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Hawaii News

Aloha shirts on ‘boogaloos’ hijacks symbol of peace

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — People following a violent movement that promotes a second U.S. civil war or the breakdown of modern society have been showing up at recent protests across the nation armed and wearing tactical gear. But the anti-government “boogaloo” ...

Virus prompts subsistence, recreational fishing boom

HONOLULU (AP) — An increase in the number of anglers plying Hawaii’s shores has provided much needed food and recreation while helping keep supply shops afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Fishing supply store personnel said noncommercial fishing in Hawaii has boomed since the ...

Kauai struggles with virus travel policies

HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai ended a tourism shutdown earlier this month by allowing interisland travelers to return to the island, but the impact of the coronavirus on the economy is having devastating consequences. The head of Hawaii’s lodging and tourism association said if Kauai tourism ...

Judge drops case against surgeon general

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge in Honolulu dismissed charges Wednesday against U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams after he was cited for allegedly violating local coronavirus restrictions while in Hawaii to help with COVID-19 surge testing efforts. Honolulu prosecutors submitted a motion Tuesday ...

Hawaii mobile virus testing van reaches underserved areas

HILO (AP) — A mobile unit of health professionals in Hawaii County is taking coronavirus testing on the road, providing screening to communities in underserved areas. Premier Medical Group has operated a mobile testing van in areas around Hawaii island since November, in addition to ...

Arizona man who died at Pearl Harbor buried near family

PHOENIX (AP) — An 18-year-old U.S. Navy sailor from Arizona who died at Pearl Harbor was buried with full military honors Friday after his remains were identified last year, about 80 years after the Japanese attack. Carl Johnson, a U.S. Navy seaman 1st Class and a Purple Heart recipient, ...

Nareit Hawaii awards $300K in housing grants

HONOLULU (AP) — A national organization for real estate investment trusts has awarded $300,000 in grants to two Hawaii organizations: Honolulu Habitat for Humanity and Hale O Hawaii. Nareit, which administers the Nareit Hawaii Community Giving Initiative, granted $120,000 on Friday to ...

Hospital to update policies after 2 virus clusters

Queen’s Medical Center outbreak last week included 27 caregivers and 12 patients HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu hospital plans to update its policies after being struck by coronavirus clusters in two areas of the facility. The Queen’s Medical Center said Tuesday there was a COVID-19 ...

Hawaii island mayor remains in hospital after heart attack

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Hawaii island’s mayor is still hospitalized after suffering a heart attack and undergoing a procedure to implant a stent. Mayor Mitch Roth was being treated in Hilo Medical Center after experiencing chest pain Saturday evening, West Hawaii Today reported ...

State plans mass COVID vaccination centers on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — Thousands of Oahu residents are expected to have access to COVID-19 vaccines when the state opens mass vaccination centers there, officials said. The state plans to begin providing vaccinations beginning Monday at Honolulu’s Pier 2 in partnership with Hawaii Pacific ...

Kauai resort to lay off over 450 employees

LIHUE (AP) — The Marriott Beach Club on Kauai laid off more than 450 employees across departments within the hotel, which is undergoing a change in ownership. The layoffs include housekeepers, banquet servers, laundry attendants and pool servers, The Garden Island reported last ...

New management takes over Hilo vets home struck by virus

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii island veterans home that suffered a coronavirus outbreak resulting in several patient deaths is under new management. The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo will be operated by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation under the management of Administrator ...

Nurses at Oahu medical center vote to strike

HONOLULU (AP) — Nurses in Hawaii have voted to authorize a strike over concerns that management practices have endangered staff and patients at an Oahu hospital. Many of the nurses said the hospital’s protocols put staff and patients at unnecessary risk for exposure to ...

Businesses bracing for unemployment tax increases on horizon

HONOLULU (AP) — Businesses in Hawaii are anticipating a possible tripling of unemployment taxes that could slow the recovery of the economy that has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations must notify employers of the state ...

Judge sets bail for man accused in US Capitol rioting

Nicholas Ochs was arrested Thursday after he returned home to Honolulu The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge in Honolulu on Monday ordered a Hawaii resident and neofascist group member accused of participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week to be released on $5,000 ...

Hawaii island Mayor Mitch Roth hospitalized with chest pain in Hilo

HONOLULU (AP) — The mayor of Hawaii island underwent a procedure to implant a stent after suffering chest pain Saturday evening. Officials say Mayor Mitch Roth was under evaluation Sunday at Hilo Medical Center after being transported from North Hawaii Community Hospital in ...

Kauai expects slow economic recovery after tourism resumes

HONOLULU (AP) — The island of Kauai plans to reopen to tourists after a halt forced by the coronavirus, but the economic recovery in the vital tourism industry could be slow. Kauai had opted out of the state program that allows trans-Pacific visitors if they produce a negative test before ...

Judge drops case against victim of ex-prosecutor

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge dismissed Monday a case against a victim of a former Honolulu prosecutor recently sentenced for obstructing justice and bank fraud. Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright said it served the interests of ...

New Honolulu mayor, city councilors sworn in

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu has a new slate of leaders after the mayor and five first-term City Council members took the oath of office. Former television executive Rick Blangiardi was sworn in as mayor at City Hall on Saturday. The 74-year-old became Honolulu’s eighth mayor since Hawaii ...

Lava spatters, flows inside crater of volcano

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava spattered and flowed over the weekend inside the crater of a Hawaii island volcano that began erupting in December. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the lava is confined to the summit crater of Kilauea, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. The eruption ...