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Hawaii News

Shipping firm suspends planned changes to rules

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii ocean shipping company is making adjustments to rules regulating its cargo service as it continues to seek federal coronavirus relief through the state. Young Brothers LLC had planned to scale back its service by suspending mixed cargo shipping and loads ...

Official: Hawaii care homes have lowest national virus rate

HILO (AP) — Hawaii’s coronavirus infection rate in long-term care facilities is the lowest in the nation because of statewide efforts to contain its spread, officials said. Healthcare Association of Hawaii President and CEO Hilton Raethel says the infection statistic is based on data ...

Off-road vehicles a danger for monk seal pup

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — State and wildlife officials have warned against off-roading in Kailua-Kona and asked the public to keep their distance to protect a Hawaiian monk seal pup born in late April. The Hawaii state Department of Land and Natural Resources says off-road vehicles have ...

Guard charged with smuggling meth into jail to be released on bond

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii prison guard charged with smuggling meth and other contraband into Oahu Community Correctional Center will be released on bond, a federal judge said Wednesday. Prosecutors wanted Jon Estabilio Jr. held without bail. ...

Pandemic budget crunch leaves Hawaii with unpleasant options

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The coronavirus pandemic has pushed Hawaii’s unemployment rate up to 22.3 percent, generated miles-long food bank lines and led hotel operators to close their doors and board up their windows. Tax revenues are plunging and policy ...

Hawaii leader who fought travel ban picked for police panel

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor is nominating to the police commission Hawaii’s former attorney general who fought President Donald Trump’s travel ban. If confirmed by the Honolulu City Council, Doug Chin will replace one of the two commissioners who recently resigned. Chin was ...

Honolulu police suspend vascular neck restraints

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department is temporarily stopping officers from using a type of neck restraint. Prompted by intense protests across the United States and elsewhere over racial injustice and police brutality when George Floyd died after a police officer in Minnesota ...

Judge mulls conservator for Hawaiian heiress

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A long, bitter legal battle over control of a 94-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress’ $215-million fortune raged on Tuesday, with a judge saying her conservatorship should be unlimited but not ruling on who the conservator will ...

Court orders dismissal of Trump Muslim travel ban challenges

By DENISE LAVOIE The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court on Monday ordered a lower court to toss out legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s 3-year-old ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries, finding that a judge misinterpreted a Supreme Court ...

Hawaii fisherman gets $260 fine for illegal haul worth $37K

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has imposed a $260 fine on one of three fisherman in Hawaii who was accused of violating the state’s ban on aquarium fishing and recovered an illegal catch worth more than $37,000 in February, court officials said. “This is outrageous,” said Inga Gibson of ...

Proposed Hawaii affordable housing project draws opposition

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of an Oahu community have expressed opposition to plans to build a rental apartment complex with primarily low-income units. The complex in Kailua would include 73 apartments almost entirely intended for residents with low incomes, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Military arrivals subject to separate restrictions

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of the U.S. military arriving in Hawaii will not be subjected to the state’s quarantine rule resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, but service members will follow a separate order restricting their movements. The Department of Homeland Security exempted ...

Tourism chief to retire as virus fallout continues

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of Hawaii’s tourism agency announced he plans to retire as the industry continues to experience the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic that has significantly reduced travel to the state. Hawaii Tourism Authority President and Chief Executive Officer ...

Guidelines create incomplete Hawaii virus data, critics say

HONOLULU (AP) — Coronavirus information from Hawaii health officials presents an incomplete story of the pandemic’s impact on racial and ethnic communities in the state, some critics said. The state Department of Health continues to gather data on the pandemic’s impact on residents, ...

Hawaii Police Commission members resign from oversight panel

HONOLULU — Two members of the Honolulu Police Commission have resigned after voicing frustration at the limited power the commission has to oversee the police department and its chief. Former federal prosecutor Loretta Sheehan and retired Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Steven ...

Military continues to boost economy during virus

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. military spending continues to be a pillar of Hawaii’s economy as the Department of Defense has so far proved resistant to the financial impact of the coronavirus. The financial damaged suffered by the state because of the significant decrease in tourism has been ...

Hotel union protest calls for worker protections to reopen visitor industry

HONOLULU (AP) — The union representing workers at many of Hawaii’s hotels held a demonstration demanding that public safety and the needs of Hawaii’s workers are placed at the forefront of plans to reopen the state’s tourism industry. Unite Here Local 5 union members took part in a ...

Locals take back tourist-free Waikiki

HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in Hawaii, Amber Lethem’s family avoided Waikiki, the world-famous tourist mecca. “I reflect back on my childhood, Waikiki has always been this pinnacle of like that’s where all the tourists are,” Lethem said. “We didn’t really go into Waikiki, ...

Biden wins Hawaii’s party-run presidential poll

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Joe Biden won the Democratic Party of Hawaii’s party-run presidential primary Saturday, which was delayed by more than a month because of the coronavirus. Biden defeated Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 37 percent. Biden ...