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Oahu hospital's donated devices keeping patients connected

May. 19, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A program providing donated iPads and computer tablets has allowed patients at a Hawaii hospital to stay in contact with loved ones during the coronavirus outbreak. Family and friends who cannot visit patients at Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu can receive medical updates and make...

Hawaii public pension fund suffers worst loss in 17 years

May. 18, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s largest public pension fund suffered its worst quarterly loss in more than 17 years because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. The state Employees’ Retirement System investments fell 9.5%, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. The fund’s...

Average US gas price up 5 cents over 3 weeks to $1.97

May. 17, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose a nickel over the past three weeks, to $1.97 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that the slight jump comes after prices at the pump crashed for nine weeks straight during the...

New York tourist arrested after posting Hawaii beach photos

May. 15, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A tourist from New York was arrested for allegedly violating Hawaii's traveler quarantine after he posted on Instagram photos of himself sunbathing and carrying a surfboard, state officials said. Hawaii authorities have been cracking down on travelers who defy a mandatory 14-day quarantine...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 13, 2020, file, photo beachgoers walk and exercise on the beach in Malibu, Calif. Masks are required at Los Angeles County beaches, which reopened Wednesday to join counterparts in other states that have allowed a somewhat limited return to famed stretches of sand. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Surf’s up and so are new beach rules to prevent virus spread

May. 15, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — They arrived at the beach by car, skateboard and on bare feet. They carried Frisbees, cameras and surfboards. They wore running shorts, yoga pants and wetsuits. Many wore masks. That was the starkest difference this week apart from a moment in time in March that seems hard to...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Public officials cite virus while limiting access to records

May. 14, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions. Public officials have said employees either don't have the...

FILE - In this March 28, 2020, file photo, a couple sits on an empty section of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii law enforcement authorities are cracking down on rogue tourists who are visiting beaches, jetskiing, shopping and generally flouting strict requirements that they quarantine for 14 days after arriving.   (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Rogue tourists arrested as Hawaii tries to curb virus spread

May. 7, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities are cracking down on rogue tourists who are visiting beaches, riding personal watercraft, shopping and generally flouting strict requirements that they quarantine for 14 days after arriving. A newlywed California couple left their Waikiki hotel room repeatedly, despite...

FILE - In a Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, Carnival Cruise ships are docked at the Port of Tampa in Tampa, Fla. Carnival Cruise Lines says it plans to gradually resume cruising in North America in August, nearly five months after it halted operations due to the new coronavirus. Sailings will begin on Aug. 1 with eight ships setting off from Galveston, Texas; Miami; and Port Canaveral, Florida. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Carnival Cruise Line plans to sail again starting in August

May. 4, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

Carnival Cruise Line said Monday that it plans to gradually resume cruising in North America in August, nearly five months after it halted operations due to the new coronavirus. Sailings will begin on Aug. 1 or soon after, with eight ships setting off from Galveston, Texas; Miami; and Port Canaveral, Florida. A...

In this April 21, 2020, photo, a woman walks on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii has some of the lowest coronavirus infection and mortality rates in the U.S. As cases started to rise in March, the governor did something no other state can — effectively seal the borders. People who do come face a two-week quarantine. That's cut off the flow of tens of thousands of tourists a day. But it’s walloped an economy that relies on tourism, and officials say travel restrictions will be among the last to end. Of the few remaining places in the world with no confirmed infections, nearly all are islands in the Pacific. American Samoa, a U.S. territory west of Hawaii, is the nation’s only jurisdiction with no cases to date. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Isolated by oceans: Hawaii, other islands tamp down virus

May. 4, 2020 3:11 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Flying to a faraway beach might seem like the perfect way to escape a pandemic, but for isolated Pacific islands, controlling the coronavirus means cutting off tourism. Hawaii has among the lowest COVID-19 infection and mortality rates in the U.S. As cases rose in March, Gov. David Ige did...

FILE -- In this July 26, 2018, file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson participates in a group sail during the Rim of the Pacific exercise off the coast of Hawaii. The U.S. Navy says it will host the world's largest maritime exercises in Hawaii again this year, but the drills will only be held at sea because of the coronavirus. (Petty Officer 1st Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez/U.S. Navy via AP, File)

US Navy will host Hawaii exercises but keep sailors at sea

Apr. 30, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Wednesday it will host the world's largest maritime exercises in Hawaii again this year, but the drills will only be held at sea because of the coronavirus. The Navy has held the Rim of the Pacific exercises in Hawaii every two years since the early 1970s. Hawaii Gov....