The state director of Labor and Industrial Relations told the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that the Unemployment Insurance Division hopes this week to roll out federal jobless benefits for the self-employed and independent contractors who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A bill creating a structure for a luxury residence tax — with 99% of the targeted property situated in three West Hawaii council districts — easily passed its first hearing Wednesday before the County Council, with one more vote to go before heading to Mayor Harry Kim, who supports it.
Hawaii’s lieutenant governor and a member of its congressional delegation on Wednesday floated the idea of COVID-19 testing for any arriving air passenger prior to travel as a condition to reopen the tourism industry.
HONOLULU — Some of the state’s hotels say they need more guidance about how to enforce a 14-day quarantine on travelers, including what to do if guests refuse to comply or how to participate if they still use physical keys instead of cards.
U.S. Rep Ed Case sent a letter today to the head of the Federal Aviation Administration seeking confirmation that Hawaii has the authority to require that all airline passengers be tested prior to boarding flights to the state.