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Hawaii island group distributes $7.5M in virus housing aid

HONOLULU (AP) — A group of Hawaii island organizations has distributed $7.5 million in federal funds to help pay rent and mortgages for 1,322 households during the COVID-19 economic and health crisis, officials said. The organizations used their backgrounds in homeless assistance and ...

Honolulu: Deals with Airbnb and Expedia will help with enforcement

HONOLULU (AP) — Airbnb and Expedia Group have agreed to provide Honolulu with information that will help the city enforce its laws governing vacation rentals, the companies and the city said Tuesday. Hosts will have to provide the “tax map key” property identification number issued by ...

Mayor: Prison virus count must remain in city’s count

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases among Oahu’s prison population must continue to be included in local case counts to monitor available health care resources and hospital space, Honolulu’s mayor said. Mayor Kirk Caldwell responded to critics who have said outbreaks in the ...

Kauai seeks traveler quarantine regardless of virus tests

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — 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. Mayor Derek Kawakami ...

HPD halts virus units for alleged overtime abuse

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department said it would cancel special coronavirus enforcement units after allegations of overtime abuse from its officers. Department leaders were told that 59 officers on the coronavirus enforcement team had been flagged in an audit for overtime ...

Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony to be closed to public

HONOLULU (AP) — The annual Remembrance Day ceremony to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor will be closed to the public this year and streamed online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will begin at 7:50 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial’s ...

Summit shuttle plan is offered

HILO (AP) — A Big Island nonprofit organization has proposed the development of a regular shuttle service to the top of Mauna Kea. A meeting Tuesday of the Maunakea Management Board included a proposal to operate shuttles to the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain, The Hawaii ...

Changes to Honolulu flood project raise cost, but add pump station

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has made significant changes to a Honolulu flood control project that would increase costs and add a four-story pump station. A Corps official said updates to the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project focus on evacuating water in the upper ...

Developer plans housing towers at former theater site

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii development partnership plans to take over a stalled project to turn a former movie theater site into a high-rise housing complex. The partnership led by developer Stanford Carr wants to substantially revise the $800 million plan permitted by Honolulu on the site ...

Hawaii group aims to reduce feral rabbit population

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii island group has launched an effort to reduce the number of feral rabbits, which the campaigners say are wreaking havoc on yards and burrowing under homes. The Big Island Invasive Species Committee has asked for reports from residents who have seen the wild ...

Ex-prosecutor in corruption case refused lawyer’s visits

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Honolulu prosecutor convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii’s biggest corruption case refused to come out of her jail cell to meet with her lawyer. Katherine Kealoha’s attorney, Gary Singh, said Tuesday he tried to ...

Protesters block work on Oahu subdivision drainage project

HONOLULU (AP) — A protest by neighbors of an Oahu housing development has stopped construction crews from completing the subdivision’s drainage project, which demonstrators believe will harm marine wildlife. Residents say the project in Maili on the island’s west coast will discharge ...

Computer error forces Hawaii public housing lottery reboot

HONOLULU (AP) — A computer error has required the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to conduct a new lottery to choose successful applicants for housing assistance. A vendor experienced a software glitch causing the names of some applicants for Section 8 housing vouchers to be entered into ...

School mascot dropped after discrimination complaints

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii school plans to change its mascot after receiving complaints the name was disrespectful to Native Americans. The Kahuku High and Intermediate School on Oahu will no longer be known as the Red Raiders, Hawaii News Now reported Monday. Principal Donna Lindsey ...

Lots of finger pointing as Honolulu rail runs out of money

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press WAIPAHU (AP) — Susan Galicha can see Honolulu’s rail cars being tested on elevated tracks just minutes from her home. Yet the Waikiki hotel housekeeper may never get to ride them to work and avoid the city’s horrendous traffic jams because the ...

Lawsuit against Kauai Police Department settled for $1.84M

HONOLULU (AP) — An assistant chief of police in Kauai settled a lawsuit against his department and Kauai County for $1.84 million. Mark Begley sued the county and the Kauai Police Department in 2016, alleging he was harassed and retaliated against by former Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry, ...

US surgeon general pleads not guilty to emergency rule citation

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams pleaded not guilty Monday on behalf of the official who was cited by Honolulu police for being in a closed park during a trip to help Hawaii cope with a spike in coronavirus cases. Adams didn’t travel to Hawaii for the ...

Hawaii inmate dies at Arizona prison with COVID-19 outbreak

Cause of death has not been determined HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii inmate has died at a privately owned prison in Arizona that has experienced an outbreak of the coronavirus, Hawaii officials said. A 61-year-old man was found unresponsive in his bed at the Saguaro Correctional Center on ...

Plans for Hawaii island compost facility postponed

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Development of a $10.5 million facility on Hawaii island to make compost using green waste and food waste has been postponed because of a shortage of the key components. Hawaii County’s contract signed in 2016 with Hawaiian Earth Recycling will wait for a new ...

Honolulu bills to hike public transport fares

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has introduced two bills that would increase fares for public transportation. Bill 89, introduced Thursday, would set up a fare structure for the city bus and the rail system and increases fares almost across the board. Bill 87 was introduced the ...