Gluck’s nomination rejected

State Senate Judiciary Committee rejects Dan Gluck’s nomination to Appeals Court.

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Senate committee rejects Dan Gluck’s nomination to Appeals Court
For members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the vote wasn’t just about a single judicial candidate. Fair or not, his nomination has become a symbol of deeply rooted issues in Hawai‘i, specifically race and gender diversity. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Hawai‘i businesses in “wait-and-see” mode on vaccine mandates
While a few have recently implemented mandates, many are watching to see what larger companies do before begin bringing workers back to offices. Star-Advertiser.

HTA head: In wake of funding cut, other agencies need to help manage tourism 
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries said Wednesday that the agency’s 24% budget cut means other state and county agencies will need to step up. Tribune-Herald.

Public school teachers return to classrooms
More than 11,000 teachers reported to 256 public schools yesterday, in preparation for students’ arrival on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Star-Advertiser.

Applications for summer pandemic food assistance program close on Aug. 2
The program provides families with $438 in food purchasing assistance per child. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Hawaiʻi’s COVID-19 notification app reaches 1M activations
The state’s official app, AlohaSafe Alert, was launched in January. So far, over 600 people have uploaded their infection information to anonymously send caution notices to the community. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
 

 

 
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IT Strategies that Empower Long-Term Hybrid Work
Many local companies are adopting a hybrid workplace: Some employees work from home, others work in the office, and the rest do a bit of both. This model creates collaboration and infrastructure challenges, but the right IT strategies can help create… read more.
 
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City considering changes to better enforce illegal O‘ahu vacation rentals
The Honolulu Department of Permitting and Planning is working on changing the short-term rental ordinance to crack down on illegal vacation rentals. A completed draft is expected in the coming weeks. Star-Advertiser.

Video of Sykap shooting shows officer firing repeatedly at car
Police body-camera footage played in court Wednesday shows Officer Geoffrey Thom firing shot after shot at the back of a white Honda Civic, striking the teenage driver eight times. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Rep. Ed Case tries again to get the Army to fix Tripler’s parking problem
Insufficient parking forces some patients, including aging and disabled veterans, to park far away. Congress plans to direct the military to address the parking shortage in its military construction and veterans affairs funding bill. Civil Beat.

Runway repairs scheduled at Honolulu airport
Repairs are scheduled at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6, which could result in increased air traffic above the ‘Ewa plains. KHON2.

State beefs up officer presence to protect North Shore marine life
The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources said the officers will focus on deterring tourists at Laniakea Beach from touching endangered green sea turtles. Hawaii News Now.

 
 

 
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Kamehameha Schools Thanks Hawaiʻi’s Leaders for Inspiring Students

Recent graduate Taylor Moniz has witnessed how representation is the key to positive change. She aspires to be a leader who uplifts others, follows in the example of her teachers and stands up for what is right… Watch Now!
 

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
 
Environmental Management Commission looks for new waste solutions
The commission is exploring a new model called extended producer responsibility, or EPR, which requires producers to shoulder more of the disposal burden that currently falls to government and taxpayers. West Hawaii Today.

PGV opponents appeal dismissal of lawsuits 
Appeals were filed in a trio of lawsuits that requested an updated environmental review for Puna Geothermal Venture, which was damaged by lava in 2018. Tribune-Herald.

“This is not a joke”: Puna man recounts long battle against COVID-19
After 49 days in the hospital, Frederick Tibayan was released from Hilo Medical Center on Wednesday. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

 

 
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The pandemic has crippled thousands of small businesses in Hawai‘i and forced tens of thousands of people to find new jobs. Amid these personal tragedies are stories of grit, perseverance and transformation..read more.
 
MAUI COUNTY
 
Pulehu Solar project moves forward
On Tuesday, the Maui Planning Commission granted a special use permit for the 370-acre solar and battery project in Kula. Maui News.

County program to assist first-time home buyers is accepting applications
The assistance can equal up to 5% of the home’s purchase price but not exceed $30,000. Star-Advertiser.

Maui ranchers are battling drought and deer
Some areas are now facing “extreme drought” conditions. Added to that, ranchers are struggling to control axis deer, which are eating the little grass they have left for cattle. Hawaii News Now.

 
KAUAʻI
 
Kaua‘i prosecutor is stepping down for nonprofit position
Justin Kollar announced Wednesday that he will be leaving his county job at the end of the summer for a position at a nonprofit focused on criminal justice policy. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i Senate Ways and Means Committee visits Kaua‘i
The group is exploring economic development opportunities, new career education pathways, more efficient use of state facilities and potential private partnerships. Garden Island.

Visiting couple fined $500 for monk seal harassment 
The woman was filmed touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal in a widely circulated TikTok video. Garden Island.

 
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Teachers return to classrooms.

Hawaii public school teachers return to their classrooms.

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Long battle against COVID-19

A Puna man remembers his near fatal struggle against COVID-19.

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Obituaries for July 29

Irene Hanako Dong, 87, of Kailua-Kona died July 22 at home. Born in Isleton, Calif., she was an auditor for the state of California, member of Grace Community Church and survivor of Tule Lake Japanese Internment Camp in California. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday, August 14, at Grace Community Church in Kailua-Kona. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by sons, Mark (Jane) Dong of Sacramento, Calif., and Gordon (Kim) Dong of Kailua-Kona; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

24th annual Sayre awards fundraiser canceled due to COVID

The Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation announced the 24th annual Awards and Fund-Raising Dinner honoring the Hawaii Fire Department Meritorious Service Award recipients will not be held on Sept. 4 this year at the Fairmont Orchid due to the continued spread of the coronavirus. This is the second year the gala has been cancelled because of the pandemic.

Police camera videos of teen’s fatal shooting aired in court

HONOLULU — Portions of Honolulu police body camera videos were shown in court Wednesday during a hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to support murder and attempted murder charges against three officers in the shooting death of a 16-year-old Micronesian boy.

Hearing set for man in Kona car attack

A judge declined a request for a bail reduction Monday for a 32-year-old Captain Cook man accused of taking part in a bizarre assault of three men early Sunday in a Kailua-Kona parking lot.

State transfers 40 Big Island inmates to Oahu

The state Department of Public safety said 40 sentenced felons at Hawaii Community Correctional Center and Kulani Correctional Facility were transferred Tuesday by Hawaii Army National Guard helicopters to Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu.

Oahu teen shot by police had pellet gun inside car

HONOLULU — A pellet gun that looked like a firearm was found in a car driven by a 16-year-old boy in Hawaii, a police evidence specialist testified Tuesday in an ongoing hearing to determine whether there is probable cause of murder and attempted murder charges against three officers in the teen’s shooting death.

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PGV opponents appeal

PGV opponents appeal dismissal of lawsuits seeking environmental reviews

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HTA’s funding cuts means it will need help with tourism

Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries said during a livestream Wednesday that HTA, which had its budget reduced by about 24% as a result of a bill passed this summer, will have to rely on other state and county agencies to help control a growing number of visitors.

24th annual Sayre awards fundraiser canceled due to COVID

The Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation announced the 24th annual Awards and Fund-Raising Dinner honoring the Hawaii Fire Department Meritorious Service Award recipients will not be held on Sept. 4 this year at the Fairmont Orchid due to the continued spread of the coronavirus. This is the second year the gala has been canceled because of the pandemic.

Teen shot by police was driving car with pellet gun inside

HONOLULU — A plastic pellet gun that looked like a firearm was found in a car driven by a 16-year-old boy in Hawaii, a police evidence specialist testified Tuesday in an ongoing hearing to determine whether there is probable cause of murder and attempted murder charges against three officers in the teen’s shooting death.

Man charged with Puna burglary and more

Hawaii Island police on Tuesday announced the arrest of 24-year-old Jenson Faustino-Keakaoka Castillas who was charged with burglary and an array of other offenses after breaking in to a private school in Pahoa.

Three arrested, attempted murder charges filed

On Tuesday, Hawaii Island police announced the arrest of three Captain Cook men with numerous criminal offenses after a reported hit and run incident in the parking lot of a business establishment in the 75-5800 block of Ali‘i Drive shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 25.

HCCC sends inmates to Oahu

To ease overcrowding issues at Hawaii Community Correctional Center (HCCC) and Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF), the Department of Public Safety aided by the Hawaii Army National Guard on Tuesday transferred 40 sentenced felons to Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) on Oahu.

Police seek Volcano man in property crime case

Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 36-year-old Thomas Lou Robert Bowers, of Volcano. He is wanted for two outstanding Hilo Family Court warrants and for questioning in connection with a criminal investigation for property crimes.

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Hawaiian Airlines attendant dies

The 27-year-old flight attendant was killed in a Cessna plane crash in Alaska on Monday.

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COVID-19 Update for Hawaii Island

Here’s the latest COVID-19 information for Hawaii Island as of Wednesday, 28 July 2021.

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This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a COVID-19 informational update for Wednesday, July 28th.

For the County of Hawaii, the Department of Health reports 18 new cases with 400 active cases, and 10 persons hospitalized.

We are seeing an increase in Coronavirus cases which is expected with the arrival of the Delta variant and fewer restrictions on travel and gatherings.  You can help reduce the spread of Coronavirus by following the preventive policies of face coverings, physical distancing, and limiting gatherings and gathering sizes. 

COVID testing and vaccination are available today at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo from 3 to 6 this afternoon.  You can pre-registration for testing at COVIDFREEHAWAII.com.

For information on clinics and pharmacies offering vaccination and testing, please visit the County of Hawaii website. 

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Iremamber Sykap murder case

Honolulu Police Department officers describe threat prior to fatal shooting of teen.

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Nevada follows mask rule

Nevada adopts COVID-19 mask rule in line with CDC advice.

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