Occupancy grows at Hawaii short-term vacation rentals, outpacing hotels

(Honolulu, HI) – Since October, Hawaii’s vacation rental market has come back from the COVID-19 shutdown, outperforming statewide hotel occupancy every month.

Updates to Hawaii’s unemployment programs include appointment system for claimants to talk with staff

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) has announced updates to Hawaii’s unemployment insurance and assistance benefits, as well as improvements to help claimants get in touch with staff.

Shutdowns happened almost overnight. Digging out, Hawaii businesses say, will take time.

(Honolulu, HI) – Many of the businesses hurting the most rely on tourism dollars. It is the state’s top economic driver and hotels were shuttered for months. Their employees were laid off, waiting for visitors to return.

Nely Reinante was among them. The mother of three was laid off from her housekeeping position at the Hilton Hawaiian Village more than a year ago. (Read more..)

Union workers had more job security during the pandemic, but unionization remains historically low

One of the central pillars of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan for economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is to dismantle the barriers to union organizing and collective bargaining. New data on unionization from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (Read More)

Hawaiʻi Hotel Workers Held Statewide Event: Spread Aloha, Not COVID

With the recent surge in tourists to Hawaiʻi, hundreds of UNITE HERE Local 5 members waved signs and passed out out informational leaflets on O’ahu, Maui and Kaua’i to urge visitors and the public to “Spread Aloha, not COVID.” (Read More)

Hawaii’s Rush To Vaccinate Has Led To A Patchwork System With Little Policing

Phase 1b was supposed to include only “frontline” essential workers but it has largely been left to interpretation