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Monday, July 19, 2021
COVID School Closures: Who are we trying to protect?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:58 PM :: 1373 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... We say it’s for the safety of your children, but it is clear that the decisions Hawaii is making in regards to COVID policies are for the sake of some adults ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
All public school students to receive free meals throughout school year 2021-22
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 1054 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... thanks to a nationwide waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The waiver aims to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19 at schools across the country by eliminating meal payment transactions in school cafeterias ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
No Vaccination Mandate for UH System
By News Release @ 10:42 PM :: 1265 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... More than 92% of University of Hawaiʻi students and 95% of UH employees of the 10-campus system have been vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus or plan to be, according to surveys administered in late June ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
Ige: Eviction Moratorium Ends August 6
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 1097 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Ige today formally notified the Hawai‘i State Legislature and Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald that he will not be issuing any further eviction moratoria once the current moratorium expires on Aug. 6 ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
HSTA Continues to Push So-Called 'Distance Learning' for fall term
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 1318 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... For every teacher the state dedicates to distance learning when students return to class in August, it would need to pull a teacher out of the classroom, state Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Tuesday ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
COVID Spying: CLEAR Health Pass Gains Access to ALL of Your Medical Records
By News Release @ 6:00 AM :: 4120 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

"... I was asked to release all my medical records from Kaiser Permanente to CLEAR, not just the results of the vaccination ...." 

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Sunday, July 11, 2021
Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1306 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... Does our government overreach?  Yes.  Why does it do that?  Because we let them ....

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
COVID 'Hazard Pay': HGEA Scores 25% Pay Hike
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 1600 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, COVID-19

... to each individual HGEA bargaining unit member employed by the City who feels they have worked under hazardous conditions relating to COVID-19 exposure ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
DoH: New Hawaii Vaccine Totals Include Federal Doses
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 1125 Views :: COVID-19

... Beginning today the Department of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division data dashboard reflects new data provided by federal agencies ....

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Monday, July 5, 2021
CDC: 98.7% of Hawaii Students Excluded from In-person Learning, Worst in USA
By News Release @ 4:18 PM :: 1640 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Access to in person learning varied by state with the lowest mean percent of all students with access in Hawaii (1.3%) and highest in Wyoming and Montana (100%) ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
BOE chair says board will consider distance learning options
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 1186 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... the board will discuss distance learning options for next school year at its next meeting on July 15, just a little more than two weeks before most public school students are scheduled to return to class ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Let's not forget what makes July Fourth special
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:25 PM :: 1090 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency management statute that has ruled our lives for the past year ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Akina rides with Perry & The Posse to lament the 'tracks of our tiers'
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 1443 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.”

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Hawaii Vaccination Exception Program Begins July 8
By News Release @ 4:43 AM :: 1434 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The Safe Travels digital platform is now allowing vaccine document uploads for trips arriving in Hawaiʻi on July 8 and beyond ....

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
Embezzlement, Bribery: Hawaii Non-Profit Executive Sentenced to 46 Months of Imprisonment
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 3053 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Ethics, Law Enforcement, OHA, COVID-19

... Hawaii Non-Profit Executive Sentenced to 46 Months of Imprisonment for Embezzling Over $500,000 from AmeriCorps and for Agreeing to Receive a Bribe for Approving $845,000 in CARES Act Grants ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
CNHA, DHHL announce $5M rental & utilities assistance for Native Hawaiians
By News Release @ 12:01 PM :: 1090 Views :: DHHL, OHA, COVID-19

... This new allotment of funds was made possible through the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and is part of the DHHL COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
630,000 Tourist Arrivals in May, 2021
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 1062 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... When compared to 2019, visitor arrivals in May 2021 were down 25.7 percent from the May 2019 count of 847,396 visitors, and visitor spending decreased 22.2 percent from the $1.41 billion spent in May 2019 ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
89% of Tourists 'Fully Vaccinated'
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 1180 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... Repeat visitors were more likely to be fully vaccinated along with college graduates and those with household incomes above $100,000 ....

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Saturday, June 26, 2021
13 Cases--Delta variant detected in all Hawaii counties
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 1213 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 :: 1439 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 :: 1587 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 :: 1074 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 :: 1302 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 :: 1174 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 :: 1103 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 :: 1157 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 :: 1425 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 :: 1439 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 :: 1222 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 :: 1422 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 :: 1186 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 :: 2059 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 :: 1495 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 :: 916 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 :: 1969 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 :: 1378 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 :: 1908 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 :: 1194 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

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

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
OHA Makes $1 Million Available For Emergency Financial Assistance Program
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 946 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... OHA’s Ka Wailele Emergency Financial Assistance Program is being administered by Hawaiʻi Community Lending ....

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Sunday, May 30, 2021
A Government of (Suspended) Laws, Not Men
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1394 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 :: 1446 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 :: 796 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 :: 987 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 :: 1079 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 :: 1168 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 :: 1555 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 :: 1037 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 :: 1025 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 :: 1249 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 :: 992 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

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

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