Funding will include support for the Cardiac Center and the Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center.
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A capital improvement project budget passed Thursday by the state Legislature includes funding for Hilo Medical Center’s Cardiac Center and the Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center.
HONOLULU — State lawmakers on Thursday recessed after passing multiple funding bills designed to cope with the shock of the coronavirus pandemic that has hammered the state’s tourism-dependent economy.
During the week spanning May 13-19, Hawaii Police Department officers made four arrests and issued 11 citations for alleged violations of Gov. David Ige’s emergency stay-at-home order related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday — three on the Big Island, the other on Maui.
Fees for sewers and rubbish disposal will continue to increase, taxes could rise for luxury second homes and services will be cut countywide, but County Council members still found room in the budget Thursday to add another $565,000 for their contingency accounts and golf subsidies.
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Gov. David Ige said Thursday he’s considering lifting the 14-day mandatory quarantine currently in place for interisland air travelers, saying “measures are pointing in the right direction to make this move.”
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents voted Thursday to postpone discussion of a new internal management structure for Maunakea governance until June.
State Rep. Joy San Buenaventura of Puna will seek the 2nd District Senate seat currently held by Russell Ruderman, who on Wednesday announced he would not run for re-election.
The state Legislature today passed a capitol improvement project budget that includes funding for Hilo Medical Center’s Cardiac Center and the Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center, according to a news release from the state Senate.
The county Department of Public Works said Thursday it is closing public access to Waipio Valley between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, Friday through Monday.
A brief look at other news from throughout the state.
Four new cases of COVID-19, three on the Big Island and one on Maui were reported today by the state Department of Health, bringing the statewide total to 647 cases.
The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 22.3%.
The Hawaii County Council voted in support of a resolution to award a $50,000 grant to a Puna nonprofit to reopen access to Puna farms isolated by lava.
With serious work on the coronavirus-stricken county budget set to begin today, the County Council on Wednesday set up a property tax structure that would allow it to tax $2 million-plus second homes at a higher rate than other residential property.
St. Joseph School has long operated on a shoestring budget, a wing and a prayer.
The Big Island’s Civil Defense chief said his agency is “ramped up as much as we can be” for the upcoming start of hurricane season because of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parts of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have reopened to the public for limited use as the park begins its phased reopening plan.
State Sen. Russell Ruderman of Puna announced today he would not seek a third term.
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