Governor Ige Approves Emergency Rules for Counties of Hawaii & Kauai

Gov. David Ige today approved requests from Mayor Harry Kim and Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami to safely re-open more businesses and operations under guidelines that will ensure the health, safety and welfare of the people in Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi counties.

Hawaiʻi County

Gov. Ige signed Mayor Kim’s Emergency Rule #6 which allows the following businesses, operations or activities, which must follow applicable CDC, industry and regulatory guidelines related to COVID-19 prior to opening:

  • May 30, 2020
    • Places of worship
  • June 1, 2020
    • Other indoor gathering places (including bowling alleys, billiards halls, but NOT arcades or gaming places)
    • Indoor exercise facilities (includes fitness centers and indoor pools and facilities that offer group exercises with no physical contact)
    • Museums and theaters
    • Outdoor spaces (includes ocean tours, outside pools and summer camps)
    • Other personal services (includes tattoo operators and acupuncturists)
    • Other real estate services (including open houses, property viewing, inspections, surveys, appraisals with restrictions)
    • Other retail and repair (including rental of recreational and sports equipment)
    • Certain county park sites and recreational facilities will re-open with some exceptions. County swimming pools, gymnasiums and community centers will remain closed at this time.

Kauaʻi County:

Gov. Ige has also approved Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule #11 to re-open with modifications, businesses, operations or activities starting Monday, June 1. They include:

  • Indoor exercise and recreation facilities (including gyms, fitness centers, recreation facilities)
  • Outdoor spaces (including playgrounds, skateparks, pavilions, parks, organized outdoor team sports)
  • Personal services (including spas)
  • Restaurants (including dine-in)

1,129 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Today marked nine weeks since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state.

Yesterday, 1,129 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one. This data was collected from the DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form does not include a question about the type of accommodation.

Governor Ige Approves Requests to Re-Open More Businesses Across State

Gov. David Ige today approved Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposal to safely re-open more businesses and operations on O‘ahu, under guidelines that will ensure the safety of employees and customers.

Mayor Caldwell’s proposal includes the Friday, May 29th resumption of operations with modifications for “personal service providers” including:

  • Barbers
  • Hairdressers
  • Nail technicians
  • Tattoo artists
  • Other beauty operators

The proposal also includes the re-opening of outdoor attractions with limitations, starting Thursday, May 28. This includes:

  • Sea life attractions
  • Water parks
  • Pools
  • Campgrounds
  • People’s Open Markets
  • Shooting and Archery Ranges
  • Similar outdoor facilities

The proposal also allows the following to resume operations with modifications:

  • June 5: Business/commercial businesses (in addition to restaurants), indoor residential, non-commercial gatherings of 10 or less (regardless of household)

MAUI COUNTY:

Gov. Ige has also approved Mayor Michael Victorino’s request to re-open most businesses and services, with modifications, starting Monday, June 1.

The following public gathering areas will also open:

  • Clubhouses
  • Dog parks
  • Playgrounds and skate parks
  • All county parks and beach parks (individual park re-opening dates are subject to change)
  • Select county pools

The following businesses and services remain closed:

  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Theatres
  • Public gathering venues
  • Banquet halls
  • County Community Centers
  • County  Gymnasiums

HAWAII COUNTY:

Earlier, Gov. Ige also approved Mayor Harry Kim’s proposal to re-open with modifications, the following businesses/operations starting June 1:

  • Places of worship
  • Personal services (Salons, barber shops, beauty operators)
  • Restaurants (including food courts, but excluding bars, nightclubs)

KAUAI COUNTY:

With the governor’s approval, Mayor Derek Kawakami re-opened with modifications, the following medium risk business and activities on May 22:

  • Public and private pools
  • Places of worship
  • Outdoor tour activities
  • Salons and barbershops
  • All cleaning and construction work
  • One-on-one personal services (fitness, tutoring, music lessons)

Hawaii Vacation Rental Performance Report for April 2020

In April 2020, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 319,500 unit nights and monthly demand was 16,000 unit nights, resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 5.0 percent.

In comparison, Hawaii’s hotels were 8.9 percent occupied in April 2020. It is important to note that unlike hotels, condominium hotels, and timeshare resorts, vacation rental units are not necessarily available year-round or each day of the month. The unit average daily rate (ADR) for vacation rental units statewide in April was $190, which was higher than the ADR for hotels ($131).

On April 7, City & County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell was the first mayor in the state to announce that short-term rentals (lodgings that provide guest accommodations for less than 30 days, other than hotels and motels) are deemed as non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 emergency and may not operate. The other county mayors followed with similar orders. Furthermore, vacation rentals are not on the state’s list of essential businesses during this emergency period.

Also in April, the majority of flights to Hawaii were cancelled because of COVID-19. As of March 26, all passengers arriving from out-of-state were required to abide by a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1 to include interisland travelers.

HTA’s Tourism Research Division issued the report’s findings utilizing data compiled by Transparent Intelligence, Inc. The data in this report specifically excludes units reported in HTA’s Hawaii Hotel Performance Report and Hawaii Timeshare Quarterly Survey Report. In this report, a vacation rental is defined as the use of a rental house, condominium unit, private room in private home, or shared room/space in private home. This report also does not determine or differentiate between units that are permitted or unpermitted. The “legality” of any given vacation rental unit is determined on a county basis.

Island Highlights

In April, Maui County had the largest vacation rental supply of all four counties with 95,300 unit nights, which is a decrease of 62.5 percent compared to a year ago. Unit demand was 3,600 unit nights (-98.2%), resulting in 3.8 percent occupancy (-74.7 percentage points) with an ADR of $237 (-3.6%). Maui County hotels were 11.0 percent occupied with an ADR of $121.

On Oahu, the vacation rental supply in April was 122,100 unit nights (-57.8%). Unit demand was 5,100 unit nights (-97.5%), resulting in 4.2 percent occupancy (-67.3 percentage points) and an ADR of $147 (-10.3%). Oahu hotels were 8.0 percent occupied with an ADR of $142.

There were 67,700 available unit nights (-65.5%) on the Island of Hawaii in April. Unit demand was 3,800 unit nights (-97.0%), resulting in 5.6 percent occupancy (-59.1 percentage points) with an ADR of $164 (+3.0%). Hawaii Island hotels were 12.4 percent occupied with an ADR of $107.

Kauai had the fewest number of available unit nights in April at 34,500 (-67.5%). Unit demand was 3,500 unit nights (-95.8%), resulting in 10.1 percent occupancy (-68.3 percentage points) with an ADR of $234 (-9.1%). Kauai hotels were 7.0 percent occupied with an ADR of $131.

Tables of vacation rental performance statistics, including data presented in the report are available for viewing online at: https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/research/infrastructure-research/

Mayor Caldwell Outlines Plan for Oahu to Get Safely Back to Work

Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that he submitted the City and County of Honolulu’s proposal to Governor David Ige for approval to allow for the safe reopening of more Oʻahu designated businesses and operations. These businesses and operations, if approved, will be allowed to reopen under guidelines and recommendations to ensure safety for both employees of these establishments and customers/clients.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell

As part of Mayor Caldwell’s proposal, “Personal Service Providers” would be allowed to resume operations with modifications on Friday, May 29. “Personal Service Providers” include barbers, beauty operators, including hairdressers, nail technicians, and tattoo artists. These service providers must ensure:

• Compliance with all State of Hawaiʻi and City statutory and regulatory requirements and standards; 

• Compliance with applicable CDC guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/…/organizatio…/businesses-employers.html); 

• Arrange seating in the establishment so that customers are separated from other customers by six feet between booths/stations or have physical barriers between them

• Implement additional mitigation measures when strict physical distancing of at least six feet is not feasible for a specific task; 

• Ensure that all equipment that comes into direct contact with customers/clients and all furniture in service areas (such as chairs, capes, and the shampooing area in a barber shop or salon) is completely cleaned and disinfected between each customer/client in accordance with CDC guidelines and applicable law; 

• No waiting areas are allowed.

Details related to the reopening of these designated businesses and operations will be published in the Mayor’s Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order 3.0 (Restore Honolulu Order 3.0) pending approval by Governor Ige.

“Getting more of our residents back to work safely is one of our top priorities right now,” said Mayor Caldwell. “Oʻahu’s unemployment rate jumped to 20% last month, with even more who haven’t filed for unemployment yet or aren’t eligible but are struggling to make ends meet. We feel it’s important to keep the public up-to-date with our proposals so that businesses will have sufficient lead time to properly prepare for a safe reopening approved by the Governor. I thank the Governor and his staff for working with us to safely return our state to a more open way of life and I’m confident we’ll be able to get this done while protecting the health and safety of our residents.”

As part of Mayor Caldwell’s proposal pending approval, outdoor attractions may be able to resume operations with limitations as soon as Thursday, May 28. Public and private outdoor attractions, such as but not limited to sea life attractions, water parks, pools, campgrounds, People’s Open Markets, shooting and archery ranges, and similar outdoor facilities may reopen under the following conditions:

• Groups are limited to ten individuals, and where multiple groups are present, operators must implement measures to ensure that they must maintain six feet of physical distance between each other at all times (i.e. no mingling between groups); 
• Indoor portions of the facility must remain closed, unless such portion is authorized under another section of the Mayor’s Order and comply with any restrictions imposed; 
• To the extent consistent in this section of the Order, and to the extent reasonable practicable the facility operators and participants shall follow applicable guidance from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/…/organizatio…/businesses-employers.html); 
• Individuals must comply with any lawful requirements imposed by the Outdoor Attraction operator.

These are just a few of the requirements for outdoor attractions to reopen with limitations. The full list will be in the Mayor’s Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order 3.0. The Honolulu Zoo is included in this category of outdoor attractions but is targeting for a June 5 opening date.

As part of Mayor Caldwell’s proposal, the following would be allowed to resume operations on the following dates:

June 5: business/commercial offices (in addition to restaurants that were already announced), indoor residential, non-commercial gatherings of 10 or less (regardless of household) 

June 19: indoor operations (such as movie theatres and museums with modifications), and fitness centers with modifications 

Reopening of City park facilities, including City gymnasiums and City swimming pools and other indoor and outdoor City park facilities will be announced by the Department of Parks and Recreation (“DPR”) at later dates, depending on when DPR determines that these City facilities are prepared to reopen safely for members of the public. Requirements, conditions, and opportunities for reopening differ according to the type of business or operation. The complete lists of guidelines will be published as they are approved.

Only 1 Citation at Kaneohe Sandbar on First Day of Memorial Day Weekend

At the peak, an estimated 35 boats were anchored at the Kaneohe sandbar (Ahu O Laka) on Saturday, the first day of the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. A team of six officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), patrolled the area, educating people and watching for violations. 

PC: DLNR

Ahu O Laka is under its usual no-alcohol ban this weekend and during all summertime three- day holiday weekends. Yesterday, passengers on one boat departing the sandbar, were warned about the rule, but that was the only time officers spotted any illegal consumption.

In the morning they warned a 19-year old jet ski operator, who had taken his craft onto the sandbar. Thrillcraft, like jet skis, are always restricted there. In the afternoon officers encountered another jet ski, being steered by a young boy sitting in front of his father. Officers escorted the man, his wife and two young children back to the He’eia Kea Small Boat Harbor. On the return trip his young daughter was steering from her father’s lap. The Waianae man was cited for two violations: operating a thrillcraft in an off-limits area and underage operation of a thrillcraft. This was the only citation given on Saturday.

Unlike previous years, when alcohol-fueled sandbar parties, resulted in fights and unruly behaviors, so far this Memorial Day weekend, Ahu O Laka has had a definite family feel…lots of keiki, inflatable devices, and water football tossing. DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla said, “We hope on Sunday and Monday, people continue to have fun, practice social distancing unless they’re part of the same family or residential unit, and refrain from drinking at the sandbar.”

DOCARE officers focus on education first and then enforcement. On Saturday, they also warned and escorted a group of five spear fishermen back to their boat. They had failed to put out a dive flag, which is required, if you are not in close proximity to your vessel.

Passenger Arrivals Continue to Rise

Yesterday, 1,117 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-dayself-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one. This data was also collected from the DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form does not include a question about the type of accommodation.

1203 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 1203 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

Yesterday marked two months since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one. This data was collected from the DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form does not include a question about the type of accommodation.

Mayor Caldwell Provides Guidelines for Resuming In-Person Spiritual Services

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today that starting Saturday, May 23, Gov. David Ige has approved the City and County of Honolulu’s Order that allows in-person spiritual services on Oʻahu to resume with associated restrictions and recommendations. This reopening is consistent with the State’s reopening framework. 

Mayor Kirk Caldwell

“Gathering together safely, praying together, and taking part in group worship is so important right now, as so many of our residents have been practicing physical distancing for months,” said Mayor Caldwell. “Religious services can be a key resource to help many of us get through these tough times since spiritual institutions can play a significant role in our emotional and spiritual well-being. Restoring these in-person interactions will allow people to connect again in a much deeper way.”

In-person spiritual services may be conducted starting on May 23 provided all persons present at the service must maintain six feet of physical distance between others, except members of the same household or living unit. Organizers are also encouraged to limit the number of persons attending their in-person spiritual services to ensure this physical distancing requirement is met and that appropriate COVID-19 mitigation plans and procedures are implemented. 

These are just a few of the requirements for in-person spiritual services to resume operations. The full list can be found in an amended Exhibit A of the Mayor’s Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 2.0 Order (Restore Honolulu 2.0 Order).

1099 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Today marks two months since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state.

Yesterday, 1099 (UPDATED) people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one. This data was collected from the DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form does not include a question about the type of accommodation.

A Shake Up in Puna Political Powers?

Interesting developments in Puna politics here on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hawaii Rep. Joy San Buenaventura is seeking out the seat that current Sen. Russell Ruderman is holding now.

Rep. San Buenaventura is seeking signatures now and posted the following on her Facebook page:

“With less than 2 weeks to nomination filing deadline and an intervening legislative session during a crisis that prevents gatherings, I am seeking signatures for my Senate run to represent all of Puna. Please DM [Direct Message] me if you are a Puna registered voter and willing to sign my nomination papers. I hope to be able to represent all of Puna in the senate instead of just Puna makai. . #Joy4Puna”

I myself haven’t spoken to either Sen. Ruderman or Rep. SanBuenventura as of this post, nor can I confirm if Sen. Ruderman is seeking re-election.

Making Hawaii Safe for Travel

The Hawaii House Select Committee on COVID-19 has released this document outlining how we can make Hawaii safe for travel.

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“The purpose of this document is to provide recommendations to the House Select COVID-19 Committee and the Executive Branch as a starting point for bringing the visitor industry back to strength and Keeping Hawaii Virus Free,” said Rep. Bob McDermott.

“Hawaii has a huge marketing advantage by being geographically isolated,” Rep. McDermott continued. “By implementing this plan, we can advertise Hawaii as essentially COVID-19 free. Travelers will gladly pay a premium for airfare and accommodations knowing that a rigorous testing system is in place. We owe it to our employees in the visitor industry to keep them, and their families, infection free.”

Visitor Arrivals Surpass 1,000

Yesterday, 1073 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one. This data was collected from the DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form does not include a question about the type of accommodation.

New Video Aimed at Deterring Trespassing at Sacred Falls

Sacred Falls State Park has been closed 21-years, after a Mother’s Day 1999 rockslide killed eight people and seriously hurt dozens of others. In spite of hundreds of trespassers getting citations for entering a closed area since then, continued rockfalls and landslides in the park, and numerous encouragements for people to stay out, they continue to come.

In 2015, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) released a video, that can be viewed on smartphones right at the closed gates into the park. Using a QRC symbol imprinted on several signs, more than 18,700 people have viewed the original video, though there’s no way of knowing how many of them were prompted to turn back.

Today, a new video, produced on the 21st anniversary of the tragedy (May 9, 2020), and again involving a DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) enforcement team, was released and it is directed to a specific demographic. Over the year’s officers have found the majority of violators are men between 20 and 30-years-old. The video begins with images of three young men just entering the park to be immediately turned back by a DOCARE officer. He asks if they saw all the closed signs. They replied, they had. 

DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla commented, “We want this message to resonate clearly not only with this particular age group, but with anyone considering trespassing into the park.” After the encounter between the three men and the DOCARE officer, the narrator remarks, “After you trespassed into this park, imagine your mom and dad getting the call every parent dreads? We’re sorry to tell you, but your son was killed in a rockslide today.”

The video incorporates a “Scared Straight” style of storytelling. DLNR Division of State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell said, “If we can get people to understand that entering the park is illegal, dangerous, and disrespectful to our host culture, maybe some of them will have second thoughts and turn around.” It features an interview with a DOCARE officer who recounts the personal toll the 1999 tragedy took on him and on dozens of first responders and rescuers.

It also highlights the cultural insensitivity of entering Kaliuwa‘a, the Native Hawaiian name for Sacred Falls. Redulla added, “We want to appeal to would-be trespassers not only on the level of risk and illegality, but hopefully to get them to appreciate that the area is kapu, in part, because visitors have not been schooled in customary and traditional practices and how to behave.”

The video concludes, “Do yourself a favor, turn around, avoid a citation, avoid jail, avoid fines. Most importantly respect this place, respect your own life, and respect those who will be called in to rescue you if you get into trouble. You are not invincible, and nature does not take into consideration your selfish desires. Please turn around and live.” It ends with a link to the State Na Ala Hele trails website, which includes hundreds of open and legal trails around the islands.

New Royal Hawaiian Groin Taking Shape

The reconstruction of the existing, 93-year-old Royal Hawaiian Groin in Waikīkī and the construction of a new $1.5 million replacement begins next week.

Last week construction crews mobilized the equipment and this week they built a temporary access road along the beach from Kuhio Beach to the groin. Large rocks that are to be used as the outer layer armor stone have been delivered to the staging area near the groin.

This morning partial demolition of the top of the existing groin began, in order to prepare for the installation of the boulders for the new rock groin. Going forward the boulders will be used to assemble a base around the old groin which will allow the construction crew to assemble the remainder of the structure. This adaptive, re-use construction method means the new groin is being built around the remnants of the old one.

Sam Lemmo, the Administrator of the DLNR Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) explained, “After the groin access-platform is finished, the actual building-up of the groin will start at the ocean-end and as rocks are placed and secured, the equipment will methodically work back to the beach. We are asking everyone to avoid the construction staging areas at Kuhio Beach and in the vicinity of Royal Hawaiian Groin, for their safety and to give workers the chance of completing the project sooner than originally scheduled.” 

The project is a public-private partnership between DLNR/OCCL and the Waikīkī Beach Special Improvement District Association (WBSIDA). No enlargement of the beach is planned, as it is designed to maintain the approximate width outlined in the 2012 Waikīkī Beach maintenance shoreline nourishment project. The construction work is being facilitated and is safer due to the lack of people on the beach because of the COVID-19 emergency.

DLNR Begins Parallel Review of Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan

In order to provide the DLNR and the Board of Land and Natural Resources relevant information, including community input, into whether Mauna Kea is being effectively managed, the department is launching an independent evaluation of the University of Hawai‘i’s (UH) compliance with the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP).

According to DLNR Chair Suzanne Case this evaluation will parallel the mandatory five-year review of the Comprehensive Management Plan currently underway by UH. The review will evaluate the efficiency of UH management and specifically its Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM). The DLNR review will also include an assessment of the governance structure in managing the cultural and natural resources within areas on the mountain for which UH/OMKM are responsible.

Case remarked, “This process will ensure a thorough review that includes multiple points of view and provides an independent evaluation for the Land Board.”

UH leases approximately 11,000 acres of State lands on Mauna Kea, of which 525 acres is in the Astronomy Precinct and 10,700 acres are designated as Natural/Cultural Preservation Area. The Comprehensive Management Plan covers all of the UH leased land.

DLNR has contracted with Ku‘iwalu Consulting for the review. It will include a culturally sensitive and robust community engagement process to gather as much input as possible on UH’s implementation of the Comprehensive Management Plan. This input will be incorporated into the report.

UH is seeking renewal of its 65-year-long lease. Its current Comprehensive Management Plan was approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources in 2009. The DLNR review is expected to be completed by the end of this calendar year. Chair Case notes that the independent evaluation is not a report on the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

881 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Today marks seven weeks since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state.

Yesterday, 881 people arrived in Hawaii including 246 visitors and 329 residents. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel.

Majority of the people who flew to Hawaii yesterday arrived on Oahu.

The following tables show what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip and their type of accommodation, and they can choose more than one. This data was collected from the HTA survey on the back of the Hawaii Agriculture Declaration Form.

People are not mandated by law to fill out the survey so some are left blank.

852 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 852 people arrived in Hawaii including 264 visitors and 321 residents. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel.

Majority of the people who flew to Hawaii yesterday arrived on Oahu. The following tables show what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip and their type of accommodation, and they can choose more than one. This data was collected from the HTA survey on the back of the Hawaii Agriculture Declaration Form.

People are not mandated by law to fill out the survey so some are left blank.

Help Shape Future of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seek community input to consider and refine four initial design concepts for the proposed HAVO Disaster Recovery Project via a virtual civic engagement process. 

PC: HVNP Janice Wei

The intent of the project is to repair and/or replace critical park infrastructure and USGS-operated facilities and equipment damaged during the 2018 eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea volcano. The project also includes plans for the potential future use of the Uēkahuna Bluff area, a site considered sacred to many Native Hawaiians and other groups. 

Beginning in May 2018, the park and Kīlauea summit underwent a major change as magma drained from the chamber beneath Halema‘uma‘u Crater, and the caldera began to collapse, triggering 60,000 strong earthquakes and clouds of rock and ash that continued until early August. The seismic activity was primarily centered near the crater, and significantly impacted buildings in the immediate vicinity on Uēkahuna Bluff, including Jaggar Museum and the USGS-operated Reginald T. Okamura facility and equipment, resulting in the closure of the area. The 2018 eruption and caldera collapse were the most destructive eruptive events in Hawai‘i in the last two centuries. 

The results of an initial post-disaster assessment conducted in October 2018 found that significant investment would be necessary to make Jaggar Museum and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory-operated Reginald T. Okamura building safe to occupy and operational. Most importantly, the buildings are surrounded by fault lines and the area continues to subside on the crater side, undermining slope stability at the existing terraces and building foundations. 

In addition, the project presents solutions to overcrowding at Kīlauea Visitor Center (KVC), ranging from renovation to rebuilding the facility elsewhere in the park. The existing KVC building is inadequate for current visitation due to its small size, and the closure of Jaggar Museum has exacerbated the overcrowding of KVC by concentrating all visitor contact in one location.

“Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park belongs to everyone, and to our future generations,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Acting Superintendent Rhonda Loh. “We need to hear from our community and stakeholders about what they envision for their mo‘opuna, their grandchildren, and the generations that will follow.” 

“The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is looking forward to a new field station inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. A facility in the summit region is vital for our volcano monitoring and research programs that support park management and public safety in Hawai‘i,” said USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge, Tina Neal. 

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the park will conduct the civic engagement online in lieu of public meetings. Paper copies of the design concepts can be mailed to interested parties upon request. 
To view and comment on the four design concepts and summaries, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=92891. If you have questions or prefer to be mailed the design concepts, call (808) 460-6212, or email havo_planning@nps.gov.  

Comments on the HAVO Disaster Recovery Project will be accepted starting May 15, 2020, and the comment period will end June 15, 2020. Following this period, the National Park Service (NPS) will use community feedback received to determine which concept (or modified concept) will be the proposed concept (alternative). At that time, the NPS will evaluate the impacts of the proposed alternative. During this process, if it is safe to do so, the park hopes to hold in-person meetings with the community.

The NPS and USGS encourage civic engagement throughout the process. Public input early in the process is important. The park is currently in the preliminary planning phase of this project, and invites all interested members of the community to voice your ideas, comments, or concerns regarding this effort.

Team Hickam Salutes With Statewide Flyover

The Hawai‘i Air National Guard and 15th Wing Active Duty Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will perform a flyover throughout the Hawaiian Islands on Thursday, May 14, 2020, beginning at approximately 11:20 a.m. The flyovers will aim to fly above most of Hawaii’s large hospitals and major metropolitan areas in a salute to all frontline workers battling COVID-19, as well as those staying at home to “flatten the curve of transmission” of the virus.

The flyover will feature all locally based U.S. Air Force planes, including a C-17 Globemaster III, a KC-135 Stratotanker and a flight of F-22 Raptors, which will complete routine training sorties as they visit each neighboring island. These aircraft were already scheduled for these training flights, so the flyover is at no additional cost to the taxpayer. The flight path was coordinated with Hawai‘i State officials as well as members of the Federal Aviation Administration. The altitude of the flyover will vary between 2,500 and 3,000 feet above ground level.

“This event will recognize the hard work that everyone in Hawai‘i has already accomplished to keep Hawai‘i’s COVID cases among the lowest in the United States, while also acknowledging the need for continued vigilance, and our obligation to those in our community who will require continued assistance,” said Brig. Gen. Dann S. Carlson, 154th Wing Commander. “These flyovers are meant to provide hope and reaffirm confidence in our state and nation while emphasizing the Air Force’s enduring commitment and support to the people of the State of Hawai’i.”

Onlooking residents should watch from the safety of their homes while adhering to social distancing guidelines and should refrain from traveling to see the flyover. The frontline workers, at the hospitals listed below, are also encouraged to witness the flyover outside their facilities, but citizens should also follow Governor David Ige’s order to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

Inspired by the Air Force’s Operation American Resolve Salutes campaign, the flyover is intended to provide a salute to all the healthcare professionals, frontline responders, and essential personnel working to keep everyone safe and healthy during these unique times.

The F-22s are operated by the Hawai‘i Air National Guard and Active Duty partners in the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons. The fifth-generation fighter incorporates stealth technology, radical maneuvering capabilities, the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners and unprecedented pilot situational awareness, making it the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world.

The C-17 is known to be the Air Force’s most flexible cargo aircraft and is locally operated by a total-force team from the 535th and 204th Airlift Squadrons. It has the ability to perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions in support of global humanitarian/disaster relief, while delivering medical supplies and personnel, and can transport stretchers and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations. Hickam’s C-17s have been utilized frequently over the past several weeks to deliver medical supplies to and from the continental U.S. and to transport Hawai‘i National Guard Joint Task Force personnel and equipment to our islands.

The KC-135 provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft, and is operated by the Hawai‘i Air National Guard’s 203rd Air Refueling Squadron.

Once the planes fly over Kahuku on the island of O‘ahu, the routes will diverge with a C-17 proceeding to Kaua‘i and a KC-135 diverging east towards Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Hawai‘i island and Maui. The F-22s will peel off to the north to continue with regularly scheduled training.

KC-135 Stratotanker

We welcome and encourage viewers to tag us on social media in photos and videos of the formation with the hashtags: #TeamHickamSalutes, #AirForceSalutesHI, #FlyoverHawaii, #InThisTogether, #respondHINGwithAloha

Flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather and maintenance.

A KC-135 Stratotanker will be flying over Big Island medical centers beginning around 12:20 p.m.