct. 18 By Nathan Christophel

After two hours of discussion about a proposed new gun control policy that would restrict where firearms could be carried on the Big Island, the Hawai‘i County Council decided Tuesday the “sensitive places” listed were too broad and postponed taking action on the bill until Oct. 18 to allow for revisions. 

   

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Childhood dream comes true for Hilo native competing in Ironman World Championship By Tiffany DeMasters

Skye Ombac remembers when she was a little girl and her father, Eddie-O, would drive her and her twin sister Katrina from their home in Hilo to the west side of the Big Island to experience all the excitement of the famous Ironman World Championship in Kona. 

   

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BIG ISLAND NEWS

Brown water advisory issued for several West Hawai‘i locations

If the water is brown, stay out. 

   

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Ironman World Championship’s course information and guide for spectators

Learn about the 140.6-mile course of the 2022 VinFast Ironman World Championship and where the best places are to view the 5,000 triathletes compete on Thursday and Saturday. 

   

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MAUI

In-person community Maui budget meetings begin on Monday

Mayor Michael Victorino and his administration will host a series of community meetings in October to receive comments and recommendations from the public regarding the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2023 – 2024. 

   

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UHMC hosts Maui Men’s March Against Violence, Oct. 6

The University of Hawaiʻi Maui College invites everyone in the community to participate in “Maui Men’s March Against Violence,” an organized men’s march to end domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and gender violence.  This event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the front lawn of the UH Maui College campus Great Lawn. 

   

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KAUAI

Waimea wastewater treatment plant project honored by American Society of Civil Engineers

The county Department of Public Works Division of Wastewater Management was recently honored for its work on an optimization project at one of the island’s wastewater treatment plants. 

   

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Learn about Holomua: Marine 30×30 Initiative at information session Oct. 4 in Līhuʻe

The Hawaiʻi Fishermen’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition will hold an information session on Oct. 4 in Līhuʻe to discuss possible impacts of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Holomua:  Marine 30×30 Initiative. 

   

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Hawaii Business Magzine Newsletters

Honolulu police receive feedback on gun carrying rules.

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10.5.22
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Honolulu police receive feedback on gun-carrying rules
The hearing at HPD was meant to gather input before amending its concealed gun carry rules. By 10:24 a.m., 60 people signed up to provide in-person testimony and more than 400 pages of written testimony was submitted to police. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Council panel sees firearm bill as too restrictive
Hawai‘i County’s first shot at drafting an open or concealed carry gun law was deemed too restrictive Tuesday by a majority of County Council members after dozens of testifiers weighed in, the vast majority opposing the measure on constitutional grounds. West Hawaii Today.

Latest campaign finance report shows Duke Aiona is struggling to raise cash
Democrat Lt. Gov. Josh Green raised more money since mid-August for his campaign for governor than the Republican nominee has raised all year. Civil Beat.

OHA report casts critical eye on Hawaiian nonprofit’s management of public funds
The OHA report found that 37 out of 50 grants its auditors randomly selected didn’t fully comply with OHA’s documentation requirements. One former Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee said the report raises questions about favoritism. Hawaii News Now.

Covid-19 wastewater report shows drop in cases
The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s inaugural wastewater surveillance report for Covid-19 compares the concentration levels of coronavirus in wastewater with clinical Covid cases.  Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. KHON2. KITV4.

Head of drug task force pushes for Narcan in all Hawai‘i classrooms
Hawaii Keiki Nurses are the only ones who carry Narcan and mostly work at campuses on O‘ahu. There are 54 of the professionals statewide; meanwhile, Hawai‘i has 295 public schools. Hawaii News Now.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
The Reality of Abortion in Hawai‘i
Abortion is legal in the Islands, but access and support fall short. Khara Jabola-Carolus of the State Commission on the Status of Women explains what women really need… read more.
OʻAHU
Former Honolulu chief building examiner will plead guilty to bribery
Between 2012 and 2017, federal prosecutors say Wayne Inouye accepted over $100,000 from customers in exchange for expediting permits through the city’s notoriously slow bureaucracy. In pleading guilty, Inouye joins three of his former colleagues and one of his customers who also admitted to their roles in the bribery scheme. Civil Beat.

Intrusive drones posing a threat, Honolulu Fire Department says
These unmanned aerial onlookers have been found to tail Honolulu Fire Department helicopters, distracting HFD pilots with erratic motion, risking collision and delaying help for those in need. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Why tour groups are barred from stopping at some Honolulu beaches but not others
The City Council is considering halting commercial activity at Kokololio Beach. Residents and tour companies say beach-by-beach bans push the problem down the road and don’t solve the overall problem. Civil Beat.

Sunset Beach property owner is cited for dumping concrete on the public beach
A Sunset Beach homeowner appears to have dropped large amounts of concrete onto the world-famous beach fronting his property, sparking outrage on social media and eliciting calls for better enforcement of Hawai‘i’s coastal protection laws. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Internal memo reveals list of experts concerned about Honolulu rail track layout
Multiple experts across the different groups responsible for Honolulu’s transit tracks have strong misgivings about their unusual crossing design, echoing the concerns that a former project consultant raised this summer. Civil Beat.

City leaders introduce ‘anti-bullying bill’ to create safe spaces for O‘ahu youth
Council member Augie Tulba first introduced Bill 52 Tuesday to prohibit bullying on city property and in city programs, such as Summer Fun. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

City takes ownership of Leahi Avenue after community urging
The city has officially taken ownership of Leahi Avenue from a private owner after there was community pushback due to parking fees and food truck activity. Star-Advertiser.

Candidates face big funding disparities in some Honolulu Council races
Campaign finance reports reveal which donors are fueling campaigns and where candidates are focusing their efforts before voting begins later this month.  Civil Beat.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Hawai‘i County sees increase in Hele-On passenger trips
The increase in ridership is a result of free fares and the implementation of the 2018 Transit and Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan, officials say. Big Island Video News.

Solid waste facilities to be closed during Ironman
The return of the Ironman World Championship to the Big Island this week is necessitating the closure of the county’s solid waste facilities because of road closures associated with the triathlon. Big Island Now.

Animal Control Services criticized
Dozens of people turned out Tuesday to voice their frustrations with Hawaii County’s Animal Control Services, only for a planned discussion about those operations to be postponed. Tribune-Herald.

$2M sought for Waikoloa park expansion
Bill 219, introduced by Kohala Councilman Tim Richards, would allocate $2 million for the project that includes improvements to existing infrastructure as well as adding pickleball and tennis courts to the capital budget. West Hawaii Today.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
How 4 College Athletes Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Living Far from Home

UH Mānoa student athletes talk about mental health challenges and coping techniques, including sophomore women’s basketball player Kelsie Imai and three seniors, Zion Bowens (football), Lauren Marquez (women’s soccer) and Kamaka Hepa (men’s basketball)..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
What’s the real cost of Maui’s proposed Charter amendments?
A newly released financial impact analysis of proposed Maui Charter amendments shows the county would face $2 million in additional annual financial impacts for an amendment proposal related to the creation of a separate Housing Department dedicated to affordable housing. Maui Now.

Maui voters to decide if planning commission should be more representative
If approved, the amendment to the County Charter would require the commission to have one member from each residency area on the island as represented on the County Council. Currently the charter does not require regional representation on the commission. Civil Beat.

Charging stations planned for county amid EV push
Maui County is set to receive four electric vehicle charging stations in the next five years as the state pushes to meet a zero emissions clean energy economy by 2045. Maui News.

Final EA published for water tank in Waikapū to serve DHHL Puʻunani Homestead
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has published a final Environmental Assessment with a Finding of No Significant Impact for a 500,000-gallon concrete water storage tank and related improvements in Waikapū, Maui. Maui Now.

Director of Maui County’s new Department of Agriculture sworn in
Rogerene “Kali” Arce was sworn in today as the director of Maui County’s newly established Department of Agriculture. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
Voting explainer: Kauaʻi County charter amendment ballot questions
Kauaʻi County residents will face four ballot amendment questions on this year’s general election ballot. Among the four  questions, topics range from county salaries to special elections. Hawaii Public Radio.

Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2033

This is 12 years ahead of the state mandate requiring utilities shift to 100 percent renewable power by 2045. Garden Island.
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KITV 4 Island News

Mystery surrounds death of Hawaii Island dive tour boat captain.

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Mystery surrounds death of Big Island dive tour boat captain
Wednesday 10/5 at 9:37am
Authorities on the Big Island are investigating the death of a dive tour boat captain at Mahaiula Beach Park on Tuesday.
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8 new COVID-related deaths, 1,273 new infections recorded in Hawaii, DOH reports
Wednesday 10/5 at 9:00am
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) reported 8 new deaths related to COVID-19 and 1,273 new infections over the last seven days in Hawaii. The total number of deaths stands at 1,694. Statewide test positivity is at 6.3%.
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Covid-19 boosters could prevent about 90,000 US deaths this winter, but only if more people get them, analysis suggests
Wednesday 10/5 at 8:19am
Covid-19 vaccinations could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars this winter.
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Report: Transitioning only 6% of American vehicles to electric could prevent 67,000 premature deaths
Wednesday 10/5 at 8:12am
Changing America’s fleet of trucks and buses to run on electricity while, at the same time, changing the nation’s power grid to renewable fuels could prevent 67,000 premature deaths by 2050, according to a report from the American Lung Association.
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Wednesday Weather: Showers persist with moderate trades; winds shift Thursday
Wednesday 10/5 at 4:41am
A mix of sunshine and clouds across the islands. Showers persist over the windward and mauka sections with heavier showes possible over Maui and Hawai’i Counties. Highs 82 to 87. Northeast winds around 15 mph.
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Aaron Judge breaks single-season American League home run record with No. 62
Tuesday 10/4 at 2:16pm
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge broke Roger Maris’ single-season American League home run record, hitting his 62nd blast of the year in a game Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.
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KHON News 2 You

Buried body of Hawaii Island man case ruled as homicide.

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Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Hawaii County Department of Water Supply says work between Paradise Drive and Orchidland Drive on Highway 130 will disrupt traffic.

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Water work to impact traffic on Keaau-Pahoa Road

The county Department of Water Supply will be working Keaau-Pahoa Road (Highway 130) between Paradise Drive and Orchid Land Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., daily from Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 21 to install a new water service.

Animal Control Services criticized

Dozens of people turned out Tuesday to voice their frustrations with Hawaii County’s Animal Control Services, only for a planned discussion about those operations to be postponed.

Council panel sees firearm bill as too restrictive

Hawaii County’s first shot at drafting an open or concealed carry gun law was deemed too restrictive Tuesday by a majority of County Council members after dozens of testifiers weighed in, the vast majority opposing the measure on constitutional grounds.

Two Coffee With a Cop events Wednesday

As part of the seventh annual National Coffee With a Cop Day, the Hawaii Police Department invites the public to participate in two Coffee With a Cop events on Wednesday — one in Honoka‘a and the other in Kailua-Kona.

Panel to mull gun carry bill today

A bill that would restrict the carrying of concealed and unconcealed firearms in “sensitive places” in Hawaii County has garnered quite a bit of opposition ahead of its first committee hearing.

Grant will boost PTA’s firefighting ability

The Pohakuloa Training Area’s fire response capability will be enhanced through a $2.48 million U.S. Department of Defense grant to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources for the construction of a new firefighting and conservation warehouse to improve wildfire response and enable maintenance and repair of firefighting vehicles.

Obituaries for October 4

Rodney Charles Anjo, 76, of Hilo died July 21 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 9) at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by son, Randy Anjo of Honolulu; daughters, Cheray Anjo of Honolulu and Candace Kupau of Las Vegas; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Navy admiral to seek community input on Red Hill fuel tanks

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Oahu — The commander of the task force responsible for draining fuel from a World War II-era storage tank facility that leaked jet fuel and poisoned Pearl Harbor’s tap water last year said Monday he’s exploring ways to get community feedback.

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