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COPING WITH COVID-19
Virtual Interviews with School and Business Leaders
Local schools face a variety of challenges in confronting this unprecedented situation. Today we hear from Dr. Lynn Babington of Chaminade University and Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham of University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu about those challenges.
Today Hawaii Business Magazine interviews Zak Barry of Banán and J. Kainoa Tabar an attorney who represents tenants against landlords about how they are coping with the COVID-19 crisis.
Lawmakers return to Capitol to make budget fixes and avoid furloughs
Masked state lawmakers gathered at the Capitol on Monday, returning to work in floor sessions where they sat 6 feet away from one another. Only lawmakers, their staffs and deputy sheriffs for security were allowed in the Capitol building, with committee hearings and floor sessions streamed online for public viewing. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Legislature laser-focused on five bills designed to help the state fill a $1 billion hole in an $8 billion budget. Civil Beat.KITV4.Tribune-Herald.
House Speaker Saiki remarks at reconvening legislature. Big Island Video News.
‘Clerical error’ overstated state’s coronavirus-related budget shortfall
Governor David Ige has acknowledged his budget staff made a financial miscalculation before he proposed 20% pay cuts for all state workers several weeks ago. Lawmakers believe the error was not insignificant and amounted to a massive change in the projected budget shortfall, from about $1.5 billion to closer to $1 billion, according to Representative Sylvia Luke. Hawaii News Now.
Different ways to reopen tourism safely are being considered
An effort to improve screening of non-residents arriving at Hawaiʻi airports may include photographing them, under a plan that’s being explored by state officials, Gov. David Ige said. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Lt. Gov. Green has announced an initiative called ‘Travel With Aloha’ which proposes all those who want to travel to Hawai‘i receive a rapid turnaround test for COVID-19. Big Island Now.
Hawaiian Airlines is blocking middle seats and requiring face coverings as well as flying some of its larger jets on neighbor island flights to allow for physical distancing. KHON2.
Coronavirus recovery a ‘marathon,’ not a sprint, Gov. Ige says
For 23 consecutive days, fewer than six new cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported statewide. But in light of the downward trend, as businesses across the state either reopen or prepare to do so, Gov. David Ige is cautioning residents to move forward carefully. Hawaii News Now.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Lt. Gov. eyes May 25 for ‘medium risk businesses’ to reopen
With new cases of the coronavirus few and far between, leaders are getting more specific about what the next phase of reopening looks like. On Monday the Lt. Governor said he believes it’s safe enough to get the the majority of the kamaʻāina economy back up and running. Things like restaurants, salons and what he calls other medium risk businesses. Hawaii News Now.
If economic strife continues, Gen. Hara worries of ‘civil unrest’ in Hawaiʻi
Governor Ige’s cautious approach to reopening the economy drew harsh warnings Monday from the business and government leaders who are advising him. One of their concerns is the possibility of riots. Hawaii News Now.Big Island Video News.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Gov. David Ige said he doesn’t think Hawaiʻi’s current economic crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to civil unrest. Tribune-Herald.
Struggling farms want the state to become a bigger customer
With local farmers reeling from a drop in demand from hotels and restaurants, advocates hope schools, prisons and hospitals will buy more local produce. Civil Beat.
16 new solar farms on three islands announced, but utility won’t say where
The public might have to wait 30 days for more details of plans of Hawaiian Electric’s 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects. Civil Beat.
HAWAII BUSINESS E-Commerce is the Present and Future for Hawai‘i Retailers
Many retailers see how important e-commerce has been during the coronavirus pandemic. As their bricks-and-mortar shut down, many retailers strengthened their social media and online advertising and added products to their websites… read more.
Honolulu residents invited to testify on spending federal aid
Residents will be able to provide live testimony remotely when City Council members meet next week. Citizens will be able to offer their comments via video during the meeting of the Select Committee on Economic Assistance and Revitalization. The group was formed to make recommendations on how best to use $387 million Honolulu received from the CARES Act. Civil Beat.
New legislation asks for $100 million to help Honolulu’s small businesses
Oʻahu is getting about $380 million dollars, and now a big push is being made to take a $100 million of that and put it toward small businesses. Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi is helping lead the Occupancy Relief Program, which is aimed at helping small businesses pay rent to stay afloat in the economy. KHON2.
Retailers begin to detail reopening plans
Reduced hours, rearranged food courts and continued respect for social distancing practices are among the guidelines retailers are setting forth ahead of May 15, the date most such stores will be allowed to reopen on Oʻahu. Hawaii News Now.
International Market Place will reopen on Friday. KITV4.
Retailers looking to nab cleaning supplies and sanitizer before reopening. KHON2.
USS Nevada located off of Oʻahu
The wreck of the Nevada was found about 75 miles southwest of Pearl Harbor in more than 15,400 feet of water. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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