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                                Gov. David Ige unveiled the Hawaii SMART Health Card program Wednesday. The voluntary program, set to start Friday, allows people who received their COVID-19 vaccinations in Hawaii to create a digital confirmation of their vaccination status to show to businesses that require it.
Kokua Line: Do I have to upload my CDC card again for Hawaii’s SMART Health Card?

Question: On Wednesday, Gov. Ige announced the Hawaii SMART Health Card. Those of us who have been vaccinated in Hawaii can upload our vaccination cards to and use that instead of our physical cards. That site is the same as the one for Hawaii Safe Travels. I already uploaded my card and used that to reenter the state after traveling out of state in August. Do I have to do it again? Read more

                                Sears was the original anchor tenant at the Ewa end of the mall. The Ala Moana Building with the La Ronde revolving restaurant is visible in the background.
Rearview: The backstory on Ala Moana Center

Last month Randall Hew sent me an essay written by Donald Graham in 2008 about building Ala Moana Center. He was the point person in its creation. It’s fascinating and has given me some insight in building what they call “Hawaii’s Center.” Read more

                                A homeless man sits along Hotel Street in Honolulu’s Chinatown.
Kokua Line: Can a homeless person without an ID get vaccinated against COVID-19?

Question: I’m currently operating a homeless church in the Kakaako area with limited service due to the spread of COVID-19. We have about 25 to 30 homeless people attending our service per week and have found that less than half of them are vaccinated. The main reason is that they have no ID proof and they have been refused for having no valid ID. Homeless people lost their ID mostly due to being mugged or robbed. Is there any program or agency they can go to and get vaccinated? Read more

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