January 2021

January 15, 2021

Contractor Sentenced In Army Corruption Scheme In Hawaii Ryan Jenkins/U.S. Army

Contractor Sentenced In Army Corruption Scheme In Hawaii

John Winslett bribed Army officials with cash, cars and guns to win lucrative construction contracts in Hawaii, Justice Department said.

Hawaii Board of Ed Denies Petition That Led to Sunshine Lawsuit PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Board of Ed Denies Petition That Led to Sunshine Lawsuit

A Kahuku mother sought to require the Department of Education to hear community members’ concerns before commenting on projects’ environmental impacts.

Soldier Arrested In Woman’s Death At Schofield Barracks, Army Says U.S. Army

Soldier Arrested In Woman’s Death At Schofield Barracks, Army Says

The woman has been identified as 25-year-old Selena Roth, a military wife and Army veteran.

Hawaii Judiciary Launches Virtual Series On Racial Inequity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Judiciary Launches Virtual Series On Racial Inequity

The series will feature sessions on data and criminal justice, implicit bias training and webinars related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Congresswoman Concerned About Hawaii Pandemic Response Got No Answers From Ige Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Congresswoman Concerned About Hawaii Pandemic Response Got No Answers From Ige

Questions about testing and contact tracing in Hawaii were left unanswered.

How COVID-19 Could Be Much Worse In 2021 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How COVID-19 Could Be Much Worse In 2021

Policymakers need to do more to prepare for a mutated virus.

HAWAII VIRUS TRACKER — Jan. 15: 150 New COVID-19 Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HAWAII VIRUS TRACKER — Jan. 15: 150 New COVID-19 Cases

An increasing number of cases have been diagnosed among people aged 18 to 44, data show.

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Told To Stay Away From DC Or Face Another Arrest Screen shot

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Told To Stay Away From DC Or Face Another Arrest

Nicholas Ochs was part of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

No More ‘Gifts Of Aloha’ For State Lawmakers Anthony Quintano

No More ‘Gifts Of Aloha’ For State Lawmakers

A ban on food items and other items of nominal value affects state officials and the business of lobbyists.

Capitol Siege Raises Questions Of White Supremacist Infiltration Of US Police Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Capitol Siege Raises Questions Of White Supremacist Infiltration Of US Police

There is a long history of racism in U.S. policing which may have contributed to the violence on Jan. 6.

Getting Consent From Seniors Poses Barrier To COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Getting Consent From Seniors Poses Barrier To COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

The elderly are most at risk, but for those with dementia, getting consent can be complicated.

January 14, 2021

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools

Some lawmakers questioned the project, with one calling the maintenance costs a “nightmare.”

Auditor: State Agriculture Agency Is Failing To Fulfill Mission Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Auditor: State Agriculture Agency Is Failing To Fulfill Mission

After 25 years, the Agribusiness Development Corp. hasn’t helped Hawaii re-fashion former sugar and pineapple plantations into viable economic engines, audit says.

Hawaii’s National Guard Is Sending 200 Troops To Help Secure Inauguration Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s National Guard Is Sending 200 Troops To Help Secure Inauguration

The Hawaii Guardsmen will join troops from across the country in providing security amid fears of more violence after a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol.

New Honolulu Mayor, Same Pandemic Tier System For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Honolulu Mayor, Same Pandemic Tier System For Now

Team sports will continue to be prohibited, and bars will stay closed.

Malakas Na Tinatamaan Ng Pandemya Ang Komunidad Ng Mga Pilipino Sa Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Malakas Na Tinatamaan Ng Pandemya Ang Komunidad Ng Mga Pilipino Sa Hawaii

Disproporsyonado na nagkakasakit ang mga Pilipino dulot ng bayrus at humantong ito sa malawakang pagkawala ng hanapbuhay.

HAWAII VIRUS TRACKER — Jan. 14: 179 New COVID-19 Cases And Six Deaths Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HAWAII VIRUS TRACKER — Jan. 14: 179 New COVID-19 Cases And Six Deaths

Triple digit case counts continue as the state plans to open its first mass vaccination center Monday.

Autopsy: Hawaii’s Longest Serving Prison Inmate Died Of COVID-19 Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Autopsy: Hawaii’s Longest Serving Prison Inmate Died Of COVID-19

George Shimabuku, 84, is one of four Hawaii prisoners serving time in Arizona who died with the disease.

Kahele Presses For Full Investigation Of Military Insurrectionists Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Kahele Presses For Full Investigation Of Military Insurrectionists

The congressman, who is in the Hawaii National Guard, sent a letter to the heads of the DOJ and Defense Department to find out what punitive options are available in addition to criminal prosecution.

New Boulder Barriers Aim To Protect Monk Seals From Illegal Off-Roading Rachel Zalucki/Civil Beat

New Boulder Barriers Aim To Protect Monk Seals From Illegal Off-Roading

Trucks disrupting seals resting on the sand have been a problem for years at Wawamalu. The new barriers aim to stop that.