September 2020

September 17, 2020

Honest Conversations Needed Between Landlords And Tenants Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Honest Conversations Needed Between Landlords And Tenants

Even in a pandemic, landlords don’t want to evict good tenants and tenants want to pay their rent.

September 16, 2020

Hawaii Has Spent Only A Small Fraction Of CARES Act Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Has Spent Only A Small Fraction Of CARES Act Money

The state and neighbor island counties are required to expend nearly $863 million by the end of the year — or they will lose it.

Ige: Hawaii Will Launch Pre-Travel Testing Program Oct. 15 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: Hawaii Will Launch Pre-Travel Testing Program Oct. 15

The long-awaited program to let travelers bypass quarantine is set for next month, but state leaders did not have all the details ironed out on how it will work.

Leahi Hospital Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Leahi Hospital Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

No residents at the elderly care facility have tested positive for COVID-19 to date.

New Directors Named For Hawaii’s Labor Department Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Directors Named For Hawaii’s Labor Department

Scott Murakami left the pandemic-beleaguered agency earlier this year.

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council East District — Shane Sinenci

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council East District — Shane Sinenci

“I am proposing a Department of Agriculture for Maui County.”

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council East District — Claire Carroll

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council East District — Claire Carroll

“I would have not voted for a staff salary increase. It was inappropriate while a large part of our community remains unemployed.”

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council District 5 — Ikaika Rodenhurst

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council District 5 — Ikaika Rodenhurst

“Infrastructure is a critical component of our lives that is in dire need of improvement in Puna and Hawaii County.”

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council District 5 — Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council District 5 — Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder

“As one of the few small business owners on the council, my main concern is balancing our budget for at least the next two years.”

CARES-Funded Lab Hitting Delays In Delivering Coronavirus Tests Cory Lum/Civil Beat

CARES-Funded Lab Hitting Delays In Delivering Coronavirus Tests

The University of Hawaii’s lab is a key part of the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Military Plan To Move Munitions To West Loch Worries Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Military Plan To Move Munitions To West Loch Worries Public

The Army says the move will make munitions storage safer, but secrecy and the legacy of a wartime coverup from the past make neighbors of the project uneasy.

MidWeek Should Have Labeled Amemiya Story An Advertisement

MidWeek Should Have Labeled Amemiya Story An Advertisement

The blurring of the line between editorial and advertising is an unfortunate trend.

Lee Cataluna: Behold Honolulu’s Flip-Flopping Mayor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Behold Honolulu’s Flip-Flopping Mayor

The order allowing only solo use of city parks, beaches and trails hasn’t been reversed, but Mayor Kirk Caldwell has a track record of making plans and then taking it all back.

Is DOH Epidemiologist Jennifer Smith Legally Protected As A Whistleblower? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is DOH Epidemiologist Jennifer Smith Legally Protected As A Whistleblower?

Putting a worker on paid leave soon after she blew the whistle can be enough to establish a case under Hawaii’s law. But legal elements can be hard to prove.

September 15, 2020

Ige Signs Domestic Violence Bills, Vetoes 5 Others Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs Domestic Violence Bills, Vetoes 5 Others

The governor also signed several measures put forward by the women’s legislative caucus.

Navy Seeks Public Comments On New Submarine Dry Dock

Navy Seeks Public Comments On New Submarine Dry Dock

All public outreach will be online due to the pandemic.

VIRUS TRACKER — Sept. 15: 66 New Cases And 2 Deaths In Hawaii Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

VIRUS TRACKER — Sept. 15: 66 New Cases And 2 Deaths In Hawaii

The health department is waiting for medical records to confirm 25 coronavirus-related deaths.

Keith Amemiya Endorsed By Four More Honolulu City Council Members Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Keith Amemiya Endorsed By Four More Honolulu City Council Members

Five of the nine current council members are supporting Amemiya over former TV executive Rick Blangiardi.

14th Death Reported At Avalon’s Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home Tim Wright/Civil Beat

14th Death Reported At Avalon’s Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home

So far 68 residents and 30 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the skilled nursing facility.