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Hawaii correctional facility inmate tests positive for virus

Aug. 8, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Public Safety announced Friday that a new inmate at the Oahu Community Correction Center tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, raising concerns about the safety of others crowded in jails and prisons statewide. The inmate, who remained unidentified, was...

Hawaii tightens rules as virus cases increase exponentially

Aug. 6, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Thursday he would reinstate a requirement that people traveling between the islands quarantine themselves for 14 days, while making an exception for people arriving on Oahu from the other counties as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state grows exponentially....

Honolulu to reopen surfboard locker racks destroyed in fire

Aug. 3, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu plans to reopen public racks used by surfers to lock up their boards while they are away from the water after the racks were destroyed by a fire earlier this year. The city’s Kuhio Beach Surfboard Racks is scheduled to reopen beginning Wednesday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

Hawaii's governor wants tighter rules after virus surge

Jul. 29, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Wednesday he wants to reimpose some limits on gatherings and bars to control the spread of the coronavirus as the state reported a record 109 new cases of the disease. The governor said he agrees with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s plan to close bars for...

Surfers take on large waves generated by Hurricane Douglas at Laie Beach Park, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Laie, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Hawaii battles complacency after another hurricane near-miss

Jul. 28, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Douglas joined a long list of hurricanes that have come near the Hawaiian Islands but didn’t cause major damage. Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said such experiences unfortunately help people become complacent and think disaster will never strike them. "What we’re...

Fans wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus watch the KBO league game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 27, 2020. Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheering slogans in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began bringing back spectators in professional sports games amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea reports 25 new coronavirus cases

Jul. 26, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 25 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing its national caseload to 14,175 infections and 299 deaths. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday said 16 of the new cases were tied to people arriving from abroad. The country in...

An Oahu resident packing his surfboard on his bike rides through a deserted Waikiki on Kalakaua Ave., Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Honolulu. Most of Oahu residents are taking shelter preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Douglas. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Hurricane Douglas swirls 'uncomfortably close' to Hawaii

Jul. 26, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Heavy rain and wind gusts battered Maui on Sunday as Hurricane Douglas swirled off the coast of Hawaii and officials urged residents to take shelter. Forecasters said the Category 1 hurricane would pass close to Oahu and potentially even make a direct hit on the island, which is home to...

A worker puts reinforcements on boarded storefront windows in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu, Saturday, July 25, 2020, as Hurricane Douglas approaches. President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for Hawaii on Saturday because of Douglas, directing federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Douglas weakens, but Hawaii could still see severe impact

Jul. 25, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii geared up on Saturday to face a hurricane that threatened to pummel the islands with dangerous surf, strong winds and flash floods even as residents grappled with escalating numbers of coronavirus cases. Powerful storms are familiar to many in Hawaii who have spent the past several...

This GOES-17 taken at 3:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 23, 2020, shows Hurricane Douglas, right, churning in the Pacific Ocean heading towards Hawaii, left. The storm is currently a Category 3 hurricane but is expected to weaken before it arrives in the state this weekend. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Douglas bears down on Hawaii as pandemic flares

Jul. 25, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The first hurricane to threaten the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is presenting new challenges to Hawaii officials long accustomed to tropical storms. For example, how do you secure enough shelter space when people have to stay at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart...

Hawaii officials close bar accused of ignoring virus rules

Jul. 22, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu bar has been closed by officials after they said it repeatedly failed to comply with COVID-19 regulations. The Honolulu Liquor Commission on Tuesday shut down Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar in Honolulu for 24 hours after investigators discovered Saturday night that the bar was...