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Hawaii News

Hawaii hotel leaders, union push for vaccine eligibility

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii hotel leaders and a hotel workers union are urging the state to designate hospitality workers as frontline essential workers. The state Department of Health has said that most hotel workers will have to wait a little longer to be vaccinated, the Honolulu ...

Hawaii County to provide funding to buy homes destroyed in 2018 eruption

HILO (AP) — People whose homes were destroyed in 2018 by the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island will be able to sell their homes to the county government for up to $230,000 thanks to a federal grant. The Hawaii County Council unanimously voted Wednesday to provide about $84 ...

AARP to hold forums for kupuna on vaccine

The Maui News AARP Hawaii will hold two forums this month to connect kupuna with high-ranking state officials who can answer their questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in Hawaii. Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Ron Balajadia, head of the state Department of Health Immunization Branch, will speak ...

Lawmakers consider measures to aid Hawaiian burial practices

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are considering legislation to accommodate traditional Hawaiian burial practices through a technology aimed at replacing burial or traditional cremation. Supporters of water cremation promoted the alternative while members of the funeral services industry ...

Hawaii 1st to receive new warships that pull onto beaches

HONOLULU (AP) — A new class of U.S. Navy vessel is expected to be deployed for the first time in Hawaii as part of a sweeping force redesign. The Light Amphibious Warship can pull onto beaches and costs between $100 million and $130 million, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The ...

Authorities capture illegal ball python and iguana on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has captured a ball python and an iguana in separate residential areas on Oahu, both of which are illegal to own in the state. The Honolulu Police Department responded on Monday to home in Aiea after a resident reported seeing a ...

Honolulu police, lawmakers target illegal game rooms

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities in Hawaii have cracked down on illegal game room establishments found in both commercial districts and residential communities on Oahu this year. The Honolulu Police Department has seized cash and more than a dozen gambling machines across two illegal game rooms ...

State approves Honolulu plan to add sand to Ala Moana beach

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved Honolulu’s application to add sand to a beach at Ala Moana Regional Park. The project involves dredging offshore sand to cover the shoreline from Magic Island to Kewalo Basin, restoring the beach to its 1957 ...

Hawaii Senate bill would require reports of school virus numbers

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii Senate bill would require the state Department of Education to publish the number of new coronavirus cases detected at each public school. Current regulations require the education department to list weekly COVID-19 case totals by complex area, KITV-TV reported ...

State panel designates relief money for teacher salaries

HONOLULU — The state House education committee on Tuesday passed legislation compelling the state Department of Education to use federal coronavirus relief money to support public school teacher salaries instead of allocating the funds for uses including tutoring and school security. The ...

Changes would make Hawaii’s aid-in-dying law more accessible

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Proposed changes would make Hawaii’s aid-in-dying law more accessible for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. The state House and the Senate are considering updates to the law that would change the length of waiting periods and expand the types of ...

COVID-19 pandemic turbo-charges state government’s use of technology

HONOLULU — Before the pandemic, a Hawaii state senator drafted legislation to compel the University of Hawaii’s board to livestream its meetings so faculty and students on different islands could watch. University officials asked for two years to implement the idea. Then the pandemic ...

Honolulu extends driver’s license renewal deadline to April

HONOLULU (AP) — City officials in Honolulu have extended the deadline to renew driver’s licenses, state identification cards and permits to mid-April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The city said the extension would provide additional time for about 30,000 residents on Oahu to ...

Rare nest of sea turtle hatchlings rescued

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii family discovered a rare nest of olive ridley sea turtles on the Big Island before alerting experts, who said the hatchlings are not normally encountered in the area. Jeremy, Jen and Kian Van Arkel found about seven hatchlings stuck in rocks and driftwood debris on a ...

Hanauma Bay to open 1 hour earlier than normal

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that it will open the Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve to the public an hour earlier than normal. The bay will now open at 6:30 a.m. “This aims to cut down on lines, especially in the morning,” said department ...

Mayor extends COVID-19 safety rules in Honolulu

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has extended coronavirus restrictions for another month through mid-March starting today, but said that could change if confirmed cases remain low. “I don’t want to mislead the public in any way,” Blangiardi said during a news conference ...

EPA fines Hawaii oil refinery for safety, waste violations

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii oil refinery has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $219,638 for chemical safety and hazardous waste violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. Par Hawaii Refining LLC violated the federal Clean Air Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act at ...

Man unhurt after sliding down Mauna Kea slope

HONOLULU (AP) — A man was unharmed after sliding hundreds of feet down a slope from the summit of Hawaii’s highest mountain, authorities said. The Hawaii County Fire Department estimated the man slid about 700 feet down an icy slope on Mauna Kea shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday. Rescue ...

Army to conduct training exercises during February

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army will conduct all mission-essential training exercises at Schofield Barracks throughout the month of February, military officials said. The announcement was made last week with a warning to local communities who may hear training activities from their nearby ...

At least 2 seals die after caught in fishing nets

HONOLULU (AP) — Postmortem exams show at least two of three Hawaiian monk seals found on Kauai last year died after they were caught in fishing nets. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined the seals likely drowned after becoming entangled in gillnets, KITV-TV ...