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Group criticizes state management of Native Hawaiian burials

Jan. 21, 2021 10:21 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii has drawn criticism for its handling of Native Hawaiian burials from members of burial councils who have called on the Legislature to establish a working group to draw up reforms. Oahu Island Burial Council Chairwoman Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu laid out several grievances...

Judge drops virus related case against US surgeon general

Jan. 20, 2021 9:05 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge in Honolulu dismissed charges Wednesday against U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams after he was cited for allegedly violating local coronavirus restrictions while in Hawaii to help with COVID-19 surge testing efforts. Honolulu prosecutors submitted a motion Tuesday to dismiss...

Maui home, condominium sales set price records in 2020

Jan. 20, 2021 10:04 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Figures from a realtor organization show Maui's housing market set price records in 2020 despite an economic downturn and reduced sale volume. The Realtors Association of Maui recently published data showing median sale prices rose to $795,575 for single-family homes and $570,000 for...

Kauai businesses struggle under coronavirus travel policies

Jan. 20, 2021 10:01 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai ended a tourism shutdown earlier this month by allowing interisland travelers to return to the island, but the impact of the coronavirus on the economy is having devastating consequences. The head of Hawaii's lodging and tourism association said if Kauai tourism does not improve soon,...

Honolulu seeks to drop virus case against US surgeon general

Jan. 19, 2021 8:51 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu prosecutors submitted a motion Tuesday to dismiss charges against U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams after he was cited for being in a closed park during Hawaii's summertime spike in coronavirus cases. Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm said in a statement that a motion was...

2 Hawaii men plead not guilty in 2014 Maui hate crime case

Jan. 19, 2021 4:23 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii men each indicted with one federal count of a hate crime in the alleged beating of a white man on Maui in 2014 pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. entered their pleas during a telephone conference from the Federal Detention...

American Samoa residents stranded by virus to stop in Hawaii

Jan. 19, 2021 9:58 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is assisting about 800 residents of American Samoa traveling through Oahu to their island home, which was cut off by the coronavirus. The U.S. territory in the Pacific, located 2,200 miles (3,541 kilometers) south of Hawaii, closed its borders March 13 to protect the islands from...

Virus prompts subsistence, recreational Hawaii fishing boom

Jan. 19, 2021 9:52 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An increase in the number of anglers plying Hawaii's shores has provided much needed food and recreation while helping keep supply shops afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Fishing supply store personnel said noncommercial fishing in Hawaii has boomed since the outbreak of COVID-19,...

Study links pulmonary condition to Hawaii snorkeling deaths

Jan. 18, 2021 9:48 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A rise in drowning deaths or near drownings during Hawaii snorkeling excursions has been linked to a pulmonary condition that was not previously associated with snorkeling. The state Department of Health said a specific form of hypoxia, or asphyxiation, known as rapid onset pulmonary edema...

Nareit Hawaii awards $300K in housing grants in Hawaii

Jan. 16, 2021 5:37 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A national organization for real estate investment trusts has awarded $300,000 in grants to two Hawaii organizations: Honolulu Habitat for Humanity and Hale O Hawaii. Nareit, which administers the Nareit Hawaii Community Giving Initiative, granted $120,000 on Friday to Honolulu Habitat for...