September 2021

September 26, 2021

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.

Police Officer Falsely Accused Former State Senator Of Being At Massage Parlor Raid Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Police Officer Falsely Accused Former State Senator Of Being At Massage Parlor Raid

Officer Chester Desiderio was the subject of an undisclosed administrative action for Facebook comments he made about former Sen. Will Espero.

US House Passes Bill With Enhanced Standards For Red Hill Fuel Facility Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

US House Passes Bill With Enhanced Standards For Red Hill Fuel Facility

The bill passed ahead of a highly anticipated decision by the Hawaii health director on the World War II-era tanks, which have leaked into the area’s groundwater.

As TMT Works To Build On Mauna Kea, Two Telescopes Are Coming Down Screenshot: California Institute of Technology

As TMT Works To Build On Mauna Kea, Two Telescopes Are Coming Down

More telescopes are expected to be decommissioned according to a plan that seeks to do a better job of managing the mauna.

Some Hawaii Schools Have Not Yet Launched A Free Covid-19 Testing Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Hawaii Schools Have Not Yet Launched A Free Covid-19 Testing Program

Implementation requires swift coordination by schools and complex areas, and some just don’t have the staff to administer tests and send them to labs.

Hawaii’s High Cost Of Living Just Keeps Getting Higher Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s High Cost Of Living Just Keeps Getting Higher

Rising gasoline and housing prices are driving up living costs for isle families, offsetting wage gains that had appeared to offer a bright spot in a tepid economic recovery.

September 23, 2021

Honolulu Police Commission Seeks Public’s Help In Search For New Police Chief Honolulu Police Commission

Honolulu Police Commission Seeks Public’s Help In Search For New Police Chief

The Honolulu Police Commission is urging the community to send in presentations and testimony regarding the search for the new police chief.

State Reverses Course, Opts To Keep Dillingham Airfield Open Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Reverses Course, Opts To Keep Dillingham Airfield Open

The move allows skydivers, gliders and other general aviation businesses to keep operating on the North Shore.

Come October, Phone Calls In Hawaii Will Require Area Code Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Come October, Phone Calls In Hawaii Will Require Area Code

The FCC ordered the change to accommodate calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Small Island States Call For Aid, Action YouTube/AOSIS Media

Small Island States Call For Aid, Action

Issues are being raised ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Veteran Hawaii Republican John Carroll Dead At 91 Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat/2018

Veteran Hawaii Republican John Carroll Dead At 91

He served the local GOP as party chair and in the state Legislature.

Ua Pohihihi Ko OHA Moʻohelu Kālā I Kekahi Hulihia E Hiki Mai Ana   Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Ua Pohihihi Ko OHA Moʻohelu Kālā I Kekahi Hulihia E Hiki Mai Ana  

He ʻiʻini ko The Office of Hawaiian Affairs e hāʻawi kālā ma o nā palapala haʻawina kālā i nā hui me ka hoʻēmi ʻana i kona hoʻolilo kālā ʻana aku.

Here’s Why Hawaii Is A Model For Identifying Pandemic Racial Disparities Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why Hawaii Is A Model For Identifying Pandemic Racial Disparities

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are often lumped together, which makes it impossible to see how distinct communities are experiencing the pandemic.

Big Island Police Killings Often Involve Troubled Victims And Guns — And The Number Has Spiked Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

Big Island Police Killings Often Involve Troubled Victims And Guns — And The Number Has Spiked

Compared to Honolulu, people who died in police shootings were often armed with guns themselves. Many also suffered from mental illness and substance abuse.