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Flying to Hawai‘i? Prepare for long lines at the airport.
The number of flights arriving in Honolulu, Maui and Kona is on par with 2019 averages, but the vaccine passport system doesn’t yet apply to trans-Pacific travel. That’s causing long lines for visitors and returning residents, with some waiting more than an hour to exit Hawai‘i airports, even with a negative COVID-19 test. Civil Beat.
Facial imaging equipment installed at Hawai‘i’s five major airports
Passengers with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will have their image taken, which will be used by airport workers to help identify the person for additional testing. KHON2. Big Island Video News. Maui Now.
UH to require students to get COVID-19 vaccine this fall
Students will need to be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person classes or be on any of the system’s 10 campuses, the university announced yesterday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Garden Island. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.
Public schools will reopen Aug. 3 with clubs, bands and athletics resuming
Daily in-person learning will resume for the 2021-22 school year as broader vaccine eligibility for children makes it safer to bring them back. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
Ige says a slew of pandemic rule changes are in the works
Gov. David Ige said state health officials are integrating Hawai‘i’s rate of vaccinations into the tiered reopening system already in use by the counties. Other policy changes could affect unemployment payments, and a vaccine passport for trans-Pacific travelers could be rolled out within the month. Civil Beat.
Redrawing of Hawai‘i’s political boundaries could stretch into early 2022
The process could drag on because of a delay in getting population data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The state Reapportionment Commission has also divided work among its members, despite objections that much of that work will take place behind closed doors. Civil Beat.
Meetings, conventions will take longer to recover
While leisure travel is making a comeback, conferences and meetings will take longer. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
Hawai‘i’s office space could also hit record vacancy rates. KITV4.
Despite high vaccination rate, case counts aren’t dropping as expected
Hawai‘i’s vaccination campaign continues to outperform other states, but the number of people being diagnosed with the virus isn’t declining. And that’s causing concern for public health officials. Hawaii News Now.
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Rail bond deal has financial ties to HART chair, but ethics body finds no wrongdoing
Board Chair Toby Martyn is also a vice president and general manager for Stifel Financial Corp. His firm is one of eight investment companies selected to sell more than $292 million in rail bonds to pay for construction. Hawaii News Now.
Spectators are now allowed at O‘ahu outdoor sporting events
The loosening of restrictions is sure to please parents who have been relegated to their cars. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
Department of Public Safety cluster rises to 20
The department confirmed that six more employees on O‘ahu who are currently assigned to the Training and Staff Development section have tested positive for COVID-19. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.
O‘ahu ambulances set to expand service in ‘Ewa Beach and Makiki
Beginning July 4, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services is expanding to include both areas in its 24-hour coverage. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. KHON2.
Hawai‘i officials ask for bids to dispose of historic Falls of Clyde
State officials have put out a bid for the disposal of the historic ship, with an upcoming deadline of Friday, despite the objection of supporters who are still trying to save it. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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Council members seek to increase discretionary funding
County Council members are again casting around to find money for their individual contingency accounts that were zeroed out in the mayor’s budget. West Hawaii Today.
No temporary night closure of Kailua pier, yet
The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation continues to assess the proposed closure of the pier from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, a spokesperson confirmed. West Hawaii Today.
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Latest Mana Up Cohort Includes a Dozen Hawai‘i-based Companies
Mana Up’s sixth cohort includes 12 locally owned small businesses that are offering their diverse consumer products to Hawai‘i residents, tourists and buyers worldwide. “We shifted our program to emphasize digital marketing, direct-to-consumer e-commerce, and virtual… read more.
Brazil variants rising, says health official
The variant first detected in Brazil is beginning to supersede the California variants and is a cause for concern, a Maui-based state Department of Health official said. Maui News.
“The situation is critical”: Saving this Maui beach won’t be easy or cheap
Government agencies, scientists, property owners and beachgoers have banded together to find a solution to chronic erosion at Maui’s Kahana Bay. Civil Beat.
460 acres approved for 1,900 new housing units in central Maui is up for sale
Cushman & Wakefield announced that the firm has been hired to sell two residential and commercial sites totaling approximately 458 acres within the Maui Lani master-planned community in Kahului. Maui Now.
Council amends mayor’s fiscal year 2022 budget
The Kaua‘i County Council’s decision-making session focused on wastewater solutions and police recruitment. Garden Island.
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