May 2020

May 31, 2020

Safest Destination On The Planet? Not For Long Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Safest Destination On The Planet? Not For Long

Inviting lots of tourists back to Hawaii will inevitably lead to the spread of the virus locally.

Why Some People Wear Masks And Others Don’t Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Some People Wear Masks And Others Don’t

As states reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, tensions are flaring between rule followers and rule breakers.

The Surprising History Of Hawaiians In The Civil War Joel Abroad / Creative Commons

The Surprising History Of Hawaiians In The Civil War

More than 100 Native Hawaiians fought in America’s bloodiest war. Finding out what happened to them is a near-impossible task.

Breaking Quarantine In Hawaii? A Citizens’ Group Is Watching Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Breaking Quarantine In Hawaii? A Citizens’ Group Is Watching

The group, seeing gaps in enforcement, has helped state and local investigators track down scofflaw tourists.

Tom Yamachika: About All That Federal COVID Money Flickr: Pictures of Money

Tom Yamachika: About All That Federal COVID Money

Are the governor and the Hawaii Legislature getting into a messy argument on how to best use the billion dollars?

Pandemic Survey: Hawaii Is Already Enduring Widespread Socioeconomic Strain Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Pandemic Survey: Hawaii Is Already Enduring Widespread Socioeconomic Strain

State emergency management officials are trying to better understand COVID-19’s toll on island communities.

May 30, 2020

Why The State Doesn’t Consistently Track Data On Native Hawaiians Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat

Why The State Doesn’t Consistently Track Data On Native Hawaiians

Lack of data about how many Native Hawaiians have coronavirus is indicative of a broader problem, advocates say.

Can Taking Vitamins Help Guard Against COVID-19? Flickr: Colin Dunn

Can Taking Vitamins Help Guard Against COVID-19?

Medical doctors on the cutting edge cite extensive research to treat viral illness.

Can You Get The Coronavirus From Cash? iStock

Can You Get The Coronavirus From Cash?

Recent articles suggest that COVID-19 is unlikely to spread through contaminated surfaces such as cash.

The Best Reason To ‘Let Hawaii Work’ Is To Save Lives Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Best Reason To ‘Let Hawaii Work’ Is To Save Lives

Our leaders need to move quickly to completely lift the state and county COVID-19 lockdowns.

Queen’s, Hawaii Pacific Health Get Big Chunk Of Federal Health Care Bailout Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Queen’s, Hawaii Pacific Health Get Big Chunk Of Federal Health Care Bailout

The $100 million in relief has been a lifeline to Hawaii hospitals and clinics during the pandemic, but it won’t fully cover their losses.

May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Prompts Redo Of Hawaii’s Medicaid Contracts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Prompts Redo Of Hawaii’s Medicaid Contracts

The Hawaii Med-QUEST division is wiping clean insurance contracts that were originally to go into effect in July.

Calvin Say Leaving Long-Held House Seat For Council Run Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Calvin Say Leaving Long-Held House Seat For Council Run

One of Hawaii’s longest-serving lawmakers aims to fill a vacant council position.

Survey Finds The Pandemic Is Hurting Native Hawaiian Businesses Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Survey Finds The Pandemic Is Hurting Native Hawaiian Businesses

But Native Hawaiian-owned businesses are less dependent on tourism than non-Native Hawaiian owned businesses, the survey found.

US Treaty Renegotiations With Pacific Nations Kick Off Virtually

US Treaty Renegotiations With Pacific Nations Kick Off Virtually

The economic aspects of the Compacts of Free Association are expiring and the U.S. wants to renegotiate the terms this year.

These Three New Legislative Actions Are Needed Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These Three New Legislative Actions Are Needed Now

Hawaii lawmakers should focus on food production, hurricane preparedness and Hawaiian nationalism.

Low COVID-19 Numbers Will Help Hawaii Promote Tourism Flickr: Kevin Rodriguez Ortiz

Low COVID-19 Numbers Will Help Hawaii Promote Tourism

But when visitors begin to return in large numbers, it would be wise for locals to guard against xenophobia.

Fish Councils Look For Ways To Bounce Back From Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fish Councils Look For Ways To Bounce Back From Pandemic

Fishery managers met remotely this week to discuss the dwindling of their markets because of COVID-19.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Retired Judge Enjoys Double-Digit Lead In Prosecutor’s Race

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Retired Judge Enjoys Double-Digit Lead In Prosecutor’s Race

Steve Alm is out front so far. But two-thirds of Honolulu voters have not made up their minds and many have no idea who is running.