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Oahu buyers paying more for larger houses during pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — Demand for bigger homes, reduced inventory and near historic low interest rates have helped Oahu’s housing market set a price record for a second straight month. The median sale price for previously owned single-family homes rose to $880,000 in September, The Honolulu ...

University of the Nations confirms 30 virus cases

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — COVID-19 testing will be conducted on hundreds of staff and students at a university on Hawaii island following a recent outbreak. West Hawaii Today reported Monday that officials at the University of the Nations Kona confirmed 30 cases associated with the Big Island ...

Ex-Hawaii residents in territories seek to vote in presidential election

HONOLULU (AP) — Six former Hawaii residents who now live in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands want to be able to vote by absentee ballot for president. They are being treated like “second-class citizens” because of where they live, they said in a federal lawsuit filed late Thursday in ...

Guilty plea entered in shark finning case

HONOLULU (AP) — A business that owns a Japanese fishing boat pleaded guilty Thursday in a case involving Indonesian crew members who cut fins from sharks. Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. agreed to pay a $126,000 fine and forfeit another $119,000 because of an investigation that found shark fins in ...

Honolulu affordable housing for Native Hawaiians approved

HONOLULU (AP) — Department of Hawaiian Home Lands officials approved a plan for a 23-story apartment tower expected to provide affordable rentals for 277 Native Hawaiian households. The agency recently approved the estimated $137 million development in Honolulu, The Honolulu ...

US surgeon general cited for being in closed Hawaii park

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. surgeon general was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, according to a criminal complaint filed in court. A Honolulu ...

Agricultural water plan hearings are scheduled for next month

The Maui News The Commission on Water Resource Management will be holding public hearings online on Nov. 18 and 19 to solicit input on the update to the statewide Agricultural Water Use and Development Plan, a long-range management plan that assesses state and private agricultural water use, ...

Pearl Harbor shooting probe finds mental health care flaws

HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy said Tuesday its investigation into a shooting at Pearl Harbor last December was unable to determine what caused a submarine sailor to fire his service weapon at three civilian workers, killing two and wounding one, before he fatally shot himself. But the Navy’s ...

UH student dies after contracting COVID-19

HONOLULU (AP) — A University of Hawaii West Oahu student has died after contracting coronavirus. Jezreel Lowie B. Juan died on Friday, the university said in a statement. Juan had transferred to the West Oahu campus in 2019 as a junior after attending Honolulu Community College. A ...

CEO accused of $12.8M in fraud virus PPP loans

Company wasn’t affected by the pandemic says exec By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The CEO of a company that was one of Hawaii’s largest recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program defrauded banks of more than $12.8 million in money meant to assist ...

More Hawaii jail virus cases a day after containment report

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Public Safety has said that 19 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 a day after officials declared an outbreak in an Oahu jail was under control. The announcement followed another round of testing at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, Hawaii ...

Officials post shark warnings at 2 popular Oahu beaches

HONOLULU (AP) — Ocean safety officials have posted shark warning signs at two popular beaches on Oahu’s south and north shores. Officials posted new shark warning signs Friday at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki and Waimea Bay on the North Shore. Officials say they spotted a 4- to 5-foot ...

Effort to save fragile ecosystems proving tough

Fish swim in a reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. A decadelong effort to save the world’s disappearing species and declining ecosystems has mostly failed so far, with fragile ecosystems like coral reefs and tropical forests in even more trouble than ever, ...

Hawaii geothermal plant can restart without further review

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health determined the state’s only geothermal power plant does not need an additional environmental review in its ongoing effort to restart after the facility was shut down by a volcanic eruption. Puna Geothermal Venture is in the review ...

Honolulu rail board does not have enough votes to remove CEO

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board of directors could not muster enough votes Thursday to act on a recommendation to cut ties with the chief executive of the city’s massive rail transit project. The full board failed to follow the recommendation of the ...

Attorney: Hawaii law is ban on carrying guns

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A challenge to Hawaii’s strict gun laws was back before a federal appeals court Thursday, where an attorney representing the state tried to defend a law that allowed officials to deny George Young a permit to carry a loaded ...

Death toll rises to 18 at Hilo veterans home with past violations

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An outbreak at a Hawaii veterans home has killed 18 residents and yielded three different investigations by state and federal officials. There have been 69 residents at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home that have tested positive for the coronavirus, 28 of whom are ...

Hawaii councilors accuse county of slow volcano recovery

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County Council members have accused the county’s administrators of a slow response in enacting programs to assist the public’s recovery from the Kilauea volcanic eruption two years ago. A meeting of the council’s Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic ...

Honolulu police arrest 2 after COVID-19 violation

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu liquor and law enforcement officials say they have arrested multiple people and closed down a bar for violating restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Brix and Bones sports bar was shut down after it remained opened despite public health orders ...

Hawaii flags lowered to honor Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

The Maui News U.S. and Hawaii flags will be flying at half-mast to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday of cancer. In ordering the lowering of the flags, Gov. David Ige said Friday that the flags will remain at half-mast until the date of Ginsburg’s ...