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Hawaiian Airlines hopes the state will reconsider its Safe Travels Program after new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that fully vaccinated people can travel domestically at low risk to themselves.

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In the first six months of the pandemic, more than 107,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) were found on beaches and waterways around the world, according to a new report from the California-based nonprofit Ocean Conservancy.

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In commercial real estate, landlords and tenants across the state have had to work together to get through the past year. Now they’re renegotiating how to work together in the future.

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The old Hawaiian fishing village of Miloliʻi on Hawaiʻi Island is on its way to achieving herd immunity against COVID-19. This past weekend alone, nearly half of the residents in this remote South Kona community received their coronavirus vaccine.

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The latest scramble to vaccinate people before COVID-19 variants spread; Combatting crime in Waikiki as tourists return; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Tobacco Trust Fund's possible elimination; Manu Minute introduces us to the mōlī, the Laysan albatross

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Daniel Ramirez via CC

Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we'll learn how to get policy passed and catch up with the post pandemic legislative process. This time we’ll talk to the folks at the Public Access Room and see how they continue to support the public to ensure their voices are heard.


It’s been just over a year since the threat of COVID-19 began to change the way Hawaiʻi residents work, learn, and travel. Here's a snapshot of how the pandemic has impacted some of the state’s most remote and rural communities.

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The Maui Community Correctional Center is seeing a significant drop in COVID-19 cases after nearly two months of trying to contain the virus. But there are concerns that staff shortages and the presence of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus may jeopardize the progress made thus far.

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Mobile vaccine clinics roll out in high risk communities; The Long View with political analyst Neal Milner; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Defects on the rail project; Protecting the native i'iwi bird; Manu Minute with Dr. Patrick Hart; Local students help storm water runoff project


HONOLULU — More tourists travelled to Hawai‘i on Saturday than the state has seen in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

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HONOLULU  — Hawaii public schools will bring more students back to campus in the coming weeks under COVID-19 prevention guidelines agreed to by administrators, union leaders and health officials.

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Despite federal aid and grant programs, the number of local businesses that have missed rent continues to climb, according to the Third Hawaii Commercial Rent Survey from Island Business Management.

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The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Ann Perreira-Eustaquio answers questions about the backlog of unfulfilled unemployment claims; Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton discusses potential Hawaiian Airlines' layoffs; the head of Local Five talks efforts to vaccinate hotel employees; and U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff Fitch dishes on recent postal scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for people who live in the most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state's economy open more quickly.

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HONOLULU - The coronavirus pandemic is claiming a 170-year-old Hawaii institution: Love's Bakery. Hawaii's oldest and largest commercial bakery told state and federal agencies this week that it will close its doors at the end of March and lay off more than 230 employees.

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President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson's newly approved shot.

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GENEVA - A senior World Health Organization official said Monday it was "premature" and "unrealistic" to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could at least help dramatically reduce hospitalizations and death.

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HONOLULU - Hawaii's public schools should resume in-person classes as soon as possible because children can attend class safely, said Dr. Sarah Kemble, the state's acting state epidemiologist.

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The Hawaiʻi Nature Center located right on the outskirts of urban Honolulu has been connecting kids to nature for nearly 40 years. But now under the pandemic, the center has become an outdoor classroom for keiki wanting more than what virtual learning has to offer. 

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COVID-19 cases behind bars; Big Island doctor reflects as physician-assisted-dying bill advances in Hawai'i Senate; Reality Check: State budget shortfall smaller than expected; Alzheimer's virtual conference tomorrow; Punahou grad on the latest Mars mission

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is in a political firestorm over how and when to get more schools open amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Republicans seizing on confusion surrounding Biden's goal to reopen a majority of schools within his first 100 days to paint the president as beholden to teachers' unions at the expense of American families.

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The Hawaii National Guard updates us on its troops who tested positive for COVID-19 after deployment to Washington, D.C. last month, the University of Hawaii Cancer Center stresses the importance of screenings and treament during the pandemic, Hawaii Nature Center celebrates its 40th anniversary, and Hawaii Opera Theatre shares how its new production of Bastien and Basatienne is adapting to current times.


WAILUKU — The Hawaii Department of Health said suicide rates decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with previous years.

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Mike Bowen's warehouse outside Fort Worth, Texas, was piled high with cases of medical-grade N95 face masks. His company, Prestige Ameritech, can churn out 1 million masks every four days, but he doesn't have orders for nearly that many. So he recently got approval from the government to export them.

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Hawaii’s Pacific Islander communities have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is not clear if they are actually receiving the vaccine.

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The nation's top public health agency said Friday that in-person schooling can resume safely with masks, social distancing and other strategies, but vaccination of teachers, while important, is not a prerequisite for reopening.

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"The winner of the argument is the one who ends it first!" says Dr. Bart Pillen, along with more memorable advice regarding how to manage conflict especially during COVID when people are more likely to be home with their loved ones. He will be the featured guest on The Body Show sharing his many years of practice and what he's learned are the best ways to creatively address all different types of relationships as our ways of interacting have changed in the past year, and will probably be different in the future as well. 

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Evidence is mounting that having COVID-19 may not protect against getting infected again with some of the new variants. People also can get second infections with earlier versions of the coronavirus if they mounted a weak defense the first time, new research suggests.

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Kansas City Chiefs superfan Ty Rowton hugged strangers in the streets of Miami last year after watching his team win the Super Bowl and then joined hundreds of thousands of fans back home at a victory parade, thinking little of a mysterious virus that his buddies were beginning to talk about.

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While progress continues with vaccines around the world, travel plans remain on hold for many. A major international business gathering planned for May in Southeast Asia is the latest to be postponed.