In continued support of Hawaii’s renewable energy goals, Hawaiian Electric is proposing shared solar programs and projects on the islands of Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. As part of the process, Hawaiian Electric’s self-build team will be hosting two community meetings to gain valuable insight of both community’s thoughts and concerns. Virtual meetings will be held on Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 5:30 – 7 p.m., on, Facebook Live ( and Akakū Maui Community Media Channel 54. Read more>>>
COVID Travel Resources
Essential Workers Travel Exemption. Those identified as essential workers by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) or their employers should seek written authorization prior to travel to break self-quarantine to perform their work. Learn more>>>
Hawaii's Pre-Testing Program allows travelers to proceed without quarantine. Tests must be conducted by state approved partners. Learn more>>>
Mandatory Safe Travels App. All interisland and mainland travel into and between the Hawaiian Islands must complete mandatory forms using this app. It is encouraged to do so 24 hours prior to flight departure. Learn more>>>
Deadline is Monday, November 23 - Hawaii Business Pivot Grant $10,000

The Hawaii Business Pivot Grant is helping small businesses recoup costs associating with pivoting their business due to the pandemic. Eligible companies can receive up to $10,000 for expenses like social media marketing, website development, and other operational costs. The grant application closes on November 23, 2020.

Please visit for more details and to apply.
Governor Ige Signs 15th COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation. On November 16th, Governor Ige signed the 15th emergency proclamation which extends the emergency relief period through December 31, 2020. Within this emergency proclamation is also a statewide mask mandate that was established to create uniformity across the state and counties. Learn more>>>

Here are the Exceptions to the Statewide Mandate.

Free COVID-19 Surge Testing. Testing is being offered now through November 30 on all islands. Learn more>>>

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is releasing weekly COVID-19 cluster reports (scroll to the bottom of the page) every Thursday to illustrate COVID-19 trends across the state. Learn more>>>

COVID-19 Data Dashboard. The State of Hawaii maintains a comprehensive website designed to inform residents and businesses on current data, rules and resources regarding Hawaii's fight againt COVID-19. Learn more>>>
Expanded COVID Dashboard. HI-EMA has released an updated dashboard providing access to daily COVID-19 case counts, seven-day case averages, positivity rates, and the number of deaths caused by COVID-19. It also features a county-by-county summary of hospital resources, economic trends, and tourism. Learn more>>>
Honolulu Tier 2 Refersher. Reminder on what is and is not allowed in Tier 2. Learn more>>>

Back on the Wave. New program for businesses. Take the COVID-19 health and safety assessment and let your customers know that you’re helping Oahu get back on the wave. You’ll earn free personal protective equipment and free signage. Learn more>>>

Ho'oulu Maui Nui Website. MEDB has created an online resource directory to help Maui County’s small businesses find special services and products during COVID-19. Learn more>>>
The County of Hawaii Small Business Relief & Recovery Fund will provide county businesses a one-time reimbursement of up to $10,000 for costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more>>>

Hawaii County Rent/Mortgage and Utilities Assistance Programs offer funding under the CARES Act that helps Hawaii Island residents pay their rent and utilities - apply today. Learn more>>>
Hawaii utilities urge customers to stay vigilant against scammers during Utility Scam Awareness Week

Hawaii utilities are asking customers to remain vigilant as scam calls and phishing increase as we head into the holidays. The warning comes at the start of Utility Scam Awareness Week, a national event created to spotlight ripoffs aimed at utility customers. Read more>>>
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