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Hawaii lawmakers close legislative session upended by virus

Jul. 10, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Friday wrapped up a legislative session upended by the coronavirus pandemic that forced weekslong breaks in proceedings, the state Capitol building to close and some meetings to be held via teleconference. “It’s been incredibly challenging,” said...

High winds fuel brush fire, hamper emergency crews on Maui

Jul. 10, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — High winds have fueled a brush fire and created challenging conditions for firefighters on Maui, emergency officials said. The fire was reported late Tuesday on Haliimaile Road near the Maui Trap & Gun Club range and Haleakala Highway, The Maui News reported Thursday. The cause...

Hawaii debates how close kids can get after school reopening

Jul. 10, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Education professionals, state officials and parents in Hawaii are considering how close to allow children to get in classrooms as schools reopen for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak. Hawaii public schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto drew opposition when she said...

Virus test provider reduces but doesn't cut off supplies

Jul. 10, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A supplier of one of Hawaii’s largest COVID-19 testing laboratories said it has temporarily reduced the volume of test kits available locally because of a surge of cases across the country but not cut off the supply. Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. on Wednesday said it would no...

Mayor: Virus surge makes Hawaii traveler testing plan unsafe

Jul. 9, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Thursday it’s not safe to follow through with a plan to allow out-of-state travelers to use a negative COVID-19 test to bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement beginning Aug. 1. The mayor cited a surge in coronavirus cases in California and other...

Court official to oversee damages for Hawaiian homesteads

Jul. 9, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The price of land in a specific area of Oahu will be used to determine damages owed to Native Hawaiian plaintiffs who have waited years for property administered by the state. A court-appointed special master will determine the damages distributed to each plaintiff in a 1999 class-action...

Honolulu City Council urges delaying pre-travel test plan

Jul. 8, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday urged Hawaii's governor to consider delaying a plan to allow travelers to use a negative COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine until the number of new cases on the U.S. mainland and in Hawaii drop significantly. The nine-member council unanimously...

Boat tours of Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial to resume

Jul. 8, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor will resume this week, the National Park Service said. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial will open for limited boat tours to the USS Arizona on Friday, the park service said in a statement Wednesday. The USS Arizona sank...

Hawaii Legislature passes bill to name suspended police

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Legislature passed a police reform bill that would reveal the identities of police officers who have been suspended or discharged. The bill passed Monday would subject police to the same disclosure rules used for other public agency employees, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

Hawaii Foodbank partners with private firms for virus relief

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's largest food distribution charity is working with private partners to support families who are facing food insecurity resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The Hawaii Foodbank has teamed with companies from the construction and development industries to bring resources to...