| Governor, cabinet members get their first dose of vaccine
Gov. David Ige, Hawai‘i’s first lady and 65 of their cabinet and staff members got their first COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.
As of Monday, the state had administered 306,432 doses, up more than 19,000 from the previous day. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.
Hawai‘i health director says 3 more weeks needed for next vaccination phase
Dr. Libby Char told lawmakers that mid-March is the soonest people ages 70 and older will be able to get in line for vaccinations. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.
$12 minimum wage hike clears key Senate committees
Hawai‘i’s low-wage workers are closer to seeing the minimum wage rise to $12 after two key Senate committees approved the increase, but the measure’s prospects in the House are less certain. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.
Governor expresses concern about unified travel rules, "arbitrary" reopening of schools
Gov. David Ige says he has reservations about a bill that unifies travel rules across Hawai‘i, while stopping short of saying he would veto it. He also pushed back Monday against proposals to universally reopen public schools after spring break. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.
Hawaiian Home Land beneficiaries asked to weigh in on potential transfer of land
The DHHL is seeking input on a potential transfer of land — 80 acres in ‘Ewa Beach where the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center used to reside — that would use millions of dollars in land credit. Hawaii News Now.
Prison oversight commission requests an analysis of inmate deaths
So far, eight Hawaiʻi inmates have died of the coronavirus while in state custody, and their relatives are looking for answers. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
A third of military personnel are opting out of vaccinations
The Defense Department has initiated larger-scale COVID-19 vaccinations on O‘ahu as it struggles with an overall 1-in-3 refusal rate in the ranks. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hawai‘i hotel occupancy remained flat in January
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority reported yesterday that 23.3% of hotel rooms statewide were occupied last month. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.
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| Honolulu is expected to move to Tier 3 on Thursday
Distancing rules will still apply, but capacity limits for retailers and religious services will be lifted. Social gatherings can have 10 people, restaurants can allow 10 people per party, and gyms can increase capacity from 25% to 50%. Hawaii News Now.
‘Iolani will soon begin COVID-19 testing on campus
One of the first to reopen for in-person instruction, ‘Iolani School says more than 90% of its full-time staff has been vaccinated or has an appointment to do so. The private school also recently bought 20,000 rapid antigen test kits, officials said. Civil Beat.
Former HART interim director Krishniah Murthy dies
The longtime transit official was hired in 2016 to help guide O‘ahu’s rail project through an especially rocky period. Civil Beat.
Retailers seek rent relief as pandemic drags on
Many of Hawai‘i’s retail shops and businesses are still clinging to hopes of survival. House Bill 1324 proposes a commercial rent-relief program that would be administered by the state DBEDT using federal funds. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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| Hamakua-Kohala Health purchases the Kohala Club Hotel
The former hotel will become the new permanent home of the Kohala Health and Wellness Center. Big Island Video News.
Nearly 2,000 vaccinated during weekend clinic
Hilo Medical Center's mass vaccination clinic focused largely on essential workers. Tribune-Herald.
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| Large groups of unmasked tourists are stirring frustration and anger
With Maui now reporting more new COVID-19 infections than O‘ahu, some residents are getting increasingly upset at unmasked visitors on the island. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
Landing fees waived for passenger flights to Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi
The waiver on commercial passenger flights starts March 1 and extends for a year, and is designed to reduce costs for Maui residents. Maui Now.
South Dakota visitor is arrested on Maui for breaking travel rules
The visitor was arrested on Feb. 20 after arriving without a negative pre-travel test or approved lodging for completing the mandatory 10-day quarantine. Maui Now.
Lānaʻi deer, sheep hunting applications accepted today
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife announced that online applications for the 2021 season are open to the public today. Maui News.
| Flood insurance rate changes go into effect Feb. 26
FEMA's new flood insurance rate maps include changes to Moloa‘a Stream near Moloa‘a Bay, as well as reclassifying areas behind the Waimea and Hanapepe levees to special flood hazard areas. Garden Island.
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