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Circuit Court Decision Upholds Lawfulness of Governors Emergency Proclamations

Circuit Court Judge Wendy M. DeWeese has dismissed a legal challenge to the Governor’s COVID-19 emergency proclamations. In Partal et al. v. Ige et al., the plaintiffs argued that the Governor’s emergency powers under Hawaiʻi law were time-limited.  In particular, the plaintiffs argued that emergency proclamations issued by the Governor could not be renewed or reissued after an initial 60-day period …

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Airports Come Alive As Safe Travels Program Officially Launches

The Safe Travels Hawai‘i program has officially launched. The first trans-pacific flight arrived mid-day today. Under the Safe Travels Hawai‘i program, travelers now have the option of taking a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a trusted testing partner, and if given a negative result for COVID-19, allowed to bypass the state’s 14-day mandatory quarantine.   Governor David Ige and several state …

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Maui County Announces Additional Travel Details for COVID-19 Testing Programs

Mayor Michael Victorino announces additional details on the pre-departure and post-arrival COVID-19 testing program for travelers seeking exemption from Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine, while staying in Maui County. All transpacific and inter-county travelers arriving into Maui County may follow these three steps, starting Thursday, Oct. 15: Arrive Healthy: Mandatory pre-departure test submitted 72 hours prior to departing for Maui County.Stay Healthy: …

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Restaurant Card Program Pre-Paid Cards Mailed out to Qualified Recipients

A news conference was held today with Governor David Ige, Sherry Menor-McNamara, the president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i, and local restaurant and food industry suppliers, to announce that the new Hawaii Restaurant Card Program pre-loaded cards have been mailed out to all eligible individuals. The program is a private-public partnership that is providing pre-paid $500 cards …

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Police Search for Hali’imaile Stabbing Suspect

On October 13, 2020 at about 6:02 p.m., Officers were dispatched to the tennis courts at Haliimaile Park, in regards to a stabbing that had just occurred.  Upon arrival, the male victim (32) was located with stab wounds.  The male suspect, later identified as Kaikala Young (26), of Kihei fled the area within a sedan which was later recovered by …

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5 Protesters Arrested After Climbing Down Lahaina Water Line Trench

On October 13, 2020 at approximately 12:50 p.m., Lahaina Patrol Officers responded to a Call for Service at the West Maui Land Construction job site located in the area of Hokiokio Place below Honoapiilani Highway.  A gathering of approximately twenty (20) adults and children had converged on the job site, whereupon five (5) adult females climbed down into a trench …

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Maui Police Respond to Alleged Stabbing in Waiehu

On October 11, 2020 at about 11:53 p.m., Steven Martinez (69) of Waiehu, was arrested for Assault in the Second Degree. Investigation reveals that on October 11, 2020 at about 10:58 p.m., Wailuku Patrol Officers were assigned emergency response to a Waiehu residence regarding stabbing.  Upon arrival the male victim related, he and Martinez, a neighbor, engaged in an argument. …

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Governor Announces Additional Details on Pre-Travel Testing Program

Governor Ige held a news briefing today to discuss additional details of the pre-travel testing program, which is set to launch Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. All counties will be participating in the pre-travel testing program, which allows travelers to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine, though there will be different rules in different counties:   Kauaʻi County has established a voluntary …

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Maui County files suit to hold 20 fossil fuel companies accountable for costs of surviving climate change

Mayor Michael Victorino announced today that Maui County has filed a lawsuit against 20 fossil fuel companies for the rising costs and impacts of climate change, citing a decades-long campaign of deception deployed by the defendants to hide their products’ known dangers from Maui’s citizens and businesses to maximize profits. “Maui County is vulnerable to rising sea levels, with four …

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