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COVID-19 Rules Relaxed on Oahu

State of Hawaii to drop social gathering and restaurant spacing limits on Oahu.

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State to drop social gathering and restaurant spacing limits, leaving rules up to counties
Starting Dec. 1, counties will be free to impose rules without prior approval from the governor or the director of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency. Also, statewide capacity limits pertaining to social gatherings, restaurants, bars, gyms and other establishments will end in December.  Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Hawai‘i’s food hubs get $1 million for statewide expansion
A collective of statewide food hubs has a plan to get more crops from small farmers to businesses, institutions and families that want locally grown food. Civil Beat.

Land department offers online tours of Hawai‘i’s nature preserves
Donations will be deposited into a state trust fund to support conservation actions in the reserves such as the removal of invasive species and the planting of native trees. Star-Advertiser.

50 years later, Hawai‘i’s law requiring professional licenses could be in for overhaul
The occupational licensing requirements for many professions may be hindering qualified professionals from moving to Hawai‘i and getting work. Civil Beat.

Next East-West Center president seeks to foster more understanding in Asia-Pacific region
Suzanne Vares-Lum said her top priorities will be to develop the institution’s short- and long-term strategic plans with community input to address pressing issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, gender equity, economic diversity and food insecurity. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i Republican Party elects Lynn Finnegan as new state chair
The former state House representative and Lt. Gov. candidate is the third party chair this year, following a short stint by Signe Godfrey, who replaced Shirlene Ostrov, who quit in January following a period of party turmoil. Civil Beat.

Inside the Vault at ‘Ulu‘ulu Archives
“What makes film archives really unique places is the ability to make history much more engaging,” says Janel Quirante, head archivist at ‘Ulu‘ulu, which means collections, assembly or gathering. “Being able to see people’s faces and hear their voices telling their stories is… read more.
Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi loosens capacity restrictions and social distancing
Effective Dec. 1, there will be no capacity limits for restaurants, bars and social establishments on O‘ahu. Indoor or outdoor events will also be unlimited, though attendees will have the option of being tested in lieu of being vaccinated. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

UH sports to allow food and beverages as long rebound from pandemic begins
Many in Manoa hope this will mean a boost in attendance at games, but the athletics department says it’s going to take much more than F&B to balance the books. KHON2.

Honolulu rail holds onto federal funds and buys time to craft recovery plan
The FTA has been withholding the local transit project’s federal dollars for the past seven years as its struggles have mounted. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i’s Most Charitable Companies 2021

Hawai‘i is a generous place, even in challenging times. Whether it’s funding scholarships for at-risk students or organizing a food drive, you can count on many local companies to step up. These 51 companies made a difference in 2020. Altogether, they donated more than $91 million… read more.

Water Board mulls rate hikes
Members of the island Water Board favored a 9.5% annual rate increase over options of 12% and 8% after a presentation Tuesday from consultants anticipating revenues and expenses over the next five years. West Hawaii Today.

Parker Ranch, Kamuela Hardwoods’ joint venture focuses on sustainability
The new joint venture company, Paniolo Hardwoods, will acquire the assets and business operations of Kamuela Hardwoods and will license its intellectual property. The new company will retain all the employees of Kamuela Hardwoods. Star-Advertiser.

Coast Guard patrols off Big Island 19 days in November
Potential federal law violations by recreational and commercial fleets were observed by the U.S. Coast Guard during a patrol operation conducted in Big Island waters this year, officials reported Tuesday. Big Island Now.

Simple Fire Safety Steps Can Save Your Business

Even when there is no fire, a safety inspection that reveals serious issues could close a business until those problems are fixed. Here are simple ways to more.
Maui County mulls an agreement between police and US immigration agency
The proposal would authorize the mayor to enter into an agreement with the homeland security division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, allowing federal officials to designate Maui police officers as customs officers and train them in the use of body cameras. Civil Beat.

Proposed cancer center raises questions over staffing, need
The Certificate of Need Review Panel recommended that the administration not approve Maui Medical Building LLC’s certificate of need application to establish radiation therapy services at 214 Kupuohi St. in Lahaina because the proposal was “not concrete enough.” Maui News.

Maui County hotel occupancy at 60% for October 2021
Maui County hotels occupancy for October 2021 was 60.3%, which is 16.1 percentage points lower than pre-pandemic October 2019, according to the latest Hawaiʻi Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. Maui Now.

Island health-care providers to receive $3.6 million in federal aid
Local grant recipients include a wide variety of practices and operations, from hospitals and clinics to physical therapists, dentists and more. All serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicare beneficiaries. Garden Island.

State to hire slew of new DOCARE officers
State DLNR DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla said successful applicants assigned to Kaua‘i can expect to police locations throughout the island and its surrounding waters. Garden Island.

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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amatuer (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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