Lava flows are moving inside the Halemaumau Crater as officials warn of possible ash fallout.

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Lava flows inside Halema‘uma‘u Crater as officials warn of possible ash fallout
Scientists on Hawai‘i Island are monitoring a new lava eruption at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, which started shortly after 9:30 p.m. Sunday and remains confined to Kīlaueaʻs summit caldera. The eruption sent plumes of smoke into the air, prompting concerns about ashfall. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

U.S. Sen. Schatz: Hawai‘i could see at least $1B from stimulus agreement
Senator Brian Schatz says Congress is trying to get the nearly trillion-dollar relief package enacted by Monday night and that the Treasury Department plans to send stimulus checks out right away. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Residents’ sentiment toward tourism has worsened
Even after enduring a collapse of the state’s economy, most Hawai‘i residents aren’t eager for a return to 2019ʻs tourism numbers. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Lackluster visitor arrivals widen losses for hotels
Holiday traffic in November — the first full month of the Hawai‘i Safe Travels testing program — didn’t help hotels much, with only 22.1% of available rooms occupied. Arrivals from Japan plummeted, down from a 2019 monthly average of 131,000 travelers to just 1,350 in November. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

Gov. David Ige: There’s no money to “sustain government as it existed”
The governor, anticipating a slow economic recovery, likely will present lawmakers with a much-reduced spending plan. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i teachers’ union files complaint over furloughs
The Hawai‘i State Teachers Association is challenging the governor’s plan to furlough teachers and other school employees by turning to the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now.

Congress poised to restore Medicaid for Micronesians
It has been more than two decades since citizens of Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia were stripped of Medicaid access. Civil Beat.

Promised Land: The U.S. government agreed to return ancestral Hawaiian land, then never finished the job
Over the years, the federal government has provided about 900 acres as compensation for its unauthorized takings. But none of the land, almost all on O‘ahu, was suitable for residential use, according to the DHHL. And the government still owes additional land under the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

HAWAII BUSINESS
Replay the virtual celebration for CEO of the Year: Micah Kāne
Tune into the talk story between the Micah Kāne and Hawaii Business Magazine editor, Steve Petranik. Plus, view the panel discussion on how business and nonprofit leaders can help guide Hawai‘i to a better future… read more.
OʻAHU
O‘ahu may revert to Tier 1, says Caldwell 
With 180 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell warned that the island was heading into the more restrictive Tier 1. The mayor is petitioning the state Department of Health and Gov. David Ige to allow him to remove rising inmate infections from the reopening metrics. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Covert Honolulu police unit targeted former medical examiner
Former Honolulu medical examiner Dr. Christopher Happy was tailed by an elite intelligence unit at the request of the mayor’s office, which said it had received information about possible drug activity. The operation, in March 2019, lasted about a week and  turned up no evidence. Civil Beat.

Mayor-elect Rick Blangiardi completes interviews for senior cabinet positions
The transition team announced it has completed the initial application process to fill executive-level positions with the incoming administration of the City and County of Honolulu. KHON2.

Struggling families still waiting for grocery cards
A federally funded city program to help feed families has run into major delays. But the city hopes that today’s stimulus deal in Congress will help it extend the program. Hawaii News Now.

Chinatown conditions deteriorate in pandemic
From his second-floor office window at the corner of Maunakea and Pauahi streets, Oren Schlieman has seen his share of problems, including public urination and street brawls. But in the past months, the situation has grown more dire. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

SMALL BUSINESS TOOL KIT
How to keep your business cyber secure

Staying safe and secure online should be a priority to any user that does business on the Internet in order to prevent cybercrimes. Methods of deceit have become more sophisticated over the years, making it harder to… read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Kierkiewicz linked to company receiving CARES Act funds
Puna Councilwoman Ashley Kierkiewicz steered taxpayer money to a not-yet nonprofit corporation on whose board she sits, records show. West Hawaii Today.

Seven Democrats apply to replace Kai Kahele at the state Legislature
They include Big Island notables Chris Todd, Wil Okabe and “Fresh” Onishi. Civil Beat.

More homeowners are appealing their property assessments
More than twice as many property owners appealed their tax assessments this year compared to last year, according to the 2020 report of the county Real Property Tax Board of Review. West Hawaii Today.

Hawai’i County lacks hundreds of physicians needed to sustain the population
The physician shortage has loomed large for years but worsened in 2020 — and on the Big Island, the lack of doctors became even more severe. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island economy is “getting by” as the pandemic persists
While tourism-fueled businesses struggle, the housing market has remained healthy and aquaculture continues to grow. Civil Beat.

HAWAII BUSINESS
Hawai‘i’s Best Places to Work in 2020

When employees feel that way, they give extra effort, they want to stay with the company, and they recommend it to friends and family as a great workplace. With the help of Best Companies Group, we’ve identified the 2020 Best Places to Work in Hawai‘i..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Some frontline workers look forward to COVID-19 shot
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be arriving on Maui shortly, with health care workers, emergency responders and physicians given priority in the rollout’s first phase. And while a survey of more than 600 Hawai‘i residents last month found that fewer than half plan to take the vaccine, many frontline medical professionals are looking forward to being first in line. Maui News.
KAUAʻI
County backs nation’s first feminist economic recovery plan
The pandemic’s economic hardships have disproportionately affected women in terms of job, childcare and household responsibilities, a Kaua‘i County Council resolution states. Garden Island.

Getting food out before the holidays
In the final weekend before Christmas, a drive-thru event at the Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center distributed an estimated 10,000 pounds of food to more than 350 families. Garden Island.

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