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DOH called “mismanaged” and dysfunctional”

Lawmakers have received a report calling the Hawaii Department of Health “incompetent” and guilty of “fiscal improprieties.”

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“Mismanaged and dysfunctional”: DOH official calls out alleged corruption in department
The head of the Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch sent a report to lawmakers and the media accusing the department of “incompetence” and “fiscal improprieties” that cost taxpayers and jeopardize sanitation and health inspections. Hawaii News Now.

State House leaders shelve bills that would help workers
House leaders are resisting union pressure to revive bills this year that would raise the minimum wage and exempt jobless benefits from state income taxes. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Gut-and-replace bill threatens Tourism Authority funding
The agency responsible for leading tourism recovery across the Islands is at risk of losing funding again due to 11th-hour maneuvering at the state Legislature. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

Bill would make DOE superintendent hiring process more local
The House bill specifies that a “working understanding” of Hawai‘i’s education system is a “desired qualification,” and that the Board of Education should prioritize candidates with at least 10 years of DOE experience. KITV4.

State gas price reaches 17-month high
On Thursday, the average price for regular unleaded was $3.71 a gallon, which is 22 cents higher than a month ago and 40 cents higher than the average on the same day last year. Maui Now. KITV4.

Hawaiʻi’s tech sector has $3.4B impact on the state economy, says report
The Cyberstates 2021 report by CompTIA found that Hawai‘i is home to nearly 2,300 technology businesses and 30,000 workers. The estimated median wage for tech workers is $81,726 — 68% more than the overall median wage. Maui Now.

Commander of Pearl Harbor destroyer removed from duty
Cmdr. Kathryn Dawley of the USS Hopper was relieved of her duties Tuesday “due to a loss of confidence in her leadership,” the Navy said. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i’s supply of J&J vaccine expected to plummet next week
The state will receive more than 21,000 doses this week, but next week’s shipment of the single-shot vaccine is expected to drop by nearly 90%, to around 2,600. KITV4.

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O‘ahu opens vaccinations to people 50 and older starting Monday
State Health Director Libby Char called the wider eligibility a great opportunity for residents 50 and up to register before eligibility opens to residents 16 and up on April 19. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Maui NowHawaii News Now. KHON2.

State investigators raid Honolulu airport baseyard; investigation ongoing
Yesterday, the state Attorney General’s office raided the airport’s Maintenance Section Airfield and Grounds Maintenance Unit Facility, which is located off Aolele Street. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Aloha Stadium plan will burden taxpayers
Officials hope that development surrounding a new facility could make up for the state’s $350 million investment. But national experts warn that similar projects have failed elsewhere. Civil Beat.

Deadline to use expired licenses is quickly approaching
Tuesday, April 13, is the last day a driver’s license or state ID that has expired since March 2020 will be considered valid. The City and County of Honolulu says thousands of motorists are behind on their renewals. KHON2.

More O‘ahu retailers close permanently, creating a surge in vacant space
The pandemic’s collateral damage on the retail industry has multiplied greatly in recent months and likely will get worse before the year is over, according to a new report. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Here Comes Gen Z

About 72 million people in America have been born since 1995, with the oldest in their early 20s and entering the workforce. Here are four important things that supervisors and colleagues should know about the growing wave of post-Millennial young professionals… read more.

Senate budget includes funding for lifeguards at Kua Bay, Hāpuna
Full funding for lifeguard services at two Big Island state beach parks has been restored by the state Senate in its draft of the proposed budget. West Hawaii Today.

DOH investigates three Big Island clusters
In the past 14 days, three COVID-19 clusters have been under review, according to the cluster report issued Thursday by the state Department of Health. Tribune-Herald.

Local Startups Ride the Wellness Wave

From Silicon Beach to Wall Street, health and wellness is the hottest new frontier for tech ventures. Heavy-hitter companies like Amazon, JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway, Google, Apple and Uber are all hoping to disrupt a $4.2 trillion global wellness more.
Hotly debated housing bill passes Maui County Council
The measure requires fast-tracked projects to have at least 75% affordable units. Maui News.

New homes to be sold at near cost in Kīhei
Affordable housing developer Peter Savio plans to break ground this summer on a workforce housing development made up of 81 townhouses and single-family homes. Prices will range from $329,000 to $638,000. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele tours Kaua‘i
Kahele spent the past week analyzing coastal erosion along the Wailua corridor, touring Hanalei and walking through the site of a proposed missile-defense radar at the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands near Kekaha. Garden Island.

Gayagas named deputy county engineer
Mayor Derek Kawakami announced the appointment of Boyd Gayagas as deputy county engineer in the Department of Public Works. Garden Island.

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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amatuer (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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