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E-Commerce is the Present and Future for Hawai‘i Retailers
Learn how to e-sell from these local entrepreneurs and how your website can drive sales at your brick-and-mortar. From food to hardware, seven business leaders share how they are selling their goods and navigating e-commerce. Hawaii Business Magazine
How to Effectively Manage a Newly Remote Workforce
Traci Manalani, director of organizational effectiveness at Hawaii Employers Council, shares her tips for improving communication, productivity and engagement among remote teams. Part two of a three-part series of timely workplace advice from the Hawaii Employers Council. Hawaii Business Magazine
Ige, Green explain why timing is right for partial opening of economy
Ige described his latest emergency proclamation allowing shopping malls and other retailers to restart business as “a careful and thoughtful” move to get people back to work. He said the state’s robust testing capacity and strong health-care system helped his decision, in consultation with the county mayors, to reopen up the economy. Green, an emergency room physician, used a series of statistics to show why it was time to reopen “the kamaaina economy,” and why the state is well positioned to handle any resurgence of cases. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Big Island Video News.
State Senate panel makes recommendations to beef up quarantine enforcement
The Special Committee on COVID-19 is recommending that hotels not issue room keys to visitors during the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period, nor should visitors be allowed to rent cars while officially quarantined. Fines for visitors violating the quarantine rules, as well as fines for the hotel where they are staying are also being considered. Tribune-Herald.Hawaii News Now.
New measures are being proposed to make sure travelers are not carrying COVID-19 into the state, some of these include testing before travel. KHON2.
Businesses seek clear path and protocols for reopening, as clock ticks on survival
While some sectors of the economy are being allowed to reopen, many businesses say they’re being left behind. Always Investigating found out there may soon be a one-stop resource online where everyone can find safety protocols and how to get approved to get back to business. KHON2.
After conflicting messages, Gov. and mayors clear the air on when businesses can open Oʻahu retailers will open next week Friday. Other counties such as Kauaʻi and the Big Island can open Thursday. Maui will open on Monday. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says allowing Oʻahu stores to wait until next Friday gives them extra time to comply with social distancing measures. And he’s also hoping that by then, the city will be able to do its own testing and contact tracing. KHON2.
Oʻahu retailers left puzzled over ‘lack of collaboration’ in reopening announcement. Hawaii News Now.KITV4.
Ige says child care centers can reopen
Licensed child care operators can open their doors again starting Thursday per an order from Governor Ige authorizing the piecemeal reopening of the state’s economy. But it’s not likely many of those 600 businesses will be able to resume normal operations so soon, given parents’ lingering concerns about group settings, the need to parcel out classrooms for smaller teacher-student ratios and the suddenness of the announcement. Civil Beat.Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
To ease burden on system, state asks laid off workers to file certifications on certain days
Thousands of laid off workers frustrated with trying to file weekly certifications for their unemployment claims are being encouraged to instead file on designated days. Hawaii News Now.
Governor Ige halts suspension of open government laws
The latest emergency proclamation by Gov. David Ige steps back from blanket suspensions of the state open meetings and open records laws that he had issued in mid-March in an effort to lessen the spread of the coronavirus. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Home sales take hit amid pandemic
The Honolulu Board of Realtors issued a report Wednesday showing that resales of Oʻahu homes in April fell more than 20%, though median prices were up modestly. On Hawaiʻi Island and Kauaʻi, sales last month plummeted roughly between 20% and 60%, with mixed impacts on prices. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
HAWAII BUSINESS Small Business/Big Challenges: Jake Muise, Partner, Maui Nui Venison
The company’s latest pivot was to launch its Holo ‘Ai program, a combination of the early release of its home delivery program at a discount, and the reallocation of field time to harvest fresh venison for Hawaiʻi’s food banks and other community groups in need… read more.
Honolulu faces nine-figure budget shortfall, City Councilmember suggests bonds
The City and County of Honolulu announced Wednesday that it is expecting a budget shortfall of $130 million in 2021. The losses come from tax revenue, but also from numerous city facilities that have been forced to close during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Plans to make up this money are through cuts, which would mostly impact the Department of Transportation. KHON2.
Honolulu to allow delayed property tax payments
Honolulu will allow property owners to pay their next tax bills in four-part installments to give breathing room to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic. This year, taxpayers can break their August payments into chunks due Aug. 20, Sept. 20, Oct. 20 and Nov. 18. Civil Beat.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.KITV4.
UH is making students vacate campus housing next week
About 750 students still live on campus at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa. But most are being told to move out by May 16 even as the stay-at-home order makes it hard to find housing. Civil Beat.
Honolulu moving to expand crackdown on homeless
The city’s sit-lie ban could soon include streets around the Institute for Human Services, but shelters don’t have enough room for those living in encampments. Civil Beat.
Civil rights lawsuit against Kealohas stuck in limbo
Gerard Puana’s attorney wants a federal judge to lift a temporary hold on the case so that a resolution can be found. Civil Beat.
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