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| DOH narrows vaccine priority list for phase 1C essential workers
Effective immediately, only essential workers at hotels, restaurants and bars are eligible — a drastic cut to the priority list initially deemed eligible under phase 1C. Employees in housing, construction, communications and other industries are out for now. KITV4.
Swelling inmate populations prompt new fears about outbreaks
Although pandemic rules to lower the number of inmates eased overcrowding last year, officials worry more COVID-19 outbreaks could spread as inmate populations rise again. Hawaii News Now.
Hawai‘i lawmakers seek exemption from political ad disclosures
The public could have less transparency in elections under a pair of measures moving through the Legislature. House Bill 144 and House Bill 674 would exempt candidates for office from filing reports on ads with the state. Civil Beat.
State Senate committees consider bill that would let APRNs perform abortions
Legislation that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to perform abortions passed through the state House and is now before the state Senate. Tribune-Herald.
Hawaiʻi Senate committee passes resolutions denouncing racism against Asian Americans
Sen. Bennette E. Misalucha introduced resolutions that denounce all acts of racism, xenophobia, intolerance, discrimination, hate crime and hate speech. Maui Now.
Governor orders flags to fly at half-staff in memory of Atlanta shooting victims
Gov. David Ige has ordered that the U.S. and Hawai‘i flags be flown at half-staff at all state offices until sunset on Monday, March 22. KHON2.
Viewing platform atop Koko Crater trail won’t be torn down
The city announced Thursday that the metal grate platform at the top of the hike will not be removed until a new one is constructed. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2. KITV4.
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Greening the Concrete Jungle
Hawai‘i is introducing a new form of concrete that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Concrete contributes immensely to climate change. That’s because manufacturing concrete and cement (a major component of concrete) requires a lot of energy and is traditionally carbon-intensive... read more.
| City prosecutor wants COVID-era policy changed so judges can jail misdemeanor offenders
City Prosecutor Steve Alm wants to restore some of the power O‘ahu judges had taken away from them during the pandemic. But critics argue the crime crackdown isn’t necessary and will only put detainees at risk. Hawaii News Now.
Possible transfer of Oʻahu EMS system is causing concern at Honolulu Hale
A state proposal would transfer the responsibility and costs of emergency medical services on O‘ahu from the state Department of Health to the City and County of Honolulu. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
Proposal to rename McKinley High School stalls at Legislature
A push to change the name of McKinley High School and remove its towering bronze statue of President William McKinley ran aground Thursday at the Legislature after passionate testimony on both sides. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Wedding industry seeks O‘ahu reopening
Wedding industry workers rallied Thursday at Honolulu Hale to urge Mayor Rick Blangiardi to reopen weddings under the city’s new Tier 3 structured-events mandate. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
Larger rail budget packs generous contingency plans
The new $12.449 billion price tag to build the city’s rail project all the way to Ala Moana Center is based on more “conservative” budgeting expectations that include “every foreseen unknowables,” HART's board of directors was told Thursday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
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New Family Friendly Hours at HoMAAs our community began to cautiously reopen at the end of 2020, local families sought out safe and engaging activities to spark their creativity and connection after months of being homebound... read more.
|A proposal to prioritize CIP projects by district is a no-go
A request that each council member prioritize the top five capital improvement projects for their districts turned into a discussion Tuesday about whether members should stay narrowly focused or take a countywide perspective. West Hawaii Today.
Nearly 21% of Hawai‘i County residents have been vaccinated
As of Thursday, 63,721 people have received at least one dose, which is 20.9% of the county’s total population. Tribune-Herald.
Leeward Planning Commission allows bed-and-breakfast despite cesspool concerns
A five-bedroom home located on Ali‘i Drive south of La‘aloa Beach Park won approval Thursday to become a bed-and-breakfast establishment, despite concerns about sea level rise and wastewater issues. West Hawaii Today.
Big Island scales back plans for recycled water
Instead of building out a sand-filtrated treatment plant focusing on R1 water — the highest grade of recycled water — Hawai‘i County’s Department of Environmental Management wants to produce cheaper R2 water, which can still be used for golf courses and agricultural irrigation. Civil Beat.
Hilo Seaside Hotel under new ownership
Hospitality company Soul Community Planet announced on Thursday that it had purchased the 138-room hotel. Tribune-Herald.
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5 Steps to Change Management
Beth Whitehead of American Savings Bank offers five things to focus on when implementing change in the workplace. You must present a clear, compelling reason for change to get employees’ buy-in. No one wants to support change for change’s sake... read more.
| Maui mayor says uptick in COVID-19 cases shows residents have grown "complacent"
Mike Victorino expressed frustration Thursday after 41 new infections were reported in the county. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.
Rickard to serve as acting police chief
Deputy Police Chief Dean Rickard will serve as acting chief while a search gets underway to replace Tivoli Faaumu, who is retiring at the end of next month. Maui News. Maui Now.
Nonprofit seeks protected fishing area for Kīpahulu
East Maui residents are proposing the creation of a protected fishing area to help regulate harvesting practices and increased foot traffic, as well as to protect dwindling resources. Maui News.
| Gov. Ige assesses North Shore flood, landslide damage
As work continues to repair Kuhio Highway after the landslide last week above the Hanalei Bridge, officials gathered for a blessing of the site early Thursday morning. Garden Island.
Council moves forward on ag land use bill
A bill to allow produce stands on adjacent agricultural lands is moving to a final reading next week at the Kaua‘i County Council. Garden Island.
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