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FILE -- In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, is state Sen. Kai Kahele at the opening day of the Hawaii Sate Legislature in Honolulu. Kahele is favored to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in the primary election. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who decided not to run for reelection so she could focus on her presidential campaign, which was ultimately unsuccessful.   (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Kahele wins Hawaii Democratic primary for Gabbard's seat

Aug. 9, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Kai Kahele was prepared to do the unthinkable: take on an incumbent from his own party for a U.S. House seat. He felt so strongly that Hawaii residents were being hurt by the presidential ambitions of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that he announced early on he would challenge his fellow Democrat....

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...

Oahu housing market remains weakened, but steadily improving

Aug. 8, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Oahu's housing market is less robust than it was last year, but is steadily improving. The Honolulu Board of Realtors said sales of previously owned homes dropped 3% in July for single-family houses and 17% for condominiums compared to the same month in 2019. The numbers are far better...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

Oahu students to start school year with distance learning

Aug. 7, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Amid an alarming spike of coronavirus cases in Hawaii, public school students on Oahu will begin the academic year with distance learning only, officials announced Friday. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that most students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from...

Pacific Islanders hit more with virus than others in Hawaii

Aug. 7, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — While Pacific Islanders make up just 4% of Hawaii's population, they represent 27% of the state's newly confirmed coronavirus cases, according to state Department of Health data released. White people have 20% of the newly confirmed cases and make up a quarter of the state's population. ...

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....

Hawaii groups to take more action against illegal evictions

Aug. 6, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Several organizations plan to take more legal action against landlords who violate Hawaii's moratorium on evictions over unpaid housing bills during the coronavirus pandemic. Under Gov. David Ige's April emergency proclamation, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants for failing to...

FILE -- This May 2, 2019 file photo shows lawmakers meet on the floor of the state House of Representatives at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu. Attorneys argued before the Hawaii Supreme Court over how much lawmakers should allow the public to weigh in on legislation as laws are being drafted and voted on. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii top court hears arguments over 'gut and replace' laws

Aug. 5, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Attorneys argued before the Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday over how much lawmakers should allow the public to weigh in on legislation as laws are being drafted and voted on. The justices listened to lawyers over a video link that was streamed live on YouTube. They were considering a...

Hawaii hospital CEO says virus could outstrip state capacity

Aug. 5, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of a hospital group warned the growing number of coronavirus cases in Hawaii is on track to outstrip the state's capacity to provide medical services to fight the illness. Hawaii Pacific Health CEO Ray Vara made the assessment following a meeting Monday of the state House of...