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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Ige Proclamation Allows Oct 15 Tourism Reopening
By News Release @ 5:54 AM :: 270 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...the proclamation also empowers the counties to adopt a negative test exception process for travelers subject to the inter-island travel quarantine....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kauai on a Slippery Slope with New COVID Bracelets
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:32 AM :: 567 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...they’ve got to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, which will be tracked by participating resorts....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Caldwell Signs Bills to Delay TVR Registration, Ease Building Permit Requirements
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 510 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

...Bill 48 elevates the exemption threshold of home repairs from $1,000 to $5,000....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Ige: COVID pre-travel testing program will start October 15
By News Release @ 6:13 AM :: 633 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Pre-travel testing enables travelers to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Senators: Allow Travel Between Sister Isles with COVID Test
By News Release @ 4:21 PM :: 469 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Pilot Program testing sites for exclusive travel between neighbor island counties (e.g. Maui-to-Kauai, Kauai-to-Big Island), with the possibility of including O‘ahu interstate travel once the surge in cases subsides....

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Monday, September 7, 2020
Cult Expelled from Kauai--Flees to Colorado after failed attempt to establish base on Maui
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 2224 Views :: First Amendment, Law Enforcement, Religion, Tourism, COVID-19

...Carlson, Castillo and Lamboy were contacted at the Kahului airport by Officers of the Maui Police Department.  While filling out their travel forms, screeners discovered they had reservations at a non-approved location....

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
45 Companies--13,701 Layoffs Since Aug 1
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 1174 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...These notices only represent announcements by companies in the state that have 100 or more employees....

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Friday, August 28, 2020
Hawaii Visitor Count Understates Actual Numbers
By UHERO @ 11:26 PM :: 694 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...How Many Visitors Are Coming to Hawaii During this Pandemic? Making Sense of Hawaii’s Visitor Arrival Data....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Tourist arrivals down 98% for July
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 554 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...In July, a total of 22,562 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service compared to 995,210 visitors during the same period a year ago.... 

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Friday, August 21, 2020
COVID Screening: 133 cameras operational at 5 Airports Statewide
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 728 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...phase two of the new thermal temperature screening equipment installation has been completed....

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Saturday, August 15, 2020
VIDEO: Waimanalo Woman Disrupts Beach Wedding
By Video @ 8:10 PM :: 3607 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...this is national news....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
N Shore Kauai: DLNR Contractor Chased off Worksite by Saboteurs
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 1038 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

...Dozens of people have drowned in the Hanakapiai Valley over the years, and KFD personnel have numerous stories – myself included – on the precarious positions we put ourselves in whenever we perform rescues in this area....

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Friday, August 7, 2020
Ige Reinstates Inter-Island Quarantine
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 773 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...the inter-island travel quarantine will be reinstated, in part, on Tuesday, Aug. 11....

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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Temperature screening equipment now active at Five Airports
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 598 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Phase 2 of the project will install the temperature scanning equipment at the remaining gates by Aug. 20....

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Thursday, July 30, 2020
June Tourist Arrivals Down 98.2%
By News Release @ 5:42 PM :: 419 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... In June, a total of 17,068 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service compared to 951,628 ....

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Monday, July 27, 2020
Japan Reopens Travel to Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 897 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii included on an exclusive list of 12 countries and regions to resume safe international travel with Japan....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Hotels Sue to Block San Francisco’s Daily Cleaning Mandate
By Court House News @ 10:08 AM :: 724 Views :: Homelessness, Tourism, COVID-19

...the industry groups say the law will endanger guests and employees by increasing the frequency of cleaning staff in guest rooms, creating more opportunities to catch and spread the Covid-19 virus in a confined space....

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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Follow-Up Survey to Gauge the Business Impact of COVID-19
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 707 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

...which measures changes in employment and employee wages, monthly revenue and revenue sources, current state of operations and plan for trans-Pacific tourism opening, impact of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and business outlook....

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Friday, July 17, 2020
Facial Recognition Contractor Selected for Hawaii Airports
By News Release @ 5:45 AM :: 1137 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... HDOT has selected NEC Corporation, NEC Corporation of America and their partner, Infrared Cameras Inc., to provide thermal temperature screening and facial imaging technology ....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Federal Lawsuit Challenges Revocation of Molokai TVR Permits
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 1066 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... On March 10, 2020 Maui County passed Bill 22, signing into law Ordinance 5059 that set the Molokai legal, short term rental cap to zero. This, effectively, canceled the operations of 17 families ....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
UH Survey: Hawaii Residents Assess COVID Restrictions
By News Release @ 9:10 AM :: 736 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... only 7% found them “Mostly Unreasonable” violations of individual rights ....

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Monday, July 13, 2020
Ige: Tourism Reopening Pushed back to Sept 1
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 885 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The program is now scheduled to begin on Sept. 1 ....

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Monday, July 13, 2020
COVID Governors: Ige Best Performing Democrat in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:09 PM :: 808 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s low numbers came at enormous cost....

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
As COVID Testing Soars, Wait Times For Results Jump To A Week — Or More
By Selected News Articles @ 2:33 AM :: 1267 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Truslow was initially told it would take two to four days. Then CVS said five or six days. On the sixth day, the pharmacy estimated it would take 10 days....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Economy: State Much More Susceptible than Counties
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 1277 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Tourism, COVID-19

"...The revenue profiles of the state and the city and county are quite different. The state is much more exposed to volatile revenue sources such as general excise tax and transient accommodation tax (TAT)...."

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
May, 2020: Tourism Down 98.9%
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 713 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 :: 903 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 :: 984 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 :: 804 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 :: 934 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 :: 947 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 :: 806 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 :: 1640 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 :: 1127 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 :: 780 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 :: 1732 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 :: 749 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 :: 874 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 :: 1247 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 :: 842 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 :: 738 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 :: 907 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 8, 2020
Rep Case Bill Would Allow States to Impose Air-Travel COVID Testing
By Ed Case @ 7:00 PM :: 886 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 :: 878 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 :: 1522 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 :: 4297 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 :: 2696 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 :: 1806 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 :: 1105 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 :: 1436 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

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

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