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GEORGE F. LEE / AUGUST 16
                                Construction of the rail line continues at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Deadline looming for HART’s rail plan

On Tuesday the all-volunteer HART board is set to take a critical vote on whether to fish or cut bait on a two-year effort to secure a partnership with a private group to help finance construction of the project’s last 4-mile leg into urban Honolulu. Read more

COURTESY CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU ELECTIONS DIVISION
                                City Clerk Glen Takahashi said the city received roughly 80 postal service trays of completed ballots Tuesday.
Oahu election turnout already at 14%

The number of primary votes cast was the most since statehood by a large margin — the previous high was 309,700 in 1994 — while the percentage turnout in August was the highest since 1996, when it was 51.8%. Read more

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Pa‘i Foundation Executive Director Vicky Holt Takamine remarked Tuesday on the new city program to help culture and arts businesses and nonprofits.
$10M city program to help arts community

The goal is to help artists and cultural practitioners who are part of the “gig economy” that consists of people who work contractually from job to job with little security and few employment rights or benefits. Read more

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2017
                                People tend their garden plots in Manoa Community Garden, which has been closed along with other gardens like it because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Community garden users again appeal for reopening

Honolulu residents who rent plots in the city’s 10 community gardens are again urging Mayor Kirk Caldwell to reconsider his decision to include their program among the activities required to be closed under the latest COVID-19 lockdown. 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.
Details of Honolulu’s rail P3 plan remain concealed

Details of negotiations between city officials and potential third-party entities that would help construct and operate the struggling $9.2 billion rail project remain shrouded in mystery, even to members of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, who sought to get some answers Thursday. Read more


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