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Updated: 5/15/2020; 8:11 p.m.

City to open beaches with restrictions on gatherings 

Starting tomorrow, beaches and sand bars within the city will be open for activities beyond exercising, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today. The easing of restrictions followed approval by Gov. David Ige.

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With about 1 in 3 Hawaii workers now unemployed, many have also lost their health insurance. Some options for getting replacement coverage come with a deadline.

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Hawaii received another $50 million of federal funding to expand contact tracing and COVID-19 testing. The state Department of Health hopes that about half will be spent on improvements on the state laboratory.

Some Hawaii Hotels Concerned About Quarantine Enforcement

May 14, 2020
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Some Hawaii hotels say they need more guidance about how to enforce a 14-day quarantine on travelers, including what to do if guests refuse to comply or how to participate if they still use physical keys instead of cards.

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Updated: 5/14/2020, 5 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said today he’s inclined to extend his “safer-at-home” order through the end of June to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. — They carry high-powered rifles and wear tactical gear, but their Hawaiian shirts and lei are what stand out in the crowds that have formed at state capital buildings to protest COVID-19 lockdown orders. The signature look for the “boogaloo” anti-government movement is designed to get attention.

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The transition from incarceration back into society has always been a challenge for Hawaiʻiʻs criminal justice system. Over the course of two months, the COVID-19 threat has moved hundreds of inmates back into the community – oftentimes with little to no support in navigating life outside jail or prison. 

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Researchers have located the sunken USS Nevada near Hawaii, helping to close the final chapter of a historic battleship that served in both world wars and survived two nuclear explosion tests.

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Hawaii is receiving $50 million in federal funding to ramp up contact tracing, Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz announced today. Schatz, alluding to local bickering over the need for more contact tracing staff, urged state leaders to move quickly.

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Updated: 5/13/2020, 1:50 p.m.

Where Hawaii stands

Hawaii recorded three new coronavirus cases today. The state health department reported that the count is now at 638 and the deaths stand at 17. Oahu cases are at 414, Maui County at 117, Hawaii Island at 75 and Kauai County at 21. There are 11 cases diagnosed out of state.

City budget with $133M shortfall covered advances

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

Where Hawaii stands

Hawaii recorded one new coronavirus cases today. The state health department reported that the count is now at 635 and the deaths stand at 17. Oahu cases are at 411, Maui County at 117, Hawaii Island at 75 and Kauai County at 21. There are 11 cases diagnosed out of state.

Legislators detail how they propose to make up $1B budget shortfall

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Hospitals across the state have noticed sharp decreases in the number of patients visiting their emergency rooms since the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Hawaii National Guard Major General Kenneth Hara said he is concerned about the possibility of civil unrest if a plan is not finalized to move toward easing Hawaii’s ongoing lockdown.

 

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Updated: 5/11/2020, 1:10 p.m.

Where Hawaii stands

Hawaii recorded two new coronavirus cases today. The state health department reported that the count is now at 634 and the deaths stand at 17. Oahu cases are at 410, Maui County at 117, Hawaii Island at 75 and Kauai County at 21. There are 11 cases diagnosed out of state.

Visitors arrivals up almost 250 yesterday

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The U.S. military is using inexpensive, simple procedures to check troops in South Korea for COVID-19 symptoms. Similar tools could help schools and hospitals at home.

 

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LIHUE, Hawaii — Environmental groups in Hawaii have joined a campaign to bring attention to discarded personal protective equipment that is adding to plastic pollution on shorelines worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic, advocates said.

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Update: 5/10/2020, 12:26 p.m.

Where Hawaii stands

Hawaii reported one new coronavirus case today. The state health department reported that the count is now at 632 and the deaths stand at 17. Oahu cases are at 408, Maui County at 117, Hawaii Island at 75 and Kauai County at 21. There are 11 cases diagnosed out of state.

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ROME  — Both China and South Korea reported new spikes in coronavirus cases on Sunday, setting off fresh concerns in countries where local outbreaks had been in dramatic decline. Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated: 5/9/2020, 12:09 p.m.

Hawaii reported three new cases of the coronavirus today, erasing hopes that yesterday's zero cases would prove a trend. 

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HILO — A Hawaii mountain town that suffered serious economic damage from a volcanic eruption has been wounded by another natural disaster as the coronavirus hits its livelihood.

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More than 20,000 loans in the Paycheck Protection Program have been approved for Hawaii and local banks were on the frontlines of making them happen.

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Updated: 5/8/2020, 12:08 p.m.

Hawaii reported no new cases of the coronavirus today, the first time in two months since additional cases began dropping to single digits. The health department reported today that the count remains at 629 and the death roll stands at 17. 

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WAILUKU, Hawaii — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments delivered remotely for the first time in the court's history in a case involving a dispute over water on Maui.

Rogue Tourists Arrested As Hawaii Tries To Curb Virus Spread

May 7, 2020
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Hawaii authorities are cracking down on rogue tourists who are visiting beaches, riding personal watercraft, shopping and generally flouting strict requirements that they quarantine for 14 days after arriving.

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Updated: 5/7/2020, 12:06 p.m.

Hawaii legislative leaders announced today that lawmakers will convene on Monday to deal with a projected $1 billion budget shortfall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gov. David Ige’s newest emergency proclamation allows more businesses to reopen their doors as early as tomorrow.

Licensed child care services are among the operations that can restart, but parents returning to work at those businesses may find it hard to locate supervision for their kids and to afford the available care.

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LIHUE, Hawaii — Police are investigating two people who were dropped off on Kauai by a small plane in violation of travel regulations established in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated: 5/6/2020, 11:56 a.m.

Where Hawaii stands

Hawaii has one additional coronavirus case, the state health department reported today. The death toll stands at 17. 

Hawaii has seen single-digit increases in daily cases for over the past two weeks, continuing a "flattening of the curve" that is spurring the reopening of the state. 

Oahu's case count is now at 405, Maui County at 116, Hawaii County at 74, and Kauai at 21. Ten were diagnosed out of state.

Oahu, Maui Delay Reopenings of Retailers, Malls

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Hawaii’s public preschoolers have not had in-person classes since mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead, teachers have been using both take-home resource packets and the internet to continue to teach the state’s youngest learners. But there's a key part of early learning that's been lost.

 

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