Hawaii Governor David Ige has allowed the reopening of Hawaii shopping malls and some businesses beginning this Thursday.
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Turn Your Rent Renegotiation into an Honest Give-and-Take, Not a Tug of War
Advice from both sides of the fence and the agents who sit in the middle, including separate tip sheets for tenants and landlords. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Legal Issues About Keeping Workers Healthy Amid COVID-19
In the time of COVID-19, proactive and vigilant workplace safety measures to maintain the health of employees are more important. Many employers are concerned about their legal risks with regard to employee health and privacy during this pandemic. Emily Marr, assistant general counsel at Hawaii Employers Council, discusses coronavirus-related legal considerations for employers. Part one of a three-part series of timely workplace advice from the Hawaii Employers Council. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Post-Graduation Plans Upended for UH Hilo Seniors
Graduating into Uncertainty: This series of reports written by students looks at the challenges facing high school and college seniors in the time of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i. In today’s edition we hear from Holly Trowbridge, a student at UH Hilo, about the uncertainties facing 4 different graduating seniors from UH Hilo. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Hawai‘i economy to begin reopening Thursday
Gov. David Ige’s 7th Supplemental Emergency Proclamation allows the first group of businesses to re-open. That group includes non-food agriculture, astronomical observatories, childcare services, nonprofit organizations, pet grooming services, car washes, some retail and repair services, and some shopping malls. Tribune-Herald.KHON2.Associated Press.Big Island Video News.Big Island Now.
The governor’s office amended the announcement on Tuesday night and said that retailers would not be allowed to reopen on O‘ahu and Maui this week as the governor said earlier in the day. Hawaii News Now.KITV4.Civil Beat.Star-Advertiser.Maui Now.
Health experts say it’s too soon to reopen
Health experts argue the state does not have a sufficient public health workforce to identify new coronavirus cases, trace contacts and ensure those infected are isolated to stop the spread of the disease. Star-Advertiser.
The head of the state’s emergency response says the health department is dragging its feet on expanding contact tracing. Hawaii Public Radio.
Four new COVID-19 infections
Hawai‘i’s tally of coronavirus cases has risen to 625, up four from Monday, the state Department of Health announced yesterday. The new cases include three on O‘ahu and one Hawai‘i resident on the Mainland. Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.
A new WalletHub study ranked Hawai‘i as the strictest state for COVID-19 rules. KITV4.
Hawai‘i, other states with few virus cases get big share of relief aid
An Associated Press analysis showed Hawai‘i got about $2 million for each coranavirus case in the state, while hard-hit New York got $24,000 per case. Hawai‘i’s Gov. David Ige said his state’s share was “sorely needed” because of the dire financial consequences of halting its tourism industry as the virus spread. Associated Press.
How an antiquated IT system failed thousands of Hawai‘i’s unemployed
The nearly quarter of a million unemployment insurance applications that Hawai‘i has received during the COVID-19 pandemic are being processed on a government mainframe that was installed in the early 1980s, back when Pac-Man was a cutting-edge video game. Civil Beat.
Attorney general, prosecutors want inmate releases halted
In the last two months, state prisons have reduced their populations by nearly 38% — all to socially distance inmates despite there being zero positive cases in any state correctional facility. State Attorney General Clare Connors and three of the state’s four county prosecutors want the Hawai‘i Supreme Court and Special Master Daniel Foley to halt or at least pause a court-mandated push to release inmates. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.
State officials working on new plans to track visitors as Hawai‘i sees increase in arrivals
More out-of-state passengers came to Hawai‘i on Monday than any day since the start of March tourism lockdowns. Hawaii News Now.Star-Advertiser.
A Honolulu City Councilwoman is calling on the state to have more safeguards in place before lifting a mandatory quarantine for visitors and restarting the tourism industry. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
Hawaiian Airlines still bleeding despite CARES Act aid
Hawaiian reported Tuesday that it lost $144.4 million in the first quarter of this year as compared with a gain of $36.4 million during the first quarter of 2019. Last month the airline’s parent, Hawaiian Holdings Inc., received $146.2 million in the first of two installments from the Payroll Support Program. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.
Teachers, schools worry about impacts of COVID-19
Some families are unsure if they will be able to re-enroll their kids in private schools without more robust financial aid or are asking to extend the deposit deadline to hold a student’s seat for next year. Civil Beat.
Preschoolers adjust to distance learning but teachers worry about loss of social interaction. Hawaii Public Radio.
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Honolulu Council can meet by video, not the public
Members of the public have the option of either submitting written testimony or showing up to Honolulu Hale in person to share their thoughts at a physical distance from others. Council Communications Director Louise McCoy said the council hopes to implement a video conference system “at an appropriate time” and in accordance with emergency proclamations. Civil Beat.
UH chooses company to provide campus housing
The university has entered into a pre-closing agreement with Greystar Real Estate Partners to provide on-campus housing for graduate students and faculty members. The estimated $110 million project will provide 388 affordable rental housing units, along with a child care facility, and retail space on the ground floor. KHON2.
Workers shocked after money Meadow Gold promised to pay is deposited, then withdrawn
Meadow Gold and its parent corporation Dean Foods gave its workers just two weeks notice before it closed its Honolulu facility, but the company promised to compensate them. Former Meadow Gold employees said money the company promised to pay them was deposited in their accounts, then taken back without notice. KHON2.
Lifeguards back on the beach with new strategies in dealing with COVID-19
One strategy includes extending their 12-foot-long surfboard, end to end, for those in trouble to hold onto at a safe distance while waiting for an officer on a personal watercraft to come and carry them to shore. In addition, lifeguards’ uniforms now included red face masks, and cones are placed in the sand to establish a 10-foot coronavirus buffer zone around the towers. Star-Advertiser.
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