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NOAA warns boaters about Humpbacks


Marine and Wildlife officials are asking boaters to watch out for mother and calf humpback whales in Hawaii waters.

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NOAA warns boaters about humpbacks in Hawai‘i waters
Wildlife officials are asking boaters to watch out for an abundance of mother and calf humpback whale pairs in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and nearby waters. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

More public school students are heading back to campus
About 74% are either in the classroom full time or have opted for “blended learning.” In addition, slightly more than half of all teachers have been vaccinated, according to a survey last week by the Hawaii State Teachers Association. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Youth sports can resume if masks are worn, according to DOH guidelines
If a sport cannot be played while wearing a mask, the state Department of Health advises that it should be canceled until mask mandates are lifted. KITV4.

Hawai‘i is working on a system to let vaccinated travelers skip quarantine
The state is reportedly close to unveiling less restrictive guidelines for vaccinated people traveling to and within Hawai‘i. Hawaii News Now.

Lt. Gov. vows to remain a doctor despite House bill banning second jobs
Currently, Lt. Gov. Josh Green works two 48-hour shifts each month as an emergency room doctor on the Big Island. State House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti says the lieutenant governor bill has nothing to do with Green or his job as a physician. KHON2.

Lawmakers eye stiffer penalties for illegal fireworks
House Bill 508 would double fines for illegal fireworks, with the maximum fine for aerials increasing to $4,000 from $2,000. A separate bill would also make violators subject to the state’s air and noise pollution laws. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Judge rules Bristol-Myers, Sanofi must pay Hawai‘i $834M over Plavix
The two companies were ordered to pay the state more than $834 million for illegally marketing their blood-thinning drug Plavix in a manner that put some users’ lives at risk, especially those of Asian or Pacific Islander decent. Honolulu Star-AdvertiserCivil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

U.S. spike in deaths surpassed official COVID-19 counts, but not in Hawai‘i
Across the U.S., nearly 20% more people have died since the start of the pandemic than in normal years. In Hawai‘i, however, the fatality rate has barely budged, apparently offset by reductions in tourist deaths, traffic and flu fatalities, and even suicides. Civil Beat.

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20 for the Next 20: Vincent Kimura
Vincent Kimura’s life has been shaped by mentors at every turn. After earning his MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, he joined one of the mentors he met at the Pacific Basin Economic Council, Bernice Glenn, to start Inovi Green, a Hawai‘i-based company focused on renewable energy… read more.
Land Board approves Ala Moana beach nourishment plan
The City of Honolulu’s application to add sand to the beach at Ala Moana Regional Park was approved Friday by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Court orders sale of Miske-owned tuna longliner
The alleged crime boss had owned the fishing vessel for years but transferred it to a company controlled by the widow of his dead son as federal investigators closed in. Civil Beat.

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More Team Creativity? First, Look at Safety

Why do people hold back from sharing their thoughts and ideas in a team meeting? Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson would say the team lacks psychological safety. Psychological safety is a belief that you… read more.

Soldiers help clear Maka‘eo walking and jogging path
Over the weekend, active-duty soldiers with the O‘ahu-based U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division performed maintenance work on the overgrown path at the old Kona Airport park and the site’s main anchialine pond. West Hawaii Today.
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This year, we reprise our CHANGE Event Series and hear from voices across the Islands – from Kaua‘i to Hawai‘i Island, we are inviting change makers to join us as attendees and panelists. CHANGE is our shared kuleana throughout all of Hawai‘i.
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Hawaiian Electric in Maui County reached 50% renewable energy for 2020
For the first time, the county hit the 50% mark in its renewable portfolio, which includes a mix of solar, wind and biofuels. Maui Now.

Out-of-state visitors to Wai‘anapanapa State Park will need reservations starting March 1
The online reservation site opened yesterday. Visitors and commercial operators will be charged $10 to $50 per vehicle for parking and $5 per person for entry via foot or bike. Hawai‘i residents can bypass reservations, as well as entry and parking fees. Maui News.

Wailea hotel is now scheduled to open in April 
The general manager of the AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea said the hotel had planned to open this month, but the date has been pushed back to establish COVID-19 protocols. Maui News.

Comments wanted on proposals for $50K economic diversification grants
The county’s Office of Economic Development is fielding public comments through Feb. 22 on proposals for 10 Innovation Grants. Among the projects being considered are a vertical,  environment-controlled farming facility, mental health training, and a land-based coral nursery. Garden Island.

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