City eases eligibility requirements for program offering assistance for rent, utilities

In a bid to help struggling Oahu families, the city has eased eligibility restrictions for its Household Hardship Relief Program. Under the new rules, a family asset limit has been eliminated and internet and cell phone bills…

Bike-share program switches gears during pandemic

Big Island residents are taking advantage of free, unlimited bicycle rentals that have been offered during the pandemic. Tina Clothier, interim executive director of Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, or PATH, a West Hawaii-based bicycle…

“Farm to Car” Program Returns to Support Local Farmers

The “Farm to Car” program returns this week to provide O‘ahu residents with affordable fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and other produce from local farmers. The innovative program is a partnership between the City and County of…

TheBus to implement ‘No Mask, No Ride’ policy starting Sept. 1

TheBus is updating their mask policy for all riders in light of new restrictions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Starting Sept. 1, all riders will be required to wear a mask or face covering to board and ride TheBus…

Hawaii County urges eligible residents to apply for rent, mortgage assistance

Hawaii County is partnering with six non-profits to launch the Hawaii County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program. The program is being funded with federal CARES act money to help families hit hard financially as…

YMCA Learning Centers open for keiki in distance learning models

The YMCA of Honolulu is offering a Learning Center program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade whose schools are implementing distance learning models. The full-day program is available beginning Monday, August 17, at our Kaimuki-Waialae,…

BOE votes to delay reopening of public schools until Aug. 17

The Board of Education on Thursday voted to delay the reopening of public schools by two weeks ― until Aug. 17. The extra time is designed to give teachers, principals, and other staff members time to prepare for the return…

Kauai County limits the size of social gatherings again as statewide cases rise

Kauai County is reinstating some strict social distancing rules. Mayor Derek Kawakami said Gov. Ige approved his orders to re-limit the size of indoor gatherings like parties, and other social events. Per the…

As economic crisis deepens, Hawaii Foodbank vows to support families still struggling

As Hawaii’s leaders are signaling that our serious economic crisis will likely only worsen in the months to come, the state’s largest foodbank is continuing its work to support families that are facing food insecurity. The…

State releases new details on what school year will look like at individual campuses

The state Department of Education released new details Wednesday on what the upcoming school year will look like at individual campuses. Principals at Hawaii’s 283 public schools are able to decide which instructional model…

City extends emergency order mandating face masks, safety protocols

The city’s emergency order aimed at limiting the size of gatherings, requiring that businesses follow safety protocols, mandating that people wear masks, and keeping some “high risk” businesses closed has been extended through July…

YMCA’s free grab-and-go meal service being extended another month

The YMCA says it will extend its grab-and-go meal services through the end of July. Free lunches will be handed out at nine Oahu locations for kids 18 years and under Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The…