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Omicron Cases Surge In Hawaii


Hawaii hospitals facing staff shortages as omicron cases surge.

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Hawai‘i hospitals facing staff shortages as omicron cases surge
The head of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii said it’s critical that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approves an urgent request to send 700 supplemental health care workers to Hawai‘i in three waves starting Jan. 10. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Lt. Gov Josh Greens calls for booster shot requirements after Hawai‘i sees record high Covid cases
There are about 350,000 people in Hawai‘i who have received booster shots but the lieutenant governor says that number needs to be doubled in the next two weeks. KITV4.

Hawai‘i lawmakers grapple with ruling that bars last-minute bill changes
For decades the Legislature swapped out the entire contents of bills almost at the last minute. A Supreme Court ruling will force lawmakers to change their ways. Civil Beat.

Commissioner defends redrawn voter maps, saying changes reflect new demographics
Amid growing complaints about how Hawai‘i’s election districts are being redrawn, a reapportionment commissioner is defending the plan. Hawaii News Now.

An advocate says the state needs to do more to address food insecurity
A new study highlighting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on food insecurity found that Hawaiʻi is about average compared to the rest of the country. Hawaii Public Radio.

Jury trials suspended again due to virus surge
Hawai‘i Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald on Thursday issued an order once again postponing the start of jury trials in Hawai‘i’s courts until after Feb. 28. West Hawaii Today.

Hawai‘i airports see flight cancellations, scores of travel delays
While Hawai‘i has experienced fewer staffing-related flight cancellations than many destinations this holiday season, Monday brought at least 17 cancellations, and more than 100 delays. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

The team at the financial planning firm of Takagi and Takagi: Clockwise from top center is a painting of founder Douglas Takagi, Grant Jones, David Takagi, Verne Takagi and Taea Takagi-Jones. | Photo: Josiah Patterson
Here’s How Generational Differences Play a Role in Family Business Succession
In its latest annual survey of family businesses, Honolulu-based Business Consulting Resources discovered a marked generational gap in how family members approach handing over the torch. “Everyone on the team needs to come to the table to see how things can work out as a collective… read more.
Forecast projects large omicron surge in Hawai‘i over the next week
The Hawai‘i Pandemic Applied Modeling Work Group’s latest forecast shows the most likely scenario is Honolulu hitting 4,000 daily cases and 250 hospitalizations by the new year. KHON2.

Hearing officer calls for closing Red Hill fuel facility to Avert ‘imminent threat’
The Navy can still object to the hearing officer’s proposed decision, which would have to be finalized by a health department deputy director. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

More Covid-19 tests and vaccinations now available on O‘ahu
Access to Covid-19 testing on O‘ahu is being expanded in response to skyrocketing community demand for testing and vaccinations as Hawai‘i undergoes a record surge of Covid-19 infections that reached its highest peak yet with Sunday’s count of 2,205 cases. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiʻi Convention Center is reopening to large events in January 2022
General Manager Teri Orton said the facility will follow state and county rules for large events — and maintain safety measures it had throughout the pandemic. Hawaii Public Radio.

City working on enforcement for new North Shore beach commercial activity ban
A law that bans commercial activity at North Shore city beach parks has gone into effect, and the city is working on sending out notices to businesses about compliance. Star-Advertiser.

Defense for alleged crime boss Michael Miske says it isn’t getting key evidence against him
Despite a massive transmission of evidence, an attorney for the accused crime boss says many documents are missing or blacked out, hampering his defense. Civil Beat.

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AUW’s CEO Knew, and He Did It Anyway

Aloha United Way President and CEO, John Fink, began his tenure at AUW on June 1, 2020. After a 40+ year history in the broadcast industry, Fink took the job with the intent of making a difference, something he had always sought to do during his many years on multiple non-profit boards… read more.

Gathering limits to tighten: Mayor tests positive for Covid-19; state sees record surge of cases
Indoor gathering restrictions will tighten yet again on the Big Island after Mayor Mitch Roth, along with several thousand other Hawai‘i residents, contracted Covid over the weekend. Tribune-Herald. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.
Photography by: Aaron Yoshino
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 more.
As cases rise, Maui’s mayor eyes more testing — and restrictions
As coronavirus cases rise on the Valley Isle, the mayor says he is looking at reinstating some restrictions and promises to provide more testing for residents. Hawaii News Now.

Residents plan legal action to halt controversial Kā‘anapali Beach restoration plan
West Maui residents said they are pursuing legal action and other measures to halt a beach restoration plan at Kāʻanapali Beach that they say is riddled with negative environmental and cultural impacts. Maui Now.

State seeks to add parking, showers at Makena park
A $2 million project that would add bathrooms and showers, nearly 140 parking stalls and other improvements is being proposed for the highly visited Makena State Park. Maui News.

Kaua‘i officials: Surge to get worse over New Years
Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Officers said on Monday Covid-19 cases are expected to rise during the holiday week, given the transmissibility of the Omicron variant and the propensity for people to gather in large groups during New Years celebrations. Kauai Now.
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