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11.21.2022
 
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Ige closes out his tenure with a record-setting surplus of more than $2.6 billion
The surplus for fiscal year 2022 is double the previous year, and leaves Gov.-elect Josh Green’s incoming administration with ample funding to pursue his initiatives. Civil Beat.

Insurance policy to be unveiled for reef repair
The Nature Conservancy is expected to announce today the purchase of a novel insurance policy that will cover up to $2 million in repairs to Hawai‘i’s coral reefs in 2023 following damage from a hurricane or tropical storm. Star-Advertiser.

Police union seeks 25% pay differential for Covid hazards
The Hawai‘i union has filed four separate grievances challenging the denial of hazard pay for the peak pandemic years between March 2020 and March of this year. Star-Advertiser.

Judges were trained to run better child welfare hearings. Their performance plummeted.
In 2019, Hawai‘i judges were trained on how to conduct hearings that would benefit parents and children. But a recent report found that judges are addressing topics with parents less than they did before the training. Civil Beat.

UH’s six-year strategic plan approved
The university says the 2023-2029 plan “will guide the state’s only public higher education system and includes vision and mission statements, foundational principles and four imperatives with metrics to measure success.” Big Island Video News.
 
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2022 CEO of the Year: Paul Yonamine of Central Pacific Bank
He led transformative changes at Hawai‘i’s fourth largest bank, improved its financial results and helped drive innovation across the state..... 
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Navy a no-show at Red Hill remediation roundtable so far
The Navy has yet to sign on to a roundtable convened by state and federal environmental regulators to chart an action plan for remediating fuel contamination, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Star-Advertiser.

Marines look to pull water out of the air to support operations
At Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i in Kāne‘ohe, a newly formed regiment is experimenting with technologies to keep troops hydrated as they operate across far-flung islands and coastlines. Star-Advertiser.

The Miske files: The FBI is investigating one of its own
An FBI investigator was targeted by two search warrants as part of an ongoing criminal probe against Michael J. Miske Jr., who prosecutors allege controlled a sprawling racketeering organization for most of the past two decades. Civil Beat.

City’s work to remove Ha‘ikū Stairs is delayed
The fate of a long-closed metal staircase up a mountain ridge in Kāne‘ohe remains uncertain more than a year after Mayor Rick Blangiardi and the Honolulu City Council committed to its removal. Star-Advertiser.

North Shore project gets OK to be built on stilts
A mile from where a house fell into the ocean in February, a new oceanfront development of three residences just received special approval from the county government. Star-Advertiser.

State rejects temporary barrier for North Shore homeowner
The Department of Land and Natural Resources says it can’t support a request from a Sunset Beach homeowner who dumped concrete onto the public beach to now install a barrier such as a "burrito." Star-Advertiser.
 
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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
 
Pool of police chief candidates narrowed to 21
The Hawai‘i County Police Commission met last week, but the panel isn’t any closer to choosing a new head of law enforcement following Paul Ferriera’s retirement on Sept. 1. West Hawaii Today.

Public invited to briefing about vacation rental regulations
A proposed update will be introduced in January 2023 by the Hawai‘i County Council. The community can attend a Nov. 21 informational meeting via Zoom. Big Island Now.

Kuakini subdivision pits Hawaiian families against each other
One family’s attempt to subdivide a 5.29-acre parcel off Kuakini Highway has escalated into a battle with longtime Native Hawaiian inhabitants of the area. West Hawaii Today.
 
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Seeking Nominations for 20 for the Next 20 – Hawai‘i’s People to Watch

Hawaii Business Magazine is seeking nominations for the 2023 cohort of 20 for the Next 20 – Hawai‘i’s People to Watch. We are looking for people with a record of achievement in Hawai‘i and the potential to do much more over the next two decades...read more.
 
MAUI COUNTY
 
Reports shed light on complaints against Maui police chief
Chief John Pelletier likely violated the Maui County Violence in the Workplace policy by “yelling and swearing” during a meeting with a Maui Police Department business administrator, who left in tears. Maui News.

Legality of homeless sweep to be decided by high state court
Several residents of an encampment near Kanahā Beach Park have sued Maui County, claiming they were denied due process and their constitutional rights were violated when officials seized and destroyed their property. Hawaii News Now.

Marine protection and research center proposed in Mā‘alaea
The nonprofit associated with the Maui Ocean Center hopes to construct of a four-story, $12 million building that would house a sea turtle hospital, coral nursery, research laboratories and classrooms. Star-Advertiser.

UH Maui College offers free CNA trainings
Residents on Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi, and Maui can train to become certified nurse aides during the spring 2023 semester. Classes run from Jan. 9 to May 12. Maui Now.
 
KAUAʻI
 
Kaua‘i Police Department issues open carry permit under new guidelines
After they revised their permitting process in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling, the department has begun issuing new open carry permits. Garden Island.

New grants aim to make a “big impact” for Kauaʻi farmers
Mālama Kauaʻi has partnered with the county's Office of Economic Development to distribute $90,000 in grants to support and expand locally produced food. Hawaii Public Radio.

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