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Editorial: Transparency key to vaccine success

After nine months of attempting to fend off the spread of COVID-19 while armed with infection testing and basic public hygiene protocols, this week’s delivery of the first trays of vaccine rightly stirs high hopes for 2021 bringing more restoration of pre-pandemic life and economic recovery. Read more

                                Honolulu police are seen outside Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Recent rises in cases of covid-19 among the inmates and staff have caused minor uprisings as tensions flare.
Editorial: Investigate COVID outbreak at prison

With Hawaii now receiving its first deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines, there’s no argument about forming the immunization line behind health-care workers with direct exposure to coronavirus patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities. But a potentially controversial question is how to prioritize subsequent groups. Read more

                                Workers sit at their stations at the City’s contact tracing and call center headquarters on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Editorial: Protect viability of contact tracing

With COVID-19 infections surging to staggering counts on the U.S. mainland — including in West Coast states that serve as key markets for Hawaii tourism — it seems counter-intuitive for the state Health Department (DOH) to be scaling back its lineup of workers dedicated to contact tracing. Read more

                                A vial with Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a medical room, in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.
Editorial: Major development for COVID vaccine

For those on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic — and those hit hardest by it — there’s good reason to hope that a vaccine is fast-approaching, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration weighs emergency approval for the two front-runners. Read more

Editorial: Keep Giving Tuesday going

Amid COVID-19, this holiday season’s Black Friday began well before Thanksgiving, as struggling retailers jumped in early. And Cyber Monday’s cachet was diminished after many cyber months of pandemic-induced online commerce. Read more

                                Travelers pass through the Terminal 1 security check point at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Editorial: Travel rule shifts disrupt tourism

Hawaii leaders want the islands’ tourism industry to survive but are making that objective harder to achieve. The long-delayed Safe Travels pre-travel testing program — with its rules now shifting — has created a measure of chaos that has frustrated businesses depending on visitor spending supporting their bottom line. Read more

                                Eighth grade math teacher Stephanie Oshiro and her husband installed plexiglass barriers on student desks in her classroom at Waialua High & Intermediate School. Many classrooms have the shields on teachers’ desks.
Editorial: Distance learning not looking good

In October, shortly after Hawaii’s public schools started their 2020-21 second quarter, the state released data showing that only 10% of K-12 students were receiving in-person instruction daily, with younger students getting the most time on campus. Read more

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