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Tourist numbers peaked on Saturday, as spring break drives travel
Some 21,433 trans-Pacific travelers and 4,968 inter-island travelers were screened by Safe Travels Hawai‘i on Saturday — the highest single day since the start of the pandemic. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

The state's rush to vaccinate has led to a patchwork system with little policing
Hospitals and clinics have sometimes bent the rules — by inoculating someone outside the current phase, for instance — but say they have little recourse. Civil Beat.

Hotel, restaurant and bar workers are next in line to be vaccinated
In anticipation of more tourists, state health officials decided over the weekend to prioritize hospitality and food service employees. Other groups in phase 1C are people with high-risk medical conditions and residents 65 and older. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2. KITV4.

State House resolution opposes $1.9B Hawai‘i radar
A resolution introduced in the Legislature calls for the Missile Defense Agency to “resist” putting a $1.9 billion defensive radar in Hawai‘i, calling it a “prime example of wasteful Pentagon spending.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

DOE doesn’t expect schools to fully reopen until next year
The superintendent of Hawai‘i’s public schools said yesterday that the goal is to have at least half of elementary school students back on campus in the fourth quarter, which begins on Monday, but schools won’t be fully reopened until next year. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Garden Island. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Unemployment call center is still understaffed, overwhelmed
The state’s unemployment insurance call center at the Hawai‘i Convention Center is designed to handle 2,000 calls a day. Just two weeks ago, it was getting more than 200,000 calls daily and is still overwhelmed by 40,000 calls each day. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i's jobless rate hit 10.2% in January, the nation’s worst
The state retained the dubious honor of having the highest figure in the country. But with tourism improving and COVID-19 cases lower than any other state, local economists say the outlook for Hawai‘i is looking up. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Flags will fly at half-staff on Tuesday to honor William Bains-Jordan
The late politician and community servant served as the first state representative of ʻAiea. Hawaii News Now.

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Mayor says he will tackle affordable housing, homelessness crisis
In yesterday's State of the City address, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi outlined measures his administration plans to take. The city’s Office of Housing has been changed to reflect that focus, and is now the Office of Housing and Homelessness. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Budget realities undermine Blangiardi’s vision for Honolulu
While the mayor presented his agenda yesterday, City Council members have raised concerns about a lack of funding for essential services. The $2.9 billion operating budget plan relies on leaving many unfilled positions vacant, and the capital budget has been reduced by about $400 million. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i Restaurant Association requests a 2-year extension to plastic ban
Restaurants and retail groups are again pleading for more time to make the switch. The ban on plastic utensils, straws and bags for takeout is scheduled to begin in two weeks. KHON2.

Opponents of Kaka‘ako Makai towers to rally again
In 2012, the state gave 30 acres to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Now a bill is rapidly moving through the Legislature that would allow OHA to convey the parcels to developers and build 400-foot-high residential towers. Not everyone is happy about it. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy’s dramatic roof forms and patterned façade blend traditional references to the organic lava flows of Pele with the structured sequencing and geometries of contemporary science and medicine. | Photo: courtesy of WCIT Architecture
Cultivating Authenticity in Design
What makes the places in which we live, work and play here in Hawai‘i hard to replicable anywhere else in the world? WCIT Architecture highlights a few ways you can integrate our islands and culture into your own space... read more.
$500K released for Kohala Hospital improvements
Governor David Ige on Monday released State Capital Improvement Project funds to finance the construction of centralized administrative offices at Kohala Hospital. Big Island Now.

University of the Nations Kona is looking to expand
The university's updated master plan proposes a 62-acre addition, which would more than double its current size. West Hawaii Today.
Photo: Aaron Yoshino
My Job: Forecasting Weather

While in graduate school, Thomas R. Birchard Jr. worked as a part-time weather anchor at KHNL-TV. Shortly after graduating, he joined the National Weather Service. “People will say being a weather forecaster in Hawai‘i is easy – but there are so many unique weather regions in the Islands..read more.
Housing inventory hits new low while prices stay high
Last month set a record low for single-family inventory, at 214 units, according to the Realtors Association of Maui. The median sales prices for single-family homes was $895,000 — a 19.8% increase over last year's figure. Maui News.

Pacific Whale Foundation retrieves ghost nets in Maui waters
Fishing nets or gear that have been abandoned, lost or discarded by fishing vessels are an increasingly serious threat to whales and dolphins around the globe. Maui Now.
Mayor outlines a frugal yet stable budget in his State of the County address
Mayor Derek Kawakami said there will be no new furloughs, layoffs or tax increases this year, but admitted that the county’s fiscal position remains fragile. Hawaii News Now. Garden Island. 

Kaua‘i police chief apologizes for anti-Asian remarks
Some local leaders say Chief Todd Raybuck has done a good job and losing him would be a setback. But others, including the police union, see it differently. Civil Beat. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

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