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Queen’s West declares emergency amid bed shortage
The Queen’s Health Systems on Monday once again declared an “internal state of emergency” for its West O‘ahu hospital as the rate of admissions there outpaced the number of available beds amid Hawai‘i’s omicron surge. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Public schools improvise as strain of Covid staffing shortages mounts
The Department of Education says at Kahuku High & Intermediate, some students are being supervised in the cafeteria or gym due to multiple teachers being out without substitute teacher coverage. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

New caucus focuses on issues facing working families
During the upcoming legislative session, the Working Families Caucus will sponsor five bills. They focus on raising the minimum wage, paid sick and family leave, the earned income tax credit, renter’s credit and exempting unemployment payments from personal income tax. Hawaii Public Radio.

Rep. Sharon Har gets drunk driving case dismissed on technicality
State Rep. Sharon Har was acquitted of drunken driving and the case against her was dismissed today after her attorney cited a Dec. 10 Hawai‘i Supreme Court decision asserting that criminal complaints are defective if they do not follow a procedural law requiring a signed affidavit or official declaration from the complaining party. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

House may ask AG to probe alleged criminal conduct by state auditor
The committee tasked by the Hawai‘i House of Representatives to examine two state audits is expected to make numerous recommendations next week to the Legislature based on its work over the past eight months. Civil Beat.

Ige mulls change to Safe Travels: To be deemed ‘fully vaccinated,’ booster shot would be needed
Gov. David Ige said Monday he is considering changes to the state’s Safe Travels program to take into account users’ booster status. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now.

250 traveling nurses headed to the islands, state sees surge in hospitalizations
Originally, state hospital leaders expected support staff to start arriving on Jan. 10. But now that start date has been postponed by a week as the state’s request for additional federal funds remain up in the air. KITV4.

U.S. military tracking Russian military vessel near Hawai‘i

The vessel has been in waters just outside of the Hawai‘i’s exclusive economic zone while commanders have monitored movements since at least Friday. Star-Advertiser.

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Pusong Filipinx Showcases Millennial Entrepreneurs and Creatives
Lalaine Ignao and Eric Ganding wear traditional clothing at Pusong Filipinx’s Dec. 12 market at the Bishop Museum. The event gathered 33 vendors selling clothing, art, food – any type of Filipino-inspired product… read more.
Navy says it will comply with state order to drain Red Hill fuel tanks
The Navy will comply with the state’s emergency order to drain its Red Hill underground fuel storage tanks, a spokesperson confirmed to Hawaii News Now on Monday night. The news comes ahead of a congressional hearing on the issue Tuesday. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

HPD And DOE sued for allegedly handcuffing 10-year-old girl over drawing
The civil rights lawsuit was filed Friday and alleges that the girl suffered physical, emotional and physiological injuries in the wake of the incident. Civil Beat.

New laws called for as use of illegal fireworks continues
Battlefield conditions created by illegal fireworks that consume Honolulu every New Year’s Eve have become a nearly year-round affair, prompting lawmakers to call for more enforcement and new laws. Star-Advertiser.

O‘ahu renewable energy suffers setback
One renewable energy development firm recently terminated an agreement to produce electricity from a proposed 60-megawatt solar farm in Kunia, while the developer of a project twice as big in the same area is on the brink of possibly doing the same. Star-Advertiser.

First cruise ship to Hawaiʻi in 2 years arrives with positive Covid-19 cases in isolation
Department of Transportation spokesperson Jai Cunningham said the cruise line has reported multiple positive Covid-19 cases — although declined to give numbers on passengers or staff. Hawaii Public Radio.

Servco’s Taylor Igarashi works the Aloha Harvest Lettuce Rescue on O‘ahu’s North Shore. Photo by Ryan Kawamoto.

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.

Higa sentencing delayed: Defense attorney cites pandemic travel reluctance to postpone hearing
Former County Councilman and Na Leo TV CEO Stacy Higa is getting a reprieve from sentencing and possible incarceration for embezzling federal money and bribing a co-conspirator. West Hawaii Today.

Hydrologist: A wet December closed out 2021
After the first two months of the wet season — October and November — got off to a slow start, December “appears to have made up for lost ground,” according to Kevin Kodama, senior hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu. Tribune-Herald.

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5 First Steps to Expanding Your Business

Lisa Miller, CPA, a senior consultant and entrepreneurial strategist at Business Consulting Resources, says she and her colleagues are often asked: Should I grow my business? Check these five indicators to help you decide if it is time to take your company to the next more.
Dr. Pang discusses omicron: Stay home “if you’re not perfectly well”
Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang provided some guidance on the latest omicron surge as workplaces deal with shortages, and adjust to updated isolation and quarantine standards. Maui Now.

Maui police face a ‘staffing crisis’ of their own with alarming number of vacancies
There are currently 145 vacant positions within the Maui Police Department. A police official said officers are leaving either due to retirement, early retirements, transferring to departments on the mainland or moving on to other careers. Hawaii News Now.

Maui County rainfall alleviates drought after one of the wettest Decembers in half century
One of the wettest Decembers in the last half century quenched extreme drought in Maui County, which was suffering from the worst conditions in the state. Maui Now.

County studies beach parking, considers visitor fees
The county is looking to impose a $10 parking fee for visitors at certain county beach parks. The $10 price point is in line with rates at state parks, including Ha‘ena State Park and Waimea Canyon State Park, and would not be applicable to Kaua‘i residents. Garden Island.
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