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Off the news: Hawaii set to wrap successful FestPAC

The Hawaii-hosted Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) draws to a close at 4 p.m. Sunday, with the pageantry of a panina — closing ceremony — at the University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Stan Sheriff Center, to include music, pule (prayer) and a roll call of nations. Read more

Off the news: Navy, NASA look to renew Kauai land deals

Along with proposed lease renewals sought by the Army on Oahu and Hawaii island, the U.S. Navy and National Aeronautics and Space Administration are preparing environmental impact statements for continuing use of state-owned Kauai land at Barking Sands and Koke‘e Park Geophysical Observatory, respectively. Read more

Off the news: DBEDT projects sluggish economic growth

Forecasts drawn from the quarterly economic report released last week by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) are mixed: Overall projected growth in 2024 is slightly down, but annual growth is expected to return to average next year. Read more

Off the news: Oil, gas firms seek federal court strategy

Fossil-fuel companies are looking for a way to derail lawsuits by Hawaii and 24-plus other states and local governments who charge that oil and gas have loaded the atmosphere with carbon emissions, leading to climate change and billions of dollars in remediation costs. Read more

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