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  • 8 Oct 2021 6:30 PM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    OWA President Joseph Esser says 'We really couldn't have held out much longer.' - Honolulu Reopens Large Events to Vaccinated, Masked Attendees

    https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/10/honolulu-reopens-large-events-to-vaccinated-masked-attendees/

  • 8 Oct 2021 6:00 PM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    OWA Treasurer Tessa Gomes reminds people that this is a first step to reopening larger, and indoor events. Gov. Ige allowing large gatherings is a step forward; raises hope for bigger events

    https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/gov-ige-allowing-large-gatherings-is-a-step-forward-raises-hope-for-bigger-events/

  • 7 Oct 2021 9:00 PM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    OWA Treasurer, Tessa Gomes, is hopeful that the Governor and Mayor will give us a reasonable number to work with: People in entertainment, wedding industry hopeful on Gov. Ige's announcement to loosen restrictions

    https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/people-in-entertainment-wedding-industry-hopeful-on-gov-iges-announcement-to-loosen-restrictions/

  • 7 Oct 2021 5:30 PM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    OWA President Joseph Esser shares his thoughts about Bill 38: Council considers saying 'I do' to wedding and commercial activity ban at Waimanalo beach parks

    https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com//app/2021/10/08/city-council-considers-saying-i-do-wedding-commercial-activity-ban-waimanalo-beaches/

  • 7 Oct 2021 7:00 AM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    OWA President Joseph Esser, and OWA Treasurer Tessa Gomes, co-wrote a Guest Column in the Star Advertiser, urging Mayor Blangiardi to meet with industry leaders immediately.

    https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/10/07/editorial/island-voices/column-wedding-industry-needs-guidance-on-reopening/

  • 6 Oct 2021 10:00 PM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    OWA Treasurer, Tessa Gomes, says she's cautiously optimistic about the upcoming announcements from the Governor and Mayor: Honolulu mayor proposes easing restrictions on large gatherings.

    https://www.kitv.com/story/44911355/mayor-rick-blangiardi-proposes-relaxing-restrictions-on-large-gatherings

  • 4 Oct 2021 2:24 AM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    As COVID cases drop, some wonder when Hawaii's gathering restrictions will be eased. OWA President, Joseph Esser says I don’t think a lot of companies can really hold on for another two weeks. So, we’re really hopeful that this restriction can be lifted sooner than later, and certainly the 19th is way too long from our perspective."

    https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/as-covid-cases-drop-some-wonder-when-hawaiis-gathering-restrictions-will-be-eased/

  • 3 Oct 2021 12:59 AM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    OWA President Joseph Esser says wedding vendors are 'working in the dark': Struggling businesses say state must provide clarity on when COVID rules will be lifted.

    https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2021/10/03/struggling-businesses-wonder-what-metrics-will-loosen-restrictions-ige-extends-covid-rules/

  • 1 Oct 2021 9:00 PM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    One of Governor Ige and Dr. Char's moving goalposts to loosen restrictions is having  the COVID triage tents come down. Guess what - it's happening next week! 

    https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/covid-triage-tents-to-come-down-federal-funded-nurses-leave-next-week/

  • 1 Oct 2021 6:29 PM | Tessa Gomes Fred and Kate Events (Administrator)

    Governor Ige extended his emergency proclamation for another 60 days, restricting social gatherings to 10 indoors, 25 outdoors. NOTE: There is a section about Professional Events (Exhibit F, section C) that professional weddings CAN fall under, if the City and County of Honolulu would allow it . Currently, professional weddings are still grouped together with social gatherings. 

    https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2109152-ATG_Emergency-Proclamation-Related-to-the-States-COVID-19-Delta-Response-distribution-signed.pdf

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