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COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for 18+ in Micronesia

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OHA Rentseeking vs ‘Bold’ plan to develop leasehold condos on state land renewed

SA: … Legislation for the program, Senate Bill 1, passed an initial Senate Committee on Housing hearing Tuesday….

Chang has previously said 270 acres of state land near planned rail stations could be used to produce 67,500 leasehold condos, including land next to Aloha Stadium, Leeward Community College, Hono­lulu Community College and McKinley High School….

None of the 2019 bills became law, except for one that morphed into a $150,000 appropriation to pay for a feasibility study on the subject.

Last year a bill to move ahead with leasehold condos on state land also failed….

as in prior years, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs objected to ALOHA Homes, mainly over concern that the program will vastly diminish Native Hawaiian claims to ceded lands from which OHA is supposed to earn revenue for beneficiaries….

SB 1 authors attempted to address OHA’s main concern with a requirement to transfer some leasehold condos to OHA and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. But this triggered concerns from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp., an agency that helps produce affordable housing.  HHFDC said such transfers could violate federal and state fair-housing law because the state would be restricting ownership of homes based on race….

read … ‘Bold’ plan to develop leasehold condos on state land renewed

Shutdown of Agriculture Development Corporation just a trick to Kill Seed Industry?

WHT: … The measure passed its second reading Friday after a 7-1 vote Wednesday in the House Agriculture Committee. The nay came from Rep. James Tokioka, a Kauai Democrat, who joined central Oahu Republican Rep. Val Okimoto as the two no votes on the House floor….

The bill generated 197 pages of written testimony to the Committee on Agriculture, mostly in support, especially by individual testifiers.

Organizations in support include: Animal Rights Hawaii; Malama Moloa‘a; Hawaii Seed; Indigo Foundation; Clark Elements; Pele Lani Farm LLC; Pesticide Action Network North America; Alliance for Progressive Action; Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii and

(Translation: The usual anti-GMO freaks.)

In addition to the DDOA, organizations opposed include: the ADC; Kauai Chamber of Commerce; Kauai Island Utility Cooperative; Friends of Waimanalo; Dole Food Co. Hawaii; Larry Jefts Farms LLC; Lin’s Farms; Kekaha Agriculture Association; Whitmore Economic Develop Group; Umi’s Farm; Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; Hawaii Farm Bureau; Ho Farms; CropLife America; and Biotechnology Innovation Organization….

(Translation: The remaining parts of the seed industry not destroyed by the anti-GMO freaks.)

SA Editorial: Get agribusiness back on track

read … Critics say Agriculture Development Corporation should be shut down

Former US Indo-Pacific Command Surgeon: Military approach offers lessons for Hawaii reopening

HPR: … Rear Admiral Dr. Lou Tripoli is a practicing physician at Tripler Army Medical Center and travel and tourism consultant in Hawaii and Las Vegas. He wants the state to lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people ….

read … Former US Indo-Pacific Command Surgeon: Military approach offers lessons for Hawaii reopening

Aloha Stadium parking lot events prove popular with more being booked

SA: … Aloha Stadium was more or less condemned in December for future events with spectators, but the parking lot around the rusted 50,000-seat complex is being booked for a growing array of attractions.

Stadium managers have been lining up a series of events recently on the black plain of pitted asphalt radiating outward from the 46-year-old stadium on 98 acres in Halawa, including a laser light show, a drive-in dinner show and monthly craft fairs.

Drive-in movies, drive-in concerts and car races also are being pursued at the longtime home of a swap meet that has continued during the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays on portions of the massive stadium parking lot with 7,476 spaces….

To make hosting more parking lot events easier, the stage, a video wall and other infrastructure used for Moonlight Mele will remain on-site for use by other event organizers….

Spain said users of the setup are expected to include high school graduation ceremonies this summer….

read … Aloha Stadium parking lot events prove popular with more being booked

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