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Friday, December 11, 2020
Spying on You: Cell Phone Tracking COVID Obedience
By UHERO @ 5:32 PM :: 1813 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...The data comes from the firm Safegraph, which collects cellular location data from the apps that run in the background of many people’s smartphones....

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Friday, December 11, 2020
Labor Board: Governor’s Emergency Powers ARE Limited -- Collective Bargaining Agreements Cannot be Touched
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 4139 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, COVID-19

...Remember: Public Employee Union agreements are the Highest Law of the Land....

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Thursday, December 10, 2020
COVID Vax Approved: Hawaii gets 81,000 doses for December
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1242 Views :: COVID-19

"...I am confident in the Department of Health’s ability to distribute vaccines across Hawai‘i....” -- Gov David Ige 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
COVID: Honolulu biggest increase in preference for short-term leases
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 PM :: 1498 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... Since July, 26.8 percent of users searching in Honolulu from somewhere else in the country were looking for a short-term lease, up significantly from 14.9 percent at this time last year....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Unions Seek to Create Chaos, Drown Furloughs in Confusion
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 2183 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

"...Many public workers have already lost their second jobs in the tourism industry...."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
DoE Distance Learning -- 35% of HS Students Fail or Get no Grades
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 1629 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

…roughly 1 in 10 secondary students received a failing grade in English or math during the first quarter. But about 25% of high school students and 6% of middle school students had no grades recorded at all in English and math….

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Med-Quest RFP for Medicaid Plans
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 1604 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, COVID-19

... for up to five health plans to ensure access and continuity of care for Medicaid beneficiaries ....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
VIDEO: Chief Ballard Responds to Anonymous Letter
By News Release @ 2:27 AM :: 2459 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police, COVID-19

"...The failed COVID 19 Operational Plan directly promoted abuse by officers...."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Only 44% of Hawai‘i residents plan to get COVID-19 vaccine
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 1225 Views :: COVID-19

... That’s down 7 percentage points from a similar survey conducted in August ....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
UH law dean joins panel discussing civil liberties during COVID-19
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 1547 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, COVID-19

...Thursday, December 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. (HST) via Zoom....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Tale of the Tape
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1921 Views :: Economy, Taxes, COVID-19

...“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
Spying on You: Victorino announces AlohaSafe Alert app rollout for Maui County
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 2122 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... There are currently 14 States and the District of Columbia that are participating in the Google Apple Exposure Notification (“GAEN”) system ....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
Trump Approves Funding for Hawaii National Guard COVID Relief
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1390 Views :: Military, COVID-19

... funding that will allow the Hawai‘i National Guard to continue with COVID-19 assistance across the state through March 31, 2021 ....

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Thursday, December 3, 2020
HSTA Solution for Budget Cuts: 'Eliminate Standardized Testing'
By Video @ 12:06 AM :: 1686 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...Yes, HSTA is a one-note band ....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Long Term Care: Hawaii Costs Soaring Faster
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 1727 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Increase in Long Term Care Costs in Hawaii Surpass National Trends; COVID-19 Pressures Future Costs ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Ballard: 'Multiple Investigations' into HPD COVID OT Abuse
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 1605 Views :: Honolulu County, Police, COVID-19

... we have opened multiple investigations, and those who violated laws or administrative policies will be disciplined appropriately ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
House Leaders: Safe Travels Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 1844 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Business leaders, legislators urge Gov. Ige to walk back changes to travel plan ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Hawaii Commercial Rent Survey Goes National
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 1240 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... NCRS will analyze the hardship the business community across the country is facing and the impact commercial rent is having on their operations heading into 2021 ....

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Monday, November 30, 2020
State to Pay 50 'Remote Workers' to Move to Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 6290 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...50 Remote Workers Will Be Accepted into the First Cohort of the Program and Receive a Free Round Trip Ticket to Hawai‘i....

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Saturday, November 28, 2020
Ige Approves -- Kauai to Opt-out of Tourism Reopening
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 2086 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

...Effective Dec. 2 at 12:01 a.m., all transpacific and intercounty travelers arriving in Kaua‘i are subject to the 14-day quarantine regardless of testing....

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Friday, November 27, 2020
Drive-Thru City Lights -- Opens December 9
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 1519 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... The annual Honolulu City Lights will look different this year ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Unemployment Tax Blues
By Video @ 10:31 PM :: 2106 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
27 fewer deaths on Hawaii roads compared to 2019
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 1285 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... However, traffic volumes, or the amount of vehicle trips on the roads, has also been greatly decreased ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
UH, FEMA Study Public Attitudes Towards COVID Emergency Measures
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1143 Views :: COVID-19

... survey on attitudes towards protective actions for the COVID-19 pandemic ....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Ige issues 16th COVID-19 emergency proclamation
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 2034 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...tightening restrictions for trans-Pacific travelers heading to Hawai‘i....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
October: Tourism Down 90.4%
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 1539 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... slightly more travelers arrived in Hawaii than in previous months, when testing was not an option ....

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Monday, November 23, 2020
VIDEO: COVID patient left to sleep on bench after quarantine mix up
By Video @ 1:59 AM :: 2292 Views :: COVID-19

... the retired Honolulu Police Department captain said the way he was treated by Department of Health officials during his 14-day quarantine on Oahu was much worse than the disease itself ....

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
​Standardless Spending, Part 2?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1572 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...B&F basically told the departments, “Here’s your money. Go spend it.”....

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
COVID: UH, OHA head different NHPI projects
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 1709 Views :: Higher Education, OHA, COVID-19

...OHA touts NHPI Collective -- but completely different group gets funding from NIH, announced by UH JABSOM and Schatz’ office....

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
City Claims CARES Act Spending on Track
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 1552 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... $54M uncommitted, and $173M unspent ....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
UH to Continue Online for Spring Semester
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 1229 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

...Especially with recent news of successes in COVID-19 vaccine development, I think we are all looking forward to better times ahead in 2021....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
And the hits just keep on coming!
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 1840 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...When businesses across the state are fighting for their lives, the state is about to levy an enormous hike in the unemployment tax.... 

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Friday, November 20, 2020
Ige "COVID-19 testing results must be in hand prior to departure"
By News Release @ 11:04 AM :: 1437 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveler must quarantine for 14 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
‘A massive tidal wave is going to hit Hawaii businesses next year’
By Video @ 12:24 PM :: 2673 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

“Just when you thought we’re sort of getting back to some system of normalcy — not the case!”

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Resources: Unemployment Running Out?
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 1291 Views :: COVID-19

...The following is a list of resources that may be available to you....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Ige: "All persons in the State shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public."
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1617 Views :: COVID-19

...People who don’t wear a mask in most public settings still face a $5,000 fine or up to a year in jail....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
COVID Count 95 new cases out of 4,879 tests
By News Release @ 6:58 PM :: 998 Views :: COVID-19

... no new deaths, 1 new hospitalization, 2.0% positive ....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
32,000 New Restaurant Cards go to PUA
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 2160 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...32,000 eligible PUA individuals will receive a preloaded, prepaid card containing $500 in the mail beginning November 20....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:52 AM :: 2886 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns....

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Sunday, November 15, 2020
COVID Aviation: Long Flight Back to DC for American Samoa Rep Aumua Amata
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 1221 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... PPG - AKL - ICN - JFK - DCA ....  

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Saturday, November 14, 2020
COVID Count 108 new cases out of 5,318 tests
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 1040 Views :: COVID-19

... no new deaths, 15 new hospitalizations, 2.0% positive ....

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Saturday, November 14, 2020
Today is your lucky day!
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:53 PM :: 1392 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... to get right to the heart of what it means to have a healthy economy ....

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Friday, November 13, 2020
COVID Count 110 New Cases out of 4,860 tests
By @ 11:59 PM :: 991 Views :: COVID-19

... no new deaths, 7 new hospitalizations, 2.3% positive ....

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Friday, November 13, 2020
Federal aid is not the cure
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:09 PM :: 1432 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...to bail out Hawaii's politicians at the local level, who have been doing little during our prolonged coronavirus lockdowns to trim the state's extravagant spending, despite the collapse of the state's private sector and evaporation of its tax stream....

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Friday, November 13, 2020
DoH Changes the way it reports COVID Numbers
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 2914 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Data window shift on Sunday will adjust daily reporting schedule ....

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Friday, November 13, 2020
DoTax: Collections Down, Down, Down
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 1721 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, COVID-19

...GET down by 25.1%...TAT down by 92.8%....

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Thursday, November 12, 2020
COVID Count: 97 new cases out of 4,862 tests
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 1060 Views :: COVID-19

... no new deaths, 2 new hospitalizations, 2.0% positive ....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
COVID Count: 118 new cases out of 5,223 tests
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 976 Views :: COVID-19

... no new deaths, no new hospitalizations, 2.3% positive ....

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
COVID Count: 78 new cases out of 4,844 tests
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 983 Views :: COVID-19

... 20 more hospitalized, 1 new death, 2.5% positive ....

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Monday, November 9, 2020
Hawaii's economy after the lockdowns
By Video @ 10:31 PM :: 1384 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...As lockdowns are gradually lifted, what is the pathway to restoring Hawaii's economy?....

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