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                                Honolulu Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi
Editorial: City Council conflicts

Complaints about conflicts of interests are a recurring theme at Honolulu Hale. It’s no secret that special interests — developers and labor unions in particular — work hard to get the mayor and the nine members of the City Council to support their projects. Read more

                                Murphy’s Bar & Grill will be reopening its new outdoor eating area next Monday. The space originally opened in August but was closed after the second lockdown. Owner Don Murphy (pictured) said that it will be open Monday thru Friday, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Editorial: Help restaurants stay in business

As Honolulu tries for a second time to recover from COVID-19’s crushing impact on the kamaaina economy, restaurants are now reopening — as they did the first time — with tables set at least 6 feet apart and protective partitions in place for dining at 50% capacity. Read more

                                Beretania Florist owner takes down the “Closed” sign on the door at the shop.
Editorial: Reopen gradually, but also steadily

Coming off a monthlong reset, the framework for Honolulu’s new plan to curb COVID-19 spread sensibly stresses reopening at a more conservative pace — one in which opportunity for month-to-month gains through the rest of the year hinge on two criteria: the number of daily cases reported and test positivity rate. Read more

                                The Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home.
Editorial: Strict oversight for Hilo nursing home

In an effort to stop the worst coronavirus outbreak at a Hawaii nursing home — the deadliest of any local hot spot — it’s finally encouraging that a 20-member U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs “tiger team” is now assembled at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. Read more

                                Lyra Matthews swiped her credit card as she checked in at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort on Wednesday. Matthews was visiting with her twin sons, Aden and Adonis, right, from Sacramento, Calif. Assisting Matthews was Outrigger guest representative Malamalama Suyat.
Editorial: Letting tourists back in, carefully

Shortly after Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday that the state’s pre-travel testing program will start in mid-October, the Hawaii Tourism Authority issued a statement indicating the visitor industry will be ready to roll, having established protocols to ensure the safety of residents and workforce who will be welcoming COVID-19-negative travelers. Read more

John De Fries
Editorial: A new tourism chief

It was wholly disheartening when in June, with Hawaii’s economy and tourism industry collapsed due to the pandemic, the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s CEO decided it was time to say aloha. As in, see you later, Hawaii — time to retire to Colorado. Read more

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