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New international travel rules could bring “slight bump” in Japanese visitors to Hawaii.

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New international travel rules could bring slight bump in Japanese visitors to Hawaiʻi
The new rules from the Biden Administration allows international travelers to visit as long as they provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. Hawai‘i Tourism Authority officials expect more Japanese visitors to flock back to the islands because of the relaxed restrictions. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Hawai‘i’s luxury real estate market anticipates boost in sales as more international travelers return. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i to receive $2.8 billion in federal funds to help improve infrastructure 
Much-needed improvements to coastal highways, bridges, airports and broadband topped the list of priorities as Hawai‘i officials prepare to spend an anticipated $2.8 billion in federal funds after Congress passed a historic infrastructure bill. Civil Beat. Big Island Video News.

Ala Wai project back on the table to develop a new flood risk management plan

The project, a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the City and County of Honolulu, hit a roadblock last year when costs nearly doubled to $651 million in the wake of prolonged community dissension. Its goal is to protect many areas in town in the event of a catastrophic flood that overwhelms the Ala Wai canal. Officials said a plan won’t be available until at least 2023. Star-Advertiser.

Citing Covid response, legislative leaders push to curb governor’s emergency powers
Legislative leaders in both parties say Hawai‘i’s chief executive shouldn’t have the sole discretion to declare an emergency, and they’re backing plans to put new limits on that power. Hawaii News Now.

Are you a laid-off hotel worker? Hawai‘i’s education department wants you
State education officials are partnering with Unite Here Local 5 to match unemployed hospitality workers with jobs at public schools facing labor shortages. Roughly 40% of Unite Here Local 5’s 9,000 members are still out of work, while many of the 60% who are back on the job are not getting full-time hours. Civil Beat.

Longtime chairman of research and consulting company retiring, selling business
Hersh Singer, 74, is preparing to hand over the reins after 35 years with SMS. The company plans to announce today that Singer is retiring Dec. 1 and has sold ownership and management of the company to former Kailua native Tim Carson. Star-Advertiser.

Thinking About Death Should be Part of Your Life
If you plan for death well in advance, then everyone can spend the final days focused on their loved ones instead of being preoccupied with decisions and details. Those involved in advance care planning urge anyone as young as 18 to think about key decisions… read more.
Union: Lack of security to blame for worrisome rise in assaults on Queen’s nurses
In a complaint sent out Monday, the Hawaii Nurses Association said the hospital is not taking employee concerns seriously. Union members say the attacks have gotten worse over the past year. The union’s president says some workers have been punched in the face, even knocked out cold. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Ward Village developer reports ‘robust’ luxe condo tower sales
The developer of the Ward Village condominium tower community in Kaka­‘ako has sold most of its next planned luxury tower while also seeking buyers for a moderate-priced project to be sold by lottery.  Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu police commissioner is stepping down to allow more diversity
Honolulu Police Commissioner Michael Broderick said that he fully intended to ask the mayor to re-appoint him to a five-year term last summer, but has since had a change of heart after ruminating on the lack of Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian representation on the commission. Civil Beat.

Kalihi Uka Elementary is first Hawai‘i public school to offer Covid-19 vaccine to keiki ages 5 to 11
Kalihi Uka is one of more than 100 public schools registered to host clinics in upcoming weeks. The Hawai‘i Department of Education estimates there are about 83,000 students in public schools who are newly eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio.

Drive-thru keiki Covid shots offered at Aloha Stadium this weekend. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Planning for the Next Normal in the Workplace

Support your employees and prepare for changes to your businesses’ working environment by using our no-cost Planning for the Next Normal playbook as your guide to update workforce safety plans, develop return-to-work policies, stay connected to regulatory and legislative guidance, and more… read more.

Green light for Waiānuenue: Road restoration slated to begin in February
Hawai‘i County in September awarded a $10 million contract to Jas. W. Glover Ltd. for a rehabilitation project on Waiānuenue Avenue that will extend from Kaiulani Street to the upper intersection of Rainbow Drive. Tribune-Herald.

Committee created to expedite land stewardship grants

The commission charged with overseeing land set aside for preservation has created a subcommittee to unravel problems in contracting with nonprofits to maintain the properties. West Hawaii Today.

Keiki vaccinations underway on Hawai‘i Island
In addition, more than 130 public, private and charter schools in the state are offering vaccinations to keiki ages 5 to 11, according to Brooks Baehr, Department of Health spokesman. Schools will not be listed online, because most vaccines will be limited to students. West Hawaii Today.

Meadow Gold’s Strategy: Double Down on Local

The company’s new owner plans to expand its dairy products and juices while adding a line of soy milk and other plant-based beverages – all with local ingredients. “Without local ingredients, (Meadow Gold) doesn’t really have a long-term sustainable position in the market” more.
South Maui district office opens to public
The new Kīhei District Office gives South Maui residents a nearby place to stop in, connect to the business of the County Council, and receive essential information for being citizens engaged in the Council’s legislative process. Maui Now.

UH Maui College creates new enrollment management office to help improve student recruitment and retention
UH Maui College said that the creation of the office is in response to challenges and opportunities related to recruiting and retaining students. Two new employees were also added to the office. Maui News.

County announces Kaua‘i Made fair schedule
The Kaua‘i Made program offers a wide range of these products, including apparel and accessories, artwork, crafts, food, floral, health and beauty products, jewelry, publications and more. Garden Island.
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