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Survey Reveals Virus’s Impact on Hawai‘i’s People
Almost half of Hawai‘i households have lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic and about 1 in 4 have fallen behind on least some of their bills. Those are among the dire findings from a survey released Thursday by the Bank of Hawaii Foundation called “COVID-19 in Hawaii: Facts and Insights.”Hawaii Business Magazine.
Ige warns that without more federal aid, public worker pay cuts or furloughs are inevitable
Gov. David Ige is planning to borrow money from the federal government to raise cash to navigate the budget crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but said layoffs, pay cuts or furloughs of state public employees are inevitable if Congress and President Donald Trump don’t come through with more help. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hawaiian among airlines to reach loan agreements with federal government
American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and three smaller carriers have reached agreement with the government for billions more in federal loans, a sign of the industry’s desperate fight to survive a downturn in air travel caused by the virus pandemic. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
Public will have a chance to weigh in on the major overhaul of election rules
In the lead-up to Hawaiʻi’s first all-mail vote, five chapters of administrative rules will be repealed, and new rules adopted for voter registration, challenges, appeals, ballots, and more. The public has a chance to weigh in on Monday, July 6. KHON2.
New Hawaiʻi voters have until Thursday, July 9, to register to vote in the 2020 Primary Election. West Hawaii Today.
State elections office to hold drive-thru voter registration events. Hawaii News Now.
Federal judge rules Hawaiʻi’s quarantine is reasonable during coronavirus pandemic
A U.S. judge will not stop Hawaiʻi from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, saying in a ruling that the emergency mandate is reasonable during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents tried to stop the quarantine by filing a lawsuit alleging it is unfair and unnecessary. It violates the fundamental right to travel freely, they argued. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Full order from federal court upholding Hawaiʻi’s quarantine policy found here.
The state wants to give the state Health director the authority, with the governor’s blessing, to declare public health emergencies. Hawaii News Now.
A bill that would fully legalize hemp production throughout Hawaiʻi is only a few steps away from becoming law, although many are unhappy with its final form. Tribune-Herald.
The state Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously advanced a bill banning flavored tobacco products. West Hawaii Today.
The Hawaii State Senate will reconvene on Monday, despite learning Saturday that a Senate staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Proposed solar farms could power 200,000 Hawaiʻi homes
About a dozen solar farm developers are preparing to soon hold community meetings about plans that could power around 200,000 Hawaiʻi homes with photovoltaic panels covering more than 3,000 acres on three islands. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Beach cleanups prove popular and purposeful during pandemic
People want to help or just stretch their legs, and groups are organizing events with safety guidelines in mind. Civil Beat.
HAWAII BUSINESS Dr. Akiemi Glenn, Executive Director of The Pōpolo Project Joins Leadership Conference
The Aloha State is often seen as a model of racial harmony, yet we still experience inequality in our workplaces. Join Dr. Akiemi Glenn and other local leaders for a discussion on how to foster workplace inclusivity on July 28. Register today!
Waipahu Summer Fun employee tests positive for COVID-19
A city park employee who works at a Summer Fun site in Waipahu and had “minimal” contact with participants has tested positive for COVID-19, authorities said. Hawaii News Now.KHON2.KITV4.
‘Open Street Sundays’ in Waikīkī extended through July
Kalakaua Avenue will continue to be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday mornings, as the city has announced an extension of the ‘Open Street Sundays’ program. Hawaii News Now.
Envisioned vertical public school in Kakaʻako faces new delays
Building of the 10-story elementary school was expected to be started last year by a private developer in conjunction with a moderate-price rental apartment tower on state land next to Mother Waldron Park. But lawmakers recently decided not to include $20 million for the school in a supplemental capital improvement spending authorization running through June 2021. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kakaʻako condo tower construction upended by COVID-19
Production of a mainly midpriced Kakaʻako condominium tower has run into trouble because of COVID-19, but the developer believes several planned changes that include pricing more units for less will overcome setbacks. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Rights of LGBTQ Employees in Hawai‘i
While Hawai‘i employers were already prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, this is an important time for employers to ensure they understand the laws and are promoting an inclusive workplace… read more.
Ola Brew expands to mainland: Company’s hard seltzers now available in California
At a time when many businesses are seeing markets shrink, Kailua-Kona’s Ola Brew Co. has managed to extend its reach to the mainland. West Hawaii Today.
Puna retreat’s grant request delayed as pandemic stifles state funding
The Kalani Oceanside Retreat in lower Puna, more commonly called Kalani Honua, has sought a $100,000 grant to convert cesspools on the retreat into septic systems for the better part of two years, to the consternation of a group of Puna residents opposed to the high traffic drawn to the retreat. However, Lily Cash, board president of Kalani Honua Inc., said the grant is still pending and likely will be delayed even further. Tribune-Herald.
Interview: Tim Johns, President & CEO, Zephyr Insurance
“Many Hawai‘i residents, including our policyholders and agents are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are here to offer support and help reduce financial impacts,” says Johns… read more.
Half of jobless filers had not received checks More than half of Maui County residents who applied for unemployment benefits as of mid-May had not received payments and nearly half of Maui County households reported a decline in income since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, a Bank of Hawaii Foundation survey released Thursday showed. Maui News.
More park space, fewer gentleman’s estates
Designating 500 more acres in West Maui for parks and open space and restricting gentleman’s estates and fast-track affordable housing projects in certain West Maui areas, are some of the highlights of the updated draft of the West Maui Community Plan. Maui News.
Man arrested after refusing to wear face mask Kaua‘i police arrested Ryan Buley, 34, of Kapa‘a, Saturday afternoon, for terroristic threatening and harassment following his refusal to wear a mask in a North Shore store. Garden Island.KITV4.
County, Airbnb Inc. agree to limit rentals
Kauaʻi County has partnered with Airbnb Inc., the online travel platform, to help weed out illegal vacation rental properties on the Garden Isle. Under an agreement, Airbnb will provide monthly reports to the county for each vacation rental listing and designated tax map key of each property on Kauaʻi posted on its website. Properties without a valid TMK will be removed from Airbnb’s website. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.