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Most visitors happy with Hawaii trip

Despite pre-travel restrictions, most tourists are satisfied with their Hawaii visits.

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Most mainland visitors are satisfied with their  Hawai‘i visits, HTA study says
The majority of visitors report being aware of Hawai‘i’s pre-travel testing program and satisfied with their recent trips to the Islands, according to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. However, 21% are still having issues with the process. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Maui Now.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green expects large gatherings will safely resume in May
Green said he is optimistic that once more vaccines are approved by the federal government, most Hawai‘i residents will be vaccinated by summer, and restrictions on travel and events will loosen. So far, more than 150,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald.

Casino could increase sex trade, report warns
A state agency that works toward equality for women and girls issued a blistering report Monday outlining the ills associated with casinos, particularly as they relate to the sex trade. The report is the latest challenge for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands as it tries to move forward on a casino resort. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Garden Island. KHON2. KITV4.

Hawai‘i public schools to get $56M in federal Title I funds this year
The amount reflects a $2 million increase from last year’s appropriation. An estimated 85,000 students in Hawai‘i attend a Title I school, where at least 47.2% of the student body comes from a low-income household. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Airport upgrades are on a roll, but special-fund sweep looms
As the state stares down a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall, some are looking to tap cash from special funds. That includes transportation accounts, which is money the airport division says it needs to keep up with new projects and repairs. KHON2.

New bill attempts to raise penalties for stolen catalytic converter sales
Thieves continue to target catalytic converters, which can cost a thousand dollars for car owners to replace. KHON2. KITV4.

Advocates say Pacific Islanders should be on Hawai‘i’s vaccination list
Service providers fear Hawai‘i’s vaccination effort is failing to reach Pacific Islander communities that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Expert Marketing Advice for Your Small Business
During this year’s Small Business Summit, participants can meet one-on-one with experts to get their questions answered. Upspring and Library Creative have a team of experts to help our small business owners and managers set their marketing up for success in this time of recovery… read more.
New police disciplinary reports reveal serious misconduct by dozens of officers
The Honolulu Police Department reprimanded, suspended or fired 56 officers in 58 different cases in 2020 — a sharp increase from the previous three years. Criminal investigations were started in nearly half of the cases. Civil BeatKHON2.

City offers extension option for paying property taxes

The second installment of real property taxes for the 2020-2021 tax year is due Feb. 22. But city officials say they will offer taxpayers an alternative option of making four monthly payments by May 21. KHON2.

Roger Morton named city Transportation Services director
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has appointed Morton to head the city’s Department of Transportation Services, effective today. Jon Nouchi returns as deputy. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

“Super powers” proposed for Aloha Stadium replacement agency
Redeveloping the state’s deteriorating Aloha Stadium with a private partner could speed up this year under a “super power” bill introduced at the Legislature. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Red Hill fuel tanks have leaked since 1949, Sierra Club says
While the Sierra Club believes the 20 tanks should be relocated and the Board of Water Supply maintains they should be moved or rebuilt with secondary containment, the Navy disagrees. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

9 Ways to Retain Your Employees

We all know it’s much easier and cheaper to keep a good employee than to find and train a new one, but getting workers to stay is hard. Here are strategies that local companies can use to retain their employees… read more.

Roth hopes to be cleared to return to work this week
Mayor Mitch Roth has been recovering from a Jan. 9 heart attack and subsequent procedure to have a pacemaker and defibrillator implanted. West Hawaii Today.

Ethics Board is asked to invalidate Rodenhurst’s confirmation
A Big Island resident has petitioned the county Board of Ethics to invalidate Public Works Director Ikaika Rodenhurst’s confirmation by the County Council, saying Kohala Councilman Tim Richards should have recused himself from voting because he served as a reference on Rodenhurst’s resume. West Hawaii Today.

Pelekane Watershed improvements are now completed
A two-year effort to protect and improve water quality and ecosystem health in the Pelekane Watershed was recently finished by the Kohala Center. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News.

What is Your Employer’s Role in Promoting Vaccination?

Can or should employers require employees to receive the vaccine? As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, many employers are considering their role in facilitating widespread immunization. Here are factors to consider..read more.
29% of Maui County homes have installed rooftop solar 
Private rooftop solar in Hawai‘i saw a 55% jump in 2020, making the state the nation’s top rooftop power producer per capita, according to the Hawaiian Electric Company. Maui News.

Maui Humane Society reopens after week-long closure
Appointments and surgeries began again after staff were tested and quarantined following “limited, but direct exposure” to COVID-19. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Water shutdown, bridge closures scheduled in Hanapepe
The county Department of Water announced an overnight water-service shutdown on Hana Road in Hanapepe from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday for waterline installation and improvement work. Garden Island.

Kauaʻi nonprofit rallies to buy, restore 600-year-old Hawaiian fishpond
A grassroots effort is underway to purchase the Alakoko Fishpond, which was recently put on the market for $3 million dollars. Hawaii Public Radio.

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