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| Hawai‘i Gov.-elect Josh Green’s cabinet will have many familiar faces
Gov.-elect Josh Green on Thursday announced the names of 20 Cabinet-level appointees, including many who led state agencies during Gov. David Ige’s tenure. Green, who has been lieutenant governor for four years, is to be sworn in as governor at noon Monday at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Kauai Now.
These are Josh Green’s 5 big priorities for his first 100 days in office
The first is to take immediate action on Hawai‘i’s housing crisis. Green says if necessary he’ll use emergency powers to adjust some of the processes that are obstructing the ability to build housing. Hawaii News Now.
Commission proposes ‘bold’ reforms in government
The suggested reforms include enhancing investigation and prosecution of fraud, providing more openness and transparency, curbing the influence of money to lawmakers and limiting their time in office. Civil Beat.
Tourism, improved labor market will help Hawaiʻi escape U.S. recession, state says
So far this year Hawai‘i had 7.6 million visitors — nearly 89% of the arrivals seen in 2019, the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s fourth quarter 2022 Statistical and Economic Report said. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now. Garden Island.
AAA: Hawaiʻi only state with gas price averaging more than $5 a gallon
The average regular unleaded gas price for Hawaiʻi is $5.19, which is the same as last Thursday. The average national price is $3.47, which is 12 cents lower than a week ago. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.
Hawai‘i’s State Board Of Education draft plan includes higher reading and math goals
BOE board members highlighted a need for higher basic academic achievement for all students, and more support for minorities and English learners. Civil Beat.
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New Episode: Paul Yonamine Leads Central Pacific Bank To Become A Digital Contender
Hawaii Business Magazine's CEO of the Year spearheaded a massive campaign to revamp the bank's brand and bring life to its flagship location in Downtown Honolulu. Tune in now!
| Navy plan approved by health department following foam leak at Red Hill
The state Department of Health has approved a Navy Sampling and Analysis Plan following the leak of 1,100 gallons of concentrated fire suppressant into the ground at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. Star-Advertiser.
Red Hill defueling on pause while Navy cleans up toxic fire suppressant spill. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.
Red light camera initiative moves forward despite backlash
There will be 10 red light cameras installed at various Honolulu intersections by March as a part of the state Department of Transportation's red light safety program. Hawaii Public Radio.
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Hurricane Ian’s Aftereffects May Impact Hawai‘i in a Few YearsSharilyn Tanaka of Atlas Insurance Agency says tens of billions of dollars in payouts by global reinsurance companies will likely ripple into premium increases here down the road.... read more.
| County creates ‘Traffic Hazard Mitigation Route’ for lava viewing
Drivers can enter the Old Saddle Road directly across from the Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area. From there, drivers can travel the 4.5-mile stretch of road until it rejoins with the Daniel K. Inouye Highway just before Puʻuhuluhulu near the Maunakea Access Road. Tribune-Herald. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.
Hāmākua Bridge reopens closed lane in case lava cuts Saddle Road
The second lane over Nanue Bridge at mile marker 18.5 on Hawai‘i Belt Road has been reopened, after a closure due to emergency repairs. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.
Climate scientists at Maunaloa Observatory are 'pursuing all options' to get back on site
The eight scientists and technicians who work at the Maunaloa Observatory collecting climate data are grateful to be out of harm’s way of the lava flow. They say they are anxious to return to the facility though no one knows when it will be safe to do so. Hawaii Public Radio. Big Island Video News.
For many Hawaiians, lava flows are a time to honor, reflect
Glowing lava from the world’s largest volcano is a sight to behold, but for many Native Hawaiians, Mauna Loa’s eruption is a time to pray, make offerings and honor both the natural and spiritual worlds. KITV4.
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BOSS Survey Paradox: Results vs. Optimism
421 business owners and execs say revenue, profit and employee counts are up, but optimism about Hawai‘i’s economy is falling..... read more.
| Another former Maui County official has been charged with accepting bribes
Wilfred Tamayo Savella is accused of accepting bribes from Honolulu businessman Milton Choy while he was working for the Maui County Department of Environmental Management, also known as DEM. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
Citing water crisis, Maui makes Fodor’s list of places to not visit next year
The travel publication listed the island among regions “suffering from water crises.” Civil Beat.
Lanai runway expansion hits a nerve over ‘two-tiered’ travel
The upgrade would allow bigger private jets to fly to Lanai nonstop from the mainland. Lanai Airport’s existing 5,000-foot runway isn’t long enough for some heavier jets to land. Civil Beat.
| Mayor Kawakami lays out priorities for next term at his inauguration
Kawakami said infrastructure, affordable housing and regenerative tourism are some of his priorities. Garden Island.
Mayor Kawakami, Kauaʻi County Council sworn into office at inauguration ceremony
The 2022-2024 Kaua‘i County Council members include Council Chair Mel Rapozo, Council Vice Chair KipuKai Kuali‘i, Addison Bulosan, Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., Felicia Cowden, Bill DeCosta and Luke A. Evslin. Kauai Now. KHON2.
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