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Friday Update | 09.03.2021

Join the Office of Economic Revitalization, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, and our guests for an educational webinar about Safe Access and creating a COVID-safe economy on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, from noon to 1 p.m.


This session will help businesses understand:

  • The Safe Access Oʻahu program

  • Community health impacts

  • Types of businesses included in the program

  • Best practices

  • Resources

Presenters include:

  • Amy Asselbaye, Executive Director of the Office of Economic Revitalization

  • Bonnie Pang, President and CEO of the Hawaii Employers Council

  • Sherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

  • Jeff Harris, Director at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek

The webinar will be live streamed at, with a short, moderated question and answer period to follow. No Facebook account is needed to watch. The webinar will be recorded and available later as a community resource.

Safe Access Oʻahu will begin on September 13, 2021. The goal is to allow certain businesses the ability to operate more safely and instill confidence in the general public. The community can learn more about Safe Access Oʻahu at
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“Soon we’re going to be in a situation where we’re going to ration health care,” said Dr. Jonathan Dworkin, an infectious diseases specialist in Hawaii. Read more.

Hawaii health officials link COVID cluster to food service industry

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The state Department of Health’s report for August shows a number of cases linked to the food service industry. 

According to DOH, in one cluster, a food supplier who was infected dropped off a delivery at a restaurant and infected restaurant workers of which five tested positive, two were vaccinated. Read more.

Amid hospital crisis, governor pledges strict enforcement of COVID rules over holiday weekend

As Hawaii faces an increasingly dire hospital crisis, the governor and Hawaii’s four mayors on Friday pleaded with residents to avoid gatherings and wear masks over the Labor Day weekend ― and warned they could face citations of $250 for ignoring COVID mandates.

“The current spike in COVID-19 has put tremendous stress on our hospitals,” Gov. David Ige said, at a news conference, adding that further measures will be needed if COVID case counts don’t drop. “We stand united in pledging state and county resources to enforcing our emergency measures.” Read on

Okinawan Festival goes virtual for second consecutive year

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The public can still take part by ordering from local Okinawan-owned restaurants. Many of which are offering special dishes. Pre-order bentos were also offered, however, ordering has since closed. 

There will also be a virtual show on the Hawai’i United Okinawa Association’s YouTube and Facebook pages this Saturday and Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hawaiiverse is trying to make it easy to shop local ... and get a great deal along the way

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - With cool promo videos and a user-friendly website, a new local company is helping other businesses hurt by the pandemic’s hit on the economy.

Jared Kushi and Taylor Martin run Hawaiiverse.

“Through these tough times, we were like, ‘Hey, we should be leveraging this audience that we have to do something good for the community,’” Kushi said.

That audience started as a Facebook group with about 26,000 members and it’s continued to grow. Read more.


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