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 Producer of Digital Content. 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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Where we stand

The state Department of Health today reported 36 new COVID-19 cases following 23 new cases yesterday and a record 41 cases on Monday. The 34 cases are on Oahu, 1 on Kauai and 1 on Hawaii Island.

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Honolulu voters get to choose a new prosecutor this year. HPR will be profiling the candidates running for the office ahead of the Aug. 8 primary election.

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Reef ecosystems in different regions will not react the same way to pressures from fishing. That’s according to a study led by a University of Hawaii at Manoa researcher.

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Honolulu voters will be choosing a new prosecutor this year, after the current one stepped down in the wake of the Kealoha corruption scandal. HPR will be profiling the candidates running for the office up until the August 8 primaries.

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Honolulu voters will be choosing a new prosecutor this year after the current one stepped down in the wake of the Kealoha corruption scandal. HPR will be profiling the candidates running for the office until the August 8 primaries.

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Updated: 6/30/2020, 2:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Health Department announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 today. Fifteen cases are on Oahu, one case on Kauai, one Maui county, and one case is pending determination of location.

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Updated: 6/26/2020, 7:38 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reports that Hawaii recorded its 18th death from COVID-19 today. An elderly Honolulu man died from the virus, the first coronavirus death in the islands since May 3. The state also reported 17 new cases today, the second daily jump as the state plans for a partial lifting of the visitor quarantine on Aug. 1.

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Updated: 6/25/2020, 2:12 p.m.

Where we stand

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Updated 6/24/20, at 12:40 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 16 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. Thirteen of those cases were from Oahu. One case is reported on the Big Island. Two cases were residents who were diagnosed outside of the state. 

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Most of Honolulu's budget bills for the next fiscal year passed into law without Mayor Kirk Caldwell's signature Wednesday. 

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Updated 06/16/20, 12:48 p.m.

Starting today, residents of Hawaii will be able to travel between islands without a mandatory 14-day quarantine. But when it comes to longer-distance travel, the timeline is much less certain.

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Updated 6/22/20, 11 a.m.

International students studying in Hawaiʻi are having a rough time with the coronavirus shutting down travel, and the lack of job opportunities to help them pay their expenses. But financial aid programs available to American students, may not be open to those from other countries.

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As unemployment and the demand for food remain high in the islands, there are some who are falling through the cracks when it comes to getting help. Even before the crisis, college students from abroad were having a tough time making ends meet. Now, some are hanging on by a thread.

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The Honolulu Police Department is reviewing its policies in light of the nationwide call for police reforms.

Police Chief Susan Ballard said yesterday that an HPD committee began re-evaluating the department’s use of force policies in the last week. She says it has been five years since there was a complete review of that policy.

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The daily stream of COVID-19 news is unending. In its rigid grip, we can easily miss the Hawaii stories of struggle and quiet heroism that are playing out in our backyard. Here is a compilation of voices we've heard. And we look forward to hearing yours. Call our talkback line at 808-792-8217 or e-mail us at

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Updated: 6/4/2020,12:50 p.m.

Where we stand

Hawaii recorded two new coronavirus cases today. The state health department reports the number of recorded cases now stands at 655; deaths remain at 17.

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Updated 4/23/20, 11:00 a.m.

While many locations are looking to ease their COVID-19 restrictions – others are still on lockdown, including Hawaiʻi. This presents potentially dangerous challenges for those sailing the oceans in private boats. 

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Pōhaku, a 13-year-old female, passed away last Wednesday at the Marine Mammal Center's Ke Kai Ola facility on Hawaiʻi Island. She had been battling a parasitic disease known as toxoplasmosis.

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Shipping operations are continuing uninterrupted to the state. Yet empty shelves are an increasingly common sight in local grocery stores. Toilet paper, cleaning supplies and chicken are just some of the items you may not find at your neighborhood store. So why is that?

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Updated 3/17/20, 5:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has cancelled a severe thunderstorm watch for Maui County. Kauaʻi and Oʻahu were under the same watch earlier today. 

City & County of Honolulu

Starting Monday, Honolulu licensing centers and satellite city halls will no longer accept walk-in appointments for license and identification renewals.

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A Honolulu City Council committee kicks off a review of Mayor Kirk Caldwell's multi-billion dollar budget plan on Thursday as the threat of the coronavirus pandemic looms. Caldwell is proposing a $2.98 billion operating budget and $1.27 billion capital improvements budget for fiscal year 2021.

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Honolulu's acting city prosecutor is seeking to fill the office for another four years.

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Honolulu is the latest city in the country to file a lawsuit against oil companies for the effects of climate change. It joined more than a dozen U.S. cities, states and counties that have taken similar legal action against the fossil fuel industry.

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More than $40 million is earmarked in Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's budget plan to revitalize the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

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A judge on Wednesday denied bail for Kauaʻi Council Member Arthur Brun, who will remain in federal custody for now on drug charges. He could be released at a later date. 

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Honolulu officials set up six tents at the Old Stadium Park Monday as part of its mobile homeless outreach program. Nearby residents are optimistic it will address homelessness, but they also have concerns. 

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The arrest on Thursday of Kauaʻi Council Member Arthur Brun has surprised and disappointed residents across the small island, while charges that he led a major drug ring selling methamphetamine has shaken the image of the tranquil, laid-back community.

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Updated: 2/28/20, 4:55 p.m.

Kauaʻi County Council member Arthur Brun pleaded not guilty Friday to 10 felony charges -- two with a maximum punishment of life in prison -- after he was arrested with 11 others by Kauaʻi police and federal agents as part of an islandwide drug sweep.

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Honolulu's first responders are asking state lawmakers to pass a package of gun control bills that they say could prevent incidents like January's Diamond Head shooting that left two police officers dead.