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Virtual Interviews with Business Leaders
Today Hawaii Business Magazine interviews Russell J. Hata of Y. Hata & Co. Ltd. about what restarting after the COVID-19 crisis looks like for the food distribution company.
Temperature and facial recognition scans will be a new part of interisland travel
Thermal screening will be required at the airport for all interisland passengers starting Tuesday, and anyone with a fever of 100.4 or greater will be denied boarding. The testing is part of a new airport screening process designed to replace the 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
State will utilize facial recognition in airports. Installation will begin as a pilot program next week. KITV4.Tribune-Herald.
Gov. issues 9th emergency proclamation, extends travel quarantine to end of July
Gov. David Ige on Wednesday extended a mandatory 14-day travel quarantine for air passengers until July 31 as part of a new emergency proclamation, which also extends the effective date for a slew of other rules and directives as part of Hawaiʻi’s response to the coronavirus. Civil Beat.KHON2.Big Island Video News.Maui Now.
Full text of Gov. Ige’s Ninth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation can be found here.
Tourism facing continued losses leaving state budget in a tight spot
Hawaiʻi tourism, which essentially collapsed amid COVID-19 fears and lockdowns, won’t get out of the starting block for at least another 51 days. The quarantine extension ensures most of Hawaiʻi’s visitor industry will remain closed through the peak summer month and will probably miss the lucrative summer season entirely. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Tax revenues are plunging and policymakers must plug gaping budget holes to allow the government to function. Tribune-Herald.
Honolulu City Council pressuring state to test visitors before they board a plane to Hawaiʻi
The Honolulu City Council is moving forward with a resolution putting pressure on the state to energize tourism by testing visitors up to three days before they leave. Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the state is considering it, studying the model used right now in Alaska. “We’ve worked out the details already with CVS, we’ve got 1,200 sites across the country so if we do implement it, they can easily get the test, they pay for it, and that means we would not have to have quarantine for those individuals,” Green said. KITV4.
Gov. Ige says he ordered state unemployment director to take time off
“I ordered Director (Scott) Murakami to take some time off because as you know he was under tremendous pressure,” Gov. David Ige said. Deputy Director Ann Eustaquio is now running the agency. The state has struggled to process unprecedented levels of unemployment claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hawaii News Now.Civil Beat.
The state said it’s still working to process nearly 18,000 valid unemployment claims. Meanwhile, 130,536 jobless claims are being paid. Hawaii News Now.
State to spend $16 million in federal aid for summer learning programs
The Hawaii Department of Education is devoting $16 million of the $43 million it received in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds for summer learning programs, including helping seniors get their needed graduation requirements and buying Chromebook and iPads for use by students, according to a breakdown of expenditures. Civil Beat.
Slight uptick in homeless population
Oʻahu’s homeless count increased by 0.7 percent during the nation’s latest annual homeless census, while the neighbor islands saw a similar 1% increase. Hawaiʻi Island saw a 16% increase since 2019, compared with a 9% decline on Maui and 4% decrease on Kauaʻi. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Strengthening Hawaiʻi’s community food security in a COVID-19 world
Food shortages in communities statewide because of the COVID-19 pandemic helped highlight the vulnerability of Hawaiʻi’s food supply. The issue has sparked discussions on strengthening food security in the islands. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
HAWAII BUSINESS Interview with Bonnie Wedemeyer of The Howard Hughes Corp.
“Digital interaction will continue as the new normal and we’ve found that working online has allowed us to communicate with our clients more frequently, often leading to deeper connections than a traditional approach,” says Wedemeyer… read more.
A city rail audit won’t happen for now as feds continue their investigation
A city forensic audit for the rail project will not move forward. Councilmember Heidi Tsuneyoshi says the council chair and vice chair would not sign off on a Request for Proposals. Hawaii News Now.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
COVID-19 patient was at Oʻahu game room hours before being hospitalized
State Health Department officials reported four new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, one of whom is an Oʻahu woman in her 60s who has been hospitalized. In the weeks leading up to her hospitalization, she had visited two different game rooms: One in Waipahu and the other in Pearl City. Hawaii News Now.
City Council looks to keep community food distribution with local produce
So far, the city has held 11 community food distribution events, giving out more than 500 thousand pounds in local produce, which has in-turn made Hawaiʻi’s farmers $250,000. KHON2.
Koko Crater stairs safety project now is delayed indefinitely
Bowing to community concerns, city officials on Wednesday agreed to delay a safety improvement project at Koko Crater summit just two days after they announced it was scheduled to start next week. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.
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