Monday, May 27, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
OHA: Hawaiians Should Get Vaccinated
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 2192 Views :: OHA, COVID-19


News Release from OHA, August 18, 2021

As the statewide surge in COVID-19 cases continues, the Native Hawaiian community continues to see infection numbers rise (see chart below.) During most of this pandemic, the infection rate in the Native Hawaiian community was below the curve. That has changed with the more aggressive Delta variant. However, this does not mean we cannot change that trajectory. We have effectively slowed the spread in our communities before and we can break the chain of transmission again.

It is Our Kuleana 

We have the tools to fight this together and if we take some steps immediately we can protect our ʻohana and re-stabilize our healthcare systems that are exceeding capacity. 

The surge is not limited to the Native Hawaiian community, but we can act to protect our vulnerable ʻohana and friends. 

What has worked before?

  • Physical Distancing
  • Wearing a Mask in all Public Spaces
  • Avoiding Gatherings
  • No Non-Essential Travel
  • Washing Hands Frequently
  • Limiting Trips to the Store
  • Aloha Kekahi i Kekahi and Take Care of Each Other

These are the tools we used to combat the first waves of COVID-19 very effectively. Remember that the Delta variant is transmitted much more rapidly and that requires us to respond swiftly.

What is working now? 

Everything listed above AND Vaccines

90-95% of individuals experiencing severe symptoms and requiring hospitalization in recent weeks are not vaccinated. This means that the vaccines ARE effective in preventing severe illness. 

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccinations, please talk to your physician for reliable information about getting vaccinated or visit

What's Next? 

We must take action to protect vulnerable ʻohana and not overwhelm healthcare facilities so they can effectively treat all patients and save lives, whether the treatment is for COVID-19 or any other ailment or emergency. It is our collective kuleana to help stabilize our healthcare systems. 

Please develop a plan using the tools that we know have worked to protect your ʻohana thus far and remain vigilant in executing that plan. We all have difficult decisions to make, but if we stay vigilant, work together, and recognize our collective kuleana to our families and our communities, we will lead the way in turning the table on this surge.  

Parents: if you have school-aged keiki, please strongly consider vaccination for all adults in your household and extended ʻohana that are in contact with or help care for your keiki. This will help protect everyone in your family from potential serious illness and loss of work/income.

Fearless and unwavering ALOHA for one another will enable us to get through these very uncertain times.

E mālama pono i ke ola kino a mauli ola kaiāulu.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii