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Hawaii News

Oahu holding to vacation rental limits

HONOLULU (AP) — As other Hawaii counties prepare to loosen restrictions on vacation rentals in anticipation of the reopening of trans-Pacific tourism, Oahu rentals remain under health restrictions imposed at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s ...

Honolulu police chief opposes some reforms for department

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu police chief does not agree with all of the proposed changes expected to pass in the upcoming state Legislature police reform bills, she said. Chief Susan Ballard said she does not believe all the measures required to comply with a presidential executive order ...

Perks for electric vehicle owners set to expire Wednesday

(AP) — Drivers will no longer receive certain benefits for driving electric vehicles in Hawaii under a law set to expire at the end of the month. The Hawaii Department of Transportation has reminded electric vehicle owners that they will now be charged a fee for parking at most state and ...

State budget cuts suspend female prisoner furlough

30-year-old program has operated out of the YWCA in city’s Makiki area for the past five years HONOLULU (AP) — State budget cuts are expected to prompt officials to suspend a program that provides work furloughs for female inmates, the Hawaii Department of Public Safety said. The ...

US Supreme Court won’t hear federal agent’s 2011 case

Refusal means no third trial over fatal shooting in Waikiki By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing a case over whether a federal agent should face a third trial over a fatal 2011 shooting in a Waikiki McDonald’s ...

State pays out $15.8M in potentially fraudulent jobless claims since March

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii said Thursday it paid $15.8 million in benefits for potentially fraudulent jobless claims under a U.S. government program providing funds to independent contractors and self-employed individuals unable to work because of the ...

Feds support legal challenge to 2-week travel quarantine

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A quarantine imposed on travelers arriving to Hawaii discriminates against out-of-state residents, the U.S. Department of Justice said in support of a lawsuit challenging the mandate meant to protect the islands against the ...

12 containers remain missing off Big Island

HONOLULU (AP) — A salvage team continued searching Tuesday for missing shipping containers that fell from a barge as it headed to Hilo Harbor. Two of the containers that fell Monday were towed to the harbor, while another two were located and marked, the Coast Guard said. As of Tuesday ...

21 shipping containers fall overboard

HONOLULU (AP) — At least 21 shipping containers fell overboard into the ocean near Hilo on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Nine of the 40-foot shipping containers were located and 12 remained missing, the Coast Guard said. The crew of the tug and barge Ho Omaka Hou saw the containers ...

Tourist dies while breaking quarantine

HONOLULU (AP) — A tourist from Oklahoma who was supposed to be obeying Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving to the state, was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive in the ocean. The Honolulu medical examiner’s office identified him as Kristopher Michael Oliphant, ...

Volunteer sleuths track down Hawaii’s quarantine scofflaws

Facebook group has helped find 13 on Oahu, 22 people on the Big Island By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Former longtime television reporter Angela Keen knows how to track people down. During the coronavirus pandemic, she’s putting her skills to use ...

Nonresident fee hike floated for Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

HONOLULU (AP) — A proposed change at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on Oahu would increase entry and parking fees for visitors who are not Hawaii residents. The proposal under consideration by the Honolulu City Council would continue free admission and parking for state residents, The ...

Hawaii small businesses tap $3B in virus aid

HONOLULU (AP) — Thousands of Hawaii small businesses have tapped into a $3 billion allotment of federal coronavirus relief funding. U.S. Small Business Administration data shows 23,786 Hawaii businesses received $2.46 billion from the agency’s Paycheck Protection Program as of today, The ...

All 21 in group arrested over quarantine leave

HONOLULU (AP) — All 21 members of a group who were arrested over Hawaii’s traveler quarantine have been released from jail and returned to California. The group known as Carbon Nation arrived in Hawaii over two days earlier this month. Some of them were seen at a Big Island beach the day ...

Official: China was not forthcoming in talks with Pompeo

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official said Thursday that the United States was disappointed by China’s attitude at a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top Chinese diplomat in Hawaii this week. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific ...

Shipping firm suspends planned changes to rules

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii ocean shipping company is making adjustments to rules regulating its cargo service as it continues to seek federal coronavirus relief through the state. Young Brothers LLC had planned to scale back its service by suspending mixed cargo shipping and loads ...

Official: Hawaii care homes have lowest national virus rate

HILO (AP) — Hawaii’s coronavirus infection rate in long-term care facilities is the lowest in the nation because of statewide efforts to contain its spread, officials said. Healthcare Association of Hawaii President and CEO Hilton Raethel says the infection statistic is based on data ...

Off-road vehicles a danger for monk seal pup

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — State and wildlife officials have warned against off-roading in Kailua-Kona and asked the public to keep their distance to protect a Hawaiian monk seal pup born in late April. The Hawaii state Department of Land and Natural Resources says off-road vehicles have ...