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DOH survey: ‘Alarming’ decrease in residents following COVID-19 prevention guidelines
An increasing number of Hawaiʻi residents no longer see COVID-19 as much of a threat as they did in the earlier stages of the pandemic, according to a follow-up survey commissioned by the state Department of Health. The number of respondents who view the virus as a “very serious” health concern has fallen from 73% to 54% in less than two months. Tribune-Herald. KHON2. Big Island Now.
DOH: New cluster of COVID-19 identified, 27 new cases reported statewide
In a significant spike Sunday, the Department of Health reported 27 new cases statewide. Majority of those cases, 23, were on Oʻahu. Kauaʻi had two, and Maui and Hawaiʻi Island each had a single case. The DOH said contact tracers were able to track down a new cluster of at least 17 people who attended the same funeral. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News.
Public schools to reopen with safeguards
Hawaiʻi public schools will reopen with students and teachers on campus for the new school year, according to an agreement reached between the Board of Education and the teachers’ union. According to the agreement, schools will maintain six feet of separation between students and staff members “whenever possible;” all individuals should wear face coverings and schools will practice proper cleaning and disinfecting. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
New survey shows that secondary school teachers had little success keeping students on track academically after schools shut down due to the pandemic. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Police Chief thinks police reform unnecessary for Honolulu
Despite the long list of changes in the works to comply with a presidential executive order and the anticipated passage by the state Legislature of police reform bills, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said she doesn’t think those measures are necessary at the Honolulu Police Department. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Chief Ballard says there’s less racial bias in Hawaiʻi but HPD data says Black, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities experience force at the hands of police at higher rates than white and Asian communities. Civil Beat.
COVID-19 cases among Pacific Islanders surge in Hawaiʻi
State health officials say Pacific Islanders are likely more at risk for the disease because they have high poverty rates and often live in overcrowded conditions. Nearly a quarter of all confirmed coronavirus cases in Hawaiʻi involve Pacific Islanders, who make up just 4% of the state’s population. Civil Beat.
Funds proposed to assist with child care relief
The Chair of the Ways and Means Committee Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz has proposed child care relief as an important part of the CARES Act federal funding initiative for Hawai‘i. The proposed $15 million would go to the Department of Human Services for child care, working coordination with federal funds, county funds and private philanthropy. Big Island Now.
Join DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto for Leadership Conference 6/28 – 6/30
In the Opening General Session, Kishimoto and a panel of local leaders will discuss the leadership qualities necessary for succeeding in a post-COVID-19 world. Register today!
OʻAHU City bus driver tests positive for COVID-19
A city bus driver has COVID-19, Honolulu city officials confirmed Sunday. Oahu Transit Services Inc. received confirmation Saturday night that the worker had tested positive. Officials say the driver worked several bus routes over the past week, but those specific routes weren’t immediately available. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.
Oʻahu vacation rental restrictions remain as other counties ease up
Vacation rentals are still sidelined by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s emergency orders prohibiting them from operating as essential businesses. The mayors of Kauaʻi, the Big Island and Maui also put vacation rentals on COVID-19 lockdowns but on June 16 began allowing legal vacation rentals to reopen to guests who do not have to quarantine. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
“It was hamajang”: East Oʻahu residents sue the city over shoddy road work
Niu Valley residents are suing to halt a road construction job, accusing the city of shoddy work. They alleged that the construction work on Anonia and Anolike streets is making it unsafe to walk or bicycle in their community. Hawaii News Now.
Some of Abigail Kawananakoa’s items are going up for auction, raising concerns
More than 400 items belonging to Hawaiian royalty descendant Abigail Kawananakoa are headed for the auction block. Kawananakoa’s attorney said the items came from his client’s Punaluʻu home, which she no longer visits. He added that Kawananakoa is facing financial problems due to the lengthy court battle over her fortune. Hawaii News Now.
UH, Aloha Stadium considering social distancing measures for football games
Re-opening seating in the long-closed upper deck end zone sections is among the considerations as the University of Hawaiʻi and Aloha Stadium study possible scenarios for social distancing this football season. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hawaii Business Magazine editor Steve Petranik interviews Mark Yamakawa, president & CEO of Hawaii Dental Service about new safety protocols in dentist offices and the importance of maintaining dental hygiene… watch now.
HAWAIʻI ISLAND Council resolution to urge Young Brothers, PUC to find solutions
Hawaiʻi County Councilmembers Sue Lee Loy and Tim Richards want the parties to seek out sources of funding that will ensure long-term continuation of interisland cargo shipping in Hawai‘i. The matter is not under Hawaiʻi County jurisdiction. Big Island Video News.
Ige’s Hawaiʻi Island Hawaiian Homes Commission nominee facing opposition
Hawaiian Homes nominees for other islands unanimously cleared the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs and then the full Senate last month, while the confirmation of Michael Kaleikini for the East Hawaiʻi seat was put on hold. At issue for the committee were 11 testifiers opposing the nomination, including members of the Keaukaha Panaʻewa Farmers Association. West Hawaii Today.
Commissioners at odds over sewer plant
A delay in design plans for the $75 million Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant frustrated members of the county Environmental Management Commission, who grilled the administration Wednesday about why the county can’t simply stop illegal discharges altogether. West Hawaii Today.
Kona Circuit Court Judge Melvin Fujino announces retirement
After 31 years in government service, 3rd Circuit Court Judge Melvin Fujino has announced his retirement and is ready to open a new chapter in his life. West Hawaii Today.
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A Clear Vision for Hawaiʻi’s Pets
At Hawaii Veterinary Vision Care, every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of their patients and families. All staff members wear PPE and pet owners wear masks. To limit close interaction and respect social distancing, pet owners remain in their vehicles and a staff member retrieves the pet… read more.
MAUI COUNTY High court rules in favor of county on timeshare taxes
The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of Maui County in a seven-year-old lawsuit over the county’s timeshare property tax classification, a decision which removes the risk of the county paying $34 million or more in damages. Maui News.
Options to remove un-exploded ordinances off Molokini stir community concern
The state says two World War II era bombs were discovered off the islet, and have been there for about 70 years. Activists say they were told the state and U.S. Navy planned to detonate the ordinances, which they fear would have damaging impacts on the wildlife above and below the water’s surface. Hawaii News Now.
Maui TV and film production: a Hollywood happy ending?
There’s a lot of talk in Hawaiʻi about diversifying the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 disaster. Nowhere is that talk louder than on Maui, where unemployment figures are some of the highest in the nation due to the island’s hyper-dependence on the battered and bruised tourism industry. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
KAUAʻI Expedia partners with the county to advertise legal vacation rentals to visitors
Mayor Derek Kawakami signed an agreement with the travel website to help the county track and regulate its vacation rental laws. The agreement will allow legal vacation rental owners to advertise on VRBO.com. In exchange, the county will receive valuable information like the tax map key number of each property. KHON2.
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