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Hawaii News

Hawaii fisherman gets $260 fine for illegal haul worth $37K

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has imposed a $260 fine on one of three fisherman in Hawaii who was accused of violating the state’s ban on aquarium fishing and recovered an illegal catch worth more than $37,000 in February, court officials said. “This is outrageous,” said Inga Gibson of ...

Proposed Hawaii affordable housing project draws opposition

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of an Oahu community have expressed opposition to plans to build a rental apartment complex with primarily low-income units. The complex in Kailua would include 73 apartments almost entirely intended for residents with low incomes, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Military arrivals subject to separate restrictions

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of the U.S. military arriving in Hawaii will not be subjected to the state’s quarantine rule resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, but service members will follow a separate order restricting their movements. The Department of Homeland Security exempted ...

Tourism chief to retire as virus fallout continues

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of Hawaii’s tourism agency announced he plans to retire as the industry continues to experience the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic that has significantly reduced travel to the state. Hawaii Tourism Authority President and Chief Executive Officer ...

Guidelines create incomplete Hawaii virus data, critics say

HONOLULU (AP) — Coronavirus information from Hawaii health officials presents an incomplete story of the pandemic’s impact on racial and ethnic communities in the state, some critics said. The state Department of Health continues to gather data on the pandemic’s impact on residents, ...

Hawaii Police Commission members resign from oversight panel

HONOLULU — Two members of the Honolulu Police Commission have resigned after voicing frustration at the limited power the commission has to oversee the police department and its chief. Former federal prosecutor Loretta Sheehan and retired Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Steven ...

Military continues to boost economy during virus

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. military spending continues to be a pillar of Hawaii’s economy as the Department of Defense has so far proved resistant to the financial impact of the coronavirus. The financial damaged suffered by the state because of the significant decrease in tourism has been ...

Hotel union protest calls for worker protections to reopen visitor industry

HONOLULU (AP) — The union representing workers at many of Hawaii’s hotels held a demonstration demanding that public safety and the needs of Hawaii’s workers are placed at the forefront of plans to reopen the state’s tourism industry. Unite Here Local 5 union members took part in a ...

Locals take back tourist-free Waikiki

HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in Hawaii, Amber Lethem’s family avoided Waikiki, the world-famous tourist mecca. “I reflect back on my childhood, Waikiki has always been this pinnacle of like that’s where all the tourists are,” Lethem said. “We didn’t really go into Waikiki, ...

Biden wins Hawaii’s party-run presidential poll

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Joe Biden won the Democratic Party of Hawaii’s party-run presidential primary Saturday, which was delayed by more than a month because of the coronavirus. Biden defeated Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 37 percent. Biden ...

Coronavirus pandemic knocks out large sections of states’s economy

HONOLULU — In normal times, Roland Chang and his three sons start their day at dawn, picking up tourists in Waikiki and driving them to the ocean for a boat ride to see dolphins and turtles swimming in clear blue waters. Four nights a week, the family’s band performs Hawaiian music and ...

Devices help keep patients connected

HONOLULU (AP) — A program providing donated iPads and computer tablets has allowed patients at an Oahu hospital to stay in contact with loved ones during the coronavirus outbreak. Family and friends who cannot visit patients at Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu can receive medical updates ...

Public pension fund suffers worst loss in 17 years

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s largest public pension fund suffered its worst quarterly loss in more than 17 years because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. The state Employees’ Retirement System investments fell 9.5 percent, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. The ...

Lava from 2018 Kilauea eruption still cooling

HILO (AP) — Lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption is still cooling down and estimated to be only halfway cooled, scientists said. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said cooled exterior lava has insulated deeper areas of the lava flow, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald ...

Some hotels are concerned about quarantine enforcement

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Some Hawaii hotels say they need more guidance about how to enforce a 14-day quarantine on travelers, including what to do if guests refuse to comply or how to participate if they still use physical keys instead of cards. The ...

Officials find pregnant Hawaiian monk seal dead on beach

HONOLULU (AP) — Wildlife officials reported the death of a pregnant Hawaiian monk seal who was found at a beach on Kauai. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the seal known as R313 was found April 25, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. Another female ...

Hawaii aims to work with UH to train tracers

HONOLULU — The state Department of Health on Tuesday asked lawmakers to appropriate about $2.5 million to fund a program at the University of Hawaii that would train workers to track contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. State epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said the ...

Campaign urges proper protective gear disposal amid pandemic

LIHUE (AP) — Environmental groups in Hawaii have joined a campaign to bring attention to discarded personal protective equipment that is adding to plastic pollution on shorelines worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic, advocates said. Federal and state governments have advised people to ...

Lifeguards protect Oahu beaches with new virus safety rules

HONOLULU (AP) — Oahu’s lifeguards have returned to their towers dotting the island’s public beaches with new rules and strategies for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The familiar lifeguard uniforms of yellow shirts and red shorts now also include red face masks, The Honolulu ...

Town wounded by eruption suffering again under virus

Business owners in Volcano fear that crowds won’t return quickly like they did after Kilauea blew HILO (AP) — A Hawaii island mountain town that suffered serious economic damage from a volcanic eruption has been wounded by another natural disaster as the coronavirus hits its ...