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Hawaii plans to offer drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations

Jan. 16, 2021 1:23 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Health officials in Hawaii have partnered with local pharmacies to offer drive-thru and in-home COVID-19 vaccinations for residents as the state prepares to increase immunizations. The state Department of Health started scheduling licensed care homes in Oahu this week, while neighboring...

2 Hawaii men indicted in 2014 hate crime case on Maui

Jan. 16, 2021 2:41 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charged two Hawaii men with one count of a hate crime after they allegedly attacked a white man who was attempting to move into their Maui neighborhood. Court documents said Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. punched, kicked and used a shovel...

Justin Thomas hits from the first tee during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP)

Paradise not always peaceful during tour's Hawaii swing

Jan. 16, 2021 2:40 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Paradise is not always peaceful when it comes to the PGA Tour's two-week swing through Hawaii. Dating to 1999, the tour has started its new years with two tournaments on two islands in the Pacific where the palm trees sway, the humpback whales breach and the tropical air warms the soul, if...

Honolulu hospital to update policies after 2 virus clusters

Jan. 15, 2021 10:01 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu hospital plans to update its policies after being struck by coronavirus clusters in two areas of the facility. The Queen’s Medical Center said Tuesday there was a COVID-19 outbreak in two clusters, after initially reporting Jan. 6 there was a single cluster, the Honolulu...

Hawaii plans to operate mass vaccination centers on Oahu

Jan. 13, 2021 6:59 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Thousands of Hawaii residents are expected to have access to COVID-19 vaccines when the state opens mass vaccination centers on Oahu, officials said. The state plans to begin providing vaccinations beginning Monday at Honolulu's Pier 2 in partnership with Hawaii Pacific Health, The Honolulu...

Hawaii agency seeks $10M to avoid halt to Aloha Stadium work

Jan. 12, 2021 9:36 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii development organization will seek $10 million in funding to hire a private company and do other work necessary for the redevelopment of Aloha Stadium, a move that sidesteps what could have been a costly halt to the project. Following a request from the state Department of...

Judge sets bail for Hawaii man accused in US Capitol riot

Jan. 11, 2021 6:05 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge in Honolulu on Monday ordered a Hawaii resident and neofascist group member accused of participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week to be released on $5,000 bail. Nicholas Ochs was arrested Thursday after he returned home to Honolulu from Washington. He was charged...

Hawaii businesses bracing for unemployment tax increases

Jan. 11, 2021 10:01 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Businesses in Hawaii are anticipating a possible tripling of unemployment taxes that could slow the recovery of the economy that has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations must notify employers of the state unemployment tax rate no...

Nurses at Hawaii medical center vote to strike over safety

Jan. 11, 2021 9:57 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Nurses in Hawaii have voted to authorize a strike over concerns that management practices have endangered staff and patients at an Oahu hospital. Many of the nurses said the hospital’s protocols put staff and patients at unnecessary risk for exposure to COVID-19. The Hawaii Nurses'...

Navy selects company to double line Pearl Harbor fuel tanks

Jan. 9, 2021 11:05 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy has announced plans to reinforce large fuel tanks near Pearl Harbor with an extra layer of lining following a fuel spill in 2014 that threatened Oahu's drinking water. The Navy could begin the upgrades at Red Hill as early as 2022 if all testing is approved, said Capt. Gordie...