‘Resilience Hubs’ Distribute Protective Equipment Donations

To help protect essential workers who provide mental health services and their patients, the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) are coordinating the distribution of donated personal protective equipment (PPE) across the state. So far, more than 12,000 surgical masks, among other items, have been donated to one of three drop-off and distribution sites, or “resilience hubs,” on Oʻahu.

“We’d like to thank the community for their generous spirit and outpouring of Aloha. The donations allow our providers to safely ensure a continuity of care while keeping our staff and clients protected,” said Eddie Mersereau, Department of Health Deputy Director of Behavioral Health.

Donated PPE are being used by behavioral health and homelessness service providers working across the state, including at the Hawai‘i State Hospital and the Temporary Quarantine and Isolation Center on O‘ahu. A partnership with the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute will begin establishing additional resilience hubs on Neighbor Islands to receive donated PPE.

Donations of homemade and unopened store-bought PPE such as masks, goggles, gloves and face shields continue to be welcomed. In addition, the resilience hubs are now accepting sanitation supplies including bleach, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, and toilet paper.

To date, the resilience hubs have received:

  • 12,153 Unused and Unopened Surgical Masks
  • 8,735 Pairs of Disposable Gloves
  • 7,069 N95 Masks
  • 288 Homemade Masks
  • 590 Unused Medical Gowns
  • 204 Homemade or Locally Manufactured Face Shields
  • 315 Pairs of Unused Eyewear or Goggles

Yet, thousands more are needed. The resilience hubs continue to welcome donations from the public. Three non-profits are hosting the resilience hubs: KROC Center in Kapolei, KEY Project in Kahalu‘u and YMCA in Kalihi. Items may be dropped off at the following times and locations:

KROC Center in Kapolei

91-3257 Kualakai Parkway, ʻEwa Beach, HI 96706

Drop-off hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., or by appointment

Phone: (808) 682-5505

KEY Project

47-200 Waiheʻe Road, Kāneʻohe, HI 96744

Drop-off hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., or by appointment

Phone: (808) 239-5777

Kalihi YMCA

1335 Kalihi St., Honolulu, HI 96819

Drop-off hours: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., or by appointment

Phone: (808) 848-2494

Behavioral health and homelessness service providers may continue to submit requests for PPE using the Support & Supply form on the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) website. Walk-in requests for PPE are not being accepted at this time. Orders are being completed in phases and pick-ups are coordinated directly with providers.

The BHHSURG is a partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Health, the Office of the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, the Hawai‘i Department of Human Services, the University of Hawaiʻi, and the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute. Funds for the effort were donated from BlackSand Capital into the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund, with a match from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. In addition, a significant donation was made by the Tzu Chi Foundation.

To learn more about this initiative or for other ways to provide community support during this time, please visit https://bhhsurg.hawaii.gov/.

Amendment to Mayor Kim’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 4

This rule amends Mayor’s Covid-19 Emergency Rule No. 4 related to County beach and shoreline parks. Section II. 7.d of Mayor’s Covid-19 Emergency Rule No. 4 is hereby rescinded and replaced as follows:

d. All County of Hawai‘i beach and shoreline parks, except Hakalau Beach Park and Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole Park, are opened from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., subject to the following restrictions that seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19

  1. No group shall exceed ten (10) persons;
  2. All persons using opened beach and shoreline parks who are not members of the same household or living unit shall comply with State and County social distancing requirements, provided that a caregiver may accompany a dependent;
  3. All permits and reservations for use associated with these beach parks are canceled until further notice;
  4. All pavilions, playgrounds, sport courts and fields, indoor facilities and similar areas where gatherings may occur in these parks shall remain closed until further notice; 
  5. Commercial activities are not allowed; and
  6. All other State or County restrictions related to COVID-19 must be followed, including but not limited to, applicable quarantine restrictions. 

This section is subject to specific park closures as designated by the County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation and the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources.

This rule shall take effect immediately and shall continue through June 30, 2020, or until extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by my subsequent order, or as otherwise provided by law. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed. Done this 19th day of May 2020 in Hilo, Hawai‘i.

Harry Kim
Mayor
County of Hawaiʻi

CONCURRENCE:
Governor David Y. Ige

View the signed Amendment to Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 4

Governor Ige Outlines Re-opening, Recovery Plan – Extends 14-day Quarantine for Travelers to Hawaii, Inter-island Travelers

Gov. David Ige today signed the 8th supplemental emergency proclamation, extending the 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in the State of Hawai‘i, as well as for inter-island travelers through June 30.

The governor also extended through June 30 the eviction moratorium that prevents evictions from residential dwellings for failure to pay rent.

In addition, Gov. Ige unveiled the re-opening and recovery plan for the State of Hawai‘i — a strategy that conveys the coordinated, statewide approach to jumpstarting the economy and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

According to the plan – the state will start to gradually re-open medium-risk businesses and operations beginning in June – assuming the state’s COVID-19 activity remains manageable. The re-opening of high-risk businesses and operations will eventually follow, as long as Hawai‘i’s disease activity continues to remain manageable.

“It is important to act with care by maintaining physical distancing and safe practices throughout the re-opening, to protect the health and safety of the people of Hawai‘i. I am committed to making decisions based on data, science, and best practices,” said Gov. Ige.

Hawai‘i’s re-opening strategy for businesses and operations is informed by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and Johns Hopkins Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening, based on Contact Intensity & Number of Contacts.

“As we move forward with re-opening, I will consult with subject-matter experts, county mayors, and our community to make informed decisions to safely move forward with re-opening our state. Under this strategy, counties may choose to relax stricter local orders at their own pace in coordination with my office,” said Gov. Ige.

A 14-day observation period between re-openings will allow the state time to assess conditions/disease activity before moving to the next level. As a safeguard, the state can consider the option of moving back – closing businesses and re-implementing restrictions if disease activity significantly increases.

The re-opening and recovery strategy (Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawai‘i)  includes four phases:

Phase 1: Stabilization focuses on healing Hawai‘i by saving lives and flattening the curve in our community. (Hawai‘i has transitioned through this phase by re-opening low-risk businesses in the last few weeks).

Phase 2: Re-opening celebrates Hawai‘i’s Kama‘āina Economy, where the state starts to re-open medium-risk businesses and activities, and later – re-opening high-risk businesses and activities.

Phase 3: Long-term recovery – where the state renews and rebuilds Hawai‘i’s economy through planning and policy discussions, incorporating transitional workforce modernization opportunities, supporting economic diversification initiatives, targeting the development of emerging industries, and advancing long-term resiliency planning. At this level, the state will focus on re-opening highest risk businesses and activities, while remaining cautious and adjusting Safe Practices as needed. This phase is expected to take much longer, since this phase covers the reshaping of Hawai‘i’s economy.

Phase 4:  Resilience is the intended outcome for Hawai‘i. Together, we will emerge stronger and more resilient as a result of learning from and overcoming this unprecedented challenge.

Under the emergency proclamation, county mayors will have the authority to make decisions for their counties – including re-opening businesses and implementing restrictions – with the governor’s approval.

For the full slide presentation “Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawai‘i” – click here.

For Gov. Ige’s Re-opening Memo – click here.

POLL: 2020 Hawaii County Mayoral Race

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COVID-19 Contact Tracking Impacts Survey

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and the Pacific Urban Resilience Lab (PURL) at the University of Hawaiʻi, supported by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and community partners, conducts research and develops training courses for first responders and emergency managers. 

The NDPTC and partners conducted a survey in late March and received over 22,000 responses. Based on responses to the first version, the NDPTC updated the survey to include questions on the impacts of the pandemic on the community. See the attached NDPTC COVID-19 Contract Tracking Results for more information. 

Sample questions from survey

The information from this new survey will be used to understand the spread and impacts of the infection. All residents are encouraged to take this survey, even those who responded to the first survey as circumstances may have changed. The information from this survey will be used to understand the spread and impacts of the infection.

The researchers need more participation from Hawaiʻi Island residents, and from high risk and under-represented groups. The survey will take about ten minutes to complete and participation is voluntary. 

Link to survey: https://tinyurl.com/svh3m7z

For more information or questions contact:

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2424 Maile Way, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822, 808-956-5007.

Earthquake Activity at Lōʻihi Seamount Draws Attention

Earthquake activity increased Sunday and Monday in the vicinity of Lōʻihi seamount, the youngest Hawaiian volcano located approximately 21.7 miles southeast of Pāhala, at a water depth of ~1 km (~3300 ft) below sea level. There is no indication that a submarine eruption has occurred and there are no significant hazards of concern to the Island of Hawaiʻi at this time. 

USGS Screenshot taken on Tuesday, May 12, at 12:35 p.m.

OBSERVATIONS

Beginning about 3 a.m. HST on May 11, 2020 and continuing through the morning of May 12, HVO detected more than 100 earthquakes beneath Lōʻihi, including 79 magnitude-2 (M2) and 19 magnitude-3 (M3) and above. This is a significant increase above long term background rates of fewer than 3 earthquakes per day at Lōʻihi, generally with magnitudes less than 2. The number of earthquakes peaked at 14 per hour between 1 and 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon and decreased thereafter. Since the early morning hours of March 12, earthquake rates have been less than 4 per hour. 

The earthquake swarm is located beneath the southeast rift zone and southeastern flank of Lōʻihi at depths of 3.6 to 12.4 km (2.2 to 7.7 mi) below sea level or approximately 1 to 9.8 km (0.6 to 6 mi) below the volcano’s surface. 

INTERPRETATION AND HAZARD

This swarm may represent a brief magmatic intrusion or movement of magmatic fluids within the volcanic edifice. Although the swarm appears to have diminished in intensity, if earthquakes become shallower, it could lead to the beginning of a submarine eruption, similar to what occurred in 1996. 

An eruption of Lōʻihi, if it were to occur, may cause partial draining of its summit magma chamber and summit collapse, as happened in 1996. Significant, sudden changes to the volcano’s surface could displace large volumes of ocean water, which, if large enough, might generate very small local tsunami waves. Earthquakes of magnitude 4 and above could occur if the swarm were to intensify and these may be felt on the Island of Hawaiʻi.

If an eruption or stronger earthquakes occur, very small tsunami waves may affect southeast shores of the Island of Hawaiʻi. Relatively low-energy, steam- and gas-driven explosions can occur at the depth of Lōʻihi, but with limited local effects on the volcano and surrounding ocean water. 

There is no direct relationship between the current Lōʻihi swarm and the ongoing increased seismicity observed in Pāhala over the past year. The Lōʻihi swarm is 21.7 miles southeast of Pāhala, at significantly shallower depths. The current Lōʻihi swarm is also unrelated to seismicity observed on the south flank of Kīlauea.

BACKGROUND

LOIHI seamount is an active volcano on the seafloor south of Kīlauea Volcano, about 19 miles from the shoreline of the Island of Hawaiʻi. The top of the seamount is about 975 m (3,199 feet ) below sea level. The volcano consists of a broad summit area marked by three pit craters and two prominent rift zones extending from the summit about 13.6 miles south-southeast and about 9.3 miles north-northeast. The volcano likely has a shallow magma chamber between 1 to 2.5 km (0.6 to 1.6 mi) deep below the summit. 

Earthquake activity has been recorded near Lōʻihi since 1952. Prior Lōʻihi earthquake swarms occurred in 1952, 1971–72, 1975, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1996, 2005 and 2017, and were characterized by hundreds to thousands of earthquakes occurring over weeks to months with magnitudes ranging up to M4.9.  

The largest earthquake detected at Lōʻihi was a M5.1 in May of 2005. Many of the 1952 Lōʻihi earthquakes were felt in coastal communities and one of the earthquakes generated a small tsunami that swept inland about 600 feet at Kalapana; no damage was reported. The 1996 Lōʻihi earthquake swarm was one of the most intense earthquake swarms recorded by the HVO monitoring networks and is summarized below.  

For the six weeks commencing July 16, 1996, HVO recorded more than 4,000 earthquakes in the LOIHI area. Ninety-five of these earthquakes were between magnitude-4.0 and 4.9, and nearly 400 were stronger than magnitude-3. Most of the earthquakes occurred during the last half of July during three time periods, each lasting about two to five days and separated by less than one to four days. Subsequent undersea expeditions to the area discovered that the volcano’s summit area had collapsed to form a new crater about 1,800 ft across and 900 ft deep. Hydrothermal vents were observed in the new the crater, and evidence was found of newly erupted lava.

For more information, see the University of Hawaii, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Web site.

HVO continues to closely monitor the earthquake activity in the Lōʻihi area and will issue further updates as needed. There are no monitoring instruments on LOIHI seamount, thus earthquake locations are not as accurate as those on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Significant changes in activity at Lōʻihi, Mauna Loa, and Kīlauea Volcano will be reported through the USGS Volcano Notification System and the HVO Web site. We are in frequent communication with Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai’i County Civil Defense to keep them apprised of the activity.

Hawaiian Electric Selects 16 projects in Largest Quest for Renewable Energy, Storage for 3 Islands

Sixteen solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects on three islands have been selected in the latest phase of Hawaiian Electric’s transition to using 100% renewable energy to generate electricity by 2045.

Hawaiian Electric Selects 16 projects

The projects, selected after a competitive evaluation that was part of the largest renewable energy procurement ever undertaken in Hawaii, could produce 460 megawatts of solar energy and nearly 3 gigawatt-hours of energy storage on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. That would increase the total solar megawatts on the Hawaiian Electric system by more than 50%.

Hawaiian Electric will now enter contract negotiations with the developers, who will begin outreach to the communities where they plan to build. The sizes and locations of the projects will be made public in 30 days or sooner if some developers start their community engagement efforts immediately. All contracts must be approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

“We went big with the scope of this request for proposals to see what the renewable energy market would support and to ensure lots of competition,” said Jim Alberts, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president for business development and strategic planning. “The projects chosen provide the best opportunity for customer savings and realistic timelines for completion so we can keep our clean energy transition on track.”

The projects are:

  • On Hawaii Island, two solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone storage project totaling approximately 72 MW of generation and 492 MWh of storage
  • On Oahu, eight solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone storage project totaling approximately 287 MW of generation and 1.8 GWh of storage
  • On Maui Island, three solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone storage project totaling approximately 100 MW of generation and 560 MWh of storage

Energy storage, whether charged from solar panels or the electric grid, captures electricity for use in the evening or other times when the sun isn’t shining. This is essential to replace firm fossil-fuel generation that can generate electricity around the clock.

Among the criteria for selection were price, location, technology and a plan for meaningful community engagement by the developer.

“Even though these are all solar or low-profile storage projects, we know there’s increasing concern about the location of renewable energy projects,” Alberts said. “That’s why we say we need everyone working together – developers, government, communities and Hawaiian Electric – if we’re going to meet our clean energy goals.”

Two projects proposed by Hawaiian Electric were among those selected: a 40-MW, 160-MWh standalone energy storage system on Maui and a 12-MW, 12-MWh storage system on Hawaii Island. Two projects proposed by Hawaiian Electric on Oahu and a separate project proposed for Hawaii Island were not selected.

Independent observers and a technical adviser were selected by the PUC to assure that all proposals – including “self-build” projects proposed by Hawaiian Electric – were reviewed fairly and objectively.

Depending on the length of the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, delays in bringing the projects online are possible. The timeline for these projects assumes the first will become operational in 2022.

Approximately 900 megawatts of new renewables or renewables paired with storage were sought in the request for proposals issued by Hawaiian Electric in August 2019. All technologies were eligible. At the time, it was the largest single renewable energy procurement effort in Hawaii and among the largest by any U.S. utility.

In the earlier procurement phase, completed in 2018, regulators approved seven projects on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island that will add approximately 260 megawatts of solar energy with over 1 gigawatt-hour of storage.

Proposals for Molokai and Lanai have later deadlines than for the other islands. Information for those islands will be released this summer.

VIDEO: Research Groups Find Wreck of ‘Unsinkable Battleship’ USS Nevada

USS Nevada (BB-36) – Dubbed the “unsinkable battleship” that served in two world wars – was found nearly three miles below the water’s surface about 65 nautical miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, a team of researchers announced Monday.

USS Nevada (BB-36) underway off of the U.S. Atlantic coast on Sept. 17, 1944.US Navy Photo

On Dec. 7, 1941, Nevada was the only battleship to get underway during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. After extensive repairs, Nevada returned to service, including firing its 14-inch and 5-inch guns to support the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944. In 1945, Nevada assisted the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).

Following Word War II, the Navy deemed Nevada too old for retention. The battleship was used for target practice, surviving two atomic weapons tests at the Bikini Atoll and the Marshall Islands in July 1946. Damaged and radioactive – but still afloat – the Navy formally decommissioned Nevada in August 1946. Two years later, the Navy towed Nevada out to sea near Hawaii. Gunfire from other ships was unsuccessful in sinking Nevada, which was finally brought low by aerial torpedoes strikes, according to NHHC.

“On a sunny day in 1948, Nevada was towed off the coast of Oahu and used for target practice. After five days of pounding by everything the Navy could throw her, Nevada was dispatched by a torpedo,” according to the book Silver State Dreadnought.

While Navy officials knew roughly where Nevada rested on the seafloor, the ship’s exact location was not known until it was found more than 15,400-feet below the water’s surface in late April by the team from Florida-based archeology firm SEARCH Inc. and Texas-based underwater mapping firm Ocean Infinity.

Nevada is an iconic ship that speaks to American resilience and stubbornness. Rising from its watery grave after being sunk at Pearl Harbor, it survived torpedoes, bombs, shells and two atomic blasts. The physical reality of the ship, resting in the darkness of the great museum of the sea, reminds us not only of past events but of those who took up the challenge of defending the United States in two global wars,” James Delgado, SEARCH’s senior vice president and the lead maritime archeologist on the mission, said in a statement.
“This is why we do ocean exploration, to seek out these powerful connections to the past.”

Aerial photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Battleship row is seen near the top, with, from left to right, USS Nevada (BB-36); USS Arizona (BB-39) with USS Vestal (AR-4) outboard; USS Tennessee (BB-43) with USS West Virginia (BB-48) outboard; USS Maryland (BB-46) with USS Oklahoma (BB-37) outboard; USS Neosho (AO-23) and USS California (BB-44). (Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.)

The search for Nevada was conducted aboard Ocean Infinity’s research vessel Pacific Constructor. Ocean Infinity used a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), which can operate in depths greater than 19,600 feet. In November 2018, a team from Ocean Infinity used similar equipment to find the wreckage of the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan (S-42), a year after the German-made TR-1700 submarine with diesel and battery power went missing.

“We look forward to future collaborations between our companies,” Shawntel Johnson, the director of search and recovery at Ocean Infinity, said in the statement. “It is our hope that by sharing the USS Nevada’s story that it not only honors those who served in the Navy and fulfills an important educational role, but that in these challenging times it also serves as a symbol of perseverance and courage.”

This is the top of the mast that once towered more than a hundred feet over Nevada’s deck. Ocean Infinity/SEARCH Photo

Nevada, the first of two 27,500-ton battleships, was commissioned in March 1916. Nevada escorted troopships to Europe during World War I and spent much of the time between wars operating in the Atlantic. The battleship underwent extensive upgrades between 1927 and 1930, before moving to the Pacific.

During the Pearl Harbor attack, Nevada endured one torpedo strike and several bomb hits, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. However, Nevada did not sink during the attack. Nevada‘s crew beached the battleship, and after salvage and repair work they were able to steam to the U.S. West Coast in April 1942 to receive permanent repairs.

HDOT COVID-19 Update: Identification Credentials, Safety Checks & Vehicle Registrations

In consideration of Governor Ige’s 6th supplementary emergency proclamation through May 31, 2020, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) provides the following updates on identification credentials, Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections (PMVI or Safety Checks), and motor vehicle registrations.

Identification Credentials (Driver’s Licenses, State Identification Cards)

  • Driver’s licenses, instruction permits, and State Identification cards that expire between March 15 and May 31, 2020, are granted a 90-day waiver. All State-issued credentials expiring during this date range will be considered valid for an additional 90-days from the end of Governor Ige’s 6th supplementary emergency proclamation on May 31, 2020. This extension is to provide enough time for the public to obtain or renew credentials once face-to-face government services are reopened.
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders with a CDL that expired between March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, are allowed an extension of up to 90-days but the 90 days cannot go past June 30, 2020. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set June 30, 2020, as the last date that an extension may be granted. Please review HDOT’s frequently asked questions section at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/faq/covid-19-cdl-faqs/
  • As previously announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), expired driver’s licenses or State IDs that expired on or after March 1 can be used at TSA checkpoints. HDOT has also sent memorandum to the county police departments informing them of the previous expiration extension and will update this memo to minimize potential misunderstandings.

Safety Checks (PMVI)

  • Safety check certificates and stickers expiring on or before May 31, 2020, will remain valid until August 31, 2020. All other safety checks that expire in 2020 will be valid for an additional 3 months after the 2020 expiration date. Please review HDOT’s frequently asked questions section https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/faq/covid-19-safety-check-faqs/
  • After careful consideration and discussion with Governor Ige and the Counties, HDOT is extending the safety check waiver to minimize unnecessary face-to-face interactions and to provide enough time for PMVI stations, Counties, and the public to conduct and process safety checks once the stay-at-home order ends. HDOT fully supports the continued opening of stations for vehicle maintenance and repair, as these actions are critical to keep essential travel moving.
  • The safety check extension does not impact the validity of the motor vehicle registration. The motor vehicle registration must still be unexpired to be valid.

Motor Vehicle Registrations

  • Motor vehicle registrations are still being conducted by the Counties, see below for information by County:

City and County of Honolulu – Offers renewals by mail, by DMV NOW kiosks, and online.

County of Maui – Offers renewals by mail and online.

County of Hawaii – Offers renewals by mail, kiosks, and online.

County of Kauai – Offers renewals by mail and online.

  • Motor vehicle registration fees and any applicable penalty fees for late registration have not changed. These funds are necessary to meet the local share of upcoming stimulus projects for road construction and maintenance.
  • Drivers with expired registration tags may be ticketed by law enforcement.

HDOT thanks the public and the counties for their continued efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Mayor Kim Issues Rule that Allows Ocean Access from Certain Parks

Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim issued a Rule on Friday which allows ocean access from certain County parks for outdoor exercise, fishing for food, and the use of restroom and shower facilities. 

Reed’s Bay

The Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 2 stipulates that the following beach parks will be made available daily from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m., for the purposes of direct access to and from the ocean and shoreline in order to engage in outdoor exercise, fishing for and gathering food, and use of restroom and shower facilities:

• Kahalu‘u Beach Park
• Magic Sands Beach Park
• Wai‘aha Bay Beach Park (Honl’s)
• Kawaihae Canoe Area
• Honoli‘i Beach Park
• Kaipalaoa Landing Beach Park
• Bayfront Beach Park
• Reed’s Bay Beach Park
• Lili‘uokalani Gardens 

The following park restroom facilities will be opened daily from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.:

• Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Lincoln Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Bayfront Soccer Fields – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Bayfront Beach Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Liliuokalani Gardens – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Reeds Bay Beach Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Veterans Cemetery No. 2 – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Honoli‘i Beach Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• ‘Alae Cemetery – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Shipman Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Kurtistown Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Kahalu‘u Beach Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Magic Sands Beach Park (La‘aloa) – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Wai’aha Bay Beach Park (Honl’s) – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Kailua Park (Old A/Maka‘eo) beach only – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Waikoloa Pu‘u Nui Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Waimea Park tennis courts only – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area – 24 hours

Park facilities that are not listed in the Rule remain closed, and reservations for these parks and recreational facilities are canceled through April 30, 2020.

The Rule notes that County cemeteries, including veterans’ cemeteries administered by the County, remain open for visitation during standard hours. Pana‘ewa Equestrian Center remains open only for persons with valid horse stall rental agreements, who are actively boarding a horse at the facility.

Rule No. 2 is to be read in conjunction with the Third Supplementary Proclamation issued on March 23, 2020, which directs people to stay at home, with exemptions for essential businesses and operations, and persons engaged in permitted activities. Social distancing requiring maintaining six feet of physical separation from other persons is stipulated in the Proclamation, along with limiting any gathering of more than 10 people.

For further information, contact Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031.

Drones Assisting in Enforcement of Stay At Home Order

The Honolulu Fire Department will be utilizing three separate drone operation teams today, Friday, April 10, 2020, to enforce Mayor Caldwell’s Stay at home/ Work at home order at beaches around O‘ahu. 

Teams will be stationed in three separate locations around the island: 

• Lanikai Beach, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Waikīkī, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

• Sandy Beach, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The drones will be playing the following audio message:

“Aloha, the stay at home order is in effect. Please do not gather or sit on the beach. Water activities are permitted but please leave immediately after.”

The drones will not be equipped with any video recording equipment, and will be used solely for public address purposes.

HPD Enforcing 14-day Travel Quarantine Mandate

Pursuant to Governor David Ige’s Second and Fourth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all persons entering the state or traveling interisland are required to self-quarantine for 14-days (exceptions granted for those performing emergency response or critical infrastructure functions, and medical purposes on inter-island travel).

Police Chief Paul Ferreira confirms that the Hawaiʻi Police Department is the agency responsible for the enforcement of the 14-day mandatory quarantine within Hawaiʻi County when violations occur. 

Travelers arriving on Hawaiʻi Island are met by representatives of various State agencies at the airports, where they are medically screened and officially notified of the 14-day mandatory quarantine. In addition information is collected and verified on the traveler’s lodging accommodations while on the island. This information is compiled by the State agencies, who will also conduct periodic follow-ups with the traveler(s) to ensure compliance with the mandate. 

The information collected on travelers is made available to the County and through the Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, additional periodic follow-ups are conducted to ensure compliance with the mandate. The Hawaiʻi Police Department working in conjunction with the Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense will conduct follow-up checks, investigations, and enforcement when notified of possible violations. In addition Officers on patrol during routine contacts with the public will have access to the list of quarantined travelers to determine if violations are occurring.

Any person found to be in violation of this quarantine requirement would be subject to a misdemeanor conviction, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to a year.

Chief Ferreira also relates his department is keenly aware of the sacrifices being made by the community with respect to the Governor’s proclamation and the department will be diligent in pursuing those individuals seeking to circumvent the quarantine restrictions. 

Driving Credentials & COVID-19 Emergency Orders

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division announces the following changes to its vehicle licensing and safety check programs as part of the effort to reduce face-to-face interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Driver’s Licenses and State IDs

  • The state is invoking a 90-day waiver on all expired driver’s licenses and State identification cards. If your driver’s license or State ID expires between March 23 and May 15, your credentials will be considered valid in the State of Hawaii for an additional 90-days.
  • In coordination with the county driver’s licensing centers, HDOT has suspended all in-person driver’s license transactions and in-vehicle testing. There are limited non-in-person driver’s license services available such as online ordering of duplicates currently offered by the City and County of Honolulu for eligible residents, and mail-in duplicates and renewals offered by all counties. Please visit the county’s website or contact the county that issued your driver’s license or state ID for instructions on using their mail-in services.
  • The 90-day waiver for driver’s licenses also applies to Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders. Additionally, HDOT is allowing extension of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) and hazardous materials endorsement expiration for motor carriers through the period of the Governor’s emergency proclamation which began March 4 and was extended to May 15.
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is accepting expired driver’s licenses or State IDs that expired on or after March 1 for use at TSA checkpoints. See https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus for more information.
  • On March 23, President Donald Trump announced that the Oct. 1, 2020 REAL ID deadline would be extended. The new deadline has yet to be announced.

Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (Safety Check)

The annual safety check requirement is suspended, and no safety checks will be done through the month of April. If your safety check is expired, it will remain valid through May 31. Also, you may renew your vehicle registration online or with your expired safety check certificate during this grace period.

Vehicle Registration

Vehicle registrations may still be done online or by mail even though your safety check may have expired. Not all counties allow online renewals after your registration submission deadline. Please check your county’s website or contact your county office for further information.

City and County of Honolulu

http://www.honolulu.gov/csd

County of Maui

https://www.mauicounty.gov/1328/Motor-Vehicle-Licensing

County of Hawaii

https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/departments/finance/vehicle-registration-licensing

County of Kauai

http://www.kauai.gov/Portals/0/Mayor/PIO/NR032320FD.pdf?ver=2020-03-23-100938-193

HDOT thanks the counties and the community for their social distancing efforts.

Coast Guard, Partners Respond to Aground Vessel off Waikiki

The Coast Guard and partners are responding to a report of a 35-foot, double-masted sailing vessel grounded off Waikiki, Saturday evening.

The Coast Guard and partners are responding to a report of a 35-foot, the double-masted sailing vessel grounded off Waikiki, March 21, 2020.
Pollution responders are on the scene assessing the situation and surrounding area for impacts.  At this time, there are no reports of pollution. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo/Released)

Pollution responders are on the scene assessing the situation and surrounding area for impacts.  At this time, there are no reports of pollution. 

There is a maximum potential fuel load of 30 gallons of diesel aboard, including miscellaneous oil and marine batteries.

The Coast Guard, working in partnership with the State of Hawaii and local officials, will oversee assessment and mitigation efforts. Contractors have been hired to assess and relocate the vessel. The oil spill liability trust fund has been opened to allow the response to move forward quickly. 

There are no reports of personnel injuries or impacted wildlife. The weather on scene is 2-foot surf seas and 3 mph winds.

At 2:50 p.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from Ocean Safety of the vessel, Steady Beat, aground about 50 yards off Waikiki Reef Hotel with two people aboard. The vessel was reportedly at anchor offshore when the anchor failed, allowing the vessel to drift. 

Ocean Safety crews, a Coast Guard Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew, and Coast Guard marine safety personnel responded.

State Senate Launches Special Committee on COVID-19

Senate President Ron Kouchi announced today that he has appointed a special committee to advise the Senate on the State of Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 plans and procedures.

The Committee members are: Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Senator Michelle N. Kidani, Senator Donna Mercado Kim, Senator Sharon Y. Moriwaki and Senator Kurt Fevella.

Due to social distancing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the meetings will not be open to the public to attend in person.

The initial meetings are scheduled for tomorrow, March 19, 2020,  and on Friday, March 20. Additional meetings will be announced.

Gov. Ige Announces State Actions to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Gov. David Y. Ige announced today state actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“The actions I’m announcing today may seem extreme to some of you, and we know that it will have negative effects to our economy. But we are confident that taking aggressive actions now will allow us to have a quicker recovery when this crisis is over,” said Gov. Ige.

Gov. Ige strongly encouraged our visitors to postpone their vacations for at least the next 30-days and reschedule for a later date.

3/17/2020

Effective this Friday (March 20), screening of all passengers disembarking cruise ships will be screened. Our airports are working on implementation plans for screening arriving visitors.

Gov. Ige is directing the following:

  • Limit social gatherings to groups of 10 people or less to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • Close bars and clubs.
  • Close restaurants or provide drive-thru, take out, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Close theatres, entertainment centers and visitor attractions.
  • Avoid any discretionary travel.
  • Suspend services and activities in places of worship.
  • Stay home if you are a high-risk individual and take additional precautionary measures.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home.

Stability is also critical in this unprecedented situation.  Accordingly, the following steps have been taken:

  • All utilities have been directed to take necessary measures to ensure that they can continue to operate in the normal course.
  • Dir. Kenneth S. Hara, Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency, has the full authority to determine what constitutes critical infrastructure or essential services that will continue operations. This includes utilities, fuel producers, shipping facilities and industry, financial institutions, financial services, telecommunications companies, wholesaler or distributors, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and other industry vital to our community.
  • For both the utilities and essential services, government resources and support can be deployed as necessary.
  • The one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits is waived for those unemployed because of COVID-19.
  • The Office of Consumer Protection is working with its Landlord Tenant Center, and effective already are emergency provisions applicable to tenants.
  • During the emergency, the following additional steps are being discussed with our community’s business partners and non-profit organizations to maintain stability for our families by:
    • Ensuring employees have benefits, even if employees are not at work.
    • Halting eviction for non-payment of rent.
    • Halting foreclosures.
    • Working with public and private utility providers to avoid shut-off of service to critical utilities such as electric, gas, water, internet, landline telephone and cell phone.

Gov. Ige has also directed all department and agency heads to review their employees and identify the following:

  1. Essential-functions (will be required to report to work)
  2. Non-essential – able to work remotely via telework (work from home)
  3. Non-essential – unable to work remotely via telework or otherwise
    1. These employees could be re-assigned to work that could be done remotely, as long as it’s in the employee’s job description and classification

For the next 15 calendar days, Gov. Ige is directing the departments to have all non-essential staff stay home. Essential workers will continue to report to work. All employees will continue to be paid and will still be eligible for sick leave, vacation and other benefits. Every employee should look to their respective department for detailed instructions.

Gov. Ige has also banned all non-essential travel for state workers, including to the Neighbor Islands.

In addition, the state is taking the following actions:

  • Temporarily closing State Libraries to public access to evaluate and adjust operations to maintain social distancing. There will be no fees for late returns and the Library online resources will still be available.
  • The Dept. of Land and Natural Resources is closing parks, offices with in-person access and large.
  • All events at the State Capitol, State Art Museum, and tours at Washington Place are suspended.
  • The Dept. of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has suspended all combat sports in Hawaii.
  • Cancelled events at Aloha Stadium and Hawaiʻi Convention Center for the next 30 days.

“It is essential that our government operations and services continue during this time, but we must keep all of our employees and community safe and healthy.  We expect more stringent actions in the days to come. These are difficult times, but Hawaiʻi has a history of coming together when faced with challenges. I’m confident that together we will rise to the task,” said Gov. Ige.

Members Selected to COVID-19 Committee on Economic & Financial Preparedness

Hawaii House Speaker Scott K. Saiki today announced the appointment of individuals to serve on the Select House Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness adopted through House Resolution 54.

The first meeting of the Select Committee is scheduled for Thursday, March 12, at 10 a.m., in Room 329 at the State Capitol. The meeting is open to the public.

Members of the committee:

Speaker Scott K. Saiki, Co-Chair

Mr. Peter Ho, Co-Chair – Chairman, President & CEO Bank of Hawaii

Representative Della Au Belatti

Representative Richard H. K. Onishi

Representative Kyle T. Yamashita

Representative Bob McDermott

Dr. Carl Bonham – Executive Director and Professor of Economics UHERO

Mr. Mufi Hannemann – President & CEO
Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association

Mr. Peter R. Ingram – President & CEO Hawaiian Airlines

Mr. Nathaniel Kinney – Executive Director
Hawaii Construction Alliance

Ms. Lisa Maruyama – President & CEO
Hawaii Ailiance of Nonprofit Organizations

Ms. Sheryl Matsuoka – Executive Director
Hawaii Restaurant Association

Ms. Sherry Menor-McNamara – President & CEO
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Scott Murakami – Director
State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Mr. Kuuhaku Park – Vice President, Government & Commercial Relations Matson, Inc.

Dr. Sarah Park – Disease Outbreak Control Division State Department of Health

Mr. Mark Perrieilo – President & CEO ; Kauai Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Noelani Schilling-Webster – Executive Director
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

Mr. Gino Soquena – Executive Director
Hawaii Building &. Construction Trades Council

Mr. Chris Tatum – President & CEO
Hawaii Tourism Authority

Dr. Eugene Tian – State Economist – Research and Economic Analysis Division Administrator State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

Ms. Pamela Tumpap – President/Secretary
Maui Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Tina Yamaki – President
Retail Merchants of Hawaii

Mr. Miles Yoshioka – Executive Director
Big Island Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Robert Yu – Deputy Director
State Department of Budget and Finance

Ms. Lauren Zirbel – Executive Director
Hawaii Food Industry Association

Thieves Break Into State Base Yard Steal Truck & Tools

Hawaii Island Police are investigating a break in that occurred at the State base yard in Hilo overnight. Taken in the break-in was a 2018 Ford Truck, white in color with a black lift gate.

Pictured is a similar truck. Investigators are still trying to determine what type of tools were removed from the base yard.

The license plate is SH H626, and both doors have the Hawaii state seal on them.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the police non-emergency number at 935-3311, tips via Nixle, or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300. Tipsters using CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous.

RE: Police Report 20-019034

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