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Vaccine incentives

Hawaii could join a growing number of states offering incentives to get vaccinated.

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Hawai‘i poised to join a growing list of states offering incentives to get vaccinated
Nearly 1.5 million vaccine doses have been administered across the state, and Lt. Gov. Josh Green wants to reach 2 million. To get there, state officials and local businesses are prepared to offer prizes to motivate people. Hawaii News Now.

HTA hopes its new tourism plans will address resident concerns
The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority is in the final phase of developing and implementing its new plan for tourism management in the state. The goal is to make the industry more sustainable while also addressing community frustration. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Federal warnings discourage traveling to Japan, make it harder to recoup arrivals
Hawai‘i’s dreams of cashing in on the first Olympic surfing competition and seeing a quicker Japan tourism rebound were “blown out” again Monday when U.S. health officials and the State Department warned Americans against travel to Japan. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i unemployment assistance call center remains closed
The call center has been closed since Thursday after bedbugs were found on the third floor of the convention center in Honolulu. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Electric asks delinquent customers to set up payment plans
While a moratorium on disconnections ends Monday, the company said it won’t immediately start cutting off electricity to people behind on their bills. Instead, Hawaiian Electric is urging customers to set up a payment plan. Civil Beat.

Lifting the eviction moratorium too early would “overwhelm” the courts, advocates say
The statewide moratorium on evictions, which has protected renters for more than a year, is set to expire on June 8. Gov. David Ige has not yet decided if he’ll offer an extension. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaiian Airlines is hiring more than 400 workers
The state’s largest carrier, which said it saw a rebound in demand during the first quarter of 2021, has been rebuilding its network and workforce to accommodate more travelers. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

New report addresses COVID-19 disparities among Pacific Islanders
A report by a U.S. Civil Rights Commission advisory group
explores how and why Pacific Islanders caught COVID-19 at a rate four times greater than any other racial or ethnic group in Hawai‘i. It concludes that federal and state leaders could do much more to address underlying issues. Civil Beat.

Corporate Partnerships Boost Museum’s Mission
Here in Hawai‘i where relationships play such an important part in every aspect of our lives, the Honolulu Museum of Art has carefully cultivated mutually beneficial partnerships of all sizes. “We are humbled by the incredible relationships we’ve built with local and global brands… read more.
A fight is brewing over Hawai‘i’s “important agricultural lands”
More that 40 years in the making, Hawai‘i’s Important Agricultural Lands law is designed to preserve productive ag land and would affect about 1,800 land owners and 12% of O‘ahu’s land. But many property owners are angry, saying they’ve been caught by surprise. Civil Beat.

Memorial Day ceremony at Punchbowl goes hybrid
About 38,000 small U.S. flags will be placed on graves at the Veterans Affairs cemetery for Monday’s commemoration. The public can visit graves, but only in groups of 10 or fewer. Star-Advertiser.

Long-shuttered Paradise Park in Mānoa Valley is up for sale
A plan to turn the site into a new visitor attraction appears dead, and the owner is now trying to sell 76 acres for $20 million through a luxury home brokerage firm. Possible uses for the preservation-zoned land are farming, park/recreation and single-family residences. Star-Advertiser.

Union says the ongoing closure of a Nānākuli health clinic is an “equity issue”
Kaiser Permanente’s Nanaikeola Clinic closed in March 2020 and has yet to reopen, with patients on the Wai‘anae Coast redirected to facilities in Kapolei.The Unite Here Local 5 is urging Kaiser to reopen the clinic. Civil Beat.

Waikīkī publication racks are a “source of trash and trouble”
Despite being wrecked and often filled with garbage, the city says the publication racks are almost impossible to remove. Hawaii News Now.

Easing stress and anxiety related to the coronavirus

Many employees are understandably experiencing feelings of uncertainty and stress during the pandemic. You can help them cope with anxiety about COVID-19 with resources designed to support workforce mental health… read more.

TMT foes challenge declaration that work has begun
The Mauna Kea Hui, which challenged the Thirty Meter Telescope in a lengthy contested case hearing in 2016 and 2017, is now following a new line of attack in questioning the recent determination that construction of the $2.4 billion project has already begun. Star-Advertiser.

Big Island renewable energy plant wins appeal
The Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday in favor of Hu Honua Bioenergy’s appeal and sent back the case to the state Public Utilities Commission. The ruling gives new life to the company’s biomass plant. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now.

Voyaging canoes stop in Kona to receive master navigator’s ashes
Hōkūle‘a made a stop outside Keauhou Bay to receive the ashes of the late Chad Kalepa Baybayan, as the crew made its first major training voyage since the pandemic took hold. West Hawaii Today.

HCCC back in quarantine after inmates test positive 
The Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center in Hilo has been placed in quarantine after two recently admitted inmates tested positive for COVID-19. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now.

Nalu Scientific Measures the Universe from Hawai‘i

The local startup founded by UH researchers develops cutting-edge technology for use around the world, underwater and in space. Founded in 2016 by Isar Mostafanezhad after conducting postdoctoral research in Mānoa’s Physics Department, Nalu Scientific focuses on advanced electronics, including interfacing with sensor more.
Kahului restaurant is shut down by state Department of Health
Pizza in Paradise was closed after being deemed an imminent health hazard, with maggots, roaches and risks for cross contamination among the problems. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

New program launches with aim to achieve true sustainability in Maui County
UH Maui partnered with Kamehameha Schools to create a two-year pilot project called Hulihia, which plans to gather community knowledge to address the depletion of resources and create long-term solutions. Maui News.

Maui man says he was punched at eatery after reminding a Florida family to wear masks
Lahaina resident Humberto Cardenas said he was in line at Panda Express when the visitors came in without masks. A verbal exchange turned physical and left Cardenas with a bloody eye. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. KHON2.

Kaua‘i is restructuring the tier system for fewer restrictions
Mayor Derek Kawakami said Monday that the vaccination rate may soon trigger a not-yet-established Tier 5. Garden Island. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

More than $500K distributed through Kaua‘i rental, utility assistance program
At the end of week two since the programʻs launch, officials reported that 800 households have applied and $520,000 in assistance deployed. Garden Island.

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