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Ige’s new budget proposal would eliminate jobs of 149 state workers
Gov. David Ige’s new two-year budget proposal would cut 149 employees across state government, and may also involve some as-yet unspecified tax increases. With the state expecting a $1.4 billion shortfall each of the next four years, Ige says the budget, unveiled yesterday, reflects difficult decisions forced upon the state. Civil Beat. KITV4. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Maui Now.
State furloughs might be pushed back to July
Furloughs for thousands of state employees scheduled to begin Jan. 1 could be postponed until July if a federal pandemic funding bill takes enough pressure off the state’s strained budget. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.
Hawai‘i could get $2.5B in federal relief funds
The massive $900 billion relief bill passed Monday by Congress includes at least $1.7 billion in Hawai‘i funding. The package would provide funds for rent relief, vaccine distribution, unemployment assistance, child care and education. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Hawai‘i
Half of the 12,000 doses in the state’s first shipment from the drug company will be distributed to Neighbor Islands. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.
CVS pharmacists to launch mass vaccination effort at Hawai‘i’s care homes
Next Monday, pharmacists plan to begin vaccinating thousands of residents in the state’s long-term care facilities. The effort is part of a nationwide program to reach residents at more than 40,000 locations; a total of 40 are in Hawai‘i. Hawaii News Now.
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CHANGE Health Report: Diabetes epidemic keeps spreading
Fighting back against a growing health threat – and one of the most costly. Diabetes is a severe health problem in Hawaiʻi and getting worse. HMSA went from 30,000 members with diabetes in 2015 to about 50,000 today. Statewide, there are as many as 100,000 people with diabetes… read more.
O‘ahu inmate infections to be removed from reopening metrics, Caldwell says
The cases will be subtracted from seven-day average case counts beginning Thursday. The change will help the island avoid reverting to the more restrictive Tier 1 of the city’s re-opening plan, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced yesterday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
Hawaiian Homes Commission airs concerns over Kapolei casino proposal; DHHL sees it as key to trust’s future
The commission will decide whether to send the proposal to the Legislature at a meeting on Tuesday. But an executive with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands says the casino plan is essential to getting more Native Hawaiians on homesteads. Civil Beat. KHON2. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News.
Police commissioner: HPD surveillance of medical examiner “raises some red flags”
Honolulu Police Commission Chairwoman Shannon Alivado says Chief Susan Ballard must answer some tough questions about a 2019 operation that stemmed from a complaint from the mayor’s office. Civil Beat.
Richard and Christine Matsui moved home to Hawai‘i from the Bay Area
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Remote work offers opportunity in Hawaiʻi
Richard Matsui, the founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, has moved back to Hawai‘i and thinks many others in the tech world will consider doing the same. COVID-19 presents Hawai‘i with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a world-class tech and startup hub… read more.
First Kīlauea eruption since 2018 draws hundreds of onlookers
Flowing lava, the main draw of Hawai‘i’s most popular visitor attraction, reappeared Sunday night at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and produced a steamy show attracting crowds. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.
Real estate boom: West Hawai‘i real estate sales reach 15-year high
Driven by a surge in demand for residential homes, property sales in Kona reached a 15-year high in October and November, marking a significant rebound from a pandemic-induced lull that started in April. Sales are up 59% over last year’s combined October-November totals. West Hawaii Today.
Big Island considers banning pedestrians on road to Waipi‘o Valley
Opponents say closing the road would prevent people from using public lands, while the bill’s sponsor counters that 400 cars and 200 pedestrians a day on the crumbling roadway are too much pressure for the historic area. Civil Beat.
Hawaiʻi ranks last in registered boat ownership
Hawaiʻi’s 14,835 registered boats number little more than half the 28,249 boats registered in Wyoming, a landlocked state with the second-fewest boats. Joe Adams, owner of Windward Boats, a boat sales and repair company in Kailua, says an important reason for Hawaiʻi’s last-place ranking is the “lack of support for the industry and the infrastructure”… read more.
Affordable apartment project breaks ground
Kaiaulu O Kupuohi Apartments, a $64.6 million, 89-unit apartment project for moderate to low-income families in Lāhainā, is scheduled for a May 2022 completion. Rents will range from $492 to $1,447, with eligibility reserved for residents who are making 30, 40 and 50 percent of the area median income. Maui News.
Doctors receive first vaccines on Kaua‘i
COVID-19 vaccine distribution has started on Kaua‘i, with the first supply arriving Monday afternoon. Garden Island.
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