April 2021

April 21, 2021

The Minimum Wage Bill Still Alive At The Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Minimum Wage Bill Still Alive At The Hawaii Legislature

Senate Bill 793 would repeal the exemption of individuals with disabilities from minimum wage requirements.

Why It’s So Hard To Pass A Minimum Wage Increase In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why It’s So Hard To Pass A Minimum Wage Increase In Hawaii

Ripple effects and unintended consequences, especially in a down economy, have become driving factors in the debate over a minimum wage.

Lee Cataluna: Finally, Hawaii Residents Can Travel, Too Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Finally, Hawaii Residents Can Travel, Too

Gov. David Ige’s plan to allow residents who are fully vaccinated to travel interisland is a big step among all the little steps to restore normalcy.

April 20, 2021

Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Reform Appears Dead This Year Screenshot

Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Reform Appears Dead This Year

But lawmakers have agreed to let Honolulu shoulder the costs for emergency services.

Blangiardi Nominates Former Mainland Officer To Honolulu Police Commission Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Blangiardi Nominates Former Mainland Officer To Honolulu Police Commission

The mayor says he wants someone on the commission who has empathy for law enforcement officers.

Legislative Negotiators Agree To End Payday Loans In Hawaii By 2022 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Negotiators Agree To End Payday Loans In Hawaii By 2022

The bill would replace the high-interest loans with installment loans that have lower fees.

Hawaii To Let Vaccinated Interisland Travelers Skip Quarantine Starting May 11

Hawaii To Let Vaccinated Interisland Travelers Skip Quarantine Starting May 11

State officials hope to broaden the exemption to include travelers from the mainland as early as this summer but have not set a date.

HPD Says It Won’t Release Video Of Officers Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Says It Won’t Release Video Of Officers Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old

Police departments elsewhere release video that is edited to cover faces.

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki’s High-Profile Agenda Is Raising Questions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki’s High-Profile Agenda Is Raising Questions

Saiki has empowered the House to be a much-needed political player this year. But concerns about his methods and his ultimate goal are growing.

Denby Fawcett: Frustrated Businesses Say It’s Time For Action In Chinatown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Frustrated Businesses Say It’s Time For Action In Chinatown

If Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi wants to show he’s an agent of change, Chinatown is the perfect place to do it.

April 19, 2021

Lawmakers Reach Agreement On A New Two-Year State Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Reach Agreement On A New Two-Year State Budget

House and Senate negotiators say they have used federal funds to cancel out most of Gov. Ige’s budget cuts.

How Honolulu Will Select Its Next Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Honolulu Will Select Its Next Police Chief

The Police Commission has the legal authority to hire the next chief, but Mayor Blangiardi has stated his desire to have “a very big say” and give preference to in-house candidates.

Family Of 5-Year-Old Drowning Victim Reaches $7.2M Settlement Courtesy: Bickerton Law Group

Family Of 5-Year-Old Drowning Victim Reaches $7.2M Settlement

The settlement was reached with Mid-Pacific Institute after 15 months of litigation and with a jury trial set for later this year.

Mazie Hirono’s Mother, A Prominent Role Model For Her, Has Died Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Mazie Hirono’s Mother, A Prominent Role Model For Her, Has Died

The U.S. senator often talks about how her mother, who fled an abusive relationship in Japan, helped shape her own identity.

Hawaii Plans Vaccine Passports For Interisland Travelers First Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Plans Vaccine Passports For Interisland Travelers First

More details were expected to come in an announcement Tuesday. Meanwhile, the state has opened vaccine appointments for anyone who is at least 16 years old.

‘It’s Not Sexy’: Kahele Eyes Overdue Hawaii Projects For Biden’s Jobs Plan Kai Kahele

‘It’s Not Sexy’: Kahele Eyes Overdue Hawaii Projects For Biden’s Jobs Plan

The congressman wants to use federal money to replace cesspools, update wastewater treatment plants and fix ailing bridges and roads.

Danny De Gracia: Let’s Make Hawaii Pono Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Let’s Make Hawaii Pono Again

When Hawaii is fair and works for everyone, there will be less temptation to cut corners or seek deceitful riches.

What Is mRNA? Here’s A Crash Course On What It Does ktsimage/iStock via Getty Images Plus

What Is mRNA? Here’s A Crash Course On What It Does

The messenger molecule that’s been in every living cell for billions of years is the key ingredient in some COVID-19 vaccines.

Kauai Finally Greenlights Retail Shops On Farmland LBD Coffee

Kauai Finally Greenlights Retail Shops On Farmland

The county amended its zoning rules last week to allow farmers to set up retail stores on agricultural land without a permit.