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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 :: 1728 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 :: 2175 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 :: 1952 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 :: 4245 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 :: 1897 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 :: 1734 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 :: 1835 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 :: 1613 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 :: 2033 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 :: 2141 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 :: 1825 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 :: 2084 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 :: 1609 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 :: 1857 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 :: 1984 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 :: 1967 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 :: 2219 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 :: 2014 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 :: 2210 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 :: 1846 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 :: 2830 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 :: 2157 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 :: 1287 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 :: 2518 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 :: 1918 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 :: 2473 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 :: 1672 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 :: 1827 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 :: 2365 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 :: 1215 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 :: 1658 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 :: 1926 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 :: 2037 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 :: 2529 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 :: 1752 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 :: 1495 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 :: 1849 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 :: 1530 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 :: 1612 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 :: 1933 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 :: 2167 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 :: 1705 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 :: 1384 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 :: 2315 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 :: 3020 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 :: 1599 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 :: 1818 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 :: 1831 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 :: 1959 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 :: 1691 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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