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Gas leak at Maui Prep prompts concerns from parents

In addition to the health effects, some parents say they fear the gas leak could have led to an explosion, and they feel as though the school didn’t take the situation seriously enough. Read more

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Honolulu mayor signs concealed-weapons bill

The new law also does not allow the public carry of firearms at financial institutions, hotels, child care facilities, health care facilities, homeless and juvenile shelters, bars and restaurants licensed to serve alcohol, and places frequented by children, including public parks. Read more

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Parks department seeks input on volunteer work

The Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input on its volunteer services that include Adopt-a-Park, community gardening, bench donations, mural paintings and volunteer opportunities at city parks, botanical gardens and nature preserves. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2021
President Lassner fighting for $24M for University of Hawaii budget

University of Hawaii President David Lassner is fighting to maintain $24 million in state funding for UH that disappears July 1, while facing “antipathy” from three state senators, including the chairs of the Senate’s finance and higher education committees. Read more

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                                An industry expert says rising prices contribute to the lag in summer bookings. Tours were posted at a pedestrian crossing on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki on Wednesday.
Strong Hawaii tourism might fade into summer

February was a month to love for Hawaii’s visitor industry with arrivals recovering to 96.5% of pre-pandemic times — but the momentum might not continue into what looks to be a much softer summer than expected. Read more

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Oahu tax relief bill gains in Council amid skepticism

Members of the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee remained skeptical Thursday but advanced Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s plan to give property tax relief to nearly 152,000 qualifying homeowners in the form of a one-time $300 tax credit. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/ 2021
                                Ed Underwood denied the allegations of sexual harassment and assault in his written answer to the amended complaint, and DLNR also denied any wrongdoing on its part.
Sexual harassment case settled with Boating Division’s chief

Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation head Ed Underwood has settled a lawsuit with a secretary who alleged he repeatedly sexually harassed her for four years, both physically and verbally, and sexually assaulted her, then retaliated against her for reporting it to the department. Read more


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