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Hawaiian Airlines Is Holding Off On More Layoffs — For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Airlines Is Holding Off On More Layoffs — For Now

The state’s largest private employer has said it will delay plans for a large lay off, even as changes to Hawaii’s travel policy remain in limbo.

‘Lost Year’ Clouds Hawaii’s Economic Outlook Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Lost Year’ Clouds Hawaii’s Economic Outlook

State officials expect the Hawaii economy will grow by a seemingly healthy 2.7% in 2021, but some economists say year-over-year comparisons are misleading.

Hawaii’s Summer Tourism Season Is Looking Promising Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Summer Tourism Season Is Looking Promising

But economists say state officials need to do more to help the economy recover, including better messaging and loosening tight travel rules.

‘We’re Really Celebrating Tier 3’: Honolulu Eases Restrictions On Businesses Eric Rosso/Yoga Room Hawaii

‘We’re Really Celebrating Tier 3’: Honolulu Eases Restrictions On Businesses

But for some local businesses the lifting of some pandemic rules comes too late.

Hawaii Health Director Says 3 More Weeks For Next Vaccination Phase Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Health Director Says 3 More Weeks For Next Vaccination Phase

Dr. Libby Char told lawmakers mid March is the soonest people age 70 and older will be able to get in line for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Is The End In Sight? And How Will We Know It? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is The End In Sight? And How Will We Know It?

Vaccinations are key to how soon state and local officials will feel comfortable easing back restrictions on travel as well as business and social activities.

Senate Panel Kills Beef Bill Courtesy: Parker Ranch

Senate Panel Kills Beef Bill

Senators were concerned the bill, aimed at keeping one company from dominating the processing industry, was unconstitutional.

 

Beefing Over Control Of Hawaii’s Meat Processing Industry Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Beefing Over Control Of Hawaii’s Meat Processing Industry

A bill scheduled to be heard Wednesday targets an investor who has gained control of 70% of Hawaii’s meat processing capacity.

Embattled Agribusiness Corporation Has Powerful Friends Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Embattled Agribusiness Corporation Has Powerful Friends

Lawmakers plan to vote next week on a measure to dissolve the Agribusiness Development Corp.