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                                Pictured is the Safe Travels check-in area at the mauka concourse in Terminal 1 of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Kokua Line: Why can’t Safe Travels be more strict on flights?

Question: Why can the state of Hawaii require trans-­Pacific cruise ship passengers to be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 to disembark in Hawaii, but can’t apply the same requirement to trans-­Pacific domestic air passengers? Domestic air passengers have the option to quarantine for five days upon arrival (arriving unvaccinated and untested). Cruise passengers don’t have that option (they must be vaccinated or test negative). Why are the rules different? Read more

                                Honolulu Board of Water Supply on Beretania Street.
Kokua Line: Where’s the incentive to save water?

Question: In his recent “Spotlight Hawaii” interview with the Honolulu Star-­Advertiser, Board of Water Supply Manager Ernest Lau noted that residents may be asked to implement water conservation measures this summer. Read more

                                At-home COVID-19 test kits.
Kokua Line: Must I confirm an at-home test?

Question: A friend had a sore throat and took a rapid test at home. It was positive. She isolated herself and had mild symptoms, so she didn’t believe she needed to go in for a PCR test since she already knew she was infected. Are the state and Department of Health aware there are hundreds of people doing at-home tests and not bothering to report it to anyone? What is the official advice to these people who test positive, so we can have a more accurate idea of the number of COVID-19 infections around us? Read more

                                Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, pictured here in Honolulu Harbor in 2020, was scheduled to resume interisland voyages on Jan. 22, but all its embarkation dates through Feb. 26 have been canceled.
Cruise ships returning to Hawaii after nearly 2 years

Despite a record number of COVID-19 infections in Hawaii last week and a stern warning by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention against cruise ship travel, the state will welcome back its first cruise ship in nearly two years with today’s arrival of the Grand Princess. Read more

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