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Shelter works to bolster vaccination rates among Oahu’s homeless
Project Vision, a non-profit that has been doing COVID-19 outreach since the pandemic began, comes to the Sumner Men’s Shelter weekly to vaccinate, test and educate guests.
Published May 14, 2021 at 7:13 PM
Facebook founder, wife spent years building relationships before 2nd Kauai land buy
“We have seen Mark and Priscilla’s dedication over the years to land conservation, protecting native species, and working to preserve the natural beauty of Kauai."
Published May 13, 2021 at 5:26 PM
With more COVID vaccine available, residents seeking a shot are able to shop around
Health officials said all three vaccines are safe and effective.
Published May 10, 2021 at 4:24 PM
Residents in Haleiwa still on the road to recovery after floods destroyed their homes
While most of the evidence of the flood has been cleared, residents say they are still finding belongings that were washed away.
Published May 7, 2021 at 6:54 PM
To reach hard-hit Filipino communities, leaders seek to overcome vaccine hesitancy
Community leaders visit gathering places, like local churches, to reach the community and provide information about the vaccine in native languages.
Published May 7, 2021 at 12:22 PM
Task force created to research missing and murdered Native Hawaiian women and girls
The task force will be co-chaired by the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Published May 5, 2021 at 5:24 PM
Experts: Mobile clinics, outreach key to next phase of Hawaii’s vaccination efforts
Health officials say that for the population who still need to get COVID vaccinations, accessibility is key.
Published May 4, 2021 at 6:12 PM
The Waikiki crowds are back, but tourism officials say it’s anything but business as usual
Meanwhile, some residents wonder if the influx is coming too soon.
Published May 3, 2021 at 3:49 PM
Lulumahu Falls trail remains open after a fallen boulder injures two hikers
The DLNR said it is difficult to deter people from going to those areas, but they hope that hikers understand that they are taking a risk.
Published April 30, 2021 at 7:28 PM
Unlicensed contractors bilk thousands from trusting homeowners seeking renovations
Homeowners who fell victim fought back tears thinking about how their trust was betrayed.
Published April 29, 2021 at 7:09 PM
Walk-ins now welcome at a number of COVID vaccination sites in Hawaii
More COVID-19 vaccine clinics are opening up to walk-in opportunities in a bid to encourage people to get their vaccine after the state is seeing less demand.
Published April 27, 2021 at 1:09 PM
Counties set to lose millions in hotel room tax revenues get OK to hike taxes on their own
City and county mayors and councils now face a difficult decision — lose money or burden the hotels.
Published April 23, 2021 at 10:27 PM
City hopes to buy neglected property near Pearl Harbor bike path and turn it into a park
The lot will be adjacent to a brand new rail station, and the city said it has the potential to revitalize the area.
Published April 22, 2021 at 5:56 PM
As state prepares to roll out inter-island vaccine passport, some learn they won’t qualify
The governor announced Tuesday that fully vaccinated passengers who receive their shots in the state will be able to travel inter-island without being subject to quarantine and testing rules.
Published April 22, 2021 at 7:17 AM
City investigated Nuuanu home at center of deadly police shooting 7 times for complaints
According to DPP, the seven complaints were made between 2019 and 2020.
Published April 20, 2021 at 10:09 AM
Oahu joins rest of state in expanding COVID vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older
Oahu is the last county in the state to expand eligibility to those 16 and up.
Published April 19, 2021 at 2:42 PM
Two-day manhunt in Windward Oahu leaves behind a shaken community
Police said 31-year-old Brae Sales was arrested around 11:30 p.m. in a neighborhood in the Kahaluu area.
Published April 16, 2021 at 6:58 PM
HPD criticized for not releasing body cam footage in wake of fatal officer-involved shootings
“Body cam information on a matter like this is tremendous. You need that to show either way whether this shooting was justified.”
Published April 16, 2021 at 10:40 AM
Hawaii stops administering single-dose J&J vaccine amid federal ‘pause’
The good news is that the state only has a small amount of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and is primarily using the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines
Published April 13, 2021 at 2:56 PM
Some businesses are facing a new challenge: Hiring workers back
Restaurants in particular are reporting difficulty in finding new hires.
Published April 10, 2021 at 8:15 AM
DLNR proposal to reconstruct Cromwell’s popular jumping spot is met with opposition
The proposal would deconstruct the wall protecting the popular swimming hole.
Published April 8, 2021 at 9:59 PM
Kaiser Permanente opens new medical office, expanding services to those in West Oahu
Kaiser Permanente is opening a new medical office in Kapolei, replacing an older clinic.
Published April 5, 2021 at 8:58 AM
Kauai businesses hope for a rebound as island prepares to welcome back trans-Pacific travelers
As part of the re-entry, a number of organizations are offering a discount card to visitors who take voluntary post-arrival tests.
Published April 2, 2021 at 6:59 PM
Consumers are being urged to ‘buy local,’ but the pandemic is limiting Hawaii-made options
“Everyone wants to support local businesses, but not everyone can."
Published April 1, 2021 at 11:11 AM
In big milestone, 25% of eligible population in each county received at least 1 dose of vaccine
In a major milestone in Hawaii’s vaccination efforts, a quarter of the eligible population in each county has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state Department of Health reported Monday.
Published March 30, 2021 at 4:30 PM
Popular East Oahu hiking trail closed as repairs get underway
The Koko Crater Summit will be closed during the entire three weeks, but the tramway will be open on weekends and holidays.
Published March 29, 2021 at 8:29 AM
After lockdowns and layoffs, businesses are feeling something new: Optimism
Despite the optimism, business owners are still climbing out of a deep hole.
Published March 26, 2021 at 8:23 PM
Despite potential obstacles, state pushes forward on vaccine passport plan
In concept, the passport would allow vaccinated people to bypass state quarantine rules. But in practice that’s a difficult lift.
Published March 26, 2021 at 6:26 AM
Shutdowns happened almost overnight. Digging out, Hawaii businesses say, will take time.
The pandemic has had dire public health implications in Hawaii, but it’s also had significant economic ones. Hundreds of Hawaii businesses, including a number of iconic ones, have closed for good.
Published March 25, 2021 at 8:14 AM
Experts: Uptick in spring break visitors a sign that tourism economy is on the mend
Hawaii continues to see high numbers of visitors for two weekends in a row. Still, the the amount of travelers is not at what it was pre-pandemic, but experts say Hawaii is on the way to recovery.
Published March 23, 2021 at 10:55 AM
Man cited for illegally picking hundreds of opihi from Pupukea conservation district
Mixed messaging about masks puts Hawaii businesses at center of controversy
Backlog of DUI cases cleared using plea deals, but those won’t be around for much longer
Plaques for fallen officers, agent installed at Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial
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DLNR issues $62K fine to beach rental owner for presetting chairs in Waikiki