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A bill to limit governor’s emergency orders moves forward.

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Bill to limit governor’s emergency orders moves ahead 
Since March 2020, Gov. David Ige has issued 19 emergency proclamations, and some lawmakers worry there’s no end in sight. A proposed measure would let lawmakers review emergency orders after 60 days and require the governor to justify any laws that are suspended by emergency orders. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. David Ige’s HTA board picks are grilled on how they would change tourism
A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced Gov. David Ige’s five nominees for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority board, but not before grilling them on their plans to deal with mass tourism. The nominees acknowledged public frustration but declined to offer details about limiting tourist numbers. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i sees “startling” increase in number of children facing hunger
Before the pandemic, Hawai‘i’s hunger rates were lower than national averages. Today, the situation is worse than national levels, with nearly half of Hawai‘i families with children struggling to pay for meals, according to a new UH report. Civil Beat.

State income tax filing deadline is Tuesday
Hawai‘i is the only wage-taxing state not to copy the Internal Revenue Service and extend the due date. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Program that helps visitors following trauma and tragedy faces deep cuts
The Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii says it won’t survive past the summer if proposed legislative cuts become a reality. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Legislative bill leads to tussle over federal money for Hawai‘i public schools
A bill that requires the Department of Education to use federal relief funds to prevent staff furloughs or layoffs is moving forward, with backing from the teachers’ union. But the DOE and others say restricting how the money is used would harm efforts to help students. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Finding a new school superintendent could take nearly a year
The state Board of Education’s transition committee proposed filling the role on a temporary basis to allow more time to search for a permanent hire. Civil Beat.

DOT begins electrification with Tesla delivery
The state Department of Transportation picked up its first electric vehicle — a white Tesla — on Tuesday, as it begins to replace its entire light-duty fleet of about 300 vehicles with EVs. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.


Island Metals: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Kauaʻi Island
A neighbor island manufacturer that quickly makes and delivers large, custom products for a fair price might seem like something from the past, but Island Metals says it is breaking the norms of manufacturing… read more.
Kaiser has nearly 2,000 open vaccine appointments through Saturday in Kapolei
Kaiser Permanente announced that its mass clinic at the Kapolei Consolidated Theatre has openings for people 50 and older. As of Wednesday, the health organization had administered over 84,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Kapolei clinic. KHON2.

Cameras will be installed this summer to catch O‘ahu motorists running red lights 
The new two-year pilot program will take magnified pictures of vehicles running red lights, capturing the license plates, according to the Department of Transportation. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu City Council OKs audit of HPD overtime costs amid ongoing scrutiny
The city auditor already found an increase of about 38% in overtime costs between fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019, which ended on June 30, 2020. The audit comes as the federal government also reviews HPD spending of federal CARES Act funds. Hawaii News Now.

Blangiardi seeks $1M to remove Ha‘ikū Stairs
In a turnabout for the city, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s budget, which is nearing approval in the City Council, includes $1 million to dismantle the stairway. Hawaii News Now.


HoMA’s Joyful Return

With vaccinations in full swing and hope for a safe return to shared experiences on the horizon, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents a museum-wide spring exhibition titled Joyful Return, opening April 17… read more.

Kazuo Todd again selected to lead Hawai‘i Fire Department
On Wednesday, the Hawai‘i County Fire Commission set aside its March 10 selection of the Big Island’s next fire chief, opting to redo the vote in open session after questions were raised about how the vote was initially cast. West Hawaii Today.

“Perfect storm” of collective bargaining as 10 contracts must be renegotiated
About 65% of the county’s $590.8 million operating budget goes toward salary and wages, a figure that could increase as government negotiators undertake what HR Director William Brilhante calls a “perfect storm.” Contracts for all 10 of the county’s bargaining units end on June 30. West Hawaii Today.


Resilience: Motivating Lasting Change

After spending nearly three decades studying ways to create systems that support sustainable healthy behaviors, Dr. Michelle Segar was able to share her findings with us by providing easily understandable and relatable examples. Using a science-based story, she described a novel approach to promoting self-care, health, and well-being for more.
Maui businesses are trying to keep up with the influx in visitors
On Front Street in Lahaina, it looks like pre-pandemic days as tourists crowd sidewalks, shops and restaurants. Many business owners and residents, however, are still adapting to the larger crowds, and say reopening with multiple restrictions and a shortage of workers has been a balancing act. Hawaii News Now.
Kaua‘i police chief’s rising star began to fall last year, job reviews show
Soon after he was hired in 2019, Chief Todd Raybuck was considered “well on his way to stardom.” But concerns arose late last year, and a March 2021 investigation by the Kaua‘i County Police Commission found he had created a hostile work environment and violated county discrimination policies when he mocked Asian Americans. Civil Beat.

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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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