On August 3, Hawaiʻi public schools are scheduled to return to in-person instruction. Among the concerns: Will social distancing and mask wearing protocols remain in place? Are there precautions and protocols for unvaccinated students? What is the plan for those still uncomfortable returning to campus?
Thirteen years ago the state set a goal to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045. At the time, it was viewed as ambitious, but doable. How close are we to achieving that goal? What are we doing differently now?
More than half of the state’s population are fully vaccinated. Nearly 70 percent have received at least one shot. However, the pace of vaccinations has slowed to a crawl.
The Hawaiʻi State Legislature started this year’s session uncertain how it would fund anything, given the dire predictions of a $1.4 billion budget shortfall. However, the economic outlook improved with a new influx of federal dollars and a quicker than expected rebound in tourism.
Honolulu’s rail system was supposed to have begun service in 2020. It is not only still not running, it is way over budget and there are no specific dates about when service may start. A multitude of problems ranging from leadership changes, poor planning and defective parts continues to substantially raise the price tag and delay further construction. So what now? Where will the money come from to finish the project and where exactly will the rail line end?
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