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More Than Half Of Hawaii’s Inmates Have Been Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Than Half Of Hawaii’s Inmates Have Been Vaccinated Against COVID-19

But a breakdown of individual facilities shows mixed results, with 89% inoculated at the Kulani Correctional Facility and 23% at the jail in Hilo.

Ige: Lack Of Public Input Is Driving Concerns Over Bills — And Possible Vetoes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ige: Lack Of Public Input Is Driving Concerns Over Bills — And Possible Vetoes

The Hawaii governor is criticizing lawmakers’ failure to give the public or agencies a chance to comment before final votes on seven measures.

Hawaii Gov Intends To Veto Dozens Of Bills, Likely Triggering A Special  Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Gov Intends To Veto Dozens Of Bills, Likely Triggering A Special Session

Some controversial measures will become law, including long-term state lease extensions and a new Aloha Stadium proposal.

Hawaii Prison Officials Still Don’t Know How Many Inmates Are Vaccinated Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Prison Officials Still Don’t Know How Many Inmates Are Vaccinated

While the rest of the state hopes to achieve “herd immunity,” data on the at-risk inmate population gives no indication of when that might happen inside.

HART Asks The City To Borrow Up To $550 Million To Keep Rail Moving Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART Asks The City To Borrow Up To $550 Million To Keep Rail Moving

The rail authority has also been borrowing on its own to cover its costs and pay its contractors.

No Bid, No Problem? Hawaiian Telcom Lands A $25 Million State Broadband Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

No Bid, No Problem? Hawaiian Telcom Lands A $25 Million State Broadband Contract

Gov. David Ige says he wasn’t involved in the deal with a major campaign donor. But it’s raising questions about whether the contract should have been competitively bid.

Legislature Directs Federal Funds To Patch Up Hawaii’s Shaky Broadband System Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

Legislature Directs Federal Funds To Patch Up Hawaii’s Shaky Broadband System

Federal pandemic relief funding is slated to help pay for badly needed connectivity improvements, especially in rural areas of the state.

State Gets Another $20 Million In Lawsuit Over Software Failure Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

State Gets Another $20 Million In Lawsuit Over Software Failure

The state has already won $11 million through litigation over the botched transportation project by Ciber Inc.

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped

Rail authority CEO Lori Kahikina provided no details, but said she believes public interest in riding the train is still high.