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.

Getting Pa‘ula‘ula ready for the King

WAIMEA — The Friends of King Kaumuali‘i invite the community of Kaua‘i to join them Saturday when the group does a community clean-up day at Pa‘ula‘ula, more commonly known as the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Park.

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.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Happy Girls Day, Kaua‘i! What about the guys? Bobby Kubota of Pono Market (Serena Tangelder was busy cleaning the windows next door at Hele On Kaua‘i) wanted to know after seeing the Women’s History Essay Contest 2021 poster by the Kaua‘i County Committee on the Status of Women on the front door. Bobby said gotta go in the morning to hear the Dallas Grady and Art Fujita stories.

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.

HOOSER: Political labels and the man under the bridge

A “radical centrist” is how I’ve recently taken to describing myself and my politics. Needless to say, I’ve taken flack from progressive friends on the left who see centrists as the enemy, blue dogs and regressive corporatists in hiding.

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.

Kapaia Scholarship available

LIHU‘E — The Kapaia Foundation has announced a $1,000 academic scholarship available to a graduating high school senior on Kaua‘i who demonstrates qualities passed on from Hawai‘i’s sugar plantation era workers.

‘Ohana gets in the win column

LIHU‘E — The ‘Ohana found the winners’ column on Saturday during the Kaua‘i Senior Softball league games being contested at the ‘Ele‘ele and Wailua fields.

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.

Sea urchins take on invasive seaweed

The first hatchery-raised sea urchins outplanted in Kane‘ohe Bay are 10 years old, and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit and state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources celebrated the milestone anniversary.