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Fears grow of furlough-driven teacher exodus
Public school teachers say they still have not recovered from the “Furlough Fridays” education cuts of 2009 and 2010 — and now worry a new round of furloughs will force some teachers to leave the Islands. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Infections from Halawa prison outbreak rise to 167 inmates and 28 staff
The Department of Public Safety reported Sunday an additional 99 inmates and seven staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at Hawai‘i’s largest prison. Maui Now. KITV4. Civil Beat.

Even Hawai‘i’s smallest businesses have been helped by federal CARES Act loans
Despite examples of corporate greed, the Paycheck Protection Program has steered $2.5 billion in relief to 25,000 small businesses across the state. Civil Beat.

Here’s what the defense spending bill means for Hawai‘i and the Pacific
The National Defense Authorization Act passed by the U.S. Senate on Friday includes more than $300 million in construction projects for military bases in Hawai‘i. Civil Beat.

Thousands of vaccine doses are expected in Hawai‘i today
The freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials are slated to arrive today, with the first of the two-shot series expected to be given to health care workers as early as Tuesday or Wednesday. The rollout marks a major milestone in the battle against the virus. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Visitor industry urges fixes to pre-arrival testing program amid economic troubles
The state is not likely to make more changes to the Safe Travels Hawai‘i program until next year, despite appeals from the visitor industry and community advocacy groups, which argue that recent modifications have had negative economic consequences. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Many students choose in-person classes at Hawai‘i’s Catholic schools
Catholic schools were among the first to open their doors to students for in-person classes in August, and the verdict as the semester draws to a close is so far, so good. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

How lending practices restrict Hawaiian Homesteaders’ borrowing power
Native Hawaiians cannot take out second mortgages or home equity lines of credit on their homesteads — but not everyone understood that was part of the deal. Civil Beat.


Alumni and Students Share What Makes Them Shidler Strong
More than 800 students received business degrees from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa last year, providing Hawai‘i’s business community a critical pipeline of future leaders… read more.


Honolulu must pay Louis Kealoha’s legal fees
A ruling by a state judge earlier this month leaves Honolulu taxpayers on the hook for paying the former Honolulu police chief ’s legal fees — and possibly millions more. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Legal battles with developer might determine whether rail gets finished or not
Honolulu city officials are pursuing a major condemnation lawsuit against one of Kaka‘ako’s most prominent developers, Howard Hughes Corp., over parcels needed to finish rail. But in a twist, the same developer could also launch a separate legal fight against the city if the last four miles to Ala Moana Center don’t get built as planned. Civil Beat.

O‘ahu property values stay flat for 2021
For the first time in more than a decade, the overall assessed value of taxable properties did not rise, according to numbers released by the city’s Real Property Assessment Division. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Pedestrian bridge connecting Wahiawā and Whitmore Village sparks controversy
While a pedestrian bridge in central O‘ahu offers another way to travel between the two locations, the project has been a divisive issue. Hawaii News Now.

Illegal camps on public lands are exacting a toll on resources
When clean-up teams arrived at a half dozen illegal camps on Oʻahu Thursday, employees with the Department of Land and Natural Resources were left to deal with trash and waste. Maui Now.


Year In Review: 2020
The last print issue of the year is when we check which of our stories resonated the most with readers over the past 12 months on our digital platforms – like a greatest hits collection. Which of these stories did you read?… read more.


New mayor meets with business leaders
After taking office last week, newly inaugurated Mayor Mitch Roth says he has plans to improve the county’s COVID-19 protocols. Tribune-Herald.

County has spent most of its $80M in federal CARES Act funds
With just a month remaining to spend it or send it back, Hawai‘i County government has used about 80% of the relief funds it received in March, according to a November update sent to the state on Thursday. West Hawaii Today.

Pololū Valley plans move forward
A proposed parcel consolidation and re-subdivision could lead to improved parking for the popular Pololū Valley trail. Big Island Video News.

2 Local Surveys Ask About Today and Tomorrow
The research division of the Anthology Marketing Group conducted two statewide polls for Hawaii Business Magazine: The BOSS Survey of 413 local business owners and senior executives, and the 808 Poll of 502 members of the general public. Here’s what we learned… read more.


Hawai‘i’s first 4-lane roundabout to be built in Kīhei
The roundabout will be built at the Pi‘ilani Highway intersection that services the new Kīhei high school, in response to a long-running dispute over a safe crossing for future students. Maui News.

State workers, educators brace for furloughs
The furloughs are expected on Jan. 1, through the unions have heavily criticized the move with the holidays approaching. Maui News.


Despite opt-out, Kaua‘i continues to see community spread of virus
It’s been nearly two weeks since Kaua‘i temporarily left the state’s pre-travel testing program and started requiring all incoming travelers to quarantine upon arrival. Yet COVID-19 cases continue to rise. KHON2.

West Kaua‘i Community Plan is approved
After two years of meetings, discussions and outreach, the plan passed with several amendments in November and was signed into law by Mayor Derek Kawakami earlier this month. Garden Island.


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