Hawaii reopening


Nearly one-quarter of U.S. workers did at least some part of their job remotely in January according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some remote workers are taking their newfound flexibility and relocating to Hawaii.

Pipeline Masters Kicks Off Amid Virus Concerns

Dec 9, 2020
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Hawaii’s biggest surfing competition of the year is underway on the North Shore. While the surf is up, so are concerns about Covid-19.

Pandemic Gave Locals Fleeting Taste Of A Tourist-Free Hawaii

Nov 29, 2020

HONOLULU (AP) — Line-Noue Memea Kruse lives on Oahu's famed North Shore, where marveling at sea turtles, epic waves and sunsets that paint the sky orange and purple are a must for many tourists in Hawaii.

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Business leaders are worried a change to the state’s Safe Travel program could disrupt an economic recovery that appears to be gaining momentum.

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HONOLULU (AP) — The mayor of Kauai County said Tuesday he wants to reinstate a requirement that all travelers arriving in his jurisdiction quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether they have obtained a negative COVID-19 test.

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At more than 14%, Hawaii’s unemployment rate still leads the nation, but there are encouraging signs of a recovery.

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Canadian citizens will soon be eligible to skip Hawaii’s travel quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some California lawmakers — Republicans and Democrats — are being criticized for going to Hawaii this week for the annual Independent Voter Project conference as California's nearly 40 million residents are told to avoid travel.

A full list of legislators has not been made public but two Southern California Assembly members, Democrat Blanca Rubio and independent Chad Mayes, issued statements Wednesday acknowledging their participation.

Hawaii Opens Travel From Japan With Modest Results

Nov 16, 2020
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The state of Hawaii has expanded its trusted traveler program to include passengers arriving from Japan, but major obstacles remain for prospective Japanese visitors.

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Updated: 11/14/2020, 3:10 p.m. Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami is calling for changes to the state's Safe Travels program that has allowed passengers to arrive in the island before receiving their pre-flight COVID-19 results, contributing to a dramatic increase in the county's cases.

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Kauai and Maui are encouraging trans-Pacific travelers to take a free, second COVID-19 test a few days after they arrive on the islands. It’s as an extra precaution to stem the spread of the virus -- but few are taking up the offer.

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Updated: 11/8/2020, 3:21 p.m. Five days of triple-digit daily case counts have created mounting concerns that the state, particularly Oahu, could be slipping back into another surge in infections that would force a retreat in reopening efforts.

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Updated: 11/6/2020, 3:10 p.m. 

The state Department of Health reported no deaths and 122 new COVID-19 cases today, again retreating from what had been a general decline in the spread of the virus in the islands over several weeks.

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Travelers from Japan will be able to avoid the state’s 14-day quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test starting on November 6th.

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Hawaii had more than 65,000 travelers arrive in the islands in the first week of its pre-travel coronavirus testing program, a state effort to get the tourism-based economy moving again amid the pandemic.

State officials said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that 66,644 people were screened between the Oct. 15 launch and Thursday. Of those visitors — including returning residents, tourists and others — 41,783 tested negative for the coronavirus and were allowed to skip the previously required two weeks of quarantine.

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The first day of Hawaii's Safe Travels program allowing visitors and returning residents to skip the travel quarantine if they pre-tested negative for COVID-19 saw over 10,000 arrivals, up from the approximately 2,000 daily passengers in previous days.

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The state reopens to tourism today, waiving the mandatory quarantine for travelers who test negative for COVID-19 before their arrival. But there is still debate over whether the plan will keep Hawaii safe.

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Updated: 10/14/2020, 12:55 p.m.

The state Department of Health today reported 10 deaths and 101 new COVID-19 cases. The latest case count returns the daily infections to triple digits. The number brings the statewide total of coronavirus cases to 13,674. The death toll rose to 183.

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Hawaii plans to reopen to trans-Pacific travelers without quarantine starting Thursday if the passengers can show a negative COVID-19 test. The procedures are as complex as a Rube Goldberg machine.

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The state’s new traveler testing program starts later this week, but the Ige Administration has still not produced a final plan.

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Updated: 10/13/2020, 12:26 p.m.

Where we stand

The state Department of Health today reported four deaths and 62 new COVID-19 cases. The latest case count is the second day in a row that daily infections fell to double-digits. The numbers bring the statewide total of COVID cases to 13,575. The death toll rose to 173.

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Updated: 10/2/2020, 12:05 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health today reported three deaths from COVID-19 and 87 new cases. The latest statewide case count brought the total number of infections to 12,601 since the pandemic began. Deaths total 142. 

There have now been 11,365 cases on Oahu (70 new cases), 752 on Hawaii Island (16 new cases), 391 for Maui County (no new cases), and 59 on Kauai County (no new cases). Those diagnosed out of state climbed to 34. One case from Honolulu was removed from the count due to updated information.

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Updated: 9/30/2020, 2:13 p.m.

Hawaiʻi defense contractor Martin Kao was arrested today, accused by federal prosecutors of CARES Act fraud. The prominent Hawaiʻi businessman allegedly defrauded banks of more than $12.8 million in federal funds that were supposed to help small businesses struggling in the pandemic.

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Updated: 9/29/2020, 12:53 p.m. A Navy investigation into the Pearl Harbor shooting in December found no motive for the rampage. The gunman killed two civilians, injured another and took his own life.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump planned to announce Monday that the federal government will begin distributing millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week and urging governors to use them to reopen schools for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Updated: 9/28/2020, 12:10 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health today reported no new deaths from COVID-19 and 90 new cases, all on Oahu. The latest infection numbers is the second day running of double-digit case counts and the first time in several days that there have been on deaths reported. 

State Today Reports 1 Death, 98 New COVID-19 Cases

Sep 26, 2020
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Updated: 9/27/2020, 12:14 p.m. The Hawaii Department of Health today reported 1 new death from COVID-19 and 98 new cases statewide. The latest infection numbers returned the state to double-digit case counts after shooting to triple digits yesterday. Reported infections generally have been declining, however.

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Updated: 9/25/2020, 5:30 p.m. 

The Hawaii Department of Health today reported three new deaths from COVID-19 and 112 new cases statewide. The latest infection numbers returned the state to triple-digit case counts. The numbers in recent days have bounced between double digits and lower triple digits, but have generally trended down.

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Updated: 9/24/2020, 7:14 p.m. The Hawaii Department of Health today reported two new deaths from COVID-19 and 90 new cases statewide. The latest infection number returns the state to double-digit case counts that have been taken as a sign that the spread was easing.