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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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State Reminds Renters of Eviction Moratorium and Relief Options

The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is reminding residential landlords and tenants of the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent. Gov. Ige’s Thirteenth Proclamation issued Wednesday extends the period through the end of October. In addition, renters may meet the conditions of the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month, …

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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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MPD Requests Help Locating Woman Reported Missing

The Maui Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Heather Harrison who was reported as missing on Tuesday. Authorities say Harrison is known to operate a gold 2005 Honda four-door sedan. She is also known to frequent the Makena Landing and Sugar Beach areas. Harrison, 42, is described as being a Caucasian female, approximately 5-feet-5-inches and weighing …

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UPDATE: Kihei Beaches Cleared After Shark Bite Incident Near Kamaole I

3PM UPDATE: After receiving further information from DLNR having concluded that this was not a shark bite, Maui County Ocean Safety personnel are taking down warning signs and returning to normal operations. Maui County Ocean Safety Officers along with DLNR DOCARE Officers and MPD are clearing the ocean from Kalama Park to Kihei Boat Ramp as the result of a …

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Study: Hawai`i Ranks Dead Last for Unemployment Recovery

With the U.S. gaining 1.4 million jobs in August and the national unemployment rate at 8.4% compared to the nearly historic high of 14.7% at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States Whose August Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most, to illustrate which areas of the country have had the best recovery so far. …

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DOH Issues School Guidance to Protect the Health of Students, Teachers, and Staff

The Hawai‘i Department of Health issued a comprehensive, 28-page guidance document for all schools today to ensure the education of Hawaiʻi’s youth during the pandemic continues with minimal disruption and risk to students, teachers and staff. The guidance includes metrics school leaders will be able to use when determining how best to respond to changing conditions within their communities. “Our …

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Paramedics: Cuts To Emergency Medical Services Still a Threat

It’s been two months since the state Department of Health asked Emergency Medical Services (EMS) statewide to prepare for budget cuts up to 20%. American Medical Response (AMR), who provides emergency services statewide, submitted its reduced budget proposal to the Department of Health on August 17. The Maui County Paramedics Association is seeking support from the community to avoid budget …

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Gov. Ige Announces Pre-Travel Testing Roll-Out October 15

Gov. David Ige today announced a new leadership team that will oversee the state’s public health response to COVID-19 and the pre-travel testing program for COVID-19, which will start October 15. Pre-travel testing enables travelers to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification …

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