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Hawaii hotel union protest calls for worker protections

May. 29, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The union representing workers at many of Hawaii's hotels have held a demonstration demanding that public safety and the needs of Hawaii’s workers are placed at the forefront of plans to reopen the state's tourism industry. Unite Here Local 5 union members took part in a caravan of...

Hawaii survey says doctors struggling under new payment plan

May. 29, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A survey of Hawaii primary health care providers reveals struggles to stay in business following changes to compensation by the state’s largest insurer. More than 80% of providers surveyed believe the Hawaii Medical Service Association payment system is putting physicians 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...

Officials investigating companies for Oahu holiday parties

May. 28, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Liquor Commission and other agencies are investigating two businesses connected to Oahu holiday parties that allegedly violated emergency health regulations stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The Memorial Day weekend parties at Waimea Bay Beach Park and Kaena Point State...

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...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

Senators call for moment of silence for COVID-19 victims

May. 27, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. senators, including Lisa Murkowski and Brian Schatz, are calling for a moment of silence to honor those who have died from COVID-19. The moment of silence is planned for noon Monday. The U.S. on Wednesday surpassed 100,000 deaths related to the pandemic, according to a Johns...

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...

University of California invested $68M in Hawaii telescope

May. 27, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of California system has invested more than $68 million in the Thirty Meter Telescope project in Hawaii, a report said. The contributions were divided between the university’s private funds and grants received from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Honolulu...

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...