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WAILUKU — Some local shops and restaurants in a small town on Maui's north shore say they have experienced a boost in tourism since the state launched a pre-travel coronavirus testing program in October.

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Updated 12/17/20, 12:03 p.m.

Governor David Ige released his latest COVID-19 proclamation for the state Wednesday. It extends the eviction moratorium and reducing the mandatory quarantine for travelers. The latest rules go into effect today.

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A new report by the University of Hawaiʻi medical school found structural inequities and historical events are partly to blame for continued health disparities among Native Hawaiians. The solution, according to researchers, requires not only systemic change but health interventions rooted in Native Hawaiian culture.

Hawaii Starts Distributing COVID-19 Vaccinations

Dec 16, 2020

COVID-19 vaccinations officially started Wednesday at Queen’s Medical Center. However, five frontline workers were vaccinated on Tuesday-- making them the first in the state to receive the doses.

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Protecting coral reefs is a goal for many organizations around the state and the world. There are environmental restrictions and other regulations to protect the reefs. And now there's a new concept -- reef insurance.

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Updated 12/16/20, 1:21 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 110 new cases and four fatalities today.


HONOLULU — A Hawaii state judge has issued a ruling requiring Honolulu taxpayers to pay the legal defense costs of the city's former police chief, who was convicted in a federal criminal corruption and fraud case.

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The state Department of Health and the City and County of Honolulu yesterday conducted a vaccination distribution exercise to immunize those in the state's Phase 1 priority group. Those in the first group include: essential healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, and first responders.

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HILO — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has sponsored legislation that would prevent transgender athletes from participating in women's collegiate athletics.

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LIHUE — Wildlife officials in Hawaii have euthanized a green sea turtle who was hit by a vessel and stranded on Kauai.

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Updatd 12/14/20, 12:10 p.m.

A COVID-19 outbreak at the Hālawa Correctional Facility has grown to infect more than 160 inmates and nearly 30 staff. The prison is currently in lockdown with all inmate movement including transfer to and from the facility have been suspended forthe next two weeks.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii prison officials said an additional 63 inmates and six staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus at a state prison.

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HONOLULU — A county on a Hawaii island that was believed to be the last one in the U.S. without any coronavirus infection cases has reported its first resident who tested positive for the coronavirus.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — As coronavirus exposure notification technology slowly rolls out across the country, every resident in 17 states and the District of Columbia will now be able to send and receive alerts beyond their home state if they've tested positive for the coronavirus or come into contact with someone who has.

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It’s been a year of dramatic changes around the world, and that’s certainly true for the hospitality industry in Hawaii. One well-known executive has shifted her professional focus — looking to work with other business leaders in a different way.

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WAILUKU — A man who was bitten by a shark in the water off Maui has died from injuries he suffered in the attack, a hospital official said.

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Updated 12/11/20, 11:55 a.m.

New leadership is in place at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees. Maui trustee Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey was selected Thursday to replace long-time OHA chairwoman Colette Machado.

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Hawaii is one step closer to relief from the COVID-19 virus. State officials said the state will receive 81,000 thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the month of December.

State Workers Face Furloughs Beginning 2021

Dec 10, 2020

State government workers will face furloughs starting in 2021.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii expects to receive 80,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine in December for distribution to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

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Updated 12/10/20, 11:56 a.m.

The state Department of Health reported 123 new cases and two additional fatalities today.


Few stories in Hawaiʻi’s recent history have the mythical lore of George Helm’s – a charismatic leader and Native Hawaiian activist from Molokaʻi who mysteriously vanished at sea in the 1970s. Helm’s life story was captured in a short film called “Hawaiian Soul,” which earned multiple awards during its debut at this year’s Hawaiʻi International Film Festival.

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HONOLULU — Some Hawaii landlords have rejected about $8 million in back rent payments because they do not have general excise tax licenses, officials said.

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Updated 12/9/20, 11:50 a.m.

State and county leaders are discussing the future of Hawaiʻi's safe travels program as the New Year approaches. Several officials are discussing changes to improve the program.

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Hawaii’s biggest surfing competition of the year is underway on the North Shore. While the surf is up, so are concerns about Covid-19.

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HILO — Hawaii County has made plans public aimed at guiding the Big Island's recovery from the impact of the devastating volcanic eruption that destroyed hundreds of homes and business assets.

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Updated 12/8/20, 12:23 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 53 new cases and no new fatalities Tuesday.

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Members of the Hawaii National Guard have been a vital part of the state’s COVID-19 response. Since
President Donald Trump extended the federal funds to keep them in place through March, the Guard's presence will continue to evolve.

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Updated: 12/7/2020, 3:40 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 0 deaths and 81 new COVID-19 cases today.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu's nearly bikeshare program lost the city an estimated $460,000 in 2019, according to a city audit.