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Hawai‘i Visitor Arrivals, Spending, Down 50 Percent

New research shows Hawai‘i visitor arrivals and spending is down more than 50 percent compared to a year ago. Flight cancellations began in February, initially affecting the China market. Then in March, a majority of the flights to the state were canceled. Most cruise lines also suspended ship operations in U.S. waters on March 13. Overall visitor arrivals are down …

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Public Schools Unveil Plans for Class of 2020 Graduation Celebrations

Public high schools across the state today announced the dates, times and formats of their respective alternative graduation ceremonies. The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced last week that traditional ceremonies at public and charter schools would be replaced with alternative celebrations for the class of 2020 due to safety concerns and social distancing guidance.  “Determining the appropriate ways …

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Mayor Announces Re-Opening of Golf Courses, Select Public Parks

Mayor Michael Victorino announced that all golf courses, select County parks and select County beach parks will re-open on May 1 as part of the first phase of an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. “Activity in parks will be limited to exercise only – walking, jogging, biking and ocean activities,” Mayor Victorino said. “Golf courses and parks were selected to open …

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Four More Out-of-State Individuals Arrested for Quarantine Violations

A Florida man and an Illinois woman are the latest people to be arrested and charged under the State’s COVID-19 emergency rules. Mitchell Lawrence Shier, 25, of Miami and 27-year-old Anne Elizabeth Rush were first contacted by Honolulu Police yesterday, the same day they’d checked into a Waikiki hotel. Hotel staff called police after they saw the couple returning to their …

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First Known Lanai Resident Contracts COVID-19, State Count Now 609

Two new cases of coronavirus, both Maui adults, have been reported by DOH. One of the cases is a Lānaʻi resident who has been hospitalzed on Maui for an extended time. The patient was transported in early March to Maui for treatment not associated with coronavirus. The patient initially tested negative for COVID-19, but a recent test came back positive. …

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Maui Health Confirms Positive Test Result for Maui Medical Group Provider

Editor’s Note: Minutes after we published information provided by the State Department of Health that this patient was an employee at MMMC; Maui Health released the following clarifying information that this patient was a Maui Medical Group provider who saw patients at MMMC. Maui Health today confirmed that a Maui Medical Group provider who provides care to patients at Maui …

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Police Seek Help Locating Missing Man

The Maui Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 38-year-old Brandon Butihi.  Butihi was last heard from on Thursday morning, April 23, 2020, at approximately 3:30 a.m., near Christ the King Church in Kahului.  He is described as a Filipino male, approximately 5-feet-6-inches tall and 170 pounds. It is unknown what type of clothing he was wearing at …

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DOT to Roll Out Improved Verification Process for Airline Passengers

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has implemented improved measures to verify incoming passenger information before they leave the airport to help ensure people are abiding by the traveler quarantine order. The enhanced process is underway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and will begin statewide in the coming days. Hawaii was the first state in the country to …

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Kapalua Restaurant Comes Forward as Having the COVID-19 ‘Cluster’ in March

Mayor Michael Victorino provided the following statement regarding three Merriman’s Kapalua employees who tested positive for COVID-19 in March: “I want to mahalo Merriman’s Restaurants for coming forward on their own accord regarding three employees of their Kapalua restaurant that tested positive for COVID-19 in March. We are grateful they did not allow any employees to come to work while …

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HTA: Out of State Visitors to Neighbor Islands Slow to Zero

Yesterday, 444 people arrived in Hawaii including 111 visitors and 151 residents. There were no flights to the neighbor islands from out of state yesterday. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors. The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of …

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