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Coronavirus clouds prospects for Hawaii’s mental health reforms Among the business Hawaii lawmakers left unfinished when they abruptly suspended the Legislature to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus were proposals to improve psychiatric care for the state’s mentally ill.

Chef group helps get food to hungry Foodland donated boxes of packaged meals. The Hilton Hawaiian Village sent 25 pallets of meat, fish and produce. Moku Kitchen and Nico’s Pier 38 donated more fish. Maui Nui Venison sent more than 500 pounds of deer meat.

Businesses continue changing with growing coronavirus outbreak As the growing COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend daily living in Hawaii, stores still open for business have also been forced to continue adjusting in response to government orders, the spread of the virus and changing customer habits.

Happy Bento operator sees silver lining in illness crisis Deanna Cornelius projects the calm and the kindness you’d expect from a person with a background of feeding children, seniors and the ill, and who runs an operation called The Happy Bento.

Courts getting creative to keep some cases moving Like every other phase of society, the state and federal courts have been forced to make adjustments as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Housing woes escalate Close to 100,000 Hawaii residents lost work this month, and for many the fear of losing their home has also arisen or may not be far off.

Ewa Beach family hoping for improvement and recovery The family of Lee-Jacob “Coby” Torda continued hoping for news of improvement Sunday from Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center where Torda was in a medically induced coma due to his battle with the new coronavirus.

The Time For RIMPAC Training In Hawaii Is Over - Honolulu Civil Beat With the unmatched resources provided to national militaries and the capacity built over 40 years, each of these militaries can put its hard work and capabilities to work by shoring up civilian institutions such as hospitals, testing centers, and morgues that are being pushed to the breaking point.

Suspension Of Hawaii's Open Government Laws More Extreme Than Other… More recently, Ige was lambasted for his decision to cut Lt. Gov. Josh Green - a medical doctor - out of the COVID-19 decision making process although the two have more recently smoothed out their differences and are working together again, they say. Even the state's first reported death turned out to be inaccurate.

Danny De Gracia: $1,200 Stimulus Check Won't Go Very Far In Hawaii In sum, the CARES Act's provisions that would stabilize the economy by sending checks directly to hard-hit families is really not a gift from Uncle Sam, but rather, an opportunity to keep more of one's money already earned.

Hawaii Schools Want To Keep Kids Engaged Until School Resumes Sorry, no talking story allowed. Keep traffic flowing." You're officially signed up for our daily newsletter, the Morning Beat. A confirmation email will arrive shortly. In the meantime, we have other newsletters that you might enjoy. Check the boxes for emails you'd like to receive.

Honolulu Council Axes Caldwell Budget Increases As Virus Concerns… Unnecessary, said Budget Chair Joey Manahan. Over $43 million for the Blaisdell Center? Absolutely not, several members said. "We need to get back to basics and figure out what we can do to manage the city's budget without having any inflated costs," Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi said.

Maui Now: Maui Obituary Notices: Week of March 29 Maui Obituary Notices: Week of March 29. May they Rest In Peace. Brought to you in part by Ballard Family Mortuaries.

Maui Now: Schatz Releases Guidance For Hawaiʻi Homeowners, Renters Homeowners with federally-backed mortgages can delay payments for a year. Moratorium on evictions for most renters until July.

Maui Now: Bill Aims to Help Small Businesses Cover Payroll, Expenses The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides relief for small businesses that have trouble covering payroll and operating expenses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Idol recap: 'Just Sam' blows away the judges in Hawaii as singers advance to the Top 20 Katy Perry's jaw dropped as she witnessed the total 'metamorphosis' of contestant Just Sam on Sunday's episode of American Idol. Sam, aka Samantha Diaz, a 21-year old subway busker, grew up in the projects in Harlem, New York, and had never figured that any aspect of her tough life would change.

Maui Now: Study: Maui Ranks #2 in US of Areas by Share of Jobs in Industries at High Risk from COVID-19 A new study by Brookings Institute ranks the metro area of Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina on Maui at number two in the nation by share of jobs in industries at high risk from COVID-19.

DOE Expands Grab-and-Go Student Meal Program For food safety, meals must be consumed by 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. Filed under: Hawaii, Health, Kids, State Affairs Tagged: - Coronavirus, COVID-19, Hawaii Lunch Program. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked. Comment.

Star Trek Picard Thoughts - Whisky Chats March 29, 2020March 29, 2020 Ricky Li 0 Comments @rickyli99, picard, reviews, whisky chats Share a dram of whisky with Ricky as he talks about the first season of Star Trek Picard, now available on CBS All Access. Not sponsored but it's free for a month now since everyone is stuck at home.

Maui Now: Mokulele Airlines Reduces Flights, Adjusts Schedule Despite a reduction in the number of flights, Mokulele will not eliminate service to any of its airports.

Postponement of Hawaii dental appointments recommended during coronavirus outbreak Got a dentist appointment?

What you can and cannot do when you're in lockdown, quarantine or shelter in place Across the US and Europe, the most severely stricken coronavirus areas can teach us what to expect.

University of Hawaii researchers identify drug that may help COVID-19 patients Sleep-inducing drugs may be beneficial in treating patients infecting with COVID-19, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine and colleagues in Wuhan, China.

YMCA will provide child care for essential workers Three YMCA’s Leeward, Nuuanu and Windward branches will be providing childcare for essential workers starting Monday.

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