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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
COVID-19 Relief Options Approved by Hawaiian Homes Commission
By News Release @ 2:00 AM :: 2663 Views :: DHHL, COVID-19

...HHC approved the establishment of the DHHL COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
UHERO: Hawaii Needs Free Money from the Sky to Support Local Economy
By UHERO @ 11:01 PM :: 3122 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...tax revenue declines that could easily top 15-20% will almost certainly require reductions in some public programs....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Hawaii Air Quality Cleanest in the Nation
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 2959 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics

...Honolulu City and County set record levels for low amounts of annual particle pollution....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
COVID Count -- 2 Deaths -- 2 New Cases -- 14 Recover
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 2360 Views :: COVID-19

...two new cases, 14 released....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Global Warmers Feeling Forgotten: Civil Beat Agrees to Help
By Selected News Articles @ 7:17 PM :: 2843 Views :: Environment, COVID-19

...Do you remember to panic?  Media will try to remind you....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Hawaii is State Slowing Down the Most During the COVID-19 Pandemic
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 3638 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...WalletHub compared the 50 states across six key metrics. Each metric measures the percentage point increase or decrease in visits to various types of places due to coronavirus....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Kahuku Mother Sues Board of Education over Secret, Closed-Door Meeting and Vote
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 5059 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...suit against the Board of Education for holding a secret, closed door meeting last February, that resulted in denying her petition for rulemaking, violating the state Sunshine Law....

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Monday, April 20, 2020
Antibody Tests Reveal 4.1% of Los Angeles Adults have had Corona Virus
By Selected News Articles @ 6:59 PM :: 2866 Views :: COVID-19

...the results indicate a lower risk of death among those with infection than was previously thought....

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Monday, April 20, 2020
Hawaii 2nd-Worst State for Work at Home
By Selected News Articles @ 6:48 PM :: 3592 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living, COVID-19

"...We also considered factors like how large and how crowded homes are in the state...."

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Monday, April 20, 2020
COVID Count: Only 4 New Cases
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 2248 Views :: COVID-19

...this is the smallest number of new cases in 2 months.... 

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Monday, April 20, 2020
Hawaiian Electric Releases 2019-2020 Sustainability Report
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 2502 Views :: Energy

...Hawaiian Electric employees continue planning the renewable energy transformation....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
COVID Count -- One More Death -- Six New Cases -- Four Recover
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 1926 Views :: COVID-19

...Only 6 new cases from 813 tests....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
Taxing Medical Practice to Death
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4242 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...Unless you like the idea of having doctors in rural areas being scarcer than toilet paper....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
Mobile Device Tracking Reveals Which Hawaii Counties are Really Staying at Home
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 3108 Views :: COVID-19

...Shelter-in-place Compliance Remains Low, UMD Research Finds....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
UPW: We Like Sitting at Home Getting Paid--Do Not Reassign Us
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 5372 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

...we have still not received a response to the question posed as to whether employees who are redeployed are still eligible to benefit entitlements provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
HSTA Claims 20% Pay Cut Will be 'Implemented' June 1
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 3900 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...After unions notified their members of the salary reduction idea Tuesday night, state officials informed union leaders the implementation date of the salary cuts has been delayed by at least one month, to June 1 instead of May 1.... 

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
UHPA: Ige Has No Right to Cut our Pay
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 3475 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

"...We want to reassure you that the Governor has no legal authority, right, or privilege to unilaterally negate or disregard our current Unit 7 contract...."

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Saturday, April 18, 2020
COVID Count: 919 Tests, 21 New Cases, 20 Released
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2114 Views :: COVID-19

...2.3% -- 21 of the 919 tests -- came back positive.  Another day with zero deaths....

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Saturday, April 18, 2020
Judiciary Postpones Trials Until End of May
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 2558 Views :: Judiciary, COVID-19

...postponed to a date after May 29, 2020 or the termination of Gov. David Ige’s state of emergency, whichever is sooner....

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Saturday, April 18, 2020
Model Shows Hawaii Could Ease Social Distancing in Early May
By Court House News @ 5:16 AM :: 3246 Views :: COVID-19

...the Institute for Health and Metrics Evaluation model makes projections for when each state can safely begin relaxing social-distancing guidelines....

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Saturday, April 18, 2020
Crush the Curve: Urgent Steps Hawai‘i Can Take to Contain the Covid-19 Pandemic
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 2420 Views :: COVID-19

...Hawai‘i should emulate regional governments like South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, which have at least initially contained the virus through aggressive public health responses....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Governor Ige Orders Face Masks in Stores Statewide
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 3407 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Violations of these orders could result in a misdemeanor with fines of up to $5,000 and/or up to one year in prison or both....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
The Lowdown on Lockdowns
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:14 PM :: 2331 Views :: COVID-19

...Feeling cooped up by the curfews and quarantines?....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
COVID Count 12 New Cases, 16 Released
By News Release @ 7:23 PM :: 2157 Views :: COVID-19

...and Zero Deaths....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
New Dean for UH Law School -- Focus on 'Critical Race Theory'
By News Release @ 3:29 PM :: 3585 Views :: Higher Education

...Nelson’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural studies....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Judge Orders Habitat Protection for 14 Hawaii Species
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 3762 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Environment

...The rare species, which are now required to receive protection no later than Feb. 29, 2024, include 12 plants, one anchialine pool shrimp and a picture-wing fly....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Who's Going to Ride Rail with COVID?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 3361 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...How many people will be willing to use a mode of transportation where others breathe, sneeze and cough 2-3 feet from their face....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Hawaii County Police 162 Arrested or Cited for Stay-at-Home Violations
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 3627 Views :: Hawaii County , Police, COVID-19

...The Hawaiʻi Police Department three week combined total enforcement stands at 162 individual offenses (40 arrests, 115 citations issued, and 7 additional cases)....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Turmoil Places Renewed Focus on Costly Maritime Protectionism
By Cato Foundation @ 2:06 AM :: 2947 Views :: Jones Act, COVID-19

...rather than handing out taxpayer dollars to these firms....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
COVID Count: Another Day Without a Death
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 2307 Views :: COVID-19

...11 new cases, 15 released, and zero deaths....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
How Well-Funded Are Pension Plans in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:59 PM :: 3453 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii pension plan only 55% funded ranks 43rd among states....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Hawaii #1 State Hit Hardest by COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 PM :: 4213 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on many of America’s “non-essential” industries....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Kauai Announces New Standard Operating Procedures for Boards and Commissions meetings
By News Release @ 1:01 PM :: 2736 Views :: Kauai County, COVID-19

...Meetings will be conducted remotely, and all testimony must be written and sent to the respective commission 24 hours before each meeting.... 

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
HDoT Gives Dillingham Airfield Another Year
By News Release @ 10:40 AM :: 3068 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

...HDOT Airports Division has notified tenants of Dillingham Airfield the termination of their permit at the facility has been rescinded due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Rep Case, Legislators Challenge Ige on Union Pay Cuts
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 3678 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Representative Case says money from the CARES Act should be used for covering revenue losses....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Maui Hospital COVID Cluster Spreads to Nursing Home
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2567 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

...six of our nursing home residents were potentially exposed to COVID-19 during their stay at MMMC prior to being admitted to Hale Makua.  One of them has tested positive....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
​UHERO Webinar: How to Control the Coronavirus Epidemic and Bring Back Hawaiʻi’s Economy
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 3038 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...Monday, April 20, 2020 5:30pm – 6:30pm....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Class Action Filed Against Hawaii Department of Education for Discrimination Against Disabled Students
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 3559 Views :: Education K-12

...The lawsuit seeks Declaratory Judgment that the DOE has denied eligible students a free appropriate public education or FAPE....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Sound the Horn Thursday 9AM
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 2494 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...City and County of Honolulu to commemorate essential public transportation workers....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
COVID Count; 13 New Cases, 26 Released
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 1856 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 :: 2947 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 :: 3548 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 :: 3836 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 :: 3953 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 :: 3291 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 :: 4907 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 :: 5165 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 :: 2475 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 :: 2829 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 :: 5033 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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