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Hawaii Supreme Court ends inmate release program

A controversial inmate release program to relieve state prison overcrowding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has in effect come to an end, the Hawaii Supreme Court decided Friday.

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As Hawaii reopens, business owners and leaders are yearning for a single voice they can turn to for guidelines.

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Updated: 6/5/2020, 7:53 p.m.

Where we stand

Hawaii recorded nine new coronavirus cases today, but three were older cases after discrepancies in lab reporting were corrected. Still, the net six cases are the largest number the state has reported in recent weeks. The last time the state had six new cases was on April 22. The state says they won't know the cause until the cases are fully investigated.

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As businesses reopen on Hawaiʻi Island, unemployed hotel workers are waiting for their chance to get back to work. Several hotels are already taking reservations beginning July 1, and that has some in the industry cautiously optimistic.

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Many businesses are re-opening in the state and across the country, and they are all adjusting to change. That includes the auto industry in the Asia Pacific.

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LAS VEGAS — The casino coronavirus closure has ended. Cards are being dealt, dice are rolling and slot machines flashed and jingled for the first customers who started gambling again early Thursday in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada.

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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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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 talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org

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From restaurants to beauty salons, this week brings a loosening of some restrictions here in Hawaii and elsewhere. In parts of the Asia Pacific, that includes going back to school – on different timetables.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission plans to conduct an emergency investigation into the financial condition of an ocean shipping company seeking $25 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to remain in business.

Hawaii Updates: New Case; DOE Wants Fall Opening Of Elementary Schools; City Seeks Economic Recovery

Jun 3, 2020
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Updated: 6/3/2020, 12:10 p.m.

Where we stand

Hawaii recorded one new coronavirus case today. After adjusting for test results, however, the statewide total remains the same from yesterday.

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Governor David Ige says he’s “having discussions” about international air travel to Hawaii — including what he calls “safe travel corridors.” Those are also called “travel bubbles” which has become a buzz phrase for a growing number of locations in the Asia Pacific.

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Updated: 6/2/2020, 11:58 a.m.

Where we stand

Hawaii recorded one new coronavirus cases today, this one on Oahu, for another day of single or zero cases that have spurred reopenings across the state.

The state health department now reports the number of recorded cases at 653; deaths remain at 17. The case count for Oahu is at 422, Maui County at 120, Hawaii Island at 81 and Kauai at 20. There are 10 cases diagnosed out of state. Some 609 people have been released from isolation.

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Hawaii is far from the only place in the world that’s debating what to do about tourism. There’s another oceanfront destination that’s making some small moves this week, and still considering possibilities over the longer term.

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Updated: 6/1/2020, 5:18 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is lifting the 14-day mandatory quarantine for interisland travelers beginning on June 16. The move was widely anticipated and heavily advocated by Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who wanted it lifted earlier because of the low number of new COVID-19 cases in the islands.

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Economists say the state’s economic situation will remain dire without tourism, but residents are fed up with overcrowding by visitors. Experts say now is the time to reorient Hawaii’s visitor industry to a more sustainable path.

Locals Take Back Tourist-Free Waikiki During Pandemic

May 31, 2020
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HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in Hawaii, Amber Lethem's family avoided Waikiki, the world-famous tourist mecca.

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LOS ANGELES  — The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have sent shudders through the health community and elevated fears that the huge crowds will lead to a new surge in cases of the coronavirus.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks.

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WAILUKU — The Maui County Liquor Control Department has issued a written notice of warning to Maui Brewing Company after an investigation revealed the company violated state law by advertising free hand sanitizer with the sale of liquor.

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Updated: 5/30/2020, 12:02 p.m.

Where we stand

Hawaii recorded three new coronavirus cases again today, the third day running of three cases after a spell of zero or single new cases. 

The state health department now reports the number of recorded cases at 651; deaths remain at 17. The case count for Oahu is at 421, Maui County at 119, Hawaii Island at 81 and Kauai at 20. There are 10 cases diagnosed out of state. Some 606 people have been released from isolation.

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Every business has a story to tell about coping with the COVID economy. This week, Pacific Business News takes a closer look at four family-owned Hawaii businesses for their tales. 

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Communities around the state and the country are slowly re-opening after an extended shutdown. That includes one part of the Asia Pacific that has been under one of the longest lockdowns in the world.

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Updated: 5/29/2020, 12:18 p.m.

Where we stand

Hawaii recorded three new coronavirus cases again today, the second day running of that many cases after a spell of zero or single new cases. 

The state health department now reports the number of recorded cases at 649; deaths remain at 17. The case count for Oahu is at 419, Maui County at 118, Hawaii Island at 82 and Kauai at 20. There are 10 cases diagnosed out of state. Some 605 people have been released from isolation.

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The gradual process of re-opening is continuing across the state and in differing degrees around the world. Some countries are starting to look at possible ways to allow certain visitors, with careful controls — and that includes China.

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The Honolulu Liquor Commission and other agencies are investigating two businesses connected to Oahu holiday parties that allegedly violated emergency health regulations stemming from the coronavirus outbreak.

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Updated: 5/28/2020, 12:25 p.m.

Where we stand

Hawaii recorded three new coronavirus cases today, continuing the trend in recent days of zero or few additional cases and spurring moves to reopen the economy.

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Last updated: 5/27/2020

Information -- it's inoculation against the anxiety that can take hold as COVID-19 spreads, jobs are lost and lives are frayed. Hawai‘i Public Radio is compiling resources and information to help the community deal with the hurdles ahead as we navigate life during a pandemic.

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Find out how using artificial intelligence can help gauge our economic recovery. On this edition of Bytemarks Café, learn how A.I. sensors can gather data on social distancing, and whether people are wearing a mask in high-trafficked retail outlets.

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Hawai’i has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country with nearly a quarter of a million island residents out of work. As state leaders consider solutions to this crisis, there’s one approach that would create jobs, address some local issues, and reach back to a bit of history that worked in the past.

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