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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 ...

Thirteen Hawaiian Airlines employees test positive for virus

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines Inc. says 13 of its employees have tested positive for the coronavirus following an annual training course. The employees who tested positive for COVID-19 took part in flight attendant training at the airline’s Honolulu headquarters about two weeks ago, ...

Boat tours of Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial to resume

HONOLULU (AP) — Some boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor will resume this week, the National Park Service said. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial will open for limited boat tours to the USS Arizona on Friday, the park service said in a statement Wednesday. The USS ...

Honolulu City Council urges delaying pre-travel test plan

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday urged Hawaii’s governor to consider delaying a plan to allow travelers to use a negative COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine until the number of new cases on the U.S. mainland and in Hawaii drop significantly. The nine-member council ...

Judge blocks auction of Hawaiian princess’ things

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — An auction of a 94-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress’ belongings can’t go forward until a conservator is named to handle her finances, a judge ruled Monday. Abigail Kawananakoa’s foundation, which has been working to ...

Bill would give Hawaii land for temporary homeless camps

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii legislative committee has approved a bill to allow state land to be used for emergency homeless camps during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill passed by House Finance Committee members Monday would allow month-to-month revocable permits to be used for ...

City of Honolulu to make ‘Haiku Stairs’ a public attraction

HONOLULU (AP) — Ownership of a stairway that snakes along a mountainside in Hawaii has been transferred to the city of Honolulu in hopes of transforming the currently off-limits hike into a public attraction. The Board of Water Supply transferred the staircase known as the Stairway to ...

Two magnitude 4 quakes shake Kilauea area

The Maui News There were two magnitude 4-sized earthquakes within 15 hours of each other and a mile apart beneath Kilauea’s southern flank Thursday and Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory reported.  A 4.6 quake struck at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday night about ...