Maui Mayor Renews Push for Interisland Quarantine; Lāna‘i Concerns Heighten After Contract Workers Test Positive

Citing concern over ongoing triple digit daily COVID-19 counts on the island of Oʻahu, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino is renewing his request to reinstate the interisland travel quarantine. He's also asking the governor to delay the planned reopening of public high schools and universities.  And he's encouraging those who don't have to travel to refrain from doing so, citing an incident on Lānaʻi last week in which two Oʻahu contractors ended up testing positive after returning home.
August 05, 2020

Maui Police Officer Death Investigation Underway

An investigation is underway into the death of a 44-year-old male officer with the Maui Police Department. Police say the officer was off-duty at the time of the incident. 
August 05, 2020

New Metrics Aimed at Better Tracking and Management of Pandemic

State health officials say the recent escalating disease rate may potentially require the state to resume tighter controls and restrictions to prevent the spread of the disease. Department officials say this will be especially important as Hawai‘i prepares for the opening of schools and, potentially, the welcoming of trans-Pacific travelers.
August 05, 2020

Gabbard Cosponsors Bill to Help Independent Restaurants Devastated by COVID-19 Impacts

In Hawai‘i, nearly 100,000 people are employed by such restaurants — nearly 15% of the workforce — and they account for billions in sales. The first 14 days of the grant’s availability is only available to restaurants with annual revenues of $1.5 million or fewer, ensuring that the smallest restaurants are prioritized.
August 05, 2020

Triple Digits on O‘ahu: 173 New COVID-19 Cases Today, All on O‘ahu

The state recorded another triple digit day of new COVID-19 cases today, with all 173 on the island of Oʻahu. This brings the total cases in Hawaiʻi over the course of the pandemic to 2,763.
August 05, 2020

LISTEN: Rep. Gabbard Town Hall Covers Impact of Surging COVID-19 Infections on State

Rep. Gabbard and her guests answered questions from callers on topics from infectious disease protocols in health care facilities, assistance for renters and the help provided by the HEROES Act, the availability of rapid testing, and whether or not there will be another round of stimulus checks.
August 05, 2020

Hawai‘i Department of Education Launches ‘Ohana Help Desk

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education has launched an 'Ohana Help Desk providing technology support to public school students and their parents.  Department officials call the self-service system the first comprehensive statewide service of its kind in the nation.  
August 05, 2020

Federal Agent Honored During Final Sendoff at Kahului Airport

A final sendoff was held at Kahului Airport today for Special Agent John Bost III, who died a week ago today in what officials have deemed an accidental death in the line of duty, while serving at the Kīhei Police Station in South Maui.  
August 04, 2020

144 New COVID-19 Cases Today in Hawai‘i; 27th Death

DOH is reporting another day of triple digit coronavirus diagnosis. 144 cases today, with 139 on O‘ahu and five (5) on Hawai‘i Island. The Honolulu Medical Examiner reported the death of a Honolulu man to the Dept. of Health, who had tested positive for COVID-19. The man was in the 40 to 59-year-old age group and he had underlying medical conditions.
August 04, 2020

New Hawaiian Compilation Album Chronicles Aloha ‘Āina Legal Battles Through Song

The album, “Huliāmahi Volume 1” honors ʻāina in Hawai‘i with legal and political undertones. The songs will be featured in an upcoming virtual concert, "Mele Huliāmahi," produced by Kanaeokana and Kāhuli Leo Leʻa. The concert airs on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. on Facebook Live.
August 04, 2020

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