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Mayor: Virus surge makes Hawaii traveler testing plan unsafe

Jul. 9, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Thursday it’s not safe to follow through with a plan to allow out-of-state travelers to use a negative COVID-19 test to bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement beginning Aug. 1. The mayor cited a surge in coronavirus cases in California and other...

Court official to oversee damages for Hawaiian homesteads

Jul. 9, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The price of land in a specific area of Oahu will be used to determine damages owed to Native Hawaiian plaintiffs who have waited years for property administered by the state. A court-appointed special master will determine the damages distributed to each plaintiff in a 1999 class-action...

Primary Hawaii virus testing lab loses services of supplier

Jul. 9, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — One of Hawaii’s largest COVID-19 testing laboratories lost its continental U.S. supplier of chemicals needed to continue to run tests. Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. will no longer receive reagents and other supplies from Roche Diagnostics Corp., one of the largest manufacturers...

Honolulu City Council urges delaying pre-travel test plan

Jul. 8, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday urged Hawaii's governor to consider delaying a plan to allow travelers to use a negative COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine until the number of new cases on the U.S. mainland and in Hawaii drop significantly. The nine-member council unanimously...

Boat tours of Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial to resume

Jul. 8, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor will resume this week, the National Park Service said. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial will open for limited boat tours to the USS Arizona on Friday, the park service said in a statement Wednesday. The USS Arizona sank...

Hawaii Legislature passes bill to name suspended police

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Legislature passed a police reform bill that would reveal the identities of police officers who have been suspended or discharged. The bill passed Monday would subject police to the same disclosure rules used for other public agency employees, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

Hawaii Foodbank partners with private firms for virus relief

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's largest food distribution charity is working with private partners to support families who are facing food insecurity resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The Hawaii Foodbank has teamed with companies from the construction and development industries to bring resources to...

Hawaii reports single-day record, 41 additional virus cases

Jul. 7, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii reported 41 additional cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the most in one day since the pandemic began. The increase, coming after 29-case increase on Friday, is an indicator the virus was circulating more widely and was part of a “disturbing” trend, said Bruce...

FILE - In this April 5, 2015, file photo, Hawaii Senate President Ronald Kouchi, D-Kauai, speaks in Honolulu. Garden Isle Disposal LLC, a company that Hawaii Senate President Ronald Kouchi owns shares in and is employed by, received a small business coronavirus relief loan from the U.S. government, according to data released by the Small Business Administration. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz, File)

Company connected to Senate president gets virus relief loan

Jul. 7, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A company that Hawaii Senate President Ronald Kouchi owns shares in and is employed by received a small business coronavirus relief loan from the U.S. government, according to data released by the Small Business Administration. Garden Isle Disposal LLC, the largest privately owned solid...

In this Aug. 4, 2019 photo provided by Taylor Williams, a new species of seaweed covers dead a coral reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Researchers say the recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading more rapidly than anything they've seen in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a nature reserve that stretches more than 1,300 miles north of the main Hawaiian Islands. The algae easily breaks off and rolls across the ocean floor like tumbleweed, scientists say, covering nearby reefs in thick vegetation that out-competes coral for space, sunlight and nutrients. (Taylor Williams/College of Charleston via AP)

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

Jul. 7, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading...