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Saturday, June 26, 2021
13 Cases--Delta variant detected in all Hawaii counties
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 2058 Views :: COVID-19

... Delta variant expected to spread rapidly ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
No Quarantine for Vaccinated Mainland Travelers Starting July 8
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 2579 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Gov. David Ige announced that effective July 8, the State of Hawai‘i will eliminate its pre-travel testing/quarantine requirement for domestic travelers to Hawai‘i who have been fully vaccinated in the United States ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Is Hawaii Becoming a Perfect Contradiction?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:47 PM :: 2709 Views :: Environment, COVID-19

... An island state without ferries but more than enough "environmentalists" ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Hawaiian Electric to auto-enroll past due accounts in 12-month payment plan to avoid disconnection
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2516 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... First installment appears in July bills ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
53,000 Unemployed in Hawaiʻi, But State Chamber Dealing with Employee Shortages
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 2844 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... in April 2021 the state of Hawaiʻi had 53,000 people unemployed and 27,415 job openings ....

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Friday, June 18, 2021
​COVID tier confusion bespeaks a bigger problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:17 PM :: 2019 Views :: COVID-19

... More than a year into the COVID-19 emergency, we’re still experiencing the many ways in which the government can regulate and limit our daily lives ....

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Friday, June 18, 2021
Hawaii Pre-Travel Testing Program Expands to French Polynesia
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 2430 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii - Tahiti flights begin Aug 7 ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Free Money from the Sky: Another $100 for MEUCs
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 2712 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it will start processing MEUC applications beginning on June 17, 2021 ....

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Monday, June 14, 2021
Make $100K? COVID Money will Pay Your Rent and Utilities
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 2518 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

"... a household of four people earning up to $100,700 a year in total and demonstrating financial hardship from the pandemic can qualify for support ...."

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Sunday, June 13, 2021
Taxing Government Largesse
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2888 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...“Landlords are subject to GET on these amounts whether the payments are received from the tenants or directly from the agency that administers the relief program on behalf of the tenant.”  The same reasoning applies to income tax, federal and state....

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Saturday, June 12, 2021
End COVID-19 transparency dodge
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 AM :: 2732 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... Hawaii businesses might be reopening, but Hawaii government agencies still have a ways to go ....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
O‘ahu moves into Tier 4 allowing larger group sizes outdoors and improved operations
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 2965 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Social gatherings up to 25 people allowed outdoors ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Vaccinations Make Honolulu 14th Most Livable City on Earth
By News Release @ 6:06 PM :: 2553 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... The biggest gainer in this year’s index is Honolulu. The city rose 46 places to fourteenth after its strong progress in containing the pandemic and rolling out its vaccination programme .... 

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Monday, June 7, 2021
Hawaii Worst State Economy in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:51 PM :: 3500 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii is struggling with the highest unemployment rate in the country, at 9% ....

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Monday, June 7, 2021
Ige Signs Emergency Order Linking Reopening to Vaccination rate
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 2838 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, COVID-19

... eviction moratorium extended, procurement law restored ....

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Monday, June 7, 2021
DoH Survey Shows 92% Intend to Get Vaccinated
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 1712 Views :: COVID-19

... those with a college degree (75%) were more likely to be fully vaccinated than were those without a degree (47%) ....

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Saturday, June 5, 2021
Ige: Inter-island travel restrictions end June 15
By News Release @ 3:48 AM :: 2995 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The governor also announced that beginning June 15, travelers entering the state who have been vaccinated in Hawai‘i may bypass quarantine without a pre-travel test ....

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Friday, June 4, 2021
Don't criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 2435 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results .... 

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Friday, June 4, 2021
Map: How Many are Vaccinated in Your Zip Code?
By News Release @ 6:24 AM :: 3003 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... as of June 3, over half (52%) of Hawaii’s total population has been fully vaccinated and 59% have received at least one dose ....

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Friday, June 4, 2021
DLIR: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Recipients will Have to Look for Work
By News Release @ 6:11 AM :: 2192 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... PUA claimants will need to begin reporting the three job contacts on June 20, 2021 ....

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Sunday, May 30, 2021
A Government of (Suspended) Laws, Not Men
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2243 Views :: COVID-19

... Government should be based on clearly written laws, and not on the unpredictable will of one or even a few people ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Ige: More Re-openings at 60% Vaccination Rate
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 3291 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... wait until the State of Hawaii has vaccinated at least 60 percent of residents before allowing higher occupancy ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
COVID Vax Available at Malls, Beach Park Saturday
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 1645 Views :: COVID-19

... Vaccination sites are planned across the state at accessible locations such as malls, restaurants, farmers markets, and a beach park Saturday, May 29 ....

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
484K Visitors to Hawaii in April, 2021
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 6:44 PM :: 2331 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... 484,071 visitors arrived by air service to the Hawaiian Islands in April 2021, down 43.0 percent from the April 2019 count of 849,397 visitors ... 

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
DBEDT: Hawaii Economic Recovery Accelerating
By News Release @ 12:36 AM :: 2567 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... DBEDT revised its economic growth projection for 2021 to 3.5 percent, up from 2.7 percent ....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska Cruise Ships from PVSA
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:55 PM :: 2783 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act provides the Last Frontier temporary relief from the 135-year-old PVSA, which requires foreign-flagged vessels carrying passengers between U.S. ports to stop in a foreign port as part of the itinerary .... 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Hawaii ranks 2nd healthiest state in US
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 3371 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

... best and worst ranked states closely correlate with 2020 presidential election results ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Hawaii 5-year Growth Rate 2nd Lowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:12 PM :: 2413 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... total employment in Hawaii declined by 10% between 2016 and 2021 ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Ige Lifts Outdoor Mask Mandate
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 1964 Views :: COVID-19

... The indoor mask mandate remains unchanged ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Fixing Hawaii's COVID-19 citation nightmare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 AM :: 2419 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... A look at SB540 ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Mayor Victorino offers sneak peak of Governor Ige’s Tuesday press conference
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 2061 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... imminent changes to state emergency rules related to youth ocean sports and mask-wearing ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
HECO Urges COVID Deadbeats to Set up Payment Plan
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 2195 Views :: Energy, COVID-19

... Moratorium end on May 31 will not trigger immediate disconnections for past due customers ....

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Sunday, May 23, 2021
Teacher Payments and the “Me Too” Syndrome
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2575 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... House Bill 613, another bill that has undergone radical metamorphosis while in our Legislature. ...

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Sunday, May 23, 2021
School Closures will Cost Trillions--And Nobody is Worse than Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 AM :: 2771 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... While 12 states are at 100 percent, Hawaii as the worst state is at 38.5 percent and California as the next is at 53.5 percent ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
April 2021 Hotel Revenues up 138%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 4:28 PM :: 2328 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... ADR was more than double last year’s level ($300, +138.6%), and occupancy was 50.8 percent (+42.0 percentage points), which would have been disappointing performance pre-pandemic ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Spectators allowed at permitted outdoor sporting events
By News Release @ 4:20 AM :: 1860 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... The rule continues to prohibit socializing and potlucks at the field/court before or after the scheduled sports activity ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Facial Imaging Now Operational at Five Hawaii Airports
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 3118 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

... Airports Division announces the operation of Phase III of the thermal temperature screening and facial imaging project at Hawaii’s five major airports that accept trans-Pacific flights ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Arrested at Airport: Nigerian Prince Allegedly Defrauded Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 3939 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... the arrestee is a senior aide to the Governor of the Nigerian State of Ogun, just outside Lagos ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
UH to require COVID-19 vaccination for on-campus students this fall
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 2119 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... This means that, to be on any UH campus, students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ....

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Hawaii Juvenile COVID Cases Surging
By Andrew Walden @ 5:45 AM :: 2393 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... age 0-17 is now at its highest peak since late August, 2020 ....

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Rep Ward: "It's clearly time to open up the State Capitol"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:25 AM :: 2533 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The State Capitol has been closed since March of 2020 when the pandemic began, and unlike other State and government buildings across our State, the Capitol has remained closed to the public ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Now is the time to ‘get real’ about Hawaii’s future
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:41 PM :: 2591 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... losing the state’s best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Schatz Calls On Ige To Lift Restrictions On Youth Sports
By News Release @ 9:08 PM :: 2331 Views :: Education K-12, Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... In his letter to the governor, Schatz cites Hawai‘i’s progress on vaccinations and its low case counts, as well as the importance of safely lifting restrictions and returning to a more normal life ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
$10M Taxpayer Money in 'High Tech' Giveaways
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 1959 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

"... to 36 small businesses across Hawaii for PPE manufacturing ...."

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
HECO vs PUC on Kapolei Battery Farm
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 2410 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, COVID-19

... Hawaiian Electric is asking the PUC to approve the KES project but without the operational and financial conditions it imposed in its April 29, 2021, decision and order (No. 37754) ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
What happens after Pride of America says ‘aloha’ to Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 AM :: 4399 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to replace it under federal law ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Pfizer Vax Now Available for Age 12+
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1911 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that 12 to 15-year-olds receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine ....

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Monday, May 10, 2021
Hirono: Lets Use COVID Aid to Blackmail United Airlines
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 5146 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

"... require any new PSP agreement with United Airlines or any applicant require the airline to refrain from outsourcing jobs ...."

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Travel Weekly: Grassroot Institute Cruises the Last Frontier
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 2665 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... it's been deemed easier to work with Canada rather than those within the U.S. government committed to preserving the status quo ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Ige Signs Proclamation--Vaccine Passport Begins May 11
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2904 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The state’s Safe Travels platform went online today, allowing travelers to upload their travel information and vaccination data ....

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