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A beachgoer walks down Waikiki Beach, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Honolulu. A new pre-travel testing program will allow visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to come to Hawaii and avoid two weeks of mandatory quarantine goes into effect Thursday. The pandemic has caused a devastating downturn on Hawaii's tourism-based economy and many are hoping the testing will help the economy rebound. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Tens of thousands arrive in Hawaii with pre-travel testing

Oct. 23, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii had more than 65,000 travelers arrive in the islands in the first week of its pre-travel coronavirus testing program, a state effort to get the tourism-based economy moving again amid the pandemic. State officials said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that 66,644 people...

Lanai public school moves to distance learning amid spike

Oct. 23, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The only public school on Lanai moved to distance learning amid an outbreak of coronavirus cases on the Hawaii island. The state Department of Education announced the immediate changeover for the 570 students enrolled at Lanai High and Elementary School, Hawaii News Now reported Thursday....

A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams speaks during a press conference on the second day of surge COVID-19 testing, at Kalakaua District Park in Honolulu. Adams who was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, appears for a virtual arraignment in a Hawaii court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP,File)

US surgeon general to plead not guilty in Hawaii virus case

Oct. 21, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that his client, who is charged with illegally entering a Hawaii public park that was closed because of the coronavirus, will plead not guilty. The criminal complaint against Adams, who was on Oahu in August helping with surge...

Hawaii health department updates school reopening guidance

Oct. 21, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health released updated guidance for operating schools during the coronavirus pandemic that more closely aligns the state with federal guidelines. The recommendations released Monday also more closely match new tiered reopening plans at the county level, The...

Report: Only 2% of funds paid in Hawaii for housing relief

Oct. 17, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii allotted $100 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to help families struggling with their rent and mortgage payments, but so far only 2% of the money has been distributed, the state Housing Finance and Development Corporation said. The corporation confirmed the number with...

Board votes against problematic online learning program

Oct. 16, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Board of Education has approved phasing out distance learning curriculum that parents and teachers complained contained racist and sexist content and will send parents a letter acknowledging the Acellus program was selected hastily during the pandemic without proper vetting. The...

A beachgoer walks down Waikiki Beach, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Honolulu. A new pre-travel testing program will allow visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to come to Hawaii and avoid two weeks of mandatory quarantine goes into effect Thursday. The pandemic has caused a devastating downturn on Hawaii's tourism-based economy and many are hoping the testing will help the economy rebound. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Thousands arrive in Hawaii on first day pre-travel testing

Oct. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they could produce a negative coronavirus test. Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a...

Restaurant cards for Hawaii unemployed to arrive Friday

Oct. 16, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Restaurant cards for unemployed workers are expected to begin arriving in Hawaii mailboxes Friday, with the cards covering meals plus purchases at bakeries and catering services. The new Hawaii Restaurant Card Program will benefit state residents who are out of work and businesses...

Jim Zoller, top, gets a rapid COVID-19 test from June Lopez, Dignity GoHealth medical assistant, before a United Airlines flight to Hawaii at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Coronavirus weary residents and struggling business owners in Hawaii will be watching closely as tourists begin to return to the islands on Thursday without having to self-quarantine upon arrival. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Tourists return to Hawaii amid ever-changing pandemic rules

Oct. 15, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a plane headed for Hawaii, where travelers who test negative for the coronavirus will no longer be required to self-quarantine for two weeks. “Vacation, peace of mind,” said Margos, a nurse from San...