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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
COVID Vaccine Now Available on Big Island for Age 75+
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 3037 Views :: Hawaii County , COVID-19

... Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Kona Community Hospital, and Hilo Medical Center now scheduling vaccinations for those 75 years of age and older, as well as essential workers ....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Delaying health benefits fund payments will add $8 billion to Hawaii taxpayer debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:29 PM :: 3392 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Efforts to save money now will cost taxpayers more later while putting government employees and retirees at risk, says Grassroot Institute of Hawaii ....

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Monday, January 11, 2021
Supreme Court to hear Guam, Alaska Cases
By Court House News @ 12:11 PM :: 3370 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, COVID-19

... The U.S. Supreme Court granted 14 cases Friday night, adding an additional 12 hours of argument to its calendar ....

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Saturday, January 9, 2021
DoH Sitting on 56,700 Unused Vaccines
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 3199 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Vaccine doses received 91,700 - Vaccinations administered 35,000 = 56,700 ....

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Saturday, January 9, 2021
Sign up Here: Hospitals Start Vaccinating Age 75+
By News Release @ 4:55 AM :: 5060 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Health Care, COVID-19

... Maui Memorial and Adventist Health are not waiting for the DoH any more ....

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Saturday, January 9, 2021
Privileged Elite: Kauai School Employees Begin Getting Vaccinations Monday
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 4133 Views :: Kauai County, Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...other school employees will begin to get access to vaccines on a regular basis toward the end of January and early February....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
How to Put Hawaii Back on Road to Prosperity
By Audio @ 11:00 AM :: 2790 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Hawaii's economy was in trouble before the coronavirus lockdowns ....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Spying on You: Department of Health Launches AlohaSafe Alert App
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2763 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Free app augments contact tracing, (claims to) keep data private, sends notice of potential exposure ...

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Friday, January 8, 2021
COVID Session: How the Hawaii Legislative 2021 Session will be Conducted
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 3323 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Legislative Advocacy During COVID - A Virtual Seminar - How the Hawaii Legislative 2021 Session will be Conducted ....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
VIDEO: DOCARE Raids Nude Beach looking for mask violators (again)
By Video @ 11:56 PM :: 6751 Views :: Maui County, Police, COVID-19

...drum circles, nudity, illegal alcohol and other illicit substances, coupled with hundreds of mask-less people in close contact with one another....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
American Samoa Begins Repatriating Stranded Residents
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 2269 Views :: COVID-19

... The American Samoa Department of Health is currently accepting applications from qualifying residents who wish to be repatriated ....

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Monday, January 4, 2021
2020: A Year in the Life of a Healthcare Worker
By Joni Kamiya @ 9:25 PM :: 2534 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... being at a facility with a positive worker sparked change for me ....

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Friday, January 1, 2021
I can see clearly now
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:29 PM :: 2578 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a fresh start ....

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
''A virus like any other virus" Auditor Slams DAGS COVID Cleaning
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:07 AM :: 2765 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"... A 25-year lack of progress is unacceptable .... "

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
Hostage Exchange: Ige, Kauai Trade 'Resort Bubble' for Local 'Safe Travels'
By News Release @ 3:18 AM :: 3059 Views :: Kauai County, COVID-19

...Ige sat on Kauai's Resort Buddle request for 10 days until Kauai agreed to allow tested sister isle travellers in without quarantine....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Small Business COVID Resource Guide
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 2756 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Small Business, COVID-19

...Updated Resource Guide Includes Information On New Relief Funding, New Program To Support Live Venue Operators, Museums, Independent Movie Theaters....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
COVID: Ige Approves Caldwell's 10th Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 2480 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... The Governor also approved the City and County of Honolulu’s request to test incoming “CISA essential workers” ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
DLIR: How CARES Act Extension Affects Your Benefits
By News Release @ 12:06 PM :: 2976 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

...On Dec. 27, 2020, a federal COVID-19 relief package that extends and provides additional federal unemployment benefits was signed into law....

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Monday, December 28, 2020
HTA: Tourism at 23% of Last Year's Rate
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 11:37 PM :: 2798 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In November 2020, visitor arrivals decreased 77.3 percent compared to a year ago ....

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Sunday, December 27, 2020
Trump signs stimulus bill
By Ed Case @ 10:12 PM :: 3834 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Magic Money from the Sky: Hawaii Getting $1.7B from New COVID 'Stimulus' ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
$1 billion tax hike ahead?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 4887 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Governor being coy in new budget about tax increases totaling $1 billion ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
‘We are going through one of the worst financial crises the state has ever faced’
By Audio @ 8:15 PM :: 3333 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... steps state officials could take to turn things around ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Survey says more than half of Hawaii restaurants will shut down for good by April if tourism doesn’t increase
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 3008 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... There is a consensus among restaurateurs that a lack of communication, transparency, and planning by the government is to blame for the economic hardships they now face. ...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Hotel Report: Occupancy 20%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 5:53 PM :: 2759 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...a new policy went into effect on November 24 requiring all trans-Pacific travelers participating in the pre-travel testing program to have a negative test result before their departure to Hawai‘i....

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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Don’t Give Me Back Rent, I Want to Continue Hiding from Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4011 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Developments during this COVID crisis have brought out tax scofflaws in some of the most unexpected ways ....

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Friday, December 18, 2020
Hawaii Most Obedient State in USA
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 2985 Views :: COVID-19

... Some people are born rebels, and like everything else these days, there’s data to prove it. ...

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Thursday, December 17, 2020
UHERO pushes for rental assistance to continue in 2021
By UHERO @ 11:36 PM :: 2289 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...more free money from the sky....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
COVID Vax Heading to Micronesia, Territories
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 1953 Views :: COVID-19

...American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are included in the United States’ schedule of COVID-19 vaccine distribution....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
What is a Furlough?
By News Release @ 12:57 PM :: 3290 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... Will furloughs affect my “high three” .... 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
First COVID Vaccines Arrive in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:08 AM :: 1948 Views :: COVID-19

...45,000 additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are expected this month.  36,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are expected by the end of the year....

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Monday, December 14, 2020
55.6% of DHHL direct mortgage borrowers fall behind
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 2680 Views :: DHHL, Economy, COVID-19

... DHHL has extended the postponement of mortgage loan payments for all DHHL direct loans and loans assigned to the Department for an additional three-month period, through March 31, 2021 ....

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Friday, December 11, 2020
A new way to address unemployment
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:39 PM :: 2518 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system has become a ticking time bomb that threatens Hawaii’s fiscal future. ... 

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Friday, December 11, 2020
UHERO: Vaccines promise 2021 growth
By UHERO @ 6:05 PM :: 2418 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Annual Hawaii Forecast With Global Outlook: Mainland COVID-19 surge means a bleak winter, but vaccines promise 2021 growth ....

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Friday, December 11, 2020
Spying on You: Cell Phone Tracking COVID Obedience
By UHERO @ 5:32 PM :: 2972 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...The data comes from the firm Safegraph, which collects cellular location data from the apps that run in the background of many people’s smartphones....

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Friday, December 11, 2020
Labor Board: Governor’s Emergency Powers ARE Limited -- Collective Bargaining Agreements Cannot be Touched
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 5636 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, COVID-19

...Remember: Public Employee Union agreements are the Highest Law of the Land....

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Thursday, December 10, 2020
COVID Vax Approved: Hawaii gets 81,000 doses for December
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1967 Views :: COVID-19

"...I am confident in the Department of Health’s ability to distribute vaccines across Hawai‘i....” -- Gov David Ige 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
COVID: Honolulu biggest increase in preference for short-term leases
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 PM :: 2673 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... Since July, 26.8 percent of users searching in Honolulu from somewhere else in the country were looking for a short-term lease, up significantly from 14.9 percent at this time last year....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Unions Seek to Create Chaos, Drown Furloughs in Confusion
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 3734 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

"...Many public workers have already lost their second jobs in the tourism industry...."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
DoE Distance Learning -- 35% of HS Students Fail or Get no Grades
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 2697 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

…roughly 1 in 10 secondary students received a failing grade in English or math during the first quarter. But about 25% of high school students and 6% of middle school students had no grades recorded at all in English and math….

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Med-Quest RFP for Medicaid Plans
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 2850 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, COVID-19

... for up to five health plans to ensure access and continuity of care for Medicaid beneficiaries ....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
VIDEO: Chief Ballard Responds to Anonymous Letter
By News Release @ 2:27 AM :: 4259 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police, COVID-19

"...The failed COVID 19 Operational Plan directly promoted abuse by officers...."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Only 44% of Hawai‘i residents plan to get COVID-19 vaccine
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 1898 Views :: COVID-19

... That’s down 7 percentage points from a similar survey conducted in August ....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
UH law dean joins panel discussing civil liberties during COVID-19
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 2802 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, COVID-19

...Thursday, December 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. (HST) via Zoom....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Tale of the Tape
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3110 Views :: Economy, Taxes, COVID-19

...“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
Spying on You: Victorino announces AlohaSafe Alert app rollout for Maui County
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 3447 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... There are currently 14 States and the District of Columbia that are participating in the Google Apple Exposure Notification (“GAEN”) system ....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
Trump Approves Funding for Hawaii National Guard COVID Relief
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 2325 Views :: Military, COVID-19

... funding that will allow the Hawai‘i National Guard to continue with COVID-19 assistance across the state through March 31, 2021 ....

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Thursday, December 3, 2020
HSTA Solution for Budget Cuts: 'Eliminate Standardized Testing'
By Video @ 12:06 AM :: 3182 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...Yes, HSTA is a one-note band ....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Long Term Care: Hawaii Costs Soaring Faster
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 3073 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Increase in Long Term Care Costs in Hawaii Surpass National Trends; COVID-19 Pressures Future Costs ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Ballard: 'Multiple Investigations' into HPD COVID OT Abuse
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 2825 Views :: Honolulu County, Police, COVID-19

... we have opened multiple investigations, and those who violated laws or administrative policies will be disciplined appropriately ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
House Leaders: Safe Travels Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 2978 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Business leaders, legislators urge Gov. Ige to walk back changes to travel plan ....

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