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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
COVID: City, UH, Labs Team up to Test 100,000 on Oahu
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 453 Views :: Honolulu County, Higher Education, COVID-19

...TMC Lab will collaborate with Community Health Centers across Oʻahu and provide capacity to perform up to 50,000 COVID-19 tests and 49,000 antibody tests through the end of 2020....

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
COVID Count: One New Case out of 641 Tests
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 329 Views :: COVID-19

...A total of 41,205 individuals have been tested in the state....

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
COVID: Hawaii 6th Most Restrictive State
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 PM :: 622 Views :: COVID-19

...two weeks ago Hawaii was the most restrictive state....

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Health Department Orders Shutdown of Free Meal Service
By News Release @ 5:33 AM :: 501 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Malama Meals has provided nearly 350,000 free meals to individuals impacted by the Coronavirus Crisis....

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
House Passes Bills to Allocate CARES Funds--Keeps $635M for a 'Rainy Day'
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 413 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The House also passed SB 3139 SD1 HD1 to transfer the remaining $635 million of the CARES Act money into the State’s Emergency Budget Reserve or “rainy day” fund to hold until decision can be made in June how to best use the funds....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
Ige Extends Quarantine, Releases Recovery Plan
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 607 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...According to the plan – the state will start to gradually re-open medium-risk businesses and operations beginning in June – assuming the state’s COVID-19 activity remains manageable....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
Best States for Military Retirees -- Hawaii 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:39 PM :: 425 Views :: Homelessness, Military

...but Hawaii is the #1 state for homeless veterans....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
COVID Count: Another Day with No New Cases
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 315 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Monday, May 18, 2020
McDermott: Reopen With 100% COVID Testing for Arrivals
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:46 PM :: 556 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Fully one-third of our economy has evaporated. We need to rectify this, at least partially, immediately....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
Billionaire Outlines Plan to Make Hawaii Residents Go Carless
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 821 Views :: Rail

..."Framework for Hawaii's AV Future: Accessible, Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared"....

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Sunday, May 17, 2020
COVID Count: One New Case out of 369 Tests
By News Release @ 7:33 PM :: 477 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Sunday, May 17, 2020
Government in the Darkness
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 472 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... In the Seventh Supplemental Proclamation on May 6, the Administration backed off a bit ....

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Sunday, May 17, 2020
Hawaii Wastes Thousands of COVID Testing Opportunities Every Day
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 AM :: 2029 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii has a 5,000 test per day capacity, yet access to testing is restricted and day after day only a few hundred tests are performed....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Could Hawaii go bankrupt?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:39 PM :: 2374 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s economy has tanked and local tax revenues are plummeting, leaving the state and counties in danger of going bankrupt — starting with the state's public pension and health-benefits systems....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 16, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 11:24 PM :: 429 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Mayor Authorizes Drive-in Church Services
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 9:21 PM :: 439 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...Caldwell's 11th order on the COVID virus authorizes drive-in church services on Oahu starting May 15th....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Salons are united and ready to open with modifications
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 8:42 PM :: 749 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Leading salon industry panelists demonstrated today in a live online forum hosted by Honolulu City Councilmember Kym Pine, that they are ready to open for business.... 

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
COVID Count: Two New Cases out of 740 Tests
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 298 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Office of Information Practices Seeks Ideas for COVID-Based Legislation
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 538 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...To possibly develop draft legislation for 2021, the Office of Information Practices (OIP) wants to hear from you....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
OIP Policy Under Ige's Latest Emergency Order
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 357 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

"...If a request is not acknowledged, the requester may ask the Office of Information Practices to verify that the agency received the UIPA Request...."

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Friday, May 15, 2020
​The Legislature’s Dangerous Illusion
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:12 PM :: 611 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...state policymakers seem to believe that the answer to the worst economic crisis in decades is to borrow and spend — and very likely raise taxes....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
DLNR Begins Review of Mauna Kea Management Plan
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 327 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...the department is launching an independent evaluation of the University of Hawai‘i’s (UH) compliance with the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP)....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
COVID Count: Only One New Case out of 693 Tests
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 294 Views :: COVID-19

...no new deaths, no new hospitalizations--but COVID is back on the Big Isle....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Powerful stories highlight need to lift lockdown
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 AM :: 618 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...It's not too late to sign 'Let Hawaii Work' petition....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Fraudulent International Ship Registration Scandals hit Pacific Islands
By Michael Hansen @ 6:05 AM :: 637 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act, Law Enforcement

“...South Pacific island nations are scouring shipping records for vessels with links to North Korea after Fiji said it had identified 20 falsely flagged ships it suspects the isolated regime is using to evade United Nations sanctions....”

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Friday, May 15, 2020
HB117: Legislators Defer Raises for a Year
By News Release @ 5:34 AM :: 609 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill calls for no increases until July 1, 2021....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
COVID Excuse: Violent Sex Offenders to be Released from Hawaii Prisons
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:09 AM :: 689 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

"...We've arrested people for sitting on our beaches, and today we learned that violent prisoners will be let loose in our communities...."

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Schatz: State Needs to Stop Dragging Feet on Mass Testing
By News Release @ 4:51 AM :: 579 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Tourism, COVID-19

“I encourage state leaders to move at the speed of the virus and establish a contact tracing program that is fully operational as soon as possible. There’s simply not any time left, but there is plenty of money to get this done,” said Senator Schatz....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Hawaii 3rd-Highest Share of Workforce Filing for Unemployment
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 527 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...32.2% of Hawaii's workforce has filed an unemployment claim....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
VIDEO: Three DOCARE Cops Wrestle Beachgoer to Ground
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 1234 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism, COVID-19

...that'll stop the virus....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Honolulu Reopens Churches, Athletic Fields
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 358 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, COVID-19

...starting Friday, May 15, outdoor sport fields and courts will be open for one-on-one sports or exercise with limitations, as well as drive-in services (e.g., spiritual/religious services) that follow specific guidelines....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
COVID Count: No New Cases Today
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 271 Views :: COVID-19

...out of 866 new tests....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
COVID Borrow and Spend Plan will Burden Taxpayers for Years to Come
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:49 PM :: 572 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Keli'i Akina Challenges Lawmakers' Plan to Increase Borrowing and Spending....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Feeding Molokai - Malama Meals Brings Hope Amidst Coronavirus
By Video @ 2:33 PM :: 448 Views :: Maui County, 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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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Two Months Late: UH and DOH Partner for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training Program
By News Release @ 11:59 AM :: 558 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

...extensive contact tracing is a key component to prevent the spread of the virus while relaxing stay-at-home-orders and restarting Hawai‘i’s economy....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
HIDOE closing out 2019-20 school year
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 322 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

...online registration system available to register new students for fall....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Useless: Screeners Let Feverish COVID-Positive Passenger Enter Hawaii, Infect Family
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 1641 Views :: COVID-19

... lax protocols at airport--DoH allowed feverish passenger to go home ....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Rep Case to FAA: Allow Hawaii to Require COVID Testing to Board Airplane
By Ed Case @ 9:30 PM :: 871 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...He Says Hawai’i Shouldn't Have To Rely On Ineffective Post-Arrival Quarantine....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
DLNR COVID Plan: Expand Hunting to Feed the People
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 392 Views :: Second Amendment, COVID-19

...“Hunters have asked us to increase open hunting days to help them feed our community,” said Sheri S. Mann, Kaua‘i Branch Manager for DLNR-DOFAW....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 8:56 PM :: 474 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 22.2% of Hawaii State tax receipts come from individual income taxes ....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Forcing United Public Workers to Enter New Era
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 974 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...it isn’t the kind its leaders were counting on....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
CARES Money: Honolulu to Give $10K to Small Businesses
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 489 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund using $25 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Survey: Hawaii Solar installers slowed by COVID-19
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 403 Views :: Energy, Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...companies indicated difficulty generating sales, and cited customer uncertainty as a primary driver of declining sales volume....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
States with the Most Vulnerable Populations to Coronavirus--Hawaii 33rd
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 AM :: 466 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...Hawaii has the lowest share of population diagnosed with COPD....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Petitioner Needs Counsel For Supreme Court Oral Arguments In Due Process Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:59 AM :: 516 Views :: Family, Judiciary

...Should the parties be accepted to the Appellate Pro Bono Program, plaintiff may renew his motion for retention of oral argument....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Executive Pay Hikes on Senate WAM Agenda Wednesday
By News Release @ 5:20 AM :: 336 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Politician's Trick: Put off future raises rather than cancelling them outright and/or giving back past raises....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
We can’t turn back the clock, and for some policies we don’t want to
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 450 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the state deficit for fiscal year 2021 could grow to between $710 million and $1.8 billion....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
COVID Count: Only one new case out of 433 tests
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 300 Views :: COVID-19

...Big Island and Kauai are now COVID-free....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
HECO Selects 16 Solar Battery Projects--Keeps Locations Secret
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 755 Views :: Energy

...The public will have to wait as long as 30 days to get the details....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
DHHL, Aloha United Way Launch Beneficiary Rental Relief Program
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 427 Views :: DHHL, COVID-19

"...The Department is still on schedule to prepare 1,300 lots statewide over the next five years, and we hope this rental relief will keep applicant families on track to assume those lots once they are ready....”

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