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3 Deaths, 85 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases as Hospitalizations Break 100: 7/28

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 85 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 41,069 (up 0.2% from the previous day). To date, 1,829,568 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 39,014 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 4.9%. The Department of Health issued a statement saying that due to an electronic lab reporting system interruption, the... Read More
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Honolulu Mayor Working from Kapolei Monthly

As Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Rick Blangiardi announced he will work from Kapolei Hale at least once a month. “I believe it’s important for me to spend time at Kapolei Hale each month,” said Mayor Blangiardi. “Not only do we have an incredible City workforce in Kapolei, but spending time in Kapolei allows me to get to know the concerns of our residents better, along with the... Read More
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Kama‘āina at Hanauma Bay: No reservations

In an effort to accommodate local residents, while maintaining the improved marine environment created by a reduced number of people in the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will launch a pilot program allowing Hawai‘i residents to enter the bay without a reservation. The purpose of this pilot program is to see if the total number of people coming to the bay remains manageable.  The... Read More
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New COVID-19 Guidance for Hawai’i Schools

The Hawai'i Department of Health (DOH) released updated COVID-19 Guidance for Schools that includes four core essential strategies and additional mitigation practices to facilitate the return to in-person learning in the 2021-2022 school year. “This update comes at a time when we are emphasizing the return to in-person learning for K-12 schools,” said Acting State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble. “As the science related to COVID-19 mitigation practices has grown, we have... Read More
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162 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 7/27

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 162 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 40,984 (up 0.4% from the previous day). To date, 1,828,661 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 38,950 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 4.7%. Currently, the average daily cases is 190.4. There were a total of 2,143 cases reported in the past... Read More
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Hawaii Vacation Rentals: Better, But Not There Yet

Hawaii vacation rentals statewide reported substantial increases in supply, demand, occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) in June 2021 compared to June 2020. However, in comparison to June 2019, vacation rental supply, demand and ADR were down while occupancy rose slightly due to a reduction in supply levels. Similarly, through the first half of 2021, Hawaii vacation rentals reported overall increases in the same performance categories compared to 2020, but lagged... Read More
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Hawaii Comedian Tumua Tuinei Highlights Teen Empowerment

The adolescent years are an important time as youth transition to adulthood, making it critical to promote life-long physical, mental, social, and emotional health. The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) recently launched a public awareness campaign to highlight TeenLink Hawaii, a youth empowerment, outreach, and education program that provides information and referral services for local teens. “COVID-19 compounded issues for Hawai‘i teens by affecting stress levels, sleep patterns, grades, eating habits,... Read More
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Hawaii Highway Infrastructure During Natural Hazards

As a result of the impact of severe weather events and forecasted impacts of climate change on the roads and bridges that connect our communities, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division is releasing its Climate Adaptation Action Plan, exposure assessments, and hazard viewer. “We are planning and preparing our infrastructure for the natural hazards ahead to avoid impacts where possible and ensure quick recovery in vulnerable areas,” said Hawaii... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority Restructuring with New Key Execs

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced its reorganization plans including the promotions of two key executives. HTA has comprehensively reorganized its structure and operations to support the goal of Malama Kuu Home (caring for my beloved home) as part of its initiatives outlined in HTA’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan through the principles of regenerative tourism. HTA is committed to empowering the community to have a greater voice in tourism’s future, with an... Read More
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163 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 7/26

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 163 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 40,822 (up 0.4% from the previous day). To date, 1,825,399 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 38,799 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 4.6%. Currently, the average daily cases is 184.6. There were a total of 2,048 cases reported in the past... Read More
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Hawai’i brings health and digital navigators plus telehealth to underserved

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) has partnered with the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System and the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to bring COVID-19 health and digital navigators and telehealth services to 15 libraries in underserved and rural areas statewide. The $3.7 million project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address COVID-19 health disparities as part of... Read More
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Part of Kuhio Highway Closed July 26-30

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces that the Kuhio Highway (Route 56) southbound contraflow between the Kapaa Temporary Bypass Road and Kapule Highway will not operate Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30, 2021. This change in operations is due to continued maintenance on the vehicle that allows HDOT crews to safely place the cones along the four miles of highway. The contraflow truck went down Friday, July 23 and... Read More
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Hawaii Airports Institute Auto Anti-Theft Measures

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division and the Department of Public Safety advise the public of an uptick in auto thefts involving unsecured vehicles from airport parking lots. As of July 21, there have been 13 vehicles stolen from parking lots at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). Of those 13 vehicles, all but one were associated with car sharing or person to person rental.   Sheriffs and... Read More
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Honolulu Sells Bonds for $742 Million

On July 21, 2021, the City and County of Honolulu successfully sold $742 million of General Obligation Bonds to the public.  The bond proceeds will be used to finance various City projects, equipment purchases, improvements to the H-Power waste-to-energy facility, and construction of a portion of the rail transit project. The average interest rate on the City’s new money Series 2021A bonds was only 2.07%, the City’s lowest borrowing costs in... Read More
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Hawaii Homeowners May Qualify for Real Property Tax Credit

In an effort to provide financial relief for qualified homeowners on O‘ahu, the City and County of Honolulu is accepting applications for its Real Property Tax Credit Program for the 2022-2023 tax year. “At this very moment, many of our neighbors, friends, loved ones, and kūpuna on fixed incomes are struggling to make ends meet,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “This program is about saving people money on their property taxes at... Read More