Governor Ige issues 16th COVID-19 emergency proclamation, tightening restrictions for trans-pacific travelers heading to Hawai‘i

Gov. David Ige signed a 16th COVID-19 emergency proclamation requiring all transpacific travelers to have a negative test result from a trusted travel partner before their departure for the State of Hawai‘i, in order to bypass the 14-day quarantine. The new policy takes effect tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 24.

“We are implementing this added layer of safety in response to the dramatically increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the continental United States and around the world. The health of our residents and visitors is our primary concern, especially as more people travel to our state during the holidays,” said Gov. Ige.

Travelers heading to Hawai‘i must upload their negative test result to the Safe Travels system prior to departure or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of their negative test result with them when boarding their flight. The State of Hawai‘i highly recommends that all transpacific travelers departing for Hawai‘i carry a hard copy of their negative test result as a backup.

The policy change means that test results will not be accepted once a traveler arrives in Hawai‘i. Travelers who did not have a negative test result prior to departing for Hawai‘i, must self-quarantine for 14 days, without exception.

Post-arrival testing and results will also not be accepted once a traveler has arrived in the State of Hawai‘i.

This policy change applies to domestic transpacific flights and flights from international locations in which pre-travel testing programs are in place. It does not apply to inter-county travelers.

The 16th emergency proclamation is posted at

Public invited to learn more at virtual community meetings, Dec. 2 and 3

Hawaiian Electric’s proposal to launch shared solar or Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) programs and projects on Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi featuring solar photovoltaic (PV) paired with battery energy storage systems (BESS) will be the topic at separate community meetings.

In consideration of the pandemic safety precautions, both meetings will be held virtually, Dec. 2 and 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m., on

Callers can dial 1-844-992-4726 (Toll-Free) and enter the appropriate meeting number below:

Wednesday, Dec. 2, Molokaʻi program WebEx meeting number: 146 449 2132 Password: 2qqQjCYmr52

Thursday, Dec. 3, Lānaʻi program, WebEx meeting number: 146 539 5042 Password: EvvdtFJG548

The live format will include a presentation by company officials followed by audience questions. The public also can tune in via Facebook Live ( and Akakū Maui Community Media Channel 54.

Questions may be sent in advance to or for the respective projects.

Shared solar allows utility customers who cannot or do not want to put solar panels on the rooftop of their home or business to benefit from renewable energy savings through a subscription to a generation facility on their island in exchange for credit offsets on their electricity bill. Eligible participants include homeowners or businesses not currently enrolled in any other Hawaiian Electric solar program such as Net Energy Metering.

On Molokaʻi, Hawaiian Electric’s proposed self-build project – that is, a project developed, constructed and owned by the utility – will be sized up to 2.5 megawatts (MW) of solar PV paired with a 4-hour BESS. The project would be located on approximately seven acres at Hawaiian Electric’s Palaʻau Power Plant in Kaunakakai.

Hawaiian Electric’s proposed self-build project for Lānaʻi will be sized up to 17.5 MW on approximately 73 acres near Hawaiian Electric’s Miki Basin Power Plant. The project will supply enough energy annually to meet the electricity needs of the entire island. Up to 3 MW of the facility’s capacity will be available to subscribers.

“Community feedback is essential to helping us create programs that provide the most benefits to our customers,” said Jack Shriver, Hawaiian Electric’s self-build team lead. “We believe shared solar has the potential to stimulate the local economy, reduce fossil fuel use, and help us accelerate achievement of Hawaiʻi’s clean energy goals.

Holding these meetings will provide us with keener insight into community concerns and issues, as well as the type of subscription models, fees and savings that will be attractive to our customers if our projects are selected.”

If selected through the RFP process, the Lānaʻi project will still need approval from the Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Shared solar projects under 2.5 MW on all islands except Oʻahu will not need PUC review.

For more information about shared solar, visit

Mayor Michael Victorino released the following statement today on a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Hāna.

“The County of Maui has been notified that a test result has returned positive for a resident of Hāna. The person is asymptomatic and in self-isolation and has no recent travel history.

The Department of Health is investigating and conducting contact tracing.

“The person was among approximately 100 people who were tested for COVID-19 in Hāna on Wednesday as part of the County’s free testing programs for residents and visitors. The County provided this free testing event as a means to protect our Hāna community and

preemptively address positive cases that may have gone undetected otherwise.

“I want to reassure our residents of Hāna that the County of Maui is working closely with State Department of Health officials who are calling close contacts this individual might have had. We are hopeful that this has been caught early and can be contained quickly.

“I urge Hāna residents to stay home as much as possible and practice aloha by taking all measures to limit the spread of the virus in our community. These include wearing face masks, practicing physical distancing and avoiding gatherings.”

State Sen. J. Kalani English is working with State Rep. Lynn DeCoite to host a community meeting at 6:30 tonight via Zoom.

Click on the following link to register:

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