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Hawaii News

Dozens of WWII veterans to gather in Hawaii amid pandemic

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Several dozen aging U.S. veterans, including some who were in Tokyo Bay as swarms of warplanes buzzed overhead and nations converged to end World War II, will gather on a battleship in Pearl Harbor next month to mark the 75th ...

Ige declines to address open records request

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s office declined to provide copies of communications about the coronavirus that his staff exchanged with the state Department of Health, the tourism industry and other organizations. The Associated Press asked ...

Aquarium fishing ban is extended

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Environmental Council has effectively extended a ban on commercial aquarium collection along the west coast of Hawaii island. The state council on Thursday upheld a decision by the Board of Land and Natural Resources to reject an environmental impact statement ...

State denies threatening candidate with arrest

HONOLULU (AP) — The state attorney general’s office denies threatening a Republican state House of Representatives candidate with arrest for violating a traveler quarantine mandated to protect the islands from the spread of the coronavirus. Lori Ford was in California visiting family ...

Feds seek no bail in spy case

HONOLULU — U.S. prosecutors are asking that a former CIA officer and contract linguist for the FBI be held without bail on charges of spying for China. Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, had his first court hearing Tuesday, appearing by phone from the Honolulu Federal Detention Center. He was ...

Big military exercise in Hawaii scaled back due to virus

HONOLULU (AP) — The world’s largest maritime military exercise is scheduled to be held this week in Hawaii, but the event has been scaled back significantly, mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 27th Rim of the Pacific international military exercise will be considerably ...

Governor seeking details on Trump’s unemployment plan

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige said he is working to find out whether the federal government would fully pay for $300 in weekly supplemental unemployment benefits President Donald Trump announced under an executive order last weekend or whether the state would wind up having to foot the bill if it ...

Hawaii teachers union files labor complaint over reopening

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Days before the first day for public school students across Hawaii, the statewide teachers union filed a complaint with the state Labor Relations Board over working conditions from increasing COVID-19 infections. It’s the ...

Ethics board receives petition over Mauna Kea protest

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A citizen petition filed with the Hawaii County Board of Ethics claims there was an uneven application of the law in response to a months-long demonstration that blocked a road up the state’s tallest mountain. The petition filed Wednesday said the protest camp ...

Governor appoints new directors as labor head resigns

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s governor has announced the appointment of two new state cabinet members, including a replacement for a department director who submitted his resignation after a two-month leave. Democratic Gov. David Ige said Monday he appointed a new interim director of the ...

Commander: Military accounts for 7% of virus cases

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command has said that service members and their families represent about 7 percent of the coronavirus cases in Hawaii. Adm. Phil Davidson released the infection figures in a memo to Indo-Pacific service component commanders, ...

16 OCCC inmates positive for COVID-19

HONOLULU (AP) — Seven more inmates at Hawaii’s biggest jail have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 16, the state Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. The agency said the state Department of Health is coordinating with the National Guard to ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Outbreak closes Honolulu city hall HONOLULU — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell closed city hall on Monday after several people who work at Honolulu Hale tested positive for COVID-19. Employees including Caldwell are being tested for the disease. The mayor has entered ...

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, ...