Gov. signs off on UI Tax relief

HONOLULU — Governor David Ige has signed a bill that will temporarily lower unemployment insurance rates for some businesses and nonprofits.

Red Cross officials recognize Hero, Volunteer of the Year

LIHU‘E — March is a time to honor the kindness of neighbors who aid families in need every day around the world. March is American Red Cross Month and acknowledged by Mayor Derek Kawakami with gratitude and appreciation to the American Red Cross, Kaua‘i Branch headed by Padric Gallagher.

Biden stands by May timeline for vaccines for all US adults

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two months earlier than anticipated — and he pushed states to get at least one shot into the arms of teachers by the end of March to hasten school reopenings.

Junior Achievement looking for volunteers

HONOLULU — Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i, whose mission is to educate and inspire students in kindergarten through 12th grade on the value of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business and economics to improve their quality life, is looking for 100 new volunteer teachers to join its cause by Monday, March 15.

Schools may be close to in-person learning

HONOLULU — The state Department of Education is considering the reopening of schools on Monday, March 22, according to officials who announced the target date in a press conference Tuesday.

Mayor Kawakami asks to rejoin Safe Travels

LIHU‘E — If approved, by the first week of April travelers coming to Kaua‘i may utilize the state’s single-pre-travel-test option to bypass a state-mandated quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test.

VOICES: Small business looks at minimum wage increase

Businesses on Kaua‘i have weathered many storms, but none have been quite as long or as devastating as the COVID-19 pandemic. As a small island community with limited resources and significantly lower visitor counts, local businesses have severely felt the brunt of the pandemic shutdowns.

Epidemiologist wants in-person classes

HONOLULU — Last Friday, Hawai‘i Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto released a statement of her plans to push for reopening of schools by the fourth quarter of this school year, which inspired the state epidemiologist that same day to write a letter to Sen. Brian Schatz and DOE colleagues in support of these efforts to reopen schools for in-person learning.

Minimum wage hike all but dead in big COVID relief bill

WASHINGTON — Democrats’ efforts to include a minimum wage increase in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill seemed all but dead Monday as Senate leaders prepared to begin debate on their own version of the House-passed aid package.

States easing virus restrictions despite experts’ warnings

MISSION, Kan. — With the U.S. vaccination drive picking up speed and a third formula on the way, states eager to reopen for business are easing coronavirus restrictions despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak is far from over and that moving too quickly could prolong the misery.