September 2021

September 27, 2021

Danny De Gracia: Why It’s Important To Tell Ghost Stories During A Pandemic Courtesy: Robert Lopaka Kapanui

Danny De Gracia: Why It’s Important To Tell Ghost Stories During A Pandemic

Robert Lopaka Kapanui’s stories are more than macabre and spine-chilling tales of hauntings. They’re also full of life lessons that are applicable to today’s politics.

Hawaii Governor Says Covid-19 Improvements Likely To Open Door To Tourism For The Holidays Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Governor Says Covid-19 Improvements Likely To Open Door To Tourism For The Holidays

A tourism official welcomed the comments, but said business travelers need to know beforehand when restrictions will be lifted.

Honolulu Forms Committee To Choose New Landfill Location Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Forms Committee To Choose New Landfill Location

Discussions about where to put Oahu’s newest landfill will kick off next week.

Hawaii Book & Music Festival Kicks Off Friday HBMF

Hawaii Book & Music Festival Kicks Off Friday

The 16th annual event will be virtual once again this year.

State-Run Hospitals And Clinics Pay Some Of Hawaii’s Highest Public Wages Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

State-Run Hospitals And Clinics Pay Some Of Hawaii’s Highest Public Wages

But counterparts in the private sector still make far more than doctors and administrators on the state payroll.

Can Urban Farming Solve Hawaii’s Food Crisis? Courtesy: Kalera/2021

Can Urban Farming Solve Hawaii’s Food Crisis?

High-tech farming is costly and limited in what it can grow, but techniques could help Hawaii with its dependency on food imports.

Protection For A Price: Waikiki Businesses Pay Extra For Police Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Protection For A Price: Waikiki Businesses Pay Extra For Police

The Waikiki business association has paid Honolulu police at least $2 million in the past 15 years for additional services. Critics say that’s not fair to other areas.

How The ‘Build Back Better’ Plan Saves Money And Lives Courtesy: Gage Skidmore

How The ‘Build Back Better’ Plan Saves Money And Lives

The answer lies in an expansion of the strategy that held the line against poverty in 2020 and that helped America out of the Great Depression.

Danny De Gracia: Why It’s Important To Tell Ghost Stories During A Pandemic Courtesy: Robert Lopaka Kapanui

Danny De Gracia: Why It’s Important To Tell Ghost Stories During A Pandemic

Robert Lopaka Kapanui’s stories are more than macabre and spine-chilling tales of hauntings. They’re also full of life lessons that are applicable to today’s politics.

Congress Considers Extending Higher Medicaid Funding For Island Territories Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Congress Considers Extending Higher Medicaid Funding For Island Territories

If the proposal fails, reimbursement rates for the public health insurance program would revert to previous lower levels and put health services for low-income patients at risk.

September 26, 2021

John Pritchett: Puppet Master ASUS

John Pritchett: Puppet Master

The investigation of State Auditor Les Kondo, led by Rep. Della Au Belatti at the behest of Speaker Scott Saiki, has descended into a battle between legal eagles.

The ‘Delta Tide May Be Turning,’ But Hawaii’s Economic Recovery Is Slow UHERO

The ‘Delta Tide May Be Turning,’ But Hawaii’s Economic Recovery Is Slow

Gov. David Ige’s plea to tourists not to visit Hawaii helped stop a nascent economic recovery. It’s not clear when the state will regain its momentum.

Climate Change Is A Big Problem For Farmers In Hawaii Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

Climate Change Is A Big Problem For Farmers In Hawaii

More fires. Worse drought. Excessive heat. The state’s agriculture industry is facing serious environmental problems in the years ahead.

Peter Apo: Hawaiians Must Agree On The Meaning Of Sovereignty To Achieve It Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Peter Apo: Hawaiians Must Agree On The Meaning Of Sovereignty To Achieve It

The successful pursuit of Hawaiian sovereignty will take extraordinary leadership and considerable financial resources.

Lee Cataluna: It’s Not The End Of An Era. The Era Already Ended Lee Cataluna/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: It’s Not The End Of An Era. The Era Already Ended

The last Sears department store will close in Hawaii. Some didn’t realize it was still open.

The Pandemic Is Taxing Pacific Nations’ Already Strapped Health Systems Lorrie Graham/ AusAID

The Pandemic Is Taxing Pacific Nations’ Already Strapped Health Systems

Island nations have long been hard-pressed to deal with serious medical conditions and disease. The coronavirus is not helping.

September 24, 2021

US Coast Guard Steps In To Help Samoa Enforcement Effort DVIDS/ Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Wyrick

US Coast Guard Steps In To Help Samoa Enforcement Effort

Coast Guard cutter Oliver Berry has spent September patrolling Samoan waters after the Pacific nation’s fleet was left underpowered.

Quad Leaders Meet After Pacific Concerns Voiced Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz

Quad Leaders Meet After Pacific Concerns Voiced

The leaders of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India have finished an in-person meeting in Washington, D.C., as China looks on.

Some Hawaii Island Students Can Now Ride Hele-On Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Hawaii Island Students Can Now Ride Hele-On

The partnership between DOE and Hele-On is in response to a statewide school bus driver shortage that’s led to lack of space on the bus.

Hawaii Rolls Out Covid-19 Booster Shots For Older Adults Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Rolls Out Covid-19 Booster Shots For Older Adults

People aged 50 to 64 with underlying conditions will also have priority for a third shot. So far, boosters are only recommended for the Pfizer vaccine.