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COVID-19 vaccine delayed


Deadly winter conditions on the U.S. mainland are delaying shipments of coronavirus vaccines to Hawaii.

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Deadly winter weather delays COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Hawai‘i
Efforts to further curtail the spread of the virus in Hawai‘i hit a snag this week, as state health officials reported that a record-breaking winter storm on the Mainland that left millions without power and resulted in at least 20 deaths had delayed some shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to the islands. Honolulu Star-AdvertiserBig Island NowHawaii News NowKHON2.

Lab reporting issue leads to Tuesday’s low COVID-19 case count
Hawai‘i health officials reported 17 new COVID-19 infections statewide on Tuesday, an undercount due to a laboratory reporting error. The 17 cases recorded Tuesday included 13 on O‘ahu, three on Maui, and one resident diagnosed out of state. Civil BeatHawaii News NowKITV4.

Hawai‘i court’s massive $834 million fine against drug makers could boost state budget
The penalty would go directly to the state’s general fund, but not until all legal appeals are exhausted, which could drag on for two years or even longer, Hawai‘i Attorney General Clare Connors said at a press conference Tuesday. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Bill adds new ingredients to state’s sunscreen ban
HB 102, HD 1, which seeks to amend Section 342D-21, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, by adding avobenzone and octocrylene to the list of banned ingredients, has been making its way through the state House of Representatives and is scheduled to be heard today by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Bill could help Hawai‘i’s tenant-landlord dispute backlog.
Hawai‘i’s court systems have been slowly returning to service since December, but a tsunami of cases are on the horizon once the state’s moratorium on evictions eventually ends. According to the University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization, 30,000 households in Hawai‘i were late on rent last November.  KHON2.

Senate committee advances bill to legalize recreational marijuana
The legalization measure is Senate Bill 767, which would legalize possession of one ounce of marijuana or less by anyone who is 21 years old or older. It was approved by the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Civil Beat. West Hawaii Today.

Home Lands gambling bill debate pushed to Thursday
A key Senate committee postponed decision-making until Thursday on whether to allow a controversial gambling bill that would allow the possibility for generating revenue for the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands through some form of legalized gaming — and break Hawai‘i’s prohibition on any form of legal gambling. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Youth vaping rates keep rising in Hawai‘i
More Hawai‘i high school students are trying vaping and getting hooked, with the rate of daily vaping more than doubling over two years, while use of alcohol and cigarettes is dropping. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

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20 for the Next 20: Kūhiō Lewis
“Who I am is always pushing the bar, always raising the bar, always trying to push the limits and make a difference,” says Lewis. Since taking the helm at the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement in 2018, Lewis has helped the nonprofit grow its revolving loan fund from $3.5 million to $6 million… read more.
Low case numbers move Honolulu closer to Tier 3
Honolulu, for the first time, is expected to hit its metrics today for moving into the less restrictive Tier 3 of the city’s COVID-19 Reopening Framework from the current Tier 2. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

2 Louisiana residents accused of bribing Honolulu airport screener to bypass quarantine
Officials said Johntrell White, 29, of Simmesport, La., and Nadia Bailey, 28, of Baton Rouge, arrived without valid COVID-19 exemptions or pre-tests. White allegedly offered an airport screener $2,000 to let him pass through without having to quarantine, with Bailey allegedly throwing in an additional $1,000 to let them both through. Honolulu Star-AdvertiserHawaii News Now.

State officials begin to clear ‘literal potpourri of useless junk’ from Waimānalo site
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the site, formerly home to Dragon Garden—Hawai‘i Bonsai Cultural Center, may take several weeks to clear out. In addition to abandoned vehicles on the property, officials said there are illegal structures, a variety of rubbish, and possibly hazardous chemicals leaking from discarded barrels that are mixed in soil. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Bill to let OHA build Kaka‘ako Makai condos advances
The on-and-off battle over development of Kaka‘ako Makai has flared up again as state lawmakers consider the latest measures aimed at allowing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to put residential housing in the oceanfront region of urban Honolulu. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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EV Popularity Is Growing – Put Your Business on the Literal Map

As electric vehicles become more affordable and popular, public charging is in high demand. Depending on the type of charger installed, businesses can receive up to $35,000 in rebates per station… read more.

Hawai‘i Island at 43.4% renewable energy
Hawaiian Electric says its renewable portfolio standard on Hawaiʻi Island is up nearly 10 percent this year, as the company says it has more than tripled clean energy in 10 years. Big Island Video News.

Administration provides tentative estimates for restoration of Pohoiki Road, Highway 137
Parts of Pohoiki Road which have been buried in lava for nearly three years finally might be excavated later this year, county officials estimate. Reopening the upper portion of Pohoiki Road — the part buried in lava — and the stretch of Highway 137 from the “Four Corners” intersection to Kapoho Kai Drive are the recovery effort’s highest-priority projects. Tribune-Herald.

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Hawai‘i’s two Congressmen and the state House Speaker describe what’s ahead for local small businesses. Hear directly from Ed Case, Kai Kahele and Scott Saiki about the federal stimulus bills, state more.
Hospital workers call for fair raises
Maui Health System workers are calling for fairer raises in the face of a proposed 0 percent increase in pay over the first year of their new contract. Maui News.

O‘ahu man arrested on Maui for alleged violation of travel quarantine
Daniel Gildenbrand, 24, was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, after arriving on Maui without a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test and no approved lodging in which to complete the state’s mandatory 10-day travel quarantine. Maui Now.

Housekeeping measure triggers closer look at county code
The Kaua‘i County Council recently received a two-decade-old bill affecting public access. By receiving the bill, which was left floating in limbo by previous bodies, the county closes a loose end. Garden Island.

Small businesses band together
Last week, more than 50 frustrated business owners gathered at the Olympic Cafe in Kapa‘a to discuss ways to keep their businesses open. Each business owner shared their thoughts on the new bills being discussed on the county and state level regarding the Safe Travels program. Garden Island.

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