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Reassessing Job Skills


New survey reassesses job skills and training needed in post-pandemic visitor industry.

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New survey reassess job skills and training needed in post-pandemic visitor industry
A Travel Industry and Management professor at UH Mānoa thinks that the survey will help better match prospective candidates with the industry. He says one reason why people are quitting their jobs is because of their relationship with their superiors.  KHON2.

Ige supports rebate plan: Proposal would give back $300 to most taxpayers
Gov. David Ige on Monday said an agreement by lawmakers to triple his original rebate proposal to the state’s taxpayers and their dependents is “a great move for our community.” Tribune-Herald.

Governor doesn’t anticipate return of mask mandate
Gov. David Ige said Monday he is not currently considering reinstating a mask requirement for public indoor spaces. Hawai‘i was the last state in the nation to lift its indoor mask mandate at the end of March. West Hawaii Today. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i has no Covid-19 cases in the ICU for the first time since the start of the pandemic
Monday marks the first time in almost two years there are zero Covid-19 patients in intensive care units statewide. The state hit an ICU peak of more than 100 coronavirus patients during the Delta surge on Sept. 2. KITV4.

A key tax credit for working class families is about to expire. Some lawmakers want it extended
The Hawai‘i Earned Income Tax Credit is set to expire at the end of the year. A new bill proposes to extend the credit for another six years. It also will allow Hawai‘i’s poorest families who don’t earn enough money to qualify for more benefits under the credit. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaiʻi is spending $417 less on services per child compared to 2005, report says
Over the course of nearly two decades, the state is spending about $400 less per child than in 2005, according to a new report from advocacy groups Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center and Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network. Hawaii Public Radio.

2022 could be a big year for Native Hawaiian issues at the Capitol
Hawaiʻi lawmakers have advanced measures aimed at fixing long-standing issues from the mismanagement of Maunakea to adequate funding of Native Hawaiian-serving state agencies. Legislators also pledged to provide $600 million to the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawai‘i Review Board recommends no charges against police in 4 deaths
The board urged prosecutors on O‘ahu and the Big Island not to file charges against police involved in the deaths of four people, including a parolee who was fatally shot. They said the officers were justified in their actions. Civil Beat.

Register Now for Need to Know: Regenerative Tourism
Can we persuade millions of tourists to embrace a new regenerative tourism model? Join us in-person at the Prince Waikiki on Thursday, April 21 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. This event will focus on local organizations that have made regenerative tourism work and how successful models can reach other venues and activities. Register Now!
Honolulu’s spending of Covid-19 relief funds questioned
City officials are still trying to decide how to spend much of $386 million awarded through the American Rescue Plan Act. Complicating the matter is a disagreement between Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s administration and City Council members over who gets to make spending decisions, which, in turn, is giving rise to questions about transparency and public oversight. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. David Ige pushes Board of Water Supply to repair wells to boost water supply
O‘ahu residents are facing mandatory restrictions on their water use, and developers could have to grapple with a moratorium on new construction as the hot, dry summer months approach — consequences of a reduction in water capacity due to 2021’s Red Hill emergency. Star-Advertiser.

State investigating after North Shore homeowner moves tons of sand in bid to protect property
The state is investigating after a North Shore homeowner used an excavator to move tons of sand in what he says was a bid to protect his and his neighbors’ homes. Homeowner Todd Dunphy acknowledged he took the action amid worsening erosion at Rocky Point Beach. Hawaii News Now.

Violent attack raises concern about crime in Waikīkī
Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association President and CEO Mufi Hannemann said he plans to gather Waikīkī stakeholders and law enforcement and criminal justice officials for a public safety coalition meeting the first week of May to address the crimes that have been occurring since Waikīkī’s economy reopened and visitors have come back. Star-Advertiser.

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Serving Hawai‘i: Cades Schutte LLP Celebrates a Century of Service

The Cades Foundation is one of the largest private funders of arts in Hawai‘i, and promotes education, the well-being of children, the arts, and health and human services. In celebration of its centennial and to honor its commitment to serving the community, the firm is doubling down on its pro bono and volunteer activities with the launch of their Hoʻokupu for 100 Initiative… read more.

Honey production down, but beekeeping on Big Island remains popular
Honey production across the U.S. and Hawai‘i dropped in 2021, however, the beekeeping industry and craft remains popular on the Big Island. Hawaiian Queen Co.’s output remains steady at over 660 pounds of honey produced annually by the six million bees that call the 2,000 hives on the South Kona property home. West Hawaii Today.

Four busted for planting ‘kanaka garden’ on state land in Hilo
A longtime Hawaiian sovereignty activist and three others were cited Sunday by Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officers for their third attempt to plant what they call a “kanaka garden” at Wailoa State Recreation Area in Hilo. Tribune-Herald. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.

Kawauchi seeks legal fees in police case
Former Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi, now a private practice attorney, went public last week with her case against the county as she tried to clear the name of retired police captain Chadwick Fukui, whose charges in a 2017 case were dismissed by a judge. West Hawaii Today.

20 for the Next 20: Hawaiʻi’s People to Watch 2022

Each year, Hawaii Business Magazine honors 20 accomplished people who are poised to have an even bigger impact over the next 20 years. View the profiles of this year’s 20 for the Next 20 more.
Maui voters set to vote on 11 changes to county government
If approved in the general election this fall, the reforms would restructure county agencies, improve government ethics, promote Hawaiian culture and more. The surviving amendments would require Maui County to operate as a bilingual government, absorb Kalaupapa into its jurisdiction and increase access to council meetings and public records. Civil Beat.

Nonprofits awarded $700K to help support farming, food security
Six nonprofits have been awarded grants to help support farmers and food security as well as youth and workforce development, Maui County announced this week. Maui News.

South Maui residents invited to online Growth Alternatives workshop
The workshop aims to gather input on growth alternatives, the type of development, and the desired density for South Maui in the next 20 years. The online-only activity will be open from April 11 to 29. Maui Now.

Kaua‘i group protest controversial south shore condo development
Some Kaua‘i residents are trying to stop a 25-acre project that includes 279 luxury units on the south shore, saying it’s too close to the Koloa Heritage Trail, also known as the Hapa Trail. Hawaii News Now.

County reviews funds that will go towards affordable housing and community projects
This year, the County Housing Agency plans to build four projects: a disaster-preparedness project at the YWCA of Kaua‘i’s family domestic violence shelter, a solar-powered system with battery storage to be installed on-site, Americans with Disabilities Act-related improvements to a family center and athletics field, and nonprofit Project Vision Hawai‘i’s local HieHie program. Garden Island.

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