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Hawaii aquaculture reached record sales of $83.2M last year

Oct. 20, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Farm-raised marine animal sales in Hawaii last year reached $83.2 million, breaking a record, a new federal report said. Aquaculture sales quoted in the report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture eclipsed the high of $78.2 million set in 2014. The increase appeared driven by sales of...

Honolulu reserves rooms at 2 properties for virus isolation

Oct. 20, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu reserved hundreds of rooms at two hotels so Oahu has more space for people to go into coronavirus quarantine. Officials booked 221 rooms from Oct. 15 to Dec. 30 at the Park Shore Hotel in Waikiki to isolate those who have been exposed to the virus or are required to quarantine...

Judge rejects plea in ex-officer's sex solicitation case

Oct. 19, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a former Maui police officer's guilty plea in a case accusing him of soliciting sex from a woman he pulled over for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in exchange for giving false testimony at her trial. Brandon Saffeels said he offered to testify...

Convicted ex-prosecutor wants phone hearings during pandemic

Oct. 19, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former high-ranking Honolulu prosecutor who is in jail while awaiting sentencing for a conspiracy conviction in Hawaii’s largest corruption case wants to participate in hearings for a lawsuit her uncle filed against her by telephone because of the pandemic. Katherine...

In this Nov. 11, 2015, photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Maj. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Army National Guardsman and U.S. House of Representative for Hawaii's 2nd District, delivers a keynote address to audience members about honoring and remembering veterans of war during a Veterans Day sunset ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Military officials say Gabbard has left the Hawaii Army National Guard for a new assignment with a California-based Army Reserve unit. The Hawaii National Guard confirmed Gabbard, who holds the rank of major, made the switch in June 2020, but the transfer to an out-of-state unit was not formally announced. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/U.S. Navy via AP)

Gabbard leaves Hawaii National Guard for California unit

Oct. 19, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has left the Hawaii Army National Guard for a new assignment with a California-based Army Reserve unit, military officials said. Gabbard's new part-time assignment as an Army Reserve civil affairs officer follows 17 years with...

Hawaii rental assistance program puts hold on applications

Oct. 19, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii state program providing rental assistance to tenants struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily stopped accepting applications. The Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program called a halt to applications after reaching its processing capacity, The Hawaii...

Report: Only 2% of funds paid in Hawaii for housing relief

Oct. 17, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii allotted $100 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to help families struggling with their rent and mortgage payments, but so far only 2% of the money has been distributed, the state Housing Finance and Development Corporation said. The corporation confirmed the number with...

Public schools in Hawaii report 10 new cases of COVID-19

Oct. 17, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Public schools in Hawaii reported 10 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus among staff and students during the week that ended Friday. Officials said six of the people who tested positive had not been on campus for at least two weeks. There have been 147 cases of the coronavirus associated...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 file photo, Health care workers look on during a flyover at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. One of Utah's largest hospitals had no beds left Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in its regular intensive-care unit as the governor declared the state's weeks long spike in coronavirus cases

The Latest: New Mexico sets another one-day COVID-19 record

Oct. 16, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials on Friday confirmed the state set another single-day record with 819 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 35,770 since the pandemic began. New rules to limit gatherings to five people or less, reduce hotel capacities and impose a 10 p.m. closing time for...

Board votes against problematic online learning program

Oct. 16, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Board of Education has approved phasing out distance learning curriculum that parents and teachers complained contained racist and sexist content and will send parents a letter acknowledging the Acellus program was selected hastily during the pandemic without proper vetting. The...