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Hawai‘i DOE has returned millions of dollars that could have bought local food
Over the past decade, the DOE returned $6.9 million in federal funds under the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which is designed to make fresh produce available for schoolchildren. Civil Beat.

Tourist tracking app could be part of Hawai‘i visitor management plan
The app would offer visitors useful information, alerts and a place to make reservations and pay fees. In return the government gets the power to watch where they go. Hawaii News Now.

Man who threatened government officials gets 37 months
A 44-year-old man found guilty of posting social media threats to behead then-Lt. Gov. Josh Green, Mayor Rick Blangiardi and the Wai‘anae Small Boat Harbor master was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison Tuesday morning. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Bank invests $4M in nonprofit to bolster Native Hawaiian homeownership
American Savings Bank has invested $4.3 million in the nonprofit Hawaiʻi Community Lending to help offset costs to put more people on Hawaiian home lands. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Sustainable aviation fuel produced in Hawaiʻi expected by 2025
Since about half of the state's petroleum use comes from aviation, local companies Pono Pacific and Par Hawaiʻi plan to collaborate on a Hawaiʻi-based sustainable airplane fuel. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

New invasive species imperils Hawai‘i’s aquatic ecosystem
A multi-agency working group has discovered a new invasive species off Hawai‘i’s coastline that threatens to upend the island chain’s marine ecosystem by outcompeting and suffocating its coral reefs. Garden Island.

Where have all the workers gone? Hawai‘i’s chief economist explains
Eugene Tian, chief state economist, says there were about 7,500 job openings in Hawai‘i in 2019. The latest data from February of this year shows 14,000 openings. Hawaii News Now.

Say “Yes” to Celebrating Small Businesses with First Hawaiian Bank
Long-time customer Kathy Keller credits First Hawaiian with helping her to grow her two boutiques in Kamuela and Honokaʻa... 
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Plan for new O‘ahu jail gets partial, delayed funding
Hawai‘i lawmakers included $10 million in their budget bill for the state Department of Public Safety to continue planning and design work on a replacement for O‘ahu Community Correctional Center. Star-Advertiser.

Former HPD Chief Louis Kealoha is telling his side of the story
A soon-to-be released book by a former TV reporter asks readers to view a notorious corruption scandal through a new lens. Civil Beat.

Concerns over access to Pearl Highlands rail station sparks action
Guests will have to cross traffic using a crosswalk and then use a narrow sidewalk. The Department of Transportation Services said it’s looking into an interim solution by installing a raised speed cushion at the crosswalk, in addition to a speed hump. KHON2.

Military team seeks to drain 100M gallons of fuel from Red Hill
Amid pressure to act quickly, the Joint Task Force says it's preparing for worst-case scenarios and proceeding with caution. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Outrigger expands again, purchases Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel
Outrigger Hospitality Group announced Tuesday that it is acquiring the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel — its sixth beach resort purchase over the past two years. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

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Hawaiʻi Energy just announced the return of its Innovation Symposium event, inspired by cutting-edge energy-saving technologies and industry leaders... read more.
Hilo nursing home says it is clear of active Covid cases
The 252-bed nursing home recently suffered from an outbreak that was reported to the state Department of Health in early April, with 93 cases, including 76 residents and 17 staff.
Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaiʻi Island nonprofit loses funding for housing mediation program
The West Hawaiʻi Mediation Center on Hawaiʻi Island received a state grant for a new restorative justice program but won’t get funding renewed for its popular landlord-tenant mediation program. 
Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Leeward Planning Commission grants special permit to gymnastics business
The commission unanimously voted to grant the special use permit with conditions. Kona Aerials Gymnastic Team must submit plans and have them approved by the planning department within a six month time period.
West Hawaii Today.

DLNR IDs women cited for illegally feeding Waikoloa feral cats
The women are Nancy Charles-Parker, 74, and Ferol Kolons, 66, both of Waikoloa. Both are charged with the taking of endangered species for feeding feral cats in the south parking lot of the Waikoloa resort area shopping center.

Roundabout slated for Hilo: Work on project could start in 2025
The long-anticipated project would reconfigure the intersection between Bayfront Highway, Kamehameha Avenue and Waianuenue Avenue in an effort to mitigate traffic congestion at the northern entrance into town.
Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.


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Maui county may buy the Lāna‘i passenger ferry
A ferry service that’s a vital link for Lāna‘i residents traveling to and from Maui for work and medical appointments may sell its assets, creating uncertainty about the future of travel on the tiny island. Civil Beat.

April’s hotel occupancy, revenue down from 2022
Occupancy at the county’s hotels was at 65.4 percent in April, 6.8 percentage points lower than the 72.2 percent occupancy seen at the same time in 2022, according to the Hawai‘i Hotel Performance Report released last week. 
Maui News.

Rockfall threat shuts down portion of key highway on Maui
A small portion of Hana Highway will be closed for up to one month, Maui County officials announced Tuesday. This comes after recent rockfall damaged the road in Kipahulu and smashed through the windshield of a car.
Hawaii News Now.
Kapa‘a High School Art Club refreshes market mural in Kapahi
About a dozen students spent five days creating new pieces to complement the existing mural that was done by the middle and high school in 2013.
Kauai Now.

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