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NEW YORK (AP) — The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a small beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy.

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The holiday season has historically been a popular time for visitors to the Bishop Museum, since it is open every day except Christmas. Up until this year, visitors to the venerable institution could be counted on for about a third of its revenue. Today, after eight months without the usual barrage of tourists, Bishop Museum is planning ahead for 2021 and beyond.

What’s at the top of educators’ holiday wishlist this school year? Reliable internet for their students. HPR spoke with some of Hawaii’s public school teachers about what they need most for their classrooms.

State of Hawaii

Where we stand

The state Department of Health reported two deaths and 120 new COVID-19 cases today. Because of the department's two-day delay in posting new numbers, the counts represent cases from Tuesday. Some counties are reporting more timely numbers that may differ from the state's counts.

Oahu had 92 new cases, Maui 14, Hawaii County 11 new cases, Kauai 3,  and Lanai and Molokai none. There were no new cases diagnosed out of state.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias.

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Updated: 11/25/2020, 12:15 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported two deaths and 108 new COVID-19 cases today. Because of the department's two-day delay in posting new numbers, the counts represent cases from Monday.

Some counties are reporting more timely numbers that may differ from the state's counts.

Oahu had 93 new cases, Hawaii County 2, Kauai 1, Maui 4, and Lanai and Molokai none. There were 8 new cases diagnosed out of state.

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HONOLULU (AP) — The mayor of Kauai County said Tuesday he wants to reinstate a requirement that all travelers arriving in his jurisdiction quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether they have obtained a negative COVID-19 test.

Ex-Prosecutor Writes Of Drug Addiction In Sentencing Letter

Nov 25, 2020
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HONOLULU (AP) — A former Honolulu prosecutor, convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii's biggest corruption case that also took down her police chief husband, apologized for her actions in a handwritten letter to the judge Tuesday and blamed a prescription drug addiction for clouding her judgement.

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Updated: 11/24/2020, 12:40 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported no deaths and 61 new COVID-19 cases today. Because of the department's two-day delay in posting new numbers, the counts represent cases from Sunday.

Some counties are reporting more timely numbers that may differ from the state's counts.

Oahu had 45 new cases, Hawaii County 7, Kauai 1, Maui 4, and Lanai and Molokai none. There were 4 new cases diagnosed out of state.

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Hawaii reopened to visitors who want to avoid quarantine about a month ago. The state allows travelers to skip the 14-day quarantine if they take a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before departing to the islands. What is it like to go through the Safe Travels program?

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's statewide police union has filed lawsuits against the state's four counties in an effort to keep the names of officers fired or suspended for disciplinary reasons out of the public record while grievance proceedings are underway.

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Updated: 11/23/2020, 12:45 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported no deaths and 114 new COVID-19 cases today. Because of the department's two-day delay in posting new numbers, the counts represent cases from Saturday.

Oahu had 80 new cases, Hawaii County 10, Kauai 3, Maui 11, and Lanai and Molokai none. There were 10 new cases diagnosed out of state.

The latest counts bring the Oahu total to 14,873, Hawaii County, 1,551, Kauai 100, Maui 495, Lanai 106 and Molokai 17. The number of out-of-state cases total 191.

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Despite recommendations to the contrary by federal health authorities, millions of Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving, with their numbers dipping only slightly from 2019 levels.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The longtime head of California-Hawaii's chapter of the NAACP will resign in December after she again faced conflict-of-interest allegations involving her political consulting company.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Just as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold, in February, four people set sail for one of the most remote places on Earth — a small camp on Kure Atoll, at the edge of the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department said it would cancel special coronavirus enforcement units after allegations of overtime abuse from its officers.

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Updated: 11/21/2020, 1:30 p.m. In a second outbreak at a state prison, 87 inmates at the Waiawa Correctional Facility have tested positive and 70 tested negative, according to state Department of Public Safety yesterday. Fifty of the cases were added to the state's daily case numbers of 163, which today returned the count to three digits. Seven deaths were also reported by the state, unrelated to the prison outbreak.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has released a plan on how it will try to strengthen broadband infrastructure across the state.

The 45-page Hawaii Broadband Strategic Plan 2020 aims to make broadband services available to as much of the state as possible.

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Office of Planning, published the plan, which updates the original Hawaii Broadband Strategic Plan that was released in 2012.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu has acknowledged leaving the scene of an accident after hitting a parked motorcycle without stopping in the parking lot of a shopping center.

Faaumu acknowledged the transgression on Wednesday. He said in a written statement to police that he did not realize he had hit the parked motorcycle on Nov. 7.

“I said, ‘No, I didn’t know I damaged the motorcycle or hit anything,’" Faaumu said. “I said, ‘I’m sorry that that happened.’ If I knew I did back up into the motorcycle and caused damage, I would stop. But I didn’t.”

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Canadian citizens will soon be eligible to skip Hawaii’s travel quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test.

Hana Reports What May Be Its First COVID-19 Case

Nov 20, 2020
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Hana has reported one case of COVID-19, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino announced yesterday. The case is believed to be the first in the rural East Maui community but the individual is being tested again to rule out the possibility of a false positive.

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Updated: 11/20/2020, 12:09 p.m. 

The state Department of Health today reported one death and 95 new COVID-19 cases. Given the state’s recent reporting changes that delay the numbers for two days, the latest daily numbers represent cases for Wednesday through 11:59 p.m.

This week's Homeless Awareness Conference highlighted gains by county governments as well as areas of need across the state. Heads of critical agencies and services, leaders of community organizations, social workers, and others offered recent data and perspectives. Across the board, they are bracing for the future.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some California lawmakers — Republicans and Democrats — are being criticized for going to Hawaii this week for the annual Independent Voter Project conference as California's nearly 40 million residents are told to avoid travel.

A full list of legislators has not been made public but two Southern California Assembly members, Democrat Blanca Rubio and independent Chad Mayes, issued statements Wednesday acknowledging their participation.

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Updated: 11/19/2020, 12:08 p.m. 

The state Department of Health today reported 107 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths.

Given the state’s recent reporting changes that delay the numbers for two days, the latest daily count represents cases for Tuesday athrough 11:59 p.m.

Based on the latest numbers, Oahu saw 75 new cases, Hawaii County 12, Kauai 4, Maui 9 and Lanai and Molokai 0. 

Pacific Islanders in Hawai’i continue to see the disproportionate impact of COVID-19. They make up nearly 30 percent of the state’s coronavirus cases but only 4 percent of its population. For the thousands of Pacific Islanders who don’t speak English, access to health care during the pandemic has been largely dependent on access to a language interpreter.

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A report released in July shows nearly half of O'ahu's homeless who are reached by social service providers are successfully rehoused. The study shows continuous churn on the streets of Honolulu, but one segment of the population is consistently overrepresented. 

The report, Unsheltered in Honolulu, is based on four years of homeless data provided by the Point in Time counts between 2017 and 2020.

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Updated: 11/18/20, 12:08 p.m. The state Department of Health today reported one new death and 71 new COVID-19 cases.

With the state’s recent reporting changes that delays the numbers for two days, the daily case counts are from Monday. The health department said the receipt of 4,000 to 5,000 electronic records daily from the labs that handle the tests take time to process, accounting for the delay.

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Maui County has dropped all charges related to protests over construction on known historic burial grounds in Kaua’ula Valley. Five native Hawaiian women with familial ties to the area on Maui’s west end have been refunded their bail and are calling for a halt to the project after human remains were uncovered.

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Updated: 11/16/2020, 4:58 p.m.
 

Gov. David Ige today issued a new COVID-19 emergency proclamation—his 15th.

 

The governor’s office says this one extends and clarifies the statewide mask mandate “as agreed to by all four counties and the state.”

 

The proclamation says in part: "All persons in the state shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public.”

 

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