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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 1:44 PM

SENATE COVID-19 TO MEET TOMORROW

DATE: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 211

THE STATE CAPITOL IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DURING THE ONGOING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC

A live stream of all Senate Standing Committee meetings will be available online. Selected hearings will also be broadcast live on ‘Ōlelo Community Media.

AGENDA

1:30 p.m. Department of Human Resources Development (ZOOM)
Mr. Ryker Wada, Director

2:00 p.m. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (ZOOM)
Major General Kenneth Hara, Incident Commander

3:00 p.m. Department of Education (ZOOM) [HARD STOP @ 4pm]
Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent

4:00 p.m. Department of Health - Behavioral Health Services Administration (ZOOM)
Mr. Edward Mersereau, Deputy Director

No public testimony will be accepted.

If you require other auxiliary aids or services to participate in the public hearing process (i.e., interpretive services (oral or written) or ASL interpreter), please contact the committee clerk at least 24 hours prior to the hearing so that arrangements can be made.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL THE COMMITTEE CLERK AT (808) 586-6800.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020 11:25 AM

JUROR QUESTIONNAIRES BEING MAILED AUG 3

The annual Hawaii State Judiciary juror questionnaires will soon be mailed to individuals who have a Hawaii state driver’s license or are registered to vote in Hawaii.

Beginning August 3, approximately 235,000 juror questionnaires will be mailed to 85,000 residents on Oahu, 55,000 in Maui County, 70,000 on Hawaii Island, and 25,000 on Kauai. They are used to help select potential jurors who may be eligible to serve in 2021. Individuals are selected at random.

Anyone receiving a questionnaire has 10 days to complete and return it to the Jury Pool Office in the envelope provided. Those who fail to respond may be penalized.

To be eligible to serve as a juror, you must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Hawaii, and able to read and understand English.

The Hawaii State Department of Health is in varying stages of reviewing and approving the circuit courts’ health-and-safety plans to resume jury selection and jury trials. The plan includes touchless temperature scans and CDC-recommended screening questions before entering a courthouse; required face coverings; enforced social distancing measures; and increased cleaning and disinfecting of our facilities.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020 11:16 AM

PUBLIC SCHOOLS REOPENING PUSHED TO AUG 17

Leaders of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Government Employees Association, and United Public Workers agreed with a revised Hawaiʻi State Department of Education recommendation to the school board that will adjust the 2020–21 school year calendar, and start students later - from the original August 4 date to August 17.  

The deal will need the approval of the Hawaiʻi Board Of Education, which will hold a special meeting this Thursday, July 30, at 1 p.m.

Ten-month DOE employees will still report to work as planned on Wednesday, July 29.

According to HSTA, the agreement would give educators nine (9) additional days of training and preparation time on top of the regularly scheduled two (2) administration days and two (2) teacher preparation days between July 29 and Aug. 3. The extra time “would allow for training, planning, and preparation for the safe return of students to classrooms.”

News of the agreement was shared by the unions to its membership, and a statement from Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto was also posted to the DOE website.

“HIDOE leadership has been working with the unions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our students get the education they deserve and our employees have a safe work environment,” Dr. Kishimoto said. “We have continued these conversations and reached a conditional agreement today to propose a delayed start for students to accommodate concerns regarding employee training.”

“Throughout our discussions, we were mindful that any adjustments to the calendar must focus on educating and supporting students,” Kishimoto said. “We also acknowledge the voice of our families, partners and employees who are not represented by the unions yet are impacted by this decision.”

“We will use this time to prepare at yet another level, but I recognize this comes at a cost for public school parents and our students,” the Superintendent concluded. “My expectation is that if the Board approves the two week delay, that our labor partners will do an aggressive push to their members to be at schoolhouse doors on day one for our students.”


Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:26 PM

FREE COVID-19 TESTING THIS WEEKEND

Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, drive-thru testing at Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex will be available this weekend. 

Testing at Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex will be offered on Saturday, June 27, by Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi. Testing will be from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Testing for regular PCR (nose swab) will be conducted as it has been done previously. If one desires this testing, the attending doctor will determine who should be tested. Quarantine protocol for tested patients follows the State Department of Health recommendations. To view the guidelines, head here. Testing will be offered without charge for those without insurance.

Test participants should follow the posted signs to the test area. All who attend will first be screened and asked to provide personal information and contact numbers so results can be made known to them.

The public is reminded that the parking lot at the Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex will be closed to the public until 3 p.m. to allow for breakdown of testing tents and clearing of cones and barriers.

For more information on the testing, contact Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi at (808) 304-8816 or (808) 367-6020.


Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:28 AM

SATELLITE CITY HALLS TO REOPEN JULY 1

Satellite city halls across O‘ahu will start reopening July 1 for regular in-office service on an appointment-only basis.

Only Ala Moana Satellite City Hall will temporarily remain closed to in-office visits as it prepares to relocate within the shopping center.

For the other eight satellite city halls on O‘ahu, precautions are in place to ensure the safety of customers and employees, who will be required to wear facial coverings and remain six-feet apart from others during all in-office transactions.

Appointments for in-office visits to satellite city halls will be available starting June 29. To make an online appointment, visit www.alohaq.org

Walk-in-and-wait transactions will not be offered.  The public can continue to do express payment services, such as water bill payments and annual vehicle registration renewals, via online, mail-in or by 24/7 kiosk options.

This would free up appointment slots for transactions that can more efficiently be completed in-person, such as applying for a disability-parking permit, junking a vehicle or performing complicated motor vehicle transactions related to a lost title or difficult registrations.

The six driver licensing centers on O‘ahu reopened May 26 for in-office visits also on an appointment-only basis.

For more information, visit www.honolulu.gov/csd


Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:24 AM

SINGERS, MUSICIANS ALLOWED BACK IN RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Gov. Ige has approved Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposal to allow singing and/or playing of wind instruments at indoor and outdoor restaurants/bars, with some restrictions.

  • Performers who sing or play wind instruments must keep a distance of at least 10 feet from other people.
  • Performers who sing or play wind instruments need not wear face coverings, but a physical barrier is required between performers and patrons/staff for indoor restaurants/bars.
  • The 10-foot distance requirement does not apply to members of the same performing group.
Mayor Caldwell’s proposal is included in the second amendment to the City and County of Honolulu’s Emergency Order No. 2020-16, posted online at www.honolulu.gov       


Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:20 AM

STATE TO LAUNCH COVID-19 PRE-TRAVEL TESTING PROGRAM FOR OUT-OF-STATE TRAVELERS AUGUST 1

Gov. Ige announced all travelers arriving in Hawai‘i from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, and to show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The pre-travel testing program begins Aug. 1.

Out-of-state travelers arriving in Hawai‘i must get a PCR test prior to arrival from any testing location approved by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health. Evidence of a negative test result must be provided upon arrival in Hawai‘i. Without this, passengers arriving from out-of-state will be subject to the 14-day quarantine. No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport.

The Health Department is still in the process of developing this program but anticipates requiring an FDA-approved PCR test from a CLIA certified laboratory. Travelers will be required to provide printed or emailed pre-test certification as evidence of a negative test result. Travelers will be responsible for the cost of the pre-travel test.

Temperature checks will continue at airports across the state. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees or who is experiencing other symptoms will be required to undergo a secondary screening at the airport with trained healthcare staff.

In addition, travelers will be required to fill out the State Travel and Health form.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:44 AM

LEGISLATURE ANNOUNCE PLAN TO USE CARES FUNDS

Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi, State House Speaker Scott K. Saiki, Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, and Representative Sylvia Luke announced the Legislature’s comprehensive plan to use $635 million in federal CARES Act funds to provide ongoing, immediate relief to residents and small businesses who are suffering from the devastating economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The plan aims to support and reinforce the social safety net for our residents, rebuild and move our economy forward, and address the ongoing pandemic. 

The plan sets aside $230 million to support unemployed residents until the end of the year. “These critical funds will provide a new state unemployment insurance weekly benefit that replaces the weekly federal plus-up payments set to expire July 31,” explained Senator Dela Cruz, Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “Beginning August 1, an estimated 117,000 unemployed individuals will receive the State’s enhanced weekly unemployment benefit of $100.” 

Over 34,000 households are expected to receive help from the plan’s $100 million funded rental and housing assistance subsidies. The State’s most financially vulnerable households will receive rental assistance in the form of a $500 monthly subsidy or 50% of rent, whichever is lesser, for up to five months from August 1 to December 31. 

Another $56 million will be used to bring back small businesses, support training and job programs connecting unemployed with local businesses in need of employees, and provide manufacturing grants to local companies that can create local supply chains for necessary cleaning supplies and personal protection equipment (PPE).  

Addressing the public health needs of the COVID-19 pandemic is another pillar to the comprehensive funding plan. “The Legislature’s plan devotes $100 million to distribute ample sanitation and PPE supplies for essential workers beyond the health care community including child care facilities, elderly care homes, small businesses, schools, and non-profits that work with populations vulnerable to the coronavirus,” said Senate President Ronald Kouchi. 

The Legislature’s proposed plan builds upon UHERO’s estimates that $618 million in spending will generate more than $1 billion in Gross Domestic Product over the coming year and help Hawaiʻi’s households and businesses by supporting up to 6,500 jobs. The plan provides discretion to the Ige Administration to spend the remaining CARES funds to pay for unanticipated and emerging needs. This discretionary amount could be used to bolster Hawaiʻi’s unemployment insurance funds or support COVID-19 related programs. 


Monday, June 22, 2020 8:45 AM

STATE SENATE RECONVENES FOR THREE WEEK SESSION

The Hawai‘i State Senate is scheduled to resume its 2020 session June 22 to July 10. Committees will be considering a limited number of critical bills that were put on hold when the Senate was forced to recess in mid-March due to COVID-19. The Senate will also be allocating additional federal funding from the CARES Act.

The Senate's primary budgetary focus will be on deploying the existing federal CARES Act money,” said Senate President Kouchi. 

The Senate floor session will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22, with hearings getting underway that morning. The session is scheduled to adjourn on Friday, July 10. The new legislative timetable is available here: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/docs/2020calendar.pdf

Due to the pandemic, the State Capitol building remains closed to the public at this time.                                                                     

To allow access to the proceedings, the Senate will be providing live streams of all Senate hearings and floor sessions in real time, on YouTube and/or ‘Ōlelo and neighbor island cable networks, with live closed captioning. A list of upcoming and archived Senate hearings is available here: http://olelo.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=13

The public is encouraged to participate by submitting written testimony. No in-person testimony will be allowed at this time due to COVID-19. To submit testimony, please visit:  https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx  

The Hawai‘i State Senate’s 2020 session was originally scheduled to take place from January 15 to May 7, but the  Senate was forced to recess in mid-March due to the COVID-19 emergency. The Senate held a two week reconvene on May 11 to pass time-sensitive budget bills and nominations from the governor. 


Friday, June 12, 2020 9:54 AM

FREE MODIFIED SUMMER FUN

The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to announce a modified version of Summer Fun will be held this year. The program will be offered at no charge to O‘ahu families with Mayor Caldwell waiving the fees for the summer day camp.

The modified Summer Fun Program will be offered on weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Wednesday July, 1 through Tuesday, July 28 (excluding the holiday on Friday, July 3).

Children must be six years old before Aug. 1, 2020 and not older than thirteen years old by July 28, 2020 to qualify. The modified Summer Fun will still utilize Junior Leaders.

In order to balance the childcare needs of our island community with the safety guidelines established due to COVID-19, there will be significant changes to the number of keiki that our facilities and staff can accommodate, the activities offered, and overall program procedures:

Attendance Limits:

  • Only 12 keiki will be allowed per adult supervisor, which will constitute one group.
  • Designated spaces will be made for each group, with activities conducted on a rotating basis.
  • Keiki participants will be within the same group for the entire program.
  • DPR is still hiring for those interested in working as Summer Fun Aides. Please click here if you are interested in fun, seasonal work opportunity, or call the District Office of the location where you would like to work (listed below)

Safety Protocols:

  • All keiki and staff will have their temperature taken at the beginning of each day.
  • All keiki and staff are required to wear a cloth face mask, with consideration to existing exemptions such as a medical condition which prohibits use of a face covering.
  • Staff and keiki will be provided hand sanitizer.
  • Staff or keiki will not be allowed to participate in the program if they are sick, have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have traveled out-of-state within the past 14 days.
  • Maintenance staff will clean bathroom facilities twice daily.
  • Indoor facilities being used by for Summer Fun will remain closed to the public throughout the program. Outdoor facilities being used for Summer Fun will be off-limits to the public during the specific program times, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., but will be reopened for general public use outside of that timeframe.

Registration:

The 2020 Summer Fun Program will not require any fees or payment on the part of the participating families. In the past, Summer Fun registration was done in-person as a result of these prior payments. This resulted in eager parents waiting for hours, sometimes days, at various park locations to secure a spot for their keiki.

This year registration will be conducted primarily online thanks to new software developed by the Honolulu Department of Information Technology. The software is called Parks and Recreation Online System, or PROS, and works best using the Google Chrome web browser.

This software utilizes the same HNL.Info log-in that many O‘ahu residents already possess. We encourage the public to create an HNL.Info account and a PROS profile ahead of registration by visiting: https://pros.hnl.info.

An online tutorial is available to assist the public with creating their account and profile. Click here to view it.

This software was successfully used for shooters to make reservations at the Koko Head Shooting Complex beginning on Wednesday, June 3, and will serve a larger capacity in DPR registration and reservations in the future.

Below are those online registration dates and procedures which are determined by geographic park district. All dates and times are Hawai‘i Standard Time:

 

District 3 (Pearlridge to Waiʻanae to Wahiawā) - ph. (808) 768-6889

District 4 (Waialua to Waimānalo) - ph. (808) 768-8980

Online Registration begins Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m.

 

District 1 (Hawaiʻi Kai to McCully) - ph. (808) 768-8944

District 2 (Makiki to ʻAiea) - ph. (808) 768-9292

Online Registration begins Saturday, June 20 at 9 a.m.

 

For those who do not have computer or internet access, accommodations are available to facilitate their registration into the program. Please call the Summer Fun site for those accommodations. A list of the 65 program sites is included at the bottom of this announcement for your convenience.

Food Service Program:

DPR is privileged to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in conjunction with Summer Fun.

The 2020 SFSP is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, and will provide lunch to Summer Fun participants 18 years and younger.  SFSP will begin on July 6 and run through July 17 at select, qualified Summer Fun sites. Those participating will be listed on DPR’s website: http://bit.ly/SummerFunOahu

There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service, as they will be served regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or disability. 

Summer Fun Sites 2020:

District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

‘Āina Haina Community Park

‘Aiea District Park

Asing Community Park

‘Āhuimanu Community Park

Ala Wai Community Park

Ala Pu‘umalu Community Park

Crestview Community Park

Enchanted Lake Community Park

Kahala Community Park

Beretania Community Park

‘Ewa Beach Community Park

Hau‘ula Community Park

Kaimuki Community Park

Booth District Park

‘Ewa Mahiko District Park

Kahalu‘u Community Park

Kamilo Iki Community Park

Fern Community Park

Hō‘ae‘ae Community Park

Kahuku Community Park

Kanewai Community Park

Hālawa District Park

Kalaniana‘ole Beach Park

Kailua District Park

Kapaolono Community Park

Kalākaua District Park

Mā‘ili Community Park*

Kalama Beach Park

Kilauea District Park

Kalihi Valley District Park

Mākaha Community Park

Kāne‘ohe Community & Senior Center

Koko Head District Park

Kamehameha Community Park

Makakilo Community Park

Kāne‘ohe Community Park

Mānoa Valley District Park

Kauluwela Community Park

Mānana Community Park

Kāne‘ohe District Park

McCully District Park

Lanakila District Park

Mililani District Park

Sunset Beach Recreation Center

Paki Community Park

Makiki District Park

Pacific Palisades Community Park

Swanzy Beach Park

Pālolo Valley District Park

Moanalua Community Park

Pearl City District Park

Waialua District Park

Wailupe Community Park

Pu‘unui Community Park

Pililā‘au Community Park

Waimānalo Beach Park

Wilson Community Park

Salt Lake District Park

Wahiawā District Park

Waimānalo District Park

 

 

Wai‘anae District Park

 

 

 

Waiau District Park

 

 

 

Waikele Community Park

 

 

 

Waipahū District Park

 

 

 

Whitmore Community Park

 

Accommodations are available upon request to persons with disabilities. Please call (808) 768-3003 or send an email to parks@honolulu.gov at least five days prior to the event. 


Friday, June 12, 2020 9:46 AM

QUARANTINE EXTENDED FOR OUT-OF-STATE TRAVELERS TILL JULY 31

Gov. David Ige signed a ninth supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the COVID-19 emergency period through July 31.

The emergency proclamation lifts the quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers effective 12:01 a.m. on June 16, 2020. However, it also leaves in place the quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers. The governor has the authority to make exemptions for transit corridors/bubbles.

The proclamation also includes:

  • Criminal liability for hosts of guests who violate quarantine requirements or owners of cars that are rented to quarantine violators.
  • The extension of the eviction moratorium through July 31.
  • The elimination of prohibitions related to beaches, boating, hiking and shoreline fishing, as these activities are being addressed through the counties in coordination with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020 8:53 AM

SENATE COVID-19 MEETS TODAY TO DISCUSS ELECTIONS

The special committee will convene to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the upcoming elections.  Specific topics include the number of Voter Service Centers, available drop boxes, and the steps being taken to ensure the health and safety of voters.

1:00 p.m.              

Office of Elections

Mr. Scott Nago, Chief Election Officer

County of Maui

Ms. Kathy Kaohu, County Clerk

County of Hawai'i

Mr. Jon Henricks, County Clerk

County of Kaua'i

Ms. Jade Fountain-Tanigawa, County Clerk

City and County of Honolulu

Mr. Glen Takahashi, City Clerk

Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on Olelo channel 49 on Oahu and will go out live for pick up by neighbor island public access channels.

No public testimony will be accepted.

If you require special assistance, please call 586-6800 or email your request to waysandmeans@capitol.hawaii.gov.


Friday, June 5, 2020 1:33 PM

THEATERS, GYMS, AND BARS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT TO OPEN JUNE 19

City and County of Honolulu’s proposal to Governor David Ige has been approved to allow for the safe reopening of the following designated business and operations with limitations as outlined in the replacement Exhibit A of the Emergency Order No. 2020-15 (Amendment to Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 3.0), effective Friday, June 19:

  1. Education and care facilities (private education, adult care, special needs care facilities),
  2. Indoor attractions (theaters, museums, arcades, bowling alleys, etc.),
  3. Outdoor organized team sports (two phases, with phase 1 beginning June 19),
  4. Fitness facilities (spaces for yoga, barre classes, hula hālau, etc.),
  5. Bars.

These businesses and operations will be allowed to reopen under guidelines and conditions to ensure safety for both employees of these establishments and customers/clients. For example, Bars may reopen with operators ensuring limiting occupancy to no more than fifty percent of the maximum occupant load of the bar, limiting groups within the bar to a maximum of ten individuals per group, and ensuring groups within the bar maintain at least six feet of separation from other groups.

For Fitness facilities to reopen, operators must limit occupancy to no more than fifty percent of the maximum occupant load, establish physical distancing guidelines (at least six feet), limit locker room access and the number of persons who use amenities of the facilities at the same time, and keep water fountains closed, except for those designed to refill water bottles in a contact-free manner.

These are just a few of the requirements and conditions for reopening and resuming operations. The full list for each business, service, or activity is included in the Amendment to Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 3.0.

In regards to outdoor organized team sports, the Mayor’s Order includes two phases to ensure the safety of coaches, athletes, trainers, and everyone else involved. Phase 1 applies to outdoor team sports such as baseball, soccer, outdoor volleyball, and similar outdoor team sports. Under the amended Exhibit A of the City’s Order, starting Friday, June 19, activities would be allowed to resume under specific conditions. Those requirements include but are not limited to, limiting the activity to skill-building drills and team-based practice only, in which physical distancing of six feet or more between individuals may generally be maintained and groups are limited to a single Sports Program team, or a maximum of 30 players, whichever is less.

Phase 2 similarly applies to the outdoor team sports included in Phase 1, but incorporates competitive team play.

Also included in the amended Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 3.0, a replacement of Order 3 relating to indoor and outdoor gatherings. Effective immediately, outdoor gatherings of up to ten individuals are permitted as long as physical distancing is maintained between the groups of up to ten individuals to the extent possible. Outdoor events involving a total of 100 individuals or more are still prohibited.

Effective Friday, June 19, indoor gatherings of up to ten individuals (regardless of household or living unit affiliation) would be allowed to resume on O‘ahu. Indoor events involving over 50 individuals are still prohibited.


Thursday, June 4, 2020 9:43 AM

SENATE COVID-19 COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY TO DISCUSS REOPENING THE ECONOMY

The Hawai‘i State Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 will hold a meeting beginning at 1 p.m. today, live on ‘Ōlelo channel 49 on O‘ahu and http://olelo.org/49. The State Capitol remains closed to the public.

The special committee will convene to assess and advise the Senate regarding the State of Hawaii's COVID-19 plans and procedures for reopening the economy and the plans for economic recovery.

1:00 p.m.

GDP History, Outlook, and Potential Sector Growth:

Research & Economic Analysis

Dr. Eugene Tian, Chief State Economist

1:30 p.m.

 Approach to Job Creation:

Hawaii Technology Development Corporation

Mr. Len Higashi, Acting Executive Director

Hawaii State Energy Office

Mr. Scott Glenn, Chief Energy Officer

Business Development & Support Division

Mr. Dennis Ling, Administrator

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority

Mr. Greg Barbour, Executive Director

Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems

Mr. Rodrigo Romo, Program Director

Foreign Trade Zone Division

Mr. David Sikkink, Administrator

Creative Industries Division           

Ms. Georja Skinner, Chief Officer

Hawaii Tourism Authority 

Mr. Chris Tatum, CEO


Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:21 AM

CITY FACILITIES THAT ARE OPEN

Please note that these operations may have altered hours. Please visit their websites before going to the location for services.

  • Public Transportation - TheBus and TheHandi-Van: These services are operating with increased sanitary precautions for passenger and driver safety and health. Visit thebus.org or call 848-5555 for up-to-date schedules and information. The TheHandi-Van Eligibility Center is open for in-person assessments for those extending or applying for eligibility. Distancing practices must be followed. TheHandi-Van Eligibility Center is located at the First Insurance Center, 1100 Ward Avenue, Suite 835. For questions or to schedule an assessment, call (808) 538-0033, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Building Permit Applications: Available by appointment only. Self-service permits are available online at honolulu.gov/dpp.

  • Driver’s licensing and Satellite City Halls: All six of the driver licensing centers in the City and County of Honolulu are open for in-office visits on an appointment-only basis. The online appointment system for appoints for driver licenses and state identification services can be accessed at alohaq.org. The system has been revised to serve the greatest needs first. For assistance with making an appointment, call: (808) 768-4177. Masks or face coverings are required during all in-office visits. For more information, visit honolulu.gov.csd. The Kapahulu Vehicle Reconstruction Inspection Station in the City and County of Honolulu is open for in-office visits on an appointment-only basis. For assistance, call: (808) 768-4325.

  • Department of Parks and Recreation: City parks, courts, fields and parking lots are open. City skate parks and off-leash dog parks will reopen on Friday, May 29. The Koko Head Shooting Complex, city archery ranges, People’s Open Markets, and pools (lap swim only) are scheduled to reopen on Friday, June 5. The five Honolulu Botanical Gardens are open for passive use. This means no camping, garden tours, or recreational programs will be offered at that time. Other park facilities remain closed to the public, such as: playgrounds, campgrounds, gyms, and recreation buildings. Please be advised that lifeguards are not stationed in their regular towers but are instead on roving patrols. Stand-alone comfort stations are open but they will be closed during cleaning, maintenance, and regular park closure hours. For more information, please visit honolulu.gov/parks.

  • Department of Environmental Services: Regular curbside refuse, green waste, and recycling service is still being conducted. Convenience centers and transfer stations remain open. Please note, all in-person services are suspended. Visit opala.org for more information.

  • Board of Water Supply: Water service remains operational and the water is safe to drink. Testing is conducted daily. BWS account services are available online at boardofwatersupply.com, by mail, or by phone. In-person services are suspended.

  • Neighborhood Board Commission: Neighborhood boards will resume public meetings beginning June 1. Physical distancing requirements are followed. For meeting information, please contact the NCO at 768-3710, email nco@honolulu.gov, or visit the office’s website at honolulu.gov/nco.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:19 AM

OAHU DRIVER LICENSING, STATE ID SERVICES RESTART BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

The City opened online appointments for residents whose Hawai‘i driver licenses or state identification cards expire this year in March, April, May, June and July. This is after the state announced its intent to allow licenses and identification cards that expire between March 16 and June 30 to remain valid through Sept. 30.


Appointments can be made on AlohaQ.org.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:10 AM

QUARANTINE LIFTED FOR INTER-ISLAND TRAVEL STARTING JUNE 16

Gov. Ige announced that the state will be lifting the 14-day quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers, effective June 16.

The state Department of Transportation will require thermal screening at the airport for everyone traveling inter-island. HDOT will also require travelers to fill out a new form that will now also ask for health-related information to assist the state in tracking and responding to new COVID-19 cases.

Travelers may be prohibited from boarding a flight if they have an elevated temperature above 100.4 degrees, they refuse to complete the mandatory form, or they are on the 14-day quarantine list prohibiting them from flying.

The number of new COVID-19 cases is expected to rise once travel is re-opened. However, the State Department of Health has begun the process of training 500 new contact tracers, exceeding the recommended standards set by the Centers for Disease Control, and is exploring other screening and testing procedures.

The governor noted that the next step in re-opening air travel will be restoring out-of-state travel to the islands in a safe manner. He has been working on plans to do this said he would announce them soon.


Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:51 AM

SENATE COVID-19 COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY

Agenda for today's meeting found below.  Watch it live on Olelo 49.

 

12:45p.m.                  Department of the Attorney General - Ms. Clare Connors, Attorney General 

 

                                   Hawaii Emergency Management Agency - Ms. Alexandra Slous, State Disaster Recovery Coordinator

                                   

2:00 p.m.                    Department of Health - Dr. Bruce Anderson, Director 

 

   University of Hawaii – School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene - Dr. Mary G. Boland, Dean

 

                                   Chaminade University - Dr. Lynn Babington, President

 

                                   Hawaii Pacific University - Mr. John Y. Gotanda, President

 

                                   Aloha Trace - Mr. Brandon Kurisu, Coalition Representative

 

                                   Every1ne Hawaii - Mr. Robert Kurisu, Co-Founder

 

                                   SafePaths - Mr. Michael Kamida, Technical Lead and Liaison


Friday, May 29, 2020 12:34 PM

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE STUDENT MEALS

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) Grab-and-Go school meals program will be extended at select meal sites for an extra four days beyond the end of the school year on May 28 and transition to the summer meal program which runs through July 17. Certain schools will provide meals to children 18 years or younger, free of charge, regardless of eligibility for free or reduced price meals.

Click here to view more information, including school sites and pick-up times.


Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:57 AM

SENATE COVID-19 COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY

The Hawaii State Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 will hold a hearing today at noon live on ‘Olelo 49.

Members of the Hawaii Executive Collaborative will present on a tourism recovery plan to create a task force to establish a travel bubble corridor. The corridor is for travel by two regions, both of which contained the virus, and who agree to a quarantine-free travel zone.

Testimony will be provided by Hawaii Executive Collaborative members Paul Yonamine, Duane Kurisu, and Lori Teranishi. Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on ‘Olelo Channel 49 on O‘ahu and will go out live for pick up by neighbor island public access channels. It will also be livestreamed via http://olelo.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=13.


Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:54 PM

GOVERNOR APPROVES MORE BUSINESSES TO OPEN

Gov. David Ige approved Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposal to safely re-open more businesses and operations on O‘ahu, under guidelines that will ensure the safety of employees and customers.

Mayor Caldwell’s proposal includes the Friday, May 29th resumption of operations with modifications for “personal service providers” including:

  • Barbers
  • Hairdressers
  • Nail technicians
  • Tattoo artists
  • Other beauty operators

The proposal also includes the re-opening of outdoor attractions with limitations, starting Thursday, May 28. This includes:

  • Sea life attractions
  • Water parks
  • Pools
  • Campgrounds
  • People’s Open Markets
  • Shooting and Archery Ranges
  • Similar outdoor facilities

The proposal also allows the following to resume operations with modifications:

  • June 5: Business/commercial businesses (in addition to restaurants), indoor residential, non-commercial gatherings of 10 or less (regardless of household)
  • June 19: Indoor operations such as:
    • Movie theatres
    • Museums
    • Fitness centers


Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:50 PM

FREE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Leaders from the Hawai‘i Mental Health Pro Bono COVID-19 Project joined Mayor Caldwell to announce a new program to provide support for the psychological well-being and mental health needs of individuals seeking help during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, conceptualized by Dr. Lawrie Ignacio and Dr. Graham Taylor and coordinated by the Hawai‘i Psychological Association, offers free mental health services provided by a Pro Bono Service Provider to uninsured residents on Oʻahu and throughout the state. The Hawaii Mental Health Pro Bono COVID-19 Project is a multi-disciplinary initiative that unites several mental health care communities with the common goal of ensuring that more Hawai‘i residents have access to quality mental health care. 

To ensure proper physical distancing during the Mayor’s “Ho’oulu i Honolulu” Order, all therapy and counseling services under the program will be provided exclusively via online telehealth platforms. People can access the service on a first-come, first-serve basis by logging on to https://www.hawaiipsychology.org/ and clicking on the “Please click HERE for more information” link under the heading: Hawai'i Mental Health Pro Bono COVID-19 Project. The link will direct the individual seeking services to a description page outlining the terms of the Project, where he or she can then click on another link to submit a request for services. Once a request is submitted, the individual seeking services will be contacted by a Project coordinator who will assist in linking the individual to an available provider.

The Project coordinators are asking for patience up front from those seeking mental health services provided by the Hawai‘i Mental Health Pro Bono COVID-19 Project, as mental health providers are in high demand and matching requests with available providers at any given time may require a waiting period. The program does not offer a triage service, so interested residents may need to contact other community mental health services in order to secure timely services. Additionally, services being provided through the Hawai‘i Mental Health Pro Bono COVID-19 Project are not suitable for urgent and crisis situations as the Project will not be able to immediately connect individuals in severe distress with an available provider. Those experiencing severe distress, or an emergency, are asked to call emergency and crisis personnel who can provide an immediate response.

Along with the City’s 768-CITY information helpline, the City also created a website at www.oneoahu.org to provide information about Mayor Caldwell’s Emergency Order, provide updates on the availability of City services, and direct residents to quality, trusted COVID-19 healthcare information. For residents who do not find the information they are looking for on the website, residents can also email covidresponse@honolulu.gov to ask questions and get a response from City staff.

To learn more about the Hawaii Mental Health Pro Bono COVID-19 Project visit https://www.hawaiipsychology.org/.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:05 PM

PUBLIC LIBRARY LAUNCHES TAKE OUT SYSTEM

The Hawaii State Public Library System announced its statewide launch of Library Take Out at 47 of our 51 public libraries. Starting Tuesday, May 26th, library patrons may now schedule a Library Take Out appointment time to pick up their hold item(s) at their favorite library.

Here’s how it works:

1.  Patrons go to HSPLS Library Catalog and place a hold on any item(s) they want to borrow, or they may call their favorite library branch to place a hold with our staff.

2.  After receiving a notice that their item(s) are ready for pick up, patrons can schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls.

For patrons who placed their holds during the closure, their item(s) are ready for pick up after the patron schedules a Library Take Out appointment time to pick up their item(s). 

Library Take Out service is not available at the following libraries: Liliha, McCully, Pearl City and the Hawaii State Library.  No book donations will be accepted at this time.

Although buildings remain closed to the public for now, the Library Take Out is a convenient and safe way to access library books and materials.  

 For more information, please visit their website at librarieshawaii.org.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:26 AM

LEGISLATURE TO REOPEN JUNE 1; CAPITOL REMAINS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

The Legislature is currently in recess, pursuant to S.C.R. No. 244.

The legislative branch will reopen beginning June 1, 2020. Each Senate office and support staff office will be expected to resume normal business hours on that date. For more details, please read the memo dated May 22, 2020, from the Senate President: Reopening of Legislative Branch - June 1, 2020

The State Capitol building will remain closed to the public at least through June 30, 2020. Entry into the building will continue to be limited through the main double glass doors on the basement level from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the National Guard will continue temperature screening everyone entering the building. Entry will be limited to employees and authorized guests. For more details, please read the memo dated May 22, 2020, from the Comptroller: Revised - Capitol Security Access Procedures


Friday, May 22, 2020 2:00 PM

OAHU DRIVER LICENSING & STATE ID SERVICES RESTART BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

The City and County of Honolulu announced that it has reopened its online appointment system for driver license and state identification card services.

All in-office transactions will be served on an appointment-only basis. Masks or face coverings are required during in-office visits.

Appointments can be made at AlohaQ.org. The system will allow appointments only for those licenses expiring in June. (This includes licenses and state IDs with March expiration dates that were previously granted a 90-day extension under a state emergency order.) Later in the month, open appointment slots will be offered driver licenses and state IDs with July expiration dates. (This would include those with April expiration dates that were similarly extended by emergency order to July.)

O‘ahu residents with a hardship or special need outside these parameters can call (808) 768-4177 for assistance.

Since in-office visits were suspended nine weeks ago, more than 44,000 driver license and state ID appointments had to be canceled.

To help lessen demand for appointments, 50,000 letters were sent to O‘ahu residents who qualify to renew their driver licenses or state identification cards either online or by mail. In addition, the federal government announced in April that the start date for REAL ID enforcement has been extended by 12 months to Oct. 1, 2021.

Reconstructed vehicle inspection is another in-office visit that will be served strictly on an appointment-only basis.

Procedures for written and road driving-test applications are being reviewed and will be announced at a later time.

For more information, visit honolulu.gov/csd.


Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:08 AM

COVID-19 AND ANTIBODY TESTING THIS WEEKEND

COVID-19 testing at Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex and Kakaʻako Waterfront Park will be available this weekend. Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 will be offered at both locations, but a new Antibody Testing will be offered as well.

Testing at Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex will be offered on Saturday, May 23, and at Kakaʻako Waterfront Park on Sunday, May 24, both by Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi. Testing for both locations will be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Testing for regular PCR (nose swab) will be conducted as it has been done previously. If one desires this testing, the attending doctor will determine who should be tested. Quarantine protocol for tested patients follows the State Department of Health recommendations. To view the guidelines, head here. Testing will be offered without charge for those without insurance.

Antibody Testing will be through actual blood draw. Licensed practitioners will be on site to conduct this test, and the samples are sent to local labs for analysis and reporting. The testing will be free if covered by the patient’s insurance, but a charge of $40 will be made to each patient without insurance by local labs who will bill the patients. Those only taking part in the Antibody Testing will not need to self-quarantine. The following categories of individuals are encouraged to be tested by Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi:

1.      Previous COVID-19 positive individuals and their families and close contacts

2.      Healthcare Workers and First Responders

3.      Front line tourism industry workers with direct exposure to visitors

4.      Anyone with unexplained respiratory illness since January 2020 who were never tested for COVID-19

Antibody testing determines whether a patient was exposed to COVID-19 and now has antibodies against the virus; it is not used to determine whether someone currently has the disease. The test also does not tell you whether or not you may be susceptible to getting COVID-19 again. Patients should discuss results with their healthcare provider to understand what the results mean for them. 

Test participants should follow the posted signs to the test area. All who attend will first be screened and asked to provide personal information and contact numbers so results can be made known to them.

The public is reminded that parking lots at the two sites will be closed to the public until 2 p.m. to allow for breakdown of testing tents and clearing of cones and barriers.

For more information on the testing, contact Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi at (808) 304-8816 or (808) 367-6020.


Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:33 AM

FOOD DISTRIBUTION AT ALOHA STADIUM TOMORROW, MAY 22

Bring the following items with you to the "Food For Hawai‘i's ‘Ohana" distribution: a pen, completed Household Information Form(s) and a valid government-issued ID for each household.


  • The Household Information Form can be downloaded below:
    A separate form must be filled out for each household represented in the vehicle.
  • AN ADULT FROM EACH HOUSEHOLD MUST BE PRESENT WITH A VALID GOVERNMENT-ISSUED ID.
  • A household is defined by an address and everyone who lives at that address. i.e. Multiple families and/or generations living under one roof will be counted as one (1) household.
  • A vehicle may pick up food for a MAXIMUM OF THREE (3) HOUSEHOLDS. 
  • If you are unable to download the Household Information Form, there will be printed forms available at the distribution. Please bring a pen.
  • Downloading the Household Information Form and pre-filling it out does not guarantee you will receive food at the distribution – in the event that food supplies run out before your vehicle is served. 
     

Before attending a distribution, please make sure your vehicle's back seat, trunk, hatchback and/or tailgate are emptied and prepared to receive food.

             
  • Food will be placed directly into the vehicle at each food distribution station.
  • No one will be permitted to exit their vehicles during the distribution.
  • PARTICIPANTS MUST BE IN A VEHICLE TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE. Walk-ups or bicyclists will not be permitted.
     

Food will be distributed for approximately 4,000 households or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  

  • Participants assume the risk that food supplies may run out before they can be served.
  • The distribution organizers reserve the right to refuse service to individuals who do not comply with the rules established for this food distribution.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:22 AM

SENATE COVID-19 COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY

The committee will be meeting with the following to discuss enforcement of the 14-day quarantine and stay-at-home orders:

2:30 p.m.              Department of the Attorney General

                              Ms. Clare Connors, Attorney General

                              Department of Transportation

                              Mr. Jade Butay, Director         

                              Hawaii Tourism Authority

                              Mr. Chris Tatum, CEO            

                              Honolulu Police Department

                             Ms. Susan Ballard, Chief of Police

                             Department of Planning and Permitting

                              Ms. Kathy Sokugawa, Acting Director

                              Hawaii Quarantine Kapu Breakers

                              Ms. Angela Keen

Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on ‘Olelo Channel 49 on O‘ahu and will go out live for pick-up by neighbor island public access channels. It will also stream live online at olelo.org/49.

No public testimony will be accepted.

If you require special assistance, please call 586-6800 or email your request to waysandmeans@capitol.hawaii.gov.


Monday, May 18, 2020 10:20 AM

OAHU BEACHES CLEARED TO OPEN

Oahu beaches opened over the weekend, May 16, for activities based on approved guidelines issued by the City and County of Honolulu.

In addition to those activities already allowed (e.g., ocean access and exercise), beaches or sand bars within the City may also be utilized with the following restrictions:

a. All groups are limited to members of the same household or living unit.
b. No group can exceed ten persons.
c. All persons using the beach, who are not part of members of the same household or living unit, shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements, provided that a caregiver may accompany a dependent.
d. The beach or sand area may only be used one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, unless the person is engaged in shore fishing or permitted outdoor exercise.
e. All other State of Hawaiʻi or City restrictions related to COVID-19 must be followed, including, but not limited to, any applicable quarantine restrictions.

If you have any questions on Mayor Caldwell’s Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order 2.0, as amended, visit the website, oneoahu.org to find answers to some frequently asked questions. If you still do not find an answer to your question on the site, O‘ahu residents can call the 768-CITY (2489) information hotline or email covidresponse@honolulu.gov. The City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 information call center remains open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays.


Monday, May 18, 2020 10:09 AM

FREE FOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY

 

Feeding Hawaii Together, a non-profit organization,is currently providing food to the public. The organization is located at 2522 Rose Street.

Visit thepantry.org to register for food remotely, visually see the food available, place an order, then receive a day/time for pick-up. This allows to continue to provide urgently needed food, while conforming to all of the COVID-19 safety requirements.They distribute food 3 days per week.


Monday, May 18, 2020 10:07 AM

QUARANTINE AND SAFER-AT-HOME ORDER EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 30

The governor is expected to extend the 14-day quarantine for travelers through June 30. This comes as the governor announced that he intends to continue Hawaii’s safer-at-home order through June 30.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority, Department of Transportation, and other state agencies are working with the airlines to toughen the entry restrictions, to include revising the visitor arrival form, requiring the flight crew to complete the form, seeking to confirm return flights, increasing the screening staff at airports, stiffening hotel quarantines, enforcing rules on car rentals, and confirming hotel or home stays, among others.

The COVID-19 committee met with the Police Chief, representatives from the Courts, and the Prosecutor's Office to coordinate enforcement of the 14-day quarantine. There were general agreements for a maximum bail of $2,000 for quarantine violators. Arraignment would be done virtually within 48-72 hours.

Police statistics for Emergency Proclamation violations from March 20 to May 14 included 9,313 warnings, 5,244 citations, and 292 arrests.

 To report a possible self-quarantine violation, contact your county police department at 911. The police have access to all data pertaining to airport arrivals.


Monday, May 18, 2020 10:04 AM

SENATE REVIEWS LEGISLATIVE BUDGET

On May 14, the Senate was briefed on the State Administration’s proposal for $1.25 billion appropriated under the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act. Senate Bill 75 SD2 HD1 passed out of the House Finance Committee and will now head to the full House for a vote next week. Concerns remain regarding how agencies will spend these funds, such as economic support to those most affected during this pandemic.


Under the CARES Act, Hawai'i has been given a total of $862,823,978 to support the State and smaller Counties. A separate allocation of $387,176,021 was provided to the City & County of Honolulu. The Senate has proposed allocating the funds in a responsible, prudent and conservative expenditure approach to meet both statewide and county needs. Below are some highlights.
$175 million to support the various counties;

  • $40 million for AG enforcement, PPE, payroll, and other department requests;
  •  $36 million for thermal screening at the airports;
  • $8 million to DLIR for IT Modernization, UI Program Enhancements, and facility and staff support;
  • $1 million for the PUA program (UI for independent contractors & GIG workers);
  • $14 million to the DOH for contact tracing/testing, vaccination and contract tracing staff, investigation and infection control, PPE and supplies;
  • $637 million to be deposited into the state's rainy day fund to be allocated in subsequent sessions.


Thursday, May 14, 2020 3:34 PM

SENATORS DEFER PAY RAISES RECOMMENDED BY SALARY COMMISSION

The Hawai‘i State Senate Committee on Ways and Means today deferred pay raises for legislators and state officials this year that had been recommended by the Salary Commission prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The amended bill states (HB117), “Due to the unprecedented economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the legislature believes that continued implementation of the commission's recommendations for the executive and judicial branches, and planned adjustments for the legislature, is irresponsible at this time and should be deferred.”

The bill defers all salary increases slated for this fiscal year for members of the legislature, the governor, lieutenant governor, justices and judges of all state courts, administrative director of the State or an equivalent position, and department heads or executive officers and the deputies or assistants to the department heads or executive officers of the departments.

The amended bill notes that in expectation of an economic downturn due to COVID-19, “the State Council on Revenues lowered its fiscal year 2021 forecast from four per cent to zero per cent, meaning that the State will have about $225,000,000 less in revenues than expected.”


Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:48 AM

FREE COVID-19 AND ANTIBODY TESTING THIS WEEKEND

More COVID-19 testing will be available at Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex and Kakaʻako Waterfront Park this weekend. Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 will be offered at both locations, but a new Antibody Testing will be offered as well.

Testing at Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex will be offered on Saturday, May 16, and at Kakaʻako Waterfront Park on Sunday, May 17, both by Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi. Testing for both locations will be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Testing for regular PCR (nose swab) will be conducted as it has been done previously. If one desires this testing, the attending doctor will determine who should be tested. Quarantine protocol for tested patients follows the State Department of Health recommendations. To view the guidelines, head here. Testing will be offered without charge for those without insurance.

Antibody Testing will be through actual blood draw. Licensed practitioners will be on site to conduct this test, and the samples are sent to local labs for analysis and reporting. The testing will be free if covered by the patient’s insurance, but a charge of $40 will be made to each patient without insurance by local labs who will bill the patients. Those only taking part in the Antibody Testing will not need to self-quarantine. The following categories of individuals are encouraged to be tested by Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi:

  1. Previous COVID-19 positive individuals and their families and close contacts
  2. Healthcare Workers and First Responders
  3. Front line tourism industry workers with direct exposure to visitors
  4. Anyone with unexplained respiratory illness since January 2020 who were never tested for COVID-19

Antibody testing determines whether a patient had COVID-19 and now has antibodies against the virus; it is not used to determine whether someone currently has the disease. The test also does not tell you whether or not you may be susceptible to getting COVID again. Patients should discuss results with their healthcare provider to understand what the results mean for them. 

Test participants should follow the posted signs to the test area. All who attend will first be screened and asked to provide personal information and contact numbers so results can be made known to them.

For more information on the testing, contact Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi at (808) 304-8816 or (808) 367-6020.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:06 PM

COVID-19 COMMITTEE SENDS CONCERNS TO CHIEF JUSTICE AND MAYOR

The Hawai‘i State Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 sent letters to Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell expressing concerns about the enforcement of the travel quarantine orders put into effect by Governor David Ige.

The letter to the Chief Justice states the concern “that the quarantine orders are being flouted once travelers leave the airport” and that when violators “appear before a judge, often the violators are released on their own recognizance without any measures to ensure no further violations happen.”

The committee asked that he consider the public’s safety and issue a directive to judges to require bail prior to release and conditions such as ankle bracelets for quarantine violators.

The letter to Mayor Caldwell lists the actions taken by the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation to screen and verify passenger information and require compliance with the state’s quarantine orders, but says that the public is consistently reporting “travelers blatantly violating” the quarantine.

“Disturbingly, we have also received reports that the City and County of Honolulu have avoided addressing these public concerns of non-compliance with regularity,” the letter says, and requests that the administration make enforcement of the quarantine “a priority by investigating and arresting people who violate them in our community, including returning residents and vacation rentals…”

Letter to Chief Justice Recktenwald

Letter to Mayor Caldwell


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 9:05 AM

COVID-19 HARDSHIP RELIEF PROGRAM

The City and County of Honolulu will soon be launching the COVID-19 Hardship Relief Program to help those most economically impacted by shutdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  

Scheduled to launch on May 18, the relief fund can be used to assist with basic needs including as rent, eligible utilities, childcare, and other essential expenses.

The COVID-19 Hardship Relief program will provide funding support to Oahu residents with amounts up to $1,000 per month for qualified household expenses, and up to $500 per month for qualified childcare expenses to aid in lessening economic hardships caused by the pandemic. Each household may receive continued benefits as hardship continues, up to 6 months.

Qualified expenses will be paid directly to the vendor on behalf of the applicant.

A public-private partnership — that includes the City and County of Honolulu, Aloha United Way, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Helping Hands Hawaii, and other service providers — will work directly with individuals and families dealing with economic hardship to administer these resources and ensure Oahu residents have the support they need.


Monday, May 11, 2020 10:34 AM

FREE TESTING TOMORROW, MAY 12

On Tuesday, May 12, Transformation Health Network will conduct testing in the parking lot at Kalihi Union Church, 2214 North King Street from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Entry will be from the driveway on Umi Street. Walk-up individuals are welcome also.

Participants should follow the posted signs to the test area. All who attend will first be screened for symptoms and asked to provide personal information including insurance if available and contact numbers so results can be made known to them. Quarantine protocol for tested patients follows the State Department of Health recommendations. To view the guidelines, head here.

For information on the testing with Transformation Health Network, call 854-3566.


Friday, May 8, 2020 12:36 PM

LEGISLATURE RECONVENING MAY 11

The Hawaii State Legislature will reconvene next Monday, May 11th. This reconvened session is expected to be about 6-10 days to address state budget issues and for the Senate to take up confirmation hearings for various state boards and commissions.  The Ways and Means and Finance Committees will need to consider an estimated $1 billion in budget cuts from the $8 billion general fund budget, while minimizing cuts to social services or pay cuts or furloughs. 
 
All meetings and hearings will be broadcast live on Olelo; however, the public will not be able to attend, and written testimony will be excepted via submission.  

Click here to read more from Civil Beat.


Friday, May 8, 2020 12:28 PM

COVID-19 EMERGENCY AID PROGRAM FOR OAHU RESIDENTS

City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced a new emergency aid program for Oahu residents. Individuals under financial hardship will be eligible for up to $1,000 for basic needs such as rent and utilities, and up to an additional $500 for basic childcare. The program will begin on May 18.

Click here to read more from KITV4 news.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 10:06 AM

OAHU SHOPPING AND RETAIL STORES CAN OPEN MAY 15

Certain designated businesses and operations in the City and County of Honolulu will be allowed to re-open on May 15, by following specific guidelines as detailed Emergency Order No. 2020-10. The Amended and Restated Stay at Home/Work from Home Order, now under the new name “Ho‘oulu i Honolulu” or “Restore Honolulu” Order, incorporates all prior Emergency Orders, including the wearing of non-medical grade face coverings, social distancing requirements, and the limited opening of City parks.

The Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order allows residents of the City and County of Honolulu to shop at retail businesses and shopping malls that comply with specific operations guidelines that includes allowing all persons in these establishments to maintain physical/social distancing and health and safety standards.

The Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order can be found here.

Retail establishments should meet the following guidelines: 

  1. Occupancy is limited at all times to no more than one (1) person per 200 square feet of the gross operation area (which equates to approximately 50 percent of the maximum occupancy load).
  2.  Social Distancing Requirements (as defined in the Order) are adhered to at all times.
  3. The City’s “COVID-19 Guidance for Business” is followed to the greatest extent possible. 
  4. Within shopping malls, the following must remain closed:
  • Food-court dining areas (except for delivery or carry out)
  • Play areas
  • Entertainment areas
  • Common areas (except to access and depart from a retail or repair service business)
  • Arcades
  • Game rooms

The City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 information call center remains open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays. O‘ahu residents are encouraged to visit the website, oneoahu.org to get answers to frequently asked questions about Mayor Caldwell’s “Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order”. If they do not find an answer to their questions on the site, residents can call the 768-CITY (2489) information hotline or email covidresponse@honolulu.gov.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 9:57 AM

FREE TESTING TOMORROW

Tomorrow, May 8, Kalihi Kai Urgent Care will conduct testing at ʻEwa Beach Community Park. Testing will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants should follow the posted signs to the test area. All who attend will first be screened for symptoms and asked to provide personal information and contact numbers so results can be made known to them. Quarantine protocol for tested patients follows the State Department of Health recommendations.

 To view the guidelines, head here - https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/files/2020/04/What-To-Do-If-You-Have-Been-Tested-For-COVID19_040120.pdf.

For more information on the testing run by Kalihi Kai Urgent Care, call (808) 841-2273.                                                                           


Thursday, May 7, 2020 9:53 AM

DLIR IMPLEMENTS FILING CERTIFICATION DAYS BASED ON LAST NAME

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is kicking off an alphabetical system to ease the burden on the antiquated technology that has crashed multiple times over the past few weeks.

Starting next week, those whose last name starts with the letters A through G should file on Mondays.

Those whose last name starts with H through O should file on Tuesdays.

Finally, Wednesdays are for P through Z.

If you miss your day, don’t worry, Thursdays through Sundays are open.

The times to file are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

On weekends and holidays, that time is from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:44 PM

SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE CONVENES TOMORROW

The committee will be meeting with the following:

 

12:30 p.m. Airlines for America

Mr. Sean Williams, Vice President

 

1:30 p.m. Department of the Attorney General

Ms. Clare Connors, Attorney General

 

Department of Transportation

Mr. Jade Butay, Director

 

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Mr. Chris Tatum, CEO

 

3:30 p.m. Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Mr. Scott Murakami, Director

 

4:15 p.m. Department of Taxation

Ms. Rona Suzuki, Director

 

Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on ‘Olelo Channel 49 on O‘ahu and will go out live for pick up by neighbor island public access channels. It will also be streamed live online at olelo/org/49.

No public testimony will be accepted.

If you require special assistance, please call 586-6800 or email your request to waysandmeans@capitol.hawaii.gov.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020 10:39 AM

FIRST ROUND OF BUSINESSES SET TO OPEN

Gov. Ige signed a 7th Supplementary Emergency Proclamation that authorizes the first group of businesses to re-open since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the temporary closure of non-essential businesses across the state on Mar. 25.

The latest proclamation also allows residents to leave their homes to patronize certain businesses and activities under the new “Safer-at-Home” order.

Under Phase 1 of the state’s re-opening, the following businesses and operations can re-open starting May 7, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.  However, everyone is advised to check the restrictions in place in each county, as they may differ.

  • Agriculture (non-food), such as landscape, ornamental plant growers, and nurseries
  • Auto Dealerships
  • Car Washes
  • Childcare services, licensed or authorized under the law
  • Pet Grooming Services
  • Observatories & Support Facilities
  • Retail & Repair Services, such as apparel, florists, watch & surfboard repair (Note: retail does not re-open in City & County of Honolulu until May 15, and retail & most repair will not re-open in Maui county.)
  • Shopping Malls – limited to retail and repair services (Note: shopping malls are not reopening in Maui county.)

The 7th Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, EXHIBIT G, lists the businesses/operations designated for re-opening, and outlines specific safety guidelines for each. It also includes county-specific requirements. For example, retail businesses on Oʻahu may not open until May 15, 2020, and Maui County will not allow retail, most repair shops and malls to reopen at this time.

These businesses/operations are required to follow the social distancing requirements in the 7th Supplementary Emergency Proclamation.  They also are encouraged to follow the applicable guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Generally, this means they must implement physical distancing requirements such as capacity limits and ensuring 6 feet or more between individuals using floor markings and signage; limit in-person work when possible; reduce the number of high-touch surfaces and objects as much as possible; reconfigure workplace to enable physical distancing if possible; communicate health and safety protocols to all employees, customers and visitors.


Monday, May 4, 2020 3:20 PM

HECO EXTENDS MORATORIUM ON SERVICE DISCONNECTIONS THROUGH JUNE 30

Hawaiian Electric has suspended service disconnections for nonpayment through June 30 to ensure customers’ electricity needs are met as stay-at-home orders are extended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Customers should NOT worry about their power being shut off due to nonpayment through the end of June, and any threat of immediate disconnection unless payment is made received before June 30 should be treated as a scam. Customers experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic are urged to contact Hawaiian Electric to discuss payment arrangements and options.

Click HERE to read the full press release.


Monday, May 4, 2020 10:22 AM

FREE COVID TESTING IN KALIHI MAY 5


Wednesday, April 29, 2020 4:02 PM

CITY TO REOPEN CERTAIN BUSINESSES ON MAY 1

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that certain Oauhu businesses will be allowed to open with limitations.  This Order is effective from 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 through 4:30 p.m. on May 18.  

Changes to the amended Stay at Home Order add the limited reopening of certain designated businesses and operations such as: 

  • Certain real estate services. All real property sales and management activities must be accomplished by remote/electronic means whenever possible. Restrictions and permitted real estate services are outlined in Emergency Order No. 2020-09;
  •  New and used car and truck dealerships – sales and leasing activities (with restrictions);
  •  Automated service providers. Service providers that do not require human interaction between the service provider and the customer, including for example, fully automated car washes;
  •  Mobile service providers. Businesses that provide service on a mobile bases in which no human interaction between the service provider and the customer, including, but not limited to, mobile pet grooming and car washing/detailing businesses;
  •  Services provided on a one-one-one bases. Businesses that provide services such as private tutoring, certain music instrument lessons, etc., on a one-on-one basis, that comply with social distancing requirements;
  •  Public and private golf courses within the City operating in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Professional Golfers’ Association’s “Procedures for Reintroduction to the Game and Business of Golf” as may be updated/amended.

Grave site visits are also being added as an Essential Activity.

All of the added reopening of certain businesses are with limitations.

The restated Stay at Home Order incorporates prior orders, including but not limited to, ordering all individuals living within the City to stay at their place of residence except for Essential Activities, Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, mandating employees and visitors of Essential Businesses to wear a non-medical grade face covering mandate, and the ban of all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:14 PM

UPDATE - FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

If you are having difficulty filing your unemployment insurance 24/7, you may be clicking on the wrong link.  Follow these steps to complete your filing and avoid error messages:

TO FILE A CLAIM OR CHECK YOUR STATUS

  1. Visit https://huiclaims.hawaii.gov/#/
  2. Click on the button “For New Claims, Please Complete This Form.”  DO NOT click on “Claimant Services” which connects to the old server system.  This is where people are experiencing issues logging in and attempting to file a claim.
  3. To check on the status of your claim 24/7, click on “Check Your Claim Status.”


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 1:26 PM

VEHICLE SAFETY CHECKS FOR REGISTRATION TEMPORARILY HALTED

O‘ahu motorists are reminded that a safety check inspection is not required to renew motor vehicle registrations that are expiring in April or May.

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation has closed safety inspection stations to comply with social distancing recommendations stemming from COVID-19 and extended safety inspection certificates as well as stickers through May 31, 2020.

The reminder comes as 133,928 motor vehicle registrations on O‘ahu are scheduled to be renewed between April and May.

Vehicle registrations can be renewed online, at self-service kiosks inside select Safeway and Foodland stores, as well as by mail. More information on these options is available at the Department of Customer Services website.


Monday, April 27, 2020 8:59 PM

SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE CONVENES APRIL 28

The special committee will be meeting with the following:

11:00 a.m. Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Mr. Scott Murakami, Director

12:00 p.m. Department of Health, State Laboratories

Dr. Edward Desmond, Administrator

Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on ‘Olelo Channel 49 on O‘ahu and will go out live for pick up by neighbor island public access channels. It will also be streamed live online at olelo.org/49.

No public testimony will be accepted.If you require special assistance, please call 586-6800 or email your request to waysandmeans@capitol.hawaii.gov.


Monday, April 27, 2020 8:48 PM

FLORISTS CAN OPEN ON MAY 1

Florists statewide will be allowed to deliver flowers starting this Friday.  Gov. Ige has given permission for florists to get back to business May 1, this after the governor himself revoked just two days ago a special exemption florists got for a 10-day window around Mother’s Day.


Monday, April 27, 2020 8:45 PM

GOVERNOR EXTENDS STAY-AT-HOME ORDER TILL MAY 31

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers, eviction moratorium also continue

Gov. David Ige signed a 6th supplementary emergency proclamation extending the stay-at-home order across the state through May 31.

The stay-at-home order means residents may leave their homes only for various essential needs, including healthcare, purchasing food, medicine, gasoline, taking care of the elderly, minors, or those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawai‘i, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals or other related services. Outdoor exercise is also permitted – including swimming, surfing and walking pets.

In addition, running, jogging or walking on the beach will be permitted, as long as social distancing requirements are observed.

Also extended through the end of May -- the 14-day quarantine for both visitors and residents entering the state and for inter-island travelers.

The eviction moratorium, which prevents any eviction from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent, also remains in effect through May 31.

In addition, social distancing requirements remain in place across the state through the end of May.

Gov. Ige issued the initial emergency proclamation for COVID-19 on Mar. 4, 2020 followed by:

  • Mar. 16: Supplementary proclamation suspending certain laws to enable state and county responses to COVID-19
  • Mar. 21: Second supplementary proclamation implementing mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for visitors and residents entering the State of Hawai‘i
  • Mar. 23: Third supplementary proclamation mandating social distancing measures throughout the state
  • Mar. 31: Fourth supplementary proclamation implementing a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for people traveling between the islands in the State of Hawai‘i
  • Apr. 16: Fifth supplementary proclamation implementing enhanced social distancing requirements and an eviction moratorium


Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:55 PM

AIRPORTS AND HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AMONG OTHERS TO MEET WITH SENATE COMMITTEE TOMORROW

The Special Committee on COVID-19 will meet tomorrow with the following:

12:00 p.m.       Department of the Attorney General

                              Ms. Clare Connors, Attorney General                       

Department of Transportation – Airports Division

                              Mr. Ross Higashi, Deputy Director

                        Hawaii Tourism Authority

                              Mr. Chris Tatum, CEO

 

1:15 p.m.          Department of Health

                              Dr. Bruce Anderson, Director

                              Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist

 

3:00 p.m.           Hawaii Economic and Community Recovery & Resiliency Plan

                              Mr. Alan Oshima, Hawaii Economic and Community Recovery and Resiliency Navigator

Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on ‘Olelo Channel 49 on O‘ahu and will go out live for pick up by neighbor island public access channels. The meeting will also be livestreaming on olelo.org/49.

No pubic testimony will be accepted.

If you require special assistance, please call 586-6800 or email your request to waysandmeans@capitol.hawaii.gov.


Thursday, April 23, 2020 12:44 PM

APPLY FOR CHILD CARE SERVICES

The Executive Office on Early Learning is working closely with the Department of Human Services and other agencies and stakeholders to coordinate early childhood care during the COVID-19 crisis.  The departments have announced subsidy changes to its assistance program for families and providers and are encouraging more families to apply.  Get more information about applying to Child Care Connection Hawai‘i online by clicking on this link - bit.ly/ApplyCCCH.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020 11:55 AM

NEW TESTING SITES AVAILABLE

The City and County of Honolulu is pleased to announce it is supporting more drive-thru COVID-19 testing this week.

Testing is being done from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, April 22 at The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in Wahiawā. Testing will be made available to those without insurance as well. For more information on this testing, please call Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi at (808) 304-8816 or (808) 367-6020.

On Friday, April 24, Kalihi Kai Urgent Care will be conducting testing at ʻEwa Mahiko District Park in ʻEwa Beach. Testing at 91-1205 Renton Road will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For each location, follow the posted signs to the test area. All who attend will first be screened for symptoms and asked to provide personal information and contact numbers so results can be made known to them. This is part of an effort to do focused testing in communities across Oʻahu.  Results of the testing will be used to identify COVID-19 “Hot Spots” to help in their containment. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:07 PM

CITY PARKS TO REOPEN THIS SATURDAY WITH LIMITED ACTIVITY

‪Starting 5 a.m. Saturday, City parks will be reopened to exercise only. Exercise includes running, walking, jogging and biking. However, no camping, using tennis courts, basketball courts, play equipment, off-leash dog parks, baseball, volleyball, etc.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:21 PM

SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON COVID-19 HOLDS MEETING TOMORROW

The Special Committee will reconvene tomorrow to hear from the following departments and organizations: 

11:30 a.m. - Department of Taxation, Ms. Rona Suzuki, Director

  • H.R.6074 – Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.
  • H.R.6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • H.R.748 – CARES Act.
  • H.R.266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

12:15 p.m. - Hawaii Agriculture Foundation, Ms. Denise Yamaguchi, Executive Director

1:00 p.m. - Department of Health Dr. Bruce Anderson, Director

  Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Steven Hankins, Lead Coordinator                                 

2:15 p.m. - Department of Human Resources Development, Mr. Ryker Wada, Director

Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on ‘Olelo Channel 53 on O‘ahu and will go out live for pick up by neighbor island public access channels. The meeting will also be streamed live online at olelo.org/53.

No public testimony will be accepted.

If you require special assistance, please call 586-6800 or email your request to waysandmeans@capitol.hawaii.gov.


Monday, April 20, 2020 9:12 AM

REMINDER - MANDATED FACE COVERINGS START TODAY

As a reminder, Oahu residents are required to wear non-medical grade face coverings while in public.  Both employees who work at Essential Businesses and customers and visitors must wear non-medical grade face coverings over their noses and mouths.  This also applies to passengers and users of public modes of transportation like the TheBus and TheHandi-van.

An owner or operator of an Essential Business may refuse admission or service to an individual who fails to wear face coverings.

Exemptions to this face covering Order include:

  • Within banks, financial institutions, or using an automated teller machine (ATM) where inability to verify the identity of the customer or visitor of the bank, financial institution or ATM poses a security risk;
  • By individuals with medical conditions or disabilities where wearing of a face covering may pose a health or safety risk to the individual;
  • By children under the age of 5;
  • By first responders (Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Emergency Services Department) to the extent that wearing non-medical grade face coverings may impair or impede the safety of the first responders in the performance of his/her duty.

This mandate continues through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Violation of this Order is punishable as a misdemeanor, with fines up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

All individuals in the City are encouraged, but not required, to wear non-medical grade face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are outside their homes and performing Essential Activities, as provided in the Stay at Home Order.

For questions on the Order, O‘ahu residents are encouraged to visit the website, oneoahu.org to get answers to frequently asked questions. If they do not find an answer to their questions on the site, residents can call the 768-CITY (2489) information hotline or email covidresponse@honolulu.gov. The City’s COVID-19 information call center remains open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for holidays.


Friday, April 17, 2020 11:23 AM

MORE GRAB-AND-GO MEAL SITES AVAILABLE

Kamehameha Schools - Kapālama has partnered with various community organizations across Oʻahu to provide additional food resources to help address the growing need for meals during these trying times. 

This program started Wednesday, April 8 and to date has provided 4,000 meals to families. If your family is in need, you are welcome to visit one of the following community sites to pick up meals provided by this partnership on the distribution dates indicated below.  Pans containing enough food for five meals are distributed cold and will need to be reheated before serving.  Please plan accordingly as these resources are limited and intended to help our partners serve the larger community and are available while supplies last.

Please see the table below for details including pick-up locations, dates, times and instructions.  

Partner organizations and pick-up sites

District

Partner and pick-up site

Contact info

Pick-up dates & times

Waialua

Whitmore Community Park

1259 Whitmore Ave.

(808) 351-0980

Wednesdays

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Koʻolau

HuiMālamaoKeKai

41-477HihimanuSt.

info@huimalamaokekai.org

Fridays

11:30 a.m.while supplies last

Kona (Oʻahu)

KōkuaKalihi Valley

2229 N. School St.

roots@kkv.net

Fridays

10:30 a.m. - noon

Families must wear masks at time of pick-up

 

PapakōleaCommunity Development Corporation

PapakōleaCommunity Park

2150 Tantalus Dr.

lilia@papakolea.org

(808) 265-2755[text only]

Email for meal pick-up instructions

ʻEwa

Kapolei Community Development Corporation

Kapolei Heritage Center

1250KinoikiSt.

kakoukhc@gmail.com

Email for meal pick-up instructions

Waiʻanae

WaiʻanaeCoast Comprehensive Health Center

Pick-up site: Community Learning Center at Māʻili

87-790 Kulauku St.

 

misarmie@ksbe.edu

ahiga@wcchc.com

 

Tuesdays

10:30 a.m. while supplies last

Pick-up line will open at 9:30 a.m. Cars that arrive earlier will be asked to leave and return after 9:30 a.m.


Friday, April 17, 2020 11:10 AM

MORE FREE TESTING SITES AVAILABLE

If you are exhibiting symptoms, you can get a free COVID-19 test at one of various locations around the island.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:26 AM

DRIVE-THRU COVID TESTING AVAILABLE TOMORROW

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The City and County of Honolulu is pleased to announce that Kalihi Kai Urgent Care is again conducting drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Friday, April 17, at Geiger Community Park in ʻEwa Beach, located on the corner of Kapolei Parkway and Kahiuka Street. Testing begins at 8 a.m. and will run till 2 p.m.

Participants should follow the posted signs to the test area. All who attend will first be screened for symptoms and asked to provide personal information and contact numbers so results can be made known to them. Quarantine protocol for tested patients follows the State Department of Health recommendations. To view the guidelines, head here.

For more information on this testing, please call Kalihi Kai Urgent Care at (808) 841-2273.


Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:14 AM

WEARING FACE MASKS MANDATED STARTING APRIL 20

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Emergency Order No. 2020-07 mandating O‘ahu residents wear non-medical grade face coverings while in public to further limit the transmission and spread of coronavirus.

According to the Order, employees who work at Essential Businesses as provided in the Stay at Home Order, shall wear non-medical grade face coverings over their noses and mouths when engaged and interacting with customers and visitors of the Essential Business.

All customers and visitors of Essential Businesses must also wear non-medical grade face coverings to provide additional protection for employees and customers of Essential Businesses.

This Order also applies to passengers and users of public modes of transportation like the TheBus and TheHandi-van.

An owner or operator of an Essential Business may refuse admission or service to an individual who fails to wear face coverings.

Exemptions to this face covering Order include:

  • Within banks, financial institutions, or using an automated teller machine (ATM) where inability to verify the identity of the customer or visitor of the bank, financial institution or ATM poses a security risk;
  • By individuals with medical conditions or disabilities where wearing of a face covering may pose a health or safety risk to the individual;
  • By children under the age of 5;
  • By first responders (Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Emergency Services Department) to the extent that wearing non-medical grade face coverings may impair or impede the safety of the first responders in the performance of his/her duty.

This Order is effective at 12 a.m on Monday, April 20 and will continue through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Violation of this Order is punishable as a misdemeanor, with fines up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

All individuals in the City are encouraged, but not required, to wear non-medical grade face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are outside their homes and performing Essential Activities, as provided in the Stay at Home Order.

For questions on the Order, O‘ahu residents are encouraged to visit the website, oneoahu.org to get answers to frequently asked questions. If they do not find an answer to their questions on the site, residents can call the 768-CITY (2489) information hotline or email covidresponse@honolulu.gov. The City’s COVID-19 information call center remains open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for holidays.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:57 PM

MORE YMCA FEEDS KIDS SITE ADDED & EXTENDED TO MAY 8

A local non-profit steps up to feed Hawaii's hungry keiki for summer

Thanks to the generous support of the Hawai’i Community Foundation’s Hawai’i Resilience Fund, additional YMCA Feeds Kids sites have been added; and program extended to May 8 -  where children ages 18 and under can pick up free Grab & Go meals, while maintaining social distance, Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. 

The healthy lunches prepared according to USDA standards include a protein, whole grain, vegetable, fruit and milk. Each lunch is individually packaged and distributed under the sanitation and safe hygiene guidelines of the CDC. Adults picking up meals must be accompanied by their children. 

As of last week, 10,489 free meals have been distributed along with 959 gallons of milk.

For more information, including street addresses for the Grab & Go meal pickup locations, go to ymcahonolulu.org.

The 8 sites are:

Melemanu Recreation Center
98-2031 Waikalani Place
Mililani, HI 96789

INSPIRE Church - Mililani
95-061 Waimakua Drive
Mililani, HI 96789

Puohala Elementary
45-233 Kulauli Street
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Kalihi Valley International Bike Program
1638 Kamehameha IV Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Nu’uanu YMCA
1441 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96813

Windward YMCA
1200 Kailua Road
Kailua, HI 96734

Halawa View Apartments 
99-009 Kalaloa Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
 
Puuwai Momi Housing 
Available for Grab and Go for Residents
Managed by PACT
99-132 Kohomua Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701


Sunday, April 12, 2020 8:19 AM

AN EASTER MESSAGE FOR YOU

Happy Easter, Friends & Neighbors!

This Easter weekend, many families would traditionally be dyeing eggs, choosing outfits for Sunday services, snacking on a chocolate bunny or marshmallow Peep, or attending a community-sponsored Easter egg hunt.

When I was a kid, there were no community Easter Egg hunts that I can recall. My parents would hide eggs around the house with the one golden egg worth a dollar or two which was a lot back then. Taking turns hiding the eggs in unique places in the house was just as much fun. Sometimes we’d make paper egg cutouts with messages or prizes written on them. My son, when he was little (pictured below with his grandpa), loved to hunt for the plastic eggs with treats in them.

Due to public health concerns, community egg hunts like the Moanalua Gardens Community Association and Kalihi Valley annual egg hunts, and all others, have been cancelled. These changes inspire us to engage in simple "homemade” activities of yesteryear.

What’s unchanged is the meaning of Easter. For Christians, Easter is about the resurrection of Christ. But it’s come to have a larger meaning for all people. Easter is about renewal, sacrifice, and, most of all, hope. That spirit will sustain us through this tough time, give us the strength to carry on, and inspire us to resume our lives once this crisis has passed.

Micah and I extend our Easter wishes to you and yours.

Stay safe and well.

     

https://mailchi.mp/efb4d51b4786/an-easter-message-from-donna-mercado-kim


Friday, April 10, 2020 11:06 AM

DRONES TO ASSIST IN ENFORCEMENT OF STAY AT HOME ORDER

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Staring today, April 10, the Honolulu Fire Department will be utilizing three separate drone operation teams to enforce Mayor Caldwell’s Stay at home/ Work at home order at beaches around O‘ahu. 

Teams will be stationed in three separate locations around the island:

  • Lanikai Beach, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Waikīkī, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sandy Beach, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The drones will be playing the following audio message:

“Aloha, the stay at home order is in effect. Please do not gather or sit on the beach. Water activities are permitted but please leave immediately after.”

News crews are welcome to film b roll of the drone team in Waikīkī, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the beach fronting the Ilikai.

The drones will not be equipped with any video recording equipment, and will be used solely for public address purposes.


Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:39 PM

CITY ANNOUNCES OVERNIGHT CURFEW FOR UPCOMING EASTER WEEKEND

Mayor Kirk Caldwell today signed Emergency Order No. 2020-05, announcing an overnight island-wide curfew for the upcoming three-day holiday weekend. From Friday, April 10 thru Monday, April 13, all non-essential travel in all motor vehicles and other wheeled means of transportation travel on our roadways is prohibited. Hours of the curfew are 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily during the three-day pilot period. This curfew is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on O‘ahu, promote social distancing, and enforce the Mayor’s Stay at Home Order. Exceptions to the curfew include but are not limited to delivery services, and going to and from Essential Business, drug stores, and hospitals. Violation of this Order is punishable as a misdemeanor, with fines up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

In addition, the Honolulu Police Department will be conducting stricter enforcement at beach parks to prevent gatherings in violation of the Stay at Home Order. This is in response to the hundreds that flocked to O‘ahu beaches last weekend.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:47 AM

ADDITIONAL TESTING SITE AVAILABLE THIS SATURDAY IN WAIPIO

The City and County of Honolulu, in collaboration with Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi, will conduct drive-thru COVID-19 testing this weekend. Testing will be conducted on Saturday only, in the parking lot of Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex. Those coming for testing should be experiencing upper respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

On Saturday, April 11, the testing site will be at Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex, 93-061 Waipiʻo Point Access Road, Waipahu, off Farrington Highway. Follow the signs posted on Waipiʻo Point Access Road to the Soccer Complex where you will be directed to the initial screening site. The hours of testing will be from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi’s Dr. Scott Miscovich will again be leading the effort. All who attend will first be screened for symptoms and asked to provide personal information and contact numbers so results can be made known to them. Results of the testing will be used to identify COVID-19 “Hot Spots” to help in their containment. 

For more information on this testing, please call Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi at (808) 304-8816 or (808) 367-6020.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:26 PM

DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING TO BE AVAILABLE THIS THURSDAY IN WAIANAE

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The City and County of Honolulu announced that Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi will conduct drive-thru COVID-19 testing this Thursday, April 9. Testing will be conducted in the Waiʻanae Harbor lot, 85-471 Farrington Highway.

Follow the signs posted on Farrington Highway where you will be directed to the initial screening site. The hours of testing will be from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Those coming for testing should be experiencing upper respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi’s Dr. Scott Miscovich will be leading the effort. All who attend will first be screened for symptoms and asked to provide personal information and contact numbers so results can be made known to them. Results of the testing will be used to identify COVID-19 “Hot Spots” to help in their containment. 

For more information on this testing, please call Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi at (808) 304-8816 or (808) 367-6020.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:45 PM

FREE FOOD FOR KUPUNA