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This has been a rough week in South Korea. The number of COVID-19 patients in critical or serious condition has spiked, while part of the country was hit by a typhoon and another is lingering offshore. 

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Americans headed into Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end to the Lost Summer of 2020 — amid warnings from public health experts that backyard parties, crowded bars and other gatherings could cause the coronavirus to come surging back.

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Hawaii's governor plans to allow a bill into law mandating the disclosure of the identities of county police officers who have been fired or suspended.

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State Epidemiologist Sarah Park, once the head of Hawaii's testing and contacting tracing effort to battle the surging coronavirus, has taken paid leave, according to the state Department of Health.

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Updated: 9/4/2020, 12:27 p.m.

Hawaii recorded 2 more deaths today and 271 new COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health reported. The latest counts bring the state death toll to 81 and the total number of cases to 9,473. Of the new cases, 236 are on Oahu, 34 on Hawaii Island, and 1 on Maui.

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Updated: 9/3/2020, 12:09 p.m.

Hawaii recorded four more deaths today and 211 new COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health reported. The latest counts bring the state death toll to 79 and the total number of cases to 9,202. There are 190 new cases on Oahu, 17 on Hawaii Island, and 4 on Maui County.

A trust founded by Queen Liliʻuokalani, Hawaiʻi’s last-reigning monarch, is expanding to adapt to the changing needs of the most vulnerable Native Hawaiian children. But recent decisions by Liliʻuokalani Trust leadership, including staff layoffs and site closures, are creating confusion for some in the community who want answers.

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Pacific Islanders have been hardest hit by COVID-19 in the islands. They are catching the virus in disproportion to their small numbers in the population. One reason is that -- as with young people -- public information on how to avoid the virus has been failing to reach them in ways they can act on it.

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The state Department of Health continues to record a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among young people. One key reason may be that public messages to avoid the virus haven't yet effectively reached them.

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Federal officials have denied the state’s request to close the H-3 Freeway to hold surge testing for COVID-19. 

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Updated: 9/2/2020, 12:20 p.m.

Hawaii recorded 1 more death today and 339 new COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health reported. The death brings the state toll to 75 and the total number of cases to 8,991. 

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Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim says further restrictions are not the answer in stopping a surge of COVID-19 cases and community spread on the Big Island.

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Updated: 9/1/2020, 12:08 p.m.


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Hawaii recorded four more deaths today and 181 new COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health reported. The latest numbers bring the death toll to 74 and total number of cases to 8,653. 

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State Health Director Bruce Anderson and Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda will be retiring by the end of September. Both came under heavy criticism for what some saw as their inadequate response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases statewide and in the prison system.

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HONOLULU — An American consultant pleaded guilty Monday in an illicit lobbying effort to get the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund, and to arrange for the return of a Chinese dissident living in the U.S.

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Hawaiian green sea turtle hatchlings appeared for the first time on an Oahu beach owned by the U.S. military, which wildlife experts believe may be partly a result of the coronavirus.

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Updated: 8/31/2020, 1:35 p.m.

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Hawaii had its deadliest day today with 7 deaths reported by the state Department of Health. New cases totaled 133. The latest numbers bring the death toll to 70 and total number of cases to 8,472. 

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Local governments in Hawaii have not yet faced the acute budget woes being felt at the state level. That may change if more local businesses are forced to close.

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PARIS — Not all French classrooms can safely reopen Tuesday, the country's education minister acknowledged Sunday, as a persistent rise in coronavirus infections jeopardizes the government’s push to get France’s 12.9 million schoolchildren back into class this week.

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Auliʻi Cravalho’s life changed forever at age 14 when she was cast as the voice of Disney’s “Moana.” The Hawaiian native loved singing and acting, but they were just hobbies to her. So were horseback riding, swimming and microbiology, for that matter. A career in Hollywood seemed implausible at best.

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Updated: 8/30/2020, 12:05 p.m.


Hawaii Department of Health today reported 1 death and 200 new cases of COVID-19. The latest case count brings the state's total to 8,339 and deaths to 63.

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Bar exam applicants in Hawaii have been granted more time to decide whether to take the in-person exam or defer the test to a later date with no additional fee after concerns over the coronavirus.

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Updated: 8/29/2020, 4:30 p.m.

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Hawaii Department of Health today reported three more deaths and 310 new cases. The latest case count brings the state's total to 8,139 and deaths to 62. Of the new cases, 263 are on Oahu, 39 on Hawaii Island, 7 in Maui County and 1 on Kauai.

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The Hawaii Department of Health is disputing a state auditor report that said health officials did not provide timely information on its coronavirus contact tracing program.

The report, released Wednesday, says the auditor’s office “encountered barriers, delays, and ultimately were denied access to those responsible for leading the department’s contact tracing.”

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Several local companies, hospitals and schools are part of the effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. One technology company that’s deeply involved is Oceanit. 

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Higher education is just one of the state functions about to be hit by budget shortfalls. The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents is raising alarms about a nearly $100 million expected loss in revenue, possibly starting this November.  One critical piece of information is still needed for detailed planning. 

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Updated: 8/28/2020, 12:15 p.m.

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Hawaii Department of Health today reported four more deaths and 265 new cases. The latest case count brings the state's total to 7,830 and deaths to 59.

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Oʻahu is under a lockdown for the next two weeks because of COVID-19. But discussions have already started on reopening. This time, city officials hope to learn from the mistakes that followed the first reopening.

Support Mo'omomi Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area

A proposal on Molokaʻi aimed at giving the community greater control over local fisheries is prompting opposition from some families on the island who say they aren't being heard.  The state has been developing a community-based model for marine resource management over 26 years now. But what happens when a community can't agree on how to manage the fishery?

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A report from Hawaii's state auditor’s office says Department of Health officials stonewalled them while attempting to get answers about the government's coronavirus contact tracing program.