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Hawai‘i steps up security at state Capitol after FBI warning
Gov. David Ige said Monday that law enforcement agencies are taking steps to ensure security of all government buildings, after the FBI issued a nationwide warning about potential armed protests in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Efforts underway to expand military spending in Hawai‘i
While the tourism industry has been hit hard during the pandemic, the state’s second-largest sector is going strong. Now some want to draw in even more defense spending. KITV4.
Hawaiʻi tech workers earn 78% more than the median wage, according to new data
About 10,890 tech workers are employed in the state, earning a median annual wage of $79,040, according to researchers at the software company Spanning. The median annual wage for all occupations in Hawaiʻi is $44,400. Maui Now.
DOE spares hundreds of teaching positions, but hundreds more at risk
Education Department officials have revised downward the number of teaching positions that will to be slashed amid the ongoing fiscal crisis. But even the rosier picture calls for hundreds of jobs lost. Hawaii News Now.
Local leaders say more young people are falling prey to human trafficking
January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and Child and Family Service says families seeking help for sex abuse have increased during the pandemic by about 20%, with online predators named as a serious threat. Hawaii News Now.KHON2.KITV4.
ACLU urges state to allow at-risk inmates to be vaccinated early
The American Civil Liberties Union made the request last week, just days before the state announced the death of a fourth inmate who was infected with COVID-19. Civil Beat.KITV4.
Green: Hawai‘i “doing OK” despite recent surge
Although the number of COVID-19 cases statewide is still in triple-digit territory amid a post-holiday surge, case counts seem to be on the decline, says Lt. Gov. Josh Green. Tribune-Herald.
West Oʻahu Magazine 2021
Hawai‘i Pacific Health completes phase three of its cancer center, and Kaiser Permanente is opening a health hub in Kapolei this year. Many new and exciting changes are coming to West Oʻahu this year… read more.
Mass vaccination centers planned on O‘ahu
Health officials hope to administer as many as 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines this month and up to 150,000 doses monthly from February through May. Vaccination sites are being planned at Pier 2 and the Blaisdell Center. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.KHON2.
Comments sought on Waikīkī beach stabilization project
A plan is moving forward to keep existing beaches from disappearing and create a “new” beach near the shoreline of the Halekulani Hotel, which has been devoid of dry sand for years. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Council committee will consider a resolution to save Dillingham Airfield
The resolution, which goes before a Honolulu City Council committee today, asks the state to work with legislators, business groups and the Army “to ensure the continuance of general aviation” at Dillingham Airfield. The popular tourism spot is slated to close in June. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawai‘i Public Radio.
Hawaiian Host sold to private investors
Some wealthy local and mainland investors have bought the financially struggling kama‘aina candymaker Hawaiian Host Group. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Pet adoption goes mobile
The Hawaiian Humane Society is preparing to launch a new mobile adoption center, which will bring animals in need of homes out to the community. Hawaii News Now.
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
6 Marketing Principles for Hawaiʻi
Experts explain how to ensure your marketing campaigns are effective in the local market AND for the particular audience you want to reach. “If you’re trying to make a big impression in the marketplace with a new idea or a product launch or your brand position, that’s when you want… read more.
Mayor remains hospitalized after heart attack
Mayor Mitch Roth remained hospitalized Monday at Hilo Medical Center after suffering a heart attack Saturday evening in South Kohala. West Hawaii Today.Big Island Now.
Planning director to ask Board of Ethics for help
Zendo Kern will address the board on Wednesday for assistance resolving potential conflicts of interest. West Hawaii Today.
UH Hilo chancellor responds to criticism from Faculty Congress
Chancellor Bonnie Irwin’s tentative budget includes cuts to address a potential $5.7 million reduction in funding. Tribune-Herald.
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Construction Helps Drive the Local Economy in Tourism’s Absence
Projects big and small, public and private, keep construction as the major economic sector with the fewest layoffs. Also driving the local construction industry are big construction, architectural and engineering companies, and big local spenders... read more.
Dozens turned away from mass drive-in vaccination clinic
About 750 people showed up Monday at the UH Maui College clinic, overloading capacity. Most fell in the newly opened 1B category, including teachers and frontline workers. Health officials say they are still trying to finish vaccinations for group 1A, which includes health care workers and long-term care facility residents. Maui Now.KITV4.
Maui County officials: “Closing business will not solve the problem of community spread”
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino has requested approval of new rules that limit capacity at stores as the number of new COVID-19 cases remains elevated. Maui Now.KHON2.
Vaccine rollout begins for Kaua‘i educators
Vaccinations start this week for essential workers, including teachers and staff at schools, preschools and daycares, as well as grocery store employees, postal workers and others. On Monday, more than 500 people registered for a COVID-19 vaccine. Garden Island.KITV4.
Utah man arrested twice for violating Kaua‘i’s traveler quarantine
To date, police have made 192 arrests of quarantine violators. Violators are subject to up to one year in jail and/or $5,000 in fines. Hawaii News Now.
Kaua‘i realtors see uptick in people buying houses sight unseen
Relocations from the mainland have become so common that it’s hard to drive more than a few miles without spotting multiple out-of-state license plates. Civil Beat.
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