Latest David Ige News

Hawaii's governor welcomes travelers as COVID counts drop

Oct. 19, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations have declined to the point where the islands are ready to welcome travelers once again, the governor said Tuesday. Gov. David Ige said vacationers and business travelers are welcome to return to the...

Honolulu Marathon plans underway though future uncertain

Oct. 13, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Organizers are planning for the Honolulu Marathon, even though it’s not clear government officials will allow it to be held in December. While Honolulu is easing pandemic-related restrictions on large events, organizers are frustrated that neither...

Hawaii eases COVID rules for college football, other events

Oct. 08, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu will soon begin allowing a limited number of fans at University of Hawaii football games and other outdoor entertainment events as it begins to ease restrictions protecting the community from COVID-19. Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor...

Demand slows for Maui rental cars after earlier shortage

Oct. 04, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Demand for rental cars on Maui is slowing down after a shortage of vehicles sent prices soaring when more tourists returned amid the pandemic. Parked vehicles have been filling fields near the airport as the number of tourists declined in...

Hawaii's governor extends mask rules, travel regulations

Oct. 01, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Friday he would extend emergency orders requiring masks and regulating travel amid ongoing concerns about high numbers of COVID-19 infections. Ige said his new proclamation would stay in effect for 60 days. The rules mandate...

Kauai to change COVID reopening plan to handle delta variant

Sep. 24, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The island of Kauai is planning to revise its coronavirus restriction structure as the delta variant continues to impact the county. Mayor Derek Kawakami said officials will continue to enforce strict COVID-19 safety measures even as the state...

Experts eye more travel testing to contain COVID in Hawaii

Sep. 21, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials are facing pressure to increase COVID-19 testing for travelers as the islands deal with a record surge of new infections, hospitalization and deaths. The calls come as federal guidelines change to require negative virus tests from both vaccinated and...

Hawaii airport workers given extra time for vaccine mandate

Sep. 20, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Airline workers and Transportation Security Administration staff have been granted a grace period to comply with a Hawaii order that requires people going to state facilities like airports to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. The...

Latest: Alaska's biggest hospital begins rationing treatment

Sep. 14, 2021 23:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s largest hospital has begun rationing care, saying it has been overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Providence Alaska Medical Center said Tuesday it will prioritize resources and treatment to those patients who have the potential to benefit...

Ige: Vaccination rate means no more full-scale shutdowns

Sep. 14, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Citing the high vaccination rate among Hawaii residents, Gov. David Ige said there would not be another shutdown in the state despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. “I can pretty much tell you there won’t be another full-scale shutdown,” Ige...