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                                Alapaki Nahale-a
Regents chair vows to seek second term

Despite being voted down by a five-member state Senate committee this week, University of Hawaii Board of Regents interim member and Chair Alapaki Nahale-a said Thursday that he has decided to continue seeking confirmation for a second term as a regent. Read more

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                                <strong>“There’s no good, easy option for this, and we’re hoping that it will not be necessary. We hope it’s just an exercise.”</strong>
                                <strong>Brian Hallett</strong>
                                <em>Assistant superintendent and chief financial officer, state Department of Education Office of Fiscal Services</em>
Hawaii Education Department braces for severe budget cuts

State education officials say that between a new round of possible state budget cuts on top of a looming “federal fiscal cliff,” they are are bracing for a triple punch to the funding of Hawaii’s public school system. Read more

                                President Joe Biden speaks about border security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in January 2023, in Washington. Biden announced the cancellation of an additional $1.2 billion in student loan debt for about 153,000 borrowers today, his latest effort at student debt relief after the Supreme Court blocked a more sprawling plan last year.
Biden cancels $1.2 billion in student loan debt

Biden, who is in the midst of a three-day campaign swing through California, made the announcement as part of a new repayment plan that offers a faster path to forgiveness, putting the spotlight on his debt cancellation efforts in his reelection campaign. Read more

                                children’s books.
Kaneohe public library closing temporarily

The Kaneohe Public Library will close temporarily for a construction project beginning Monday, but a pop-up site at Windward Mall will offer limited library services starting March 17, state officials have announced. Read more

                                On the UH campus, students walk through the Art Building while others study.
Complaint alleges antisemitic rhetoric on UH Manoa campus

A group of Jewish students at the University of Hawaii have filed a Title VI complaint with the federal government claiming that words and acts of antisemitism have made the university’s Manoa campus an “unsafe and hostile environment” for them. Read more

                                Shely Chang, who won the 2024 American School Counselor Association’s Hawai‘i School Counselor of the Year award, was recognized at the National School Counselor of the Year ceremony Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C.
Kaimiloa Elementary educator receives honor

Kaimiloa Elementary School counselor Shely Chang, who has helped lead her school’s efforts to combat chronic student absenteeism, has been named the 2024 American School Counselor Association’s Hawai‘i School Counselor of the Year. Read more

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