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Top Story: Hawaii Governor David Ige issues statewide lockdown order through 30 April 2020.
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Gov. David Ige said Monday his statewide lockdown order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is aimed at social distancing the single most effective way of controlling this deadly virus.
The line of automobiles extended over a half-mile as residents descended upon Old Kona Airport Park for West Hawaiis first drive-up COVID-19 testing Monday morning.
HONOLULU Hawaii officials expect most travelers simply wont come to the islands after hearing about the states first-in-the nation plan to fight the coronavirus by requiring arrivals to quarantine themselves for 14 days.
HONOLULU Passengers from a cruise ship that was turned away by other ports began disembarking at a Honolulu harbor Monday to catch chartered flights home. The development came after Hawaii officials changed their minds several times about whether the 2,000 passengers on the Norwegian Jewel could set foot in the state.
As of noon Monday there are 72 confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Hawaii, including two more Big Island cases, bringing Hawaii Countys total to five, the state Department of Health said.
HONOLULU The owners of adjacent Honolulu buildings are embroiled in a dispute over renovation work that has involved alleged property damage, personal safety hazards and a requested court injunction.
Two mayors ordered residents and visitors to shelter-in-place starting as early as today as Hawaiis number of positive COVID-19 cases reached 56 on Sunday.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green is scheduled to address the Hawaii County Council during a teleconference Wednesday that includes a question-and-answer session with council members.
HONOLULU Hawaiian Airlines, in preparation for a 14-day government quarantine order for all Hawaii arrivals set to begin Thursday, announced Sunday it will maintain its regular flight schedule through Wednesday to allow guests to return home and to accommodate the repatriation of aircraft before finalizing significant reductions of its domestic and international passenger network.
HONOLULU A cruise ship that had to cut short its trip because of the coronavirus and mechanical problems docked Sunday in Honolulus harbor.
Kealakehe Elementary School students will have two new playgrounds when they return to school thanks to a grassroots community effort.
HONOLULU Gov. David Ige has instituted a mandatory 14-day self quarantine starting Thursday of all people traveling to the state as part of efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus.
WAILUKU Emergency air ambulance helicopters will be allowed to land at night at the Maui Memorial Medical Center in April to reduce patient transport time, health officials in Hawaii said.
HONOLULU In response to strong demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, Walmart will increase its workforce by tens of thousands in the United States, filling hundreds of positions in Hawaii.