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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams speaks during a press conference on the second day of surge COVID-19 testing, at Kalakaua District Park in Honolulu. Adams who 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, appears for a virtual arraignment in a Hawaii court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP,File)

US surgeon general to plead not guilty in Hawaii virus case

Oct. 21, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that his client, who is charged with illegally entering a Hawaii public park that was closed because of the coronavirus, will plead not guilty. The criminal complaint against Adams, who was on Oahu in August helping with surge...

Medical Assistant Savannah Dela Vega places a nasal swab in a container for coronavirus testing at the drive-thru clinic in Casper, Wyo., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Wyoming health officials reported the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased to the highest since March. (Cayla Nimmo/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

The Latest: Wisconsin sees highest 1-day virus death total

Oct. 21, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin has recorded its highest one-day total of new COVID-19 deaths and the first patient was admitted to a field hospital near Milwaukee that opened last week to help hospitals coping with the influx of patients. The surge that began in early September showed no signs of slowing with...

CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO KINOHI INSTEAD OF KANOHI - This 2017 photo provided by Ke'ala Aki shows Willie Talamoa, rear center with shaved head, next to Kinohi Aki, rear left, as they pray with players from their 15-and-under flag football team in Honolulu. A Honolulu community is mourning the loss of Talamoa, a mentor, football coach and father figure who died after contracting COVID-19. (Ke'ala Aki via AP)

Lives Lost: Hawaii football coach who prepped kids for life

Oct. 21, 2020 2:37 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu football coach Willie Talamoa bought his players cleats, drove them to practice and often stayed late to talk with those having trouble in school. For Talamoa, his actions weren’t just about football. They were about helping the young people in the hardscrabble neighborhood...

A beachgoer walks down Waikiki Beach, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Honolulu. A new pre-travel testing program will allow visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to come to Hawaii and avoid two weeks of mandatory quarantine goes into effect Thursday. The pandemic has caused a devastating downturn on Hawaii's tourism-based economy and many are hoping the testing will help the economy rebound. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Thousands arrive in Hawaii on first day pre-travel testing

Oct. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they could produce a negative coronavirus test. Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a...

Jim Zoller, top, gets a rapid COVID-19 test from June Lopez, Dignity GoHealth medical assistant, before a United Airlines flight to Hawaii at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Coronavirus weary residents and struggling business owners in Hawaii will be watching closely as tourists begin to return to the islands on Thursday without having to self-quarantine upon arrival. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Tourists return to Hawaii amid ever-changing pandemic rules

Oct. 15, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a plane headed for Hawaii, where travelers who test negative for the coronavirus will no longer be required to self-quarantine for two weeks. “Vacation, peace of mind,” said Margos, a nurse from San...

Makerita Iosefo-Va'a and her husband Shaun Va'a sit together in a park near a relative's home where they are temporarily staying in Tracy, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2020. The couple are homesick for American Samoa. She's among an estimated 600 residents of the U.S. territory who were away when American Samoa's governor closed borders to keep the cluster of Pacific islands free from coronavirus. Va Ľa and others say they don't want American Samoa to open its borders, but just to bring them home safely. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Pandemic leaves American Samoa residents stranded, homesick

Oct. 14, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Makerita Iosefo Vaʻa hasn't been home for nearly eight months — the longest she's ever been away from American Samoa. She longs for the breezes that cool island humidity and the ocean sounds and smells that permeate her home in the village of Tula. She also...

-This photo provided by Tabitha Persaud shows Isalyne Persaud, left, Ivan Persuad, middle, and Immit Persuad, right, watch a concert featuring reggae artist Kolohe Kai from their home in Kailua, Hawaii on Aug. 21, 2020. Internationally renowned ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and singer Kimie Miner, one of the most popular artists in Hawaii right now, were among the other headliners of recent online concerts for a Hawaii elementary school. Aikahi Elementary Principal Keoki Fraser is using local star power to help his school community feel connected and uplifted during the uncertainties of the pandemic.(Tabitha Persaud via AP)

Star power helps uplift, connect Hawaii elementary school

Oct. 12, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some of Hawaii’s most popular musical artists have appeared before an unlikely audience — a small elementary school on Oahu’s windward coast. These are gigs with a purpose: The principal dreamed up the virtual concerts, presenting headliners like internationally...

FILE - This Nov. 28, 2018, file photo provided by the United States Attorney's Office and introduced as evidence in court in Honolulu shows some of the hundreds of shark fins seized from a Japanese fishing boat. A business that owns a Japanese fishing boat pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in a shark finning case. 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 crewmembers' luggage in 2018. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Fishing boat owner pleads guilty in shark finning case

Oct. 8, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

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 crewmembers'...

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams demonstrates the self-administered COVID-19 swab test on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaii. According to a criminal complaint filed in court, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park. At the time of the August citation, Adams was in Hawaii helping with surge-testing efforts amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

US surgeon general cited for being in closed Hawaii park

Oct. 6, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — 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 police officer cited Jerome Adams after seeing him with two men...

This photo provided by Charles Timtim shows his daughter, name withheld by parents, doing schoolwork from home in Waipahu, Hawaii, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Timtim's mother doesn't think it's safe for her daughter to be back at school but she also doesn't want her exposed to an online learning program called Acellus that misspelled and mispronounced the last queen to rule the Hawaiian kingdom. Parents spotting questionable content on Acellus is forcing some school districts across the country to reconsider the program or stop using it. (Charles Timtim via AP)

Parents: Online learning program has racist, sexist content

Oct. 4, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Zan Timtim doesn't think it's safe for her eighth-grade daughter to return to school in person during the coronavirus pandemic but also doesn't want her exposed to a remote learning program that misspelled and mispronounced the name of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last monarch to rule the...