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Timeline for Hawaii Safe Travels vaccine passport advanced to mid-May.

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Timeline for Hawai‘i Safe Travels vaccine passport is pushed back
Lt. Gov. Josh Green said it is now looking like mid-May will be the date when vaccinated travelers can bypass quarantine and pre-testing to fly inter-island, and mid- to late-June for Mainland travel. KHON2.

UH considers vaccination mandate for students and employees
UH President David Lassner told the Board of Regents Thursday that at least 50 U.S. colleges and universities plan to require COVID-19 vaccines for the fall semester and that UH is weighing a similar measure. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i House members unanimously vote to defer their scheduled pay raises
Thursday’s vote to defer the 10% pay raises, which would have gone into effect on July 1, now moves to conference committee in the state Senate. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i Board of Education approves raises for complex area leaders
The issue drew heated discussion from some board members over the “optics” of leadership pay raises in the current economic climate. Civil Beat.

Matson projects big profit on heels of China growth
The Honolulu-based ocean cargo transportation firm announced Thursday that it expects to earn between $80 million and $85 million from January­-March operations — about what it earned in all of 2019. Matson says demand for cargo shipped from China to the Mainland has soared. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i has administered more than 1M COVID-19 vaccines
Four months after the first vaccinations were given to health care workers at The Queen’s Medical Center, the state broke past the 1 million mark, the Department of Health announced yesterday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.
38 fully vaccinated people in Hawai‘i still got COVID-19, slightly above the national average. KHON2.

Global warming’s extreme rains threaten Hawai‘i’s coral reefs
Extreme rain events are predicted to become more common due to global warming, and they not only wreak havoc on land — the runoff also threatens Hawai‘i’s coral reefs. Hawai‘i Public Radio.


Mid-Town Radio Disco Mart: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Long-Term Success
Mid-Town Radio Disco Mart is an appliance, electronics and furniture retailer known around Waipahu for its hardworking team and quality customer service. Margy Kodama has been going to the store since it first opened in 1947… read more.
Office of Hawaiian Affairs plows ahead with waterfront development plans
OHA has pledged to develop 30 acres of underutilized and largely waterfront land in Kaka‘ako, despite opposition from the community, the state Legislature and a law that prevents residential development. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

City expands free COVID-19 testing to hotel industry workers
In an agreement with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii Consortium, free testing will be available at the Honolulu airport and at the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel in Waikīkī. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Polynesian Cultural Center prepares for a full reopening
The Lā‘ie tourist magnet plans to fully reopen its six island villages on Monday, April 26, and has announced a variety of new visitor packages. KHON2.

Free Summer Fun program is returning to city parks
The popular summer youth program will be free for a second year in a row. The program runs weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 7 through July 27. Online registration begins May 8 for parks in town and May 15 for rural locations. KITV4.


Hawaiʻi’s Top Employers 2021

Employees have spoken in the 2021 Best Places to Work Survey. Read on to find out where they work and why they love their jobs… read more.

Airport COVID-19 testers ousted and replaced
Hawai‘i County removed Premier Medical Group from its COVID-19 testing program at three airports, uprooting more than 100 workers, and brought in another vendor on an emergency two-week, $508,200 contract. West Hawaii Today.

Hawai‘i Island is allowing vaccinated travelers to skip post-arrival COVID-19 test
Hawai‘i Island launched a pilot program yesterday that allows travelers who have been vaccinated and fulfilled the waiting period to bypass the county’s second-test requirement. The county intends to completely phase out second testing on May 1. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now. KITV4.

Nonprofits working together to offer rent, utility assistance 
Seven local nonprofits are partnering to allocate $21 million in assistance to people impacted by the pandemic. Upcoming meetings will detail how the funds will be deployed. Tribune-Herald.


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Moratorium on hotel building permits proposed
A Maui County Council bill would halt building permits for West and South Maui hotel development until community plans for both areas are updated. Maui News.

DOH vaccine appointments are going unfilled
Department of Health vaccine clinics in Kahului — where people waited hours in line and were often turned away — now have openings. Maui News.
The DOH has identified 21 COVID-19 clusters in Maui County. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

How scientists are pivoting in their quest to save Hawai‘i’s crows
Conservationists are looking to Maui as a possible short-term solution for reestablishing ‘alalā in the wild. They hope to release the imperiled bird on the island, where a leading predator — the ‘io, or Hawaiian hawk — doesn’t exist. Civil Beat.

St. Catherine School principal is out
Mary Ann Bode has stepped down from her role as interim principal at St. Catherine School in Kapa‘a following allegations of unethical behavior targeted toward teachers. Garden Island.

Kaua‘i Police Department honors dispatchers
A ceremony was held Tuesday in recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Garden Island.

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