Volcano Watch: HVO’s new website is more accessible and mobile-friendly (West Hawaii Today)

West Hawaii Today: Volcano Watch: HVO’s new website is more accessible and mobile-friendly. “On the full-sized version (using a tablet or computer), users can still access Hawaiian volcanoes information and data via a menu of options viewed on the left-hand side of the screen, with a list of shortcuts to our most popular pages available on the right-hand side. News items are listed at the bottom of the homepage. The new website maintains the dynamic data streams — seismic maps, deformation plots, and webcam imagery of Hawaiian volcanoes — of the old website.”

University of Hawaii: New UHERO tool tracks pulse of Hawaiʻi’s economy

University of Hawaii: New UHERO tool tracks pulse of Hawaiʻi’s economy. “The University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) in UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences has launched a new tool that captures the state’s evolving economic landscape during COVID-19. The UHERO Economic Pulse index considers 18 factors, such as the number of deplaning passengers in Hawaiʻi, percentage of businesses open relative to January 2020, continuing claims of unemployment insurance benefits and average level of job postings relative to January 4–31, 2020.”

Honolulu Civil Beat: The Pandemic Is Changing How Hawaii Gets Its Food

Honolulu Civil Beat: The Pandemic Is Changing How Hawaii Gets Its Food. “As Hawaii residents scramble to ride out the financial storm of COVID-19, a staggering number of people now find themselves facing food insecurity. As a result, many residents are acquiring food differently — trading and bartering for groceries, fishing or hunting more, planting gardens, scoring food giveaways from farms and buying produce from roadside tents or on Instagram and Facebook Marketplace.”

Politico: Court rebukes Justice Department move in Hawaii quarantine case

Politico: Court rebukes Justice Department move in Hawaii quarantine case. “A judge appointed by President Donald Trump has rebuffed the administration’s bid to bolster a lawsuit challenging Hawaii’s strict quarantine rules for those arriving from out-of-state. The unexpected move by U.S. District Court Judge Jill Otake in Honolulu appears to be the first serious judicial resistance to the drive that Attorney General William Barr announced in April to scrutinize state and local lockdown measures aimed at containing the coronavirus.”

ABC News: Hawaii grapples with Great Depression-level unemployment as tourism plummets

ABC News: Hawaii grapples with Great Depression-level unemployment as tourism plummets. “Peter Yee has been furloughed from his job at a rental car company since late March, and now says he spends up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week answering questions and sharing advice in the Facebook group, ‘Hawaii Unemployment Updates and Support Group.’ In just a matter of weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the economy of the picturesque town of Kahului on the island of Maui where Yee lives.”

Honolulu Civil Beat: New Website Matches People In Need With People Who Can Help

Honolulu Civil Beat: New Website Matches People In Need With People Who Can Help. “There’s an unprecedented urgent need among people who’ve lost their jobs or can’t pay the rent. It’s matched by a swell in the number of people who want to help. But matching charitable organizations with donors who want to fund their initiatives normally doesn’t happen fast. And the whirlpool of needs and resources can be difficult to navigate.”

Pacific Business Journal: Restaurant database now includes new section for farmers markets, local food producers

Pacific Business Journal: Restaurant database now includes new section for farmers markets, local food producers. “Hawaii Agricultural Foundation continues to expand its efforts to support the food industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the nonprofit launched a new addition to its Food-A-Go-Go platform, Food-A-Go-Go Farms, in an effort to help local farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Just as Food-A-Go-Go lists restaurants that are open for take-out, delivery and pickup, the new database compiles info on farmers markets and local growers. Food-A-Go-Go Farms also features other food producers in two categories — Aloha Inside for food products made in Hawaii, and Local Inside, which refers to products made with local ingredients.”

Hawaii News Now: Entrepreneurs launch website to collect data, provide info on coronvirus in Hawaii

Hawaii News Now: Entrepreneurs launch website to collect data, provide info on coronvirus in Hawaii. “A group of entrepreneurs with Hawaii ties is launching a new website to provide information to the public — and to gather data on the spread of COVID-19 in the islands. The ‘Hawaii Towards Zero’ website was developed by Traven Watase, Rose Wong, Denise Sangalang and Leo Koloamatangi. Their site will include links ranging from local businesses to health advice and financial tips for those affected by the coronavirus.”

Pacific Business News: Chamber of Commerce Hawaii launches COVID-19 resource website for businesses

Pacific Business News: Chamber of Commerce Hawaii launches COVID-19 resource website for businesses. “The new microsite will be a hub for Island businesses to exchange information about COVID-19 including impacts, solutions and collaborative efforts. The microsite includes a Frequently Asked Questions page for businesses, a forum for companies to share stories and solutions, and a Q&A feature that will connects business owners with an expert analyst.”

KHON: Creative couple comes together to create Hawaiian-language themed cartoon

KHON: Creative couple comes together to create Hawaiian-language themed cartoon. “A creative couple used their family as inspiration for a passion project that teaches kids about island culture. Mom is a singer, dad a graphic designer. They merged their creativity to create a labor of love: Makaʻiwa Keiki.” It’s a YouTube channel to teach kids Hawaiian language. I can easily imagine absentmindedly singing the counting to ten song, but I’ll have to play the ʻHead-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toesʻ Song at quarter-speed to learn to say “toes.”

Hawaii Tech: Digital archive of Hawaii literature goes online

Hawaii Tech: Digital archive of Hawaii literature goes online. “Out-of-print and rare titles from Bamboo Ridge Press will now be available free online, thanks to a digitization project funded in part by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities…. At present, only a few digitized books are available as Bamboo Ridge Press secures the required permissions from authors. More issues will be added as the publisher continues to obtain over forty years of reprint permissions from hundreds of writers in Hawaii and across the globe.”

State of Hawaii: State Unveils New Online Tool to Assess Potential of Contaminated Sites for Renewable Energy Development

State of Hawaii: State Unveils New Online Tool to Assess Potential of Contaminated Sites for Renewable Energy Development. “The State of Hawaii has launched a new online mapping tool as part of its Hawaii Brightfields Initiative that will make it easier for land owners, developers, community members, and policymakers to assess the renewable energy potential of contaminated sites and other previously developed parcels statewide in support of Hawaii’s clean energy future.”

Honolulu Civil Beat: This Facebook Campaign Is Teaching Tourists How To Behave In Hawaii

Honolulu Civil Beat: This Facebook Campaign Is Teaching Tourists How To Behave In Hawaii. “With tourists increasingly lured to Hawaii by beachside Instagram selfies and Facebook stories depicting a tropical island paradise, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is using the tools for a campaign aimed not at luring visitors to Hawaii, but letting them know how to behave once they’re here.” A deeper dive than I expected, and an interesting read.

Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Resources For Learning About Protests Against The Telescope In Hawaii

Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Resources For Learning About Protests Against The Telescope In Hawaii. “You may have seen recent media attention to protests by Native Hawaiians against a decision to build a telescope there. I thought it was definitely worth a ‘Best’ list, especially with the The International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People coming up.”