The Hawai’i Supreme Court has extended the deadline for bar exam applicants to decide whether to take an in-person exam or delay the test because of concerns regarding the coronavirus. The original deadline was July 28, but the high court is allowing applicants until September 9 to decide. The bar exam is scheduled for September 9 and 10. Those who delay the test would be able to obtain a provisional license that would be valid through July 1, 2022.
Wi-Fi is now available onboard the Kaua’i Bus. The County Transportation Agency, under the direction and support of Mayor Kawakami said free, public Wi-Fi is now available. The mayor said the majority of the fleet is now outfitted with Wi-Fi access points. He said the remainder of the fleet will be outfitted as vehicles are replaced later this year. More information is available by calling 246-8110.
During the weekend, the Kaua’i District Health Office reported that a Kaua’i resident who is currently on O’ahu has tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials confirm that the resident has been on O‘ahu for several weeks. Due to the timing of illness, this individual poses no risk to Kaua‘i residents and no Kaua‘i close contacts have been identified. This case is not considered an active case for Kaua‘i but will be counted toward the island’s cumulative total, bringing the total to 57. There are currently no confirmed active cases of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i.
County officials announce free public Wi-Fi is now available…onboard The Kaua‘i Bus. Most of the fleet of jitneys already have the gear onboard, now. The rest of the fleet, they say, will be fitted with wi-fi by year’s end. When you see that wi-fi sticker on the passenger door of the bus…just go to kauaibus in the password box and get going. Soon, you wont even need a password to log on during the journey.
The Waimea swimming pool is back open…repairs have been completed, officials say. Here’s the schedule…Tuesdays, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m….then Wed thru Fri, 7:30 to 3:45. And on Saturdays?…9:30 to 4:30.
The state Public Utilities Commission orders the continued suspension of service disconnections for Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative members…coronavirus. The suspension applies to both residential and commercial customers through the end of the year. KIUC members are reminded that bill payments have not been waived, and past-due amounts will grow over time if no payments are made. Officials encourage members to utilize the SmartHub service, to track daily energy use.
Here, on the island…a new business pilot program is looking for those who want to apply for a cohort business project. It is managed by a Northshore business and instructed by a college professor. The program has teamed with an area credit union, to help boost the agricultural economy and food and beverage industry on Kaua‘i. Common Ground of Kilauea’s incubator cohort program begins on Friday, Sept. 18, for start-up and small businesses…funded by a County Of Kaua‘i CARES Act grant.
The Hawai‘i Supreme Court issues a list, naming 10 Kaua’i County Community Correctional Center inmates released…coronavirus. The court agrees to the order for the release of inmates serving sentences of 18 months or less…as a condition of a felony deferral or probation, or pretrial detainees charged with a felony…all in an effort to keep exposure to COVID-19, low.
Kaua‘i Police is monitoring more than 1,300 people in quarantine on the island…right now. Officials tell reporters 1,605 people arrived in the state, 43 directly onto Kaua‘i. The numbers come from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority. Both trans-Pacific and interisland travelers are required to self-quarantine for two weeks. On Friday, the state announced the Safe Travels app will be mandatory for travelers on Sept. 1. The app collects health and travel information, digitizing the current paper process. The application will be provided to the state’s health department…the Attorney General…and county law enforcement.
Most public schools around the state will continue distance learning through the first quarter of the school year, which ends in October. Just before the start of school year, the Hawai’i Department of Education said most schools would provide distance learning for the first four weeks with students returning to the classrooms in mid-September. The teachers union has agreed with the DOE’s decision to extend the in-home learning period.