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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
COVID Count; 13 New Cases, 26 Released
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 481 Views :: COVID-19

...and another day with zero deaths....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Hawaii CoC petitions governor for more COVID aid
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 530 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...Suspension, deferment of general excise tax collections....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Panos: First Call to Plan for Re-opening the Local Economy in Hawaii
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:12 PM :: 1282 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...some specific steps to re-open sectors of our local economy at specific dates given the tiny rate of infections and hospitalizations in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
US DOJ Defends Drive-In Church Against COVID Shutdown
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 676 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, COVID-19

...April 11, 2020,  Maui Mayor Michael Victorino rescinds exemption for King’s Cathedral’s drive-thru Easter service....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Kauai, Oahu Require Face Masks in Public
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 722 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, COVID-19

...An owner or operator of an Essential Business may refuse admission or service to an individual who fails to wear face coverings....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
COVID Cluster at Two Kailua-Kona McDonalds
By News Release @ 6:13 AM :: 606 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, COVID-19

...We have closed our Kona Commons and McDonald’s of Walmart Kona locations for deep cleaning....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Deal to Save Meadow Gold Collapses--Honolulu Plant Will Shut Down April 30
By News Release @ 5:32 AM :: 1491 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...Reached Agreement in Principle with an Interested Party for the Sale of Dean Foods’ Hilo Facility and Related Assets on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui as an Ongoing Business--Operations of Honolulu Facility Set to Close By April 30, 2020....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Petition: Hawaii COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Not Being Paid!
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 1178 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Department of Labor and Industrial Relations seem to have dropped the ball ....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Senate Confirms Judicial Nominee Without Meeting
By News Release @ 3:20 AM :: 536 Views :: Judiciary, COVID-19

...Peter K. Kubota confirmed as Third Circuit Judge after Senate review.  Modified confirmation procedure used due to COVID-19 closures....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
House Committee: COVID-19 Testing and Reopening Economy
By Video @ 10:10 PM :: 759 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...Their plan includes a two-step process of first reopening the local economy, safely allowing businesses to operate and workers to return to their jobs, followed by the measured return of tourism.... 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Economist unpacks disruptions to Kauai, Hawaii Island real estate
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 1001 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...Paul Brewbaker shares his COVID-19 analysis and forecast with a joint meeting of three boards of REALTORS®....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
American Samoa Leaders, State Department Appeal Citizenship Ruling
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 629 Views :: National News

...Congresswoman Aumua Amata confirmed that she and the Governor of American Samoa have filed an appellate brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in the Fitisemanu case alongside the U.S. Department of State....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
COVID Count: 13 New Cases, 18 Released
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 342 Views :: COVID-19

...and no additional deaths....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Recktenwald: Are the courts still open?
By Video @ 5:55 PM :: 606 Views :: Judiciary, COVID-19

...Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald of the Hawaii Supreme Court will help us understand how the Coronavirus is affecting our Judiciary....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Civil liberties in the age of the coronavirus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:00 PM :: 807 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...Jeff Portnoy, a First Amendment attorney who frequently represents the media, calls Governor Ige's recent Coronovirus proclamations “over-broad,” and “kind of like martial law.”....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
State Administration of Federal Programs: Auditors Find Weaknesses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:35 AM :: 551 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Single Audit of Federal Financial Assistance Programs of the State of Hawai‘i....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
UNITE Here Local 5 -- "Safe Hotel Operations in Pandemic Conditions"
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 679 Views :: Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...Safe Hotels, Safe Hawaii Operational Guidelines for Safe Hotel Operations in Pandemic Conditions....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Kauai Mayor Orders Entire Island to Wear Masks Outside
By Video @ 1:34 AM :: 419 Views :: Kauai County, COVID-19

...Kauai makes cloth masks required in public for everyone 5 and over....

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Monday, April 13, 2020
COVID Count -- Five New Cases -- Five Recover
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 461 Views :: COVID-19

...and no additional deaths....

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Monday, April 13, 2020
Unmasked: Petition Demands Caldwell Reopen Fabric Stores
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 643 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Mayor Kirk Caldwell: Classify Fabric Stores As An Essential Business....

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Monday, April 13, 2020
Hawaii #1 -- States with the Most Affected Small Businesses due to Coronavirus
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 1075 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... 35 percent say that their business cannot last more than three months in current conditions ....

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
Zero Deaths from COVID on So-Called Experts 'Peak' Day
By News Release @ 5:37 PM :: 1051 Views :: COVID-19

...Just five days ago, 'experts' from UW announced COVID would 'peak' today with 10 deaths.  It didn't happen....

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
And We Aren’t Moving People Around Because?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1334 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...The emergency proclamation suspends several laws, including chapters 89 and 89C, HRS, relating to collective bargaining....

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
Hawaii 12.8% of Workforce on Unemployment
By Tax Foundation @ 4:46 AM :: 729 Views :: Economy, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii Unemployment Comp funds will run out in 21 weeks....

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
Matson Recycles Containership Kauai in Texas
By Michael Hansen @ 3:46 AM :: 874 Views :: Jones Act

...The tug RACHEL with the KAUAI departed Oakland, California, on April 6, 2020 and is currently enroute to Balboa, Panama, with an estimated time of arrival of May 1, 2020....

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Saturday, April 11, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic vs. 1918 flu pandemic in Hawaiʻi
By Selected News Articles @ 9:18 PM :: 789 Views :: Hawaii History, COVID-19

...the 1918 flu, also called the Spanish Flu, had a significant impact on Hawaiʻi, claiming more than 2,300 lives while actually peaking in 1920....

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Saturday, April 11, 2020
COVID Count: 1 Death, 21 New Cases, 16 Released
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 482 Views :: COVID-19

...Hawaii now has 9 total COVID deaths....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
Post Corona Recovery: How to Reopen Hawaii's Non-Tourism Economy
By UHERO @ 8:44 PM :: 1940 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...77% of Hawaii's Economy Isn't Tourism; Policymakers Can Take Steps To Reopen It....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
No Limits on Lockdowns?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:53 PM :: 890 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...if you’ve been wondering when the restrictions will end, you’re not alone....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
COVID: 2 Deaths, 23 New Cases, 33 Recovered
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 438 Views :: COVID-19

...total of 8 COVID deaths so far.  This is the first day on which two deaths have been reported.  This is the third day on which recoveries have exceeded new cases....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
March Hawaiian Air Passenger Count Down 45%
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 533 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaiian Airlines March and First Quarter 2020 Traffic Statistics Reflect Effects of COVID-19....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
Hawaiian Electric sees drop in demand during pandemic
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 600 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...For Oahu, the average system peak demand (the point of highest energy use) for the week of March 22 was 7 percent less than in previous weeks. On Maui, the decrease was 14 percent and on Hawaii Island, it was 7 percent....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
Hawaii's Good Friday Holiday - What's Up With That?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:05 AM :: 21550 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor, Religion

If you ask how "a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary" squares with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, let us explain ....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
Weekend Curfew 'Pilot Program' for Maui, Honolulu -- Caldwell Outlaws Unicycles to Stop Virus
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1651 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

"...We will evaluate the effectiveness of this curfew after this weekend and will continue to make policy changes as needed....”

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Friday, April 10, 2020
Virus Makes Honolulu Hale Pay Raises Inopportune
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 448 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

...Mayor will decline pay raises for City officials....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
COVID Crisis: Hawaii #1 Search for Payday Loans
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 526 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...Hawaii #1 in search for 'payday loans', but #42 in search for home equity loans....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
Army Changes Child Care Enforcement After Infant Death
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 457 Views :: Family, Military

... Probe finds Army lacked consistent process for evicting unlicensed day care providers at time of infant death last year ....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
Where to Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 478 Views :: COVID-19

...instead of rationing PPE, donations are being accepted.  What a concept!....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
Governor Ige creates new position for old boy – Oshima responsible for economic, community recovery or something
By News Release @ 7:40 PM :: 1501 Views :: Ethics, Economy, COVID-19

...In February, Oshima became the senior executive advisor of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) after serving five years as its president and chief executive officer....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
COVID: DoH Reports Only 7 New Cases, 138 Released from Isolation
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 495 Views :: COVID-19

... DOH playing catch-up with the count of those released? ....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
Safety Dance: Are There Limits To Lockdowns?
By Robert Thomas @ 2:42 AM :: 719 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business, COVID-19

...Join us next Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 12 noon Hawaii Time for a free webinar sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, "Safety vs. Freedom: Are There Limits to Lockdowns?"....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
Public Comment: DoE Seeks ESSA Waiver
By News Release @ 12:58 AM :: 541 Views :: Education K-12

...HIDOE has submitted a request for waivers under the CARES Act which will allow for additional time to obligate ESSA federal program funds to address educational needs during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Maui Hospital Coverup? COVID-19 Cluster Developing Since Mid-March
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 3396 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, COVID-19

...Health officials say the outbreak started in mid-March.  But HNN learned top members within the emergency command weren’t privy to the information until Wednesday morning....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Is Hawaii Really Run by the HTA?
By UHERO @ 8:24 PM :: 627 Views :: Tourism

...HTA is a destination management organization and not strictly a destination marketing organization....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Tulsi Gabbard Calls for Resignation of DoH Leaders
By Video @ 7:53 PM :: 1306 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

"...Bruce Anderson & Sarah Park who’re putting the lives of ourselves & our loved ones in grave danger...."

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
COVID: 25 New Cases, Total Hits 435
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 400 Views :: COVID-19

...a sixth death and a 15-patient 'cluster' at Maui Memorial are not included in this DoH report....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
​Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 542 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Honolulu Zoo achieves accreditation
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 534 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the Honolulu Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Remove GE Tax from Medical Practices to Save Private MDs
By Video @ 4:12 PM :: 678 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Taxes, COVID-19

...We have a 44% shortage of physicians on the Big Island....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Politico: Ige 4th Worst Corona Virus Governor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 1424 Views :: Politicians, COVID-19

...missed the moment, dragged their feet and succumbed to petty squabbling....

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