Covid 19 Response
Honolulu’s response to Covid-19 was immediate and proactive. He worked directly with Governor Ige and the county mayors to implement stringent safety protocols, resulting in Hawai‘i having the lowest Covid rates in the country. He repeatedly pushed the Department of Health for more testing and tracing, and his team launched the first rapid response testing site at Honolulu International Airport and surge tested over 60,000 people in just 3 weeks. The City acquired quarantine housing for families, implemented early vaccinations for First Responders and other essential workers, and launched mobile vaccine clinics.