Big Island Coronavirus Updates

New DOH Program Expands Free COVID-19 Testing to Neighbor Islands

August 18, 2021, 9:00 AM HST
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The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) is expanding its network of free COVID-19 community testing through a partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii Consortium and independent pharmacies across the state.

Testing will remain established Kona Aquatic Center, Waimea District Park and Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium.

Click here for additional locations throughout the neighbor islands.

“DOH is working to make free testing available all across the state, especially as demand remains high,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char. “This program immediately increases access to free testing for neighbor island residents. We continue to urge Hawaiʻi residents to use all the tools available to them to stop this surge and protect themselves and their families.”

This program augments Hawaii’s network of free community testing. A list of testing options is available at


“We are truly thankful to our community partners,” said Glen Hayashida, President & CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii. “The combination of having a comprehensive range of testing from the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii Consortium and easy access to vaccinations from the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network is a major weapon in our battle against this pandemic as we fight to save lives and keep communities open and accessible.”


Pre-registration at is recommended. Testing sites offer PCR mid-turbinate testing. Results are expected to be provided the same day via email.

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