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Hawaii happiest state in the nation, Ige signs proclamation on travel, masks, eviction moratorium; COVID-19 cases back in triple digits, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hula in Hawaii ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii tops ranking as Happiest State in America. Hawaii may have a double-digit unemployment rate and a virtual tourism lockdown, but the state ranks as the Happiest State in America, according to a WalletHub study released Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.Ige’s latest emergency proclamation OKs pre-travel COVID-19 testing and extends travel quarantine, evictions ban. Gov. David Ige today signed a new emergency proclamation that extends Hawaii’s COVID-19 emer...
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Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program becomes more official + United Airlines to pilot pre-flight testing

Well, it’s “official-er” that Hawaii’s new pre-travel testing program is set to begin October 15, 2020.  After a few delays, at least this time, the pre-travel testing program with a start date of October 15, 2020 has made its way into official state documentation. The pre-travel testing program was signed by Governor Ige yesterday, September 23, 2020, in a new supplemental proclamation. This new program allows visitors to be exempt from quarantine if they provide an approved, negative COVID-19...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Hawaii, Sfo, North Carolina, United, United Airlines, Maui, Abbott, State, Honolulu, DFW, Kona, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Hawaiian Islands, San Francisco International Airport


Hawaii COVID-19 cases drop, Caldwell announces 4-phase reopening plan for Honolulu, affordable housing plan dropped after community pushback, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Coffee beans on a drying floor ©2020 All Hawaii News  Coffee Producers Eligible For Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Hawaiʻi Coffee Association lauded the USDA for including coffee in CFAP funding eligibility. Big Island Video News.Candy maker Hawaiian Host feels squeeze to pay off vendors’ invoices. Hawaiian Host Inc., a 60-year-old kamaaina producer of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts largely enjoyed by tourists, has been one of Hawaii’s businesses hardest-hit by COVID-19 fallou...
Tags: Travel, Usda, Hawaii, Kilauea, Medicaid, Big Island, Maui, Honolulu, Oahu, Waimea, Hawaiian Islands, Caldwell, Office of Economic Development, Kailua, David Ige, Ige


Hawaii Senate special session to test live, remote testimony; VA faults veterans home as 24 vets die of COVID-19, jobless rate tied for third worst in nation, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Hawaii state Capitol ©2020 All Hawaii NewsSenate To Hold Special Session In October For Judicial Appointments. The public will have a rare opportunity for live, remote testimony to the Legislature. Civil Beat.Hawaii's Unemployment Rate Ties For Third-Worst In Nation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday the state's 12.5% seasonally adjusted jobless rate was tied with New York for third-highest in the nation last month. Nevada had the worst rate at 13.2%, while Rhode Island ca...
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Hawaii: Two New Gun Control Bills Become Law

Hawaii Governor Ige signed SB 3054, and HB 2744 went into law without his signature. Adding two new anti-gun laws to Hawaii. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- This week was the deadline for Governor Ige to sign or veto legislation on his desk. Governor Ige signed SB 3054, and HB 2744 went into law without his signature, due to his failure to veto the measure. Both bills are effective upon approval and are now state law. House Bill 2744 places severe restrictions on certain firearm parts in a...
Tags: Guns, Senate, Hawaii, House, Nra, Ige, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA


Hawaii educators lay out school reopening guidelines, mayors unclear on pre-travel COVID-19 testing, Caldwell looks to loosen Honolulu lockdown, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Public schools will make ‘gradual’ transition to blended learning in October. Public school parents should prepare for distance learning to continue into the second quarter, but schools will slowly transition to a blended model that includes some in-person instruction starting in mid-October, schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto announced Thursday. Hawaii News Now.Some students could return to Hawaii public schools after fall break. Some public schools may offer blended learning later thi...
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Ige reassembles COVID-19 team, sets Oct. 15 tourism reopening date; VA 'tiger team' moves in after 15 veteran deaths; Hawaii Island beach closures extended, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Department of Health Director Libby Char  Gov. David Ige announces Oct. 15 as the start of the state’s pre-arrivals testing program. Gov. David Ige has set Oct. 15 as the new date to launch a pre-arrivals testing program to reopen tourism in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.Ige: Hawaii Will Launch Pre-Travel Testing Program Oct. 15. The long-awaited program to let travelers bypass quarantine is set for next month, but state leaders did not have all the details ironed out on how it will work. Civil...
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Hawaii to start pre-travel testing program October 15, 2020

In a press conference on September 16, Hawaii’s Gov. Ige announced that the pre-travel testing program will begin October 15, 2020. The pre-travel testing program will allow trans-Pacific visitors to be exempt from the 14-day quarantine by providing a negative COVID-19 test result within 72-hours of travel. Limited details of the pre-travel testing program were discussed in the press conference. More information will be forthcoming. The details of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program that were m...
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Hawaii to allow travelers to skip quarantine with virus test

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. Travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in the islands. Ige said drug store operator CVS and healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente will conduct the tests as part of an agreement with the state.
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Hawaii most restrictive state in COVID-19 era, hotel industry pushes Ige for reopening, statewide prison testing to begin, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hanauma Bay ©2020 All Hawaii News Hanauma Bay is recovering. Some want to limit crowds in the long run to further protect it. Users of Hanauma Bay are pushing for an online reservation system to reduce the number of visitors and protect the bay’s ecosystem. Hawaii News Now.New study ranks Hawaii as state with most COVID-19 restrictions. A new study by finance website WalletHub ranks Hawaii as the state with the most COVID-19 restrictions in the country. Most states have mask requirements ...
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Hawaii's on-again-off-again reopening plans are off again, Honolulu mayor to loosen restrictions, Kauai to open resort bubbles, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii sunset with airplane ©2020 All Hawaii News Gov. Ige says pre-arrivals testing program to reopen tourism probably won’t begin Oct. 1. Gov. David Ige today said that he’s likely to delay for the third time the start of a pre-arrivals testing program to reopen tourism in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.Pre-travel testing program likely to be delayed beyond Oct. 1. It’s likely that the 14-day mandatory quarantine for all passengers arriving to Hawaii will remain in place beyond Oct. 1, Gov. Da...
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Governor Ige indicates probable delay in October 1 tourism opening

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser hosted a Facebook Live discussion with Governor Ige on September 14th. Of course, the governor was asked if the October 1st start date for the pre-travel testing program was still the goal. He said that it’s probably not going to be October 1st. He said that in the next few days he’ll be providing a better plan for the scheduling of what the reopening dates will look like. Until the pre-travel testing program is implemented, visitors will have to . — The number of ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Josh Green, Hawaii News Now, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Ige, Coronavirus COVID 19


Health Department whistleblower forced out, Honolulu mayor extends stay-at-home order, Hilo jail inmates riot, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Health Department investigator Jennifer Smith PC:KITV4 video Whistleblower at Department of Health says she was placed on leave. Whistleblower at the Department of Health and case investigator Jennifer Smith says that she was placed on leave. KITV4.Hawaii Dept Of Health Whistleblower Forced Out As Shakeup Continues. After revealing flaws in the state’s contact tracing program, Jennifer Smith, a state DOH case investigator, was put on leave on Friday. Civil Beat.DOH whistleblower placed on...
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State Health Department director, corrections chief retire amid COVID-19 spike, Ige announces possible vetoes, police transparency bill approved, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Can Hawaii ‘Reset’ With New Public Safety And Health Directors? Gov. David Ige insists the abrupt departures of Bruce Anderson and Nolan Espinda were voluntary. Civil Beat.Embattled health and public safety directors stepping down. Gov. David Ige announced on Aug. 31 that State Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson and Department of Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda are retiring. KHON2.State Health Director Bruce Anderson and Public Safety Department Director Nolan Espinda are leaving...
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Ige approves resort bubbles, Oahu inmate release spurs controversy, 'Temptation Island' filming postponed, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Beach fun at Hawaii resort ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii Gov. David Ige gives counties right to pursue resort travel bubbles. The concept, which isn’t out of the starting gate yet, would give quarantining visitors from in-state and out-of-state the right to roam at designated areas in participating hotels or resorts. They wouldn’t be allowed off the resorts for the 14 days. If they stray, a geofencing app or device would alert police. Star-Advertiser.Governor Empowers Counties to Explore R...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Molokai

Mahalo to Dawn Holmes for sharing this lovely Aloha Friday Photo. Dawn’s photo shows the sunset silhouette of the island of Molokai. What a peaceful scene! — In other news, yesterday, Governor Ige gave his approval for resorts to pursue geo-fenced resort bubbles. Leaders believe this plan may spur some tourism money to flow into the state while we all await tourism reopening with the pre-travel testing program. However, you expressed very, very little enthusiasm in a geo-fenced Hawaii vacation ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Molokai, Ige, Mahalo, Aloha Friday Photo, Coronavirus COVID 19, Dawn Holmes, Aloha Friday Photo Dawn


Hawaii contact tracing in the spotlight, state employees' teleworking plan questioned, Maui 'Temptation Island' filming controversial, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Dr. Emily Roberson shows off new contact tracing center Aug. 19, Facebook Live Gov. David Ige defends Hawaii’s contact tracing. Hawaii’s COVID-19 case count rose by triple digits again Wednesday amid mounting concerns over whether the state’s contact tracing and testing program is robust enough to halt a surge in community-spread infections. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Is Ramping Up Its Virus Tracing Program. The Health Director Says It’s Too Late. Official says COVID-19 is now so out of contr...
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Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program delayed again to October 1 at the earliest

In a press conference on August 18, 2020, Governor Ige announced the delay of the pre-travel testing program to open Hawaii’s tourism. The pre-travel testing program was originally due to begin August 1. Then it was delayed to September 1. The new start date is October 1 at the earliest. The delay is due to the surging cases of COVID-19, particularly on Oahu. For anyone who travels to Hawaii from outside of the state prior to the start of the pre-travel testing program, they must quarantine for...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Oahu, Ige, Hawaii Tourism Authority, COVID, Coronavirus COVID 19, Oahu Effective, Oahu Masks


Hawaii's 14-day trans-Pacific quarantine extended to at least October, Honolulu trims crowd size to 5 people, Lt. Gov. Green to talk with Fauci, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige on Aug. 18 from Facebook Live State extends 14-day quarantine for arriving passengers until Oct. 1. Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday that the state will push back plans to reopen transpacific travel until “at least” Oct. 1 amid a recent increase in coronavirus cases. Pacific Business News.Recovery is on pause again for Hawaii’s battered visitor industry. Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that the state will wait until at least Oct. 1 to begin a program to allow passengers with ap...
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Hawaii COVID-19 quarantine exemption delayed

Hawaii Governor David Ige held a joint press conference with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Health Department Director Bruce Anderson today to announce the implementation of new measures to curb a distressing surge in new cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities due to the Hawaii COVID-19 pandemic. Most importantly for Hawaii visitors, Governor Ige announced that the […] The post Hawaii COVID-19 quarantine exemption delayed appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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State employee furloughs, 46% shipping rate hike, more lock downs in store as Hawaii struggles with coronavirus, school starts with distance learning, downsized RIMPAC kicks off, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

New plans for the Ala Wai. See Oahu news section. ©2020 All Hawaii News Ige Plans Furloughs For Public Workers Starting In November. The administration also plans to borrow $750 million and defer health fund payments to balance the state budget. Civil Beat.=====PUC approves emergency 46% rate increase for Young Brothers. In a decision expected to drive up the already high cost of living on the Neighbor Islands, the Public Utilities Commission on Monday approved a jaw-dropping 46% rate inc...
Tags: Travel, Abc, China, US, Fbi, Hawaii, Cia, Donald Trump, Pacific, Big Island, Maui, Department Of Health, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Ma, Oahu


Aloha Friday Photo: Distant Diamond + Hawaii COVID-19 Update

Mahalo to Caren Espejo for sharing this Aloha Friday Photo. Whether you see Le’ahi Crater, more commonly known as Diamond Head, up close or from a distance, it always catches your eye. — Now for an update on COVID-19 in Hawaii and its potential future effects. Recently the number of new cases have been in the 100 – 200+ range. In yesterday’s alarming report, a new record high of 355 was announced. The previous record was 231 cases on August 8. So, that’s quite a jump. Most of the cases are cent...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Hawaii, Oahu, Oahu Hawaii, Hawaii News Now, Ige, Mahalo, Aloha Friday Photo, Oahu Hawaii News Now, Coronavirus COVID 19, Caren Espejo


Interisland travel quarantine returns, Honolulu closes parks and beaches, hospitals near capacity as COVID-19 climbs, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard, Facebook live 14-day interisland quarantine returns. COVID-19 cases rising rapidly — including 152 cases and two deaths announced Thursday — Gov. David Ige imposed a partial 14-day quarantine on interisland travel effective Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.The Interisland Travel Quarantine Is Coming Back, Oahu Beaches And Parks To Close Again. Oahu crackdown begins Saturday, with partial interisland travel quarantine to follow on Tuesday. Gov. David Ige says ...
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County mayors seek return of inter-island quarantine as Oahu COVID-19 cases spike, Green warns ICU could be overrun, airports install thermal screening, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Thermal screening at Honolulu airport PC:Screen grab from HDOT video New thermal cameras now helping scan passengers in Hawaii’s airports. New thermal screening cameras have been installed at Hawaii airports that welcome trans-Pacific travelers to detect anyone who may have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher. Hawaii News Now. Thermal Screening Now In Use At Hawaii Airports. The Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division announced on Wednesday that thermal temperature scr...
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Bad behavior, spiraling COVID-19 cases, has Hawaii officials clamping down, rethinking lifting quarantine, may close parks and beaches again, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Kai on Sunday. PC:JW Facebook post Large weekend gatherings cause concern over enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions. Several large gatherings across the state are drawing criticism. KITV4.A surge in COVID-19 cases causes state officials to consider tighter restrictions. Ige also said he might delay the state’s plan to waive on Sept. 1 the 14-day quarantine for transpacific visitors who test negative for the coronavirus. State officials said Monday they’re aiming to step up enforcem...
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The who’s who of Hawaii’s COVID-related decision makers

Statue of King Kamehameha in Honolulu. This king was the first to unite and rule the Hawaiian Islands. While we await the details of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program, we thought it would be a good idea to explain a little bit who the key decision makers are and their area of influence. State Level Let’s start at the state level where it’s straightforward. Hawaii’s top elected-officials who are developing policies to limit the spread of COVID-19 are as follows: Governor – David Ige Direct...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Kauai, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Oahu, Molokai, Bruce Anderson, David Ige, Ige, Maui County, Kirk Caldwell, Maui Lanai, Kauai County, General Hawaii, Harry Kim


Ige vetoes unemployment payments from CARES bill, COVID-19 cases hit another record 124, BOE delays schools opening to Aug. 17, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. Ige removes mask at July 28 press conference. Facebook video. Gov. David Ige vetoes additional unemployment insurance, hoping Congress acts. Gov. David Ige vetoed a spending plan that would have added $100 in state weekly unemployment benefits in the era of COVID-19, hoping that an embattled Congress will continue supplementing state benefits at something close to the current, weekly level of $600 in additional federal aid. Star-Advertiser.Ige uses line-item veto on virus relief bill...
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Record 109 COVID-19 cases has Hawaii officials revisiting restrictions, closing bars, tents, umbrellas may be banned from beaches, House Speaker Saiki faces election challenge, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Lt. Gov. Green displays infection numbers at July 29, 2020, press conference. Facebook Live. Hawaii sees record 109 new coronavirus cases; active infections total 624 statewide. Hawaii recorded 109 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, marking the highest daily count since the pandemic emerged in the islands in February. Star-Advertiser.After 109 new cases in a single day, state considers reinstating some COVID-19 mandates. Hawaii reported a jaw-dropping 109 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, ...
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Honolulu grocers hit by COVID-19, Young Brothers threatens to stop interisland shipping without 47% rate hike, Kauai park shut down after bad behavior, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Coconut climber at Polynesian Cultural Center ©2020 All Hawaii News COVID-19 leads to layoffs at The Polynesian Cultural Center. Approximately 30% of the 260 full-time employee workforce may be reduced by September 26, 2020. Shipper asks for ruling on rates by Aug. 17. Young Brothers says it may be forced to discontinue interisland services and furlough employees if the state Public Utilities Commission does not approve its emergency request for a 47 percent rate hike by Aug. 17. Maui...
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Back to school Aug. 4, Tropical Storm Douglas expected to strengthen, quarantine cheaters fly to neighbor islands, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii schoolchildren PC:Hawaii Department of Education Governor: Reopening Hawaii’s public schools is safe and necessary. The governor on Monday sought to reassure parents and teachers about the state’s plan to reopen public schools Aug. 4, saying health and safety are the top priority for the Education Department and that protective measures are in place to keep people safe. Hawaii News Now.Starting school before tourists return will set up students for success, officials say. With tour...
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