(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. There won’t be any visitors, homeless people or medically fragile guests at the quarantine and isolation hotels set up by the city and state — and guests shouldn’t expect a typical hotel stay with services.
(KITV 4) – Hundreds of workers in tourism and hospitality could be permanently laid off.
(KITV 4) – By Annalisa Burgos. Audrey Gecain has been unemployed since April — furloughed from the Modern Honolulu hotel in Waikiki — she’s surviving on unemployment benefits and help from the Unite Here Local 5 union.
(KHON 2) – UNITE Local 5, the union that represents HMSHost workers here in Hawaii, says it was sickened by the decision. “The corporations who have made money in Hawaii all of these years forget us when they can’t make money anymore and they throw us on the trash heap,” Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill said.
(Honolulu Civil Beat) – By Claire Caulfield. Nanakuli resident Jean Teo-Gibney has been protesting, writing letters, testifying and organizing against landfills in the area for years. “Our homes were there before they were there,” she said. “This is where we live and breathe and now on the other side of the fence is trash.”
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. But Geraldine Acoba, a Local 5 housekeeper at the Sheraton Waikiki for 13 years, said she and fellow union members fear some properties have far to go and ultimately might come up short.