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It’s been nearly a decade since the Superferry made its inaugural voyage to Kahului, Maui.   And, the feasibility of another interisland ferry came up during the Hawai’i Economic Association annual conference last week. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A statewide coalition of health professionals, educators, business and community representatives are teaming up to record oral health data in Hawai’i. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Hawai’i Economic Association Annual Conference last week focused on transportation of goods into the state. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The state is hosting a Telehealth Summit this week with the goal of developing statewide coverage. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Department of Land and Natural Resources

The State’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission conducted its first meeting today and received a briefing on a draft sea level rise report.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The V-A estimates 20 to 22 U-S military veterans commit suicide each day.  One of the programs attempting to lower that rate is at Schofield Barracks this week.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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Two pottery pieces labeled “Atomic Ware” were delivered to Japan last week. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the unique artifacts were found during a garage sale in Hawai’i Kai. 

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Tourism is currently the largest employer in Hawai’i but its making way for other job opportunities for residents. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The State Emergency Management Agency provided a briefing on what residents and visitors should do in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack targeting Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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It was Day Two of the Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu and time to focus on Hawai’i’s number one international market.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Hawai’i’s annual visitor-industry conference is being expanded to the first-ever Global Tourism Summit.  About 25-hundred attendees are registered for the 3-day event. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Federal agency representatives are on a road tour, visiting Hawai’i to offer funding for smaller companies doing research and development.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Residents of the Marco Polo condominium on Kapi’olani Boulevard are now eligible for low-interest loans following a devastating fire two months ago. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Honolulu City Council is advancing a bill to ban smoking in motor vehicles when a child is present.   The measure has strong City Council and community support.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Hawai’i is the first state in the nation that plans to implement a cashless payment system for medical cannabis or marijuana. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The City and County of Honolulu conducted a remembrance ceremony for those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Exchange Club of Downtown Honolulu hosted the State’s chief executive today during one of their monthly luncheons. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu City Council approved the measure to enable the city to receive money to continue funding the rail transit project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The legislature’s Honolulu rail funding bill was signed into law today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Department of Health

Two medical marijuana dispensaries opened last month and was the subject of a Hawai’i Venture Capital Association panel discussion. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Senate Bill 4 is nearing final passage during this week’s Special Legislative Session.   But funding Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project caused some clashes between lawmakers.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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The State Senate chamber was emotionally-charged today as lawmakers voted on the bill to fund the Honolulu Rail Transit project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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State Lawmakers are advancing the Honolulu rail transit funding measure this week during a special legislative session. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, there are deep divisions in the Senate Chamber.

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State lawmakers started their Special Session today to focus on funding for Honolulu’s cash-strapped rail project. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The State Legislature unveiled a proposal to rescue the cash-strapped Honolulu rail project today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Honolulu topped the nation once again for median rents and housing costs.  That according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, some attendees at the Home Buyer’s Fair on Saturday aren’t discouraged by high prices.   

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The State Legislature is currently looking at ways to allow for the funding of the 8.2 billion dollar Honolulu Rail Transit System.  But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one study concludes there could be more than an 18 percent savings for rail construction. 

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A Honolulu City Council Committee will conduct a public hearing tomorrow on a bill to retrofit older high rises with fire sprinkler systems.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, opponents say it targets seniors who live in older buildings.

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The 10-member board overseeing the Honolulu Rail Project met today to consider actions it needs to take following a public information hearing Monday on additional funding for the 8.2 billion dollar project.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A Joint Legislative Committee conducted another informational hearing on Affordable Housing today.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, this time, lawmakers heard from developers.

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