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September 15 Resource Roundup Highlights

Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2020 3:00 pm


  • Nonprofits Eligible for Reimbursement of Unemployment Benefits: The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations ("DLIR") announced the availability of funds to reimburse certain nonprofits for unemployment insurance benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Nonprofit employers that make payments in lieu of contributions are eligible for up to 50% reimbursement of benefits charges for weeks of unemployment between March 13 and December 31, 2020. More information is available here.
  • Department of Health: In addition to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard, the Hawaii State Department of Health has added/updated multiple resources on, including: a Travel page; Instructions for Close Contacts of a Person with COVID-19; and "What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms" on the Symptoms page.
  • Additional Unemployment Benefits: Hawaii was approved for an additional week of $300 plus-up for unemployment benefits under the Lost Wages Assistance Program (for a total of five weeks). To qualify for the $300 benefit, recipients must be eligible for at least $100 in weekly benefits. Eligible claimants can enroll in the LWA program by logging in to the unemployment portal and certifying their unemployment was due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
  • SBA Hawaii Webinars: SBA Hawaii is hosting a free Rebuilding Your Business workshop on September 16, 10 - 11:30 a.m., to provide you tools on how to rebuild and recreate your business strategically, and ways to sustain operations during and through the current crisis. Register here for this workshop and these other free webinars hosted by SBA Hawaii:
    • The Recovering Cash Flow webinar on September 16 or 23 will help small business owners discover new ways to structure and properly utilize business finances in COVID-19 times.
    • The Business Recovery Webinar on September 22 will help small business owners evaluate and reframe how to continue their business during these challenging times.
  • Energy Relief Grant: Lower your electricity costs with Hawaii Energy's Energy Relief Grant, which is designed to help Hawaii businesses experiencing losses due to COVID-19. Grants may cover up to 100% of total project costs of an energy efficiency project (up to $25,000 per application). Applications are due on September 30 for the first round of funding (for nonprofits, small businesses, and other qualifying organizations).
  • October 1 Reopening Unlikely: According to the Star Advertiser, Governor Ige will likely delay (for the third time) the start of a pre-arrivals testing program to reopen tourism in Hawaii.
  • Oahu:
    • Mayor Caldwell hopes to relax some rules of the Amended Second Stay At Home / Work From Home Order next week, including to allow gatherings of up to five people at beaches and parks, and allowing retailers to reopen. See the story on Hawaii News Now.
    • The City & County of Honolulu launched a COVID-19 Information Dashboard, which includes case numbers, unemployment insurance, and a separate dashboard demonstrating the City's allocation and spending of CARES Act funds.
  • Kauai: Mayor Kawakami issued:
    • Emergency Rule #16, which authorizes and sets forth minimum health, safety, security, and enforcement standards for enhanced movement quarantines ("EMQ"), aka "resort bubbles."
    • Emergency Rule #17, which defines "hotel" and "motel" and requires all persons entering the County of Kauai to perform critical infrastructure functions designate a hotel or motel as their quarantine location.




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