July 2020

July 07, 2020

Spike In Covid-19 Cases Is A ‘Wake-Up Call’ For Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Spike In Covid-19 Cases Is A ‘Wake-Up Call’ For Residents

State officials reported 41 new cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic.

4th Honolulu Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

4th Honolulu Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

A mother and son tested positive as Hawaii hit its highest number of daily cases yet.

The Latest Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: A New, Aggressive Algae Species courtesy of NOAA/National Marine Sanctuaries

The Latest Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: A New, Aggressive Algae Species

The algae has swiftly spread like a thick mat off Pearl and Hermes Atoll, smothering and killing coral reefs there, researchers say.

Candidate Q&A: State House District 48 — Lisa Kitagawa

Candidate Q&A: State House District 48 — Lisa Kitagawa

“We need to reinvent the way we think about solutions to chronic problems that we have in our state, and start to focus on community-based solutions instead.”

Candidate Q&A: State House District 48 — Kau’i Pratt-Aquino

Candidate Q&A: State House District 48 — Kau’i Pratt-Aquino

“We can rebuild a budget and state government that is responsive to the needs of real people, not profits and corporate kickbacks. “

Candidate Q&A: State House District 41 — Matt LoPresti Gigi Lee Photography (www.GigiLee.org)

Candidate Q&A: State House District 41 — Matt LoPresti

“This economic crisis is the perfect time to leverage public land along the rail corridor for genuinely affordable housing.”

Candidate Q&A: State House District 41 — Mokihana Maldonado

Candidate Q&A: State House District 41 — Mokihana Maldonado

“My big idea is that we reinvent a segment of our economy by investing in a Hawaii Food & Conservation Corps.”

Candidate Q&A: State House District 49 — Michael Danner

Candidate Q&A: State House District 49 — Michael Danner

“I would start with a budget cut of 10% across the board.”

Trump Hotel In Waikiki Received Millions From Small Business Bailout Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trump Hotel In Waikiki Received Millions From Small Business Bailout

While President Donald Trump doesn’t own the property, he does license his name to the California company that does.

Advocates: Lack Of Interpreter Services At Unemployment Office Is Illegal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Advocates: Lack Of Interpreter Services At Unemployment Office Is Illegal

Immigrants and people who don’t speak English have had a hard time accessing unemployment benefits.

We Can Have It All: Ag, Public Access And Forest Protection Moana Bjur

We Can Have It All: Ag, Public Access And Forest Protection

But it requires Hawaii legislators to vote “no” on transferring DLNR lands to the DOA for pasture.

Does Hawaii Have A Grip On COVID-19? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Does Hawaii Have A Grip On COVID-19?

Health officials are expressing concern over a recent spike in cases, but say Hawaii has the capacity it needs to scale back the travel quarantine.

These Hawaii Businesses Got Federal Loans During The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These Hawaii Businesses Got Federal Loans During The Pandemic

The U.S. government finally released the names of companies participating in federal coronavirus relief programs after months of obfuscation.

July 06, 2020

DOE School Bus Passes Can Be Acquired Online Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE School Bus Passes Can Be Acquired Online

The Hawaii DOE is also adjusting school bus plan options to account for the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ige’s Tax, Budget Nominees Run Into Senate Opposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s Tax, Budget Nominees Run Into Senate Opposition

It comes at a time when both roles will play a crucial part in the state’s financial planning.

Candidate Q&A: State House District 1 — Lorraine Shin

Candidate Q&A: State House District 1 — Lorraine Shin

“I would evaluate the possibility of privatizing many of the departments in government with accountability, transparency and an annual report card.”

Hawaii Legislature Removes Police Exemption For Misconduct Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Removes Police Exemption For Misconduct Cases

The bill now goes to Gov. David Ige who can approve it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

Candidate Q&A: Office of Hawaiian Affairs At-Large Trustee — Keli’i Akina

Candidate Q&A: Office of Hawaiian Affairs At-Large Trustee — Keli’i Akina

“Everyone benefits from the betterment of conditions of the Hawaiian people.”

Candidate Q&A: Office of Hawaiian Affairs At-Large Trustee — Shane Palacat-Nelsen

Candidate Q&A: Office of Hawaiian Affairs At-Large Trustee — Shane Palacat-Nelsen

We could spend less time in courtrooms and spend more time investing in and developing our community.”

Candidate Q&A: Office of Hawaii Affairs At-Large Trustee — Jackie Burke

Candidate Q&A: Office of Hawaii Affairs At-Large Trustee — Jackie Burke

“We need to demand and receive fair compensation for military use of our lands, and compensate us for the ‘war machine’ that puts us all at ground zero.”