Special Report

Hawaii's Pandemic: Hardest Hit Communities

About The Series

Hawaii’s COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant racial and ethnic disparities in our community. In this ongoing series, Civil Beat dives into how the state is grappling with disproportionately high rates of coronavirus.
Pacific Islanders Can’t Return Home During COVID-19 — Even To Bury Their Loved Ones Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pacific Islanders Can’t Return Home During COVID-19 — Even To Bury Their Loved Ones

Indigenous burial traditions were already threatened by economic pressures and changing cultures. Then the pandemic struck.

Health Officials Knew COVID-19 Would Hit Pacific Islanders Hard. The State Still Fell Short Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Officials Knew COVID-19 Would Hit Pacific Islanders Hard. The State Still Fell Short

Other states like Oregon have done more to include Pacific Islander community leaders in the pandemic emergency response and provide them with resources.

Hawaii Wanted To Save Insurance Money. People Died Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Wanted To Save Insurance Money. People Died

A new study shows the impacts of a 2015 decision to cut health insurance for some of the state’s poorest and sickest residents.

Ongoing Coverage

Hawaii COVID-19 Data For Race And Ethnicity Is Missing Screen shot of DOH data interactive

Hawaii COVID-19 Data For Race And Ethnicity Is Missing

Leaders across many Pacific Islander communities have been working to prevent COVID-19 infections from increasing.

Kalihi Has The Worst COVID-19 Outbreak In Hawaii. Here’s How The Community Is Responding Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Kalihi Has The Worst COVID-19 Outbreak In Hawaii. Here’s How The Community Is Responding

Nonprofits are pivoting to help residents in a community facing the worst outbreak of COVID-19 of any zip code in the state, along with high rates of unemployment.

Here’s What Honolulu Is Doing To Test Hard-Hit Communities For COVID-19 Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Here’s What Honolulu Is Doing To Test Hard-Hit Communities For COVID-19

City officials say they are trying to get testing sites up and running quickly, and plan to keep improving outreach efforts.

How Hawaii Is Trying To Help COVID-19 Patients Stuck At Home Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Is Trying To Help COVID-19 Patients Stuck At Home

The Department of Health wants to respond to coronavirus patients who need support within hours, not days.

Pacific Islanders Have The Highest COVID-19 Death Rate In Hawaii Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Pacific Islanders Have The Highest COVID-19 Death Rate In Hawaii

Filipinos in Hawaii have the next-highest death rate, composing 24% of deaths but only 16% of the population.

Researchers: State Must Support Pacific Islanders In The Pandemic City & County of Honolulu

Researchers: State Must Support Pacific Islanders In The Pandemic

A new article published by the East-West Center outlines how the state can effectively stem the rapidly growing coronavirus cases in the Pacific Islander community.

Community Leaders: State Is Failing Pacific Islanders In The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Community Leaders: State Is Failing Pacific Islanders In The Pandemic

Pacific Islanders — not including Native Hawaiians — make up 30% of Hawaii’s coronavirus cases but only 4% of the population.

Pacific Islanders, Filipinos Have Highest COVID-19 Rates In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pacific Islanders, Filipinos Have Highest COVID-19 Rates In Hawaii

New data on race shows that Native Hawaiians — previously lumped in with other Pacific Islanders — aren’t currently experiencing higher rates of COVID-19.