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Weekend Reading 6.12.21

I spent a few hours hiking in Muir Woods on Friday, that was such a cool experience. There’s something about walking dirt paths and being surrounded by 1,000+ year old redwood trees that feels grounding and makes the little things we worry about seem…so little. I recommend the visit if you’re ever in the Bay Area, it’s about 30 minutes north from the Golden Gate Bridge. I bought a few more green plants for my studio (can’t stop, won’t stop) so I needed two new planters and decided to make them. ...
Tags: Crafts, California, San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Area, Southern California, Oahu, Muir Woods


Ige to select appellate court nominee, graduation party, church services raise COVID-19 cases, lumber at a premium, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

House construction in Hawaii ©2021 All Hawaii NewsA slowdown in production compounded by high demand continues to raise building material prices through the roof in Hawaii. The Hawaii Lumber Products Association says prices are up 400% when compared to the same time in 2020. KHON2.Ige To Select Nominee For Intermediate Court of Appeals. A prominent Maui attorney and the head of the Hawaii State Ethics Commission are among the names of six nominees looking to fill a vacancy on the state’s...
Tags: Travel, Lyft, Uber, Cdc, Hawaii, House, Hud, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Southwest, Department Of Health, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu


Oahu reopening moves to Tier 4

In another major step toward Hawaii’s full reopening, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced today, Friday, June 11, 2021, that the Island of Oahu has now moved into “Tier Four”.  The changes take effect immediately. Among the changes is allowing outdoor groups of up to 25 people and nightclubs to open at 50% capacity. The mayor’s […] The post Oahu reopening moves to Tier 4 appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Honolulu, Oahu, Rick Blangiardi, Hawaii travel restrictions, Hawaii COVID-19


Grand jury declines to indict police in 16-year-old's shooting death, teachers ratify contract, hot housing market squeezing out renters, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii mai tai on the rocks ©2021 All Hawaii NewsSurvey says Hawaii residents among the least likely to switch to alcohol-free drinks. 3,000 drinkers were surveyed across the country and it revealed that just 58% of people in Hawai'i would be willing to switch to a non-alcoholic drink -- for at least a month. KITV4.Gov. David Ige continues to restrict the release of public records, citing the ongoing pandemic. The state’s public records law continues to be partially suspended under Gov. ...
Tags: Travel, California, Kaiser Permanente, United States, Hawaii, Aclu, Illinois, Costco, Maui, State, Todd, Hawai, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands


Recreational fishing licenses among bills signed to protect Hawaii's ocean, $9 for a loaf of bread highlights food supply chain upheaval, lawsuit filed over jail COVID conditions, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

A wrasse swims over coral off Hawaii Island ©2021 All Hawaii NewsGov. David Ige signs 9 bills to commemorate World Oceans Day. To commemorate World Oceans Day on Tuesday, Gov. David Ige signed into law nine bills meant to preserve Hawaii’s marine resources which included those establishing fees targeted at visitors, recreational fishing licenses and additional protections for sharks. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Medicare, Environmental Protection Agency, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Lawrence, West Hawaii, Oahu, Maui County Council, Hawaiian Islands, Hilo


Hawaii travel news: Oahu vacation sweepstakes, coupon books on sale & more

– Outrigger Resort is hosting a fantastic Oahu vacation sweepstakes with an emphasis on caring for coral reefs. Here’s what Outrigger shared about this sweepstakes, “Discover how you can help protect our coral reefs through our Outrigger’s ZONE coral conservation program and enter to win a stay in the newly transformed Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, a contemporary beachfront retreat rooted in Hawaiian culture. Winner will receive: 5-night stay in the luxurious 2-Bedroom Grand Navigator...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, Oahu, Hawaiian, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Oahu Deals, Giveaways & Sweepstakes, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Outrigger, SAVENOW, Rental Car Advice, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort Airfare, Kani Ka Pila Grille Outrigger


Curator Hotel & Resort Collection Adds First Member Hotels in Hawaii

Curator Hotel & Resort Collection is thrilled to welcome its first-ever Hawaii member hotels hailing from the prestigious Springboard Hospitality collection, one of Curator’s founding members. The four new member hotels span three destinations (Honolulu, Kapa’a, and Lihue) on two islands (Kauai and Oahu), providing personalized and authentic local experiences. These independent hotels offer ideal destinations as travelers seek to book long-awaited island getaways.
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Lihue, Kauai, Oahu, Honolulu Kapa'a


Ige ties Hawaii reopening to vaccination rates, extends eviction moratorium; convicted murderer works in Child Welfare Services; new Honolulu radio system shuts out the public, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Gov. Ige to further ease COVID-19 restrictions once Hawaii is 60% vaccinated. Gov. David Ige announced today that the state will ease restrictions on social gatherings and restaurants once 60% of Hawaii residents are fully vaccinated, adding to the growing list of incentives for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Garden Island. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Gov. David Ige extends ban on evic...
Tags: Travel, Virginia, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Fbi, Hawaii, Island, Hawaii Island, Maui, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, Maui News, Garden Island


US Army installations on Oahu able to survive on biodiesel-based microgrid during major outages

In Hawaii, during a major outage, the Schofield Generating Station will be able to power up a utility-owned microgrid consisting of three U.S. Army installations in Central Oahu. That’s what a joint Hawaiian Electric-Army exercise determined – just in time for hurricane season. The inaugural test of the Schofield Generating Station’s microgrid capabilities affirmed that if power is lost at Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and Field Station Kunia – all critical lifelines during an emerge...
Tags: Hawaii, US Army, Biodiesel, Oahu, U S Army, Schofield, Central Oahu, Fuels, Schofield Generating Station, Schofield Barracks Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaiian Electric Army, Field Station Kunia, Hawaiian Electric U S Army, Army SGS


Hawaii offers vaccination incentives, Waikiki crime surge worries tourism industry, Native Hawaiians get Discovery Harbour house lots, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii grocery store ©2021 All Hawaii News Hawaii employers eye vaccination mandates. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces workplace discrimination laws, in December said employers can require vaccination against the virus, which has infected 36,535 in Hawaii and resulted in 502 deaths. Star-Advertiser.No Vaccine, No Tests Required For Travel Within Hawaii Starting June 15. Starting June 15, travelers from the mainland who received at least one vaccine dose in Hawai...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Bank Of America, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui, Honolulu, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Oahu, Hawaiian Commercial Sugar Co, Maui County Council, Hawaii Department of Health, Kona


Ige ponders tourism balance, easing coronavirus restrictions, some ZIP codes reach herd immunity, while others have low vaccination rates, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiians kayaking on Hawaii Island ©2021 All Hawaii NewsHouse Finance Chair: Fewer Tourists Is ‘What People Want’. But the tourism industry opposes a bill on Gov. David Ige’s desk that aims to reduce tourism through higher taxes and fees on visitors. Civil Beat.Governor expected to loosen coronavirus restrictions as Hawaii nears 60% fully vaccinated. According to the Department of Health (DOH), 52% of Hawaii residents are fully vaccinated while 59% of residents have received at least on...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Johnson Johnson, Oahu, Maui Maui, Roth, Hawaii Department of Health, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, Garden Island, Hilo


LAX unveils new $477.5 million Terminal 1 extension

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti looked through massive floor-to-ceiling windows on the top floor of the new Terminal 1 extension at LAX on Friday, June 4, and said he was looking at the future of the airport. Just as Garcetti and other officials cut the ribbon on the $477.5 million building Friday, workers across the way were busy constructing what will become an automated people mover train system, connecting Los Angeles International Airport to the Crenshaw Metro station and allowing travelers...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Eric Garcetti, Southwest Airlines, Maui, Southwest, Lax, Don, Kelly, Oahu, Los Angeles International Airport, Gary Kelly, Garcetti


Hawaii travel news: Maui drops 2nd COVID tests upon arrival, Manoa Falls Trail to reopen

– Maui County announced their plans to end their post-arrival, rapid, COVID tests for trans-Pacific travelers at Kahului Airport per the Maui News. These tests will no longer be conducted starting Friday, June 4, 2021. This rapid, antigen testing program started May 4, 2021. Through Monday, 92,963 tests had been conducted and of those tests, only five ended up yielding a positive PCR test. – Please note that at this point in time trans-Pacific travelers, whether vaccinated or not, are required ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Pacific, Maui, Oahu, Maui County, Kahului Airport, Manoa Falls Trail, Coronavirus COVID 19


Teachers to vote on contract, police commission nominee says no racism in Hawaii, two counties pass annual budgets, studying the sea, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Whale frolics off Hawaii Coast ©2021 All Hawaii NewsNOAA Awards UH $210 Million To Host Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Research. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration selected the University of Hawai‘i to host a new Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, with the federal agency providing up to $210 million in funding over five years. Maui Now.Hawaii Teacher Salaries Won’t Change If New Contract Is Approved. The Hawaii State Teachers Association has r...
Tags: Travel, US, Hawaii, City Council, Council, Los Angeles Times, Hawaii Island, Maui, Department Of Health, Alexander, Caltech, Honolulu, Hawaii County, West Hawaii, Oahu, Kamehameha Schools


Hawaii residents want tourism limits, former Honolulu police chief begins prison, COVID-19 outbreak at Hilo jail, Manoa Falls trail to reopen, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Tourists, pre-COVID in Honolulu ©2021 All Hawaii News   Hawaii residents support limits on tourism, a survey finds. As island tourism continues to rebound heading into summer, a new survey of residents finds support for better regulation of tourism, including more government controls that could lead to limiting numbers at popular destinations across the state and charging higher user fees to offset tourists’ impact across the islands. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Vacation Rental...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Noaa, Kauai, Maui, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Honolulu, Hart, U S Missile Defense Agency, Oahu, Kihei, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, University of Hawaii, County Council, Department of Public Safety


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


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


Hawaiian Airlines Ends Service From Oahu to Molokai, Lanai

Hawaiian Airlines is ending service between Honolulu and the rural islands of Molokai and Lanai.
Tags: Hawaiian Airlines, Honolulu, Oahu, Molokai, Molokai Lanai


Hawaii outdoor mask mandate lifted, economic outlook rises, University of Hawaii mulls fully open campuses, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash Gov. Ige Eliminates Mask Mandate for Outdoors, Allows Ocean Sports Competitions. Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday people will no longer have to wear masks outdoors, effective immediately, as COVID-19 cases decrease and more people get vaccinated. The governor said he would maintain a requirement that people wear masks indoors. The same rules will apply regardless of whether someone is vaccinated. Associated Press. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Hawaii, Larry Ellison, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Derek, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, University of Hawaii, Garden Island


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


Pearl Harbor Is the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movie of All Time

The title of this article should actually end with an ellipsis followed by “aside from Armageddon, Bad Boys II or any of the Transformers films.” Yeah, I’m a sucker for all things Michael Bay. The man makes entertaining movies flawlessly designed for the theater-going experience. I freely admit I saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen four times when it was released in 2009, and even uncharacteristically defended it against Roger Ebert’s vicious, though on point, attacks. From a critical persp...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Drama, Ben Affleck, Armageddon, Michael Bay, Tim Burton, Action, Roger Ebert, Arizona, Kate Beckinsale, Memorial Day, Tokyo, Miami, John Wayne, Oklahoma


Cruise ships not set to return to Hawaii soon, Senate bill makes it harder to scrutinize government bids, Kauai loosens gathering rules, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Cruise ship off Hawaii pre-COVID ©2021 All Hawaii News  When will cruises return? Several cruise lines announced their intentions last week to resume vacation cruises this summer to ports in Alaska, Florida or Texas — but it doesn’t appear Hawaii will be on any port of call itineraries anytime soon. Tribune-Herald.University of Hawaii budget cuts to reverberate throughout local economy. An economic impact study released today suggests the $90 million cut in state general funds for UH over...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Navy, Senate, Time, Hawaii, Pentagon, Vikings, Kauai, Maui, Chris Todd, Todd, Hawaii County, West Hawaii, CIP, Oahu


Job-search requirement reinstated for unemployment recipients, Honolulu to crack down on monster houses, COVID-sniffing dogs begin their work, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Anne Perreira-Eustaquio, director of the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Job-search requirement reinstated for unemployment benefits in Hawaii. Gov. David Ige announced Thursday that the change will begin May 30 in a move to help boost employment as the state emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Associated Press. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Garden Island. Maui Now. KITV4. Hawaii News Now. Hawaii’s unemployment ra...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Hawaii, Marines, Environmental Protection Agency, Maui, Josh Green, Wendy, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii, Wailuku, Oahu, Maui Maui, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now


Committee Questions Navy Spill of Jet Fuel Near Pearl Harbor

The U.S. Navy says a jet fuel spill at its Red Hill fuel farm on Oahu caused no environmental damage and didn’t pose a risk to the area’s drinking water.
Tags: Oahu, U S Navy, Red Hill, Committee Questions Navy Spill of Jet Fuel, Near Pearl Harbor


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


Half of jail guard recruits test positive for coronavirus, Ige's emergency powers questioned, Honolulu resists releasing police body cam footage, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Corrections officer at Hawaii jail ©2021 All Hawaii News Half of Hawaii’s jail and prison guard recruits test positive for COVID. Half of the state’s new recruits to serve as correctional officers at Hawaii’s jails and prisons have tested positive for the coronavirus after the vast majority of the class declined to get vaccinated. Star-Advertiser.Questions raised on how much longer Hawaii Gov. Ige can invoke emergency powers. State lawmakers tried to limit the governor’s powers during the...
Tags: Travel, Colorado, Fbi, Canada, Maine, Hawaii, Tsa, Department Of Transportation, Maui, State, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, Naalehu, Hikianalia, Oahu


Facial recognition instituted at Hawaii airports, UH to require vaccinations, schools to fully reopen Aug. 3, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu airport screening, courtesy Hawaii DOT Flying To Hawaii? Prepare For Long Lines At The Airport. Some passengers report waiting an hour and a half to exit the airport even with a negative COVID-19 test. Civil Beat.Hawaii Completes Phase III Of Airport Thermal Screening Project with facial recognition. The Hawaii Department of Transportation says the facial imaging equipment is now operational at the state's major airports. Big Island Video News. Maui Now. KHON2. University of Hawa...
Tags: Travel, California, Hawaii, Brazil, Maui, Honolulu, Hart, West Hawaii, Oahu, Maui Maui, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, County Council, Maui News, Department of Public Safety, Garden Island


Vacation rental tax crackdown brings millions to state coffers, Congress mulls Pearl Harbor modernization money, Maui sets property tax rates, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Kayaks on the Ala Wai ©2021 All Hawaii NewsState tax crackdown garners millions in unpaid vacation rental taxes. The state Department of Taxation already has collected $4.1 million this year from vacation rental owners who owed back taxes, and through continued stepped- up enforcement expects to easily hit $12 million by year’s end. Star-Advertiser.UHERO Forecast: Visitors Could Reach 6.4M in 2021, 8.8M in 2022. A new forecast from the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization ...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Navy, Senate, China, Hawaii, Kim, Kilauea, Council, Pearl Harbor, Hitachi, Hawaii Island, Maui, State, Honolulu, Oahu


Hanabusa rejects big contract to volunteer on HART board instead, football star Colt Brennan dies at 37, vaccine passport program takes first step, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa rejects $924,000 HART consulting job. Former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa said Tuesday she will turn down a controversial $924,000 consulting contract with the city’s rail project and will instead serve as a volunteer board member. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Associated Press. Hawaii News Now. State Launches Limited Inter-Island 'Vaccine Passport' System. Traveling between the Hawaiian Islands just got easier for people who have been vaccinated in Hawai...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Waikiki, Maui, National Park Service, Samuel, Hawai, Hart, Oahu, Glover, Kona, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, U S Department of Education, Brennan, PUC


Hawaii inter-island vaccine passport program begins today, Mauna Kea working group named, $2,200 teacher bonus outside Legislature's authority, Ige says, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Tourists on Mauna Kea ©2021 All Hawaii News State’s inter-island vaccine passport program begins as broader plan still in the works. The state’s vaccine passport program starts Tuesday for inter-island travelers. It applies only to people who got their shots in Hawaii. The passport program allows fully vaccinated individuals to skip a COVID-19 test or travel-related quarantine. Hawaii News Now. Big Island Now. Bill to increase lodging tax could stifle visitor industry, some say. Hawaii’s ...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Pfizer, The New York Times, Bill, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Maui, Josh Green, Honolulu, Legislature, U S Food and Drug Administration, Oahu, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention