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Hawaii Safe Travels Program To Continue

Despite strong vaccination rates, Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program may not end anytime soon.

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Despite strong vaccination rates, Hawai‘i’s Safe Travels program likely isn’t ending anytime soon
Lt. Gov. Josh Green says keeping the program in place as the state begins to welcome back international travelers provides a sense of security as other parts of the world try and get a handle of the virus. The program has been in place for a little more than a year. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i construction industry to see most of $2.8 billion federal infrastructure funds

At least $2.8 billion in federal money is now available to improve Hawai‘i roads, bridges, airports, water systems, broadband internet and more under a congressional bill signed into law Monday. But it excludes any funding for O‘ahu’s rail transit project, which faces a renewed budget shortfall of some $3.6 billion dollars. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

What salary records tell us about who earns the big bucks in the Department of Education
Some newer administrative roles in the DOE’s salary records in recent years fetch high salaries. Just 1.6% of all DOE employees — excluding high school principals who are among the top-compensated in the DOE — had a starting salary of at least $99,000 in the fiscal year that began on July 1, compared with 0.3% in 2011 according to Civil Beat’s Public Employee Salary Database. Civil Beat.

Congressmen seek reforms after ‘damning’ audit of Pacific Fisheries Fund
The report published found $1.24 million in questionable expenses following an 18-month investigation. Hawai‘i Congressman Ed Case says federal dollars should be spent on sustaining and conserving vital marine ecosystems, not on controversial awards and questionable and unsupported spending. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i ranks last for finding lung cancer early
While Hawai‘i has fared better than most states when it comes to its overall rate of lung cancer, it’s still the most deadly form of cancer in the state, killing on average of more than 500 residents annually. Star-Advertiser.

Push for expanded Covid booster eligibility in Hawai‘i comes after NYC ruling
New York City is allowing anybody 18-and-older to get their Covid-19 booster shot as long as they’re six months out from being fully vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine, or two months from a Johnson and Johnson shot. So far, 133,557 people have had their boosters in Hawai‘i. KHON2.

My Job: I Show People the Beauty of the Nāpali Coast
This career requires knowledge of the geology, birds and fish that passengers will see during the tour. “I started my business in 1997 in Līhu‘e, with a permit doing the Hulē‘ia River. It taught me how to talk to people and to really know everything I could about this place… read more.
Property tax assessments jeopardize O‘ahu’s clean energy projects
The Honolulu City Council is weighing a bill that would provide renewable energy projects with substantial relief from an unexpected and steep increase in property taxes. Star-Advertiser.

No third trial for federal agent Christopher Deedy in 2011 fatal shooting of Kollin Elderts
Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm on Monday announced he will not proceed with further prosecution of Christopher Deedy, the federal agent who fatally shot a man at a Waikīkī fast-food restaurant 10 years ago. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Gas Co. to pay $230K for Clean Air violations
During an inspection in January 2020, it was revealed that the company’s facility in Kapolei violated the Clean Air Act’s chemical release prevention and reporting requirements. The company also failed to correct equipment deficiencies. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Working well from home

If your employees are working remotely, you can help keep them engaged and productive with these tools and tips to enhance their wellbeing while working from home… read more.

New council districts slowly taking shape despite tight deadline
The commission is working to make each of the nine council districts as close to the ideal 22,232 people per district as possible. The commission doesn’t have long to do its work because the U.S. Census Bureau was late providing data due to challenges related to the pandemic. West Hawaii Today.

Report: Expect vehicle shortages to linger
The third quarter report sponsored by the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association predicts that limited availability of new personal vehicles due to microchip shortages and other supply-chain issues related to the novel coronavirus pandemic likely will last ”well into 2022.” Tribune-Herald.

Hilton Waikoloa Village offers cash incentive to attract new employees
Hawai‘i Island’s largest resort is offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus for new employees. The hotel is hoping to fill nearly a hundred positions, including housekeepers, chefs, restaurant servers and massage therapists. Hawaii News Now.

A Pueo and his Keeper

The Hawaiian short-eared owl was rescued on Kaua‘i in 2016, blinded in one eye and too young to know how to hunt on his own. His doting animal keepers now care for him. “If the zoo didn’t exist, he may have been euthanized” more.
Maui County Council to discuss regulating bike tours today
Bicycle tours operating in the Pāʻia-Haʻikū and Makawao-Pukalani-Kula community plan areas will be reviewed. Residents in the area have expressed concerns about bicycle tours crowding the roads. Hawaii Public Radio.

Adding emergency runway lights at Kapalua Airport could benefit west Maui community
The Kapalua Airport was built in the 1980s with a promise to only operate during daylight hours, at the request of nearby residents. Hawaii Public Radio.

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos reportedly shells out $78 million on remote beachfront property off La Perouse
Jeff Bezos reportedly purchased a remote 14-acre oceanfront estate, 12 miles south of Kīhei. The property is reportedly surrounded by rocky lava fields and state parkland. Maui Now.

Oprah buys more property on Maui
Oprah Winfrey is back again at shopping for Maui real estate, as the billionaire media mogul has recently purchased a three-acre property in Kula on Maui that’s adjacent to the other properties she owns on the Valley Isle, according to public records. Maui Now.

Kaua‘i has highest Covid rate per capita in state
As of Monday, the county has 129 active Covid-19 cases, with 11 hospitalized. The county currently has several active clusters, including one tied to King’s Chapel Nāwiliwili, which has been the source of 36 cases.  Garden Island.

East Side bike path regulars restore damaged signs
A frequent visitor to Ke Ala Hele Makalae, the multi-use path from Lydgate Beach Park to ‘Āhihi Point, has fulfilled a longtime wish to restore its defaced signage. Garden Island.

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