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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
COVID Count: Three new cases out of 1,199 tests
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 1520 Views :: COVID-19

...116 active cases....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
AirBnB Occupancy Bounces Back – But Not in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 2957 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii AirBnB occupancy rates are running far below those of other US destinations....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Dead in Conference Ctte: HB220 would expand Department of Health emergency powers
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:26 PM :: 2077 Views :: COVID-19

...HB 220 now waits a replacement bill from the State Senate later this week....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Koko Head Shooting Complex resuming regular walk-in operations
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 3207 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment, COVID-19

...Online registration pilot project complete. Walk-in range usage beginning Wednesday, July 1....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
DoH Uses COVID as Excuse to Quarantine 51 Homeless Frequent Flyers
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 2496 Views :: Homelessness, COVID-19

“...Without proper care, these individuals would likely be back on the street without treatment, would resort to going to a hospital emergency department for primary care, or rely on public safety, law enforcement, and the criminal justice systems, which do not have the capability to provide an appropriate level of care....”

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Survey: Teachers Report Low Participation in Online Learning
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 3196 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...48% of middle and high school teachers report 0-20% of students consistently participated in distance learning....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
Hawaii’s Army Of Karens
By Selected News Articles @ 11:31 PM :: 3882 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...Anyone flying to the Aloha State’s golden shores is supposed to remain in self-quarantine for two weeks....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
ACLU: Hawaii COVID Facial Recognition Program 'Rife for Abuse'
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 2632 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...ineffective, unnecessary, rife for abuse, expensive, potentially unconstitutional, and, in a word, “terrifying”....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
COVID Count: Four new cases out of 629 tests
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 1533 Views :: COVID-19

...117 active cases....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
Hawaii Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearing
By NRA ILA @ 5:54 PM :: 1997 Views :: Second Amendment

...hearings June 24 and 25....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
HB2500 Legislators poised to exceed state debt limit to avoid making cuts
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 2322 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...HB2500 SD1 would allow the state to borrow billions of dollars at a time when revenues are falling and expenses are increasing....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
COVID Impact on Micronesia
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 2473 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...an initial assessment of the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 on the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Legislators Outline Plan to use CARES Funds
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 2503 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...The plan provides discretion to the Ige Administration to spend the remaining CARES funds to pay for unanticipated and emerging needs....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Two Years Later: Kauai Mayor signs fifteenth supplementary emergency proclamation
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 3398 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Tourism

...how long can democracy be suspended?....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Hawaii Worst Unemployment Recovery in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:48 PM :: 2654 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii State Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Least....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
COVID Count: 11 new cases out of 851 tests
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 1541 Views :: COVID-19

...eight patients released....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3163 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...another general excise tax exemption that the State Auditor has put under the microscope....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
​‘The Jones Act isn’t just inefficient, it’s failed’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:42 PM :: 1984 Views :: Jones Act

...Who opposes repeal of the Jones Act?....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 20, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 10:31 PM :: 2145 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...votes in Congress and bills introduced....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
COVID Count: 14 New Cases out of 1,126 tests
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 1524 Views :: COVID-19

...no new hospitalizations, no new deaths....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
Mayor Victorino returns budget to Maui Council without signature
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 2672 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, COVID-19

...Victorino said his proposed property tax rates would have provided relief for hotels, resorts and short-term rentals from the economic downturn....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
UHERO forecasts dire scenarios for local government budgets
By UHERO @ 4:28 AM :: 2611 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...A grim financial outlook is on the horizon for the state of Hawaiʻi due to the impact of COVID-19....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
How to balance the budget in just a few clicks
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:56 PM :: 2029 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...just a few quick clicks and Hawaii went from a $1.4 billion deficit to a modest surplus....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
Senator Dela Cruz asks Governor to consider pooled testing for arriving travelers
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 2193 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Pooled testing would allow the state to test more travelers using fewer tests....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
COVID Count 27 new cases out of 990 tests
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 2071 Views :: COVID-19

...the highest number reported since April 2....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
Caldwell Signs Budget: Rail Faces ‘Hard Decisions’ due to Collapse of Economy
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 3205 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

...Caldwell expressed worries about the uncertainty of revenue collections that are supposed to pay for the city’s $9.2 billion rail project....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
Tax Credit Available for Low Income Homeowners
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 2507 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits

...This tax credit will be applied to next year’s taxes. Annual filing is required for this credit....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
DHHL Expands COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 2047 Views :: DHHL, COVID-19

...Program to include Undivided Interest (UI) lessees who have lost income or their job as a result of COVID-19....

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
COVID Count: 18 new cases out of 1,370 tests
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 1589 Views :: COVID-19

...the cases are community related....

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
UHERO: Estimating the Need for Rental Assistance in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 3:02 PM :: 2824 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...the augmented unemployment payments have done a fairly good job  preventing the worst from happening so far. But that program is set to expire August 1....

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
Hawaii 20.2% Unemployment -- 3rd Highest in USA
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 2514 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...only Nevada and Puerto Rico are higher....

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
Public input sought on decommissioning of Maunakea telescope
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 3252 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is seeking public input on the decommissioning of the Hōkū Keʻa telescope on the summit of Maunakea....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
COVID Count: Five New Cases out of 1,131 tests
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 1521 Views :: COVID-19

...and three new hospitalizations....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Council District Nine--Family Ties
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 5381 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

... Of the three candidates, two have family members that are already sitting in the Honolulu City Council ....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Trump’s Executive Order on Improving Policing Brings Welcome News in Troubled Times
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:52 AM :: 3084 Views :: Law Enforcement, Police

"...an executive order that will encourage police departments nationwide to meet the most current professional standards for the use of force, including tactics for de-escalation.  Also, we’ll encourage pilot programs that allow social workers to join certain law enforcement officers so that they work together....” 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Saving coral reef fisheries with management areas
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 2156 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...setting aside some areas where fishing is prohibited....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Navy Calling Up Reservists to Fill in For Pearl Harbor Shipyard Workers Out for COVID-19
By Selected News Articles @ 9:48 PM :: 2944 Views :: Jones Act, Military, COVID-19

...200 reservists will fill in for missing workers at Pearl Harbor Shipyard....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Another Hawaii Lawsuit: Coronavirus Orders Violate Right To Travel, Equal Protection, Due Process
By Robert Thomas @ 6:04 PM :: 3381 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...the second complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii challenging the governor's coronavirus shut down orders....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
COVID Count: Four new cases out of 1,215 tests
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 1984 Views :: COVID-19

...one new hospitalization, no new deaths, seven released....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Contact Tracing, Testing Keep Recent Clusters in Check
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 1835 Views :: COVID-19

...Mugiishi said because our contact tracing and testing are robust, the state quickly identified a recent cluster of infections to limit the spread....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Former Governors Urge Alternatives to Star-Adv Layoffs
By News Release @ 5:10 AM :: 2721 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...Given the dramatic drop in advertising revenue, Star-Advertiser journalists are ready to do their part to keep the newspaper solvent....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Young Case against Hawaii Carry Ban Finally Moving Forward
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 2608 Views :: Second Amendment

...Young v Hawaii challenges Hawaii statutes regulating carry permits – and lack thereof – on Second Amendment grounds....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
EPA orders the closure of 16 cesspools on Kauai
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 2301 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

...EPA has taken enforcement actions in Kauai to close 16 pollution-causing large capacity cesspools and collect $55,182 in penalties....

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Monday, June 15, 2020
DoH Still Working on New Rules for Quarantine-Free Inter-island Flights
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 2005 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Ige strongly encourages people to fill in the form before they get to the airport....

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Monday, June 15, 2020
Settlement Improves Honolulu Gun Registration System
By Andrew Walden @ 8:12 PM :: 4292 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

"...From now on everyone who is in line at HPD's firearms registration department by 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays will be served...."

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Monday, June 15, 2020
COVID Count: Eight new cases out of 554 tests
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 1593 Views :: COVID-19

...no new hospitalizations, no new deaths....

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Monday, June 15, 2020
Feds: Civil Beat Publisher's Security Detail Sends Pig's Head to Media Critic
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 4190 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

...anonymous, threatening messages, disturbing deliveries – including a box of live cockroaches, a funeral wreath and a bloody pig mask – and conducting covert surveillance of the victims....

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Monday, June 15, 2020
Maui Planning Commission sneaks Hawaiian burial group’s motion onto agenda
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 PM :: 3145 Views :: Maui County, Development, COVID-19

... The Maui Planning Commission appears to have violated both the Sunshine Law and its own rules by failing to give the public required notice of a hearing item ....

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Sunday, June 14, 2020
COVID Count: Five new cases out of 1,152 tests
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 1491 Views :: COVID-19

...two new hospitalizations, no new deaths....

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Sunday, June 14, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 13, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 5:42 PM :: 1922 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... this week's bills introduced and votes in Congress ....

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