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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
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COVID-19 Assessment for Oahu

Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that the City and County of Honolulu’s COVID-19 weekly assessment stood at 84 cases with a test positivity rate of 2.5% (7-day averages). These assessments reflect the 7-day average reported by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health each Wednesday, which calculates the numbers reported in a 7-day period from the previous Thursday to the current Wednesday. Under these metrics, O‘ahu remains in Tier 2 of Honolulu’s COVID-19 Recovery... Read More
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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Urgent Appeal

"Now is not the time to give up. Going into the next few months we have an opportunity to keep the numbers down and continue moving forward. I know this is difficult. I am asking everyone , if you gather, please gather safely. Gather in groups of five or less for now. Wear your face coverings even when you’re around your close friends. This won’t be forever, but if we all... Read More
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COVID-19 lab now also at HNL International Airport

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that the City and County of Honolulu, in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii Consortium, opened a mobile testing lab for COVID-19 that can process up to 10,000 tests a day at the state’s largest airport. “Testing is a critical part of our COVID-19 response, and I commend Mayor Caldwell and the City for collaborating with community partners to add capacity and further protect our... Read More
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Outrigger Hotels and Resorts: The Interview

  How can you smile behind a mask? Outrigger Hotels and Resorts may be a shining example to document how the Aloha Smile in Hawaii and the Amazing Thailand Smile is possible behind a mask and with social distancing in place. Meet Outrigger Spokesperson Carly Clement in Waikiki. Outrigger is one of Hawaii’s largest resort groups with properties also in Maldives, Mauritius, and Thailand.   The  Outrigger Waikiki Beach remained open... Read More
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Honolulu’s Emergency Order No. 2020-29 approved

HONOLULU – Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that the City and County of Honolulu’s Emergency Order No. 2020-29: Order Implementing Tier 2 (The “Order”) and an 8th Proclamation (extending the emergency period) has been approved and signed by Governor David Ige. Governor Ige also approved Honolulu’s 8th emergency proclamation, extending the emergency period related to the COVID-19 pandemic through November 30.  Based on Emergency Order No. 2020-29, starting on Thursday, October 22, the... Read More
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Honolulu Mayor urgent appeal to visitors on Oahu

Traveling to Waikiki? Outspoken Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has an urgent message for you. Caldwell told eTurboNews he will be meeting this afternoon with John de Fries, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority , to push for some immediate implementations to inform tourists in Waikiki and the rest of the island of Oahu about. Caldwell is frustrated and agreed with Rebuilding Travel Chairman Juergen Steinmetz that visitors should be fully informed... Read More
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Farm to Food a new Oahu Tourist Attraction?

Today Mayor Caldwell announced an innovative hui of local farmers, nonprofits, community health clinics, and the City and County of Honolulu has launched “Farm to Food” to provide free meals to Oʻahu residents in need while providing farmers with new markets for their locally grown produce. While local farmers on Oahu take care of needy people, their own businesses are becoming needy in the current pandemic. Tourism is about to restart... Read More
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WTTC to discuss the plan on how to save tourism with Hawaii News Online readers

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) made history yesterday in coming up with a detailed plan on how to save the global travel and tourism industry. This plan was developed together with 46 CEOs of the largest travel and tourism companies in the world. It also includes the 20 G-20 nations and a lot of help by His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia. eTurboNews in cooperation with Hawaii News... Read More