Public school teachers are voting on a tentative contract that will neither lower nor raise their basic salaries.
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|Hawai‘i teacher salaries won’t change if new contract is approved
Public school teachers are voting this week on a tentative contract that would mean neither raises nor cuts to their base salaries. The deal must be ratified by at least 50% of the union’s 13,500 members. Civil Beat. KHON2.Why is it still so hard to reach Hawai‘i’s unemployment office?
Every day, the unemployment call center receives 25,000 calls but only answers about 800 of them. The physical office is still closed, and the agency is only two months into an 18-month technology overhaul. Civil Beat.
As Mainland cities reopen, some question what’s holding Hawai‘i back
Survey finds many residents express a new attitude: optimism
Vaccine shipments slow as demand drops
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Real Estate Reboot
We wanted the inside story on changes in the local real estate industry, and especially how that affects buyers and sellers of local homes. Here’s how the market for Hawaiʻi homes has been transformed by the pandemic… read more.
|Honolulu City Council unanimously passes $2.92B budget
The budget is about $10 million more than the one submitted by Mayor Rick Blangiardi in March. Officials hope to increase affordable housing, promote stream cleaning, support economic diversification and improve infrastructure, among other priorities. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KHON2.Police Commission nominee denies racism exists in Hawai‘i
Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s second attempt to fill a vacancy on the commission was met with near unanimous opposition yesterday. Opponents cited concerns about the nominee’s record as a police officer and his statement that racial discrimination doesn’t occur in Hawai‘i. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.
HPD says it will not release new information about 2 fatal shootings
HPD officer at the center of a $1M wrongful death settlement has a history of complaints
HART tax revenue higher than expected
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Food Trucks a Lifeline for Some Hawai‘i Chefs During Pandemic
A surge in food trucks began in 2008 during the Great Recession and the current economic crisis seems to have spurred further interest among entrepreneurs and chefs… read more.
|County Council wants more say on allocating American Rescue Plan funds
Hawai‘i County has received its first installment of a $39 million federal stimulus package, and council members are brimming with ideas on how to spend it. West Hawaii Today.Maunakea Management Board OKs plan to decommission Caltech observatory
The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, which ceased operations in 2015, is the first of five summit observatories scheduled for decommissioning in exchange for the planned construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Tribune-Herald.
Public asked to stay out of Kahalu‘u Bay for final days of coral spawning
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Residential Real Estate Largely Unscathed by COVID, Expert Says
The pandemic so far has not had a major impact nationally on the residential real estate market but there are interesting trends worth watching, says real estate expert Stefan Swanepoel... read more.
|Maui post-arrival testing to end on June 4
Mayor Mike Victorino announced that the testing program at Kahului Airport will end on Friday. He said the decision was made after testing showed low positivity rates among travelers. Maui Now. Maui News. Hawaii News Now.Alexander & Baldwin is under scrutiny in Maui water rights case
New information has emerged in a court battle over water on Maui, and it’s prompting the state to reevaluate annual water permits issued to Hawaiʻi developer Alexander & Baldwin. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Maui News.
United launches Kahului-to-NY nonstop flight
|Kaua‘i County Council passes $243M operating budget
The budget primarily focuses on deferred maintenance of bridges and the landfill, adds money toward housing and homeless initiatives, and seeks wastewater solutions throughout the island. Garden Island.Kaua‘i beat COVID-19, but now faces a new challenge: rebuilding its economy
On Kaua‘i, population 72,000, the coronavirus claimed a total of two lives — a death rate 60 times lower than the U.S. average. But the tourism-dependent state has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, and the situation is especially difficult on Kaua‘i. Star-Advertiser.
6 arrested during efforts to close Lydgate camp
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