National Guard to Assist at Five Hawai‘i Airports

Maui Now

Hawaiʻi National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will be supporting the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation with the medical screening of incoming and departing passengers as well as airline crew at five Hawaiʻi airports.

Support at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and Hilo International Airport starts on Monday, April 6, 2020. Support for Kahului Airport on Maui, Līhue Airport on Kauaʻi and the Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole will start soon.

The Guardsmen will be located at the passenger arrival gates and TSA security checkpoints to assist HDOT staff with medical screening that has been put in place during the COVID-19 crisis. Arriving passengers from domestic and international destinations, as well as departing interisland passengers will have their temperature taken to determine if an additional medical screening is necessary. The Guardsmen will not be armed while conducting this support mission.

On Friday, April 3, the State’s Incident Commander for the COVID-19 response, and Adjutant General of the Hawaiʻi National Guard, Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara, partially activated the Hawaiʻi National Guard Joint Task Force and four units of the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard and then named Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi Jr. as its Commander. By Monday, 342 Guardsmen will be activated to assist the county and state with civil support missions.

At the time, Gen. Hara said there would be an estimated 54 to 57 members to assist with the initial roll-out in each county, primarily for assistance with the distribution of medical supplies and support.

Maui Now

Are you serious? Maui arrivals are down to 62 on Sat, Apr 4. Why is the National Guard assisting at the Kahului airport for 62 arrivals?

Kauai had 42 arrivals on Sat, Apr 4. Why do we need the National Guard at ANY Hawaii airport when arrivals are down 98.8% State-wide?

See recent arrival information here:

One thought on “National Guard to Assist at Five Hawai‘i Airports

  1. Yep total BS. and you got to ask, So, who does medical screenings on the National Guard when they arrive at the airports to conduct medical screenings?

    I see videos everywhere, where cops and military and politicians are all in close proximity, no mask or gloves and somehow they must be immune?

    Too fkn funny, I guess a uniform and gun or a 10,000$ suit and title makes you immune…

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