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Illegal hikers may have to pay for rescues.

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Illegal hikers might have to pay for their rescue costs 
Senate Bill 363 would require reimbursement from rescued hikers who leave a marked trail or ignore “closed” or “no trespassing” signs. The bill would add petty misdemeanor penalties as well. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Is the end in sight? And how will we know it? 
Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the public health crisis could be over in less than three months. But business leaders say it’s going to be a longer haul for the economy. Civil Beat.

DOH revises its vaccine plan to include people 70 and older “soon”
In January, Hawai‘i’s rollout plan aimed to vaccinate people 65 and older starting in March. Now, Department of Health officials say they will expand the pool of vaccine recipients to those 70 and older. Civil Beat. Big Island Video News. KITV4.

Hawai‘i temporarily extends testing window for domestic travelers 
With severe weather causing canceled or delayed flights, state officials said yesterday that, for the next two days, negative COVID-19 test results are acceptable up to 96 hours before departure instead of the usual 72 hours. KITV4.

Recruiting teachers was always hard in Hawai‘i. The pandemic made it harder.
The Department of Education is rethinking its teacher recruitment strategies, including virtual job fairs, but it’s a hard sell when even existing initiatives that work face a shaky future. Civil Beat.

Suicides have declined during the pandemic
Calls to crisis hotlines and hospital admissions for psychiatric problems increased in 2020, but preliminary data shows no evidence of a spike in suicides. According to a health department report, the economic suffering linked to suicide may have been mitigated by government safety nets. Civil Beat.

Farmers say they need better data to make decisions
Several market analysis programs have been discontinued in the past decade, including monthly reports on bananas and papayas. Farmers, policymakers and others say that hampers their ability to make decisions, including what crops to grow, and leads to murkiness about the reality of farming in Hawai‘i. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i will be first to get new warships that can pull up onto beaches
The Marine Corps plans to activate its first-ever Marine Littoral Regiment — the centerpiece of a sweeping force redesign. Part of that redesign calls for a new class of Navy vessel in Hawai‘i called the Light Amphibious Warship. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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20 for the Next 20: Jon Teraizumi
Jon Teraizumi is a strong, selfless team leader who is always willing to step up to a challenge, says his boss, Diane Murakami. “I want to be a good role model to my daughter, my family,” Teraizumi says. “And also just being able to see people get back on their feet and thrive… read more.
“Bold” plan to develop leasehold condos on state land renewed
The condos are intended to be built within a mile of city rail stations, and initially were described as costing $300,000 for three-bedroom units in buildings with pools and other amenities. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu affordable housing could include $1M homes under state guidelines
A two-bedroom home that costs $1 million technically can be defined as “affordable” for some households eligible for government-subsidized housing. Critics say regulations defining affordable housing in Hawai‘i are “out of whack.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Blangiardi asks state to lift some team sports restrictions
As COVID-19 cases drop, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has hinted that O‘ahu will soon loosen restrictions and that he wants to bring team sports back. Many business owners say they’re still unsure what a Tier 3 designation will mean for them. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

City says new e-scooter company in Waikīkī is operating illegally
Officials say Go X is breaking current law, which classifies e-scooters as mopeds — requiring a license plate, registration and safety checks. Hawaii News Now.

Aloha Stadium parking lot events prove popular 
While spectator events have been cancelled, the parking lot around the rusted 50,000-seat complex is being booked for a growing array of attractions. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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License renewals could take months 
Residents hoping to renew their driver’s licenses can still expect months-long delays thanks to a backlog at the County Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division. Tribune-Herald.

Vaccine mega-clinics to open in Kailua-Kona
The clinics are expected to dramatically increase the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in West Hawai‘i. West Hawaii Today.

Amphitheater, affordable housing help advance Palamanui deal
Palamanui Global Holdings promised an outdoor performing arts amphitheater and affordable housing, winning the development preliminary approval from the county council. West Hawaii Today.

Bill introduced to address management of Honokōhau Small Boat Harbor
A bill is making its way through the state Senate that would give management authority over the facility to a boat harbor working group. West Hawaii Today.

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Fast-track affordable housing bill passes on first reading
A bill that would tighten affordable housing requirements for projects seeking fast-track approval under state law squeaked by with enough votes early Friday evening in the Maui County Council. Maui News.

“Maui wowee”: County sees potential financial boost from pot industry
Earlier this month, the Maui County Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the legalization, regulation and taxation of adult-use cannabis. While council members hope other counties will also express their support, Gov. David Ige has long opposed the idea. Civil Beat.

Council resolution urges reopening of schools
Council members Mason Chock and Luke Evslin have introduced a new resolution urging the state to reopen schools for full-time, in-person learning and allow organized youth sports to resume. Garden Island.

Kaua‘i resorts hope to bounce back from pandemic
The managing director of Hōkūala Resort at Timbers reports increased occupancy at the luxury resort since the start of January, with other resorts showing similar trends. Garden Island.

Funding for treatment center is in peril
In January, the state proposed a $714,000-a-year cut to its contract with the Sex Abuse Treatment Center, which subcontracts its services with the YWCA of Kaua‘i. Facility leaders are growing increasingly worried about the impact of those proposed cuts. Garden Island.

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