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Mayor's COVID-19 Newsletter #3 - 5/22/20
Mayor Caldwell provides re-opening requirements for Oʻahu restaurants FULL STORY

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that starting Friday, June 5, dine-in services at restaurants in the City and County of Honolulu will be allowed. Bars and nightclubs remain closed at this time and no self-service buffets or drink stations will be allowed. The reopening of restaurants guidelines also include a pilot sidewalk/outdoor dining opportunity at certain restaurants that abut City properties, including certain sidewalks.

Mayor Caldwell provides guidelines for resuming in-person spiritual services

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that in-person spiritual services may be conducted starting on May 23 provided all persons present at the service maintain six feet of physical distance, except for members of the same household. Organizers are also encouraged to limit the number of persons attending their in-person spiritual services to ensure this physical distancing requirement is met and that appropriate COVID-19 mitigation plans and procedures are implemented.

City Partners with University of Hawaiʻi to Expand COVID-19 Testing Capacity on Oʻahu
Mayor Kirk Caldwell and University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner announced an agreement to expand COVID-19 testing capacity over the next several months as Honolulu’s economy re-opens. The partnership will provide close to 100,000 tests for Oʻahu residents through the end of the year, including diagnostic tests and antibody tests.

City to support COVID-19 testing on Oʻahu this weekend

The City and County of Honolulu is pleased to announce it is supporting more drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex and Kakaʻako Waterfront Park this weekend. Testing at Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex will be on Saturday, May 23, and at Kakaʻako Waterfront Park on Sunday, May 24, both by Premier Medical Group Hawaiʻi. Testing for both locations will be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bulky item appointment-based collection going island-wide
The city’s Department of Environmental Services (ENV) will be expanding the bulky item appointment-based collection system island-wide starting July 1, 2020, for all individual residents and multi-unit residential buildings. Residents may schedule their bulky item appointments starting June 1 for the month of July at Those who do not have online access may call ENV during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 768-3200, option “0”.

O‘ahu driver licensing and state ID services restart by appointment only
The City and County of Honolulu announced today that it has reopened its online appointment system for driver license and state identification card services. All in-office transactions will be served on an appointment-only basis. Masks or face coverings are required during in-office visits. Appointments can be made at The system will allow appointments only for those licenses expiring in June.

Neighborhood board meetings to reconvene starting June 1
HONOLULU – The Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) would like to inform the public that, under the instruction of Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the “Hoʻoulu i Honolulu” or “Restore Honolulu” Order, neighborhood boards will be able to reconvene public meetings starting on Monday, June 1.

Mayor Caldwell statement after the passing of Willie K

Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a statement after learning about the passing of Hawaiian music legend, Willie K. “We have all known and loved the musical genius that is Willie K,” said Mayor Caldwell. “What he revealed in his last years was the sheer courage and stamina that it takes to perform while seriously ill. Last year, Honolulu hosted the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and we asked Willie to perform for an audience that included mayors from around the world. They loved him, and I think they also came to understand the talent and magic of artists from Hawaii through Willie’s performance. He was obviously tired, but powered on for a hana hou. Honolulu is mourning the loss of a great man, a son of Hawaii, but we are also feeling privileged to have known his grace.” William Awihilima Kahaialiʻi passed away Monday night, May 18, after a two-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Kahaialiʻi, and his four children.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Mayor’s Memorial Day Poster Contest
Hundreds of students from across the state entered posters into this year’s contest, and we congratulate this years’s outstanding student artists. Additional congratulations to Kaua‘i, whose students swept the high school division, capturing the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place honors!

COVID-19 Household Hardship Relief Fund Program
The City and County of Honolulu’s COVID-19 Household Hardship Relief Fund (HHRF) program launched this week, in partnership with Aloha United Way and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA).
To apply, please visit this website.

Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund program launches
The City and County of Honolulu’s Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund program launched this week, in partnership with four credit unions — Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, Hawai‘i State Federal Credit Union, Hawai‘i USA Federal Credit Union, Honolulu Federal Credit Union. The program provides up to $10,000 in reimbursements to O‘ahu’s small businesses with less than $1,000,000 in gross annual revenue and thirty or fewer employees. To apply, visit

Food assistance program for the newly unemployed
The City’s food assistance program will continue at Aloha Stadium every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. until the end of May. A partnership between the City and County of Honolulu, the Hawai‘i Foodbank, the Bank of Hawaii Foundation, and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to provide food assistance to recently unemployed individuals will continue their services.
Additional information will be posted on the Hawaiʻi Foodbank’s website.




• General COVID-19 Information: One Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Department of Health
• City Help Line: 808-768-CITY(2489) or
City Press Releases
• State-related Questions:
• State-related Suggestions:
• Landlord/Tenant Issues: (808) 586-2634 or
State DCCA Consumer Protection
• Unemployment: (808) 586-8970 or (833) 901-2275 or
State Unemployment Office
• Deliveries for kūpuna:
Our Kūpuna or Help Is On The Way
• Meal ordering/delivery for kūpuna:
ʻĀina Hauʻoli or Lanakila Meals on Wheels
Mayor’s Proclamations
Governor’s Proclamations
• Premier Medical Group (COVID-19 Testing): (808) 304-8816 or (808) 367-6020
• Kalihi Kai Urgent Care (COVID-19 Testing): (808) 841-2273

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