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Settlement sets up panel to oversee Hawaiʻi prisons during pandemic
A U.S. judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement in a lawsuit by Hawaiʻi inmates who allege state officials failed to protect them from COVID-19 outbreaks. The settlement establishes a five-person panel to oversee public health in correctional facilities. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
UH welcomes public comments on new Maunakea Master Plan
The plan aims to reduce impacts to the natural resources, especially at the summit, and to have no more than nine operating astronomy facilities by the end of 2033. KHON2.Tribune-Herald.KITV4.
Older patients could be denied treatment under the “crisis standards of care” plan
While Hawai‘i is not yet rationing health care, patients 65 and older could be denied medical assistance under certain provisions of the state’s plan if the current COVID-19 surge escalates. Star-Advertiser.
Over decades, Hawai‘i cut acute care hospital beds. Then came the pandemic.
Health and government officials argued that advances in medicine and patient preference reduced the need for beds. Now the state’s 223 licensed intensive care beds are 100% occupied, half of them by Covid-19 patients. Civil Beat.
Reapportionment Commission maintains the 2011 allocation of state legislative seats
The commission voted unanimously last week to keep the same number of state senators and representatives as each island currently has. West Hawaii Today.
Kindergarten enrollment has dropped sharply since the pandemic began
Hawai‘i’s has seen one of the steepest drops in the country, with the most pronounced declines in low-income areas. While enrollment figures were slightly higher than the year before, they were still down 12% from pre-pandemic levels. Civil Beat.
Proof of vaccination or negative test now required to enter public libraries
Libraries across the state will begin implementing the new rules today. Garden Island.
HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE Sages Over Seventy: Pat Saiki
Pat Saiki exerted enormous influence during decades in public service – as a legislator, congresswoman and director of the federal Small Business Administration – though she is a proud Republican in a state dominated by Democrats… read more.
Marines eye land at former Barbers Point base
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for additional locations to house and train its “future force” in Hawai‘i, and is considering hundreds of acres of undeveloped land just east of the former Naval Air Station Barbers Point. Star-Advertiser.
HART sheds more staff, including its latest chief financial officer
An additional five employees have either recently left or are about to leave the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. The changes come amid the HART board’s private discussions on future leadership at the agency. Civil Beat.
Honolulu first responders account for half of city workers seeking vaccine exemptions
As of last week, 255 police officers, 101 firefighters, 80 water safety workers, and 23 EMT and mobile emergency care specialists claim that religious or medical issues prevent them from getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Star-Advertiser.
Honolulu opens new mass testing site at Blaisdell Arena
Starting Monday, free rapid antigen and PCR tests will be available at a new drive-through site. Hawaii News Now.KHON2.KITV4.
Rules requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter many Honolulu businesses have kicked in, driving an uptick in testing. Star-Advertiser.
UH football games are likely to have empty stands amid city moratorium
The UH team is the only one among 100 major college programs without spectators for home games. Honolulu’s 28-day moratorium on gatherings of more than 25 people outdoors started Aug. 25. Star-Advertiser.
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Powered by trained local experts, Aloha United Way’s 211 helpline is Hawai‘i’s only comprehensive community information and referral helpline. Help keep people in our community connected to expert help and care… read more.
Former Na Leo TV exec is charged with embezzlement and bribery
Stacy Higa is pleading guilty to federal charges of embezzlement and bribery. He entered into a plea agreement Aug. 19 with the federal government, although no documents have been filed yet, according to his lawyer. Star-Advertiser.
Low-income apartments approved for Kealakehe
A 111-unit subsidized rental project will be constructed on 5.4 acres, following unanimous approval last week by the County Council. West Hawaii Today.
HMC hopes to have a COVID-19 treatment center running this month
The monoclonal antibody clinic at Hilo Medical Center will be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Tribune-Herald.
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Could it Be Alzheimer’s? Early Detection Matters and What Employers Can Do to Support Working Caregivers
The aging population is growing in Hawaii and soon there will be a number of individuals in the workplace who may have to provide care for their loved ones. Here’s why Hawaii businesses should care about the Alzheimer’s crisis... read more.
Maui arrivals are near pre-pandemic levels, but cancellations are on the rise
The Maui Hotel and Lodging Association tracked 23 of 47 property members, and found that 52,004 room night cancellations resulted in $25.2 million in lost revenue. Maui Now.
Businesses brace for “Safer Outside” program
On top of the logistics of rolling out the vaccine passport program, many businesses are worried about having enough customers as tourism slows. KHON2.
Mask rules vary at Kaua‘i’s private schools
Most private schools met the state’s requirements, according to a recent survey. While some had stricter measures, others went in the other direction and didn’t enforce the masking mandate at all. Garden Island.
Kaua‘i public schools report 29 new cases last week
Statewide, the Department of Education logged 426 new COVID-19 cases between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9. Garden Island.