November 2020

November 20, 2020

HPD Suspends COVID-19 Patrols After Audit Finds Overtime Violations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Suspends COVID-19 Patrols After Audit Finds Overtime Violations

Records show that two officers recorded more than 300 hours of overtime from Sept. 27 to Oct. 31. That translates to 65 hours of overtime each week.

Hawaii Could Get COVID-19 Vaccine As Early As December Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii Could Get COVID-19 Vaccine As Early As December

First responders and health care workers will get access to the vaccine first, followed by the elderly and people with chronic health conditions.

Blangiardi Names Transition Team, Seeks Job Applicants

Blangiardi Names Transition Team, Seeks Job Applicants

The mayor-elect of Honolulu has launched a jobs portal to find viable candidates.

Hawaii Pacific Islanders Are Twice As Likely To Be Hospitalized For COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Pacific Islanders Are Twice As Likely To Be Hospitalized For COVID-19

Chuukese, Marshallese and Samoan residents have been getting the deadly virus at the highest rates.

City Is ‘Looking At Everything’ To Avoid Layoffs Or Pay Cuts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Is ‘Looking At Everything’ To Avoid Layoffs Or Pay Cuts

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration will make final decisions by the end of the year in an attempt to close a $400 million budget shortfall.

Only Lawmakers Can Fix Hawaii’s Mask Mandate. What Are They Waiting For? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Only Lawmakers Can Fix Hawaii’s Mask Mandate. What Are They Waiting For?

With the nation entering a “dark winter” of the pandemic, it doesn’t make sense to hold off until the new year to change a state law.

Here’s Why The Health Department Says It Takes 36 Hours To Post COVID-19 Case Numbers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why The Health Department Says It Takes 36 Hours To Post COVID-19 Case Numbers

Weekly trends are more important to pay attention to than daily numbers, health officials say.

November 19, 2020

Pre-Travel Test Results Delayed? Get Ready To Quarantine For 2 Weeks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pre-Travel Test Results Delayed? Get Ready To Quarantine For 2 Weeks

Gov. David Ige tightened restrictions as Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell cast doubt on the state’s surveillance program.

DOE Chief: $100M Budget Reduction Could Be ‘Decimating’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Chief: $100M Budget Reduction Could Be ‘Decimating’

School leaders are preparing contingency plans due to huge funding shortfalls brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Report: Hawaii Is Still Heavily Dependent On Fossil Fuels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Hawaii Is Still Heavily Dependent On Fossil Fuels

Three-quarters of electric production came from petroleum and coal in 2019.

Major COVID-19 Outbreak Hits Pearl Harbor Warship Diana Quinlan/U.S. Navy

Major COVID-19 Outbreak Hits Pearl Harbor Warship

Most of the sailors who tested positive were expected to leave isolation this weekend and return to duty.

Senate Confirms Todd Eddins To Hawaii Supreme Court Screenshot Hawaii Senate

Senate Confirms Todd Eddins To Hawaii Supreme Court

The lawmaker in charge of vetting judicial candidates noted Eddins’ vast legal experience.

Pacific Islanders Can’t Return Home During COVID-19 — Even To Bury Their Loved Ones Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pacific Islanders Can’t Return Home During COVID-19 — Even To Bury Their Loved Ones

Indigenous burial traditions were already threatened by economic pressures and changing cultures. Then the pandemic struck.

Neal Milner: Don’t Let Political Polls Drive You Crazy Getty Images/iStockphoto

Neal Milner: Don’t Let Political Polls Drive You Crazy

People often give meaning to the numbers when there is none. This election proves that.

Has Saguaro Prison Failed To Protect Hawaii Inmates From COVID-19? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Has Saguaro Prison Failed To Protect Hawaii Inmates From COVID-19?

UPDATED. More than half of the state’s inmates serving time at the Arizona facility were infected, and one inmate was confirmed to have died Tuesday.

Let’s Align State Budgets With Values That Oppose Oppression Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Let’s Align State Budgets With Values That Oppose Oppression

Hawaii’s public schools and university system in particular can and must do more to address systemic racism and sexism.

November 18, 2020

New Honolulu Police Commissioner Pushes For More Info On Use Of Force Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Honolulu Police Commissioner Pushes For More Info On Use Of Force

A newly installed police commissioner asked the chief to explain why force is being used more often by Honolulu officers.