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Anita Hofschneider

59% Of Hawaii Households Lost Income Since March 13 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

59% Of Hawaii Households Lost Income Since March 13

Compared with other states, Hawaii had more households say they lost income and expect to lose more during the pandemic.

Hawaii Reopened Its Civil Rights Office. But Investigations Are Still Stalled Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Reopened Its Civil Rights Office. But Investigations Are Still Stalled

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, the commission faced a growing backlog of cases.

Virtual Commencement Ceremony Will Honor Pacific Islander Students

Virtual Commencement Ceremony Will Honor Pacific Islander Students

The event is open to all graduating students from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia and the deadline to register is Friday, May 22.

Hawaii Medicaid Applications Soar Amid Widespread Job Losses Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Medicaid Applications Soar Amid Widespread Job Losses

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fragility of Hawaii’s acclaimed health insurance system that relies on employer-sponsored plans.

First COVID-19 Cases Reported In Hawaii Public Housing

First COVID-19 Cases Reported In Hawaii Public Housing

Though DOH confirmed the first case “at least a couple of weeks ago,” the head of the Public Housing Authority said he was first informed Monday.

Yale Report Says Guam Vets Likely Exposed To Agent Orange Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yale Report Says Guam Vets Likely Exposed To Agent Orange

The new report conflicts with a federal analysis that found no evidence of the toxin on the island.

Marshallese Community In Iowa Struggles With COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Marshallese Community In Iowa Struggles With COVID-19

One community leader told a local paper that three Marshallese people have died of the virus in Dubuque County.

Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders Confront High Rates Of COVID-19 In Many States Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders Confront High Rates Of COVID-19 In Many States

In many Western states, as well as Arkansas which has a large Marshallese population, these communities have virus rates that far exceed their share of the population.

The Long Wait For Unemployment Checks Is Taking A Personal Toll Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Long Wait For Unemployment Checks Is Taking A Personal Toll

The state’s huge backlog of jobless claims has left many waiting weeks for benefits. For some, the loss of work has derailed dreams for starting over.