Important message for Kaiser Permanente workers re: Hurricane Lane

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii – Hurricane Lane Clinic Closures

The following closures and schedule changes will be made in preparation for the approach of Category 4 Hurricane Lane. A matrix version of this information is also provided below.

Interisland Travel

  • All interisland travel for physicians, providers, staff, and members will be CANCELED for Thursday (8/23) and Friday (8/24).

Hawaii Island

  • All Hawaii Island clinics will be CLOSED on Thursday (8/23).
  • A decision about whether to close Hawaii Island clinics on Friday (8/24) will be made Thursday.


  • Kihei and Lahaina Clinics will be CLOSED on Thursday (8/23) and Friday (8/24).
  • Maui Lani Medical Office, Maui Lani Elua Clinic, and Wailuku Medical Office will CLOSE AT NOON on Thursday (8/23).
  • All Maui clinics will be CLOSED on Friday (8/24).
  • A decision about whether to open Maui Lani Medical Office on Saturday will be made on Friday.


  • All Oahu clinics (primary care and specialty) will be OPEN on Thursday (8/23).
  • All clinics (primary care and specialty) will be CLOSED on Friday (8/24).
  • A decision about After-Hours Care at Moanalua Medical Center on Thursday (8/23) and Friday (8/24) will be made Thursday morning.


  • Lihue Clinic will be OPEN on Thursday (8/23).
  • Lihue Clinic will be CLOSED on Friday (8/24).

Please contact your supervisor if you have questions about how these closures and changes impact your work/practice.

Hurricane Lane updates are also being posted on insideKP Hawaii.

PDF version of the above announcement can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Do I pay my employee for the full shift if we decide to close the department during the workday shift?

Yes. Employees are paid for the hours they were scheduled to work on the workday that such closure takes place (i.e., paid as if they had worked the entire day).

The pay code to make up the hours would be ADN.

2. How will employees be paid if the department is closed before the beginning of the work shift?

Employees will be notified of closing by visiting the EOC website at, or by calling the emergency phone line at 808-432-7441. Employees should also tune into local radio and television stations for announcements concerning weather.

Employees scheduled to work on the day of the closing receive pay for half of their regular shift. To make up for the reduction in pay for that workday, employees are offered:

  • Vacation/PTO
  • Make up work during the same week where feasible
  • The employee can also elect not to be paid. Pay code is OPL.

3. If the department is closed for more than one day, how are they paid?

If an hourly employee reports to work as scheduled on subsequent days of closure and no work opportunity is available, the employee is paid in accordance with the reporting pay provisions in the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Non-union, non-exempt employees will be paid for four (4) hours at the regular rate.

If management makes a reasonable attempt to notify employees prior to their scheduled shift that the department is closed, employees receive no payment for reporting to work.

4. Can employees bring their children to work if they do not have child care?

Employees working at locations other than the hospital cannot bring their children to work. Essential employees who are needed to staff the hospital will have access to the Family Shelter provided as part of our disaster plan. Employees who wish to utilize the Family Shelter are required to notify their supervisor so that we can plan accordingly.

PDF version of the above FAQ can be found here.

Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Hospital Family Shelter

  • Malama shelter will be open for shelter and child care at 1700 Thursday for the families of those who are working at the Hospital during the disaster period
  • There will be 24-hour child care available for children whose parents are working at the Hospital during the disaster period
  • Immediate family members can accompany employee (husband/wife and children)
  • During the hurricane, all staff may park in the structure regardless of shift
  • Food/water will be provided for those in the families in the shelter
  • Compensation is being finalized
  • Please bring: change of clothes, toiletries, medications, etc.
  • No pets are allowed (except services animals)

Local 5 on Bobby Bunda

Some may disagree with our support of Bobby Bunda, and that’s ok. But we’re confident Bobby is the best candidate for Council District 2.

Bobby has never shied away from criticism, but he has also been subject to a series of unfair, illegal and anonymous mailers that do not reflect the values of our hard working families in District 2. The sender of these mailers want you to believe they came from Dave Burlew, another candidate in the race, but he sent a statement to the State Campaign Spending Commission saying he had nothing to do with the mailers.

Before you vote, or even if you have already voted, you should know the whole truth behind each candidate. Google search Heidi Tsuneyoshi, Dave Burlew, Choon James and Bobby Bunda and start learning the facts. Also, ask yourself which candidate has enough money to pay for an expensive mass mailing campaign and stands to gain the most from attacking Bobby Bunda?

While we may not agree with Bobby on every issue, he has always shown a willingness to listen.

In 2011, Bobby accepted an appointment to the newly created Public Land Development Corporation (“PLDC”), but he was NOT responsible for its creation. It was the State Legislature that created it, and it was then Governor Neil Abercrombie that signed it into law. Local 5 opposed the PLDC, and we continue to oppose the “fast-tracking” of development on our public lands.

Alongside community leaders from across the State, Local 5 helped to organize the repeal of the PLDC. And we won! After hours of testimony and in hearings all across the State, Bobby Bunda listened. In 2013, we successfully passed a new law repealing the PLDC.

Today, Bobby is standing with us against the proliferation of illegal short-term rentals in our neighborhoods that threaten to take away valuable housing and jobs from locals. And Bobby continues to listen to our concerns over the protection of our island’s precious natural resources including our undeveloped open space and pristine shorelines.

Local 5 members believe our principles of truth, justice and morality should guide us. Let them be your guide too. Don’t let anonymous mailers persuade you.

Union: Marriott Agrees To Subsidize Hotel Workers’ Housing

(Honolulu Civil Beat) – By Anita Hofschneider. Marriott has agreed to contribute to a housing fund to help hotel workers deal with the high cost of housing in Hawaii, according to representatives from Unite Here Local 5 who are in the midst of collective bargaining.

Primary Election Endorsements

The Hawaii Primary Election is on Saturday, August 11. To find your polling place or any other information on the election, click here.

Download our Primary Election Endorsements flyer (PDF).

Local 5 Primary Election Endorsements

2018.06.21 Local 5 Endorsements mailer United State Senate: Mazie Hirono

Governor: David Ige

Lieutenant Governor: Kim Coco Iwamoto      

Honolulu City Council District 2: Robert Bunda 
(Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Sunset Beach, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Kualoa, Waiahole, and Kahaluu.)         

Honolulu City Council District 6: Ikaika Hussey
(Portions of Makiki, Downtown Honolulu, Punchbowl, Pauoa Valley, Nuuanu, Alewa Heights, Papakolea, Fort Shafter, Moanalua, Halawa, Aiea, Kalihi Valley, and portions of Liliha and Kalihi.)

Honolulu City Council District 8: Brandon Elefante
(Lower Aiea, Pearlridge, Waimalu, Newtown, Pearl City, Seaview, Crestview, Waipio Gentry and Waipahu.)

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (At-Large): Anthony “Makana” Paris       

Maui Mayor: Elle Cochran   

Maui County Council (West Maui): Tamara Paltin            

Maui County Council (Molokai): Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Senate District 19: Matthew LoPresti

Senate District 23: Clayton Hee
(N. Shore to Kahaluu)

Senate District 24: Jarrett Keohokalole
(Kane‘ohe, MCBH, Kailua, He‘eia, ‘Ahuimanu)

House District 12: Tiare Lawrence
(Spreckelsville, Pukalani, Makawao to Ulupalakua) 

House District 23: Benton Rodden
(Manoa, Punahou, University, Moiliili)

House District 33: Tracy Arakaki

House District 46: Amy Perruso
(Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, Launani Valley) 

House District 47: Sean Quinlan
(Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kahuku to Kaawa)   

House District 48: Jessica Wooley
(Kaneohe, Kahaluu, Waiahole)

House District 49: Scot Matayoshi
(Kaneohe, Maunawili, Olomana)

House District 51: Chris Lee
(Kailua, Waimanalo)  

Workers at Marriott negotiations: Stop the Squeeze!

On Thursday, June 28, 2018 Local 5 opened negotiations with Marriott. This followed an amazing day of action on June 27th where over 1500 members and supporters hit the streets on Oahu and Maui to tell the world that we want a future in which One Job Should Be Enough!

At the negotiations, Marriott workers from Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and the Sheraton Kauai unloaded. The night was filled with passionate testimony taking the company to task for not staffing correctly, and piling unreasonable workloads and expectations on us. The workers demanded that the company stop the “squeeze” that is bad for us physically and mentally.

Our point was to make sure the company knows that it is not good enough to just give us a wage increase. The workers made the point loud and clear.

We demanded:

  1. A safe and healthy workplace
  2. Strong commitments to our job security in a rapidly changing industry

Local 5 endorses Ikaika Hussey in City Council race against Carol Fukunaga

Local 5 endorses Ikaika Hussey in City Council race
against Carol Fukunaga

(Honolulu, HI) – UNITE HERE Local 5, Hawaii’s Best Union three years in a row and one of the largest private sector unions in the state, is endorsing community advocate and longtime Local 5 ally Ikaika Hussey, who is running against incumbent Carol Fukunaga in the Honolulu City Council District 6 race.

“We are very excited to support Ikaika Hussey, who has been a friend of Local 5 for many years,” says Joli Tokusato, a Local 5 member and Ilikai Hotel worker.

Tokusato also ran for City Council against Carol Fukunaga during the last election in 2014, winning nearly 6,000 votes in the primary election but not quite enough to win the seat. “Running against an incumbent who has held political office since 1978 was a challenge. But as I went door to door talking to voters, I got a sense that people are tired of career politicians. Ikaika has been going door to door since August, talking and listening to the people and sharing his vision for a better Hawai’I,” she said.

Local 5 member Lydia Agustin, who is a housekeeper at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and a Kalihi resident in City Council District 6, expressed strong support for Hussey: “I’m voting for Ikaika Hussey because he is for the community, not for himself. He is for working families. Most of our union contracts expire this year, and we’re calling on big hotel companies like Marriott to make one job enough to live on. Ikaika is joining us in our call that one job should be enough.”

Over 10,000 Local 5 members in the hospitality, healthcare, and food service industries have union contracts expiring this year, starting on June 30. Over 7,600 of them are workers from 20 hotels across Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawai’i Island.

Local 5 represents approximately 11,000 workers throughout Hawaii who work in the hospitality, health care and food service industries and is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international union that represents over 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

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