Mayors continue to debate the state’s quarantine rules.
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|Virtual Platform Saves State Science Fair
Local students had spent months, even years, preparing projects for the Hawai‘i State Science Fair when the pandemic shutdown happened. That’s when organizers turned to Hawai‘i Island-based Student Corner. The digital platform staged the science fair virtually and raised the bar by providing a permanent online home for the students’ projects. Hawaii Business Magazine
|Governor, mayors will meet again to decide whether to lift the 14-day travel quarantine
After a marathon meeting Wednesday, Gov. David Ige, the county mayors and health officials will reconvene today to make a final determination on lifting the 14-day self-quarantine restriction for tourists. Ultimately if the governor decides not to proceed with a proposed modified quarantine process, the state will be dealing with how to continue paying for unemployment benefits for the 250,000 currently jobless residents and the workers who will join their ranks the longer it takes to revive the state’s primary economic driver. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.
Delay in tourism reopening could spell economic disaster for Hawaiʻi. KHON2.
Honolulu City Council asks state to ‘consider’ delaying travel restriction changes. Hawaii News Now.
COVID-19 surge on the mainland leads to shortage of testing supplies in Hawaiʻi
Hawaiʻi debates how close is too close for kids in classrooms
Lawmakers won’t give health director broad COVID-19 screening powers
Coal-burning ban among measures on track to clear legislature
General gets fourth star, takes over command of Pacific Air Forces
Force Majeure – What is it?
The profound economic downturn caused by COVID-19 shows little sign of easing. As companies throughout Hawai‘i look for ways to reduce the financial impacts of the pandemic, it makes perfect sense that a bit of form contract legalese, the “force majeure” clause, would find its way into our everyday vocabulary… read more.
|Council holds off on $26M bond for rail
The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday voted to hold off passing a measure to approve the sale of $26 million in general revenue bonds to help finance the city’s $9.2 billion, 20-mile rail project. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Top contenders for Honolulu mayor make their case in ‘The Job Interview’
Mayor Caldwell reaffirms support for Doug Chin to Police Commission
New deal reached in effort to fix Laniākea parking, traffic and safety problems
Bishop Museum now permanent home of 2 artifacts gifted to Captain Cook
Yes, We’re Open: Pacific Horizon Lending
An international pandemic hitting just as you launch an independent business may seem like an insurmountable barrier. Noelani Yoshino is ready for the challenge… read more.
|Council provides CARES input
Bolstered by nonbinding resolutions seeking financial bailouts for very small and women-owned businesses, the Hawaiʻi County Council on Wednesday unanimously passed an $80 million relief package tapping into federal coronavirus funds. West Hawaii Today.
Council passes resolution urging county administration to use $5 million in CARES Act money to fund a micro-grant program for small businesses. Big Island Video News.
Council supportive of resolution urging the county administration to consider gender differences when crafting COVID-19 recovery programs. Tribune-Herald.
Resolution urges action to find ways for Young Brothers to resume full cargo service Hawaiʻi County Council members joined a growing list of elected officials calling for government support for Young Brothers to resume regular intra-state shipping. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.
Window AC units require building permits in Hawaiʻi County
Challenges Facing Nonprofits: Kupu
“Kupu offices will open July 15. We will wear masks in common areas, there will be hand sanitizer available everywhere, and we’ve been putting in new furniture and laying out the office differently to create more space between people,” says Kupu CEO John Leong… read more.
|Proposals to limit terms, create new departments on tap
Six proposals that would limit terms for the mayor and council members, create departments for housing and agriculture and make other changes to county government will be considered by the Maui County Council on Friday. Maui News.
Hāli‘imaile brush fire roasts 3000 acres, continues to burn
|Residents reflect, consider reopening to transpacific travel
Though Gov. David Ige’s August 1 plan to reopen the state to trans-Pacific travel could bring back some more business to the island, several residents recently echoed concerns already voiced about the safety of Hawai‘i residents when that happens. Garden Island.
Housing Policy to undergo more amending
Kaua‘i United Way secures relief funds
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