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Saturday, March 27, 2021
Guilty of Bribery, Embezzlement: Caldwell Admin CARES Act Administrator Hanalei Aipoalani
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 7507 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... Hanalei Aipoalani, 42, of Waianae, Hawaii, pled guilty in federal court today to embezzling more than $500,000 from AmeriCorps and to agreeing to accept a bribe for the administration of grants under the CARES Act ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Outdoor Weddings up to 100 People Now Allowed on Oahu
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 2146 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... the request to modify Honolulu’s COVID-19 recovery framework to include “weddings” as a category has been approved and is effective immediately ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii Economy Shrinks 8%
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 1086 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... BEA -- Gross Domestic Product by State, 4th Quarter 2020 and Annual 2020 ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
State Of Hawaii And Airline Carriers Partner To Expand Pre-Clear Programs
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 2272 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... to allow travelers to confirm compliance with the Safe Travels Program prior to departure and bypass mandatory airport screenings upon arrival ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 9.2% for February
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 2159 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 9.2 percent compared to the revised rate of 10.3 percent in January ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Vaccination eligibility expands to people age 60 and older
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 1359 Views :: COVID-19

... beginning Monday, March 29 ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Molokai Walk-In Vax Age 18+
By News Release @ 1:21 AM :: 1778 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... The Molokai Community Health Center is excited to sponsor ๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ค-๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐•๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐‚๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐€๐‹๐‹ ๐Œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ค๐š'๐ข ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ– ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ซ (๐๐š๐ซ๐ญ-๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž & ๐…๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ-๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ) ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
235,000 Visitors to Hawaii in February
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 1859 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... the average daily census showed that there were 90,776 visitors in Hawaii on any given day in February 2021, compared to 250,052 visitors per day in February 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Budget: Irresponsible record-breaking spending spree
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:34 PM :: 2293 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
COVID Case: DLIR Shuts Unemployment Call Center for Long Weekend
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 1583 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... One staffer in a ballroom that serves general inquiries tested positive yesterday, and in response the department has shut down operations in that ballroom ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
Stimulus Bill Expands Access to Free or Low-Cost Healthcare Coverage for Hawaii Residents
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 1802 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... One provision provides a 100 percent COBRA subsidy for up to six months. Another provision increases the Premium Tax Credit, which will extend Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies to higher-income individuals ....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
What are the Limits to Hawaii Governors' Emergency Powers?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:51 PM :: 1825 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Hawai‘i’s statute contains a single major check on the executive’s delegated authority: the “automatic termination” provision ....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
OHA Board Chair Testifies Before U.S. House Subcommittee on COVID-19 Impacts on Native Hawaiians
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 1711 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

"...Native Hawaiians still lack parity with other Native Americans in many federal programs and policies....”

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Age 65+ Dial 211 to Schedule COVID Vax
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 1388 Views :: COVID-19

... to help those age 65 and above navigate the registration process, secure appointments and also help eligible individuals arrange for transportation ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii is the State Where People Worry They'll Lose Their Income
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 1948 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii: 31.5% “expect someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next 4 weeks” ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
How to overcome vaccine hesitancy?
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 1330 Views :: COVID-19

... targeted communications strategies may hold the key ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
โ€‹Doctors Tell State of Hawaii: โ€˜Iโ€™m leavingโ€™
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 AM :: 8207 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes, COVID-19

... There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing .... 

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Mayor Blangiardi meets with wedding industry demonstrators
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 2395 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Mayor Rick Blangiardi listened to members of the wedding industry during a demonstration outside of Honolulu Hale ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 2588 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature is about halfway through its 2021 session, and if we're lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
House Finance Committee Approves State Budgetย โ€“ with Amendments
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 2001 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... The $1.6 billion in federal funds allocated to the State in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a temporary reprieve for the State's financial crisis. ....

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Ige Wins Lava Tube Award for โ€˜Extreme Anti-Transparency Measuresโ€™
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 2188 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

... “one of the most extreme anti-transparency measures executed in the U.S.” ....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Federally Dependent States-- Hawaii 33rd
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 1874 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Federal assistance to states has come into the spotlight recently during the coronavirus pandemic ....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Hawaii is the State Where Joblessness Has Skyrocketed
By Selected News Articles @ 7:54 PM :: 2420 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii and California had the highest jobless rates in January, at 10.2% and 9.0%, respectively. At the far end of the spectrum, South Dakota and Utah had the lowest rates, each at 3.1% ....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
COVID-19 in Hawaiโ€˜i: Addressing Health Equity in Diverse Populations
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 1549 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... details the racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infections and deaths in the state of Hawai‘i ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
DLIR: Hawaii Unemployment 10.2%
By News Release @ 4:59 AM :: 2292 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Statewide, 588,050 were employed and 67,000 unemployed in January for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 655,050 ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
DLIR: No Gap in Benefits Extended under Latest COVID Stimulus Bill
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 1641 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Title IX of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 extends key unemployment insurance and assistance provisions of both the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) as well as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
98 percent of Hawaiสปi residents say small business is important to Hawaiสปi
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 1626 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... The “Peopleสปs Pulse Survey,” in partnership with OmniTrak and with the support of Central Pacific Bank Foundation, highlights the urgency of helping businesses through this extremely difficult time, Chamber President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara said....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
New COVID Relief Law Creates $29 Billion Grant Program For Local Restaurants, Bars
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 2032 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... The grant is equal to the business’s pandemic-related revenue loss: 2019 gross receipts minus 2020 gross receipts ....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
DOE, HSTA reach agreement to increase 4th quarter in-person learning
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 2355 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... โ€‹increasing number of students projected to return to in-person learning during the fourth quarter ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Does the American Rescue Plan Ban State Tax Cuts?
By Tax Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 1659 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... Some states have experienced meaningful revenue declines. But many don’t have losses to offset, so they would have to identify other ways to spend a large infusion of one-time money ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Vaccinations for Age 65+ and Tourism Industry Workers Begin Monday
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 2043 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

"...This includes people who work in hotels and hospitality, food service, banking and finance, transportation, construction, media, logistics, information technology and more...."

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Ige: "Furloughs are off the table"
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 2439 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Translation: Wage hikes coming on June 30 ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Pharmacists Vaccinate 90% of Patients in Care Homes on Oahu, Big Island
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 2054 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Independent pharmacies on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island have administered first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to about 10,000 residents and caregivers in approximately 1,700 small care homes and have now begun returning to administer second doses ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Honolulu Tier Three Modifications Allow Team Sports and Competitive Games
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1688 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... effective immediately, with the exception of the permitted team sports activities, which may begin as early as April 12, 2021 ....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
VIDEO: Have Medical Professionals Been Forgotten Now That the Vaccine Has Arrived?
By Video @ 2:24 PM :: 2300 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... The oversized postcard measures eight by twelve feet long is now on display at Castle Medical Center ....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
Nurses at Maui Health System Vote to Approve Contract
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 2256 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor, COVID-19

... The contract rewards the risks taken and sacrifices made by these workers during the pandemic ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
Grassroot Institute supportsย Alaska bid seeking exemption fromย cruising ban
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:50 PM :: 2054 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... Alaska's tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign stop ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
HIDOE releases guidelines to allow athletic workouts and practices
By News Release @ 1:16 AM :: 1547 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... restarting student athletic programming for high schools beginning Monday ....

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Saturday, March 6, 2021
COVID Cash: $6 Billion Coming To Hawaiโ€˜i
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 2153 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... Free Money from The Sky ....

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Saturday, March 6, 2021
'Safe Travels' App to Become Vaccination Passport?
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 2928 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... vaccination records will be supported by the standards being developed under the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Federal COVID Aid: Hawaii Gets 143% of Losses
By Tax Foundation @ 7:47 PM :: 2030 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Under the American Rescue Plan Act, states would receive $195.3 billion in aid, divided according to each state’s share of national unemployed workers ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Ige Approves Kauai Return to 'Safe Travels' Program
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 1967 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

... with the legislature threatening to force Kauai back into the fold, it's 'game over' for anti-tourism activists--for now .... 

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Friday, March 5, 2021
New Survey: 50% of Hawaii businesses not paying rent
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 2357 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

... 1,126 Hawaiสปi business owners share their feedback ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
UHERO: Recovery Poised to Accelerate
By UHERO @ 7:00 AM :: 2052 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Falling virus counts and vaccination progress set the stage for a strengthening visitor industry recovery ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Vaccinations for age 70 and older begin Monday, March 8
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 1687 Views :: COVID-19

"... We will closely monitor how quickly vaccines are used and may open to people age 65 and up and those in phase 1c in a couple of weeks,” Char said....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
OHA releases $2.92 million in grant solicitations
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1601 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... Applications are being solicited from nonprofit organizations that administer community-based projects designed to strengthen Hawaiian beneficiaries, families, and communities ....  

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Kauai asks to rejoin Hawaii Safe Travels program in April
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 2107 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

... At this time, more than 24,000 doses of vaccine have been administered on Kaua‘i, and by April we are confident that employees in the hospitality and food service industries will be offered vaccines ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ige Signs Bill Lowering Unemployment Tax
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 2293 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... The measure allows employers to pay, on average, less than half of what they would otherwise pay into the system ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
DLIR: Decades-old Mainframe Behind Delays
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 1784 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... the technological backbone of the state’s UI program is an antiquated mainframe system that runs on a Natural database language ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Hawaii Economy Projected to Grow 2.7% in 2021
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 1726 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...DBEDT estimates that Hawaii’s real GDP fell by approximately 7.5 percent in 2020, a smaller decline than the 11.7 percent contraction forecast in the previous quarter....

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