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Hawaii insurers encouraged to help maintain worker coverage

Apr. 6, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's insurance commissioner encouraged businesses to keep providing health insurance for employees as many companies close or limit operations in response to the COVID-19 virus. State Insurance Commissioner Colin Hayashida urged insurers to offer continuing coverage during the pandemic,...

Meadow Gold Hawaii milk company to continue under new owner

Apr. 3, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

Honolulu (AP) — Hawaii’s largest milk processor is expected to continue operating after its pending purchase by a California real estate investment firm. The parent company of Meadow Gold Hawaii announced Thursday it reached an agreement in principal for the sale to Industrial Realty Group LLC. Los...

Navy hopes to build major development near Pearl Harbor base

Apr. 3, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy has announced plans for a major housing and commercial development near its Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii. The Navy envisions a public-private partnership near a future rail station, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The project would include 2.3 million square...

Hawaii government struggling with idle workers due to virus

Apr. 2, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s state government is attempting to determine how to make more workers productive amid prohibitions on less essential work that cannot be done during the coronavirus outbreak. Some state senators were frustrated after learning executive branch leaders are unaware how many...

Hawaiian Electric proposes Tesla batteries for Oahu power

Apr. 1, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. has proposed using giant batteries manufactured by auto maker Tesla Inc. to provide energy to Oahu's power grid. The proposal estimates costs of $200 million to $300 million and would accommodate more renewable energy production across the island, The Honolulu...

Honolulu man charged in killings of his girlfriend and son

Apr. 1, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of killing his girlfriend and their infant son had an initial hearing at the Honolulu Police Department headquarters. Authorities charged 21-year-old Kendall Rashad Ramsey Tuesday with first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of a...

A woman walks on an empty beach on Oahu's North Shore near Haleiwa, Hawaii, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Hawaii Gov. David Ige is further tightening travel restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus by ordering people moving between islands to adhere to a 14-day self-quarantine. The order takes effect at midnight on Wednesday. It won't apply to essential workers like health care workers traveling to other islands. The order comes a week after the governor ordered everyone arriving in the state from other states or overseas to follow the same two-week quarantine. He's also ordered everyone in the state to stay at home for the next month. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Hawaii reports 1st death of person with positive virus test

Apr. 1, 2020 2:21 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii on Tuesday reported its first death of an individual who tested positive for the coronavirus. The individual was an older male resident of Oahu, said Bruce Anderson, the director of the state Department of Health. He had been hospitalized recently with multiple medical...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2015, file photo, from bottom left, the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Submillimeter Array, far right, are shown on Hawaii's Mauna Kea near Hilo, Hawaii. Observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain have shut down operations in response to the governor's stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the shutdown of telescope operations on Mauna Kea is expected to affect more than 500 technicians, astronomers, instrument scientists, engineers, and support staff who work at the Big Island summit and at observatory bases below. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Hawaii mountain telescopes close in response to virus order

Mar. 30, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain have shut down operations in response to the governor's stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The shutdown of telescope operations on Mauna Kea is expected to affect more than 500 technicians, astronomers, instrument...

A man walks along a closed pier on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the islands. But Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on the state's tourism-fueled economic engine in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. As of Thursday, anyone arriving in Hawaii must undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The unprecedented move dramatically reduced the number of people on beaches, in city parks and on country roads where many people rely on tourism to pay for the high cost of living in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Hawaii tourism grinds to halt as virus restrictions tighten

Mar. 29, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as officials implemented measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the islands. Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on...

Tourism-dependent Hawaii hit by unemployment during pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Chef Lee Anne Wong had to make a choice: Keep her Hawaii restaurant employees working during the pandemic or close Koko Head Cafe in order to keep paying their health insurance for one more month. “Seeing as this is going to last longer, I'd rather close the business and make sure I...