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Cruise Ships To Return


Cruise ships will return to Hawaiian waters, beginning 15 January 2022.

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Cruise ships returning to Hawai‘i beginning Jan. 15
The first port agreements have been signed between the HDOT Harbors Division, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines. The agreements formalize health and safety requirements for cruise line operations in the state. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Hawai‘i is forecast to reach nearly 10 million tourists in 2024
Hawaii is expected to see 8.86 million visitors this year, followed by annual increases until pre-pandemic record numbers are nearly reached in 2024, when the islands are forecast to see 9.9 million tourists. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i’s population drain outpaces most states again
Even as the state has more people being born than dying, Hawai‘i’s population declined by 0.7%. Only Washington, D.C., New York and Illinois lost more people as a percentage. Civil Beat.

Lower income families may face extra hardships in 2022
An economist warns that much of the federal pandemic support has dried up, and the year ahead could be tough for many. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i avoids port backups but some goods are scarce
The port bottlenecks that have plagued the mainland have spared Hawai‘i’s major shippers, but the state’s businesses are still struggling to get merchandise that’s been slowed down by supply chain crimps likely to continue into 2022. Civil Beat.

See empty shelves at the grocery store? Blame it on the worker shortage
As the pandemic continues, some nervous shoppers worry when they can’t find what they want at the store. But food distributors said there’s no shortage of food and that it’s likely due to a shortage of workers. Hawaii News Now.

Covid-related staffing shortages impact public schools, hospital workers
A spokesperson for the DOE says all schools have contingency plans in place and the guidelines were revised over the holidays to ensure they’re up to date. KITV4. KHON2.
Health officials confirm at least 1,000 clinical workers across the state can’t cover their shifts either because they tested positive or have been exposed. Hawaii News Now.

Covid-19 case counts are higher than ever but hospitalizations aren’t
Some Covid-19 watchers say that hospitalization numbers are more important than daily case counts given omicron’s transmissibility. Civil Beat.

Your Company Belongs on the Prestigious Top 250
Update your contact information or add your name to the annual survey of Hawai‘i’s most successful companies and nonprofits. The Top 250 list published each August in Hawaii Business Magazine, includes highlight information from Hawai‘i’s largest companies and nonpro fits… read more.
Honolulu’s mayor plans news conference to discuss capacity limits at large events
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi will hold a news conference this morning to discuss a temporary limit on capacity at large indoor events.  Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Hawai‘i congressional delegation says Navy must drain Red Hill fuel facility
It’s a significant shift. Just a few months ago, Sen. Mazie Hirono and Rep. Ed Case were not in favor of shutting down Red Hill. Civil Beat.

Covid surge impacting Ocean Safety, Health Services, EMS
The City says the Covid surge is affecting operations with about 50 people currently out. For Ocean Safety, the staffing shortage means keeping a tower closed for the past few weeks. KHON2.

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Grandparents Are Great, But They Can’t Solve All of Hawai‘i’s Child Care Needs

Hawai‘i’s high cost of living often drives the need for grandparent-provided child care. But many grandparents can’t provide care because they are still working or live on the Mainland. Here’s what else is needed… read more.

Council members table $250 tax credit for homeowners
In a resolution introduced during Tuesday’s meeting of the council’s Finance Committee, Hilo Councilwoman Sue Lee Loy proposed offering eligible homeowners a onetime $250 credit on their 2022 property tax payments for their primary residences. Tribune-Herald.

Council committee advances fare-free bus
After being named Monday the fourth Mass Transit administrator in as many years, John Andoh on Tuesday won a County Council endorsement of his first bill, a measure creating a fare-free Hele-On bus system for the next two years, if not longer. West Hawaii Today.

Kalanianaole project to be done ‘this calendar year’
Council members at a Tuesday committee meeting discussed with Public Works Deputy Director Steve Pause the Kalanianaole improvement project, which began in 2018 and remains unfinished. Tribune-Herald.

Kamehameha Schools acquires former Kahuku Ranch property
Kamehameha Schools on Dec. 27 acquired 656 acres of the former Kahuku Ranch near Na‘alehu from Kahuku Ranch Properties in Makawao, Maui, for $7 million. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.

Photos: Amy Ngo, Aaron K. Yoshino; Styling: Amy Ngo; Flowers provided by Watanabe Floral
Local Funerals Smaller, Delayed or Virtual During Covid-19

Pandemic restrictions only allow small gatherings, so families and funeral homes have had to get creative so people can say goodbye to loved more.
Maui resort restaurant added to Covid-19 cluster list
The state Department of Health has added Plantation House, a restaurant at Kapalua Resort on Maui, to its list of Covid-19 clusters in public venues over the past 14 days. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Kahului official: Airline delays, cancellations may persist for weeks
Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz reported that Kahului Airport had at least seven cancellations Monday across Hawaiian, United and Alaska airlines, all of which were related to Covid-19 staffing shortages. Maui Now.

Hawai‘i Supreme Court reverses disorderly conduct conviction for Maui activist
The court has reversed a disorderly conduct conviction for Native Hawaiian activist Samuel Kaleikoa Ka‘eo, who was arrested in 2015 for blocking a convoy of trucks transporting components for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope to the summit of Haleakalā. Maui News.

Portion of Menehune Road, Waimea Swinging Bridge closed
A landslide along Menehune Road near the Waimea swinging bridge has closed the road and bridge until further notice. Garden Island.

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