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Deal Reached On Hawaii Telescope Protest Policing Costs

Apr 24, 2020
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HILO, Hawaii — The Hawaii County Council has accepted a $5.3 million agreement with the state for reimbursement of law enforcement overtime costs during demonstrations against the Big Island giant telescope project.

Updated: 4/24/2020, 12:06 p.m.

Two more coronavirus-related deaths bring the total for the state to 14 today. The state case count grew to 601, with 5 new ones, according the state Department of Health's latest update

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Updated 4/23/20, 11:00 a.m.

While many locations are looking to ease their COVID-19 restrictions – others are still on lockdown, including Hawaiʻi. This presents potentially dangerous challenges for those sailing the oceans in private boats. 

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Updated: 4/23/20, 2:50 p.m.

The city and state Department of Health are sparring over Mayor Kirk Caldwell's plans to expand testing on Oahu through seven community health centers. The department warned the city in a letter that the tests the city plans to use at a cost of $2 million have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but the city says FDA approval is not required and that other jurisdictions, including the city of Los Angeles, have been using the tests with no concerns.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sewage plants and other industries cannot avoid environmental requirements under landmark clean-water protections when they send dirty water on an indirect route to rivers, oceans and other navigable waterways.

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At least one positive case of COVID-19 has been found in the Kaʻū region of the Big Island, according to state health officials. It's something this remote and rural district has been preparing months for.

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Bank of Hawaii Corp. has announced it set aside $33.6 million to cover potential loan losses tied to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated: 4/22/2020, 12:24 p.m.

Six new coronavirus cases brings the state's total today to 592, according to the state Department of Health's latest update. The number of deaths stands at 12 since tracking began in late February.

Oahu case count is now 388, Maui County 110, Hawaii Island 67, and Kauai 21. No cases are pending determination of county and six were diagnosed out of state.

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Updated: 4/21/2020, 12:09 p.m.

Two more coronavirus-related deaths have been reported, one tied to the Maui Memorial Medical Center cluster, the state Department of Health said today. That brings the total number of deaths to 12 since tracking began in late February. The case count today is at 586, up 2.

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Antibody tests may be the key to learning how far COVID-19 has spread in Hawaii, and to getting people back to work. However, the state Department of Health doesn’t think the currently available tests are reliable.

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Transient vacation rental units are proving difficult for Hawaii officials to regulate during the coronavirus pandemic as they serve as shelter for many of the state's visitors.

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Updated: 4/20/2020, 7:25 p.m.

The state expects its unemployment insurance fund to run out and is seeking to replenish it, possibly with a federal loan. 

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Eligible residents in Hawaii, and around the country, are starting to receive cash stimulus payments from the federal government. But the one-time $1,200 checks won’t go far in Hawaii.


Updated: 4/19/2020, 4:03 p.m.

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The state's confirmed and presumed positive coronavirus cases number 580 today, up 6 from the previous day, according to the state Department of Health's latest daily update. The death count increased by one to 10.

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WAILUKU — Nearly all the sales and use of plastic disposable food ware in Maui will be banned under a bill that was given final approval by county officials.

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BERLIN — Pressure mounted Sunday on governments to ease the economic pain of coronavirus lockdowns after protests from those fearing for their livelihoods. Authorities responded with a range of possible dates and solutions — and a few emphatic “not yets.”


Updated: 4/18/2020, 6:38 p.m.


The state's confirmed and presumed positive coronavirus cases number 574 today, up 21 from the previous day, according to the state Department of Health's latest daily update. The death count stands at nine. Most of the new cases resulted from a cluster at McDonald's restaurants in Kona on the Big Island.

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At this point, Governor David Ige’s stay-at-home orders are scheduled to expire at the end of the month. As more attention turns to an eventual economic comeback, both the public and private sectors are gearing up for what may come next.

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Updated: 4/17/2020, 3:52 p.m.


Hawaii's public schools will be closed to in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year and will be administering classwork via online and physical work packets, the state Department of Education announced today.


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The novel coronavirus is not the first infectious disease to prompt government action in the Hawaiian Islands. Public health interventions under the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi included everything from vessel screenings to travel bans to quarantine laws.


Updated: 4/16/2020, 6:51 p.m.

The state's confirmed and presumed positive coronavirus cases number 541 today, up 11 from the previous day, according to the state's latest daily update. The death count stands at nine. 

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A Hawaii program providing free hotel rooms to health workers responding to the coronavirus has been modified after the demand exceeded the number of available rooms.

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Updated: 4/15/2020, 2:30 p.m.

Residents can use IRS web tools to speed their federal stimulus checks to their bank accounts.

Those eligible for direct payments under the CARES Act -- including those who don't file income tax forms -- can provide their direct deposit information to the IRS, Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Congressman Ed Case said in a news release.

To be eligible for the stimulus checks, residents must:

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WAILUKU — Hawaii has experienced a significant reduction in the use of electricity because of the coronavirus, with Maui's use dropping the most among the three largest islands.

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Updated: 4/14/2020, 7:07 p.m.

Starting next Monday, Oʻahu residents will be required to cover their face when entering an essential business or using public transportation. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell amended the city's stay-at-home order today to include that mandate.

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Experts in academia and healthcare have unveiled separate plans for safely reopening Hawaii’s economy. Both frameworks rely heavily on testing, but the state health director says that isn’t where the focus should be.

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Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Incident Commander Kenneth Hara said yesterday that Gov. David Ige’s administration is exploring further stemming the flow of visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic by disrupting their ability to make hotel reservations.

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Updated: 4/13/2020, 6:15 p.m.

The state's confirmed and presumed positive coronavirus cases number 504, up 5 from the previous day, according to the state's latest daily update. The death count stands at nine. 

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Hawaii was poised to hit its peak coronavirus medical need as soon as this past weekend, according to one widely cited coronavirus research institute. Yet the local numbers continue to climb and are likely to exceed 500 this week, begging the question: why doesn't the state have a solid idea of when the surge will come and whether it is prepared?

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The state of Hawaii said Friday it wants travelers to use an online program to provide information about their travel plans to help authorities enforce a 14-day coronavirus quarantine imposed on people arriving in the islands.