Mayor Kim Urges Community to Observe CDC Guidelines Over July 4 Holiday

Mayor Harry Kim is urging the Hawai‘i Island community on Tuesday to keep up the good work of observing CDC guidelines of face masks, social distancing and hand hygiene over the upcoming July 4 holiday, amid an upsurge of COVID-19 cases on the U.S. Mainland.

County and State workers at parks and beaches will be reminding the public to please refrain from customary large gatherings during the Independence Day weekend, to prevent the spread of the virus. This year, the official observance of Independence Day falls on Friday, July 3, with most traditional festivities cancelled due to the pandemic.

“Hawai‘i remains in a very good place with the lowest case count per capita in the nation, thanks to you following these preventive measures,” Mayor Kim said. “Let’s continue to keep Hawai‘i safe by following these measures, and we’ll get through this together as a community.”
Hawai‘i County workers have been posting highly-visible signs in all of its public rest rooms and other facilities which say “Help Keep Hawai‘i Safe.”  The Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation continues to deploy disinfection teams known as “Bug Busters” to sanitize high touch surfaces such as hand rails, traffic buttons and park areas.

“With everyone practicing these preventive measures and encouraging others to do so, too, we’ll get through this together,” Mayor Kim said, wishing everyone a happy and healthy Fourth of July weekend.

Mayor Kim Explains Why Public Swimming Pools Remain Closed During Pandemic

Mayor Harry Kim explained on Monday why public swimming pools must remain closed at this time. The Mayor issued an Emergency Rule that reopened most businesses, operations and activities effective June 15, while public swimming pools remain closed.

Pahoa Community Aquatic Center

“The most important reason we cannot reopen the pools is because of the inability to keep the rest rooms and showers clean,” the Mayor said. “The facilities need constant monitoring and disinfection to keep them clean due to the heavy use of the facilities by swimmers and non-swimmers, but that’s not feasible due to the shortage of personnel to do it.”

The Mayor said while he understands the public’s desire to return everything to normal, his overriding responsibility is to ensure that people are safe from the highly-contagious Coronavirus, under guidelines from the CDC regarding swimming pools, changing rooms and public bathrooms. 

“Until we are assured that we can meet the responsibility to keep the bathrooms and the swimming pools clean, the pools will stay closed to ensure the public safety,” Mayor Kim said.  

He urged the community to keep up their observance of CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus, including social distancing, face coverings and hand washing. 

“The Coronavirus threat remains, and we must continue to follow the preventive measures so we remain the best in the nation with the lowest per capita infections and fatality rate,” the Mayor said. 

Hawai‘i County on Saturday reported its first active case in three weeks, a reminder that the virus is still present.

Dear Mayor Kenoi and Mr. Bishop… Re: Lawsuit Against 9 County Officials

I sent off the following email to Mayor Kenoi and Hawaii County Public Information Officer Hunter Bishop tonight and I’ll be very interested in the response I get:

Dear Mayor Kenoi and Mr. Bishop,

It is my understanding that there has been a lawsuit filed against the Mayor and 8 others regarding a Marijuana related raid at a house in Fern Acres a few years ago.

It is my understanding (and I have seen the paperwork that was allegedly filed) that the lawsuit is for $4.5 million dollars.

Can you please confirm or deny that this lawsuit has been filed in the interest of public knowledge?

Sincerely,

Damon Tucker