August 2021

August 01, 2021

Hawaii Kids Are Heading Back To School Despite COVID Surge Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Kids Are Heading Back To School Despite COVID Surge

The new academic year begins Tuesday amid a concerted effort to vaccinate more students and their families via school-based clinics.

Chad Blair: Honolulu Appears Overrun With Teslas. That’s Good News For EVs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Chad Blair: Honolulu Appears Overrun With Teslas. That’s Good News For EVs

Elon Musk’s electric vehicle, while not quite ubiquitous, is tops for market share among local luxury cars.

John Pritchett: Good As Gold ASUS

John Pritchett: Good As Gold

Hawaii’s Carissa Moore made history this week by winning her sport’s first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

Here’s How To Be An Advocate for Hawaii’s Public Health Courtesy

Here’s How To Be An Advocate for Hawaii’s Public Health

These high-schoolers figured it out: Get a group of friends, find a problem you want to fix, and use your talents to start a project that’s meaningful.

July 2021

July 31, 2021

Hospitals Struggle With Influx Of Patients As Hawaii’s COVID-19 Caseload Mounts Tim Wright/Civil Beat

Hospitals Struggle With Influx Of Patients As Hawaii’s COVID-19 Caseload Mounts

Gov. David Ige has said he may need to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions if the rapid rise continues and hospitals are overwhelmed.

July 30, 2021

Hanabusa Becomes Chair Of The Honolulu Rail Authority Board — Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hanabusa Becomes Chair Of The Honolulu Rail Authority Board — Again

HART officials now hope to shore up rail’s finances with money from the 3% hotel tax the city is authorized to impose.

Ige Warns New Restrictions May Be Needed As COVID Cases Spike Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ige Warns New Restrictions May Be Needed As COVID Cases Spike

Hawaii reported 622 coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number since the pandemic began. It included cases from lab reporting delays.

Incoming Interim Schools Chief Previews Broad Vision For Hawaii Screenshot

Incoming Interim Schools Chief Previews Broad Vision For Hawaii

Priority areas include in-person attendance, social and emotional well-being as well as staff well-being and the safe return to campuses.

Coast Guard Boosts Pacific Presence With Three New Ships In Guam Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard/2021

Coast Guard Boosts Pacific Presence With Three New Ships In Guam

The new cutters and their crews add more than 70 new Coast Guardsmen to the U.S. island territory.

Here’s How A ‘Perfect Storm’ Led To A Spike In COVID Cases On The Westside Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Here’s How A ‘Perfect Storm’ Led To A Spike In COVID Cases On The Westside

Waianae and Ewa have had the highest number of new COVID-19 cases on Oahu in the past two weeks.

These Hawaii Residents Are Using Social Media To Fight Overtourism Flickr

These Hawaii Residents Are Using Social Media To Fight Overtourism

While state and county officials seek to regulate popular tourist spots, some residents are taking matters into their own hands.

How To Thank Hawaii’s Immigrant Essential Workers

How To Thank Hawaii’s Immigrant Essential Workers

Give them access to state services, because far too many have not been supported as they should be.

Vice Principal Fired For Affair On Campus Accuses Her Union Of Failing To Defend Her Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vice Principal Fired For Affair On Campus Accuses Her Union Of Failing To Defend Her

The vice principal, while accepting responsibility, says that dismissal for the affair with a principal was too harsh.

July 29, 2021

Hawaii Education Department Releases Statewide Distance Learning Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Education Department Releases Statewide Distance Learning Plan

The options are limited to 180 elementary schoolers, 90 middle schoolers and 120 high schoolers, for a total of 390 seats.

Honolulu Handi-Van Driver Dies Of COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Handi-Van Driver Dies Of COVID-19

The city did not release any identifying information.

Troops In Hawaii Must Resume Wearing Masks Indoors On Base Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Troops In Hawaii Must Resume Wearing Masks Indoors On Base

The Department of Defense has tightened masking requirements in some areas after previously relaxing them for vaccinated troops.

Senate Rejects Dan Gluck’s Appointment To Intermediate Court Of Appeals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Rejects Dan Gluck’s Appointment To Intermediate Court Of Appeals

UPDATED: In a 17-6 vote, senators rejected Gluck’s appointment even after he asked the governor to withdraw his name Thursday morning.

Chad Blair: ‘A Pandemic For The Unvaccinated’ Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Chad Blair: ‘A Pandemic For The Unvaccinated’

It seemed Hawaii had turned the corner on the coronavirus. Could things actually get worse?

Neal Milner: Learning To Live With Vaccine Hesitancy Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: Learning To Live With Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy is yet another expression of how polarized we are, and it’s not going away.

Hawaii Should Fund Schools, Not Vouchers Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Should Fund Schools, Not Vouchers

Vouchers will significantly worsen the already immense equity gap in our public schools.