Passengers Flying Into Hawaii Continues to Drop

The number of passengers flying into Hawaii continues to drop.

Yesterday, 1,207 people arrived in Hawaii on the third day of the state’s 14-day mandatory self-quarantine for all incoming passengers. Of that number, 151 people were visitors, and most of the passengers were either returning residents or crew members.

In comparison, during this same time last year, more than 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air on March 28th. 

Passenger Arrivals By Air Tank On First Day of Quarantine

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, 1,589 passengers arrived in Hawaii on the first day of the state’s 14-day mandatory self-quarantine for all incoming passengers.

Of that number, 268 people were visitors, and most of them were either crew members or returning residents.

In comparison, last year at the end of March, more than 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

This table details the number of people who arrived by air on March 26th:

* HNL (Honolulu, Oahu), OGG (Kahului, Maui), KOA (Kona, Hawaii Island), LIH (Lihue, Kauai)

Hawaii Passenger Arrivals By Air Tanks

The number of people – both residents and visitors – arriving in Hawaii daily by air has significantly dropped over the past week.

Last week Tuesday, March 17th, Governor David Ige strongly encouraged our visitors to postpone their vacations for at least the next 30 days to help with the State’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Ige followed up with an order for a 14-day mandatory quarantine for all incoming passengers to Hawaii and a stay at home order.

The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism publishes a daily passenger count during the weekdays: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/visitor/daily-passenger-counts/

Below you will find the amount of people – both residents and visitors – who arrived by air, broken down by island. This includes passengers from the U.S. mainland and international locations, but not interisland travel. *We have included the drop in percentage compared to the same time a year ago.

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Note: The daily average amount of residents arriving during March 2019 was 4,268. Also, the passenger count does not include flights from Canada.

Mayor Kenoi’s Office Responds to Bayfront Tourism Signage Problem

The other day I posted a commentary from Sonia Martinez about the Bayfront area and when tourist get off the ships.  Sonia received the following reply from the mayor’s office:

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Hi, Sonia,
Mahalo for the op/ed piece on Damon Tucker’s site, and thanks for all of those rides you have been giving to the wandering visitors.

We’re working on it. The county recently received a preliminary notice of award of a $345,743 federal grant from the National Park Service to complete another portion of the ongoing Hilo Bayfront Trails project that should take care of the problem. This section of the trail will link the canoe halau area at bayfront with the Mooheau Bandstand area, with a side loop through the mauka side soccer fields.

This will be a 12-foot wide, divided concrete trail (to allow for bikes as well as pedestrians) with signage and landscaping, and should be mighty hard to miss. The trail will cross the existing Kamehameha Avenue/Pauahi Street intersection, so it should pick up all of the traffic from the ships regardless of whether folks are walking along the shoreline or the highway.

It won’t happen tomorrow, though. We’re using a combination of contractors and volunteer labor to save money, and construction is expected to take 15 months, There have apparently also been some delays in obtaining final grant approval from the federal government. I’ll ask the parks team if it makes sense to post temporary signs at some strategic spots in the meantime.

Thanks again for your interest.

Kevin Dayton
Executive Assistant to Mayor Billy Kenoi

Happy New Years… And Come to Hawaii!

Happy New Years… And Come to Hawaii!

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