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Hawaii News

Kahele wins Hawaii Democratic primary for Gabbard’s seat

HONOLULU — Kai Kahele was prepared to do the unthinkable: take on an incumbent from his own party for a U.S. House seat. He felt so strongly that Hawaii residents were being hurt by the presidential ambitions of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that he announced early on he would challenge his fellow ...

Coffee farmers in jeopardy with no federal aid

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s congressional delegation has continually urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its coronavirus relief program to include coffee farmers but the state’s roughly $50 million coffee industry waits in a state of limbo. The $16 billion Coronavirus Food ...

Pacific Islanders hit more with virus in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — While Pacific Islanders make up just 4 percent of Hawaii’s population, they represent 27 percent of the state’s newly confirmed coronavirus cases, according to state Department of Health data released. White people have 20 percent of the newly confirmed cases and make ...

Hawaii groups to take more action against illegal evictions

HONOLULU (AP) — Several organizations plan to take more legal action against landlords who violate Hawaii’s moratorium on evictions over unpaid housing bills during the coronavirus pandemic. Under Gov. David Ige’s April emergency proclamation, landlords are prohibited from evicting ...

High court hears arguments over ‘gut and replace’ laws

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Attorneys argued before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday over how much lawmakers should allow the public to weigh in on legislation as laws are being drafted and voted on. The justices listened to lawyers over a video link that was ...

Only 1 major candidate running to succeed Tulsi Gabbard

Things are looking good for Kai Kahele HONOLULU (AP) — There’s only one major candidate in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, virtually guaranteeing he will be sworn in as Hawaii’s newest congressman in January. Kai Kahele, a Democrat, is so far ahead of everyone else that ...

Bad visitor behavior prompts closure of Kauai state park

LIHUE (AP) — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has indefinitely closed Polihale State Park on Kauai, citing overuse and reckless behavior by visitors. Polihale was among a group of state parks targeted for closure following what DLNR labeled “egregious” public misuse, ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press United Airlines to add Hawaii flights HONOLULU — United Airlines says it will resume service on 30 international routes in September, and will include more flights to Hawaii. The Chicago-based airline said in a statement Friday it intends to fly 37 percent of its ...

Report: Nearly 900 Honolulu businesses shut down by pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — An economic report found nearly 900 Honolulu businesses have closed temporarily or permanently since the beginning of March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The second-quarter Yelp Economic Average report considered trends concerning the economic effects of the ...

Alm to serve as conservator

HONOLULU (AP) — The wife of a 94-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress won’t be appointed as her conservator, a judge ruled Tuesday. Instead, Judge R. Mark Browning appointed retired Hawaiian Electric executive Robbie Alm to serve as conservator for Abigail Kawana-nakoa, considered a princess ...

EPA finds plastic trash contaminates 2 remote beaches

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated the waters of two remote beaches in Hawaii as contaminated by trash, forcing the state to address the persistent problem of plastic deposited on its coastlines by swirling Pacific Ocean currents. The decision will ...

Bar shutdown for virus-rule violations

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu bar has been closed by officials after they said it repeatedly failed to comply with COVID-19 regulations. The Honolulu Liquor Commission on Tuesday shut down Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar in Honolulu for 24 hours after investigators discovered Saturday night ...

Hawaii mayor: State not ready to reopen by Sept. 1

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The mayor of Hawaii County has said the state will not be ready to reopen to tourists Sept. 1 or accept university students from out the state by Aug. 24. Mayor Harry Kim criticized plans to use a combination of preflight testing and 14-day quarantines for travelers who ...

Kauai conducts invasive species control

LIHUE (AP) — The Kauai Invasive Species Committee and other groups have conducted early detection, rapid response and control work this year on dozens of invasive plant and animal species as other activities and business operations have been restricted during the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

Three medical workers on Hawaii island test positive for coronavirus

Physician saw 11 patients over two days at clinic, with all wearing masks The Associated Press Three Hawaii medical professionals have tested positive for COVID-19, including two hospital employees and a traveling doctor, officials said. The Big Island medical workers included two Kona ...

Kauai businesses cut prices to lure customers

LIHUE (AP) — Businesses on Kauai are offering large discounts to lure back customers after a near complete end to tourist visits to the island since the coronavirus outbreak in the spring. The businesses are providing the discounts as a gesture to residents who also have felt the economic ...

Ex-officer sentenced for forcing man to lick urinal

Rabago gets 4-year prison term for robbing homeless man of his dignity By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge sentenced a former Honolulu police officer Wednesday to four years in prison for forcing a homeless man to lick a public urinal, telling him ...

Hawaii debates how close kids can get after school reopening

HONOLULU (AP) — Education professionals, state officials and parents in Hawaii are considering how close to allow children to get in classrooms as schools reopen for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak. Hawaii public schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto drew opposition when ...

Virus test provider reduces but doesn’t cut off supplies

HONOLULU (AP) — A supplier of one of Hawaii’s largest COVID-19 testing laboratories said it has temporarily reduced the volume of test kits available locally because of a surge of cases across the country but not cut off the supply. Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. on Wednesday said ...

Hawaii Foodbank partners with private firms for virus relief

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s largest food distribution charity is working with private partners to support families who are facing food insecurity resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The Hawaii Foodbank has teamed with companies from the construction and development industries to bring ...