Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.
Locally Owned, Locally Committed Since 1955
New federal program is expected to help hundreds of thousands of Hawai‘i kids
Starting in July, the expanded child tax credit has the potential to help 278,000 local children who could receive monthly payments of at least $250. In Hawai‘i, the expansion allows 92,000 more children who weren’t eligible for the previous version of the tax credit to receive it. Civil Beat.
Fewer storms predicted for Hawai‘i’s 2021 hurricane season
State is poised to change unemployment rules to get more people back to work
Among the changes is requiring unemployed people to look for work in order to keep getting benefits. Business owners say this is long overdue. KHON2.
FBI taps Steven B. Merrill to lead Honolulu office
Prior to arriving in Hawai‘i, Merrill served as a financial crimes section chief at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he led efforts to combat fraud, including pandemic-related scams and vaccine fraud. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Ige is looking to fill seats on Land Board
Gov. David Ige is recruiting “qualified and dedicated people” interested in serving on the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. The Maui and O‘ahu land district seats are open. Civil Beat.
Retailers deal with confusion over mask mandates
While federal guidelines are relaxing mask rules, Hawai‘i still requires customers — fully vaccinated or not — to continue wearing masks when in public settings, including retail stores. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hawai‘i’s total coronavirus count rises as “probable cases” are added
The state added a one-time bump of 1,600 cases to its total count yesterday as officials began incorporating probable yet unconfirmed infections. The move is aimed at providing a more accurate portrayal of COVID-19’s prevalence. Civil Beat.Maui Now.KHON2.KITV4.
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Bypassing the Bitcoin Blockade
If you lived in Hawai‘i, you probably didn’t buy Bitcoin after February 2017. That month, the digital currency exchange Coinbase ceased operations in Hawai‘i, blaming over-regulation. Since then, digital currency exchanges… read more.
City cuts down gate blocking beach access in Portlock
COVID-19 cluster at Unified Hawaii church in Kaimukī was covered up by congregation
Text messages show lengthy exchanges between church leaders and members who discussed the growing case count among the congregation and their success at evading the state Department of Health’s contact tracers. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Honolulu police crack down on illegal gambling houses
From Waikīkī to Waimānalo, police are shutting down gambling houses at the fastest pace in four years, and seizing firearms, drugs and digital gaming machines. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
ACLU accuses HPD officer of bias in favor of business partner
The American Civil Liberties Union says in a letter that its client was assaulted by her boss in June 2019 and that an HPD officer who responded failed to arrest him because the officer is a friend and business partner of the alleged suspect. Civil Beat.
HPD takes steps to form Micronesian alliances
The department has begun meeting with officials and residents from the Federated States of Micronesia after allegations of racial profiling and protests following the fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Iremamber Sykap. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.KITV4.
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
A Condominium Can Last Hundreds of Years, But Not Its Components
Many of Hawai‘i’s condominiums were built in the 1960s and ’70s and are reaching the point where they will need major infrastructure, cosmetic and architectural improvements to keep their value and remain liveable… read more.
Drought conditions are forecast to worsen over leeward areas
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center’s probabilities favor below-normal rainfall from May through September. Some areas could see severe drought this summer. West Hawaii Today.Tribune-Herald.
Council OKs another $200K for contract negotiations over landfill
An Environmental Management official said the county is already seeing savings on charges for trash delivered to the West Hawai‘i landfill since contract negotiations with Waste Management Inc. began in 2019. West Hawaii Today.
UH Hilo faces budget cuts
The state budget, currently before Gov. David Ige for consideration, calls for UH Hilo’s operating budget to be reduced by $2.28 million per year over the next two years. Tribune-Herald.
Council committee supports zoning amendment for Hilo Iron Works building
The committee aims to make the historic Hilo Iron Works more attractive to investors. Tribune-Herald.
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE
How to Support the Well-being of Your Employees in a Changed World
We have long realized that employees who are anxious about medical, financial or emotional issues at home are more likely to be absent or less engaged at work. Now, COVID-19 has added... read more.
The cost to visit Maui could go up as mayor eyes new taxes, fees for tourists
As the Valley Isle sees an influx of travelers — nearly 5,000 arrived on Tuesday alone — Mayor Mike Victorino is weighing new taxes and fees directed at visitors. Hawaii News Now.
Maui Police Commission split over allowing ex-chief to retire in “good standing”
The commission reviewed an investigation into former Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu’s conduct in a traffic accident last year and concluded no crime had been committed. But there’s disagreement over what to do next. Hawaii News Now.
Local businesses are seeing mask mandate pushback
Some businesses have already experienced pushback after the federal government relaxed guidelines for vaccinated people last week. Maui News.
But the Maui Police Department said it will continue enforcing the county’s mandatory mask mandate. Maui Now.
Rental cars are booked until early August
Expedia’s website currently shows that all rental cars on Kaua‘i are sold out from now until early August. Rental rates in August start at $150 to $300 a day. Garden Island.