County mayors tell Governor Ige that they want the travel quarantine to remain during the current spike in COVID-19 cases.
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|Ideas and Inspiration for a Way Forward at the Hawaiʻi Leadership Conference
Dozens of Hawai‘i’s most influential and dynamic leaders will speak at Hawaii Business Magazine’s annual Leadership Conference – which is virtual this year. Leaders like Nainoa Thompson of Polynesian Voyaging Society or Peter Schwartz of Sales Force will aim to connect people and ideas during this time of isolation, lifting Hawaiʻi toward the future and past the current challenges. Hawaii Business Magazine.
|County mayors to Ige: We’re not ready to welcome back tourists
With new surges of COVID-19 cases in key states and a sudden disruption in Hawaiʻi’s testing capacity, the mayors of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi say their islands are no longer ready and want the state to rethink its planned Aug. 1 tourism reopening. Civil Beat. Garden Island. Maui Now.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell casts doubt on plan to reopen tourism. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Mayor Harry Kim says he cannot support Ige’s plan for trans-Pacific visitors. Tribune-Herald.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard says state should delay lifting mandatory quarantine. KITV4.
Shortage of COVID-19 tests nationally throws cold water on Hawaiʻi’s tourism reopen plan
Frustrated Hawaiʻi businesses feel a further delay could result in “economic catastrophe”
Health Department cracks down on COVID-19 safety in restaurants
Several bills hang in the balance as lawmakers wrap up the legislative session
Lawmakers debate testing for nursing homes
Gov. Ige appoints Bennette Misalucha to the late Breene Harimoto’s Hawaii Senate seat
Young Brothers seeks 47% emergency rate increase to keep shipping
Public schools identify which teaching models they’ll use come fall
The Power of Partnerships
In the wake of COVID-19, many local nonprofits are struggling to remain solvent and provide services in the face of unprecedented need in our island communities. In much the same way that Hawaii Association of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO) supports local nonprofits, simplicityHR by ALTRES supports HANO as their “back office” solution… read more.
|‘Monumental error’ could delay Aloha Stadium redevelopment another year
A bill that sets up all the land and jurisdictional rules has a wording mistake, allowing the state to grant 99-year leases on the Hālawa property. It’s supposed to be 65 years. The state comptroller apologized to lawmakers and said he hopes they can fix it before the Legislature adjourns Friday. The state has already set aside $350 million for the project. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Prison Oversight Commission says it needs a director, state stalling on hiring
The Hawaii Correctional System Oversight Commission — created in 2019 to help fix the state’s broken jails and prisons — says it can’t do the job it’s legally mandated to do because the state is dragging its feet on hiring a full-time director. Civil Beat.
Multiple COVID-19 cases connected to State Hospital temporarily halt construction at site
Leadership Conference Session Highlight: Marketing Through Adversity
Faced with multiple challenges, businesses have used their digital marketing channels to demonstrate their leadership, and connect with the public. Now more than ever it’s important for brands to show value and relevance. Join local leaders for a discussion on content marketing best practices. Register today!
|Power purchase agreement between Honua Ola, Hawaiian Electric fails to gain approval
The Public Utilities Commission on Thursday dismissed an amended power purchase agreement between Hawaiian Electric Co. and Honua Ola, formerly known as Hu Honua. The dismissal of the energy contract — which is part of PUC’s denial of a waiver from the competitive bidding process requested by HECO for Honua Ola — is without prejudice. That means Honua Ola, a 21.5-megawatt power plant under construction at the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. sugar mill site in Pepeekeo, is free to compete in future requests for proposals for renewable energy projects. Tribune-Herald. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now.
Prosecutors move into new offices in Kona
Editor’s Note: The Best for the 3rd Year
Change is exhilarating and exhausting. Rewarding and frustrating. Above all, it is essential and unavoidable. One of the meanings of “We’re all in this together” is that we’ve all experienced change during the past four months and those changes are far from over… read more.
|Agreement reached on Pi‘ilani Promenade
The state Land Use Commission backed a last-minute agreement among parties Wednesday in an eight-year debate over what should be developed on an 88-acre parcel in north Kīhei. The panel unanimously voted in its online meeting to approve the stipulation and order between the parcel’s Texas-based landowners and the Maui groups challenging the Pi’ilani Promenade. Maui News.
Person being treated for COVID-19 visits DMVL office
|Anti-Styrofoam bill amended
A bill first introduced in February that would restrict the use and sale of styrofoam foodservice containers is being amended and pushed off due to economic uncertainty sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Garden Island.
Council debriefed on climate change
Trump signs disaster declaration for Kauaʻi storm damage
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