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Over 54K COVID-19 tests conducted across state of Hawaii

May. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — There have been more than 54,000 COVID-19 tests conducted across the state of Hawaii, health officials said. About 47,500 people have been tested, or 3% of the state's 1.4 million residents, and there have been 649 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide, including three new cases Friday on...

University of Hawaii to make SAT, ACT optional for fall 2021

May. 26, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii announced that the SAT and ACT will be optional for applicants for the fall 2021 semester as a result of the coronavirus. The exemption for the two standardized entrance exams is only for students applying to enter the university for the 2021-22 academic year, The...

Hawaii County places of worship, restaurants to open June 1

May. 24, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Big Island of Hawaii will allow places of worship, restaurants, hair salons, barber shops and a variety of personal-service businesses to reopen starting June 1, county Mayor Harry Kim announced Saturday night. Kim said in his order that the establishments have to follow guidelines...

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park begins phased trail reopening

May. 22, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has opened for limited use as the attraction begins a phased reopening plan following its closure because of the coronavirus. Several trails and roads were reopened to the public Wednesday, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. The reopened areas include...

Big Island DUI arrests fell to decade low after virus order

May. 19, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island DUI arrests fell to a 10-year low during the period immediately after the state issued a stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Democratic Gov. David Ige’s March 25 order was followed by five weeks of single-digit drunken driving arrests on Hawaii...

Lava from 2018 Hawaii eruption still cooling, scientists say

May. 18, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption is still cooling down and estimated to be only halfway cooled, scientists said. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said cooled exterior lava has insulated deeper areas of the lava flow, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald...

Hawaii geothermal power plant pushes back relaunch date

May. 15, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii’s only geothermal power plant announced it will push back the restart of commercial operations to the fourth quarter of 2020. Parent company Ormat Technologies Inc. said Puna Geothermal Venture is expected to restart in the fourth quarter of this financial year, running...

Increased Hawaii seismic activity not considered a danger

May. 14, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An increase in seismic activity around the youngest Hawaii volcano poses no immediate danger to the Big Island, geologists said. The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said more than 100 earthquakes were detected around Loihi Seamount between Monday and Tuesday, The...

Observatories on Hawaii's Mauna Kea preparing to reopen

May. 12, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Observatories on Hawaii's highest mountain started resuming activities following a forced closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Observatories within the Mauna Kea Science Reserve on the Big Island have been closed since March, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday. The...

Hawaii jail population drops, list of released unavailable

May. 11, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii has significantly reduced its inmate population in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But officials were not immediately available to provide a list of inmates who were released under the state Supreme Court order. As of last week, the statewide jail and prison population was...