August 2020

August 13, 2020

Top Honolulu Official Needs To Step Down During Criminal Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Top Honolulu Official Needs To Step Down During Criminal Probe

The public needs to have complete confidence that city business, including the virus response, is being handled with absolute integrity. 

People In Hawaii Are Struggling. The Nonprofits That Help Them Are Too Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

People In Hawaii Are Struggling. The Nonprofits That Help Them Are Too

The pandemic will force some nonprofits to close. Others will have to change and adapt to survive.

COVID-19’s Call To Action Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19’s Call To Action

We didn’t cause this situation, but we can solve it — at least locally.

Vote-By-Mail Helped Perk Up Hawaii Turnout But So Did Some Competitive Races Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vote-By-Mail Helped Perk Up Hawaii Turnout But So Did Some Competitive Races

Voting was up throughout the state, in some areas more than others.

August 12, 2020

Mayor: ‘Give Us Evidence’ Potluck Caused Virus Cluster At Honolulu Hale Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayor: ‘Give Us Evidence’ Potluck Caused Virus Cluster At Honolulu Hale

The headquarters of Honolulu’s city government has seen its total cases rise to at least 13.

Veteran Hawaii Lobbyist John Radcliffe Dead At 78 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Veteran Hawaii Lobbyist John Radcliffe Dead At 78

He helped lead the fight to legalize medical aid in dying.

VIRUS TRACKER — Aug. 12: 202 New Cases And 2 Deaths Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

VIRUS TRACKER — Aug. 12: 202 New Cases And 2 Deaths

Health officials have reported four deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the state’s coronavirus death toll to 38.

COVID-Free Marshall Islands Work To Blunt Hawaii’s Curve Courtesy

COVID-Free Marshall Islands Work To Blunt Hawaii’s Curve

The many Marshallese who call Hawaii home will continue to promote policies to keep all of us healthy and safe.

Hawaii’s Contact Tracing Effort Falls Short Of National Standards

Hawaii’s Contact Tracing Effort Falls Short Of National Standards

The state Department of Health is trying to hire new staff to address a shortage as the virus spreads.

COVID-19 Data Shows Hawaii Is In A ‘Very Dire Situation’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Data Shows Hawaii Is In A ‘Very Dire Situation’

Despite a troubling rise in the number of cases, the public does not seem to have an appropriate sense of urgency, an epidemic tracking expert says.

Instructors For Hire: How The Pandemic Is Fueling A New Side Business Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Instructors For Hire: How The Pandemic Is Fueling A New Side Business

The pandemic is allowing private instructors to offer small group lessons to parents who are wary of children returning to school campuses — and who can afford it.

August 11, 2020

Mass Testing Begins As More OCCC Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mass Testing Begins As More OCCC Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19

Data shows nine inmates and seven staff at the state’s largest jail have tested positive so far in the coronavirus outbreak.

Election Recounts Don’t Change Outcomes Of 3 Races

Election Recounts Don’t Change Outcomes Of 3 Races

DeCoite, Quilingking remain the winners of their primaries, and the Kauai County Council lineup stays the same.

DOE Announces 13 Cases Of COVID-19 In Schools On Oahu, Kauai Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Announces 13 Cases Of COVID-19 In Schools On Oahu, Kauai

Most neighbor island schools will now start with all distance learning as HSTA pressures the administration.

Accused Crime Boss Michael Miske Will Remain Behind Bars Hawaii News Now

Accused Crime Boss Michael Miske Will Remain Behind Bars

A federal prosecutor described Miske as one of the most dangerous defendants he has ever prosecuted.

VIRUS TRACKER — Aug. 11: 118 New Cases As Concerns Grow Over Contact Tracing

VIRUS TRACKER — Aug. 11: 118 New Cases As Concerns Grow Over Contact Tracing

UPDATED: The health department says two elderly Oahu men have died, bringing the total death toll to 36.

Tulsi Gabbard Calls On Ige To Fire Top Health Officials For ‘Gross Negligence’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Calls On Ige To Fire Top Health Officials For ‘Gross Negligence’

The Hawaii congresswoman says that state Health Director Bruce Anderson and Epidemiologist Sarah Park have put the community in danger by being slow to hire more COVID-19 contact tracers.

Private Schools Debate Requiring Waivers For Students To Return Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Private Schools Debate Requiring Waivers For Students To Return

Parents may have to sign off that they “voluntarily assume the risk” of their child contracting COVID-19 in the classroom.

‘A Heart Of Gold’: The Other Side Of Accused Crime Boss Michael Miske Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘A Heart Of Gold’: The Other Side Of Accused Crime Boss Michael Miske

The Hawaii businessman charged with racketeering and murder convinced several people to write letters on his behalf so that he can get out on bail while awaiting trial.

How Is Oahu’s Trash Impacting the Waianae Coast? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

How Is Oahu’s Trash Impacting the Waianae Coast?

Debates within the Nanakuli and Maili community about a possible landfill expansion are heating up.