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Native Hawaiian leaders urge their community to help stop COVID-19 surge.

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Native Hawaiian leaders urge their community to help stop the COVID-19 surge
More than 20 Native Hawaiian leaders held a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol to urge the lāhui (nation) to wear masks, maintain physical distancing and get vaccinated. Since July 1, state data shows that Native Hawaiians account for 27% of all new infections. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Harris meets with Hawai‘i troops as Afghanistan crisis escalates
Vice President Kamala Harris spent a short time on O‘ahu yesterday meeting with soldiers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Harris, who was returning from a diplomatic trip to Southeast Asia, canceled public appearances because of the crisis in Afghanistan. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.

Thousands of Hawai‘i residents are leaving for the Mainland
U.S. Census Bureau data shows that more than 8,600 people left the Islands last year, and experts predict the situation will only worsen as a result of the pandemic’s economic fallout. Hawaii News Now.

Green warns that “life-preserving restrictions” are looming
Lt. Gov. Josh Green said that he plans to call for restrictions if the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 reaches 500. On Thursday, there were 427 hospitalizations, and about 87% of the patients are unvaccinated. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i sees spike in pediatric cases, rise in infant hospitalizations
According to the state Department of Health, pediatric cases have accounted for 20% to 25% of all COVID-19 cases in July and August, and some are ending up in the hospital. KHON2.

U.S. Navy detonates unexploded ordnance
Navy experts detonated one unexploded ordnance underwater at Kāne‘ohe Bay yesterday, and disposed of a second one at another site. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.


8 Things Hawaiʻi Companies Should Know About Hiring Interns
Internships are a valuable path to full-time jobs. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that 66.4% of 2020 interns received job offers from the companies they interned at, provided they were qualified… read more.
City narrows new landfill sites to 4 locations
Two of the sites are near the North Shore, one is between Makakilo and Waipahu, and the fourth is near Wheeler Army Airfield. Star-Advertiser.

HPD’s use of CARES Act money on robot dog, ATVs and overtime was legit, feds say
The U.S. Treasury Office of the Inspector General launched a review of the Honolulu Police Department’s spending after receiving a complaint. The federal office concluded that they were “necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency.” Civil Beat.

Push to increase taxes on empty homes gains momentum on O‘ahu 
Imposing higher taxes on vacant units was first proposed at the Honolulu City Council in fall 2020. While locals struggle to keep up with Honolulu’s cost of living, nearly 40,000 units are vacant at any given time, according to a UCLA study. KHON2.

City Council nixes plan to build affordable housing on Kahuku farmland
The unanimous decision came after the Department of Planning and Permitting recommended against the project amid community opposition. Civil Beat.

Waianae Coast public schools get DOE support to handle staffing shortages
Reinforcements were requested for six elementary schools this week to help with substitute teaching, lunch cleanup, after-school supervision and other duties. The area’s COVID-19 surge has led to many employees having to quarantine. Star-Advertiser.


Refining and Reimagining a Collection

Over a half dozen iconic works of contemporary art have been added to the Honolulu Museum of Art for the entire community to enjoy. “These incredible additions to our renowned collection keep us on our path to continuously refining, growing, and strengthening… read more.

Hawai‘i Island is unlikely to get an eighth House seat 
Recently released census data does not support another seat in the state House, the state Reapportionment Commission was told Thursday. West Hawaii Today.

Hawai‘i Supreme Court to decide whether police chiefs broke law during TMT protests
On Thursday, the court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the presence of Honolulu and Maui police officers on Mauna Kea during the 2019 protests, and whether county police departments are allowed to deploy resources to other counties. Tribune-Herald. Civil Beat.

Eruption watch is canceled for Kīlauea 
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory announced Thursday that activity had subsided at the summit. The alert level had been raised on Tuesday following a swarm of earthquakes. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Maui Now.


Commercial vs. Personal Auto Insurance for Business Owners

Using your car for work? Choose your insurance coverage wisely. Kevin Kurosu of First Insurance Co. of Hawaii explains when business owners need commercial coverage instead of personal auto more.
Sen. Roz Baker, others call on state to fire Maui district health officer
State lawmakers asked Gov. David Ige and the Department of Health to fire Dr. Lorrin Pang for recommending controversial drugs — the livestock drug ivermectin and the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine — to prevent and treat Covid-19. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Maui Now. KITV4.

New police chief expected to be picked in October
The Maui Police Commission will make its selection following a written examination and interviews with the five finalists. Maui News.

EPA appoints Kelly Takaya King to local government advisory committee
The Maui County Council member is the only person chosen from Hawaiʻi for the 39-member committee. Maui Now.

Mayor Derek Kawakami urges residents to help slow the spread of COVID-19
In a public-service announcement Thursday, the mayor called on residents to reduce travel and gatherings to avoid more severe measures being imposed. Garden Island.

Proposed KPD facility draws mixed response
A handful of residents voiced opposition to the Kaua‘i Police Department’s proposed Kawaihau substation during a meeting on Wednesday. Garden Island.

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