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HB Connects Video with CPB’s Arnold D. Martines: Small Business Loans and Hawai‘i’s Economy
Hawaiʻi’s small businesses and nonprofits received $2.1 billion during the first round of federal Payroll Protection Program loans – the 10th highest rate among the 50 states in per capita money received. Hawaii Business Magazine Editor Steve Petranik interviews via video the leaders of Hawaiʻi’s largest banks about federal PPP loans and Hawai‘i’s economic recovery. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Building Resilience in Hawai‘i Before the Next Crisis: A Q&A with Henk Rogers
This year, the state’s resilience was tested when the coronavirus pandemic choked the local economy and highlighted Hawai‘i’s vulnerabilities as an island community that imports most of its food and energy. Henk Rogers, founder of Blue Planet Energy, discusses the importance of building resilience and how Hawai‘i can develop a more sustainable and self-reliant energy system. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Virtual Interviews with Business and Nonprofit Leaders
Today Hawaii Business Magazine interviews Howard Lee of UHA Health, Jason Ikaika Nurre of Marina Florist and John Sukup of Expected X about how they are coping with the COVID-19 crisis.
Local nonprofits face a variety of challenges in confronting this unprecedented situation. Today we hear from Bev Harbin of Wahiawā Health about those challenges.
Despite urgent social needs, lawmakers decide to bank state, federal funds
Lawmakers are poised to stash more than $1.6 billion in state and federal funding in the state’s “rainy day” budget reserve fund at a time when Hawai‘i residents are hurting from the highest unemployment rate in generations, prompting one state senator to tell her colleagues Tuesday she is ashamed of the Legislature for failing to help more people in need. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Recent changes have beefed up enforcement of traveler quarantine
State lawmakers are pushing for tougher enforcement of the 14-day traveler quarantine, which has been extended through June 30. Arriving visitors must indicate how many nights they are staying and are no longer allowed to leave the airport unless they have a return ticket. Hawaii News Now.
Senators concerned about visitors who violate quarantine. KITV4.Tribune-Herald.
State DOE makes plans for summer schools
Traditional summer school programs will be done primarily through distance learning, but some face-to-face options for high-need and hard-to-reach students will be available, the DOE announced Tuesday. Tribune-Herald.KITV4.Big Island Now.KHON2.
As Hawai‘i parents head back to work, many are faced with another challenge: no childcare
Because of distancing rules, day cares have fewer slots available and most summer school classes will be held online so kids will still be at home on a computer screen. Hawaii News Now.
Hawai‘i antibody tests suggest community’s level of exposure low
As more people in Hawai‘i take the COVID-19 antibody test, their results are providing information about how far the virus has spread statewide. While the tests are not widespread enough to be definitive, available results are indicating that Hawai‘i’s exposure to the virus has been minimal, helped by the stay-at-home orders imposed in March by the state and counties. Hawaii Public Radio.
One new coronavirus case on Big Island raises statewide total to 641. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.
Hawai‘i distributes first pandemic unemployment assistance checks
The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported today that it has now paid out nearly $109.9 million in federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The federal funds, which were approved as part of the CARES Act, offer support for the self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers and freelancers. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Senators put off vote for land board nominee
Opponents of the wind farms in Kahuku voiced opposition to the confirmation of Chris Yuen, a long-time member of the state’s Board of Land and Natural Resources. Civil Beat.
Prison commission demands answers on COVID-19 at Arizona prison
Hawai‘i’s jail and prison oversight commission is demanding an investigation by the Department of Public Safety into an attorney’s claim that more than a dozen correctional staff at the Arizona private prison housing Hawai‘i inmates have COVID-19. Civil Beat.
Citing mounting concerns, lawmakers urge paroling authority to delay another large prisoner release. Hawaii News Now.KHON2.
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Honolulu creates partnership to increase coronavirus testing
With more of the island’s activities gradually opening, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday that the city is aiming to provide coronavirus testing for more than 100,000 people, or about 1 in 10 O‘ahu residents. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.
The City and County of Honolulu says it’s using wastewater surveillance to see if there are spikes in COVID-19 that are unaccounted for by more traditional testing. KHON2.Hawaii News Now.
Honolulu’s business grant program draws thousands of applicants in first day
The city’s grant program for O‘ahu small businesses netted about 2,200 applications in less than 24 hours, the city’s top economic development official told a City Council committee Tuesday. The Small Business Relief and Recovery Program allows grants of up to $10,000 to businesses with no more than 30 employees or are making less than $1 million in annual revenue, and are operating out of a commercial address Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Yokohama Bay won’t have lifeguards for the time being
The state said it halted funding for lifeguards because of the COVID crisis and the park closure. But now the city says the state isn’t promising to hire lifeguards even after the beach reopens. Hawaii News Now.
City Department of Parks and Recreation is working to restart operations at Hanauma Bay. KITV4.
Free ‘pop-up’ health clinic in Kalihi aims to cover the newly uninsured
Hawai‘i’s lieutenant governor and a local doctor are making plans to open a temporary free medical clinic in Kalihi to assist people who have lost their jobs and health insurance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They estimate as many as 40,000 people among the 220,000 unemployed may have lost their health insurance in recent weeks. Civil Beat.
New homeless outreach effort zeroes in on Wai‘anae Coast
The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is central to a new partnership, facilitated by the state, that’s aimed at getting basic necessities into communities with the most need — like the groups of encampments along the Wai‘anae Coast. Hawaii News Now.
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