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Hawaii News

Kauai resort to lay off over 450 employees

LIHUE (AP) — The Marriott Beach Club on Kauai laid off more than 450 employees across departments within the hotel, which is undergoing a change in ownership. The layoffs include housekeepers, banquet servers, laundry attendants and pool servers, The Garden Island reported last ...

New management takes over Hilo vets home struck by virus

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii island veterans home that suffered a coronavirus outbreak resulting in several patient deaths is under new management. The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo will be operated by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation under the management of Administrator ...

Nurses at Oahu medical center vote to strike

HONOLULU (AP) — Nurses in Hawaii have voted to authorize a strike over concerns that management practices have endangered staff and patients at an Oahu hospital. Many of the nurses said the hospital’s protocols put staff and patients at unnecessary risk for exposure to ...

Businesses bracing for unemployment tax increases on horizon

HONOLULU (AP) — Businesses in Hawaii are anticipating a possible tripling of unemployment taxes that could slow the recovery of the economy that has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations must notify employers of the state ...

Judge sets bail for man accused in US Capitol rioting

Nicholas Ochs was arrested Thursday after he returned home to Honolulu The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge in Honolulu on Monday ordered a Hawaii resident and neofascist group member accused of participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week to be released on $5,000 ...

Hawaii island Mayor Mitch Roth hospitalized with chest pain in Hilo

HONOLULU (AP) — The mayor of Hawaii island underwent a procedure to implant a stent after suffering chest pain Saturday evening. Officials say Mayor Mitch Roth was under evaluation Sunday at Hilo Medical Center after being transported from North Hawaii Community Hospital in ...

Kauai expects slow economic recovery after tourism resumes

HONOLULU (AP) — The island of Kauai plans to reopen to tourists after a halt forced by the coronavirus, but the economic recovery in the vital tourism industry could be slow. Kauai had opted out of the state program that allows trans-Pacific visitors if they produce a negative test before ...

Judge drops case against victim of ex-prosecutor

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge dismissed Monday a case against a victim of a former Honolulu prosecutor recently sentenced for obstructing justice and bank fraud. Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright said it served the interests of ...

New Honolulu mayor, city councilors sworn in

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu has a new slate of leaders after the mayor and five first-term City Council members took the oath of office. Former television executive Rick Blangiardi was sworn in as mayor at City Hall on Saturday. The 74-year-old became Honolulu’s eighth mayor since Hawaii ...

Lava spatters, flows inside crater of volcano

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava spattered and flowed over the weekend inside the crater of a Hawaii island volcano that began erupting in December. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the lava is confined to the summit crater of Kilauea, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. The eruption ...

3 vie to replace Kahele as Hilo’s state senator

HILO (AP) — A state representative and two political newcomers are vying to fill the remaining two years of former state Sen. Kai Kahele’s term after he was elected to Congress. Gov. David Ige will select the new senator representing Hilo after local Democratic Party officials sent him a ...

Hotel officials: Slow tourism recovery expected

HONOLULU (AP) — Some hotel executives don’t expect a quick recovery for Hawaii’s tourism industry. Visitor figures in November were about 77 percent lower than the same month in 2019, with just 183,779 total travelers, according to data released Monday by the Hawaii Tourism ...

Seawater AC plans shut down over costs

HONOLULU (AP) — Plans to air-condition many commercial and government buildings in Honolulu using cold deep-sea water have been shut down because of increasing construction costs. Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning LLC had pursued the project for 16 years, spending $25 million, obtaining ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Flight returns for emergency landing HONOLULU — A Southwest Airlines flight from Honolulu bound for Oakland, Calif., made an emergency landing in Hawaii after the captain heard strange noises about 20 minutes after taking off on Christmas Day. Southwest Flight ...

Park rangers cite visitors to volcano site

HONOLULU (AP) — Park rangers have cited dozens of people who have gathered at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to witness an ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano. The rangers said those cited had ventured into dangerous areas to take photos and videos of the volcano eruption that had ...

Honolulu mayor announces plan to recycle ash byproduct

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced a city contract to build a facility to treat and recycle ash in order to prevent it from ending up in Oahu’s landfill. The contract with Covanta Projects LLC was issued Dec. 7 and will cost roughly $60 million over an 11-year ...

Kauai seeks OK for resort bubble system

LIHUE (AP) — Kauai County is seeking approval to impose a post-travel resort bubble system that would allow incoming travelers to test out of their coronavirus quarantine after three days. If the plan is approved by Gov. David Ige, incoming tourists that test negative for the coronavirus ...

State agency to aid in down payments for Native Hawaiians

Program to provide funds for some on a waitlist for homes that are on Oahu HONOLULU (AP) — The state agency that helps administer land for Native Hawaiians has approved a new program that will provide a small number of Native residents with down-payment assistance. The new program ...

Helicopter firm getting more clients since eruption

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — One Hawaii island helicopter tour company has seen a substantial rise in bookings after a volcano eruption and following months of limited business due to the coronavirus pandemic. Paradise Helicopters has experienced an increase in bookings since the Kilauea volcano ...

Cancer treatment center construction starts on Big Island

HILO (AP) — A new cancer treatment center in Hawaii has broken ground after the state legislature allocated $6.5 million for the project earlier this year. A group of health care officials and lawmakers gathered Thursday to mark the beginning of construction of the new building, which will ...