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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Voters at Honolulu Hale.
New record set for Hawaii voter registrations

Following a record-setting primary election turnout, more than 832,000 people across the state already had registered to vote as of Thursday — and many likely already have voted through mail-in ballots for the upcoming Nov. 3 general election, which will decide Honolulu’s next mayor and the next U.S. president. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2016
                                The biggest landlord serving the most vulnerable tenants in the state, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, is prepared to temporarily reduce rent to nothing for the poorest tenants and even pay for their utilities due to the coronavirus pandemic.
11,000 Hawaii tenants delinquent on rent

More than 11,000 tenants were late paying their August rent, and about 9,000 of them were more than 60 days behind, revealing more economic problems from the ongoing damage to Hawaii’s COVID-19-ravaged economy. Read more

CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                 A casted guideway is lifted overhead after having a concrete casted onto its 12 tons of rebar steel.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell suggests circumventing HART on alternate rail plan

Mayor Kirk Caldwell blasted the rail project’s undisclosed plans to build the final segment to Ala Moana, defended his fourth-quarter audible to withdraw the city’s support and, in the process, won the encouragement of several City Council members on Monday to help get the project on track in Caldwell’s final three months in office. Read more

COURTESY SCREENSHOT 
                                A sample of the debit card being used in the new UI Restaurant Card Program.
$500 restaurant card, call center to aid Hawaii’s jobless

As many as 100,000 residents receiving unemployment benefits are expected to receive $500 in pre-loaded, debit-type cards to be spent at local restaurants, while the state on Wednesday brought on board the first of 200 more agents to handle unemployment claims, including the most difficult cases where people continue to challenge their denials of eligibility. Read more

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                This is the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line going into the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and toward the Airport Transit Station.
Oahu officials puzzled by city’s withdrawal from rail plan

The city’s unexpected withdrawal from a public- private partnership for the troubled rail project means that the incoming mayor and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation likely will have to seek yet another extension from federal officials to keep the project moving. Read more

DENNIS ODA / MAY 3
                                Mayor Caldwell said it’s up to HART to cancel the procurement of the public-private partnership with an unidentified contractor. Above, work is done to relocate the utilities along Dillingham Boulevard for the rail line.
Honolulu withdraws from participating in the procurement of a public-private partnership for the rail project

The city’s rail project was thrown into further disarray Friday when Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that he has notified the Federal Transit Administration of the city’s decision to withdraw from its “participation in the procurement” of a public-private partnership for the final leg of the city’s $9.2 billion rail project. Read more


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