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Off the news: Mild Pacific hurricane season predicted

Hawaii could be in for a milder-than-normal hurricane season this year thanks to favorable La Nina patterns and cooler waters, according to a forecast from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. That translates to fewer than the four to five storms seen in a typical year. Read more

Off the news: New dengue vaccine eyed as cases grow

With a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, where mosquito-spread dengue fever is endemic, and two cases of travel-related dengue fever reported in Hawaii last month, a push is growing for U.S. availability of a preventative vaccine, The New York Times reports — but Merck & Co., the developer, has yet to hold clinical trials. Read more

Off the news: Ewa wastewater treatment plant online

Although the rebuilt facility was commissioned in January, the city on Friday officially announced the completion of an upgrade to the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ewa, a federally ordered project costing a whopping $536 million. Read more

Off the news: Meeting to be held on invasive beetle

State and county lawmakers representing Kalihi- Kapalama are hosting a 6 p.m. Tuesday community meeting on the threats posed by the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB), with a presentation by the O‘ahu Invasive Species Committee. The meeting will at Kapalama Elementary School. Read more

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