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August 26, 2022
Blueprint for Hawaii Housing? UH Project for Students and Faculty is Going Up at Relatively Little Cost

HONOLULU (Civil Beat) - A Hawaii lawmaker says the public private housing partnership could be a model for state-owned affordable rentals.

On an island where the median price of a condominium hovers around $500,000, it may come as a surprise that a private developer is planning to build up to 400 units in verdant Manoa for as little as $212,500 each. But that’s exactly what’s happening on the University of Hawaii campus.

The planned project, generically called the “Mixed-Use Affordable Housing Project at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus” in a draft environmental assessment is designed for university students and junior faculty — not the general public. But one prominent housing advocate said the affordable rental housing project could be a model for public-private partnerships to address Hawaii’s housing shortage.

The multi-family complex will include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

If UH can do it, asked Hawaii Sen. Stanley Chang, why can’t other government entities? Read the full article here.

Why is Everything in Hawaii so Darn Expensive?

The 9th Annual Hawaii Economic Association Conference
will investigate this question.

On Friday, September 9, the Hawaii Economic Association will host its annual conference, The Supply-Side Constraints of Hawaii’s High Costs of Doing Business, both in-person at the Halekulani Hotel and online via Zoom.

A distinguished lineup of panelists and experts will explore the impacts that supply issues have on Hawaii’s economy and consider potential solutions in four separate panel discussions. Attendees will leave the conference with a better understanding of the challenges preventing reasonably priced goods and services in Hawaii, as well as ways to potentially address these challenges.

Speakers include representatives from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, the Hawaii Department of Taxation, the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, local restaurateurs, and professionals in agriculture, housing, and economics. 

Read the full press release here.

Hawaii Prepares for Rollout of Improved COVID Booster 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - About 77% of Hawaii’s population is now fully vaccinated against COVID. But only about half of those people went back to get their first booster doses.

And just 15% got their second booster, which is restricted to those at higher risk of severe disease.

Now, state health officials hope a new COVID shot on the horizon will drum up excitement ― and get people to lift up their sleeve as the Omicron variant continues to circulate widely in the community.

“Everyone in Hawaii over the age of 50 is eligible for a second booster shot as long as they received their first booster shot more than four months ago,” said Department of Health spokesperson Brookes Baehr.

Baehr said there is a lot of buzz around the new bivalent vaccine.

It was made to specifically target Omicron and the strains that are responsible for most of the cases in Hawaii. Read full article here.

What is CLM and How Can It Help Optimize Business Processes?
Contract lifecycle management (CLM) may not be the most glamorous part of the sales process, but it is critical to the overall health of the organization. When contracts are updated quickly, based on accurate information, and administered effectively, it benefits both the company and the customer. CLM software is an important tool that helps you simplify the process, serve the needs of your customers, and drive additional value for the company.   The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) recognized how CLM could drive significant value for the State, but many important historical records were stored on paper in filing cabinets, making it difficult to reference.    Dean Hazama, former DCCA Business officer will share the organization’s digital transformation journey and what it took to get there, along with Deena Tearney, CEO of Hawaii’s leading tech IT consultants Pacific Point. Mary Moss, Account Executive, DocuSign will also present on the powerful platform’s integration capabilities.   Join TRUE for a networking breakfast, followed by talk story with Dean and Deena as they share the DCCA’s use case and how it impacted the agency’s business operations for the better. When: Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 8:00 AM Where: Entrepreneurs Sandbox - 843 Ilalo Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Register Here


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Join the following employers to connect with top candidates to address workforce shortages:
  • American Savings Bank
  • Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company
  • KumabeHR
  • Robert Half
  • Starbucks
  • YWCS Kauai
For more information and to register,
click here. 
Monday, October 3, 2022
Hoakalei Country Club

Only 4 teams remaining!

Don't miss out on the networking and great prizes!

Hole-In-One by BMW of Honolulu
Hole-In-One Trip to British Open by Dixon Golf
Hole-In-One Trip to Pebble Beach by Hawaii Employers Council
Putting Contest Winner Trip to U.S. Open by ProService
Longest Drive Prize by HEMIC
Chipping Contest by HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union
For more information and to register,
click here. 
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