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No Shutdown For Hawaii


Governor Ige says no shutdown planned for Hawaii during pandemic.

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No shutdown planned for Hawai‘i, Gov. David Ige says
Gov. David Ige said Monday that there won’t be another full-scale shutdown in Hawai‘i, despite the ongoing surge in Covid-19 cases throughout the islands that have strained the resources of hospitals and prompted the governor earlier this month to sign an executive order shielding health care facilities from liability if they have to ration critical care. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now.

There’s growing demand for Covid-19 vaccines and tests on O‘ahu 
O‘ahu’s new program that requires people visiting most indoor facilities in Honolulu to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or show a negative test is driving up demand for both vaccines and testing. KITV4. Hawaii News Now. 

State auditor Les Kondo and office are subjects of House investigation
For the first time in his five-year tenure, state Auditor Les Kondo was subpoenaed to appear before a special state House Investigative Committee on Monday and testified under oath about separate audits that found two state entities bungled economic opportunities to better manage state lands. Star-Advertiser.

State appears lax in reviewing the cases of people sitting in jail awaiting trial
But prison officials say they already comply with a 2019 law that requires reviews of all pretrial detainees every three months. Others say that the issue is more than merely missing or neglected paperwork because the reviews are supposed to help reduce the pretrial inmate populations, which could be helpful during the pandemic.  Civil Beat.

Former Hawai‘i legislator joins board of education on interim basis

Lyla Berg, who owns a leadership consulting company, will serve at least through June. She is a former teacher and principal in Hawai‘i’s school system who was once a candidate for lieutenant governor.  Civil Beat.

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Sages Over Seventy: Eddie Flores
The founder of the L&L family of restaurants still goes to work most days but is now also working on rejuvenating Honolulu’s Chinatown. “It will help people understand a little more about the Chinese contributions to Hawai‘i… read more.
Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s homelessness strategy for Honolulu falls flat
The foundation of Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s homelessness strategy was built on two promises: He assured the public that he would end sweeps of encampments and replace police with social workers to address nonviolent 911 calls. Now nine months into his term, neither promise has been fully realized. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu over halfway to reaching housing goal
The city is a little over halfway to its goal of establishing 300 households by the end of the year through the O‘ahu Housing Now program. The program started in April and has secured housing for 163 households and 410 individuals. Star-Advertiser.

O‘ahu businesses adapt to new Covid-19 rules
Restaurants are adjusting to new dine-in requirements for patrons who must now present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to be seated. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Some gyms across the island are reporting a drop in foot traffic after the roll out of the Safe Access O‘ahu program. Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

Anonymous tip leads police to illegal ‘block party’ on BYU campus
An anonymous tip led Honolulu police to a party with hundreds of people in Lai‘e over the weekend. It happened Friday night on the campus of BYU Hawai‘i, violating the city’s gathering restrictions. And it appears school officials gave the event the go-ahead. Hawaii News Now.

OCCC is fighting outbreak of more than 100 infections
More than 100 inmates and an employee at the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center have tested positive for Covid-19, a cluster of infections that the state Department of Public Safety is working quickly to contain before it spreads into the community. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Tours to USS Arizona Memorial on hold as repairs to shoreside dock continue
Boat rides to the memorial are still suspended. Operations were stopped at the beginning of the month when crews noticed a safety issue with one of the shoreside docks at the visitor center. Hawaii News Now.

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State ponders Roth’s request to publicize list of those in quarantine; Ige says ‘it’s a balancing act’
The state is evaluating a proposal from Mayor Mitch Roth to publicly identify individuals who opt to quarantine after arriving on the island, Gov. David Ige said. Tribune-Herald.

Family with Big Island ties hope to support sustainable agriculture with a new dairy operation in ‘Ō‘ōkala

Chad and Stephanie Buck of O‘ahu recently purchased the assets of the former Big Island Dairy, which had been owned by Steve and Derek Whitesides since 2011 and was located on land leased from the state. Tribune-Herald.

Ethics board clears council members
The Board of Ethics unanimously cleared five County Council members of wrongdoing Monday following two complaints on unrelated issues. West Hawaii Today.

Jim Phillips, HR Consultant reviews new OSHA guidance with Travis Grant and Brad Gaul, Co-Owners of Signature Shade Solutions. | Photo: courtesy of simplicityHR by ALTRES
The Ideal Solution to Payroll & HR Services in Hawaii

Brad Gaul and Travis Grant were already experts at helping clients find shade and privacy when they started Signature Shade Solutions in Hawaii, but they didn’t know anything about providing payroll and HR services in the United States. A friend suggested they more.
Maui visitor industry prepares for proof of vaccination requirements
Maui launched a similar “Safer Outside” program, though there will not be a Covid-19 testing option for patrons as there is on Oʻahu. Hawaii Public Radio.
County’s Solid Waste Division audited, morale in question
Ineffective leadership and unfair practices were noted as two causes of low morale in the county’s Department of Public Work’s Solid Waste Division, a new audit confirmed. Garden Island.

DMV to close early on Sept. 16
The Motor Vehicle Registration division of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be closing at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, to accommodate a staff training. Garden Island.

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