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State of Hawaii misleads public in COVID 19 counts

eTurboNews and Hawaii News Online had been excluded from media allowed to ask questions at press conferences by the State of Hawaii and in the City of Honolulu. There may be a reason. For many months eTurboNews was waiting for an opportunity to question the legitimacy of COVID-19 numbers published. Did Hawaii Governor Ige and Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi want to avoid this important question so it could not be asked at... Read More

All aboard the Hawaii train – no, not that train

On the Island of Oahu, County of Honolulu, Hawaii, the most expensive rail project every built in the United States may cost almost $11.4B.Construction started in 2005. This 20+ mile, 21-station stretch will not fully open until 2031. Another train in Honolulu has been operating for decades connecting Ewa with Barbers Point and Kapolei in the new resort area of Koolina which includes the Ihilani Resort and Spa by J. W. Marriott and the... Read More
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Frank Haas has a plan for Hawaii Tourism, while HTA is fighting for survival

There's more and more pressure to reform tourism in our State. At the same time, the Hawai‘i legislature is essentially dismantling the Hawaii Tourism Authority(HTA). Hawaii is an excellent example on how tourism could look like in the future of tourism. Frank Haas, a member of the World Tourism Network, and head of the Marketing Management Inc in Honolulu shares his research and approach for a global view on the future... Read More

COVID-19 race & ethnic disparities in Hawaii

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health today outlined state- and community-based initiatives to address racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infection and Hawaii’s vaccination efforts. DOH also released data illustrating the challenges in ensuring health equity in Hawaii’s COVID-19 response. A new report, “COVID-19 in Hawai‘i: Addressing Health Equity in Diverse Populations,” details the racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infections and deaths in the state of Hawai‘i, documents the actions... Read More
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Tsunami Watch in Hawaii

A series of major earthquakes shook the Pacific Ocean in the last 8 hours. The latest earthquake in the Kermadec Islands region now triggered a tsunami watch for the US State of Hawaii as of 9:38 am Hawaii Time.The earthquake had a magnitude of 8.0. A possible tsunami wave cannot be expected until 4:35 pm Hawaii time or 9:35 pm EST. Everyone living in coastal areas in Hawaii should prepare. eTurboNews... Read More
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Hawaii is waiting for FDA instruction on how to integrate the new COVID vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today granted Emergency Use Authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccination. With the FDA authorization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will soon issue recommendations on who should receive the vaccine and how it should be distributed.   “Today’s announcement validates the FDA’s findings that this vaccine is safe and effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death,”... Read More
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Honolulu to move to tier 3 as of tomorrow night

Depending on the signature by Governor Ige Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi, Honolulu county will be moving to tier 3 as of tomorrow night. It would mean no capacity restrictions in restaurants and more flexibility. Mask wearing will still be mandatory, and the Mayor feels this an award Honolulu deserves. Bars will still have to follow the requirements of Tier 3 listed on the oneoahu.org webpage, however there may be modifications in the... Read More
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How Hawaii Laboratory Service endangers medical staff

It's not surprising that an elderly patient and eTurboNews staff member with diabetes was prevented from wearing her KN95 mask at a Diagnostic Laboratory Services medical office in Honolulu today and given a lower grade surgical mask instead. The reasoning: holes in the KN95 mask. Healthcare workers are also put in harm's way. Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. in Honolulu is allowing healthcare staff to wear cloth masks or surgical masks, knowing... Read More
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Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi selects Chief of Staff

Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced his selection today for Chief of Staff. Sam Moku will step into his new role with the City beginning February 1. Moku leaves his post as the Executive Director of Athletics and Community Relations at Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) where in addition to his role leading the Athletics Department, he oversaw HPU’s government and community relations.  “Sam brings with him a wealth of knowledge in local government... Read More
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New Years starts with 241 new COVID-19 cases in Hawaii

The New Years' news is not too good with 241 new Corona Virus cases in the State of Hawaii, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 289 fatalities and 21,638 cases. The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 224 fatalities on Oahu, 45 on Hawaii island, 17 on Maui, one on Kauai, and two Hawaii residents who died on the mainland. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said... Read More
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HPD Chief heard screaming when receiving the COVID shot

Today was a good day for Honolulu and Hawaii. 88,000 expected vaccine doses are already in Hawaii or on their way and today at Leeward Community College, some lucky first responders received the vaccine. Among them Honolulu Chief of Police Susan Ballard. Mayor Kirk Caldwell said she is a tough lady, but she was heard screaming in this video when receiving her shot. A proud mayor Kirk Caldwell also witnessed Shirley... Read More
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Record 204 new COVID-19 cases in Hawaii

204 new cases of COVID-19 infections were recorded in the State of Hawaii. 180 are on Oahu, 13 on the Island of Hawaii and 11 on Maui. There was one fatality . 89 cases were related to a prison on Oahu. Honolulu Mayor Caldwell told reporters in a press-conference today, he was meeting with Governor Ige this afternoon to discuss moving the prison numbers from the overall Oahu cases. The mayor... Read More
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Is Oahu heading back to a lockdown?

197 new cases of COVID-19 infections yesterday, 90 today and 5 more dead. This is a serious development for Oahu, and specifically for Oahu. Mayor Kirk Caldwell yesterday blamed the outbreak to a situation in a prison. The sliding system in place for the County of Honolulu may slide the island into another lockdown, if this situation cannot be immediately brought under control. The Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) on Oahu received... Read More
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Details of the new 10 day quarantine rule in Hawaii

 The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) announced that effective today it is reducing the required quarantine period of those who have been exposed to COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days to improve compliance without significantly increasing the risk of transmission in the community. The updated quarantine guidance is based on updated recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this week. The previous 14-day quarantine period... Read More