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Digital Health Card Begins

Hawaii launches digital health card as businesses prepare to impose new rules.

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State launches digital health card as businesses prepare to impose new rules
The Hawai‘i SMART Health Card will let residents show proof of vaccination on their smartphones before entering businesses that require it. Honolulu’s mandate goes into effect Monday and Maui’s two days later. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Maui Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Highgate mandates vaccinations at its Waikīkī hotels
‘Alohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach and Highgate’s Hawai‘i collection of seven hotels announced yesterday that they will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and guests. Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaiian Airlines to resume American Samoa service after 17-month pause
On Monday, American Samoa is reopening to travel with twice-monthly flights from Honolulu. Travelers must show proof of vaccination and three negative tests before boarding flights to Pago Pago. Maui Now. Civil Beat. KHON2.

Former HSTA president may seek state Senate seat
Corey Rosenlee has filed organizational paperwork with the state Campaign Spending Commission. The former teachers’ union leader is eyeing state Senate District 20, currently held by Mike Gabbard. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i landlords can now evict tenants, but not many cases have been filed
As of Sept. 3, just 44 evictions related solely to the nonpayment of rent were filed statewide since Gov. David Ige let the eviction moratorium expire on Aug. 6. Civil Beat.

American Civil Liberties Union joins call for early release of some prisoners
The ACLU of Hawai‘i is joining the state Office of the Public Defender in calling for the early release of certain classifications of prisoners, and urges the Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety to vaccinate more of its employees. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i DOE says 89% of employees have been fully or partially vaccinated
The Department of Education provided a further breakdown of vaccination rates by school complex area, with Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani showing the highest rate, at 94%, and Hāna-Lahainaluna-Lāna‘i-Moloka‘i showing the lowest, at 75%. Civil Beat. Maui Now. KITV4.

Education leaders say clusters are not linked to public schools
The state Department of Health said four clusters were in educational settings on O‘ahu and 10 on Maui. But state officials insist that recent COVID-19 cases did not originate in the schools. Hawaii News Now.


Sages Over Seventy: Puanani Burgess
Puanani Burgess has been seen working to provide equal justice and opportunities for communities since she was a law student. Now 74, she says she is busier than ever, with a waiting list of people who seek her help as a mediator… read more.
Planning Commission closes public testimony on short-term rental bill
After listening to over 200 testifiers, largely against the measure aimed at reducing the number of short-term rentals, the commissioners closed public testimony and delayed making a decision until a Sept. 29 meeting. Star-Advertiser.

City Council urges Blangiardi administration to remove Haʻikū stairs
Yesterday, the council voted unanimously in support of a resolution to dismantle the popular hiking trail, known as Stairway to Heaven, arguing that the city does not own the property that leads to the stairs. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

2 more mortuary trailers are deployed as COVID-19 deaths mount
The city Medical Examiner’s Office says the morgue is now 83% over capacity. Officials also confirmed that a mortuary trailer placed at the site two weeks ago is nearly full, and two more trailers have been added. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu police officer is facing termination for refusing vaccination
 A 24-year veteran of the Honolulu Police Department was served with termination papers Tuesday for declining to comply with the city’s employee vaccine mandate. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Weed and Seed program sees 74 arrests in Chinatown area
In the two months since the city brought back Weed and Seed, meant to target crime and bolster community initiatives, at least 74 people have been arrested for mostly drug-related crimes. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.


Tickets for the 2021 Virtual Wahine Forum On Sale Now!

Gain skills and strategies for leadership at Hawaiʻi’s largest professional development conference for women. The 14th Annual Wahine Forum will span three days, October 27-29, and will be held entirely online… Register Now!

Land Board to consider proposals for Uncle Billy’s, Country Club sites
Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel and the Country Club Condo Hotel could be replaced by Hilton franchises under redevelopment proposals submitted to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now.

Removal of 2 Mauna Kea telescopes won’t harm the environment, says state DOH
The Department of Health’s bimonthly environmental notice, published Wednesday, included assessments of plans to decommission the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory and UH’s Hoku Ke‘a Observatory. Tribune-Herald.

Environmental assessment required for Pohoiki Road restoration
The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates the additional assessment will take about six months to complete, according to county officials. Big Island Video News.


UH Football Team’s New Home Field Ready for Games

A Sports Turf Hawaii crew attaches the UH logo in one end zone of the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex’s football field in Mānoa. The new turf is part of a $11.8 million overhaul of the Ching complex. Renovations include a new scoreboard, 6,500 extra seats, press boxes, concession more.
On-site oxygen generator installed and tested 
Maui Health said it received the unit last week and successfully tested it this week. The generator is designed to supplement current oxygen supplies and mitigate future shortages. Maui Now.

Miyake-HPM Building Supply completes renovation of 4 rebranded stores
A year after HPM Building Supply and Miyake Concrete Accessories merged, the company has completed the rebranding and renovation of its four stores on Maui. Maui Now.

County opens appointment system for COVID-19 testing
Due to high demand, the county’s free testing site at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Līhu‘e is now using a ticketing system to avoid long wait times. Garden Island.

Groundbreaking held for Kūpuna Park
The first phase of the new Princeville park is a 42-foot circular platform featuring low-impact equipment designed for kūpuna. Garden Island.

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