Guidelines for reopening schools in the fall include social distancing, mask wearing

The state Education Department has released new guidelines for reopening schools this fall, including how officials will have to implement social distancing. The guidelines are effective July 1, and also call for mask wearing…

More volunteers sought for state’s new contact tracing program

On Monday, the first group of prospective contact tracers in Hawaii ― approximately 300 of them ― will begin training. A second group of about 250 will begin training the following week. And a third track…

Hawaii to lift quarantine for travel between islands June 16

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Monday that starting on June 16, he will lift the 14-day quarantine for people traveling between the state’s islands that he instituted to control the spread of the coronavirus. A separate 14-day quarantine requirement…

Some Hawaii public schools to continue grab-and-go meal service this summer

The Hawaii Department of Education announced plans to extend “Grab-and-Go” school meals at dozens of public schools on Tuesday. Kauai’s distribution sites will stop serving meals on May 29; however, they will restart…

Hawaii nursing homes to get almost $40M in federal funds amid coronavirus crisis

Hawaii’s nursing homes are set to receive nearly $40 million in federal money to continue operations during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will go to 39 nursing homes across the islands to cover lost revenue and costs related to…

Honolulu Expanding Virus Testing With Federal Funds

A partnership between Honolulu and the University of Hawaii is estimated to provide nearly 100,000 COVID-19 tests to people on Oahu, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced on Tuesday. The JABSOM Tropical Medicine Clinic Laboratory will provide…

Army of volunteers assembled to staff free health clinic for Hawaii’s newly uninsured

For the hundreds of thousands of people out of work in Hawaii, health insurance has also become a casualty to the COVID-19 crisis. But a new pop-up clinic could help bridge the gap until people get back to work. Inside…

Aloun Farms to donate boxes of fresh produce to Oahu health care workers

Aloun Farms is launching a new benefit program to deliver fresh produce for Hawaii health care workers. The farm said that for every two “kokua boxes” it sells, it will donate one to health care workers — up to 500 boxes.…

Hawaiian Homelands program launched to offer rent relief to laid off workers

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands says a new rental assistance program will save more than 2,500 households from eviction. The program is for applicants on the Hawaiian Homes wait list who lost their job or income due to…

City announces $25M program to provide emergency aid to struggling Oahu families

With tens of thousands of Oahu residents unemployed, the city is launching a new emergency relief program to provide up to $1,000 a month to families in need. The funds can go toward housing payments, utilities or child care. “We…

Need a face mask? These organizations are holding distribution events

Many Hawaii residents are scrambling to get their hands on face masks, especially under emergency orders requiring people to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Some organizations are stepping in to help people…

City partners with community organizations to launch massive food distribution program

The city is partnering with several community organizations to launch a massive food distribution program for hundreds of thousands of people in need across Oahu. The city and Hawaii Resilience Fund both donated $1 million…