Anita Hofschneider is a reporter covering social issues for Civil Beat. She previously covered city and state politics, the environment, land use and housing. Her work has won multiple national, regional and local awards.
Prior to starting at Civil Beat, Anita covered the 2013 Hawaii legislative session for the Associated Press and interned at the Wall Street Journal in New York. She graduated from Harvard with honors in 2012 and is originally from the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
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A couple from Waianae will regain their house as well as $62,000.
Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders already face disproportionately high rates of diseases like diabetes.
Hawaii housing prices have shot up during the pandemic, with the median home price on Oahu exceeding $1 million.
Football game attendance will be capped at 1,000 people, and indoor weddings are still banned with outdoor weddings requiring masks.
If the proposal fails, reimbursement rates for the public health insurance program would revert to previous lower levels and put health services for low-income patients at risk.
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.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are often lumped together, which makes it impossible to see how distinct communities are experiencing the pandemic.
Hawaii still lags behind other states in how quickly the state processes initial unemployment payments.
National experts say that Hawaii could face federal scrutiny due to the wording of the plan.