April 2020

April 05, 2020

Tom Yamachika: Hawaii Worst For Return On Investment. Again Flickr: www.gotcredit.com

Tom Yamachika: Hawaii Worst For Return On Investment. Again

Is it possible that corruption, favoritism and labor negotiations are factors?

Educators Worry About Kids With No Computers As Online Classes Start Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Educators Worry About Kids With No Computers As Online Classes Start

The Department of Education doesn’t track how many students lack computers and internet access, but they tend to be low income and in rural areas.

Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis

Like other businesses, the pot shops are offering special kupuna services and social distancing practices.

Hawaii Officials Are Struggling To Get Help To Overburdened Agencies Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials Are Struggling To Get Help To Overburdened Agencies

Confusion within the Ige administration over Hawaii’s collective bargaining law is slowing aid to departments feeling the crunch of the coronavirus crisis.

Life On Lanai During A Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Life On Lanai During A Pandemic

The island still has no cases of COVID-19. But pretty much everything has shut down.

The New Coronavirus May Be What Ends The Global Wildlife Trade Getty Images/iStockphoto

The New Coronavirus May Be What Ends The Global Wildlife Trade

Repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic are driving faster, stronger reforms in several countries known for illegal trafficking in animals.

April 04, 2020

Hawaii Records 32 New COVID-19 Cases, One Death Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Records 32 New COVID-19 Cases, One Death

UPDATED: The new cases bring the state’s total count to 351.

How Susceptible Are You To Coronavirus? The Answer Could Be In Your DNA Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Susceptible Are You To Coronavirus? The Answer Could Be In Your DNA

Researchers think ethnicity may play a role in how hard a population gets hit by the virus.

The Imprecise Science Of Predicting The Spread Of COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Imprecise Science Of Predicting The Spread Of COVID-19

In Hawaii, the projected peak for coronavirus cases is in early May. But it’s a moving date, dependent on a complex set of factors.

The Post-Pandemic Public Policy Conversation Starts Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Post-Pandemic Public Policy Conversation Starts Now

The fragility of our supply chain and the need for food self-sufficiency has never been so apparent.

April 03, 2020

Hawaii National Guard Called Out To Help With Coronavirus Response Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii National Guard Called Out To Help With Coronavirus Response

The number of guard members on active duty has been doubled and will help at the airport as well as assist law enforcement, officials said.

Gov. Ige: Banning Air Travel To Hawaii Is ‘Impossible To Enforce’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. Ige: Banning Air Travel To Hawaii Is ‘Impossible To Enforce’

Three of Hawaii’s county mayors have asked Trump to implement a ban on air travel to the islands.

Honolulu To Get $91 Million For Transit During Coronavirus Outbreak Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu To Get $91 Million For Transit During Coronavirus Outbreak

It’s not clear yet precisely how the city will spend those federal dollars. Officials say they’re still incurring costs, so it’s still too early to know.

Third Person Dies of COVID-19 In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Third Person Dies of COVID-19 In Hawaii

By Friday, Hawaii had documented 319 cases of the coronavirus.

EPA: Hawaii Must Consider Plastic Pollution’s Effect On Water Quality Courtesy Matthew Chauvin/NOAA

EPA: Hawaii Must Consider Plastic Pollution’s Effect On Water Quality

UPDATED: The state health department is now required to review how plastic affects water after the federal agency found it ignored evidence and data.

Hawaii AG: No Papers Needed To Drive Under Stay-At-Home Order Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG: No Papers Needed To Drive Under Stay-At-Home Order

The attorney general’s office says a statewide policy requiring workers to show documents proving they can drive for work is not necessary.

Hawaii Needs To Release Inmates Soon, And On A Large Scale Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Needs To Release Inmates Soon, And On A Large Scale

We are at serious risk of a public health catastrophe in our correctional facilities and communities.

Chad Blair: Hawaii Democrats On ‘Leading Edge’ In Picking POTUS

Chad Blair: Hawaii Democrats On ‘Leading Edge’ In Picking POTUS

The local party is conducting its presidential primary by mail-in voting and asking voters to rank candidates in order of preference.

Hawaii Public Workers Want Hazard Pay During Coronavirus Pandemic Photo courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Public Workers Want Hazard Pay During Coronavirus Pandemic

Public sector leaders are also criticizing Gov. David Ige for what they see as shoddy communication and coordination during the crisis.

Sterling Higa: Pandemic Lays Bare A Fragile Supply Chain Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Pandemic Lays Bare A Fragile Supply Chain

This won’t be our last crisis, so it’s time to take steps to counteract the global market’s shortcomings.