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COVID Guidance For Hawaii Schools

New COVID-19 guidelines for Hawaii schools cuts isolation, quarantine in half.

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New Covid guidance for Hawai‘i schools cuts isolation, quarantine in half
The recommended amount of time that K-12 teachers and students should isolate or quarantine has now been cut from the previous 10 days to five, under new interim state rules. Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Is the Hawai‘i Legislature ready to give teachers a raise?
With a rosier economic outlook, the state teachers union and other advocates are stepping up calls to boost teacher pay as Hawai‘i’s Legislature prepares to convene in its annual session next week. Civil Beat.

DLNR asks Hawai‘i legislators for an additional $31.6 million
The budget boost would help the department hire more people in order to better maintain state parks and trails, officials said. Civil Beat.

Report: Hawai‘i voters support upgrades to state online services, but not with tax hikes
Interviewing more than 700 registered voters September through October, researchers found six in 10 voters either “strongly or somewhat” backed allocating funds to update the state’s internet infrastructure – compared to 24% who were opposed. Civil Beat.

30 Hawaiian cultural programs receive $1.5 million from Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority
Awardees include qualified community groups, practitioners and craftspeople committed to strengthening a broader understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian culture through place-based activities and engagement on each island. Maui Now.

Hawai‘i Democrats: Rep. Case does not reflect party’s values and principles
The Democratic Party of Hawaii has passed a resolution expressing “disappointment” with U.S. Rep. Ed Case over his position on Build Back Better, but Case says the party mischaracterizes his position and never bothered to call him. Civil Beat.

Home prices peaked in 2021 on neighbor islands
All of Hawai‘i’s neighbor island housing markets set median sale price records in 2021 for single-family homes and condominiums. Star-Advertiser.

Covid test results taking longer to return
The demand for Covid testing has increased in the last few weeks which means some people are having to wait days to get their results. KHON2.

Highway Inn’s changes since the pandemic include adding more tablet ordering; improving the online ordering platform; photographing more menu items so customers see what they will get; shifting catering to individual servings; and launching faster frozen food shipping to the Neighbor Islands and Mainland. | Photo: Aaron Yoshino
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How Covid Changed Restaurants in Hawai‘i
People inside the industry describe their struggles, innovations and hopes for the future. Tom Jones, co-owner of three Gyotaku restaurants and Koromo Katsu & Bistro, chuckles as he reflects on the catastrophe that was 2020… read more.
OʻAHU
Navy to comply with state order to drain Red Hill fuel tanks
The state’s emergency order went into effect Jan. 3. The Navy has until Feb. 2 to contest the decision in court, and the order remains in effect unless a judge issues a stay. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.
Hawai‘i Health Department expands Red Hill water contamination health survey. Star-Advertiser.

New audit makes recommendations to improve Honolulu technology department
The report found that between 2013 and 2020, the IT department made significant strides in modernizing the city’s systems and services. But there’s still room for improvement in how the department plans projects and reports costs. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Honolulu rail board members signal strong satisfaction with Kahikina’s job so far
An official slide presentation on the new executive director’s performance cites plenty of achievements but no critiques. Civil Beat.

O‘ahu Emergency Medical Services stressed due to high call volume
Before the pandemic, EMS would receive about 200 to 250 calls a day. Now that number has gone up to over 300. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

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Sport of Climbing Continues to Rise in Hawai‘i

Climbing has gained popularity in Hawai‘i and around the world in recent years, culminating in the sport’s debut at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In 2018, Climbing Business Journal reported about a 12% increase in the commercial climbing gym industry… read more.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND
West Hawai‘i may get House seat as reapportionment shake-up continues
The Big Island could have eight seats in the 51-member Hawai‘i House. The new district would stretch from Kailua-Kona down to Honaunau. Civil Beat.

Passengers, vendors excited to have cruise ships back; some on social media critical

Carnival Corp.’s Grand Princess, which sailed from Los Angeles with 2,138 passengers and crew members aboard, docked Tuesday in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

Lawsuits follow plan to gate Kaiolu Drive
Property owners along a private Holualoa road are embroiled in litigation over a gate some owners are building to try to make the area safer at night. West Hawaii Today.

U.S. Renal Care to open new dialysis clinics on Hawai‘i Island
The Big Island is slated to get new kidney dialysis clinics in Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Tribune-Herald.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Using Grandparents for Child Care

Several of the working parents we interviewed say their relationships with their parents and in-laws improved when the older relatives helped with their keiki. But parents caution against taking older relatives’ help lightly and to recognize the trade-offs that grandparents must make to provide..read more.
MAUI COUNTY
Maui Charter Commission weighing 85 changes to county government
The preliminary set of proposals assembled by the commission would dramatically increase the size of government, establishing four new departments and 19 new boards and commissions. The reforms are estimated to cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Civil Beat.

Upper Kula water now disinfected with chlorine
The Department of Water Supply changed its water distribution disinfectant from chloramines to chlorine in an attempt to clear away the last trace amounts of total coliform bacteria and E. coli from the Upper Kula water system. The change went into effect on Monday. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Charter School dream up to space with NASA project
In May, NASA astronauts will assist three of the school’s students in delivering a research project to the International Space Station. Garden Island.

New bill takes look at cat holding period at Kaua‘i Humane Society
A new bill being introduced at the Kaua‘i County Council today seeks to shorten the time a microchipped cat is held before being put up for adoption from nine days to five. Garden Island.

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