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Funding for seven public pre-K classes were cut to help cover the state’s approximately $2.3 billion budget shortfall due to COVID-19.

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Updated: 7/28/2020, 2:50 p.m.


Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is seeking approval from Gov. David Ige to shut down bars for three weeks. He's also asking to restore restrictions on how many can gather together and to tighten face covering rules so that they must be worn at all times when out in public, except when there is a health issue.



International students at American universities are facing the twin challenge of pandemic-induced travel restrictions and an administration in Washington determined to reduce immigration.

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The U.S. Coast Guard declared “Condition Zulu” and closed port facilities across the state over the weekend.

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The owner of a hydroponic greenhouse operation in Hawaii has announced changes to the farm operation in Lanai, including a new leader and severance from resort operations.

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Updated: 7/27/2020, 12:17 p.m.


The Hawaii Department of Health reported 28 new COVID-19 cases today, all on Oahu. The daily count is far fewer than have been reported in recent record-setting days but also comes after a weekend when Hurricane Douglas stopped regular activity.


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HILO, Hawaii — Bar exam applicants can receive a temporary license to practice law in the state as an alternative to the written test during the coronavirus pandemic, the Hawaii Supreme Court announced this week.


Updated: 7/26/2020, 8:20 p.m.

Hurricane Douglas is moving past Oahu to the north and closer to Kauai County tonight but still with the potential to deliver strong winds and flooding. Oahu and Kauai County remain under a hurricane warning while the hurricane warning for Maui County has been canceled.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Thousands of protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, into the early hours Saturday, shooting fireworks at the building as plumes of tear gas dispensed by U.S. agents, lingered above.


HOUSTON — Hurricane Hanna rumbled toward the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, lashing the shoreline with wind gusts and rain and threatening to bring storm surge and possible tornadoes to a part of the country trying to cope with a spike in coronavirus cases.

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Investigators with the Hawaii attorney general's office arrested a 20-year-old woman after seeing videos of her dancing in a store and dining out when she was supposed to be obeying a traveler quarantine the state mandated to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.


Updated: 7/25/2020, 8:11 p.m.

Hurricane Douglas is still approaching the islands with the potential to deliver destructive winds, floods, landslides and life-threatening surf and currents through this weekend into Monday. Oahu remains under a hurricane warning, meaning hurricane conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. The other counties, including Kauai, are now under tropical storm warnings.

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Nonprofits are struggling in Hawaii’s economic crisis.


As Hurricane Douglas approaches the state with 90 mph sustained winds, it's time to dust off the household emergency plan, stock up on supplies and work out how to reach family and friends if the power goes out.

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Officials on the Big Island are reviewing an idea that would allow tourists to roam freely on resorts while their movements are tracked to ensure they stay inside the boundaries of the facilities.


Updated: 7/25/20 at 5:15 a.m.

Hurricane Douglas is projected to produce strong winds, heavy rain and high surf for portions of the state starting tomorrow, prompting officials to urge residents statewide to prepare a plan and stock up on emergency supplies.

Reflecting on Hawaii's Mandatory 14-day Quarantine

Jul 23, 2020
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Hawaii Public Radio’s summer intern and Syracuse University student Amy Nakamura found herself sheltered for two weeks earlier this summer due to the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. Here she shares her experiences -- not least of all the day she was set free.


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About 60% of Hawaii parents said in a survey, their employer would not offer flexible hours to meet their children’s school and child care schedule.


Updated: 7/23/2020, 5:35 p.m.


Hawaii has seen its highest daily case count yet today with 55 cases, the state Department of Health reports. The death toll also rose by one to 26. Fifty of the new cases are on Oahu, 3 are on Hawaii Island and 2 are on Maui.


Megan Kau

Honolulu voters get to choose a new prosecutor this year, and HPR will be profiling the major candidates running for the office ahead of the August 8th primary. Today, we talk with former deputy prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer Megan Kau.

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Supporters of the Honua Ola Bioenergy company held a rally Monday in an attempt to ward off an order that could permanently stop construction of the firm's long-delayed power plant on Hawaii Island.


Updated: 7/22/20 at 5:55 p.m.

Face masks are now required while working out in Oahu gyms, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said today.

Gov. David Ige approved the mayor's request to amend the city’s Restore Honolulu order setting out COVID-19 restrictions.

The order takes effect immediately. Caldwell says to avoid any exercise that is too strenuous such that it will cause taking off the mask.

The city said that the gyms will be responsible for enforcing the revised order.

Hurricane Douglas churns closer to Big Island

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The Hawaii teachers union called for the public school reopening date to be postponed until critical questions about safety procedures are answered by the state Department of Education and state Department of Health.

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The University of Hawaii plans to redevelop a former YMCA property on Oahu to include a sizable dormitory space.

Among those who received citations the most for violating the stay-at-home order in the spring were the homeless. As a surge in COVID-19 cases threatens another lockdown, advocates fear that the homeless may be impacted again.

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Updated: 7/21/20 at 12:55 p.m.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association, which represents public school teachers, is calling for the postponement of the planned Aug. 4 reopening of classes.

At a press conference today, HSTA President Corey Rosenlee asked when the state Department of Health will provide written guidance on the school reopening.

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Doctors traveling to Hawaiʻi to in state hospitals on the Big Island will now be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to begin work.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The mayor of Hawaii County has said the state will not be ready to reopen to tourists Sept. 1 or accept university students from outside the state by Aug. 24.