Tag Archives: Hawaii

Dem Rep Launches Bid To Succeed Term-Limited HI Gov

The Hill reports: Rep. Kaiali’i Kahele (D-Hawaii) said Saturday he will run for governor of the state, making formal a campaign he had hinted at for months. Kahele will begin the contest just three months before Hawaii Democrats pick a nominee to replace term-limited Gov. David Ige (D). He is likely to be among the front-runners, along with Lt. Gov. …

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Dem Rep To Retire And Run For Hawaii Governor

CNN reports: Democratic Rep. Kai Kahele of Hawaii is retiring from Congress at the end of his term. The congressman has been telling colleagues that he intends to run for governor, according to a person close to him. That source said Kahele will make an announcement about his political future in early May. The freshman congressman, who has yet to …

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Hawaii Lifts Its “Vax Or Negative Test To Enter” Rule

Hawaii News Now reports: Since its launch, 12 million passengers were screened through the state’s Safe Travels program launched in a bid to welcome visitors back amid the pandemic. But at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Safe Travels was no more. The state has stopped checking for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. They’ve stopped requiring incoming passengers to take …

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Hawaii: Visitors Must Be Boosted To Skip Quarantine

ABC News reports: Hawaii will require visitors to the state to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster if they want to skip quarantine. Currently, under the rules of the state’s “Safe Travels” program, travelers who don’t want to quarantine for five days must either be fully vaccinated — meaning two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or one shot …

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College Football Bowl Game Canceled Over COVID

ESPN reports: The EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl was canceled after Hawai’i announced Thursday that it was pulling out of the game, citing COVID-19 issues within the program in addition to injuries and transfers. The game was scheduled to be played Friday in Honolulu. “The health and safety of our student-athletes is the most important part of this decision,” Hawai’i athletic director …

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Ex-NBA Player Arrested For Fake Negative COVID Test

The New York Times reports: Lazar Hayward, a former N.B.A. player, was arrested in Hawaii last week for trying to enter the state with a fake negative Covid test, the authorities said. Mr. Hayward, a first-round draft pick in 2010, and a woman traveling with him, Raven Randle had uploaded the fake documents onto Hawaii’s Safe Travels portal, the police …

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Two Hawaiian Airlines Flights Diverted Over Incidents

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports: For the second time today, a Hawaiian Airlines flight was diverted back to Honolulu this afternoon due to an incident involving an alleged unruly passenger. Hawaiian Flight 22 departed Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at 1:05 p.m. today for a direct flight to Seattle. “Approximately two hours after takeoff, our captain was notified of a passenger …

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Arrest Warrant For Tourist With Fake “Maderna” Card

The New York Daily News reports: Alaho, genius. An Illinois woman accused of using a fake proof of vaccination card upon which “Moderna” is misspelled, now has a warrant out for her arrest after skipping a virtual court date with a judge in Hawaii. Hawaiian station KHON reports that Chloe Mrozak, 24, missed a Wednesday hearing where she would have …

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Anti-Vax Leader Quits Group After Getting Something

Hawaii News Now reports: In October 2020, Chris Wikoff helped co-found the Aloha Freedom Coalition — a group in Hawaii that’s been vocal against vaccine mandates and COVID rules. At the time, he shared the coalition’s views that government shutdowns and mandates were ruining businesses and threatening individual liberties. “They were talking about vaccine passports and vaccine mandates and it …

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Overwhelmed Hawaii Hospitals Begin Triaging Patients

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports: Intensive care units are overflowing, health care officials are setting up field hospitals and the state is still grappling with a potential shortage of oxygen, which is needed to treat severe cases of COVID-19, as well as patients suffering from conditions such as emphysema and lung cancer. Some hospitals already have set up tents to help …

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Honolulu Mayor Clashes With Anti-Vax Mob [VIDEO]

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports: The scene outside Honolulu Hale turned hostile as anti-vaccination and anti-mask protesters demanded a meeting with Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Wednesday. A video circulating on social media shows Blangiardi snapping at a man during the demonstration orchestrated by Aloha Freedom Coalition, a group that describes itself as an advocate for personal freedoms. The mayor verbally clashed …

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Maderna: Misspelled Fake Vax Card Results In Arrest

Hawaii News Now reports: Another visitor to Hawaii has been arrested for allegedly using a fake vaccine card to fly to the islands. On the card was one major error that was a red flag for authorities: “Moderna” was misspelled as “Maderna,” court documents allege. State investigators said they received a tip that 24-year-old Chloe Mrozak of Oak Lawn, Illinois …

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Hawaii Gov: “Not A Good Time To Travel To The Islands”

USA Today reports: Hawaii Gov. David Ige is urging tourists not to visit the popular destination through October due to a surge in COVID cases that has the state’s hospitals at capacity. “It’s not a good time to travel to the islands,” he said at a news conference Monday. Monday’s announcement does not mean travelers cannot visit Hawaii, as the …

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Two Hawaii Tourists Face Prison For Fake Vax Cards

USA Today reports: Two travelers to Hawaii face up to one year in prison and up to $5,000 in fines after allegedly falsifying vaccination cards. Norbert Chung, 57, and Trevor Chung, 19, were arrested Sunday at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye Airport after officials say they violated the state’s Safe Travels program, which allows travelers from the U.S. and its territories …

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737 Cargo Plane Crashes Off Hawaii, Crew Rescued

Honolulu’s CBS News affiliate reports: A cargo plane crashed off Hawaii on Friday morning with two people on board. The state Department of Transportation confirmed the crash happened 2 miles off the coast near Kalaeloa Airport. According to CNBC, both crew members were rescued after making a belly landing in the ocean after attempting to return to the airport due …

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HI Cops Spent $150K In COVID Funds On Robot Dog

The Honolulu Civil Beat reports: The Honolulu Police Department used $150,045 in federal funds intended to respond to the pandemic to acquire a robot dog named Spot, according to city spending data. As for its use helping Honolulu combat COVID-19, the city’s spending data says Spot was purchased to take people’s temperatures at HPD’s tent city for homeless people. In …

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Hawaii Govt Readying Launch Of Vaccine Passport App

Honolulu’s NBC News affiliate reports: State officials are moving toward issuing some type of vaccination passport to travel in and out of Hawaii as thousands of Hawaii residents get vaccinated against COVID-19 every day. Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the state can have travelers use the vaccination card as proof while waiting for an app to be ready. Officials at …

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CDC Study: Life Expectancy Lowest In Southern States

CNBC reports: Hawaii took the top spot for the state with the highest average life expectancy at 81 years. The Aloha state was followed by California, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, New Jersey and Rhode Island to round out the top ten states where you’ll live the longest. West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South …

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Hawaii GOP Spox Resigns After Defending QAnon

Hawaii News Now reports: The Hawaii GOP is facing backlash Sunday after a series of tweets — now deleted — that expressed support for QAnon conspiracy theorists. Tweets were posted Saturday night on @GOPHawaii and deleted Sunday morning without explanation. On Sunday night, Hawaii GOP vice Chair of communications Edwin Boyette resigned through a Facebook post. In his statement, he …

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COVID+ Couple Charged For Knowingly Boarding Flight

The Los Angeles Times reports: A Hawaii couple were arrested after they boarded a flight knowing they had tested positive for the coronavirus, Hawaii police said Wednesday. Wesley Moribe, 41, and Courtney Paterson, 46, of Wailua, Hawaii, face charges of “reckless endangering” after they put fellow passengers “in danger of death,” according to a statement from the Kauai Police Department. …

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