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Hawaii Hotels Pulling in More Money than Last 2 Years

“The peak summer season ended with August revenue and room rates remaining strong for Hawaii’s hotel industry statewide compared to August 2019,” said John De Fries, HTA president and CEO. “However, the rise in COVID-19 cases and subsequent hospitalizations caused by the Delta variant reminds us that we’re still in a fluid situation as we approach the seasonally slower fall period for travel.” - eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News Read More
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1 Million Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests for O’ahu

Oʻahu residents in eligible ZIP codes can order free COVID-19 test kits while supplies last at COVIDTestHonolulu.org. Oʻahu was selected for a federal pilot program that will provide free at-home COVID-19 test kits to eligible residents.  The Say Yes! COVID Test At-Home Testing Challenge will provide 125,000 Oʻahu residents who live in eligible ZIP codes with eight rapid antigen tests. The program encourages participants to use the tests twice a week... Read More
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431 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 9/20

In the latest COVID-19 report from the Government of the Aloha State, there are 431 new cases bringing the total cases to date to 75,911. Of those total cases, 4,068 required hospitalization. The total cases reported in the past 14 days was 7,431. Total deaths to date are 714. CURRENT TRAVEL INFORMATION Hawaii’s 10-day mandatory self-quarantine remains in place for all trans-Pacific passengers. Travelers entering the state from the US and... Read More
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O’ahu Parks & Rec Classes Back This Fall

In accordance with the suspension of large gatherings and the launch of the Safe Access O‘ahu Program, the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will be offering a hybrid catalog of fall classes, resumption of limited indoor facility usage, and modified permitting guidelines. All of these updates are designed to help keep our community safe, while continuing to provide enjoyable recreational opportunities to our park users in a comfortable environment.... Read More
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Emergency Welding at Kolekole Bridge on the Big Island

On September 15, the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) reduced the allowable weight rating for Kolekole Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) to four tons (8,000 lbs.). Yesterday, September 17, HDOT is updating the public on the emergency repairs to the bridge at milepost 14.27. Following additional analysis, the department is pursuing emergency welding to support raising the weight restriction to 12 tons, which will accommodate most emergency and transit... Read More
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8 Deaths and 569 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 9/18

In the latest COVID-19 report from the Government of the Aloha State, there are 569 new cases bringing the total cases to date to 75,006. Of those total cases, 4,001 required hospitalization. The total cases reported in the past 14 days was 7,982. Total deaths to date are 702. CURRENT TRAVEL INFORMATION Hawaii’s 10-day mandatory self-quarantine remains in place for all trans-Pacific passengers. Travelers entering the state from the US and... Read More
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15 Deaths and 581 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 9/17

In the latest COVID-19 report from the Government of the Aloha State, there are 581 new cases bringing the total cases to date to 74,437. Of those total cases, 3,981 required hospitalization. The total cases reported in the past 14 days was 8,285. Total deaths to date are 694. CURRENT TRAVEL INFORMATION Hawaii’s 10-day mandatory self-quarantine remains in place for all trans-Pacific passengers. Travelers entering the state from the US and... Read More
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New Hawaii Tourism Vision is Economic Suicide, but not pono to”talk stink”

Forget the COVID-19 crisis, record COVID death and statistics in Hawaii. Forget tourism arrivals that peaked two weeks ago and is back on its knees now. The most important discussion for the Hawaii Tourism Authority is how to discourage travel and dream of a Hawaiian way of life that has not been sustainable for decades. Is there a death wish for tourism in the Aloha State? - eTurboNews | Trends |... Read More
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New Hawaii Tourism Vision is Economic Suicide, but not pono to”talk stink”

Forget the COVID-19 crisis, record COVID death and statistics in Hawaii. Forget tourism arrivals that peaked two weeks ago and is back on its knees now. The most important discussion for the Hawaii Tourism Authority is how to discourage travel and dream of a Hawaiian way of life that has not been sustainable for decades. Is there a death wish for tourism in the Aloha State? - eTurboNews | Trends |... Read More
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Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship Arrives in Honolulu This Saturday

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Harbors Division informed the public, that the cruise ship Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled to arrive at Honolulu Harbor for fuel and provisions on Saturday, September 18, 2021, and is expected to depart Monday, September 20, 2021. The ship is coming from Indonesia en route to San Diego with no passengers and only minimum crew on board. It is stopping in Honolulu for fuel and provisions... Read More
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More Free COVID Testing at Four New Oʻahu Sites

The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) has added four new COVID-19 testing locations on Oʻahu. Testing is available at: ElixRX Pharmacy Kailua on Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Kaiser Permanente Nanaikeola Clinic Parking on Sundays and Mondays from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.Mililani Recreational Center 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Pearl City Shopping Center on Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Testing... Read More
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Doner Shack Gets Second Red Placard

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch has issued a Cease and Desist Order and a red “closed” placard to Doner Shack at 79 South Pauahi Street in Honolulu for failing to renew its state permit and failing to pay a $3,000 judgement, from a contested hearing case, against the establishment’s owner Donald Moriarity in June 2021.  The food establishment permit for Doner Shack expired on Sept.10, 2021. Hawai‘i Administrative... Read More
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CDC Highlights Hawaii efforts on racial disparities of COVID-19 data

A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report authored by Hawaiʻi researchers demonstrates the value of separating public health data in order to identify and address racial disparities. Data collected by the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) revealed racial disparities in COVID-19 infections and death. Race and ethnicity can serve as markers for underlying systemic and structural inequities that drive health disparities. This data informed DOH’s COVID-19 response and... Read More
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13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) Seeking Festival Director

As planning continues for the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC), to be hosted in Hawaiʻi for the first time June 6–16, 2024, the official state commission responsible for the festival has opened recruitment for a Festival Director to oversee the planning, coordination, implementation, and execution of the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders. The festival will feature live performances, cultural workshops, hands-on demonstrations, storytelling and more, including... Read More
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8 Deaths and 588 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 9/16

In the latest COVID-19 report from the Government of the Aloha State, there are 588 new cases bringing the total cases to date to 73,856. Of those total cases, 3,980 required hospitalization. The total cases reported in the past 14 days was 8,533. Total deaths to date are 679. CURRENT TRAVEL INFORMATION Hawaii’s 10-day mandatory self-quarantine remains in place for all trans-Pacific passengers. Travelers entering the state from the US and... Read More