January 2021

January 22, 2021

The Opening Day Speech That Never Was Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Opening Day Speech That Never Was

Here are the remarks that former Hawaii House Minority Leader Gene Ward intended to give. But his speech was scuttled due to the pandemic.

Economists: Agribusiness Development Corp. Is A ‘Fiasco’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Agribusiness Development Corp. Is A ‘Fiasco’

The report by University of Hawaii economists follows a critical report by the Hawaii State Auditor.

January 21, 2021

New Route For Honolulu Rail? Any ‘Hare-Brained’ Scheme Is Being Considered Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Route For Honolulu Rail? Any ‘Hare-Brained’ Scheme Is Being Considered

HART’s new executive director Lori Kahikina says she’s open to any ideas that avoid having to get special utility clearances along Dillingham Boulevard.

Hawaii DOE Welcomes Smaller Budget Cuts But Uncertainty Remains Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Welcomes Smaller Budget Cuts But Uncertainty Remains

Hawaii’s governor lowered his target budget reduction for DOE from 10% to 2.5%, which could translate to fewer teacher layoffs and cuts to after-school activities.

Biden Signs Order Fully Reimbursing Hawaii National Guard For COVID-19 Operations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Biden Signs Order Fully Reimbursing Hawaii National Guard For COVID-19 Operations

The Trump administration had previously agreed to pay for 75% of costs associated with the historic nationwide deployments of National Guardsmen.

Hawaii Residents From COFA Nations Can Now Apply For Medicaid Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Residents From COFA Nations Can Now Apply For Medicaid

The change is a result of a bill signed by former President Donald Trump restoring federal Medicaid funding for citizens of Compact of Free Association nations.

Tulsi Gabbard Launches A Podcast

Tulsi Gabbard Launches A Podcast

The former Hawaii congresswoman seeks to engage with new audiences.

Waipio Valley Residents Still Seek A Deal Limiting Foot Traffic On Dicey Road Tom Hasslinger/Civil Beat

Waipio Valley Residents Still Seek A Deal Limiting Foot Traffic On Dicey Road

The Hawaii County Council deferred action on a bill to ban most pedestrians on the Waipio Valley Road, but residents believe a compromise may be near.

The Treaty To Ban The Bomb Takes Effect

The Treaty To Ban The Bomb Takes Effect

Fifty-one nations have now ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Will the United States sign?

Stranded American Samoans Are Finally Going Home After A Hawaii Quarantine Courtesy of Olafou Laulani

Stranded American Samoans Are Finally Going Home After A Hawaii Quarantine

Hawaii is helping to coordinate with a testing and quarantine center in Waikiki to facilitate the first repatriation effort since the pandemic began.

January 20, 2021

Honolulu Mayor Hires HPU Athletics Director As Chief Of Staff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Hires HPU Athletics Director As Chief Of Staff

The new chief of staff has previously worked for city and state government agencies.

Senator Appointed By Ige Had Called To Impeach Him Facebook

Senator Appointed By Ige Had Called To Impeach Him

In a statement, Gov. David Ige said he knew about Sen. Laura Acasio’s background opposing the Thirty Meter Telescope when he appointed her.

Hawaii Leaders Laud Nation’s Return To The Paris Climate Deal Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Leaders Laud Nation’s Return To The Paris Climate Deal

The nation’s lone island state has its own aggressive climate goals and had pledged to follow the Paris accords even after the U.S. withdrew.

Activists Rally At Capitol To Support Local Farmers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Activists Rally At Capitol To Support Local Farmers

Participants handed out taro cuttings and called on lawmakers to invest in agriculture.

Hawaii Troops Help Secure US Capitol As Biden Takes Oath Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hawaii Troops Help Secure US Capitol As Biden Takes Oath

Nearly 200 troops were deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for the inauguration.

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol

Traditional festivities and speeches were all canceled amid security concerns and the threat of COVID-19.