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Island Promise Homes care home hit with $828,000 penalty

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) issued a Notice of Violation and Order today to Anita Felipe, owner of Island Promise Homes, LLC, for operating an unlicensed care home at 94-947 Lumihoahu Street in Waipahu. As a result of a complaint alleging the operation of an unlicensed adult residential care home, health department inspectors conducted two announced investigations, the first in December 2018 and a subsequent... Read More
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Manoa Bar B Que shut down with red placard

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch has issued a red “CLOSED” placard to Manoa Bar B Que Restaurant, located at 2752 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu for food safety violations cited during a health inspection on June 9, 2021. The violations involved repeated unsafe temperature control of cooked foods. The issuance of a red “CLOSED” placard temporarily suspends the food establishment’s permit to operate and requires the facility to close... Read More
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Honolulu Airport runway closed for repairs

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division notifies Oahu residents that Runway 8R-26L will be closed at the Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL) from 8 p.m. on Thursday night, June 17, 2021, through 4 a.m. on Friday morning, June 18, 2021, for repair work.During closure hours, departure flights will be rerouted which may result in an increase of air traffic over the Downtown area.HDOT thanks the public for their cooperation... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority launches interactive website tool

The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) Tourism Research Division has launched a new and comprehensive interactive tool on its website that combines various data sources into one report to provide a quick look at data and insights, including visitor statistics and top points of interest for both visitors and residents. It includes HTA’s visitor statistics, Hawaii Hotel Report, Hawaii Vacation Rental Performance Report, Hawaii Quarterly Timeshare Survey, and geolocation data. The Symphony... Read More
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Lanikai parking restriction on Kamehameha Day Weekend

The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS) will be restricting parking in Lanikai starting Friday, June 11, 2021 in an effort to reduce traffic congestion for residents along the Lanikai-Kaʻōhao shoreline during the Kamehameha Day Weekend. These parking restrictions are similar to regular parking restrictions on holiday weekends. No parking will be allowed on all streets and shoulders of Mokulua and ʻAʻalapapa Drives in Lanikai from 10... Read More
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62 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 6/10

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 62 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 36,793 (up 0.1% from the previous day). To date, 1,659,337 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 34,881 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 0.9%. Currently, the average daily cases is 51.6. There were a total of 698 cases reported in the past... Read More
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Hawai‘i launches new vaccination initiative

The State of Hawai‘i and community partners are expanding efforts to get more people in Hawai‘i vaccinated. #HIGotVaccinated Month will run through June and is aimed at educating and motivating Hawai‘i residents who have not yet received COVID-19 vaccinations. The business community is working together to offer incentives for vaccinated Hawai‘i residents, and Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) and healthcare providers are making the vaccine available in more locations than ever.... Read More
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Lanikai parking restriction ongoing

The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS) will be restricting parking in Lanikai in an effort to reduce traffic congestion for residents along the Lanikai-Kaʻōhao shoreline due to on-going construction by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) in the area. No parking will be allowed along any street in Lanikai including cross streets, Mokulua and ʻAʻalapapa Drives from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.... Read More
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Honolulu pools open up lap time

Beginning next Monday, June 7, 2021, select Honolulu park pools will take part in a pilot program aimed at allowing greater public access. The new pool operation procedures include: No time limit for lane usage (previous limit was 45 minutes)More than one person can occupy a swim lane if members are of the same householdNo reservations. Walk-ins only. Those waiting must remain outside the pool facility.Immediate turn-around in between lane uses... Read More
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Hawaii travel without restrictions for visitors and residents

Hawaii Governor David Ige today announced the "Safe Travel" initiative restricting travel to the Aloha State will be eliminated, once 70 percent of every resident in Hawaii is fully vaccinated. At this time, more than 50 percent are vaccinated in Hawaii. Once 70 percent of all residents are vaccinated, all mask-wearing requirements including the indoors will be lifted. Starting June 15, inter-island travel will be made available without restrictions. Once 55... Read More
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69 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 6/4

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 69 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 36,471 (up 0.2% from the previous day). To date, 1,626,164 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 34,602 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 1.1%. Currently, the average daily cases is 52.1. There were a total of 694 cases reported in the past... Read More
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Eroding Waikiki seawall repair begins

A popular walkway along a scenic portion of O‘ahu’s south shore in Waikiki will be repaired and reinforced as part of a project beginning this week. Approximately 500 feet of seawall located along the promenade between the Waikīkī Aquarium and Barefoot Beach Café food concession is severely eroded after years of direct exposure to ocean conditions and southern swells. This project aims to reconstruct a large portion of the lower area... Read More
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Waialua Bridge construction underway

The City and County of Honolulu's Department of Transportation Services (DTS), and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), announces that construction on Bridge 605, Waialua Beach Road Ki‘iki‘i Stream Crossing is underway. The bridge, located on Waialua Beach Road between Goodale Avenue to the west and Haleʻiwa Road to the east, is anticipated to remain closed until fall 2021. Under normal circumstances, repairs to correct damage of this magnitude can... Read More
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Hawaii unveils tool to find vaccine deserts

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is unveiling its newest tool to help encourage more Hawai‘i residents to get vaccinated: COVID-19 vaccination progress maps. Based on vaccination data collected to date, the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division has developed a new set of heat maps that show vaccination rates by ZIP code for each island. The maps will be used to identify potential vaccine deserts – areas where access... Read More
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Honolulu Mayor approves budgets

The following statement can be attributed to Mayor Rick Blangiardi regarding the City Council’s approval of the operating and capital improvements program budgets: “Five months to the day after taking office we are extremely pleased and excited our first budget was unanimously approved and we are committed to making sure every dollar will be spent responsibly and efficiently on the challenges of building affordable housing, homelessness, infrastructure, public safety, and modernizing... Read More