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Hawaiʻi Coworking Spaces Adapt to COVID-19 Crisis
Coworking spaces are designed to foster innovation. So it is no surprise that these three collaborative communities pivoted in creative ways when their local brick-and-mortar locations were restricted by social distancing rules. The three communities are experimenting with new ways to serve and guide members and to encourage collaboration so members address each other’s business needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Hawaii Business Magazine.
How the Board of Directors Can Get a Company Through the COVID Crisis
Experienced and diverse boards of directors should be playing crucial roles now for local companies of every size – from the biggest Top 250 corporations to the smallest family-owned firms. Every board’s normal oversight functions are complicated by how the pandemic is changing business and social norms. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Virtual Interviews with Business Leaders on COVID-19 Hawaii Business Magazine today interviews Christine Lanning of Integrated Security Technologies Inc., Forest Frizzell of Shifted Energy and Garrett Carson of Weddings of Hawaii. Integrated Security.Shifted Energy.Weddings of Hawaii.
Hawaiʻi doesn’t meet federal guidelines to lift quarantine orders by May 1
While Hawaiʻi is among the states with the fewest coronavirus cases, it still does not meet the criteria to reopen May 1. President Donald Trump issued guidelines Thursday for states to begin lifting stringent quarantine and stay-at-home orders amid the pandemic. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.KHON2.KITV4.Big Island Video News.
Navy may modify Rim of the Pacific exercise
The Navy is still hoping to hold the big Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise scheduled mainly through July off Hawaiʻi — but suggested it is looking at modifying the international interoperability drills to do so. Governor David Ige is asking the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command to disallow participating personnel aboard the ships to disembark during the international military excersise set for this summer. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Big Island Video News.
Lt. Gov. Green says state should use federal funds to pay for rapid antibody tests
The rapid antibody test can tell if someone is immune to COVID-19 in less than two minutes. Green believes antibody testing will be a vibrant part of our health care system for the next two years. He said he wants the state to invest in it and he already sent his suggestions to HI-EMA Director Maj. General Kenneth Hara. KHON2.
Economic recovery: Funds stretch thin as leaders begin formulating a plan
Alan Oshima, a former utility chief executive, faces the daunting task of crafting a long-term economic plan that people can agree on. Civil Beat.
CARES money uncertain: State budget woes may eat into neighbor island money. West Hawaii Today.
The well ran dry on Hawaiʻi’s share of Congress’ $350 billion relief package for small businesses early Thursday, but not before some 7,500 Hawaiʻi firms had landed more than $1.6 billion. Civil Beat.
More than one-third of Hawaiʻi’s labor force has filed unemployment claims. Tribune-Herald.
Hawaiʻi Supreme Court: Inmate release to be considered by judges
Inmate releases as part of a statewide effort to reduce jail populations to mitigate COVID-19 risks will be done on a case-by-case basis instead of a blanket court action. The court also required that motions for release be filed by April 20. Civil Beat.
Hawaiʻi Island: 108 inmates seek early release because of pandemic. Tribune-Herald.
COVID-19 cases rise to 541, up 11
Of all the confirmed cases in Hawaiʻi since the start of the outbreak, 45 have required hospitalizations, with no new cases reported today, health officials said. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
State encourages use of telehealth services to maintain social distancing
The state Department of Health launched a new online portal compiling resources for residents to conduct health-related appointments remotely. Tribune-Herald.
A new preliminary study finds that a runner can trail droplets up to 30 feet directly behind
According to a new study, 6 feet may not be enough distance around runners, joggers, brisk walkers and cyclists, whose exertions release respiratory droplets that can trail in their wake in what the researchers call their “slipstream.” The researchers found the droplets could travel at least 15 feet behind a fast walker and 30 feet behind a runner. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
HAWAII BUSINESS Oceanit Says Its Latest Innovation Aims to Render COVID-19 “Inoperable”
Patrick K. Sullivan, the founder and CEO of Oceanit, says the local high-tech company has developed a potential therapy for COVID-19 using an artificial intelligence technology the company created for an existing project… read more.
Honolulu Salary Commission members unanimously vote no to city officials’ raises
In light of the economic crisis facing the city and the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many furloughed or laid off, elected officials and citizens objected to the nearly across-the-board 3% pay raises on the list, many of whom already make well over $100,000. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
HART considers a $70M-to-$100M ‘change order’ for rail
Rail officials are proposing a complex change order worth $70 million to $100 million that would expand the amount of work to be done by contractor Shimmick/Traylor/Granite JV, which is now building the rail guideway and stations through the airport area. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.
Homeless sweeps to resume
Honolulu will officially resume the clearing of homeless encampments next week to steer unsheltered people toward a quarantine tent program run by the police department, Mayor Caldwell announced on Thursday. Civil Beat.