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Best of Oahu Newsletter, Issue #013 - COVID Restrictions End
April 18, 2022
Best of Oahu Newsletter
COVID Restrictions Has EndsIf you weren't aware, Hawaii has lifted all its COVID restrictions as of late last month.
Individual business are still allowed to set their own masking policies as needed.
Hawaii was the last state to lift its travel rules and restrictions on businesses.
Review Hawaii Safe Travel Program for more info: https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/
New Plan for City RailThe city rail project has been in the works for many years now, and far over budget as many of these large projects go.
A new plan for the city’s troubled rail project would stop construction two stations short near the Circuit Court at South and Halekauwila streets in Kakaako, yet would still receive the federal government’s final share of $1.55 billion in funding.
A future plan to finish the original construction to the Ala Moana Mall will go into budget review and city hall discussions.
Oahu April & May EventsOahu Events have started returning as visitors have this summer.
Farmers Markets were the first to return as they were deemed essential, but now some other social events are returning including Bishop Museum After Hours, Art After Dark at the Modern Museum of Art, Wildest Show at the Honolulu Zoo, Yoga in the Park, Holiday events and others.
Hawaii Population DecreasesIf you thought everyone packed up and moved to Hawaii during COVID, think again... the U.S. Census data shows a decrease in population in Hawaii residence.
Oahu’s population declined by 12,337 residents from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
Spearfishing in Hanauma Bay?!A local chef removes a misleading spearfishing video from TikTok showing Oahu chef Kale Shanks spearing a large uhu at a site alleged to be in Hanauma Bay, where fishing is banned.
It was taken down today at the request of Friends of Hanauma Bay after receiving more than 20,000 views. Shanks said it was just a hoax, and meant to be a joke to gain more viewership.
Hanauma Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District and is illegal to fish of any kind in the area... hanauma-bay-oahu.html
Pali LookoutWe have added a new Pali Lookout page to Best of Oahu. This Popular scenic lookout will knock your hat off...not just from the amazing views of the Windward side, but from the strong winds that rise up over a 1000 feet along the Ko'olau cliffside.
Discover the history that took place here and views that will keep you in awe... pali-lookout.html
Short Term Rental Now 90 DaysIn a majority 8 to 1 vote, the Honolulu City Council, voted in favor of extending the short term rental period from 30 day to 90 days.
The hotel industry and lobbyist are in strong support of the new proposal.
Short-term rentals would still be OK in resort districts and nearby locations in Waikiki, near Ko Olina, and Turtle Bay. The measure also seeks to increase enforcement on illegal operators.
It’s not clear whether Mayor Rick Blangiardi will sign the bill, but his administration did introduce the original version of the bill.
Oahu Popular Shows are BackAs COVID restrictions lifting last month with the indoor capacity of 50% going to full capacity.
Booking for new Oahu Shows as taken off for Blue Note Waikiki, Slack Key Lounge, Kana Ka Pila Grille, Waikiki Shell, Blaisdell Center, and many hotel live music and entertainment venues. oahu-shows.html
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