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Security beefed up at state Capitol

Security heightened as state Capitol building ahead of today’s “Knights of Aloha” protest.

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Security heightened at state Capitol ahead of today’s “Knights of Aloha” protest 
A local pro-Donald Trump group plans what it calls a “peaceful rally” at the state Capitol on Friday as new security measures are put in place, including chain link fencing that blocks off the rotunda. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

No more “gifts of aloha” for state lawmakers
It’s the end of an era as new state ethics rules ban lobbyists from showering lawmakers with manapua, musubi, trinkets and other gifts. Civil Beat.

200 Hawai‘i National Guard members deploying to D.C. for inauguration duty
The troops will “aid in and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power,” Gov. David Ige’s office said. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. Big Island Now. Maui Now. KITV4.

More than half of inmates freed due to COVID-19 went on to commit crimes
A new study shows that nearly 6 in 10 people released last year have been charged with more offenses. Under a state Supreme Court order to ease overcrowding and prevent outbreaks, several hundred inmates were let out early. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

More changes coming for unemployment call center as backlog, fraud persist
Private contractor Maximus will wrap up its duties at the unemployment call center this week and will be replaced by a reduced number of new in-house hires. KHON2.

Auditor: State agriculture agency is failing to fulfill its mission
After 25 years, the Agribusiness Development Corp. hasn’t helped Hawai‘i re-fashion former sugar and pineapple plantations into viable economic engines, the audit says. Civil Beat.

With evictions looming, advocates urge state to continue funding homeless programs
Many service providers believe the governor’s ban on evictions has prevented thousands of people from becoming homeless. But they fear what’s coming when the moratorium ends. Hawaii News Now.

Health officials are worried about Hawai‘i’s vaccine supply
Concerns are growing that there won’t be enough COVID-19 vaccines to sustain large-scale immunization clinics, two of which are opening within the next two weeks. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
How New, Agile Networks of People Are Helping Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i dodged the worst of the pandemic, and we haven’t yet had any riots, but the situation is dire. Now, networks are forming around common goals, interests and principles. Members of these networks are coming together to help people in need, kick-start the economy and pave the road to a sustainable future… read more.
OʻAHU
Blangiardi won’t change the current tier system
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said yesterday that he has no intentions of tweaking the system established for O‘ahu by the former administration. He’s also hopeful the island will remain in Tier 2, despite a rise in COVID-19 cases. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Efforts ramp up to keep illegal vehicles off Sandy Beach shoreline
For years, off-road vehicles have destroyed native vegetation and dunes and disrupted monk seals in a 9.5-acre stretch of undeveloped city beach known as Wawamalu. New barriers will soon be erected to stop them. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
13 Off-the-Wall Tips for Working at Home

Office workers’ dream of finding a mute button for their boss is a reality now that they are working from home. Hawaii Business Magazine intern Chase Dalzell offers 13 other ways to enhance your work-from-home environment… read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
West Hawai‘i couple agree to pay $76K fine for illegally harvesting aquarium fish
In February, officials found 550 live tropical fish of 10 different species, along with aquarium fishing gear, when their boat returned to Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now.

Kilauea Ave. work will likely last until 2022
The ongoing rehabilitation includes repaving and installing pavement markers, striping and traffic detectors along a 1.5-mile stretch from Wailoa Bridge to Puainako Street. Tribune-Herald.

Youth Challenge Academy’s fate is still unclear
Don’t close the book on the Hawai‘i National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy in Hilo just yet — although a presentation by the state’s adjutant general earlier in the week gave the impression the program was dead in the budgetary water. Tribune-Herald.

Kona Community Hospital to begin kapuna vaccinations
Starting Tuesday, kupuna ages 75 and older can register to receive the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Big Island Now. West Hawaii Today.

HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
How to Support the Well-being of Your Employees in a Changed World

We have long realized that employees who are anxious about medical, financial or emotional issues at home are more likely to be absent or less engaged at work. Now, COVID-19 has added even more stress to their lives. Derek Kanehira, VP and director of HR services at Hawaii Employers Council offers advice on how employers can help their employees prioritize..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Mokulele Airlines is expanding service to fill void left by ‘Ohana by Hawaiian
Starting today, Mokulele Airlines will became the only airline flying to both Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

Amid growing condo outbreak, neighbors pitch in to relieve tenants’ isolation
At least 97 COVID-19 cases have now been linked to the Harbor Lights condominium in Kahului — an outbreak officials say likely started with a holiday choir practice. Hawaii News Now.

Relocation of a cement facility at Kahului Harbor passes next hurdle
The Maui Planning Commission gave another green light to Hawaiian Cement, which hopes to relocate its Kahului Harbor facility about 600 feet away. Maui News.

KAUAʻI
Koa‘e Makana housing project receives award
The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency and Mark Development Inc. received the Building Industry Association-Hawai‘i’s “grand award” for the Koa‘e Makana workforce housing project in Kōloa. Garden Island.
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