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Combative auditor hearings cross midpoint, with weeks to go

There have been two distinct lines of inquiry during a state House investigation of separate audits of mismanaged land practices by two state agencies: one on the findings of the critical state audits, and the other focusing on how the audits themselves were conducted. Read more

                                ”<strong>Even though the case counts have improved, cases are still higher than the peak we experienced last summer. If Hawaii was to experience another spike in cases, our health care system could be easily overwhelmed.”</strong>
                                <strong>Gov. David Ige</strong>
House speaker asks for limited number of fans for University of Hawaii game

Three days after Gov. David Ige told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Spotlight Hawaii” livestream program that he hopes to see University of Hawaii fans return, House Speaker Scott Saiki wrote a letter to Ige on Thursday proposing that a limited number of UH fans be allowed into Ching Stadium for this Saturday’s homecoming football game. Read more

                                Les Kondo
State auditor-House panel battle continues

The war of words and battle of wills continue between the state auditor and chairwoman of a special House committee investigating the handling of two critical audits of state agencies’ mishandling of state lands. Read more

                                HPD officers patrolling Ala Moana park.
Over 160 Oahu businesses violate new COVID-19 mandates

As Safe Access O‘ahu mandates stretch into their third week, over 160 Oahu business operators have been cited, warned or been arrested for alleged violations of new COVID-19 requirements that include proof of tests or vaccinations for both employees and customers. Read more

                                Les Kondo, executive director of the Hawaii Ethics Commission.
No fireworks in auditor investigation

A special House Investigative Committee looking into two audits that found sloppy management of state lands focused on the findings and responses of the audit of the Agribusiness Development Corp. on Thursday — but provided no suggestion of why the handling of either audit is the subject of a House investigation. Read more

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