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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Hawaii COVID Count: 539 Tests Uncover 5 New Cases, 10 Released
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 818 Views :: COVID-19

...one new hospitalization, no new deaths....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
March Tourist Arrivals Down 50%
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 821 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...A total of 434,856 visitors traveled to Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Big Island Hospitals Re-open Elective Surgeries, Outpatient Services
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 1528 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, COVID-19

...Clinics and outpatient services, such as imaging and rehabilitation services, were significantly reduced last month and elective procedures were ceased in order to limit the spread of COVID-19....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
RIMPAC to be Held Entirely at Sea
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 931 Views :: Military, COVID-19

...The United States Navy will sponsor the 27th Rim of the Pacific exercise, Aug. 17-31....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
​Can Hawai‘i Rise from the Ashes of COVID-19 as a Smart Destination?
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 1322 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawai‘i Tourism Authority surveys found resident attitudes about tourism becoming more negative as the number of visitors increased....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Hawaii’s Successful Experience With Weighted-Student Formula Has Improved Funding Equity
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 AM :: 914 Views :: Education K-12

...The weighted-student formula has provided a much more equitable, responsive and transparent way to fund Hawaiian schools....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Mālama Meals - Bringing Hope Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:21 AM :: 1016 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Mālama Meals, a new group formed by Da Spot and other partners, currently provides more than 10,000 meals a day to kupuna and others in need ....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
City to reopen certain businesses with limitations on May 1
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 1335 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, COVID-19

...Realtors and car dealers at the top of the list....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
COVID Count: 1,180 Tests reveal 4 new cases, 11 released
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 683 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Captain’s Ouster From Virus-Plagued Navy Ship Faces Full Probe
By Court House News @ 3:05 PM :: 1013 Views :: Military, COVID-19

...The initial investigation of the outbreak on the carrier included a recommendation that the Navy reinstate Captain Brett Crozier....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Wall Street Journal Denounces Maui Liquor Commission
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 1644 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, COVID-19

...Wiser regulators than those in Maui would avoid bloody-minded enforcement that deters voluntary civic action to help the public in a crisis....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
USS Kidd Arrives in San Diego to Treat COVID-19 Outbreak; First Cases Emerged More than A Month After Hawaii Port Visit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 AM :: 1076 Views :: Military, COVID-19

...As of Tuesday, 64 sailors on guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-100) have tested positive for the virus, with 63 percent of the crew tested....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Contact Tracing: Hawaii Falls Far Short Even After Expansion
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 1517 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Hawaii DoH is seeking 60 more contact tracers to total 90.  420 are needed ....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Hawaii ERS headed for disaster if economy keeps heading south
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 2644 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Major reforms could help the pension system honor its promises ....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
COVID Count: 2 new cases, 12 released
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 1104 Views :: COVID-19

...317 new tests, one new hospitalization, no new deaths....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Memo: U.S. Attorneys to be on ‘Lookout’ for Civil Liberties Violations Amidst Coronavirus Crisis
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 AM :: 1215 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...The memorandum titled “Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights” asks U.S. attorneys to be on the “lookout” for abuses of powers from government officials....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
VIDEO: Police Ticket Mayoral Candidate for Videotaping Ala Moana Trees Being Cut Down
By Video @ 4:33 AM :: 2786 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, COVID-19

...Six police cars swoop in on Honolulu Mayoral candidate Choon James, Monday, April 27, 2020, as she attempts to video the destruction of Monkeypod trees being cut down during repaving of the Ala Moana/Magic Island parking lot....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Hawaiian Electric preparing new phase of community solar
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 872 Views :: Energy

...Unlike the first phase, which was limited to 8 megawatts, this phase will be open to 235 MW of renewable generation across Hawaiian Electric's five-island service territory, including Molokai and Lanai....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
City to Open Second Homeless Tent City
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 1004 Views :: Homelessness, COVID-19

...City to open a Provisional Outdoor Screening and Triage (POST) facility in Pearl City....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
COVID Economics: Who Suffers Most?
By UHERO @ 10:27 PM :: 1156 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...COVID-19’s Uneven Impact on Businesses and Workers: Results from a UHERO-Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Survey....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Lyon Connection? Micronesia Acts Against Fake Shipping Registry
By News Release @ 7:12 PM :: 1574 Views :: Ethics, World News, Jones Act

...defendants include FSM previous TCI Sec'y Lukner Weilbacher, the former boss of Lyon Associates convict Massey Halbert....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Kahuku Windfarm Case Appealed to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 1157 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Ethics

...Today, Life of the Land filed a direct appeal to the Hawai'i Supreme Court regarding the Public Utilities Commission's decision to deny its motion to void approvals related to the Kahuku windmills project....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
COVID Count -- 2 Deaths -- 1 New Case -- 5 Recover
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 882 Views :: COVID-19

...A total of 28,260 individuals have been tested in the state. 169 new test results reported since yesterday....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Why Does Brian Schatz Want to Save Iran's Theocracy?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 AM :: 1478 Views :: World News, Congressional Delegation

...At a time when Iran's oppressive totalitarian regime is coming under increasing pressure from within and its grip on power is being tested daily, Democrats are rushing in with sanctions relief plans that would shore up its control....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
COVID Risk: Hawaii #1 State for Multi-Generational Homes
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 AM :: 1350 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...it may be harder to social distance or self-isolate in multigenerational households....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Lahaina Injection Wells: Ad hoc rules and non-exhaustive lists of "factors"
By Robert Thomas @ 3:57 AM :: 1187 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...the usual result is going to be that you run a big risk if you don't get a permit....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
DoT Outlines New Verification Process for Airline Passengers
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1411 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...If the person refuses to provide a phone number that can be answered on the spot, law enforcement is contacted and they are subject to citation and arrest....

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Sunday, April 26, 2020
Harry Kim Pulls Papers to Run for Reelection
By Andrew Walden @ 8:44 PM :: 1454 Views :: Hawaii County , Politicians

...Kim, 80, had previously expressed uncertainty about his reelection plans....

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Sunday, April 26, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 25, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 8:22 PM :: 939 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, April 26, 2020
COVID Count: 519 Tested, 2 New Cases, 6 Released
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 809 Views :: COVID-19

...no new deaths and no new hospitalizations....

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Sunday, April 26, 2020
Can the Governor Raise Taxes Now?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1397 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

...This is not a far-fetched scenario....

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
Ige extends stay-at-home order through May 31--Limits Mayors Authority
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 2447 Views :: COVID-19

...The stay-at-home order means residents may leave their homes only for various essential needs....

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
How to kill civic trust
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:20 PM :: 971 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... Sunlight and openness are essential to keeping our lawmakers and administrative officials honest and accountable to citizens .... 

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
COVID Count: 3 new cases, 19 released
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 766 Views :: COVID-19

...no new deaths, one more hospitalized....

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
Partnership to provide meals to the newly unemployed
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 886 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...The funds will go to Hawai‘i Foodbank to deploy food distributions at four new locations across O‘ahu beginning Thursday, April 30, 2020....

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
Democracy in peril: Upholding government transparency during a crisis
By Video @ 5:52 AM :: 1148 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...Was it really necessary to suspend those laws to help fight the coronavirus? What can be done to restore government transparency and accountability in Hawaii?....

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Friday, April 24, 2020
A 50-State Visual Guide to Unemployment Benefit Claims
By Tax Foundation @ 9:24 PM :: 1204 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...another 4,267,395 people filed initial unemployment benefit claims during the week ending April 18, the second week of a decline in the rate of new claims, but still among the highest levels in U.S. history....

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Friday, April 24, 2020
COVID Testing: DLS Lab Corrects Caldwell Admin
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 1455 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...DLS: Contrary to what the Caldwell admin and Civil Beat claim, all of our COVID tests are approved by FDA under an EUA....

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Friday, April 24, 2020
COVID Count: 2 deaths, 5 new cases, 8 released
By News Release @ 6:03 PM :: 715 Views :: COVID-19

...Hawai‘i Department of Health reported 5 new positive cases for a cumulative total of 601 cases statewide....

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Friday, April 24, 2020
KIUC Reports 56% Renewable Generation for 2019
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 939 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

...Kauaʻi’s power generation mix for 2019 included 35% solar, 11% hydro and 10% biomass. Rooftop solar from residential and commercial members accounted for more than one-third of the solar generation....

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
COVID Count: 4 New Cases, 11 Released
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 761 Views :: COVID-19

...and no new deaths....

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Another Maui COVID Coverup: Three Cases, 65 Exposed at Merrimans Restaurant
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 2298 Views :: Maui County, Tourism, COVID-19

...When asked why the cases tied to the restaurant had not been disclosed earlier, Hauptman said that the incident had proven not to warrant public concern....

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to COVID-19
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 PM :: 1220 Views :: Economy, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii -- 3009.22% -- Increase in Unemployment Claims (April vs Start of COVID-19 Crisis)....

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Planet of the Humans: Michael Moore Debunks Hawaii's Clean Energy Initiative
By Video @ 1:51 PM :: 1880 Views :: Energy, Environment

"...No amount of batteries are going to save us, warns director Jeff Gibbs...."

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Maui Injection Wells: Supreme Court Overturns 9th Circuit, Creates New Test
By Court House News @ 1:30 PM :: 1254 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...a 6-3 majority found that the Ninth Circuit’s ruling went too far. At the same time, however, the court declined to adopt the reading of the law advanced by the county....

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
New management structure for Maunakea proposed to regents
By News Release @ 6:39 AM :: 1640 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...four options, all dealing with the master lease.....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Planes, trains and automobiles — but not ships
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 962 Views :: Jones Act

...Even with all the regulations for shipbuilding in the United States, shipyards silently outsource many critical components....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
COVID Count: 6 New Cases, 7 Released
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 763 Views :: COVID-19

...and no new deaths....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
How Many DoE Students are Receiving Consistent Education? -- Congressional Delegation Demands Answers
By News Release @ 7:31 PM :: 1628 Views :: Education K-12, Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

...Across the state, how many public elementary and secondary students are receiving some kind of consistent education every day? How many students are not receiving this level of education?....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
A Low-Risk Plan to Re-Start Hawaii’s Economy Now
By Andrew Walden @ 2:25 AM :: 4660 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...To reopen the economy, start with high dollar-per-human-contact businesses—ie the ones nobody is talking about.  We don’t need to wait a month to do this.... 

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