Greater Good Charities in partnership with Southwest Airlines and Lucky Dog Animal Rescue flew 130 sheltered kittens, cats, and dogs to Portland Oregon to make room for injured, lost, and displaced pets from the Maui Wildfires. A Portland Oregon resident immediately adopted Toulouse, when she learned Toulouse, the kitten she sponsored after finding him hiding in a cabinet at the sanctuary, was on the flight.
A state senator from Maui announced he would retire on October 31, 2023, so he could participate in the lawsuits from Maui wildfire victims as a partner in law firm Takatani, Agaran, Jorgensen, & Wildman.
A Honolulu wastewater executive, Milton Choy, was sentenced to three years in prison for a multi-million-dollar bribery scheme, paying over $2 million in bribes in return for $19.3 million in sole-source contracts. Choy paid Stewart Stant, the then Director of Maui County Department of Environmental Management who spent the money on hostess bars, luxury hotel stays, travel, and jewelry. Choy also paid bribes to convicted former Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English and former state Representative Ty Cullen. The bribery scheme is considered the largest in Hawaii’s history.
Another Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) employee has been sentenced to prison for taking bribes to fast-track projects through the permitting process. She is the fifth person convicted of taking bribes from architects totaling more than $300,000 combined.
The state’s long-term care crisis continues to worsen. 219 hospital patients are ready for discharge and have been waitlisted for an average of 123 days for a space in a long-term care facility. One hospital patient has been waiting two years. Some licensed facilities have beds available but don’t have the nurses and nursing assistants available to take care of the additional patients. Assisted living facilities won’t take the patients because Medicaid won’t reimburse them for their services.
The City and County of Honolulu opened a new lifeguard tower at Kahe Point, more commonly known as “Electric Beach” due to the electric power plant outlet that returns warm water from the plant to the ocean about 100 yards offshore. The lifeguards have acted about 160 times per day to prevent beachgoers from injuring or killing themselves and many beachgoers check in at the tower to ask about ocean safety before swimming. Tim and Tracey have conducted ocean swims several times over the years marveling at the variety of tropical fish attracted by the warm water from the power plant outlet and have witnessed pods of dolphins swim by.