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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
May, 2020: Tourism Down 98.9%
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 866 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... In May, a total of 9,116 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service compared to 841,376 total visitors (by air and cruise ships) during the same period a year ago .... 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
​Gender neutral option available for state credentials beginning July 1, 2020
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 859 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...Those seeking to apply, renew, or obtain a duplicate credential can now choose “X” or “Not Specified” in the gender category instead of the binary “M” (Male) or “F” (Female)....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Abercrombie Campaign Contributions Become Issue in Alabama Congressional Race
By Video @ 10:46 PM :: 1134 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Club for Growth hits AL-02 hopeful Jeff Coleman for campaign contributions to Hawaii Democrat Neil Abercrombie in new ad....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Hawaii Republicans Blocked from Observing Voter Count
By Brett Kulbis @ 10:38 PM :: 1896 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, Republican Party

...This year Hawaii will vote exclusively by mail. Now as many of us know this increases the chances of fraud. Couple that with the checkered history of our Office of Elections, makes it more important as ever that all political parties have representation in our vote counting centers across the State....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Puerto Rico to demand COVID-19 test results from passengers
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 821 Views :: COVID-19

...Starting July 15, all passengers have to wear a mask and must take a molecular test 72 hours prior to their arrival and submit the results to officials at the airport.... 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
COVID Count: 18 new cases out of 1,315 tests
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 561 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Hawaii AG: For The Hearing At Which I Will Argue That Indoor In-Person Gatherings Are Dangerous, Let's Gather Indoors In-Person!
By Robert Thomas @ 5:15 PM :: 1111 Views :: Judiciary, Tourism, COVID-19

...the court scheduled a hearing for Thursday, July 2, 2020....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Hawaii Attorney General Sues E-Cigarette Giants JUUL and Altria
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 885 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...The complaint alleges that, for a period of more than five years, the defendants misleadingly marketed JUUL e-cigarettes, intending to hook users on the product in the same manner used by tobacco companies in the marketing of cigarettes....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
Big Brother coming soon to Honolulu Airport
By Rep Gene Ward @ 11:25 PM :: 1161 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Rep Gene Ward today sent a letter to Governor Ige and the Department of Transportation – Airports Division questioning why the State is installing facial recognition cameras at Hawaii's airports....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
Tax Like an Egyptian: The wholesale rate, the retail rate, and tax “pyramiding”
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:58 PM :: 1255 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...we struggled to determine the purposes of the provisions reviewed, and in some cases, were unable to even infer the purposes. Additionally, we had no objective means to assess whether provisions were achieving their purposes....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
COVID Count: 2 new cases out of 588 tests
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 564 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Monday, June 29, 2020
TVR Control: Kauai County Signs Agreement with AirBnB, Expedia
By News Release @ 6:24 PM :: 1037 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...mandatory TMK field on its listings....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
Clinical healthcare professionals needed to become full-time contact tracers
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 914 Views :: COVID-19

...seeking additional applicants with clinical healthcare backgrounds and an undergraduate degree who are available to be activated by DOH as full-time contact tracers for up to three months in the near future....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
List of Routes: Bus Driver Worked Sick with COVID for a Week
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 1251 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...route 9 (Pearl Harbor-Kaimuki); 40 (Makaha-Honolulu); 42 (Ewa Beach-Waikiki); 88A (North Shore Express); and 501 (Mililani Mauka)....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
Hawaii--Biggest Health Improvement During COVID-19
By Selected News Articles @ 11:14 AM :: 693 Views :: COVID-19

...which states have experienced a positive trend in their residents’ health in the past few weeks....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
HSTA reaches school reopening agreement with state of Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:13 AM :: 1152 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii public schools to reopen with safeguards ....

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Sunday, June 28, 2020
COVID Count: 27 new cases out of 1,677 tests
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 737 Views :: COVID-19

... 17 cases associated with one Oahu funeral ....

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Sunday, June 28, 2020
Future of the Aloha Stadium
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1158 Views :: Development, Higher Education, Tourism

... Can we afford to take the risk of building a new stadium with an entertainment center that may become a financial white elephant like our convention center? ....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
State Education Systems with the Most Racial Equality -- Hawaii 16th
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 PM :: 922 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...to determine which states have the most racial equality in education....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:50 PM :: 1034 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

...The legislature reconvened on June 22, 2020 and will end on July 10, 2020. Here's a snapshot of some of the things that happened this week....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 27, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 10:16 PM :: 747 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes in Congress and bills introduced for week ending June 27, 2020 ....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
COVID Count: Six new cases out of 1,177 tests
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 574 Views :: COVID-19

...and Hawaii's 18th death--the first COVID death since May.... 

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
SB785 --$150M Raises for Public Employees-- How They Voted
By Selected News Articles @ 5:53 PM :: 2521 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Laughing at your sacrifice: Senate votes 21-3, House votes 45-4....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Hawaii 2nd Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 AM :: 1164 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and the highest Total Sales & Excise Tax Burden....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Video: "Lockdown, Testing and Tracking: Are They Really Legal?"
By Video @ 5:11 AM :: 1036 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Honolulu lawyers Robert Thomas and Jeff Portnoy address questions that have arisen during the coronavirus shut-down....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
COVID: Half of Households with Children have lost income
By News Release @ 4:52 AM :: 762 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...51% of respondents in households with at least one child report their income has declined since the start of COVID-19....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Letter: Legislators 'Concerned' About DoE Plan to Continue 'Distance Learning' Scam
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 1294 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...The letter outlines low participation rates for distance learning, internet connectivity and device access inequities among students, and the lack of a concise plan for how they will spend the federal CARES Act funding they have received....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Facial Recognition: Legislature appropriates $90 million for airport COVID-19 screening
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 1151 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

"...thermal screening cameras and facial imaging tracking system...."

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Friday, June 26, 2020
DoH Survey: Many Hawaii residents no longer see COVID-19 as threat
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 1100 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... The number of respondents who view the virus as a “very serious” health concern has fallen from 73% to 54% in less than two months .... 

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Note to Legislature: Focus!
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:28 PM :: 838 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...With Hawaii facing its greatest financial crisis in generations, the state Legislature is finally taking action on balloon launches, a “climate innovation technology park” and red light cameras....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
COVID Count: 17 new cases out of 1,296 tests
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 697 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Friday, June 26, 2020
COVID vs Sunshine: Supreme Court Order Opens Planning Commission Meeting
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 942 Views :: Maui County, Development, COVID-19

..."Without the intervention of the Hawaii Supreme Court, this case would have continued in the darkness of closed proceedings. We look forward to a formal announcement on how the public may observe the conduct of these proceedings." said attorney Lance D. Collins....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
HB285: Legislative Conference Committee Passes Police Reform Bill
By News Release @ 10:59 AM :: 910 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

...The measure requires the disclosure of the identity of officers who are suspended or discharged for misconduct in a report to the Legislature, removes the exemption for police from disclosure under Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act, and clarifies additional authorities and powers of the Law Enforcement Standards Board....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Kauai DoE Pilot Program to Continue 'Distance Learning' Scam with no Evaluations Until Fall of 2021
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 1707 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...The Kaua‘i Education Technology Pilot Project is reimagining how much HSTA members can get away with in response to the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
COVID Suits: One Case Dismissed, Judge Blocks Feds from Other
By Robert Thomas @ 4:39 AM :: 974 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...The court also ordered plaintiffs to respond to the Governor's virus pre-check program....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Separation of Powers Limitation on Hawaii’s Emergency Authority
By Robert Thomas @ 10:53 PM :: 1055 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, COVID-19

...a hard look at the most important limitation on government power in an emergency, the statutory requirement that any emergency proclamation automatically terminates no later than sixty days after it is issued....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
DLIR: Fraudsters Stole $15.8M Unemployment Benefits
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1883 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...5,989 victims have reported Identity theft after receiving a letter about eligibility for PUA benefits....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Ige Defers Harbor Tariff Hike
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 865 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business, Taxes

"...This will allow local shippers and businesses, especially those on the neighbor islands, to conduct business without worrying about a rate increase at this time....”

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
COVID Count 16 new cases out of 1,070 tests
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 662 Views :: COVID-19

...132 active cases, 23 currently hospitalized....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Hawaii Fisheries Down 80%
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 944 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Federal Fishery Managers Weigh-In on Marine National Monument draft plans, COVID-19 Impacts to Fisheries and More....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
HB2502: 'Gut and replace' bill would give emergency powers to health director
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:29 AM :: 3284 Views :: COVID-19

...the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, to consider HB2502, Proposed SD1....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Will Hawaii COVID Lawsuits be Consolidated?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:54 AM :: 778 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...Ige yesterday asked the court to consolidate the two cases....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Constitutional Law and States of Emergency: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Robert Thomas @ 11:59 PM :: 1218 Views :: COVID-19

...This is a one-hour program, open to the public....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Ige: Tourists Can Skip Quarantine with COVID Test Starting Aug 1
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 1820 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Transpacific travelers to Hawaiʻi will be able to bypass the 14-day quarantine starting on August 1, if they first show proof that they were tested for COVID-19 with negative results....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
COVID Count: 16 new cases out of 1,396 tests
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 630 Views :: COVID-19

...Note DoH has refused our request for a tally of current active cases and current hospitalizations....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
SB126: Legislative Conference Committee Passes Key Budget Bill
By News Release @ 6:29 PM :: 708 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...A legislative conference committee today approved a conference draft to Senate Bill 126 that amends the state budget and provides support to critical state services needed during the cononavirus pandemic....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Effects of COVID-19 impact expected to be more severe and longer in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 737 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Results from a national survey of small-business owners released yesterday ....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Private rooftop solar increasing despite COVID-19 pandemic
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 704 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Last week saw second highest application total this year....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Pandemic EBT: $360 Extra SNAP Benefits For Families of 93,000 Students
By News Release @ 4:32 PM :: 1782 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

...Hawaiʻi P-EBT Pandemic School Meals Replacement Benefits to more than 93,000 students receiving free or reduced-price school meals in Hawaiʻi, including almost 48,000 students already receiving SNAP benefits....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
US DoJ Backs Hawaii Lawsuit Against Ige COVID Orders
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 1337 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...UPDATE ... Judge: Feds Can’t Intervene In Quarantine Challenge....

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