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Judge Denies Request To Lift Hawaii’s Travel Quarantine Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Denies Request To Lift Hawaii’s Travel Quarantine

Plaintiffs seeking to immediately allow unrestricted travel to the islands said the COVID-19 virus didn’t create an emergency.

Judge Delays Ruling On Request To Lift Quarantine Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Judge Delays Ruling On Request To Lift Quarantine

The case appears to turn on how much discretion the federal court will give Gov. David Ige to respond to a public health crisis.

Honolulu Fire Chief’s Plan For A New Rescue Unit Ignites Controversy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Fire Chief’s Plan For A New Rescue Unit Ignites Controversy

All six rescue captains are protesting, accusing the chief of retaliation against them. And a City Council member now wants to limit his ability to move forward quickly.

Hawaii Economic Chief: Tourism Is ‘Who We Are’ And Must Be Rebuilt Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Economic Chief: Tourism Is ‘Who We Are’ And Must Be Rebuilt

But Mike McCartney acknowledged his agency still has not come up with a plan to address the short-term economic crisis facing the state.

Hawaii’s Highest Court Is Pushing Back On How Police Interrogate Suspects Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Highest Court Is Pushing Back On How Police Interrogate Suspects

The Hawaii Supreme Court on Thursday reined in what police officers can say to suspects in order to elicit confessions.

Economic Development Officials Outline Recovery Plan OLELO

Economic Development Officials Outline Recovery Plan

After twice refusing to speak to lawmakers, officials in charge of growing Hawaii’s economy explained plans to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Reports: Thousands More Likely To Soon Suffer Severe Financial Hardship In Hawaii Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Reports: Thousands More Likely To Soon Suffer Severe Financial Hardship In Hawaii

Two recent reports predict tougher times ahead when federal relief money runs out in another few weeks.

Hawaii Economy Faces ‘A Long Slow Road Back’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Economy Faces ‘A Long Slow Road Back’

A wave of restaurant failures and bankruptcies is expected in the fall.

Vacation Rental Owners Are Threatening To Sue Over Shutdown Reid Nakamura

Vacation Rental Owners Are Threatening To Sue Over Shutdown

A Honolulu land-use lawyer has sent letters to four island mayors saying local rules related to COVID-19 violate constitutional rights of property owners.