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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
May, 2020: Tourism Down 98.9%
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 368 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... In May, a total of 9,116 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service compared to 841,376 total visitors (by air and cruise ships) during the same period a year ago .... 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Hawaii AG: For The Hearing At Which I Will Argue That Indoor In-Person Gatherings Are Dangerous, Let's Gather Indoors In-Person!
By Robert Thomas @ 5:15 PM :: 507 Views :: Judiciary, Tourism, COVID-19

...the court scheduled a hearing for Thursday, July 2, 2020....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
Big Brother coming soon to Honolulu Airport
By Rep Gene Ward @ 11:25 PM :: 608 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Rep Gene Ward today sent a letter to Governor Ige and the Department of Transportation – Airports Division questioning why the State is installing facial recognition cameras at Hawaii's airports....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
TVR Control: Kauai County Signs Agreement with AirBnB, Expedia
By News Release @ 6:24 PM :: 398 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...mandatory TMK field on its listings....

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Sunday, June 28, 2020
Future of the Aloha Stadium
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 584 Views :: Development, Higher Education, Tourism

... Can we afford to take the risk of building a new stadium with an entertainment center that may become a financial white elephant like our convention center? ....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Facial Recognition: Legislature appropriates $90 million for airport COVID-19 screening
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 597 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

"...thermal screening cameras and facial imaging tracking system...."

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Friday, June 26, 2020
COVID Suits: One Case Dismissed, Judge Blocks Feds from Other
By Robert Thomas @ 4:39 AM :: 512 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...The court also ordered plaintiffs to respond to the Governor's virus pre-check program....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Ige: Tourists Can Skip Quarantine with COVID Test Starting Aug 1
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 1309 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Transpacific travelers to Hawaiʻi will be able to bypass the 14-day quarantine starting on August 1, if they first show proof that they were tested for COVID-19 with negative results....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
US DoJ Backs Hawaii Lawsuit Against Ige COVID Orders
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 723 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...UPDATE ... Judge: Feds Can’t Intervene In Quarantine Challenge....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
AirBnB Occupancy Bounces Back – But Not in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 421 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii AirBnB occupancy rates are running far below those of other US destinations....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
Hawaii’s Army Of Karens
By Selected News Articles @ 11:31 PM :: 1250 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...Anyone flying to the Aloha State’s golden shores is supposed to remain in self-quarantine for two weeks....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
ACLU: Hawaii COVID Facial Recognition Program 'Rife for Abuse'
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 443 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...ineffective, unnecessary, rife for abuse, expensive, potentially unconstitutional, and, in a word, “terrifying”....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
COVID Impact on Micronesia
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 554 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...an initial assessment of the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 on the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Two Years Later: Kauai Mayor signs fifteenth supplementary emergency proclamation
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 936 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Tourism

...how long can democracy be suspended?....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
Senator Dela Cruz asks Governor to consider pooled testing for arriving travelers
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 541 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Pooled testing would allow the state to test more travelers using fewer tests....

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Monday, June 15, 2020
DoH Still Working on New Rules for Quarantine-Free Inter-island Flights
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 524 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Ige strongly encourages people to fill in the form before they get to the airport....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
COVID-19 testing pre-departure may eliminate 90% of infectious passengers
By UHERO @ 4:03 AM :: 729 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...recommend that individuals who clear a temperature and symptom screening, and a COVID-19 test in their departure city will not be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to Hawaiʻi....

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Monday, June 08, 2020
Rep Case Bill Would Allow States to Impose Air-Travel COVID Testing
By Ed Case @ 7:00 PM :: 674 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...to allow Hawai’i to impose a pre-board test requirement on passengers destined for Hawai’i to protect visitors and residents from COVID-19....

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
Hawaii Safest State for Seniors During COVID-19
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 668 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...New Study Highlights Hawaii, Montana, and Vermont Among Top 10 Best Places for Seniors to Live During the Pandemic....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Hawaii to be a top post-pandemic travel destination
By News Release @ 7:17 PM :: 1312 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Although travelers’ fascination with sunny getaways fell 60% compared to one year ago, Hawaii beaches are still trending, taking five spots on our top 10 most resilient beach destinations....

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Monday, May 25, 2020
'Safe Travels System' -- Quarantine App Turns Hawaii Into a Privacy Nightmare
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 AM :: 3291 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s case is likely the most extreme to date....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Which Hawaii Zip Codes Have the Most Unemployed?
By UHERO @ 6:20 PM :: 2387 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...claims are clustered in zip codes where the tourism industry is a particularly important source of employment....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
HTA Using Spy Program to Watch Tourists
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 1324 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...It allows all traveler information collected through the current processes to be integrated into its ArcGIS database....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
DBEDT: Hawaii Economy Will Shrink 12.1% in 2020
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 848 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...Assume visitor industry will start opening in September 2020 and will recover 30 percent of arrivals (from same month in 2019) in September and 45 percent in December 2020....

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
FAA OKs Testing of Tourists
By Rep Gene Ward @ 12:23 AM :: 1209 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...“Promises quicker and safer opening of our economy”....

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Travel-Related Unemployment Hits 51% Just Ahead of Memorial Day
By News Release @ 8:04 AM :: 649 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...Double Nat'l Unemployment at Height of Great Depression....

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
UH, DOH working on plan to test out-of-state students for COVID-19
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 684 Views :: Higher Education, Tourism, COVID-19

...Protocols for testing, along contact tracing and quarantine as needed, are key components in UHʻs plans to resume in-person instruction at UH....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
McDermott: Reopen With 100% COVID Testing for Arrivals
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:46 PM :: 763 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Fully one-third of our economy has evaporated. We need to rectify this, at least partially, immediately....

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Sunday, May 17, 2020
Hawaii Wastes Thousands of COVID Testing Opportunities Every Day
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 AM :: 2477 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii has a 5,000 test per day capacity, yet access to testing is restricted and day after day only a few hundred tests are performed....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Schatz: State Needs to Stop Dragging Feet on Mass Testing
By News Release @ 4:51 AM :: 762 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Tourism, COVID-19

“I encourage state leaders to move at the speed of the virus and establish a contact tracing program that is fully operational as soon as possible. There’s simply not any time left, but there is plenty of money to get this done,” said Senator Schatz....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
VIDEO: Three DOCARE Cops Wrestle Beachgoer to Ground
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 1470 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism, COVID-19

...that'll stop the virus....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Rep Case to FAA: Allow Hawaii to Require COVID Testing to Board Airplane
By Ed Case @ 9:30 PM :: 1096 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...He Says Hawai’i Shouldn't Have To Rely On Ineffective Post-Arrival Quarantine....

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Friday, May 08, 2020
Letter to Governor to Open Up Small Business and Interisland Air Travel
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:40 PM :: 966 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...there is no such thing as non-essential business when it comes to generating jobs and taxes for the state....

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Saturday, May 02, 2020
Keli'i Akina Calls for Balanced Approach to Re-opening the Economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:41 PM :: 1107 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... measures that must be taken now before "irreparable damage" is done to Hawaii's economy ....

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Saturday, May 02, 2020
Court Orders FAA Clampdown on Helicopter Tours over National Parks
By Court House News @ 4:32 PM :: 940 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

...Friday’s ruling says the agencies must bring 23 national parks into compliance with commercial air tour regulations.... 

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Saturday, May 02, 2020
A Low-Risk Plan to Re-Start Hawaii Tourism Now
By Andrew Walden @ 2:52 AM :: 2237 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...To rebuild tourism the Governor should amend his emergency order to exempt from quarantine any visitor who can show a negative COVID test....

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Friday, May 01, 2020
Newlyweds Arrested for Quarantine Violation
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 1228 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...FROM THE HONEYMOON SUITE TO CELL BLOCK....

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Friday, May 01, 2020
Petition: 'Let Hawaii Work!'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 AM :: 1183 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...New petition urges lifting of lockdown so Hawaii residents can get back to work....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
March Tourist Arrivals Down 50%
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 550 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...A total of 434,856 visitors traveled to Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
​Can Hawai‘i Rise from the Ashes of COVID-19 as a Smart Destination?
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 1017 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawai‘i Tourism Authority surveys found resident attitudes about tourism becoming more negative as the number of visitors increased....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
DoT Outlines New Verification Process for Airline Passengers
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1103 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...If the person refuses to provide a phone number that can be answered on the spot, law enforcement is contacted and they are subject to citation and arrest....

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Another Maui COVID Coverup: Three Cases, 65 Exposed at Merrimans Restaurant
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1805 Views :: Maui County, Tourism, COVID-19

...When asked why the cases tied to the restaurant had not been disclosed earlier, Hauptman said that the incident had proven not to warrant public concern....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Hawaii #1 State Hit Hardest by COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 PM :: 1519 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on many of America’s “non-essential” industries....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
HDoT Gives Dillingham Airfield Another Year
By News Release @ 10:40 AM :: 632 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

...HDOT Airports Division has notified tenants of Dillingham Airfield the termination of their permit at the facility has been rescinded due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
UNITE Here Local 5 -- "Safe Hotel Operations in Pandemic Conditions"
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 793 Views :: Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...Safe Hotels, Safe Hawaii Operational Guidelines for Safe Hotel Operations in Pandemic Conditions....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
March Hawaiian Air Passenger Count Down 45%
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 650 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaiian Airlines March and First Quarter 2020 Traffic Statistics Reflect Effects of COVID-19....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Is Hawaii Really Run by the HTA?
By UHERO @ 8:24 PM :: 735 Views :: Tourism

...HTA is a destination management organization and not strictly a destination marketing organization....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
​Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 642 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Honolulu Zoo achieves accreditation
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 629 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the Honolulu Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission....

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Thursday, April 02, 2020
UHERO: What is the COVID-19 exit strategy?
By UHERO @ 2:35 AM :: 683 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...Herd Immunity or Containment through Test and Trace?....

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