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Guidelines create incomplete Hawaii virus data, critics say

Jun. 3, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Coronavirus information from Hawaii health officials presents an incomplete story of the pandemic’s impact on racial and ethnic communities in the state, some critics said. The state Department of Health continues to gather data on the pandemic's impact on residents, Hawaii Public...

Hawaii lineman faces charges of violating virus quarantine

Jun. 2, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A University of Hawaii football player was among those arrested on suspicion of violating a 14-day quarantine imposed on travelers to control the spread of the coronavirus, officials said. The Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center said Venasio Vaipulu was arrested Monday by...

Hawaii to lift quarantine for travel between islands June 16

Jun. 1, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Monday that starting on June 16, he will lift the 14-day quarantine for people traveling between the state’s islands that he instituted to control the spread of the coronavirus. A separate 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers arriving from out of...

Hawaii governor to extend traveler quarantine past June

May. 29, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Thursday said he would extend the state's 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers arriving in the state beyond June 30. The state mandated the quarantine beginning on March 26 to control the spread of the coronavirus. The governor told a joint online press...

Hawaii cargo shipping firm seeks $25M from state virus funds

May. 28, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii ocean shipping firm requested $25 million in federal coronavirus relief funds from the state to keep the company operating. Young Brothers LLC, Hawaii’s only regulated interisland cargo company, appealed to the state Tuesday for the money to prevent the 120-year-old company...

Board rejects Hawaii commercial aquarium fishing statement

May. 27, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A state board has rejected an environmental impact statement submitted by a group seeking permits for commercial aquarium fishing around Hawaii island. The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to reject the statement of more than 2,000 pages submitted by 10 West Hawaii aquarium...

Maui watershed purchase could be delayed due to virus cuts

May. 25, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A county government's acquisition of a private water delivery system for Maui’s drinking water may be delayed because of budget cuts resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. Maui County Water Director Jeff Pearson said his department had allocated $2.5 million to evaluate the...

Hawaii struggles to enforce vacation rental quarantines

May. 22, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu is not capable of effectively enforcing a mandatory, 14-day quarantine on visitors staying in Oahu vacation rentals during the coronavirus pandemic, an official said. Honolulu's Acting Director of Planning and Permitting Kathy Sokugawa told state senators her department does not...

Hawaii lawmakers recess after addressing budget shortfall

May. 21, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Thursday recessed after passing multiple funding bills designed to cope with the shock of the coronavirus pandemic that has hammered the state's tourism-dependent economy. House and Senate leaders said they expected to reconvene around June 15 to continue their work. ...

Group pushes Native Hawaiian values for economic revival

May. 21, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A newly formed policy group has announced an effort to reboot Hawaii’s tourist-based economy following the coronavirus outbreak using Native Hawaiian cultural values. The Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration sent to Democratic Gov. David Ige seeks to create an economy based on...