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| Hawai‘i’s shortage of health care workers worsens
Job vacancies have increased 76% over the last 3 years, according to a new report by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii. Of those 3,873 openings, nearly 1,000 are for registered specialty nurses, while more than 700 are for certified nursing assistants and nurse aides. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KHON2.
FEC says Kahele congressional campaign must return $48K
The federal watchdog agency listed more than two dozen contributions that were made to Kahele for the congressional general election that now have to be returned. Hawaii News Now.
Tokuda says she's ready to take on a divided
The newly elected Hawai‘i congresswoman says she understands that this will be her first time as a member of the minority party. Civil Beat.
Interest rates are up, so number of new mortgages are down
The total of home loans issued in Hawai‘i through the end of October dropped 38% from the same period last year. Hawaii Business Magazine.
State sees spike in road fatalities compared to last year
All four counties have seen an increase in fatal road accidents compared to the same time last year, according to state transportation officials, who are warning of a spike in traffic deaths heading into November. Maui News.
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Tracking Hawai‘i Paychecks Versus Living Costs Since 1969
To see if people are better off than their grandparents, we compared wages after inflation, debt loads, where people spent their money and more..... read more.
| ‘Hammerhead’ crack fixes in limbo, delaying O‘ahu’s rail service
Eight of 21 cracked rail “hammerheads” along the city’s rail route appear to require more extensive — but undetermined — repairs, likely delaying HART’s transfer of the transit system to the city for paid passenger service deeper into 2023. Star-Advertiser.
Change underway to tackle O‘ahu building permit backlog
Recently, software began to partially screen applications and is being improved to perform better and expand items it can screen to free up DPP staff to handle more technical review work. Star-Advertiser.
Riders say the Handi-Van is failing them. And the city agrees
City Transportation Services Director Roger Morton said in recent months the call center ― run by the non-profit Oahu Transportation Services ― had been struck by Covid-related absences as well as problems recruiting new staff. Performance of the center has plummeted since the spring. Hawaii News Now.
Researchers use drones to understand how waves are shifting Waikīkī beach
One study, based on weekly drone surveys between 2018 to 2020, found the sand appears to move from one end of the beach to the other — not to and from offshore, as previously believed. Hawaii News Now.
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| Bill to help reduce backlog of building permit applications deferred
A bill that would temporarily suspend the requirement that the Department of Public Works review plans submitted for building permit applications was met with mixed reactions Tuesday. Tribune-Herald.
Water Department contingency plans cleared by auditor
The Department of Water Supply has successfully addressed three issues identified in a 2020 audit that found the department lacked sufficient contingency plans to ensure the public had dependable access to water when equipment breaks down, the county auditor told the County Council Finance Committee on Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.
Lawsuit: Hawai‘i County, cops culpable in shooting death
The trial has been set in a civil lawsuit brought against Hawai‘i County, two Hawai‘i Police Department officers, and the man who allegedly shot and killed a 59-year-old Volcano resident in 2021. Tribune-Herald.
Grant helps Hawai‘i Island food producers, Food Basket
USDA funds will help the Olohana Foundation collaborate with local fruit producers to create new products, which will be dispersed into the local food system via The Food Basket. Big Island Video News.
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Local Artists Shine in Fall Exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art
Two dynamic new exhibitions featuring work from Hawai‘i based artists open this month at HoMA. These exhibitions spotlight local artistic voices, offering visitors unique perspectives on cultural history and the transformative potential of natural materials..... read more.
| Mauka-to-makai efforts aim to protect critical Maui reef
With new data and partnerships, a coalition of organizations are proposing several restorative projects for the watersheds along the Olowalu reef, which is considered one of the “most essential reefs” to protect on Maui. Maui News. KITV4.
Maui summer update of destination management action plan now available
The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority published the Maui Summer 2022 progress report that provides updates on the progress toward fulfilling the Maui Destination Management Action Plan that is part of the Maui Nui action plan. Maui Now.
At a Maui school, a tradition revived offers new opportunities for the future
Lahainaluna High School is reviving its agriculture program to help grow Maui’s next generation of farmers. Hawaii News Now.
| Recount confirms County Council outcome
An automatically triggered recount conducted Thursday evening confirmed the previously reported results of the Kaua‘i County Council race. Garden Island.
Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami gears up for second-term priorities after re-election
Kawakami says his first four years focused on developing people, looking at the how process of government can be more efficient and delivering services. KHON2.
Līhu‘e runway project gets Kaua‘i planning commission approval
The Lihu‘e Airport runway has been out of compliance with federal law since 2006. Garden Island.
Meth runner for ex-Kaua‘i Council member gets 3-year term
A 41-year-old Kaua‘i man who agreed to run drugs and collect money for a drug trafficking organization headed by a former Kaua‘i County Council member and supplied by Samoan gang members, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in federal prison. Star-Advertiser.
Kauaʻi putting together reentry transition packs for those leaving prison
The transition back into everyday life after being incarcerated can be difficult. For some, finding a place to stay or a ride to meet with a probation officer can be a barrier to successful reintegration. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
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