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…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 6/1

Last week, the world witnessed the heartbreaking and horrific death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. Protests occurring across the nation are in response to the long history of oppression,…

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…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 5/18

This afternoon, Governor David Ige announced his 8th emergency proclamation, “Act with Care.” Along with the proclamation, the Governor released the state’s plan to reopen, which will guide both county and state decisions. Based on this…

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…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 5/11

Hawai‘i has begun to take the first steps of reopening our economy - the Governor had given some low-risk businesses the green light to open as early as last week. Today, the State Legislature went back to work to tackle the budget deficit,…