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|Hawaiʻi Island opts out of pre-travel testing program
Mayor Harry Kim said he is opting out of the state’s pre-travel testing program starting on Oct. 15, which means mainland visitors going to Hawaiʻi Island still will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Although the neighbor islands are desperately dependent upon tourism, Kim was concerned enough about a surge in cases to postpone the restart of tourism. Hawaiʻi Island recorded its highest daily count on Saturday at 43 new infections. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Ige denies Kauaʻi’s second test pilot program for travelers
Details of traveler testing program still being hammered out
New HTA president discusses plans for tourism amid COVID-19 pandemic
11,000 households behind on rent, UHERO survey says
Thousands await action on unemployment claims
Hawaiʻi to receive $800K in federal money for vaccine distribution
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|Mayor Kirk Caldwell suggests circumventing HART on alternate rail plan
Caldwell blasted the rail project’s undisclosed plans to build the final segment to Ala Moana, defended his fourth-quarter audible to withdraw the city’s support and, in the process, won the encouragement of several City Council members on Monday to help get the project on track in Caldwell’s final three months in office. Caldwell critiqued decisions, cost overruns and failed promises by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation going back years that Caldwell said resulted in “delay, delay, always delay.” Several Council members then praised Caldwell and pleaded with him to work with HART and the Federal Transit Administration. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.
Kapolei Satellite City Hall worker tests positive for coronavirus
Coast Guard to test unmanned surface vehicles
Essential Leadership Skills for Today’s World
This is an edited and condensed transcript of the opening session of this year’s Leadership Conference, held July 28-30. During the session, local leaders focused on what’s needed to lead in this period of crisis and rapid change… read more.
|University of the Nations confirms 30 COVID-19 cases; campuswide testing Tuesday
COVID-19 testing will be conducted this week on hundreds of staff and students at the University of the Nations Kona following an outbreak last week of the novel coronavirus. Twenty-two of those cases are persons residing at the downtown Kailua-Kona campus while eight are staff members that live off the site. All are isolated. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now.
Hawaiʻi County tries to contain two virus clusters
Second family files suit against Avalon Health Care for deadly COVID outbreak
Inmates allegedly attack corrections officers in dispute over social distancing at Hilo jail
Hawaiian crows on Hawaiʻi Island will be recaptured to ensure survival from predators
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Women-Owned Businesses Navigate Covid-19
“Overall women are excellent problem solvers in that they have high emotional intelligence, giving them the advantage to more accurately predict what is coming and to make smart decisions. However, I believe wholly that your team is what will help you survive through these times,” says Kristal Muhich, owner of Kauai Juice Co… read more.
|COVID-19 county schedule changes
The Kalana O Maui county building in Wailuku has reopened to the public, although the County Council chamber and council member offices will remain closed. Maui News.
Another set of Maui businesses, including movie theaters, set to reopen
Viral videos spur sales success for Maui Babe
|Tour guide now offers quarantine delivery service
Even when the state reopens to tourism in mid-October, Maria “Coco Maria” Camero said she won’t be able to pick up where she left off with her successful tour guiding business. For now, she’s catering to the needs of quarantined residents and visitors. Civil Beat.
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