Casey Harlow

Producer, Digital Content

Casey Harlow was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. He came to Hawaiʻi Public Radio from the University of Oregon's college radio station, KWVA, in 2012. He started out as a board operator, and worked his way up to a full-time position working in practically every department at the station. Because of this, he is known as the station’s Jack-of-all-trades. He eventually moved to the news department in 2016, and is currently the department's Digital Content Producer. From 2015-2019, he hosted a Soul/R&B show on Sunday mornings at the University of Hawaiʻi's college radio station KTUH.

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Updated: 11/23/2020, 8:11 a.m. Starting tomorrow, travelers wanting to skip the mandatory two-week quarantine will need to submit their negative COVID-19 test results to the state before arriving in the islands. The change came at the request of Neighbor Island mayors who are seeing infections rising with the opening of quarantine-free travel under the state's Safe Travels program.

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Updated: 11/19/2020, 12:08 p.m. 

The state Department of Health today reported 107 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths.

Given the state’s recent reporting changes that delay the numbers for two days, the latest daily count represents cases for Tuesday athrough 11:59 p.m.

Based on the latest numbers, Oahu saw 75 new cases, Hawaii County 12, Kauai 4, Maui 9 and Lanai and Molokai 0. 

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The City and County of Honolulu has thousands of COVID-19 test kits for anyone who wants one, but officials have less than two weeks to use them.

Blangiardi Campaign

Honolulu Mayor-Elect Rick Blangiardi has chosen Michael Formby as his managing director to fill the second most powerful position in the administration. Formby, a longtime political insider, will help Blangiardi run the city and address the challenges facing it.

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Updated 11/6/20, 10:13 a.m.

The next Honolulu City Council is now set after voters across Oʻahu filled the last three council seats on Tuesday. But like the new administration, new council members will have to tackle difficult problems once they are sworn in come January. 

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Voters will fill three of the nine Honolulu City Council seats in the November 3rd general election. Two candidates have already won in the primary. All of the new councilmembers will not only help guide the city's recovery from COVID-19, but tackle problems Oʻahu faced even before the pandemic.

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Maui and Kauai haven’t decided whether they will follow the lead of the Big Island and opt out of the state’s pre-travel testing program, leaving the 14-day quarantine in place.

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It's been two weeks since the Caldwell administration announced it was withdrawing from a crucial part of the rail project. Mayor Kirk Caldwell explained his decision at a special Honolulu City Council meeting on Monday.

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As more questions and concerns about the state’s pre-travel testing program have surfaced in recent days, Lt. Gov. Josh Green yesterday defended the program, which is set to start in a couple of weeks. 

Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney

Honolulu election officials should soon be mailing out ballots to Oʻahu voters. One of the races will decide Honolulu's next prosecutor. The two candidates in the running both have experience as prosecutors, but what sets them apart?

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Updated: 9/28/2020, 12:10 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health today reported no new deaths from COVID-19 and 90 new cases, all on Oahu. The latest infection numbers is the second day running of double-digit case counts and the first time in several days that there have been on deaths reported. 

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Most Oahu businesses and activities that were shut down under the city’s stay-at-home order can restart beginning tomorrow but with restrictions. 

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Updated: 9/21/2020, 11:53 a.m.

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The Hawaii Department of Health today reported no new deaths from COVID-19 and 56 cases statewide. It's the second consecutive day of no deaths and double-digit case counts. But two more fatalities at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo were reported yesterday, bringing the death toll at the troubled nursing home to 24. 

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Updated: 9/18/2020,  9:05 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health today reported 13 deaths from COVID-19 and 114 new cases. Twelve of the deaths are from the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo, where 17 people have died of the virus. The state said the delay in accounting for the fatalities was because of pending medical records.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many local businesses and organizations to the financial brink. One of them is the Waikīkī Aquarium – a local institution hanging on by a thread.

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A Honolulu City Council committee got its first look at just how the city is spending $387 million in federal COVID-19 assistance funds. One concern: the millions that have gone to the Honolulu Police Department.

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Honolulu Council Chair Ikaika Anderson's unexpected resignation yesterday follows a tumultuous year of controversies and COVID-19 challenges.


Kailua residents are debating a controversial housing project that has split the community in support and opposition. The Honolulu City Council’s zoning committee met yesterday to hear both sides.

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Federal officials have denied the state’s request to close the H-3 Freeway to hold surge testing for COVID-19. 

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Oʻahu is under a lockdown for the next two weeks because of COVID-19. But discussions have already started on reopening. This time, city officials hope to learn from the mistakes that followed the first reopening.

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Updated: 8/25/2020, 12:25 p.m.

Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced they are reinstating the stay-at-home order for Oahu that had been imposed in March to help stop the spread of COVID-19 cases. The order will take effect Thursday and last for at least two weeks and will not affect the Neighbor Islands.

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New restrictions on social gatherings and businesses on Oʻahu take effect tonight. State and city officials hope it will slow the current surge in COVID-19 cases.

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Many local businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Honolulu, bars and restaurants are among the hardest hit, and that is having a domino effect on local craft breweries.

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Updated: 8/13/2020, 10:33 a.m.

COVID-19 cases are surging among prison inmates and expanding among the homeless, both of whose living conditions make spread of the virus especially difficult to control. According to the state Department of Health today, cases at the Oahu Community Correctional Center now number 92 inmates and 24 adult correctional officers who have tested positive. Nineteen homeless in Oahu shelters and related programs have done so as well. The OCCC numbers helped push the state daily total today to a record 355 cases. Two Oahu men also died, health officials said. That brought Hawaii's coronavirus death count to 40.

Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney

Honolulu voters have narrowed down a crowded city prosecutor's race to two candidates.

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Updated: 8/7/2020, 3:46 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced today that Oahu public schools will go to 100% distance learning for at least four weeks when classes resume on Aug. 17. After an assessment, the state hopes to transition to a blended learning plan of distance learning and in-person classes starting on Sept. 14.

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Updated 8/6/20, 5:30 p.m.

Voter turnout for the 2020 primary is on its way to surpassing participation in both the 2016 and 2018 elections across the state.

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Five of the nine Honolulu City Council seats are up for grabs and the city’s next four years hinges on this election.

Tae Kim

Honolulu voters get to choose a new prosecutor this year. HPR will be profiling the major candidates running for the office. Today, a look at attorney Tae Kim.

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Updated: 8/3/2020, 2:02 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 207 new COVID-19 cases today, but officials said about 114 of the cases are from three previous days. The results were delayed because of lab reporting issues that led to incomplete and inaccurate count of the infections and that impacted contact tracing.