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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
American Samoa Leaders, State Department Appeal Citizenship Ruling
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 3449 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 :: 1744 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 :: 2703 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 :: 3111 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 :: 2373 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 :: 3389 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 :: 2677 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 :: 1856 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 :: 3179 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 :: 3962 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 :: 2685 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 :: 4232 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 :: 3836 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 :: 3471 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 :: 3167 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 :: 2033 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 :: 4315 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 :: 3110 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 :: 2040 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 :: 3165 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 :: 3243 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
Weekend Curfew 'Pilot Program' for Maui, Honolulu -- Caldwell Outlaws Unicycles to Stop Virus
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 4101 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 :: 2915 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

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

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Thursday, April 9, 2020
COVID Crisis: Hawaii #1 Search for Payday Loans
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 3099 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 9, 2020
Army Changes Child Care Enforcement After Infant Death
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 3025 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 9, 2020
Where to Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 2199 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Thursday, April 9, 2020
Governor Ige creates new position for old boy – Oshima responsible for economic, community recovery or something
By News Release @ 7:40 PM :: 4239 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 9, 2020
COVID: DoH Reports Only 7 New Cases, 138 Released from Isolation
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 2014 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Thursday, April 9, 2020
Safety Dance: Are There Limits To Lockdowns?
By Robert Thomas @ 2:42 AM :: 3531 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 9, 2020
Public Comment: DoE Seeks ESSA Waiver
By News Release @ 12:58 AM :: 2286 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 8, 2020
Maui Hospital Coverup? COVID-19 Cluster Developing Since Mid-March
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 7202 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 8, 2020
Is Hawaii Really Run by the HTA?
By UHERO @ 8:24 PM :: 2480 Views :: Tourism

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

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Tulsi Gabbard Calls for Resignation of DoH Leaders
By Video @ 7:53 PM :: 3485 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 8, 2020
COVID: 25 New Cases, Total Hits 435
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 1945 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 8, 2020
​Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 2749 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 8, 2020
Honolulu Zoo achieves accreditation
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 2708 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 8, 2020
Remove GE Tax from Medical Practices to Save Private MDs
By Video @ 4:12 PM :: 3945 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 8, 2020
Politico: Ige 4th Worst Corona Virus Governor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 4340 Views :: Politicians, COVID-19

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

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The Jones Act is American Self-Sabotage
By Michael Hansen @ 9:57 AM :: 2556 Views :: Jones Act

...supporters of the law argue that it helps thwart the ambitions of countries such as China. The truth is almost the complete opposite....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Ige: Safety Concerns Take Priority over Transparency
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2603 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...In the meantime, if any of you are aware of specific instances in which you believe a State board or commission has acted unreasonably under the current circumstances, please provide the details for me to consider....

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
COVID Crackdown? "Online registration required to leave the home"
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 5423 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

"...Only one family member should be allowed to leave the home at any time...."

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
COVID: 23 New Cases-but 24 Released
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 1901 Views :: COVID-19

...for the first time recoveries outnumber new cases....

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus -- Hawaii Jumps from 46th to 11th to 4th
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 2517 Views :: COVID-19

...data set ranges from tested cases of COVID-19 per capita and state legislation on the pandemic to the uninsured population and share of the workforce in affected industries....

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Coronavirus: Light at the End of the Tunnel
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:25 AM :: 2517 Views :: COVID-19

...New cases will peak at the very end of April....

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Monday, April 6, 2020
Attorney: Emergency Declaration Did Not Suspend Transparency Requirements of County Charter
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 3324 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, COVID-19

...As recently as several months ago, the governor was enjoined by the First Circuit Court from using his emergency powers to infringe upon the constitutionally protected traditional and customary practices of Native Hawaiian practitioners at Mauna Kea....

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Monday, April 6, 2020
Livestream Panel: Uniting TMT and Maunakea
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 4143 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Imua TMT is running another panel at the special request of UC Riverside this Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 9 AM Hawaii time....

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Monday, April 6, 2020
COVID: 16 New Cases, 5th Death Recorded--3rd Day of Declining New Cases
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 2693 Views :: COVID-19

...total 387 cases--this is the third day in a row the number of new cases has declined....

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Monday, April 6, 2020
Rail Contractors Speed up Construction while Oversight Personnel 'Work' from Home
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 2769 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...As HART operations and construction continue during the pandemic, HART staff has largely moved to tele-commuting....

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Sunday, April 5, 2020
Full Text: Council Chair Cries a River After Being Busted Giving Development Deal to Convicted Felon
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 8681 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

...while you are locked down with COVID, this is what some politicians are doing....

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Sunday, April 5, 2020
We’re All Homeschoolers Now
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:45 PM :: 3642 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

...A rapidly flourishing market of online resources is beginning to meet the content needs of millions of students across the country....

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