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Ige cautious about loosening travel rules in light of mainland COVID-19 cases, union education critic wants top superintendent job, most Hawaii residents in poll want vaccine, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki beach beauties ©2021 All Hawaii NewsGov. David Ige says coronavirus infections are elevated and he won’t change mask and travel rules now. Gov. David Ige said he is concerned that recent COVID cases appear to be stuck at an elevated level and doesn’t expect to ease restrictions to the state’s mask mandate or travel entry requirements soon. Star-Advertiser.Lack of herd immunity on the mainland could extend Safe Travels program.  Getting herd immunity on the mainland was once seen ...
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Spinner dolphins to get federal protection, international tourism slow to recover, COVID-19 clusters pop up on Kauai, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Spinner dolphins under pressure of humans PC:NOAA Will Hawaii’s Spinner Dolphins Finally Get A Rest From The Crowds? NOAA officials said they hope to finally issue a new rule this summer that bars anyone from approaching within 50 yards of the dolphins. Civil Beat.Here’s Why It’s So Hard To Reshape Hawaii’s Tourism Industry. Policymakers fear jeopardizing the industry’s recovery from the pandemic because Hawaii needs the jobs back. Civil Beat.International visitor market isn’t expected to...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Noaa, Leo, Kilauea, Council, Committee, Lihue, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, State, Hawai, Hawaii County, Legislature, Hanalei Bay


Governor not lifting mask mandate yet, state Legislature adjourns with federal funds propping up budget, Hawaii first state to declare climate emergency, Zuckerberg buys more of Kauai, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Gov. David Ige (from video) Governor Says No Changes To Hawaii’s Mask Mandate Anytime Soon. Gov. David Ige said it would create an “enforcement nightmare” to allow fully vaccinated people to forgo masks in accordance with new CDC guidance. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.Hawaii legislators adjourn 2021 session, citing progress. State legislators Thursday wrapped up an economically challenging session that they say changed the way government operates by restructuring the Hawaii Tourism Au...
Tags: Travel, Mark Zuckerberg, Cdc, Hawaii, House, Pacific, Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Kauai, Maui, State, Honolulu, Legislature, Johnson Johnson


Aloha Friday Photo: Kauai’s Tunnels Beach

Mahalo to Chrisy Cox for this Aloha Friday Photo. Christy took this photo while visiting Kauai in January of 2018. She said, “Truly a magical location.” Yes, indeed! Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photo: Kauai’s Tunnels Beach appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
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Big HART contract for former chairwoman Hanabusa, Pearl Harbor sub commander removed from duty after suicides, red light cameras coming to Honolulu, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Colleen Hanabusa courtesy photo Colleen Hanabusa, ex-chairwoman of the rail board, gets $924,000 HART contract. Colleen Hanabusa, a former Hawaii congresswoman and former chairwoman of the board that oversees the city’s troubled rail project, was the only bidder on a contract worth $924,000 with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, which Hanabusa won. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.This Bill Aims To Prevent A Wave Of Evictions But Critics Say It Falls Short. The state evicti...
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New entrance fees required at many Hawaii state parks effective April 19, 2021

Iao Valley State Park In the last couple of years, fees to visit Hawaii state parks have gone up considerably. Many that used to be free for everyone to visit now have a fee for both parking and entry. These fees are required for non-residents only as Hawaii state residents are exempt. It was only back in October 2020 when many new or increased parking fees went into effect for Hawaii state parks. (You can read our coverage of those fees here.) Now, effective April 19, 2021, new entrance fees...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Kauai, Pali, Wai, Waianapanapa State Park, General Hawaii, Iao Valley State Park, Kokee Waimea Canyon, Maui Iao Valley Wai, Hawaii Big Island Akaka Falls Hapuna Beach


Hawaii vaccine passport to start inter-island as soon as next month, Honolulu police chief quits, Hokulea navigator Baybayan dead at 65, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Native Hawaiians guarding the Hokulea ©2021 All Hawaii News Crews Mourn The ‘Unreal’ Death Of One Of Hawaii’s Greatest Navigators. Kalepa Baybayan, a longtime Hokule‘a captain who helped rekindle traditional navigation in the Pacific, died suddenly in Seattle on Thursday. Civil Beat. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now. Ige Details Plans For A Hawaii Vaccine Passport. The governor’s latest emergency proclamation also extends an eviction moratorium through June. Civil Beat. Hawaii Publi...
Tags: Travel, California, Senate, Office, Hawaii, Aclu, Bill, Seattle, Pacific, Department Of Transportation, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Hawai, Honolulu, West Hawaii


Aloha Friday Photo: Stunning Na Pali Coast Rainbow

Mahalo to Krista Marie for sharing this stunning shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Kauai’s Na Pali Coast is dazzling on its own, but with a vibrant rainbow on top of it and it’s even more amazing! Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photo: Stunning Na Pali Coast Rainbow appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
Tags: Travel, Kauai, Pali, Pali Coast, Mahalo, Aloha Friday Photo, Krista Marie, Pali Coast Rainbow


Maui travelers face mandatory second COVID test, Honolulu plans examiner admits taking bribes, Kauai business mandates employee vaccinations, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki Aquarium ©2021 All Hawaii News Still-closed Waikiki Aquarium holds Earth Month celebration. The Waikiki Aquarium, which has been closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, might reopen in June, said Dr. Andrew Rossiter, director of the 116-year-old institution. Star-Advertiser.What The Pandemic Taught Hawaii Hospitals About Their Capacity To Handle Calamity. Hospitals made do with existing space and invested in some new equipment, but the pandemic exposed a heavy...
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Hawaii travel news: April 7, 2021

– Kauai rejoined the state of Hawaii’s Safe Travels program on Monday. A second test after arriving on Kauai is not mandatory, but it is encouraged. Visitors who voluntarily take a second COVID-19 test 72 hours after arrival will receive a Kokua Kauai Card for special discounts and deals on the island. – Despite some leaders’ optimism to allow an option for vaccinated travelers to bypass pre-travel testing, Governor Ige has indicated that there’s not immediate plans for implementation. The gove...
Tags: Travel, America, Hawaii, Cruising Hawaii, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands, Maui News, Ige, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Coronavirus COVID 19, Kokua Kauai Card


Hawaii vaccine passports on hold, Honolulu mayor 'dead set' against tightening restrictions in wake of coronavirus upsurge, Kauai joins Safe Travels program, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Gov. David Ige from Zoom Vaccine passports for Hawaii on hold, Gov. David Ige says. Gov. David Ige said the state is testing the technology needed for a vaccine passport with CommonPass and CLEAR but that they still aren’t ready. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. KHON2.Hawaiian Airlines Hopes State Reconsiders Safe Travels Program Amid New CDC Guidelines. Hawaiian Airlines hopes the state will reconsider its Safe Travels Program after new guidelines from the Centers fo...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, House, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Carol, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Hart, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, Trans Pacific, Garden Island, Hilo, Kailua


$30M worth of COVID test kits go to waste, Maui church refuses to stop in-person services amid virus cluster, statewide cases continue steady increase, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

COVID-19 test Photo by Mufid Majnun on Unsplash Some $30 million worth of COVID-19 test kits purchased by the state have expired as they sat in storage, despite at least one county request to use them. The state Health Department said it is working to get federal approval for an extension to use the 672,000 kits, but that could be a lengthy process. Hawaii News Now.Despite uptick in new cases, governor says he’s not considering tighter restrictions. He said while people seem to be less ca...
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Legislature advances capital gains tax hike, cuts services and jobs in proposed budget, public TV exec implicated in CARES fraud case, rental car shortage as tourism surges, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Legislative money chairs Rep. Sylvia Luke, Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz (file) Hawaii state agencies in an uproar as budget eliminates hundreds of positions. State agencies were in an uproar Monday as they fought to reinstate funding for hundreds of government positions and hold onto tens of millions of dollars squirreled away in special funds that normally fall outside of the legislative budget process. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Lawmakers Advance Capital Gains Tax Increase. A proposal to jack up ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Portland, Leo, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Josh Green, Hawai, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Oahu, Maui Maui, Kailua Kona, Hawaiian Islands


Hawaii’s island nicknames explained

Each of the main Hawaiian Islands has its own nickname. At first, affectionate monikers seem obvious. In fact, they are. But the history of the nicknames is actually a little deeper than one might expect. We’ll go west-to-east. Kauai, The Garden Isle Kauai is green. Very green. World-famously green. Of course it’s called the Garden […] The post Hawaii’s island nicknames explained appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Lanai, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Molokai, Kauai The Garden Isle Kauai, Very green World


Spring breakers could bring COVID surge, lobbyists but not public allowed in state Capitol, 1.4k vaccine doses discarded on Maui, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Spring breakers in Hawaii defy mask, distancing rules PC:Hawaii Kapu Quarantine BreakersAdjutant General warns of possible spring break COVID surge. COVID-19 case counts are still too high for the state to end the interisland travel quarantine in mid-April. That's what Adjutant General Kenneth Hara of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday at an AARP Hawaii webinar. KITV4.Rapid growth in Hawaii arrivals stresses Safe Travels coronavirus screening. Travel to and between the H...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, Marine Corps, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, West Hawaii, Wailuku, State Capitol, Oahu, Corps, Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu Police Department, Garden Island, West Maui


Hawaii lawmakers set to get 13% pay hike, spring break boom crowds Waikiki beaches, mask enforcement increases, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii state Capitol ©2021 All Hawaii News Two Pay Raises For Lawmakers Over The Next Year Are Raising Eyebrows. The salary commission approved the wage hikes two years ago but critics now question the optics of government officials getting pay raises during an economic crisis. Civil Beat.Did Unions’ Lack of Support Spell Trouble for School Superintendent? Some education insiders said while union opposition was damaging, it was not as simple as unions throwing their weight around. Civil B...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Cdc, Hawaii, House, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Billy, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Princeville, state Department of Education, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now


COVID-19 cases edge up as 'vaccine passport' mulled for Hawaii, maskless protesters crowd Oahu park, 17-year-olds may get the vote, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii sunset ©2021 All Hawaii News Slight COVID rise follows increase in travel, easing of rules. The new counts on Sunday brought the state’s average case count over the past seven days to 70, for a 1.4% positivity rate. Star-Advertiser.A Hawaii ‘Vaccine Passport’ Could Open Door To Weddings, Concerts And More Tourism. Lt. Gov. Josh Green says Hawaii’s vaccine document may be complete by mid-May, and the state’s passport partner promised an announcement this week. Civil Beat.An uptick i...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Senate, Hawaii, House, Pentagon, Pacific, South Carolina, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Josh Green, Department of Human Services, Legislature, Oahu


Tsunami warning system restored after almost weeklong outage, NOAA employees claim gag order, House budget relies on federal bailout, state moving to 10-digit dialing, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Tsunami alert buoy off the Kona coast PC:NOAA Tsunami warning system is restored. The system of ocean buoys that helps warn Hawaii and the rest of the nation about tsunamis is back working after being knocked out of commission for nearly a week. Star-Advertiser.Watchdog blames NOAA for lack of transparency on tsunami tracking system outage. There are new allegations that the staff at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was told to keep quiet about an outage of a key data system that had be...
Tags: Travel, City, Earth, Hawaii, House, Noaa, Pacific, REC, US environmental protection agency, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Empire State Building, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Hawaii County


Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, miss out on vaccine; Kakaako Makai condos die; Honolulu trains have defective wheels, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian family man ©2021 All Hawaii News Only 8.8% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have received COVID vaccine, DOH says. Three months into Hawaii’s vaccination campaign, only 8.8% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have received immunizations though they represent more than 40% of COVID-19 cases in the islands. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.Bill that would bar suspension of public records requests during emergency ...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Senate, US, Hawaii, House, Charles, City Council, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Capitol, Johnson Johnson, Oahu


Spring breakers hit Hawaii beaches, Blangiardi highlights housing, 65k vaccines for 400k people in Phase 1C, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Visitors crowd Waikiki over the weekend PC:Hawaii News Now Hawaii logs its highest three days of tourist arrivals in a year. Some 21,433 trans-Pacific travelers and 4,968 interisland travelers were screened by Safe Travels Hawaii on Saturday, Hawaii’s highest single day since coronavirus-related fears and government restrictions caused travel to plummet. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Hawaii’s Rush To Vaccinate Has Led To A Patchwork System With Little Policing. The state acknow...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Joe Biden, Hawaii, House, Pentagon, City Council, Pacific, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Legislature, Hawaiian Islands, David Ige


Crowds expected for Coronavirus vaccination plan Phase 1C, Blangiardi's first state of the city address today, beleaguered Maui police chief Faaumu to retire, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Double rainbow over Kauai ©2021 All Hawaii News UH scientist makes a case for why Hawaii is the rainbow capital of the world. Rainbows are a common phenomenon in Hawaii, but have you ever wondered why? In a new publication by an University of Hawaii scientist and professor, Steven Businger laid out all the reasons why Hawaii is the best place on Earth to experience the wonder of rainbows. Hawaii News Now.State to enter Phase 1C of vaccination plan, expanding eligibility to those 65 and ov...
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Vaccinations to begin for 65+, Honolulu bars to reopen, Ige cancels furloughs after federal stimulus, mudslide isolates Kauai's north shore, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

COVID vaccination PC: Steven Cornfield on Unsplash Hawaii residents 65 and older, those in 1C category can get COVID-19 vaccine starting next week. The state is opening coronavirus vaccine eligibility to Hawaii residents 65 and older and those in the phase 1C category starting Monday. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Maui News. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Gov. Ige says furloughs, layoffs of state workers no longer needed thanks to federal stimulus funds. ...
Tags: Travel, Montana, Joe Biden, Hawaii, House, Ohio, Bill, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Hart, West Hawaii, Baldwin


Schools superintendent Kishimoto calls it quits, some jumping the vaccination line, governor declares state of emergency over flooding, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto Hawaii schools superintendent Christina Kishimoto stepping down in July when contract ends. Superintendent Christina Kishimoto announced Tuesday she will step down on July 30 after four years at the helm of Hawaii’s public schools, rather than seek to extend her contract. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now.Some vaccine recipients finding ways to jump line. The state Departme...
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Kauai receives approval to rejoin Hawaii’s Safe Travels program starting April 5

Governor Ige approved Kauai’s request to rejoin the state’s Safe Travels program starting April 5, 2021. This change will allow travelers with a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner to bypass quarantines. Travelers participating in the Safe Travels program will also be able to travel directly to the Kauai from out of state without the need to either stay on another island for a minimum of three days and pre-test again or stay confined to a resort bubble and test agai...
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Bills live, die as Legislature reaches midpoint, missile defense radar still in limbo, athletic workouts, larger groups to be allowed, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Pounding taro root into poi ⌐2021 All Hawaii NewsFewer Farmers Are Growing Hawaii’s ‘Miracle Food’ Taro Despite Growing Demand. Growing, cultivating and cooking the starchy root vegetable, which is used to make poi, is hard work that’s not always profitable. Civil Beat.Lawmakers End Efforts To Revamp Oversight Of Watchdog Agencies. House leaders have decided against pursuing most measures aimed at controlling the state auditor although investigation into that office continues. Civil Beat...
Tags: Travel, Congress, North Korea, Hawaii, House, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Education, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Legislature, Johnson Johnson, Premier Medical Group


Coronavirus vaccinations expanded to age 70-plus, all teachers to be immunized by April, Maui closes in on Oahu for tourism numbers, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Libby Char Hawaii residents 70 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday; state receives Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The state has decided to open eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations early to residents 70 and older on Monday because of a substantial increase in the number of shots arriving in the islands. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4. The first shipment of Johnson &Johnson’...
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Kauai seeking to rejoin Hawaii’s Safe Travels program for incoming travelers

Yesterday, March 2, Kauai’s mayor, Derek Kawakami, announced that Kauai is seeking the governor’s approval to rejoin the state’s Safe Travels program starting April 5, 2021. You can read the full announcement here. This proposed rule to rejoin the state’s Safe Travels program is called Rule 25. Here’s a summation of it from the announcement: If Rule 25 is approved, Trans-Pacific travelers would be exempt from Hawai‘i’s 10-day travel quarantine starting April 5, 2021 by participating in the s...
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Teachers union seeks ouster of schools superintendent, Catholics concerned about vaccine-abortion link, Honolulu mayor releases $2.9B budget, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. Ige signs business unemployment tax relief bill Gov. David Ige signs law lowering business payments into fund. Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law Tuesday that’s expected to provide significant relief to businesses faced with steep hikes in how much they have to pay into the state fund that covers unemployment insurance claims. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. Associated Press. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. Unemployment office puts ‘bot blocker’ in place to...
Tags: Travel, Labor, China, United States, Hawaii, Vatican, Catholic, Johnson, Pacific, Catholics, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Education, Honolulu, Hawaii County


New management structure for Mauna Kea, in-person graduation ceremonies allowed, Kaui to vaccinate hotel workers, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Native Hawaiians perform ceremony prior to 2019 protests over Mauna Kea ©2021 All Hawaii NewsHouse advances measure for new Mauna Kea management. A measure that aims to form a working group to develop a new management structure for Mauna Kea was advanced Thursday in the state House of Representatives. According to the resolution, the failure of the university to properly consult with Native Hawaiians has led to mistrust and polarization within the community, a situation that must be reco...
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Restrictions eased for Honolulu gyms and restaurants, about half of inmates opt for vaccinations, businesses to get unemployment cost break, 1 in 3 Hawaii residents on Medicaid, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii jail dorm ©2021 All Hawaii NewsState says about half of Oahu, Maui inmates who qualify under 1B opted to get vaccinated. Inmates who qualify under 1B are those 75 and up and those who are at the highest risk of complications if they catch the virus. KHON2.Hawaii businesses poised to receive unemployment insurance relief. With businesses throughout Hawaii poised to see big hikes in the amount they have to pay into the state fund for unemployment insurance, state lawmakers have sent...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Senate, US, Hawaii, Medicaid, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Alaska Airlines, Kauai, Maui, Eis, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, West Hawaii, Oahu



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