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State lawmakers are taking a hard look this session at some of the long-standing issues contributing to the spread of the coronavirus in Hawaiʻi’s jails and prisons. According to the latest data from the state Public Safety Department, nearly half of Hawaiʻi inmates have contracted COVID-19 while behind bars.

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Restaurants and bars dominate the group of businesses that have closed in Hawaii since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It's a list compiled by Pacific Business News.

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HONOLULU — A Honolulu hospital plans to update its policies after being struck by coronavirus clusters in two areas of the facility.

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Updated 1/15/21, 12:19 p.m.

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi is keeping Oahu in the second tier of its reopening plan, and hopes to safely move the city to Tier 3. This is despite the island averaging 130 new cases (not including inmates), and a positivity rate of 3.9% between January 7 and 13. 

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Worsening economic conditions have state officials warning about an increase in homelessness across the state. This year, O'ahu's Point in Time count of homeless individuals will not include those who are unsheltered, or on the street.  More than one hundred volunteers who trek annually from tent to tent, will not be doing that this year.

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Two mass COVID-19 vaccination centers will soon open on Oahu.

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Education will prohibit events involving gatherings of more than 20 people for the remainder of the school year.

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Updated 11/14/21, 12:45 p.m.

The Honolulu Police Department is defending its purchase of a semi-autonomous robot dog named SPOT using federal CARES Act funds.

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Updated 1/13/21, 11:58 a.m.

Any reports of mass vaccination centers being set up in Hawaii are not yet definite says House Speaker Scott Saiki.

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The doctor shortage on the Big Island has grown nearly 40 percent since 2007. That’s according to research on Hawaiʻi Island’s health workforce over the years.  Big Island doctors say the high cost of living, heavy tax burden, and low reimbursements have created a bad situation that’s likely to only get worse amid a global pandemic.

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HONOLULU — A Hawaii development organization will seek $10 million in funding to hire a private company and do other work necessary for the redevelopment of Aloha Stadium, a move that sidesteps what could have been a costly halt to the project.

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Updated 1/12/21, 12 p.m.

Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth is still recovering at Hilo Medical Center from a heart attack he suffered over the weekend. County officials say a second evaluation is underway as doctors continue to monitor his condition.

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The nurses at Kapiolani Medical Center have authorized a strike after about four months of negotiation with the hospital. 

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The Hawaii man arrested in connection with last week's armed riot at the U.S. Capitol made his first appearance in federal court today and was released on bail.

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HONOLULU — The mayor of Hawaii island underwent a procedure to implant a stent after suffering chest pain Saturday evening.

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HONOLULU — Nurses in Hawaii have voted to authorize a strike over concerns that management practices have endangered staff and patients at an Oahu hospital.

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The Yukio Okutsu State Veteran’s Home on the Big Island is officially under new management. This comes just months after a COVID-19 outbreak at the Hilo nursing home claimed the lives of 27 residents and infected more than 100 residents and staff.

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One of the men identified as taking part in Wednesday’s armed riot at the U.S. Capitol has been arrested in Hawaii.

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WFH means "work from home," but a public-private group hopes people will see it as a "work from Hawaii." It's all part of a drive to boost technology work in the islands.

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Updated 1/8/21, 1:00 p.m.

Oʻahu will remain in the second phase of its reopening plan -- despite Thursday's 212 new reported cases for the island. 

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HONOLULU — Federal safety investigators said Thursday that the pilot of a skydiving plane that crashed in 2019, killing all 11 people on board, had not received training to become a competent pilot.

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The holiday surge of COVID-19 cases the state was bracing for has started. Hospitals are expected to be heavily affected in the coming weeks.

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Long-term Care Facilities have started to vaccinate residents who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

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LIHUE — The Marriott Beach Club on Kauai laid off more than 450 employees across departments within the hotel, which is undergoing a change in ownership.

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Updated 1/7/21, 12 p.m.

Governor David Ige condemned the actions of protestors who stormed the U.S. Capitol in D.C. Monday morning, protesting the congressional confirmation of the presidential election’s result.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii officials said Tuesday they plan to have people make online reservations to receive the coronavirus vaccine in order to avoid crowding and long lines at distribution centers.

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Gambling on Hawaiian Home Lands, greater burial protections, and OHA election reform are just some of the top Native Hawaiian issues up for debate among state lawmakers this year. Whether these proposals advance or even get a hearing depends on each chambers’ Hawaiian Affairs committee. But what if this committee lacks native Hawaiian legislators? 


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Updated 1/6/21, 3:30 p.m.

Governor David Ige condemned the actions of protestors who stormed the U.S. Capitol in D.C. Monday morning, protesting the congressional confirmation of the presidential election’s result.

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HONOLULU — The island of Kauai plans to reopen to tourists after a halt forced by the coronavirus, but the economic recovery in the vital tourism industry could be slow.

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HONOLULU — A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed a case against a victim of a former Honolulu prosecutor recently sentenced for obstructing justice and bank fraud.

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