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Top Story: Hawaiian Airlines gets $654 million from the federal government to cover losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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|What Hawai‘i Residents Think About the Crisis – Part II
A scientific survey of 482 people asks: What happened to your job and what are some consequences of working remotely? Hawaii Business Magazine and the research team at Anthology Marketing Group collaborated on this survey of Hawai‘i residents that we call the 808 Poll. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Virtual Interviews with Business Leaders on COVID-19
|Hawaiian Airlines got $654 million from feds
As the dust settles on the first wave of $2.7 billion federal COVID-19 relief funds handed out for Hawaii businesses, the biggest single recipient was the state’s largest private employer, Hawaiian Airlines. The money was split between two types of aviation industry aid, CEO Peter Ingram told fellow members of a state House committee dealing with COVID-19 this week. Ingram says the money helps buy time for the airline which is burning through more than $4 million per day. Civil Beat.
Authorities hope arrests of visitors violating quarantine will deter others from coming
The state is exploring more ways to monitor visitors who are supposed to be quarantined for 14 days after arriving in the islands. Hawaii News Now.
Enhanced screening measures at airport to help enforce quarantine mandate. KHON2.
More than 3,500 visitors have come to Hawaiʻi since quarantine began. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Caldwell criticized for suggesting Kauaʻi could be a test run for rest of state
Mayor Kirk Caldwell backed away from comments suggesting reintroducing tourism on Kauai could show whether it was safe statewide. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
State receives $16M from feds to boost testing, contact tracing
Angst rises as archaic system prevents timely unemployment payments
Retired CEO of HPM Building Supply, Robert “Bobby” Fujimoto, dies
Sailboats finding few safe harbors as Hawaiʻi ports lock down
What Local Small Businesses Need to Know about How to Collect and Use Data
The COVID-19 crisis has forced thousands of local companies to move more of their business online. That means now is a great time to take advantage of all the data being generated and grow your company with business intelligence and tech, according to local experts… read more.
|Caldwell outlines plan to reopen
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Thursday he might allow some businesses to open starting May 1. They include golf courses, automated car washes and limited operations of car dealerships and real estate companies, as well as other smaller businesses. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KHON2.
Honolulu will hold off on purchase of virus test kits after state health officials object
Lawsuit alleges Punahou coach sexually abused girls
Screening and triage site for homeless expands at Keʻehi Lagoon
Challenges Facing Nonprofits: Re-use Hawai‘i
“We are currently working with the State of Hawai‘i to initially construct 12 tiny homes that provide the houseless population with a solution for social distancing,” says Executive Director Quinn Vittum… read more.
|Kona Community Hospital reports first inpatient case of COVID-19
The patient tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was admitted to the hospital Wednesday, according to a statement provided by KCH spokeswoman Judy Donovan. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News.
Emergency shelter to help get homeless off streets amid pandemic
Challenges Facing Nonprofits: Hawaiian Humane Society
“Our core mission has always been to improve the welfare of animals and to help maintain and nurture the human-animal bond. Times of extreme duress and economic hardship make fulfilling our mission more challenging, but also much more critical,” says Anna Neubauer, CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society… read more.
|Maui Memorial staff still does ‘not feel safe’
Maui Memorial Medical Center health care workers say they still do “not feel safe” amid a cluster of coronavirus co-workers and patients at the hospital. The cluster of cases at Maui Memorial that began in mid-March and was announced April 8 has grown to 56 cases — 36 staff members and 20 patients. Maui News.
Supreme Court rebuffs Maui County in water pollution case
|With promising signs, Kauaʻi could be the first to slowly ease restrictions
Kauaʻi has had some of the strictest rules in place since the early days of coronavirus in Hawaiʻi, including an island-wide overnight curfew and a strong enforcement of travel quarantine rules. It’s resulted in a low case count of just 21 positives and no deaths. And now, reopening of businesses on the island could be in the near future — but Mayor Derek Kawakami stressed they’ll be doing it on their own terms. Hawaii News Now. Garden Island.