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Casey Lund is a reporter for Hawaii News Now Sunrise, Hawaii's top-ranked morning news.
Recent Articles by Casey
Ahead of tourism’s relaunch, group lays out ‘roadmap’ to economic recovery
"As we move to trying to rebuild our economy, it will be critical for us to work together. We can’t do this alone.”
Published October 14, 2020 at 10:44 AM
27,000 Hawaii workers exhausted their state jobless benefits in September
The good news: A federally-funded program will pay up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits.
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Published October 9, 2020 at 8:28 AM
City to allow permitted camping on Oahu for 5 people or less
It’s still not quite time for big beach parties or large family camping weekends, but minimal, permitted camping can resume on Oahu starting Friday.
Published October 9, 2020 at 8:24 AM
Environmental group works to restore Maunalua Bay as water quality drops
A recent study is shedding light on water quality at Maunalua Bay and helping a local environmental group take action to improve it.
Published October 7, 2020 at 5:46 AM
So far, new unemployment call center is falling short of promises
The state promised to add 100 new personnel, but added only half.
Published October 2, 2020 at 9:46 AM
Coaches and parents put pressure on city to resume youth sports sooner
Organized outdoor sports are not allowed for now under the city's new reopening plan.
Published October 1, 2020 at 9:13 AM
Here’s how one Mililani group plans to save Halloween
Halloween is expected to look very different this year.
Published September 30, 2020 at 10:31 AM
Census workers make progress in counting Hawaii’s homeless population
A nationwide operation started on Tuesday to accurately count people experiencing homelessness.
Published September 24, 2020 at 7:05 AM
Hawaii hospitals use antibody testing to better understand spread of COVID-19
Experts think antibody testing could be a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to reopening Hawaii’s economy.
Published September 22, 2020 at 10:04 AM
Study: 40% of Hawaii’s beaches could disappear in 30 years due to sea level rise
The study also points out that sea level rise is speeding up — estimating that it could raise by nearly 10 inches in the next 30 years.
Published September 21, 2020 at 2:07 PM
New unemployment call center set to launch as state struggles to keep up with claims
Finally, there is a hard target date for when a new call center with trained customer service contractors should come online.
Published September 18, 2020 at 8:51 AM
Hawaii’s fishing industry faces lasting impacts as pandemic drags on
With restaurants and hotels shut down, there is a shortage of fish that in turn is directly impacting the price of ahi.
Published September 15, 2020 at 10:29 AM
From trips to weddings and other big plans, 2020 has forced cancellations unlike ever before
Its been roughly seven months since life as we knew it in Hawaii was flipped upside down.
Published September 14, 2020 at 6:33 AM
Complaints mount as state still struggles to keep up with unemployment claims
There are currently over 10,000 claims waiting to be processed.
Published September 11, 2020 at 10:42 AM
Changes at USPS trigger concerns about potential effects on mail-in voting in Hawaii
The issue spurred Hawaii's congressional delegation to demand the Postmaster General put a stop to service delays.
Published September 9, 2020 at 3:08 PM
Chinatown businesses scramble to stay afloat amid latest shutdown
Shops and restaurants in Chinatown are boarding up their doors and windows trying to ride out the shutdown.
Published September 8, 2020 at 10:22 AM
With Labor Day underway, officials warn of beach restrictions still in effect on Oahu
Oahu’s stay-at-home order means this Labor Day weekend will look quite a bit different.
Published September 7, 2020 at 6:55 PM
‘I’m digging into my kid’s savings’: Thousands waiting on jobless benefits fear what’s next
The state is still trying to address around 11,000 unemployment claims.
Published September 4, 2020 at 10:54 AM
Thousands participate in free ‘surge’ coronavirus testing site on H-3 Freeway
The mass testing is part of a federally-backed program to better understand the prevalence of the virus in the community.
Published September 3, 2020 at 11:39 PM
Shut down again, small businesses in Kailua worry about their future
The recent stay-at-home order has made things even worse for shops and other businesses in Kailua.
Published August 31, 2020 at 1:54 PM
Oahu hospitals at risk of becoming overwhelmed as coronavirus cases soar
Oahu’s healthcare system is nearing crisis with some COVID-19 patients forced to share rooms as hospitalizations continue to rise.
Published August 28, 2020 at 10:37 AM
Health experts urge residents to get flu shots early amid coronavirus concerns
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, health experts say they want to avoid putting additional strain on the healthcare system.
Published August 26, 2020 at 6:44 AM
Parent complaints mount over use of DOE-approved platform for online learning
Critics say the program's founder was also tied to a cult.
Published August 25, 2020 at 8:33 AM
2 coronavirus cases reported at UH-Manoa as campuses begin fall semester
As the University of Hawaii at Manoa gets ready to start the fall semester Monday, two more coronavirus cases have been reported on campus.
Published August 24, 2020 at 12:09 PM
New ‘seabins’ are busy filtering trash from Ala Wai Harbor
This smart tech is being trialed in Hawaii thanks to Hawaii Volcanic Water who has sponsored the two Seabin units installed at the Ala Wai Harbor on Aug. 1.
Published August 21, 2020 at 11:03 AM
Suspect accused of assaulting officer, stealing HPD cruiser tests positive for COVID-19
It was not immediately clear how many officers would need to be quarantined as a result of the news.
Published August 18, 2020 at 12:34 PM
An ‘unusual’ year begins for public school students with remote learning, in-person gatherings
Some parents and teachers have argued that with coronavirus cases on the rise, students shouldn’t be spending any amount of time on campus.
Published August 17, 2020 at 11:49 AM
Despite economic crisis, some of Hawaii’s top industries still hiring
Some of Hawaii’s top hiring industries include healthcare, building and construction and natural resources according to the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.
Published August 6, 2020 at 7:39 AM
Months after losing their jobs, thousands still waiting for unemployment benefits
“There is nobody paying any attention to people who need help."
Published August 5, 2020 at 10:31 AM
Group works on solutions to address high rate of COVID-19 among Pacific Islanders
Pacific Islanders make up nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 cases in Hawaii, despite only making up about 4% of the state population.
Published July 23, 2020 at 9:23 AM
Lanai resident who contracted COVID-19 urges others to get tested
Sign of the times: Orders for 'business closing’ signs are way up
Hotels help police enforce quarantine for travelers who land without a negative test
COVID-19 outbreak on Lanai continues to grow, with at least 38 cases now confirmed
Bars are closed and people are driving less, but Oahu’s roads aren’t any safer