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6.22.22
 
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Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau files protest over tourism contract award
The HVCB filed a protest Tuesday alleging that the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority violated state procurement when awarding its largest piece of business, the U.S. brand management and global support services contract, to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. Star-Advertiser.

Sea level rise intensifies debate over how Hawai‘i uses its coastlines
A UH report asks decision-makers: What are the most important values and uses for the remaining oceanfront as the sea continues to rise? Hawaii Business Magazine.

Lieutenant governor candidates forum is showdown over experience
The leading candidates to become Hawai‘i’s next lieutenant governor were divided at a forum Tuesday between longtime politicians who argued they have the right experience versus outsiders who said current approaches are not working for Hawai‘i families. Star-Advertiser.


Department of Hawaiian Homelands to recieve $22.3 million in federal funds
The $22.3 million is the highest amount the federal government has ever appropriated for Native Hawaiian housing and is $20.3 million more than last year. Star-Advertiser.


Critics: Bill aimed at expanding telehealth access could end up doing the opposite
House Bill 1980 carries over portions of the state’s pandemic emergency orders that ensured telehealth and telephone appointments were covered by insurance providers. However, telephonic services may only be covered under certain guidelines. Hawaii News Now.

Why so many Hawai‘i nurses want to leave the profession
A survey released last month found that 23% of the nurses who responded had considered quitting. Civil Beat.

 
 
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One-Fourth of Diabetes Patients Lose Limbs. These Doctors Are Trying to Prevent That
Diabetes is a dangerous disease that affects the vascular system and leads to high risks for developing cardiovascular disease, diseases of the retina and kidney, neuropathy, and lower limb amputation... 
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OʻAHU
 
Council considering examining city hiring process to address high vacancy rate
The Honolulu City Council is considering auditing the Department of Human Resources to examine its selection and hiring process as the city faces filling about 3,000 vacant positions. There are about 11,600 total positions at the city. Star-Advertiser.

Woman dies after apparent suicide at O‘ahu jail
The death of Diamond Simeona-Agoo at the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center is the second apparent suicide in a Hawai‘i jail this month. Civil Beat.

Honolulu police investigating more than a dozen burglaries at O‘ahu businesses
HPD believes the same individuals may be responsible for at least some of the recent burglaries. Many of the break-ins are taking place overnight, between midnight and 4 a.m., when the businesses are closed. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i teacher accused of child sex assault, child porn crimes to remain behind bars
The Pearl City High School substitute teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old boy during school lunch breaks will remain behind bars at least until late July. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 34-year-old Alden Bunag is a danger to the community and a flight risk. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Star-Advertiser.


Former Navy diver describes Red Hill contamination
Senior Chief Master Diver Brian Simic led a team of seven Navy divers in late December and early January. He describes the divers being covered in fuel in a water well, and he worries about the long-term health impacts from that operation. Hawaii News Now.

Performance center to be renamed after longtime band teacher, leader
Michael Nakasone has touched thousands of lives while working at the helm of the bands at three public schools, including almost three decades with Pearl City High School, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Hawaii Youth Symphony II, and band programs at Punahou School, Kamehameha Schools and UHWO. Star-Advertiser.

Humane society sees increase in animal surrenders as pet owners feel inflation’s squeeze

It’s so busy that the shelter has had to temporarily make changes to its surrender policy. Owners can relinquish pets by appointment only, and slots are fully booked until July. Hawaii News Now.
 
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2021 Prince Lot Hula Festival, Hula Halau Ka Hale I O Kahala. | Photo: Moanalua Gardens Foundation / Marc Schechter
 
SPONSORED BY STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS
Supporting Hawaiʻi’s Creative Economy
Through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) has distributed federal funds to 41 arts and culture organizations and 20 practitioners and artists this fiscal year... read more.
 
HAWAIʻI ISLAND
 
Say bye to HI-5 at Kealakehe, Waimea, Hilo transfer stations
Hawai‘i Island residents will no longer be able to redeem their HI-5 bottles and cans at three of the most popular transfer stations, and the continuation of redemption service at a fourth is uncertain, as contractors grapple with inflation, fuel price increases and a worker shortage stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
West Hawaii Today.

County offering subsidized van rentals for commuters
Under the program, prospective riders can coordinate with each other to select a rental vehicle and a pickup and dropoff point for their daily commutes, distributing the costs among themselves.
Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Judge denies county’s motion to dismiss Waipi‘o road lawsuit
Waipi‘o Valley Road remains closed to all but a handful of people, but on Tuesday, a judge ruled a civil case to reopen the road, which was closed in February via an emergency declaration by Mayor Mitch Roth, can proceed.
Tribune-Herald.

Anonymous donor gives $3M to UH Hilo and LGBTQ students
The scholarships will support LGBTQ students and students who are the first in their family to attend college.
Civil Beat.
 
Time: 9:05 A.M. | Location: Queen Emma Summer Palace, Nuʻuanu, Oʻahu | Photo: Aaron Yoshino
 
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Vintage Mu‘umu‘u “Transcends Generations”

Marion Jones displays vintage dresses from her personal collection at the Mu‘umu‘u Shop and Swap. The event at Queen Emma Summer Palace helped kick off January’s Mu‘umu‘u Month, which celebrates the unique style that “trancends generations,” says Jones..read more.
 
MAUI COUNTY
 
Maui County Council advances resolutions on monster house
One of the resolutions calls for a formal investigation into how the house in Napili was allowed to be built despite being in violation of numerous building codes. Civil Beat.

Hawaiʻi’s first case of rabbit disease found on Maui farm; quarantine ordered
The U.S. and state agriculture departments confirmed rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus, type 2 (RHDV2) in a 4- to 5-year-old neutered male rabbit on a farm in Kula.
Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
 
KAUAʻI
 
Kīlauea’s Hale Lea Medicine clinic may close
The Kaua‘i Community Health Alliance receives between 17,000 and 20,000 patient visits each year, providing a range of treatment to largely working-class people from the Hā‘ena to Kapa‘a. They soon may be unable to keep their doors open, their CEO says.
Garden Island.
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