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Pandemic crisis care plan questioned

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Hawaii’s pandemic crisis care plan raises ethical and legal concerns.

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Hawai‘i’s pandemic crisis care plan raises legal and ethical concerns
Hawai‘i stood by its decision to use age as a tiebreaker if needed in treatment decisions, according to the latest version of its plan for allocating resources if the pandemic overwhelms the state’s health care system, despite criticism that the plan may discriminate against older patients. Civil BeatStar-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio.

Gov. Ige’s request to halt nonessential travel impacts Hawai‘i hotel bookings, prices
The rebound of tourism over the summer months came to a screeching halt. People in the hotel industry said travel typically slows down during the fall, but rising Covid cases and the governor’s message to tourists to not come magnified the slow season. KHON2.

Covid-19 screening ramps up in Hawai‘i’s public schools
After a slow start, state officials are ramping up Covid-19 testing throughout Hawai‘i’s public schools, part of an overall strategy to help contain the spread of the coronavirus at school facilities where close to 3,000 cases have been reported since the start of the school year. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Audit finds that young brothers failed to offset rising labor costs

The report calls for no more shipping rate increases until at least 2023 and for a third party observer to help oversee one of Hawai‘i’s oldest companies. Young Brothers increased its rates to 46% in August 2020. Civil Beat.
 

 
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Despite complaints and lawsuits, high-ranking ‘bully’ commander at HPD keeps getting promoted
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No violations found of Honolulu’s new vaccination, Covid-19 testing rules
Honolulu police have found no violations while spot checking O‘ahu restaurants — particularly in Chinatown and Kaka‘ako — for compliance with new Covid-19 vaccination and testing rules for employees and customers that went into effect on Monday. Star-Advertiser.

Covid-19 sidelines 22 Honolulu Police Department officers
22 Honolulu police officers were isolated or quarantined Wednesday after testing positive or being exposed to the Covid-19 virus, but the absences are not hindering department operations, interim Chief Rade K. Vanic told Honolulu police commissioners. Star-Advertiser.

DOH issues Honolulu restaurant second red ‘closed’ placard; Failed to pay $3k fine
Doner Shack, a local restaurant in Honolulu, received its second red “closed” placard and a cease-and-desist order from the Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch. KHON2. KITV4.

 
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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
 
Still no whistle-blower hot-line: Four years later, audit recommendation yet to be implemented
The Human Resources Department has been scrutinizing interview packets before county departments vet candidates for employment, one of several practices instituted after a scathing 2017 audit found favoritism in county hiring. West Hawaii Today.

Covid cases trend downward, but Hilo Medical Center still over capacity
Altogether, there are 49 patients, or 35% of the hospital’s total patient count, affected by the virus, 11 of whom are on ventilators, the hospital said. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now.

Decisions made on Puna roads, water service following 2018 Kīlauea eruption
Officials said they plan to use Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance grants to restore water service and roads in certain areas impacted from the eruption. Big Island Video News.

Hele-On announces more routes, later service for Hawaiʻi Island

The Hele-On bus is adding more routes on Hawaiʻi island, and offering later service, according to officials. The new routes supports the efforts of Mayor Mitch Roth to increase access to public transit for all residents. Big Island Video News.

 

 
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Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required to enter Maui County restaurants, bars, gyms under new rules
Maui County’s new set of Safer Outside emergency rules in response to the Covid-19 surge went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Unlike O‘ahu’s Safe Access program, patrons at restaurants cannot use a negative Covid-19 test result to sit indoors. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Conservation groups notify Maui resort of intent to sue for lights that harm endangered seabirds
Conservation groups on Wednesday filed a notice of intent to sue the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui for violations of the Endangered Species Act if it does not fix lights that it says are harming and killing endangered seabirds. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Maui Commission debates whether to hire next police chief in private

Some commissioners argued that the debate should take place in executive session because that’s been the practice in the past for Maui County and other commissions in the state. But the commission’s attorney argued that discussions should take place in public, claiming that going into closed session could violate the law. Civil Beat.
 

 
KAUAʻI
 
Council passes county’s own 3% TAT
A 3% transient accommodation tax levied by the county will soon be applied throughout the tourism industry. The council hopes that the tax will fill roughly $15 million per year the state previously gave the county in TAT revenues. Garden Island.

Island enters shearwater fallout season
Seabird fallout season, when fledglings risk potentially-fatal disorientation caused by artificial lights, began Sept. 15, and will run through Dec. 15. Garden Island.

 
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