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Federal relief will help Hawaii

Although the $1.9T “American Plan” will stimulate the U.S. economy, “it’s still not enough for full recovery.

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New federal relief bill will help Hawai‘i, but it’s still not enough for a full recovery
The American Rescue Plan will pour $1.9 trillion into the U.S. economy. But Hawai‘i economists say only vaccines will get tourists back, and it could be several years before the local economy completely bounces back. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i money chairs share their thoughts on taxes and the budget
State lawmakers warn that the estimated $1.6 billion in funds the state government is expected to get from the federal relief package may not be enough to shore up some of the major budget holes. Civil Beat.

Senate passes bill lowering DUI threshold 
A measure that would make Hawai‘i the second state in the nation to lower its blood-alcohol threshold to 0.05 is headed to the state House for consideration. West Hawaii Today. Tribune-Herald.

The military in Hawai‘i has started vaccinating people 16 and up
Vaccinations have begun for all eligible defense members 16 and up, and a drive-thru vaccination center at Wheeler Army Airfield has opened. Most Hawai‘i residents, by comparison, have to be at least 70 to get vaccinated. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

COVID-19 is airborne. So why doesn’t Hawai‘i have pandemic air quality standards?
Public health agencies haven’t adequately warned the public about the dangers of sharing air during the pandemic, experts say, even as businesses are opening back up. Civil Beat.

Critics say more data needed to avoid racial inequity in Hawai‘i’s vaccine rollout
Hawai‘i is one of only nine states that still hasn’t shared any data about how many people have been vaccinated by race and ethnicity, raising concerns that communities with high infection rates aren’t getting adequate access. Civil Beat.

Younger kupuna frustrated about inability to get vaccine, AARP survey finds
A new AARP Hawai‘i survey showed significant concern among at-risk younger seniors who are still waiting to get vaccines. Currently, about 68% of Hawai‘i’s seniors ages 75 and up have received at least one shot. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

Some Hawai‘i beaches may lose lifeguards as state runs short of cash
Beachgoers at five state beach parks could be swimming at their own risk more often this summer, as the pandemic’s financial toll on the Division of State Parks has left the agency unable to cover the costs of lifeguards. Civil Beat.

Preventing Burnout
“We think we can just keep going and going,” she says, “but we’re more like cars. You have to take care of the car, and with burnout, it’s like the battery runs out.” Here’s how we can protect ourselves… read more.
Honolulu rail project faces $3B budget shortfall
The city’s $11 billion rail project has a budget shortfall of $3 billion, and the new interim CEO sees no clear path to plugging the deficit. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
But HART expects the full rail line to be done in 2031, a couple of years earlier than a recent city estimate. Civil Beat.

O‘ahu businesses, residents clean up from flood as the downpour continues
After heavy flooding on the North Shore, residents and businesses began cleaning up their properties and trying to salvage belongings — all before rain struck the island again. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

City makes online forms available to report flooding damage
One form is to help local officials understand the damage and its impacts on the community. Hawaii News Now.
Another form has opened to assess damages that might qualify for federal relief. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

New Job Requirement: Being “COVID Conscious”

Human resource managers and staffing professionals think being “COVID-19 conscious” should be a new norm for existing employees and future hires in any industry. Looks like there’s something new to add to your resume… read more.

Over 8% of Big Island residents are fully vaccinated 
An estimated 17.6% of the state’s population has received at least one dose and 11% have received two doses. On the Big Island, 16.5% of the population has received at least one dose and 8.4% two doses, according to the state Department of Health. West Hawaii Today.

J&J vaccine available to seniors March 16
The single-dose inoculation will be offered to kupuna 70 and older on Tuesday, March 16, at Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

DOT proposing roundabout for Waimea intersection
The state Department of Transportation is moving forward with plans to improve safety and relieve congestion. West Hawaii Today.

How To Create More Homes For Local People

In the past five years we have built about 8,750 new homes, according to the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. About 63% of those units are affordable housing, which is generally defined as housing for households who make up to 120% to 140% of the area median income. This story looks at some potential ways to get more housing built for local people and help them buy a more.
Public safety director urges more inmates to take vaccine as MCCC outbreak continues
Of the 300 inmates at the Maui Community Correctional Center, about 150 received a shot on Feb. 22, but only 16 elected to get vaccinated on Monday. Maui News.

Amid heavy rains, Maui County gets federal aid for drought
Federal officials have approved Gov. David Ige’s request to declare a disaster for Maui County. Despite the current downpour, drought conditions have persisted for two years. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Officials visit Kaupakalua Dam and Reservoir
DLNR Chair Suzanne Case and department dam safety officials conducted a site survey Tuesday afternoon, following Monday’s flooding. Garden Island.

Hawaiian Airlines launches Long Beach to Maui service
On Wednesday, nonstop service between Long Beach and Kahului, Maui, opened to travelers. The airline became the first carrier to connect Long Beach to the Islands when it started Honolulu service in the summer of 2018. Maui Now.

KPD is quiet on allegations against police chief
Both the Kaua‘i Police Department and the Kaua‘i Police Commission remained mum Wednesday after sustained allegations that Chief Todd Raybuck violated the county’s discrimination codes. Garden Island.

County will open mobile labs with Chan-Zuckerberg funding
The $300,000 gift will fund three mobile labs capable of expanding the county’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs. Garden Island.

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