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Friday, August 21, 2020
COVID Screening: 133 cameras operational at 5 Airports Statewide
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 2969 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 :: 6141 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 :: 3312 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 :: 2611 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 :: 2441 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 :: 2424 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 :: 3232 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 :: 3378 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 :: 3591 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 :: 3697 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 :: 4103 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 :: 2512 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 :: 2634 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 :: 3067 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 :: 3177 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 :: 4069 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 :: 2759 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 :: 3497 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 :: 3218 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 :: 4052 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 :: 3779 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 :: 3583 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 :: 2883 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 :: 3624 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 :: 3548 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 :: 3692 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 :: 4563 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 :: 3240 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 :: 3021 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 :: 4128 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 :: 2787 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 :: 2440 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 :: 2783 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 :: 2846 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 :: 3288 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 :: 3441 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 :: 8097 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 :: 5850 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 :: 4843 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 :: 3806 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 :: 3531 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 :: 3650 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 :: 3149 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 :: 2958 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 :: 7027 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 :: 3261 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 :: 4022 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 :: 3236 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

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

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Friday, May 8, 2020
Letter to Governor to Open Up Small Business and Interisland Air Travel
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:40 PM :: 4186 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 2, 2020
Keli'i Akina Calls for Balanced Approach to Re-opening the Economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:41 PM :: 3844 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

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

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