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Hawaii News

Green: Will consider gyms, restaurants next

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green said Friday the state is moving into “Phase 2” of its effort against the coronavirus now that it has successfully reduced the rate of new infections and “flattened the curve.” Green said in a video posted on social media that low-risk ...

Haiku Stairs management transferred

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Board of Water Supply has voted to transfer management of Haiku Stairs and the surrounding land to the City and County of Honolulu. A unanimous vote by the seven-member board Monday backed the transfer of the popular mountainside attraction nicknamed the ...

US Navy will host Hawaii exercises

Sailors will be kept out at sea By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy said Wednesday it will host the world’s largest maritime exercises in Hawaii again this year, but the drills will only be held at sea because of the coronavirus. The Navy has held the ...

University of Hawaii considers new Mauna Kea management

Also considered was the shifting of authority of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve away from university entirely HILO (AP) — The University of Hawaii is considering possible new management structures for governing land on Mauna Kea in an effort to improve its stewardship of the state’s ...

Turtle Bay Resort gets OK to finish $116M renovation

HONOLULU (AP) — The owners of Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu have received preliminary approval for a permit crucial to completing a $116 million renovation project on the aging North Shore complex, city committee officials said. The Honolulu City Council’s Zoning, Planning and Housing ...

Hawaii County to receive $61M to repair roads damaged by lava

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County is expected to receive $61 million in federal funding to repair roads damaged by lava in the Kilauea eruption, but a restoration timeline has not been established. The Federal Emergency Management Agency distribution announced last week will be paid to the county ...

An environmental review suggests 10 aquarium permits in West Hawaii waters

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A final environmental impact statement on a proposal to issue commercial aquarium permits in West Hawaii waters suggests awarding permits to only 10 aquarium fishermen, an advisory council said. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council reduced the suggested number ...

Kauai mayor imposes curfew, then entertains his bored fellow residents

EDITOR’S NOTE: While nonstop global news about the effects of the coronavirus have become commonplace, so, too, are the stories about the kindness of strangers and individuals who have sacrificed for others. “One Good Thing” is an AP continuing series reflecting these acts of ...

Boy Scouts suit filed as state shuts abuse claims window

HONOLULU (AP) — Eight men were sexually abused when they were Boy Scouts in Hawaii in the 1960s and 1970s, they alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday as the state’s window closed on allowing child sex abuse claims that would have been barred under a statute of limitations. Various states and ...

Army program to help save 3 native Hawaiian plants

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army’s natural resources program has helped save three native plant species from extinction, officials said. The Army helped preserve the haha plant, Hawaiian mint and tree aster as part of its ongoing management of more than 120 endangered and threatened native ...

Short-term rental visitors hard to track

HONOLULU (AP) — Transient vacation rental units are proving difficult for Hawaii officials to regulate during the coronavirus pandemic as they serve as shelter for many of the state’s visitors. Many of the 2,970 visitors who arrived in Hawaii during the 23 days prior to Sunday are ...

Judiciary postpones state court trials amid pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald has announced an order to postpone all state court trials amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state Judiciary said. The order states all state trials in civil, criminal and family courts be postponed until May 29 or the termination of ...

Hawaii visitor pays fines, apologizes for slapping monk seal

HONOLULU (AP) — The attorney for a man who slapped a Hawaiian monk seal while visiting Oahu issued an apology on behalf of his client, who paid fines issued by federal and state agencies. Attorney Blake Long in North Carolina said the man paid the fines following an investigation of a ...

Trials put off until after May 29

The Maui News Trials in state courts will be postponed until after May 29 or the end of Gov. David Ige’s declared state of emergency, whichever is sooner, under an order issued Friday by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. The dates apply unless a chief judge of a circuit orders ...

Ige orders moratorium on evictions amid virus fight

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday ordered a moratorium on evictions of people from their homes for failure to pay rent as the negative economic effects of the fight against the coronavirus deepen. Evictions in Hawaii have effectively ...

Honolulu officials expect $80M shortfall for rail project

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu should expect an $80 million tax revenue shortfall for the city’s $9.2 billion rail transit project because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation could be forced to borrow money to meet the budget shortfall ...

Hawaii notes progress against virus

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii officials on Tuesday acknowledged progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus in the islands yet warned against complacency as they disclosed the existence of a cluster of 12 cases connected to a McDonald’s worker on the Big ...

Kauai County Council considers high-density housing ordinance

LIHUE (AP) — Two or more multiple-family units could be developed on any size land under an ordinance, permitting high-density housing projects on Kauai Island. The Kauai County Council considered the ordinance at a routine planning committee meeting this week, the Garden Island ...

Monk seal dies during treatment

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal has died from a parasitic disease while in treatment at a marine center, an official said. The 13-year-old female named Pohaku died last week at the Marine Mammal Center‘s Ke Kai Ola facility on the Big Island, Hawaii Public Radio reported ...