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45 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 3/8

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 45 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 27,935 (up 0.2% from the previous day). To date, 1,146,955 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 27,812 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 1.1%. Currently, the average daily cases is 47.4. There were a total of 648 cases reported in the past... Read More
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Flood threat in Hawaii: May cause flight delays

As some Americans may be finalizing spring break plans to the nation's 50th state this week, an influx of tropical moisture causing a flood threat in Hawaii may dampen plans throughout a majority of the week. Moisture began to push northward into part of the Hawaiian island chain this past weekend and is forecast to ramp up this week. The first locales to feel the effects of this surge of moisture... Read More
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New highly-transmissable South Africa COVID variant a concern in Hawaii

The Department of Health State Laboratories Division (SLD) has detected a new highly-transmissable COVID variant of concern. This new strain has the technical name B.1.351 and is sometimes referred to as the South Africa COVID variant. It was found in an O‘ahu resident with no travel history.  “This is concerning because B.1.351 has a mutation that makes it more transmissible from one person to another, and a separate mutation that might... Read More
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Meet the meerkats at Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo is happy to welcome three new male meerkats from the Toledo Zoo. Brothers Raphael, Leo and Mikey were born on March 4, 2017 and arrived at the Honolulu Zoo on November 2.  They have just completed their 120-day quarantine period and have been placed on exhibit for the public to visit. Meerkats, also known as suricates, are a type of small burrowing mongoose found in Southwestern Africa and... Read More
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Tree planting at Waipahū District Park

In honor of former Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director and longtime City worker William D. “Bill” Balfour Jr., the unveiling of park signage and planting of a Shower tree marked the official renaming of Waipahū District Park today. Now known as Bill Balfour Jr. Waipahū District Park, the nearly 14-acre park’s new signage is displayed near the park’s main exit on Pāiwa Street. Further mauka of this park... Read More
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Mayor names Honolulu’s top attorneys

Mayor Rick Blangiardi is pleased to announce Dana Viola and Krishna Jayaram have been selected to lead the City and County of Honolulu’s Corporation Counsel (COR), which serves as the chief legal advisor to the Mayor, City Council, City agencies and all officers and employees of the City. Viola is currently serving as the first deputy in the State Department of the Attorney General where her primary responsibilities were to manage... Read More
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Chinatown and Downtown streets get rehabbed

The Department of Design and Construction would like to notify the public of street rehabilitation work in Downtown/Chinatown, beginning Monday, March 8, 2021. The project includes the resurfacing and reconstruction of asphalt concrete pavements, construction of concrete bus pads, tree stump removals, and the installation of signs and bike lane facilities. The project also includes upgraded curb extensions at three intersections along Pauahi Street (Pauahi Street/Maunakea Street, Pauahi Street/Smith Street, and... Read More
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Governor approves Kauai re-entry into Safe Travels

Office of the Governor: Governor approves Kaua‘i’s re-entry into Safe Travels for Trans-Pacific travelers Gov. David Ige has approved Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami’s request to rejoin the Safe Travels pre-travel testing program for Trans-Pacific travel, effective April 5, 2021. Existing rules for travel to Kaua‘i remain in place until that date. Gov. Ige said, “This emergency rule will simplify travel to Hawai‘i by including Kaua‘i in the existing Safe Travels program.... Read More
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First Johnson & Johnson vaccines administered in Hawaii

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) administered hundreds of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines to Department of Education (DOE) employees at clinic in Kaneohe today. “It is gratifying to see that so many people recognize the benefits this new vaccine offers,” said State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is similar to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in that they are all highly effective in preventing severe... Read More
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Mental health help expanded due to COVID-19 effects

The Hawai‘i Department of Health, in collaboration with CARE Hawaii, launched a new crisis counseling assistance program to provide mental health support for children and adults experiencing challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The expansion was made possible by a $2.1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The new program, called “Kū Makani – The Hawai’i Resiliency... Read More
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2 Deaths and 54 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 3/5

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 54 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 27,753 (up 0.2% from the previous day). To date, 1,136,395 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 27,648 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 1%. Currently, the average daily cases is 44.7. There were a total of 639cases reported in the past 14... Read More
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Hawaii Daily COVID-19 Update: 3/4

Hawaii Daily COVID-19 update of coronavirus reports and statistics from government departments as of Thursday, March 4, 2021 in the Aloha State. Department of Health: https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/ Daily and Weekly Preliminary Vaccine Administration Updates The charts below will be included in the Daily News Digest, Monday-Friday. Vaccinations for People 70+ Begin Next Monday Beginning Monday, March 8 the state is expanding the pool of those eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. “We are excited to be... Read More
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Honolulu Airport runway repairs

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division advises Oahu residents of airfield repair work near Runway 4R-22L at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) on Monday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9, from 3:00 p.m. to midnight. During the scheduled work hours, arriving flights will be directed to use Runway 8L which may increase the amount of air traffic over Ewa Plains. The construction is weather dependent. HDOT appreciates the community’s... Read More
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60 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 3/4

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 60 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 27,699 (up 0.2% from the previous day). To date, 1,131,093 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 27,595 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 1%. Currently, the average daily cases is 43.4. There were a total of 635 cases reported in the past... Read More
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Makaha Bridge replacements starting March 8

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will begin preparations for the replacement of Makaha Bridge No. 3 and 3A on Farrington Highway on Monday, March 8, 2021. Work will involve clearing of the area makai of the existing bridge to prepare for installation of a temporary bypass. Once installation of the temporary bypass is complete, traffic will be routed to the bypass road and the existing Makaha Bridge No. 3 and... Read More