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Easing COVID-19 rules for restaurants

Governor David Ige releases plan to ease restrictions for restaurants, gatherings.

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Ige outlines plan to ease restrictions for restaurants, gatherings
Gov. David Ige announced that once 60% of the state’s population is fully inoculated, indoor gatherings of 25 people and outdoor gatherings of 75 will be permitted. Restaurants will be able to serve 75% of their capacity, up from the current 50%. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Garden Island. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Civil Beat.

State ban on evictions is extended for 60 days
The governor said that residents who are past due on rent and mortgages will have another two months before the state’s ban on evictions ends in early August. He said this will be the final extension. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

Convicted murderer’s hiring in Child Welfare Services exposes background check gaps
Advocates for domestic violence victims are calling for changes to state hiring practices after discovering that a man who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in Illinois is now an employee at Hawai‘i’s Child Welfare Services — a role that gives him access to vulnerable people. Hawaii News Now.

Officials step up efforts to expand vaccine access to underserved communities
Data released yesterday by the state Department of Health shows that the least likely residents to be vaccinated include Native Hawaiians, Filipinos and those living in lower-income households. Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Garden Island. KHON2.

An Inspired Plan
Peter Thoene loved his work as a guide for Hawaii Forest & Trail on Hawai‘i Island. But in March 2020, the pandemic closed all the tours. Thoene flew to Hawai‘i Island, moved back in with his parents and pondered what to do next. “I loved teaching people but I wanted to have some impact in this state. And that’s when I applied to Kupu… read more.
Public access to Honolulu police and fire scanners to end
The city is nearing completion of a $15 million system overhaul that will encrypt the frequencies used by nine city departments, preventing public monitoring of the transmissions. Star-Advertiser.

New special agent in charge steps into role at FBI’s Honolulu field office
Before moving into the Kapolei FBI complex, Steven B. Merrill spent two years at the bureau’s Washington, D.C. headquarters working on financial crimes, and he has had assignments around the world in his 30-year career. Hawaii News Now.

Activists hit new roadblock in efforts to reroute Farrington Highway at Mākaha Beach
Efforts by community activists to move the highway mauka of the beach park — in accordance with a decades-old plan — have hit a roadblock after an O‘ahu agency decided to halt a feasibility study and redirect the funding to a traffic study in Ala Moana instead. Civil Beat.

An accountant is the latest to be charged in the Miske case
Tricia Ann Castro is accused of conspiring with alleged racketeering kingpin Michael J. Miske Jr. to defraud the government by filing false tax returns, as well as aiding in bank fraud. Castro, a certified public accountant, is the first licensed professional charged in the case. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i’s rental car crisis is sending more riders to Biki and TheBus
With rental cars scarce and not enough drivers returning to Uber and Lyft, officials with O‘ahu’s bikeshare and bus systems say their ridership has benefited from recent car-related woes. But the two transportation systems still face a long road to recovery. Civil Beat.

Monthly Index Tracks Robust Rebound in Sales at Hawai‘i Restaurants

Food Gurus Hawaii Restaurant Index is based on over 125,000 daily transactions at more than 130 restaurant units statewide. Sales in April increased a robust 9% over March, which itself had been stronger than previous months…. read more.

State official is concerned with overcrowding as Hilo jail outbreak rises to 154
Since May 24, 137 inmates and 17 staff at the Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center have tested positive for COVID-19. The chairman of the Oversight Commission says the inmate population was already beyond capacity before the pandemic. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Tribune-Herald.

Public is asked to help prioritize federal transportation spending
A new survey will let residents select the federally funded road projects they want to see tackled over the next four years. The effort is part of the state Transportation Improvement Program. West Hawaii Today.

Pa‘auilo brush fire burns 1,400 acres
The fire took more than a day to be contained, despite occurring on the typically wet Hāmākua Coast. Tribune-Herald.

Support Parents, Support Kids

A hotline allowing parents to seek help from an early childhood behavioral health expert was created to better support the mental health of young children by first supporting the more.
Public opinion weighed as search for Maui’s next police chief begins
As applications are being reviewed for the Valley Isle’s next police chief, residents say values such as honesty and transparency should be prioritized. Hawaii News Now.

UH Maui holds in-person graduation
UH Maui was the only one of the UH system’s 10 campuses to hold a face-to-face graduation, according to Chancellor Lui Hokoana. He said it was the first large gathering on campus since the pandemic started, signaling a return “to some sense of normalcy.” Maui News.

The pa‘u rider lives on in new museum exhibit
“Pau: A Hawaiian Tradition” at the Kaua‘i Museum traces the history of the riders, who have been integral to King Kamehameha Day and Aloha Week celebrations. The exhibit is open for self-guided tours on Monday through Thursday. Garden Island.

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