Economic Impacts

  The tourism floodgates have started to open. Some say Hawaii isn’t ready.

Tiare Lawrence, a community activist on Maui, said she isn’t blaming tourists for overcrowded beaches, roads and restaurants. She said the county and state failed to create a more balanced reopening plan.

  Oahu business owners say they’re disappointed in lack of clarity over COVID guidelines

Trying to reach the Unemployment Office? Appointments are now available

  Blangiardi says he’s ‘dead set against’ rolling Oahu back to Tier 2

As vaccinations ramp up, Kauai welcomes back trans-Pacific travelers

  Some improvements at Unemployment Office reported, but issues persist

After closing last year, Chart House Waikiki is back with a new look and a new menu

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  Bill that would provide rent relief to businesses advances in state Legislature

  $1,000 a day to rent a car? Low supply, surging demand are pushing up prices in Hawaii

  While businesses welcome a tourism boom, some worry it came too quickly

Labor director asks lawmakers for millions to expand unemployment services

  State unemployment office temporarily closes one of its call centers due to positive COVID-19 case

Hawaii House passes budget bill avoiding deep program cuts

  Experts: Uptick in spring break visitors a sign that tourism economy is on the mend

Hawaii continues to see high numbers of visitors for two weekends in a row. Still, the the amount of travelers is not at what it was pre-pandemic, but experts say Hawaii is on the way to recovery.

  Despite new ‘bot blocker,’ claimants still struggle to reach unemployment call center

The state’s Labor Department says its working to ensure there is a seamless transition into the next round of federal unemployment benefits.

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Hawaii reports 2 additional COVID deaths; 72 new cases

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

  Pause of single-dose J&J shots unlikely to have a major impact on Hawaii vaccination efforts

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

  Hawaii stops administering single-dose J&J vaccine amid federal ‘pause’

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

  The tourism floodgates have started to open. Some say Hawaii isn’t ready.

Hawaii reports 64 new COVID cases; no additional fatalities