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  • 14 Jul 2020 3:29 PM | Natalie Christensen (Administrator)

    "HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Management at Waikiki’s famed Halekulani Hotel informed employees on Monday that the property was closing until July 2021 for a series of renovations it says it can no longer wait to complete.

    In a video message, the hotel’s chief executive officer thanked employees for their courage and perseverance during the ongoing pandemic — but said the uncertainty brought on by coronavirus necessitated the decision to begin the improvements.

    “With circumstances changing almost daily, including with the prevalence of the virus, governmental guidelines and decrees, personal protective equipment, social distancing, and new cleaning and hygiene protocols, we’ve also had to calculate how soon domestic and international tourism might rebound, and how quickly business in Hawaii ― and Waikiki specifically ― might recover,” said Peter Shaindlin.

    “To that end, and in consultation with some of the most experienced industry professionals and experts in epidemiology, virology and public health, we are developing new and enhanced protocols and standards,” he continued.

    The improvements are scheduled to begin as soon as the company obtains the necessary city permits and will take as long as 11 months to complete.

    The property is set to reopen in July of next year, Shaindlin said."


  • 6 Jul 2020 3:24 PM | Natalie Christensen (Administrator)

    >>Update via Chamber of Commerce subscribed email chain<<

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a new EZ Paycheck Protection Program form for eligible PPP borrowers to use to apply for forgiveness. The SBA also made borrower-friendly revisions to the full forgiveness application. These changes are intended to make the application process easier on borrowers and to increase efficiency for lenders and borrowers alike. The new EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation than the revised full forgiveness application. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
    • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
    • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%
    Click here to access the form.

  • 1 Jul 2020 3:27 PM | Natalie Christensen (Administrator)

    "The City and County of Honolulu expanded eligibility for its Oahu Small Business Relief & Recovery Fund, which provides up to $10,000 reimbursements for business expenses.

    Terms include:

    • ONE-TIME reimbursement for expenses up to $10,000 to each qualified business that have less than $2,000,000 in gross annual revenue and 50 or fewer employees (once awarded a grant, a business cannot reapply).
    • Examples of Eligible Expenses:
      • Rent
      • Utilities
      • Payroll
      • Physical Distancing Measures
    • The fund can also reimburse expenses incurred to implement physical distancing and other safety precautions to comply with business opening and operating guidelines."

    Click here to learn more and apply.


  • 29 Jun 2020 7:55 AM | Natalie Christensen (Administrator)

    COVID-19 Gathering Requirements and Procedures at Kualoa Ranch

    - A numbered guest list including all names, phone numbers, and email addresses (for contact tracing) will be required at the 2-week mark with the checklist. The guest list must include staffing as well as they will be included in the current 100-person max outdoor gathering restriction (include vendors physically present on event day).

    - Maintaining proper social distancing during the event will be required between pods of 10 people (6 feet).

    - Masks must be used during the event until guests are seated at their dining tables.

    - Kualoa Ranch will sanitize the table and chairs and facilities between each event.

    - All self-serve buffets and self-serve drink stations are prohibited.

    - The coordinator will be required to go over these policies at check-in and sign off with a Kualoa team member.



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    Weddings Sales Manager

  • 24 Jun 2020 7:47 AM | Natalie Christensen (Administrator)

    "Gov. David Ige announced today all travelers arriving in Hawai‘i from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, and to show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The pre-travel testing program begins Aug. 1.

    Out-of-state travelers arriving in Hawai‘i must get a PCR test prior to arrival from any testing location approved by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health. Evidence of a negative test result must be provided upon arrival in Hawai‘i. Without this, passengers arriving from out-of-state will be subject to the 14-day quarantine. No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport.

    The Health Department is still in the process of developing this program but anticipates requiring an FDA-approved PCR test from a CLIA certified laboratory. Travelers will be required to provide printed or emailed pre-test certification as evidence of a negative test result. Travelers will be responsible for the cost of the pre-travel test.

    Temperature checks will continue at airports across the state. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees or who is experiencing other symptoms will be required to undergo a secondary screening at the airport with trained healthcare staff.

    In addition, travelers will be required to fill out the State Travel and Health form."

    Read More... Original Article

  • 10 Jun 2020 7:42 AM | Natalie Christensen (Administrator)

    "As some communities in the United States begin to plan and hold events and gatherings, the CDC offers the following considerations for enhancing protection of individuals and communities and preventing spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."

    Read More on the CDC Guiding Principles

  • 18 May 2020 7:35 AM | Natalie Christensen (Administrator)

    "On May 18th, 2020 - Gov. David Ige signed the 8th supplemental emergency proclamation, extending the 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in the State of Hawai‘i, as well as for inter-island travelers through June 30.

    In addition, Gov. Ige unveiled the re-opening and recovery plan for the State of Hawai‘i — a strategy that conveys the coordinated, statewide approach to jumpstarting the economy and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

    According to the plan – the state will start to gradually re-open medium-risk businesses and operations beginning in June – assuming the state’s COVID-19 activity remains manageable. The re-opening of high-risk businesses and operations will eventually follow, as long as Hawai‘i’s disease activity continues to remain manageable.

    A 14-day observation period between re-openings will allow the state time to assess conditions/disease activity before moving to the next level. As a safeguard, the state can consider the option of moving back – closing businesses and re-implementing restrictions if disease activity significantly increases.

    The re-opening and recovery strategy (Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawai‘i) includes four phases:

    Phase 1: Stabilization focuses on healing Hawai‘i by saving lives and flattening the curve in our community. (Hawai‘i has transitioned through this phase by re-opening low-risk businesses in the last few weeks).

    Phase 2: Re-opening celebrates Hawai‘i’s Kama‘aina Economy, where the state starts to re-open medium-risk businesses and activities, and later – re-opening high-risk businesses and activities.

    Phase 3: Long-term recovery – where the state renews and rebuilds Hawai‘i’s economy through planning and policy discussions, incorporating transitional workforce modernization opportunities, supporting economic diversification initiatives, targeting the development of emerging industries, and advancing long-term resiliency planning. At this level, the state will focus on re-opening highest risk businesses and activities, while remaining cautious and adjusting Safe Practices as needed. This phase is expected to take much longer, since this phase covers the reshaping of Hawai‘i’s economy.

    Phase 4: Resilience is the intended outcome for Hawai‘i. Together, we will emerge stronger and more resilient as a result of learning from and overcoming this unprecedented challenge."

    Read More.... the Original Article

    Governor's Slide Deck: https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Gov_Reopening-Presentation-Slide-Deck_18-May-2020.pdf



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