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Restaurant Card Program Announced to Help Workers and Business

At the governor’s news briefing Sherry Menor McNamara, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in Hawai‘i and Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi, the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation provided details on yet another CARES Act supported initiative.  The new Restaurant Card Program is a private-public partnership that will provide pre-paid $500 cards to qualified Hawaiʻi unemployment insurance negatively …

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Alaska Airlines to offer rapid COVID-19 testing for Hawaii-bound guests

To help guests prepare for Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program, Alaska Airlines will partner with Carbon Health to offer rapid COVID-19 testing at its pop-up clinics across the West Coast, starting Oct. 12 in Seattle. Hawaii will begin to welcome back visitors on Oct. 15 by allowing out-of-state travelers to enjoy the islands without a 14-day quarantine when they test negative …

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Hawaiian Airlines Increasing Flights in Preparation for Pre-Travel Testing Program

Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai‘i’s hometown carrier, is bringing back more flights and routes between the U.S. mainland and Hawai‘i to welcome guests who will have the option to bypass the state of Hawai‘i quarantine with a pre-travel negative COVID-19 test starting Oct. 15. Hawaiian will resume nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and McCarran International Airport (LAS) in …

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HTA: Despite quarantine, Maui saw 2,341 visitors in August, 96.8% drop from 2019

The COVID-19 pandemic considerably impacted visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands in August 2020. Visitor arrivals dropped 97.6 percent compared to a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) Tourism Research Division. All passengers arriving from out-of-state during August were required to abide by a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Exemptions include travel for essential reasons …

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United Airlines to Make COVID-19 Tests Available on SFO-Hawaii flights

United Airlines became the first U.S. airline to launch a COVID-19 pilot testing program for travelers that could make it easier for them to manage quarantine requirements and entry conditions of popular destinations around the world. Starting on October 15, customers traveling on United from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hawaii will have the option to take a rapid …

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Hawaiian Airlines to Offer Guests Drive-Through Pre-Travel COVID-19 Tests

Hawaiian Airlines is making it easy for travelers to finally take a long-awaited Hawai‘i vacation with convenient drive-through COVID-19 tests in select U.S. mainland gateways that will allow guests to bypass the state of Hawai‘i quarantine and begin enjoying the islands from the moment they arrive. Hawaiian’s partnership with Worksite Labs will give guests exclusive access to drive-through PCR testing …

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Liquor establishments face 24-hour closures for failing to comply with Public Health Emergency Rules

Licensed liquor establishments that fail to comply with County of Maui Public Health Emergency Rules will be ordered to close for a 24-hour period in a measure aimed at minimizing the spread of COVID-19. “These Public Health Emergency Rules are in place to protect our residents from the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “I thank liquor establishments that …

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Gov. Ige extends COVID-19 emergency period through October and authorizes pre-travel testing program

Gov. David Ige today signed a 13th supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the COVID-19 emergency period through Oct. 31. The emergency proclamation leaves in place the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers. However, beginning Oct. 15, a pre-travel testing option will allow travelers an alternative to the mandatory 14-day quarantine. “Our response to COVID-19 has always been driven by …

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Police Request Help Locating Woman, Children Reported Missing

The Maui Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating a 32-year-old woman and her two minor children. According to authorities, a family reported Samantha Iokia of Kahului and her two children missing on Sept. 21 at around 6:24 p.m. They were last seen at their Kahului residence on Sept. 17 at about 4 p.m.   Police say it …

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