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Updated: 5/1/2020, 12:42 p.m.

Where Hawaii stands

Health officials reported one new case of the coronavirus today, continuing a trend of single-digit increases in recent days that is spurring efforts to reopen the state. Hawaii's case count is at 619. Deaths stand at 16.

Oahu's count is now at 400, Maui County stands at 116, Hawaii County at 73, and Kauai at 21. 

Newlyweds arrested in quarantine violation case

Catherine Cruz / HPR

Updated: 4/28/2020, 6:46 p.m.

Health officials reported two new cases of the coronavirus today, continuing a trend of single-digit increases in recent days that is spurring efforts to reopen the state. Hawaii's case count is at 609. Deaths stand at 16.

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Two other drive-through COVID-19 screening events are scheduled this weekend -- tomorrow at the Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex and Sunday in the Kakaʻako Waterfront Park parking lot. Those tested must have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Casey Harlow / HPR

State Department of Public Safety administrators outlined the department's budget priorities to lawmakers Tuesday at the state Capitol, including a request for $8.4 million over two years for staff on Mauna Kea.

Department of Public Safety

A new state law requiring Hawaii prison officials to report each time an inmate dies in custody has revealed the case of a prisoner whose death resulting from an alleged assault was not publicly announced.

Department of Public Safety - Sheriff Division

Prosecutors in Hawaii have declined to bring charges against a sheriff's deputy and a correctional center guard in separate fatal shootings.


The Hawaii deputy sheriff who shot and killed a man at the state Capitol is being investigated in the killing.


  KAHULUI — Hawaii's corrections department has begun recruiting guards from other islands to counter a staffing deficit at a Maui jail, officials said.

Casey Harlow

State Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda was confirmed by the Hawaiʻi Senate Wednesday after critical remarks by several of his opponents.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Hawaii lawmakers tried Tuesday to get more information about the recent Maui prison riot and two fatal shootings involving the state Department of Public Safety.

MCCC Inmates Identified In Riot Transferred to Hālawa

Mar 14, 2019

State corrections officials transported 21 pre-trial detainees to Hālawa Correctional Facility today who were identified as participants in Monday's riot at a Maui jail.


Internal and criminal investigations are underway following an disturbance at the Maui Community Correctional Center yesterday that left several staff members with minor injuries.

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The state’s plan to tackle overcrowding at Hawaiʻi’s largest correctional facility is receiving pushback. A proposal to replace the aging O‘ahu Community Correctional Center by building a new jail has been on the table since last fall. With the deadline for public comments on the proposal just days away, one group is petitioning the state to seek alternatives to new construction. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

OCCC Relocation: $525M

Nov 8, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The state reached a major decision-point in its plan to replace the outdated O’ahu Community Correctional Center. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

State Senate Committee Focuses on Work Furlough Inmates

May 19, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

A Senate committee looked into the state’s work furlough program for prison inmates today.   The focus was on the increasing number of inmates who walk away from the program.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.