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Blangiardi Defends COVID Position


Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi defends his approach to omicron surge.

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Daily update · December 30, 2021


Honolulu Civil Beat – Hawaii

Two days before New Year’s Eve, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi defended his administration’s decision not to impose more restrictions despite record-breaking Covid-19 case counts and rising hospitalization numbers. At a press conference outside Honolulu …

Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Hawaii

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The Hawaii Department of Health on Wednesday cut the state’s COVID-19 isolation and quarantine time requirements in half to align with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

KHON TV – Hawaii

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii is starting to affect staffing levels across industries — from lifeguards to baristas who make your daily coffee.  The number of essential workers who are out for COVID reasons keeps increasing. …

Honolulu Civil Beat – Hawaii

The noisy nightmare of New Year’s seems to come earlier every year for 10-year-old husky Gigi. Sporadic “bombs” have been dominating Oahu’s skies since September, according to Gigi’s owner Linda Vannatta. Her impression is backed up by dozens of accounts …

KHON TV – Hawaii

WAILUKU, Maui (KHON2) — Following the latest data on COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against the omicron variant, Maui County decided that booster shots will be required for people to be considered fully vaccinated. This new qualification will be going into …

Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Hawaii

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! COURTESY DLNR After a rock-throwing incident earlier this month at Lake Waiau, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources reminded the public that the lake is a sacred site.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Hawaii

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Wednesday stopped short of imposing new COVID-19 restrictions before the New Year’s holiday but asked residents and businesses to voluntarily practice …

Lancaster Farming – Pennsylvania

This Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture shows a captured Mongoose caught on Kauai, Hawaii. Hawaii agriculture officials are concerned after the live mongoose was caught on Kauai, an island that doesn’t have …


Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg added 110 more acres (445,154 square meters) to his estate on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.  The purchase includes a reservoir that sparked a deadly flood in 2016. Zuckerberg’s …

Hawaii Tribune Herald

Big Island health care providers are reporting an influx of people getting their vaccine booster shots as the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus continues to sweep through the state. Bay Clinic has started serving 80 to 100 people a day for primary …

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