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Here comes the “Resort Bubble.”

The resort “travel bubble” concept gains the governor’s support.

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Governor Ige gives counties right to pursue resort travel bubbles
Ige signed a proclamation yesterday empowering the counties to establish resort travel bubbles. The concept would give quarantining visitors from in-state and out-of-state the right to roam at designated areas in participating hotels or resorts. They wouldn’t be allowed off the resorts for the 14 days. If they stray, a geofencing app or device would alert police. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Garden Island.
Gov. Ige and Mayors Kawakami and Victorino discuss ‘resort bubble’ concept. Tribune-Herald. KHON2. Garden Island.

COVID-19 cases at care homes are popping up at an alarming rate
More than two dozen elderly care facilities in Hawaiʻi have been affected by COVID-19, according to data released earlier this week, prompting calls from kupuna advocates for a more concerted effort to prevent infections at care homes. As of Tuesday the total case count was 94 cases across 28 different facilities. Those cases have resulted in 27 hospitalizations and six deaths. Civil Beat.

Governor Ige extends COVID-19 emergency period through September
On Thursday Governor David Ige signed a twelfth supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the COVID-19 emergency period through September 30. It also extends the state’s moratorium on rental evictions and approves other measures Thursday aimed at slowing the coronavirus pandemic in Hawaiʻi. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

Unemployment decreases to 13.1% in July
Hawaiʻi’s unemployment rate fell for the third straight month and dipped to 13.1% in July even as the state grappled with a surge of coronavirus cases that kept the tourism industry in a virtual lockdown. But economist Carl Bonham doesn’t see the drop as a precursor to a significantly improved outlook for the state. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Governor: I’m getting details before applying for additional federal jobless aid. Hawaii News Now.

UH Regents approve emergency action to give administrators support in budget cuts
On a 9-to-2 vote, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents on Thursday passed Resolution 20-03, which it believes will ensure that UH has a viable future. Board Chair Benjamin Kudo said that the resolution is a board initiative that acknowledges the severe threat to the finances of the university and the state because of the pandemic. He also said that it was the board’s responsibility to do whatever is necessary to keep the university “alive and viable for the future.” Civil Beat.

Teachers, parents and state continue to grapple with reopening schools
Teachers, parents, and students virtually testified before the Board of Education on Thursday, with many asking that instruction remain virtual for the first semester. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The state Board of Education says it will have metrics in place next week to determine whether in-person schooling is safe to resume. Tribune-Herald.
New COVID19 response team will help schools deal with positive cases. Civil Beat.

Prison oversight commission becoming upset as COVID-19 cases multiply
Members of the Hawaii Correctional Systems Oversight Commission on Thursday voiced growing frustration at the lack of cooperation — and urgency — from the Department of Public Safety and other state agencies as they try to meet their mandate to help ease overcrowding and spread of COVID-19 at prisons and jails. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Inmates are being released as COVID-19 spreads inside Oahu Community Correctional Center. Civil Beat.

Working long shifts, National Guard members scramble to ramp up contact tracing efforts
Of the approximately 100 new contact tracers now stationed at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center, about a quarter are members of the Hawaii National Guard. Hawaii News Now.

Foreign lobbying scandal entangles well-known political fundraiser in Hawaiʻi
A prominent political fundraiser has found herself entangled in a major international scandal involving allegations of illegal lobbying by foreign interests. In a criminal complaint filed this week, 45-year-old Nickie Mali Lum Davis and several mainland political fundraisers are being accused of using their clout to illegally influence the Trump administration in exchange for $8 million. Hawaii News Now.

Coconut Wireless 2.0: How New, Agile Networks of People Are Helping Hawai‘i
In the midst of chaos, networks are forming around common goals, interests and principles. Members of these networks are coming together to help people in need, kick-start the economy and pave the road to a sustainable future… read more.
Police chief, public defender clash as OCCC COVID-19 cluster grows
There is a difference of opinion on how to deal with COVID-19 at jails and prisons. The Office of the Public Defender said non-violent offenders should not be arrested, but the Honolulu police chief said that is not viable. A request from OPD, dated August 13, asked HPD to use discretion and to scale back on arrests of all misdemeanor offenses and non-violent felonies. Police Chief Susan Ballard denied that request and said she respectfully disagrees. KHON2. KITV4.

Oceanit’s COVID saliva test gets NIH funding, clinical trials to start at Queen’s

Perhaps as early as this weekend, people getting their noses swabbed to test for COVID-19 at Queen’s Medical Center and Island Urgent Care may also be asked to provide a little saliva. The saliva will be collected in a clinical trial of a new, spit-in-cup test named ASSURE-19, which can be self-administered and gives results within 3-10 minutes and will cost an estimated $20 per test, says Patrick Sullivan, Oceanit CEO and founder. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Oʻahu restrictions are causing confusion
New rules this week to limit the spread of COVID-19 on Oʻahu by generally restricting gatherings to no more than five people are adding to confusion about how people should behave — especially with the state at condition yellow, meaning minor disruption. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.
Social gatherings at homes prohibited, movie theaters set to reopen. KHON2.
Restaurants closed by city recount strict, confusing enforcement of emergency liquor order. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Two new Honolulu Police Commissioners confirmed by City Council
One vacancy remains on the commission charged with providing oversight of the Honolulu Police Department. Civil Beat.

Lottery set for low-income units of ‘pimple building’
The developer of Queen Emma Apartments plans to begin accepting applications on Monday to enter a lottery for selecting households to occupy 71 units where monthly rent ranges from $661 for studios to $1,701 for two-bedroom units. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Yes, We’re Open: En Route Hawaii

En Route Hawaii is a personal concierge and errand service designed to handle tasks ranging from a quick Starbucks run to personal shopping for specialty ingredients. The idea was originally floated as a business that would cater mainly to older people. And then came COVID-19… read more.

Mayor Kim seeks limit on social gatherings
A restriction on gathering sizes in both indoor and outdoor settings could resume on Hawaiʻi Island following Mayor Harry Kim’s submission Thursday of an 11th emergency rule to Gov. David Ige for approval. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now. KHON2.

Maunakea stewardship restructure plan OK’d
The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously approved a new internal management structure for governance of lands on Maunakea. The plan consolidates authority over UH’s various Maunakea governing bodies to a handful of UH administrative positions, particularly the UH-Hilo chancellor and the newly created position “director of stewardship programs.” Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Regal theaters reopen
Two Hawaiʻi Island movie theaters reopen today following a lengthy closure prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaiʻi’s Top 250 Company Profiles

View the extended profiles of companies that made it on the latest Top 250 List… read more.
Mayor again warns of county restraints
As Maui hit a single-day record for COVID-19 cases, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino again warned that he will reinstate emergency restrictions if numbers don’t improve — this time by Monday. Maui recorded a record 20 new cases Wednesday, according to state Department of Health officials. Maui News.

‘Temptation Island’ production stalled after mounting concerns
After growing opposition from many community members on the “Valley Isle”– plans to tape a reality TV show at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort have been postponed. KITV4.

Volunteers virtually map out missing communities
On Aug. 19, World Humanitarian Day, the American Red Cross kicked off its first Great Hawaiʻi Mapathon, an effort of the American Red Cross’ Missing Map project. American Red Cross Regional Communications Manager Matthew Wells said the project wants to digitally map communities that are missing from the maps that are used to distribute disaster aid relief. Garden Island.

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