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Thursday, May 13, 2021
$10M Taxpayer Money in 'High Tech' Giveaways
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 1426 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 :: 1780 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 :: 3184 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 :: 1394 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 :: 4278 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 :: 2058 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 :: 2310 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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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Statewide List of Walk-In COVID Vaccination Sites
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 1426 Views :: COVID-19

... By getting the vaccine and encouraging your loved ones to do the same, we will be able to return to a comfortable level of normalcy and safety ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
Ige Approves Kauai's Move to Tier Three
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1755 Views :: Kauai County, COVID-19

... The more cautious tier was activated after the island’s average case count remained elevated for the past two weeks ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
O‘ahu to continue in Tier 3 four more weeks
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2076 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... while the county and the state work together on incorporating vaccination counts on O‘ahu into modified metrics for the Tier system ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
44% of small-businesses have job openings they can't fill
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 2162 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... This number is 22 points higher than the 48-year historical average ....

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Hawaii Tourism Recovery Slowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:05 PM :: 2131 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... States that are Recovering the Quickest from COVID-19 ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
HECO Disconnect Moratorium Ends May 31
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 1719 Views :: Energy, COVID-19

... Past due customers can avoid collection activity by setting up payment plan ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
UH Announces Graduation Plans
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 1715 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... UH spring 2021 commencement ceremonies range from virtual to in-person ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Biometric Controls for International Arrivals at Honolulu Airport
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 2193 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

... fulfills a Congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
2021 HS Graduation Schedule Announced
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 2355 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... Alternative ceremony formats will continue for a second year and limit guest access to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines ....

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Monday, May 3, 2021
Special Agents Check 3,200 Hotel Rooms for Quarantine Violators
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 2034 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... As part of last Friday’s operation, special agents visited 10 hotels ....

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Monday, May 3, 2021
​City’s Rental and Utility Relief Program closes after just a few minutes -- will reopen June 7
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 1676 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... it will reopen the first working Monday of each month as long as funds are available ....

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Sunday, May 2, 2021
Legislators Sum up 2021 Session
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 2395 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The Governor has until June 21, 2021, to provide the Legislature with notification of his intent to veto ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
COVID-19 Joint Information Center Ends Daily Summary Reports
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 1522 Views :: COVID-19

... At this point, all the information reported in the Daily News Digest (DND) can be viewed on a daily basis via the web links regularly included, and the JIC has produced this final DND today. ...

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
City’s Rental and Utility Relief Program to reopen May 3 at 2 p.m.
By News Release @ 10:23 AM :: 2055 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, COVID-19

"...fraudulent applications may be referred to law enforcement....”

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:19 PM :: 2441 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...The Fumble or The Phantom Punch....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
March Visitor Arrivals Up 1.1%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 5:02 AM :: 2139 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... This was the first time in a year where visitor arrivals were up, but the year-to-date arrivals were still significantly down (-60.1%) ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Maui, Kona Rental Car Rates Top $900/wk
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 2957 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Kahului, Hawaii, is the most expensive U.S. destination in which to rent a car this spring ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Legislature allows governor to act without restraint for another year
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 2293 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... This bill was so close to the finish line that the only question seemed to be whether Gov. Ige would agree to limit his power ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Hawaii Government Assistance Payments Jumped 62% for 2020
By Selected News Articles @ 5:54 AM :: 2096 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Earnings, which mostly reflect wages and other employee compensation, fell in Hawaii by 7.7% ....

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Thursday, April 22, 2021
America’s Future Is In Hawaii--A dispatch from the tropical dystopia.
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2447 Views :: Homelessness, COVID-19

... The future includes internal travel restrictions ....

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Thursday, April 22, 2021
March Hotel Performance Flat
By News Release @ 5:39 AM :: 2280 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In March 2021, Hawai‘i hotels statewide reported similar revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR), and occupancy compared to March 2020 ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Irrational Covid Vaccine Fears
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:00 AM :: 2097 Views :: COVID-19

... If you’re vaccinated, Covid presents a minuscule risk to you, and you present a minuscule Covid risk to anyone else ....

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Video: Ige Announces Inter-Island Vaccine Passport System
By Video @ 10:06 PM :: 2432 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Qualifying interisland travelers may begin entering their information into Safe Travels Hawaii https://travel.hawaii.gov/ on May 7 for travel on or after May 11. ...

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Monday, April 19, 2021
Statewide Vax for Age 16+ Begins
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 2654 Views :: COVID-19

... “This is a great opportunity for residents 50 and older on O‘ahu to register before vaccine eligibility opens to everyone 16 and older on April 19...”

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
​COVID-19 infections, vaccines, and economic recovery
By UHERO @ 3:25 AM :: 2840 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... As business activity contracted, the state quickly shed more than 150,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate jumped from 2% to 22% ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
HSTA Complains About Summer School Plan
By News Release @ 2:58 AM :: 2117 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... Hawaii Board of Education Thursday approved a plan to spend up to $58 million in federal pandemic aid funds on summer learning loss programs ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
HGEA Demands Negotiations over Telework
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1892 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

"...to provide workplace flexibility for employees who are having to balance work and family responsibilities...."

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Friday, April 16, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:15 PM :: 2373 Views :: Family, Life, COVID-19

... Governor Ige Signs Abortion Expansion Bill ....

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Friday, April 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 9.0%
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 2077 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... compared to 9.2 percent in February ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Mobility Data Shows Fewer Residents Staying at Home
By UHERO @ 10:21 PM :: 1872 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... A potential cause of the recent virus spread is the decline in the share of people staying at home and a rise in gatherings ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
2021 UH Legislative Update, including proposed budget cuts
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 2280 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, COVID-19

... Many of the reductions are hopefully made up with federal stimulus funding ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Fourth Hawaiʻi Commercial Rent Survey Shows Some Recovery
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1967 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... 40 percent of businesses did not pay rent in full versus 50 percent in the third survey ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Urban Transit After COVID-19
By Selected News Articles @ 7:00 PM :: 2285 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

... it is premature to commit funding for major new rail transit projects before we have some idea of the extent of transit ridership in the first several years after nationwide vaccinations ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Hawaii: 26.5% Expect to Lose Income
By Selected News Articles @ 6:39 PM :: 2276 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... The state where people are most likely to face an expected loss of employment income is Hawaii, at 26.5% ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
How Hawaii Can Waste More Federal COVID Stimulus Money--Biden has some ideas
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 2600 Views :: National News, Economy, COVID-19

... Today, the White House released state-by-state fact sheets (crony dreambooks) that highlight the (allegedly) urgent need in every state across the country for the investments (pork projects) proposed by President Biden in the American Jobs Plan ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Vaccine Passport: Hawaii vs Florida
By Selected News Articles @ 6:12 PM :: 3310 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

“...Requiring so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life — such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant, or going to a movie theater— would create two cases of citizens based on vaccination....”

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Hawaii Small Businesses Among Most Exposed to Pandemic Losses
By Selected News Articles @ 12:17 PM :: 1988 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... States With the Most Pandemic-Proof Small Businesses -- Hawaii 50th ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
Ige Signs 19th COVID Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 1621 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... the proclamation includes mention of an anticipated new exception for vaccinated travelers that will become effective only upon approval by the director of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency ....

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Friday, April 9, 2021
COVID Justice: 430 Inmates Released, 58% Have Already Reoffended
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 2825 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... The Criminal Justice Research institute reported that 58% of inmates had reoffended at least once since their release ....

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Thursday, April 8, 2021
Forbes: Hawaii Tops List Of Worst-Performing States
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 AM :: 2757 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii lags the nation’s economic momentum by an astonishing 5.14% ....

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
O‘ahu businesses and activities to continue operations in Tier 3
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 2072 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... Honolulu will continue to operate in Tier 3 of the reopening strategy for the next four weeks, meaning O‘ahu businesses and activities will continue operations without reverting back to the Tier 2 framework ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
COVID Restrictions Correlate with Unemployment, not Deathrates
By Selected News Articles @ 10:04 PM :: 2120 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii is now the 11th-most restrictive state ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Hawaii 3rd Safest State During COVID
By Selected News Articles @ 4:15 AM :: 1878 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... the lower COVID-19 transmission and deaths are in a state, the more that state is able to eliminate restrictions on businesses ....

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