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More rain expected for Hawaii, but drought may persist

Oct. 15, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii can expect above average rainfall during the upcoming wet season and potentially have more floods like last winter, the National Weather Service said Friday. Even so, Maui County and the Big Island may remain in drought and at greater risk for wildfires because the...

Popular hula competition still uncertain because of pandemic

Oct. 15, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Plans for the world's most prestigious hula competition remain uncertain because of the pandemic. In normal times, thousands of people from around the world descend on Hilo on the Big Island for the Merrie Monarch Festival. The event is often...

Hawaii will pay inmates $50 to get coronavirus vaccines

Oct. 15, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Public Safety says certain inmates will get $50 to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Hawaii inmates who were incarcerated on or after March 3 are eligible, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. More...

Developer aims to bring 4th hotel to Honolulu suburb

Oct. 14, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A developer aims to bring a fourth hotel to the Honolulu suburb of Kapolei amid demand from local residents and business travelers for less expensive hotel rooms outside of resort districts. A Utah-based partnership is seeking a city permit to build a...

The Latest: Vaccine mandate for Calif. prison guards blocked

Oct. 13, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California judge has partially blocked an order taking effect this week that requires state prison employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. A Kern County judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the...

Honolulu Marathon plans underway though future uncertain

Oct. 13, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Organizers are planning for the Honolulu Marathon, even though it’s not clear government officials will allow it to be held in December. While Honolulu is easing pandemic-related restrictions on large events, organizers are frustrated that neither...

Redevelopment around Aloha Stadium could start next year

Oct. 13, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Redevelopment of state land surrounding Aloha Stadium could start late next year or early 2023, though there is still no timetable for replacing the rusting 46-year-old amphitheater. The state Department of Accounting and General Services, which is...

No eviction spike in Hawaii in months after moratoriums end

Oct. 12, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has not experienced a large spike in evictions despite the expiration of both state and federal moratoriums meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect renters during the coronavirus pandemic economic downturn. Tracey Wiltgen, executive...

Big Island bikeshare program thriving despite pandemic

Oct. 12, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Despite the pandemic, bikeshare ridership remained strong on the Big Island partly because there was a rental car shortage. Bikeshare Hawaii Island was the first of its kind in the state when it was introduced in...

Strong earthquake strikes off coast of Hawaii

Oct. 11, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

NAALEHU, Hawaii (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off the coast of the Big Island in Hawaii on Sunday, rattling residents and causing items to fall off shelves. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 6.2 and struck about 17 miles (27 kilometers)...