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Officials investigating companies for Oahu holiday parties

May. 28, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Liquor Commission and other agencies are investigating two businesses connected to Oahu holiday parties that allegedly violated emergency health regulations stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The Memorial Day weekend parties at Waimea Bay Beach Park and Kaena Point State...

University of California invested $68M in Hawaii telescope

May. 27, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of California system has invested more than $68 million in the Thirty Meter Telescope project in Hawaii, a report said. The contributions were divided between the university’s private funds and grants received from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Honolulu...

University of Hawaii to make SAT, ACT optional for fall 2021

May. 26, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii announced that the SAT and ACT will be optional for applicants for the fall 2021 semester as a result of the coronavirus. The exemption for the two standardized entrance exams is only for students applying to enter the university for the 2021-22 academic year, The...

Honolulu to delay planned stormwater utility fee for a year

May. 26, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu will delay a planned stormwater utility fee and fund until after Hawaii’s economy improves from the impact of the coronavirus, officials said. The city plans to continue a second series of community meetings this week about a proposal to improve storm water management and to...

Military continues to boost Hawaii economy during virus

May. 25, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. military spending continues to be a pillar of Hawaii's economy as the Department of Defense has so far proved resistant to the financial impact of the coronavirus. The financial damaged suffered by the state because of the significant decrease in tourism has been offset by...

Macy’s to reopen most Hawaii locations for in-store shopping

May. 23, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Macy's Inc. has reopened 11 department store locations in Hawaii with new safety guidelines after temporary closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The New York-based company made the announcement Friday saying stores statewide will reopen for in-store shopping, curbside delivery and...

Hawaii struggles to enforce vacation rental quarantines

May. 22, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu is not capable of effectively enforcing a mandatory, 14-day quarantine on visitors staying in Oahu vacation rentals during the coronavirus pandemic, an official said. Honolulu's Acting Director of Planning and Permitting Kathy Sokugawa told state senators her department does not...

Group pushes Native Hawaiian values for economic revival

May. 21, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A newly formed policy group has announced an effort to reboot Hawaii’s tourist-based economy following the coronavirus outbreak using Native Hawaiian cultural values. The Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration sent to Democratic Gov. David Ige seeks to create an economy based on...

Medical center in Honolulu resumes non-emergency surgeries

May. 21, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu has resumed non-emergency surgeries after gradually reopening clinics and other outpatient services over the past three weeks. Surgeries resumed Wednesday at the hospital's main operating room in Honolulu after officials reported a decrease in...

Hawaii closes charity serving meals, cites safety violations

May. 20, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health has ordered the immediate closure of a charity serving thousands of meals to needy people because of food safety violations. Malama Meals served meals to seniors, the homeless and others considered at risk since the outbreak of the coronavirus, KGMB-TV...