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Hawaii’s homeless residents will go uncounted this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hawai‘i’s homeless population will go uncounted this year
While the number of unsheltered people is expected to rise, the annual Point in Time Count that surveys the population has been called off because of the pandemic. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

Barricades block entrances at state Capitol building after FBI warns of armed protests nationwide
Both the mauka and makai entrances are now protected with water walls and a chain link fence in preparation for possible protests in the lead-up to Joe Biden’s inauguration. KHON2.

Hawai‘i lags other states in administering vaccines, federal data shows
The state ranks 44th nationwide, as health officials struggle with capacity and uncertainty surrounding the federal delivery of more doses. Civil Beat.

$30M price tag to renovate water features at the state Capitol raises eyebrows
State Comptroller Curt Otaguro asked lawmakers for $17.5 million this year and $12.5 million next year to fix the pond, which has been leaking water into the Capitol basement for years. Hawaii News Now.

Public schools are told to absorb $5M they used to buy PPE
It’s sorely needed money that state education leaders thought they would get back in federal emergency funds. Hawaii News Now.

Teacher training initiative takes shape under COVID-19 federal grant
Community groups plan to convene dozens of local educators this summer to help build a digital collection of lesson plans and teaching materials. The collection will be free and accessible to students, teachers and parents by 2022. Civil Beat.

Culture as a Key to Strong Performance in Turbulent Times
A failure to adapt to the needs of parents with children at home, ailing relatives, financial worries and growing stress risks eroding employee commitment and increasing the dysfunction within organizations. Here are a few pointers to make sure this doesn’t happen at your company… read more.
First mass vaccination to kick off on Monday
About 1,000 people are scheduled for shots when Hawai‘i’s first mass COVID-19 vaccination site opens at Honolulu’s Pier 2 cruise ship terminal. Appointments were given to seniors 75 and older, first responders and front-line essential workers. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Tentative deal reached between Kapi‘olani Medical Center, nurses’ union
The two sides have reportedly struck a deal in their ongoing contract negotiations. The deal could avert a strike that nurses overwhelmingly approved last week. Hawaii News Now.

Queen’s Medical Center is changing policies after second outbreak
The hospital said a cluster occurred in a cardiac unit located on floors 3 and 6 of Queen Emma Tower, and the second cluster was on the fourth floor of the Pauahi Tower. Patients were not told about the outbreaks unless they tested positive. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

HR360: Leaders it is Time to Shine, Literally

Face it: 2020 was devastating. You ditched your business plans, shifted performance goals, and raised spirits for your employees through social media videos (like how to make a pizza). Find the opportunities waiting for you in 2021 with 3 practices… read more.

Hawai‘i Island has fewer than half the doctors it needs — and the shortage is getting worse 
New data from the John A. Burns School of Medicine says Hawaiʻi County has the state’s largest shortage, with less than half of the doctors needed to properly serve the population. The shortage could grow to 72% by 2030. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Ethics Board wants to see Kern’s client list
The county Board of Ethics, deluged with written testimony about Planning Director Zendo Kern’s fitness for the job, asked Kern on Wednesday for an “exhaustive list” of projects he has worked on. The board delayed making a decision until next month. West Hawaii Today.

Examining Implicit Bias in Hawaiʻi

Implicit bias is defined as the positive or negative stereotypes, assumptions and attitudes that we harbor toward a person, thing or group. I’m not from Hawai‘i, but people often assume I am because I’m Asian with tan skin and dark hair. So I’m often asked where I went to high school or what island I’m from..read more.
Maui residents question why mainland visitors are getting vaccinated in the Islands
Some residents are furious after it was revealed that vaccines are going to visitors. Hawaii News Now.

Public meetings are scheduled for Maui’s affordable housing plan
In November, Hawaiian Community Assets was contracted to create a comprehensive housing plan, including opportunities to build 5,000 affordable homes for local families. Maui Now.

Contractor, condo appeal $75K fine over shoreline work
Hololani Resort Condominiums and Goodfellow Bros. are appealing the county violation that alleges their shoreline restoration work temporarily put the environment at risk. Maui News.

Council authorizes the Department of Public Works to secure a $6.5 million loan
The county is moving forward with upgrades to the Waimea Wastewater System. Garden Island.

Hundreds of essential workers are vaccinated
Kaua‘i is well into the 1B phase of its vaccination plan, according to the Department of Health. Hawaii News Now.

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