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Hawaii tourism agency awards cultural, environmental grants

Jan. 24, 2022 14:15 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority has awarded grants to several local environmental and cultural organizations in a bid to preserve natural areas and enhance the role of Native Hawaiians in the industry. After eliminating grants last year because of pandemic budget...

Hawaii taps former star quarterback Timmy Chang as coach

Jan. 22, 2022 22:20 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii has hired former star quarterback Timmy Chang as its new head coach. Athletics director David Matlin announced Chang's hiring on Saturday in a release, saying Chang "made a name for himself throwing the football as a young quarterback and...

Samoa goes into lockdown after 15 Australians test positive

Jan. 22, 2022 09:44 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The prime minister of Samoa has placed the small Pacific nation into a 48-hour lockdown after 15 passengers on a flight from Australia tested positive for COVID-19. The infected passengers were among 73 who arrived from Brisbane on Wednesday. ...

Former Hawaii coach June Jones rejects offer to return

Jan. 22, 2022 01:36 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Former Hawaii football coach June Jones has declined a proposal to return to lead the program for a second time. The school's wins leader in Division I, Jones met Friday with the athletic director David Matlin, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported, and rejected the...

City can also represent Honolulu officers in teen's shooting

Jan. 21, 2022 18:15 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu attorneys may represent both the city and three police officers in a civil lawsuit by the family of a 16-year-old boy shot and killed by police, a judge ruled Friday in response to a motion by the teen’s relatives arguing the officers need to have their own lawyers to...

Hawaii's teacher retention rate hovers just above 50%

Jan. 21, 2022 16:27 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Only 51% of Hawaii public school teachers remained in the job after five years of work, according to a new report from the state Department of Education. The low percentage is little changed from recent years. The department had aimed to raise its retention rate to...

Young Brothers to restore Kahului-Honolulu cargo services

Jan. 14, 2022 15:28 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Young Brothers will once again accept all its usual cargo items for shipping from Maui to Oahu after a staffing shortage triggered by a COVID-19 outbreak disrupted some operations. The interisland shipping company said Thursday that “barring any...

University of Hawaii to build student entrepreneur center

Jan. 14, 2022 15:02 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii is expanding its flagship Manoa campus to build a learning center and dorm for students who want to be entrepreneurs. The complex, called the Residences for Innovative Student Entrepreneurs, or RISE, will be a six-story building set to open...

Mainland health care workers to help Hawaii amid virus surge

Jan. 13, 2022 15:15 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Contracted health care workers will arrive in Hawaii this weekend to help hospitals that are short-staffed and nearing capacity. About 250 workers — mostly nurses — from the mainland will come to the state this weekend, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. ...

3 arrested over payout to convicted ex-Honolulu police chief

Jan. 12, 2022 23:54 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Three former Honolulu officials were arrested Wednesday for allegedly conspiring to hide the source of public funds used to get a police chief to retire amid a corruption investigation that ultimately put him and his former prosecutor wife in federal prison. Roy...