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Aloha Friday Photos: Waipio Valley on Hawaii (Big) Island

Mahalo to Kay Landry for sharing this nice shot of Waipio Valley with is for Aloha Friday Photos. This valley and surrounding coastline sure is stunning to see. If you’re headed to the Hawaii, the Big Island, don’t miss it. Check out our article about Waipio Valley with suggestions for how to safely explore the valley. Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photos: Waipio Valley on Hawaii (Big) Island appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Big Island, Mahalo, Waipio Valley, Aloha Friday Photo, Hawaii Big Island, Kay Landry


First Lady Jill Biden to arrive Saturday, distance learning to remain an option at some public schools, unemployment office sets September in-person opening, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Jill BidenFirst Lady Jill Biden to arrive in Honolulu Saturday, will visit vaccination clinic. First Lady Jill Biden will lead the U.S. delegation at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo on Friday and on Saturday dedicate a room in the Chief of Mission Residence to the late Irene Hirano Inouye and Sen. Daniel K. Inouye before traveling to Honolulu Saturday and Sunday to visit a vaccination clinic at an unidentified high school, the White House said today. Star-Advertiser.Department of Educa...
Tags: Travel, Senate, White House, City, Hawaii, Tokyo, North, Las Vegas, Chinatown, Oceania, Big Island, Maui, Department Of Education, Honolulu, Oahu, Kihei


Case not dismissed against 3 police officers charged with killing teen, Feds: prosecutor Kealoha spread cocaine on husband Honolulu police chief's desk, COVID cases continue climb, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu Police Officer Zackary Ah Nee, front, followed by Officers Christopher Fredeluces and Geoffrey Thom enter Judge Domingo's courtroom after a short recess, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Honolulu. Pool photo by Cory Lum/Honolulu Civil Beat. Judge denies motion to dismiss charges against 3 Honolulu Police Department officers in fatal shooting of teen. An Oahu District Court judge Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss murder and attempted murder charges against three Honolulu police off...
Tags: Travel, Senate, America, Hawaii, House, House Of Representatives, Bill, City Council, Hulu, Pacific, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Josh Green, Honolulu


Eviction moratorium to expire, free meals for all public school students, military reviewing exercises after whale deaths, highest COVID case count since January, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Apartment buildings seen from the Ala Wai ©2021 All Hawaii NewsEviction moratorium in Hawaii to end Aug. 6. A moratorium on evictions that Gov. David Ige imposed in April 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began strangling Hawaii’s tourism-based economy will be lifted Aug. 6, paving the way for renters and landlords to tap into federal rental assistance and free mediation serv­ices on all islands intended to make landlords whole and keep families in their homes. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Heral...
Tags: Travel, White House, Hawaii, Road, Pacific, Chinatown, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Board of Education, Oahu, U S Navy, Perry Mason, Hawaiian Islands


Maunakea Visitor Information Station reopens

The Maunakea Visitor Information Station (VIS) will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 15. The announcement comes more than a year after it was closed for safety concerns due to the global COVID pandemic. It is a weighty decision, one that arrives as terrific news for many residents and visitors, and as a crushing […] The post Maunakea Visitor Information Station reopens appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Big Island, Mauna Kea, Maunakea Visitor Information


Ige to extend COVID precautions through summer, real estate booms, tax collections soar, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige Gov. David Ige to maintain COVID guidelines as isle businesses grow frustrated. Gov. David Ige is holding strong to his target of fully vaccinating 70% of Hawaii residents before dropping the majority of the state’s COVID-related safety restrictions, including indoor mask mandates. Ige plans to extend his emergency proclamation suspending various laws and mandating safety protocols, which is set to expire Aug. 6. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now. State Tax C...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Delta, Tsa, Louisiana, US Air Force, Transportation Security Administration, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, University of Hawaii


Hawaii travel news: US vaccine exception starts today + Win a trip to Hawaii Food & Wine Festival + More!

* Starting today, July 8th, travelers who have been fully vaccinated in the U.S. may bypass both Hawaii’s COVID quarantine and pre-travel testing requirements. Per hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/, “Beginning July 8, any traveler who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States or U.S. Territories will be eligible for the quarantine exception. This means two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson plus 15 days after the last dose.” Additionally, traveler...
Tags: Travel, US, United States, Hawaii, Pfizer, Johnson, Orlando, Big Island, Hawaiian Airlines, Kona, Waikiki Beach, Kapaa Kauai, Flight Deals & Airline News, Giveaways & Sweepstakes, General Hawaii, Coco Palms


Hawaii businesses struggle to accommodate tourism wave, Tui to head teachers' union, 3 vie for Maui House seat, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki at night ©2021 All Hawaii NewsHawaii businesses, tourists struggle with pandemic-induced changes. Overall visitor satisfaction during the pandemic is trending downward as more arrive in the islands, according to the Visitor COVID-19 study, an online survey conducted in June for the Hawaii Tourism Authority by Anthology Group. Star-Advertiser.Osa Tui Jr., the new head of Hawaii teachers’ union, has different approach. Corey Rosenlee, the outgoing president of the teachers’ union, ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Delta, Road, Ada, Big Island, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii County, West Hawaii, Oahu, Peace Corps, Maui County Council


Hawaii travel restrictions still up in the air, Delta variant spreads, special session mulled to consider vetoes, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki sunset with airplane © 2021 All Hawaii NewsIge: Hawaii Unlikely To Ease Travel Restrictions Ahead Of July 4 As Vaccinations Slow. Lt. Gov. Josh Green had publicly urged the governor to end the pre-travel testing requirement on July 1. Civil Beat.$144 million in new federal funding from the American Rescue Plan is coming to the state for various airports. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) said the new funding, signed into law in March, will help support airports that have expe...
Tags: Travel, Russia, India, City, Hawaii, Larry Ellison, Road, Nissan, Faa, Chinatown, Lanai, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui, Josh Green


Ige rethinking COVID restrictions again, parents don't want to send their children back to school, Honolulu councilman's blackface video surfaces, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hanauma Bay, pre-COVID ©2021 All Hawaii News The Race Is On To Book A Reservation At Hanauma Bay. As county parks implement online reservation websites, Hawaii is talking about creating a statewide system. Civil Beat.Hawaiian Airlines to Resume Tahiti Service as State Opens Pre-Travel Testing to French Polynesia. Starting June 21, travelers from French Polynesia may bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they present a negative COVID-19 test from an approved testing partner. Ha...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Hawaii, HHSC, DOE, Chinatown, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Mauna Loa, University Of Miami, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, West Hawaii


Hawaii loses convention business, man dies in Big Island police shooting, bankruptcies drop, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Convention Center ©2021 All Hawaii NewsConventions pull out of Hawaii due to COVID restrictions. The Hawai‘i Convention Center had been on track to have its best year ever in 2020, and then COVID hit, instantly decimating the market. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Museums Struggle With Low Ticket Sales, Social Distancing Requirements. According to Lisa Solomine, president of the Hawaii Museums Association, the museums doing best right now are those that have concentrated on grants, activa...
Tags: Travel, New York, America, Hawaii, Basel, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, West Hawaii, Oahu, East Maui, U S Justice Department, Hawaiian Islands


Tourists return to Hawaii in force, 'Love Island' moves to Hilo, state sees 500th coronavirus death, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Kaneohe sandbar on Memorial Day PC:DLNR Dan Dennison Big crowds, but few problems reported at popular Kaneohe sandbar over holiday. Hawaii officers issue citations for parking and boating safety violations over Memorial Day weekend. State conservation and resources officers issued more than two dozen citations in and around the Heeia Kea Small Boat Harbor parking lot and boat launch for Kaneohe Bay Sandbar over Memorial Day weekend. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Amid a ‘wave’ o...
Tags: Travel, Senate, US, Hawaii, House, Volcano, Cbs, Las Vegas, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Josh Green, Board of Education, West Hawaii, Oahu


Hawaii vacation news: rental car shortage continues, volcano on pause & Big Island drops second COVID test

– The Hawaii rental car shortage continues to be a problem. Hawaii Tourism Authority reports that many vehicles are already reserved at most major rental companies through August. See our article with suggested solutions for getting around to see the islands during this shortage. We’ve updated that article to include some hotels that have shuttle services. – One non-conventional rental car option is Turo’s car-sharing company. Maui News published this article explaining how local Maui residents...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Maui, Maui News, Trans Pacific, Hilo, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Big Island, General Hawaii, Turo, Halema, Coronavirus COVID 19, Rental Car Advice


Memorial Day weekend crowds expected, pain at the pump, rental car shortage, more than half of Hawaii fully vaccinated, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Waikiki Trolley ©2021 All Hawaii News Record-setting crowds expected during Memorial Day weekend in Hawaii. With Hawaii residents and visitors champing at the bit to enjoy the great outdoors maskless, this Memorial Day weekend could prove to be a record-setting one in terms of numbers. Star-Advertiser.Pain at the Pump: Hawaiʻi Gas Prices Climb to 2014 Levels. Heading into the Memorial Day weekend for travel, gas prices for Hawaiʻi continued to climb, reaching levels not seen since No...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, United States, Hawaii, Associated Press, Micronesia, Pacific, Marshall Islands, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Airlines, Maui, Department Of Health, Hawai, Honolulu, Hawaii County


Incentives on the way for Hawaii vaccinations, Oahu battles for ag land, opponents renew Thirty Meter Telescope fight, bedbugs, maggots and roaches close establishments, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Gov. David Ige gets vaccinated in this Feb. 22, 2021 courtesy photoHawaii poised to join a growing list of states offering incentives for people to get vaccinated. To help Hawaii get there, the state and local businesses are set to offer up prizes in an effort to motivate people to roll up their sleeves. Specific details are still in the works. Hawaii News Now.Maui Mayor Victorino offers sneak peak of Governor Ige’s Tuesday press conference. Maui Mayor Michael Victorino recommends Maui ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Florida, Hawaii, State Department, Biden, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, West Hawaii, Oahu, Kona, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now


Memorial Day travel by Southern Californians will increase 64%, most going by car

Southern Californians will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend in large numbers, buoyed by sharp decreases in coronavirus cases, increased vaccinations and spurred by pent-up demand from 15 months of safer-at-home orders, polls show. More than 2.8 million Southern Californians will take a trip, a 64% increase over the same period last year when the pandemic was in the early stages, the Automobile Club of Southern California is predicting. “Travel is back in a big way,” said Marie Montgomery, ...
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Fewer storms predicted this hurricane season, Honolulu cuts down Portlock gate and opens beach access, Kaimuki church tried to cover up COVID-19 outbreak, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Tropical cyclones over the years PC:NOAAFewer storms predicted for Hawaii’s 2021 hurricane season. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Wednesday predicted that the region will see two to five tropical cyclones during the hurricane season that starts June 1. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio. Tribune-Herald.  Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. Hawaii poised to change unemployment rules to get more people back to work. Among the changes is requiring the unemployed t...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Fbi, Hawaii, Aclu, Micronesia, Council, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Oahu, Federated States


Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow Falls in Hilo

Mahalo to Lori Steward for sharing this beautiful shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Lori’s photo was taking at Rainbow Falls, which is a must-see for anyone exploring Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island. If you’re staying on the Kona side of Hawaii Island, you might be interested in our Kona to Hilo guide that’s great for a day of exploration and adventure. That guide includes a stop at beautiful Rainbow Falls. Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow Falls in Hilo appeared first on...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kona, Hilo, Rainbow Falls, Mahalo, Aloha Friday Photo, Lori Steward, Aloha Friday Photos Lori, Rainbow Falls Happy Aloha


Travel: Hawaii welcomes back tourists, but they still need to pass COVID-19 tests

The welcoming “aloha spirit,” dampened by more than a year of restrained travel between Hawaii and the mainland, is being happily lifted by a combination of positive events and a promising summer. The June-August tourist season can’t come soon enough for a state so dependent on vacationing families, honeymooning newlyweds, seniors enjoying their golden years and everyone in between. Tourists represent nearly a quarter of Hawaii’s economy, and when folks aren’t coming because of a pandemic, you g...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Navy, California, Cdc, Sport, Ap, Things To Do, Soccer, Hawaii, Marriott, Tripadvisor, Kilauea, Orange County, Pacific, Bahamas


Hawaii worries, but gets a grip on coronavirus, Honolulu can't find workers, Maui loosens COVID-19 rules, Big Island construction through the roof, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Tourists view Diamond Head from Waikiki ©2021 All Hawaii NewsHawaii tops nation in worrying about COVID-19. Roughly 80% of Hawaii residents worry about COVID-19 daily, giving the state the No. 1 worry rank in a new nationwide report from SafeWise. The survey showed that on average only 62% of Americans worried about the pandemic each day, said Andrea Harvey, SafeWise’s outreach director. Star-Advertiser.Daily case counts remain steady as Hawaii leads way for adult vaccinations. Although...
Tags: Travel, Navy, China, Hawaii, Pacific, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui, Department Of Education, South China Sea, Josh Green, State, Honolulu, Hawaii County, U S District Court


Investigation reveals Sens. Inouye, Akaka votes undermined Native Hawaiian land program, teachers to get $2,200 bonus, Aloha Stadium to be demolished, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Polynesian Voyaging license plate Gov. David Ige OKs commemorative license plates for the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Special license plates featuring the Hokule‘a will be hitting the road this summer. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. The U.S. owes Hawaiians millions of dollars worth of land, Congress helped make sure the debt wasn’t paid. In the 1990s, Hawaii’s two elder statesmen — U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka — were at the forefront of efforts to ensure that th...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Senate, Star, Hawaii, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, State, Honolulu, Legislature, Oahu, Hawaii Legislature, Hawaiian Islands, Manoa, University of Hawaii


Most oppose costly Honolulu rail project in poll, Maui ex-cop pleads guilty in sex-for-perjury case, American Rescue Plan funds on the way, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Honolulu rail route as planned, courtesy HART Majority oppose rail project in poll. The largest public works project in Hawaii history is opposed by 53% of registered voters on Oahu, with just 34% expressing support for Honolulu rail. The numbers are similar when voters living on the neighbor islands are factored in — 50% and 35%, respectively. Civil Beat.HART's interim CEO believes parts of Honolulu rail line can open by December. According to HART, since construction started more t...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, Dell, Doj, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Education, Travelers, State, Honolulu, Hart, West Hawaii, Oahu, Kona


Lawmakers focus on farmers, counties struggle with vacation rental laws, Mauna Kea working group comes together as TMT gets nod for runoff permit, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii farmers market pre-COVID ©2021 All Hawaii NewsBill would require 10% of Hawaii-bought produce to be local. The legislation, if approved by Ige, would mandate that a minimum of 10% of produce purchased by state departments be grown locally by 2025. That percentage requirement would increase every five years to 50% by 2050. Associated Press.Hawaii’s Food Hubs Find Strength In Numbers. A group of food hubs came together to support legislation that would win them new access to grant m...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Australia, China, Hawaii, Hud, City Council, Smith, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Maui, Department Of Health, State, Honolulu, Legislature, Hart


Hawaii tax hikes target tourists, second homes; Oahu permitting chief to curb bribery schemes; widow sues police over shooting, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Magic island sunset on Oahu ©2021 All Hawaii News New Taxes, Tourism Funding Cuts Among Bills Pushed Through As Legislature Winds Down. House and Senate lawmakers gave preliminary approval Thursday to a measure that would allow the counties to levy their own tax of up to 3% on hotel rooms and vacation rental units, a move that one lawmaker said would “incentivize” the counties to crack down on illegal vacation rentals. Lawmakers also tentatively agreed Thursday to a significant boost...
Tags: Travel, California, Senate, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Big Island, Maui, Department Of Health, Josh Green, Honolulu, Spokane, U S Centers for Disease Control, Oahu, The state Supreme Court, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now


Aloha Friday Photos: Lava Lava Sunset

Mahalo to Rainer Wittke for sharing this sunset shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Rainer tells us this photo was taken near Lava Lava Beach Club on September 29, 2019. Lava Lava Beach Club is a popular Big Island spot for sunset drinks and pupus (appetizers.) The setting is fantastic and they usually have live music. Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photos: Lava Lava Sunset appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
Tags: Travel, Big Island, Mahalo, Aloha Friday Photo, Lava Lava Beach Club, Rainer Wittke, Aloha Friday Photos Rainer


Legislature seeks to curb governor's emergency powers, state could be without a schools superintendent for a year, Kaiser seeks takers for vaccinations on Oahu, more news from all he Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii state Capitol ©2021 All Hawaii News Bill to limit governor’s emergency orders moves ahead as many want a return to normalcy. The measure would give lawmakers the authority to review the governor’s emergency orders after 60 days. It would also require the governor to justify any laws that are suspended by emergency orders. Hawaii News Now.Gov. David Ige’s board picks grilled on how they would change tourism. A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced Gov. David Ige’s five nominees to ...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Tesla, Hawaii, Kaiser, City Council, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Maui, Department Of Education, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Legislature, Board of Education, West Side, West Hawaii


Gas prices going up, House shelves worker relief bills, Oahu opens vaccine to 50+ as COVID cases continue to rise, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gas prices were very high 10 years ago ©2011 All Hawaii News AAA Hawaiʻi: State Gas Price Average Reaches 17-Month High. On Thursday, April 8, the statewide average price for regular unleaded is $3.71 a gallon, which is up two cents from last Thursday, April 1, 22 cents higher than a month ago and 40 cents higher than the average last year on the same date. Maui Now. KITV4.State House leaders shelve bills that would help workers. House leaders are resisting union pressure to revive bills ...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Hawaii, House, Johnson, Pearl Harbor, Big Island, Maui, Department Of Health, State, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, state Senate, Hawaiian Islands, Shangri La


Vaccine passport coming to Hawaii, coronavirus surge could take Honolulu back to Tier 2, Maui to begin vaccinating 16-year-olds and up, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Hawaii travel ©2021 All Hawaii NewsNew CDC Guidance Paves The Way For Hawaii To Implement ‘Vaccine Passports’. Guidance issued Friday by the CDC gives Hawaii the green light to modify the program that lets arriving travelers avoid a 10-day quarantine by showing proof of full vaccination, the program’s author said. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.Hawaii Parents Say ‘So Far, So Good’ As Schools Push Toward Full Reopening. Schools had to get creative to accommodate more in-person studen...
Tags: Travel, Cdc, Hawaii, Bill, DOE, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii, Oahu, Ballard, Department of Finance


Na Ala Hele: Exceptional Hawaii hiking

The Na Ala Hele Trail & Access Program was begun by Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry & Wildlife in 1998. The program monitors and maintains a network of hiking trails, many of them ancient and predating Western contact in the Hawaiian Islands. We’ll list some of our favorites below. Concern […] The post Na Ala Hele: Exceptional Hawaii hiking appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaiian Islands, Oahu hikes, Kauai hiking, Maui hiking, Ala Hele, Na Ala Hele, hiking Hawaii, Hiking In Hawaii, Ala Hele Trail Access Program


State auditor slammed in House report, 16-year-olds and up now eligible for vaccines on two islands, Senate panel approves hikes in estate, conveyance taxes, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

State Auditor Les Kondo courtesy photo Report: State Auditor Not In ‘Complete Compliance’ With Constitution. The office, currently led by State Auditor Les Kondo, was “inconsistent” in its application of auditing standards, leading to a years-long project by the staff to revise the office’s own operating and standards manual. The report, released Thursday by the Hawaii House of Representatives, concluded that the State Auditor has “not been in complete compliance” with article VII, sectio...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House, Pacific, King, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Maui, Department Of Education, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Legislature, Hawaii Legislature, PPA, State Supreme Court



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