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                                COVID-19 vaccine lot number stickers are sorted by Hawaii Pacific Health workers during a keiki vaccination clinic put on by Hawaii Pacific Health on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.
Off the News: Better COVID-19 data needed

A note for those Hawaii residents who obsessively watch the state COVID-19 data dashboard: Lately it hasn’t been all that useful. Health Director Libby Char acknowledged on Friday that the case count that day was low because of a disruption in the data feed. Read more

                                Five-year-old girl reaches out to Santa Claus through a plexiglass barrier at Windward Mall.
Off the News: Help Santa help poor kids

In this time of excess and indulgence, there’s no better reality check than to look in on the wishes of children who have nothing. Check out the U.S. Postal Service’s Operation Santa for a direct way to make a connection. Read more

                                In this photo provided by Vedanta Griffith, Joshua Spriestersbach enjoys birthday cake in 2020 in Danby, Vermont.
Off the News: A serious case of mistaken identity

In the holiday season, it’s hard to confront the problems faced every day by the homeless, but the case of Joshua Spriestersbach is harder still to ignore. The homeless man has sued the state, asserting that he was mistaken for another man who had violated probation. He ended up at Hawaii State Hospital for two years, despite protestation he was the wrong man. Read more

                                Lt. Cmdr. Blake Whittle, fuel department director,, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, briefs Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Defense Logistics Agency Energy Commander, Director of Operational Energy Policy and staff during a Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility tour.
Off the News: Yet another Red Hill fuel spill

The Navy’s Red Hill Underground Fuel Facility suffered another spill over the weekend, this time of about 14,000 gallons of fuel and water. The Navy says — again — that it was a case of no harm done. Read more

                                Kupu is now accepting applications for both full-time and part-time job applicants and for sustainability organizations interested in serving as host sites for Kupu ‘Aina Corps members.
Editorial: Get a job that builds sustainability

Looking to be part of Hawaii’s burgeoning sustainability movement? If so, apply for 130 new positions aimed at helping Hawaii’s environment and economy, thanks to $5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. Read more

                                Hawaii bid aloha to its last full Sears store, in Kahului, on Sunday.
Editorial: A sad farewell to Sears store

Hawaii bid aloha to its last full Sears store, in Kahului, on Sunday. The retail monolith was a huge part of the local landscape, where generations of families bought everything from toys to major appliances. Read more

                                Lanikai Beach, a popular neighborhood for vacation rentals, in Kailua, Hawaii.
Off the News: Confusion over vacation rentals bill

Those with a vested interest in the minefield that is Oahu’s vacation rental scene were done no favors when the city Department of Planning and Permitting submitted the wrong version of legislation to the City Council for an initial vote Wednesday. Read more

                                The half-inch gap between train wheels and tracks might require replacement of wheels.
Off the News: Welders with special skills needed

Talk about a supply-chain problem: Hawaii seems to lack any supply of welders with the specialized skill to close the gap between the troubled rail line’s track crossings and its too-narrow wheels. If it’s not corrected, trains would need to slow down at key points. Read more

                                U.S. Rep. Ed Case.
Off the News: U.S. Rep. Ed Case stance on bill to get clearer soon

In one of the more interesting political gambits on the Hawaii scene, U.S. Rep. Ed Case has staked out a position on the Democratic agenda that is much more Blue-Dog-ish than that of fellow members of the state’s delegation. It’s likely to win him campaign support, from within Hawaii and even nationally, from those who are not in the progressive camp. Read more

                                Michael Broderick speaking during the presser at Honolulu Hale.
Off the News: Sound advice from HPD commissioner

By stepping down, Michael Broderick stepped up. The Honolulu Police Commission member will not seek reappointment when his term ends Dec. 31, and is asking instead that the mayor name a Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander to replace him. Both those groups have zero representation on the commission, while Broderick — who describes himself as “a privileged, older white male” — says his perspective is easily covered by others. Read more

                                Exterior of Aliiolani Hale, the building behind the Kamehameha Statue.
Off the News: Hoping for more transparency on bills

Thanks is owed to three Hawaii high court justices who struck down the so-called “gut and replace” lawmaking practice. For years, the tactic has allowed legislators to strip the content of one bill and replace it with language for an unrelated measure that would not then get the required hearings. Read more

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