Alana Eagle

As COVID-19 appears to wane, a study from the University of Hawaii analyzed how Hawaii’s economy is doing. The optimistic forecast could bode well for the state's tourism industry. 

Gov. Ige Says State Mask Mandate Will Remain in Effect

May 13, 2021
Courtesy / State of Hawaii, Governor's Office

Governor David Ige said Thursday the state’s current mask mandate will remain in effect for everyone, including for those who are fully vaccinated.

Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige via Flickr

The state rolled out its vaccine passport system this week, making inter-island travel easier for people who were vaccinated in Hawaii. Lieutenant Governor Josh Green says he'd soon like to use the system for vaccinated residents returning to the islands from the mainland.

Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Former congresswoman joins Honolulu rail; Salvaging the rail project; Inter-island vaccine passports; The Long View with Neal Milner; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Remote work training

Taming The Virus: US Deaths Hit Lowest Level In 10 Months

May 12, 2021
AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day — the lowest level in 10 months — with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting zero on some days, including in Hawai‘i.

AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

While COVID-19 cases are declining in most of the United States, they’re on the rise in parts of East Asia. And now that includes one place that’s had a lot of success in dealing with the coronavirus: Taiwan.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File

More than 21,000 additional jobs were lost in the state during the third quarter of 2020.

Catherine Cruz / HPR

Criticisms of the Honolulu rail; Foster care system facing challenges; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Vaccinating young teens; Resuming LDS missions; 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps

AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File

HONOLULU — Hawaii's vaccine passport program for inter-island travel has begun.

Molokai Arts Center/Facebook

Mental health is a growing concern at this stage in the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization is supporting artist-led projects that contribute to mental, social and environmental health.

Various studies have found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones. This month, people on Moloka'i can test that hypothesis for free.

AP Photo/Vincent Thian / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While much of the pandemic story has shifted to vaccinations, in some parts of the world the focus remains on controlling community spread—including curbs on travel. And that involves a growing part of Southeast Asia.

AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim, File

Restrictions based on the pandemic continue to be relaxed in many parts of the country and the world, but they are tightening in some surprising locations including Singapore.

Catherine Cruz/HPR

Saving Hawaii hotel jobs; AARP launching anti-fraud campaign; Reality Check with Civil Beat: University of Hawaii budget cuts; UH Contemporary Music Ensemble; Teacher Appreciation Week: Nanakuli Elementary and Waʻena Intermediate

Hawaii Public Radio

Customers who have not paid their bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic still kept their electricity and other utilities running. However, that may change at the end of the month when the state’s utility shutoff moratorium comes to an end. Some advocacy groups are calling for utility companies to be lenient to customers who are unable to pay their bills.

Casey Harlow / HPR

HONOLULU — New confirmed coronavirus infections have surpassed a threshold that calls for increased restrictions on Oahu, but Honolulu's mayor wants to change the parameters of its tiered system to allow gatherings and businesses to stay open. The City will stay in its current tier for an additional four weeks, but thye mayor is still pursuing modified metrics for Honolulu's tier system.

AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File

Hotels are ramping up safety and cleaning protocols to welcome back guests and staff in anticipation of a busier summer travel season.

Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP

More people are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus across the state and around the country. But that’s not true in many other countries which is leading to a new trend: people planning trips to get vaccines.

AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool

The Hawai‘i Department of Health believes the state will still be able to reach herd immunity against the coronavirus, and it’s taking a grassroots approach to getting more residents vaccinated.

Revamping the Hawaii Tourism Authority; Homeschooling on the rise in Hawai‘i; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Federal vaccine requests; Benefits and pitfalls of artificial intelligence; Monk seal pup at Kaimana Beach

AP Photo/Caleb Jones

Kauai County will roll back Thursday to Tier 3 of its COVID-19 business and recreational guidelines due to a surge in new cases over the past two weeks, the county said.

Joshua Damasio / Flickr

In a “normal year,” this would be a busy week for Japanese tourists visiting Hawai‘i. It’s the middle of “Golden Week”—a series of holidays that usually makes it a popular time for travel. But this year, several parts of the country remain under a state of emergency.

All state residents 16 years and older are eligible for vaccinations and the Department of Health is strongly encouraging everyone to get the vaccine. Three upcoming vaccine clinics on Hawai‘i Island are part of that continuing effort.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Encouraging Hawai‘i Island residents to get vaccinated; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Tourism industry; Initiative to reduce waste and create jobs in Hilo; Teacher Appreciation Week

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Earlier this week, Senator Brian Schatz introduced new legislation to support hotel workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Median home prices are nipping at the $1 million mark amid a pandemic buying frenzy, according to Pacific Business News editor A. Kam Napier.

AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy

HONOLULU — Hawaii's lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather a pandemic that threw tens of thousands of people out of work and upended the state’s tourism-dependent economy.

AP Photo/Caleb Jones

Kaua‘i reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the first uptick of positive cases in many months. The island is also participating in the Safe Travels Program while encouraging residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

India Cases Set New Global Record; Millions Vote In 1 State

Apr 29, 2021
AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

NEW DELHI — India set another global record in new virus cases Thursday, as millions of people in one state cast votes despite rising infections and the country geared up to open its vaccination rollout to all adults amid snags.

ddegrandpre / Pixabay

State lawmakers pass measure allowing state to extend leases of public lands; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Investigations of police fatal shootings; The Long View: Public relationship with law enforcement; Pandemic parenting and education tips; Native Hawaiian sons of the Civil War

Yuichi Kosio / Flickr
Yuichi Kosio / Flickr

As vaccinations continue to increase around the country, so do travel plans. That’s also true in parts of the Asia Pacific—where another so-called “travel bubble” is starting up next month.