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Oahu businesses hope fewer COVID restrictions will translate into more customers
Tier 3 means changes rules for gyms, restaurants, retailers and more.
Published February 25, 2021 at 10:15 PM
Utah has the strictest drunken driving limit in the nation. Should Hawaii follow suit?
Advocates hope lowering the threshold will prevent people from driving under the influence.
Published February 24, 2021 at 8:38 PM
Hawaii health director: It could be weeks before those 70 and older can get vaccine
Statewide, 13.6% of the population has received at least one vaccine dose.
HNN Staff and
Published February 23, 2021 at 8:29 AM
NOAA urges boaters to remain vigilant during peak whale season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is a busy peak whale season in Hawaii and boaters should remain vigilant.
Published February 22, 2021 at 10:01 AM
Hotel workers aren’t yet eligible for COVID vaccines in Hawaii. Should they be?
The state Department of Health said many, if not most, employees in hotels are considered essential under Phase 1C of the state’s vaccination plan. That phase has not been implemented.
Published February 19, 2021 at 5:47 PM
Workers’ rights groups come together around a single mission: Advocating for working families
“The challenges that this pandemic has brought upon our workers are devastating,” said Sam Domingo, with the Hawaii Workers Center.
Published February 18, 2021 at 5:58 PM
Pandemic presents new challenges to Hawaii’s foster care system ... and its youth
Fewer people are signing up to become foster parents amid the pandemic and the lack of in-person education has created a new type of isolation for foster youth.
Published February 17, 2021 at 6:03 PM
CDC guidance indicates most Hawaii schools should reopen to full, in-person instruction
According to the CDC guidelines, most — if not all — of the state would fall in low or moderate transmission categories and so should allow full, in-person instruction.
Published February 16, 2021 at 5:13 PM
With no signs of housing prices cooling off, advocates push for government aid
“You’ve got more buyers in the market, you’ve got higher demand."
Published February 15, 2021 at 4:17 PM
Oncologists: Pandemic shouldn’t stop you from getting cancer screenings
Someone dies from cancer in Hawaii every four hours, according to the UH Cancer Center.
Published February 11, 2021 at 6:00 PM
This is how the Health Department determines which essential workers get vaccinated
Organizations with frontline essential workers are urged to fill out a form on the state’s website to begin the process. Employers will be asked to identify those most at risk.
Published February 11, 2021 at 8:23 AM
Here’s what you should know about COVID-19 vaccinations, island by island
State health officials said vaccines clinics are struggling with short supply, but there are a number of opportunities for folks in the Phase 1B category to make appointments across the islands.
Published February 9, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Ala Wai Canal dredging project delayed, meaning more late-night work expected
In October, the DLNR expected the dredging portion of the project to last until early 2021. The project is now expected to last until June.
Published February 8, 2021 at 7:27 AM
Sand replenishment project begins at Waikiki Beach to help restore eroded shoreline
Through a public-private partnership, a beach maintenance project using hydraulic dredging and pumping will move 20,000 cubic yards of sand offshore onto Waikiki Beach.
Published February 2, 2021 at 9:39 AM
All of Ko Olina’s lagoon parking stalls to open after debate with advocates
Ko Olina’s parking lots for public use remained closed after beaches reopened until mid-October.
Published February 1, 2021 at 8:40 AM
COVID-19 adds another layer of complexity for Neighbor Island cancer patients
Paige and her family must travel from Maui to Oahu every month for cancer treatment.
Published January 29, 2021 at 7:48 PM
Ranchers hope for greener pastures amid Maui County’s ‘extreme’ drought
Kamakana and other ranchers say they’ve had to spend thousands of dollars to feed their herds. Normally, the grass would keep them full.
Published January 29, 2021 at 10:34 AM
Series of rain-triggered sewage spills spur new concerns about Oahu’s wastewater system
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi agrees the aging system will be a priority in his administration
Published January 27, 2021 at 6:01 PM
Restoration work continues after vandals destroy extremely rare native plants
“We have so much heart for this place, and for these plants are part of this place, you know, they’re found nowhere else in the world.”
Published January 26, 2021 at 3:15 PM
Oahu’s 2nd mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens at Blaisdell
So far, more than 12,000 people have made an appointment to receive the Moderna vaccine at the clinic run by The Queen’s Health Systems.
Published January 25, 2021 at 9:50 AM
Mainlanders are finding ‘work from home’ can mean ‘work from paradise’
Hawaii businesses say the trend is helping their bottom lines.
Published January 22, 2021 at 6:23 PM
If you’re eligible for a vaccine, here’s how to get an appointment
DOH said many vaccine clinics are creating waitlists and even though the supply of vaccines is not keeping up with demand, the department said Kupuna should still register.
Published January 22, 2021 at 3:02 PM
Oahu’s first mass vaccination site launches, starting with shots for residents 75 and older
About 12,800 people have scheduled appointments, according to HPH.
Published January 18, 2021 at 11:03 AM
In wake of condo outbreak, neighbors pitch in to ensure those in isolation don’t feel alone
Health officials say multiple family units are affected by an outbreak, which is believed to have been started by a holiday choir practice.
Published January 15, 2021 at 10:44 AM
Hundreds of essential workers on Kauai begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses
And starting on Friday, Kupuna ages 75 and up will be able to sign up for the shot and receive their vaccinations.
Published January 13, 2021 at 5:45 PM
City partners with volunteer group to repair popular East Oahu trail
Work began Monday on the Koko Crater Tramway after an agreement between the City and County of Honolulu and the Kokonut Coalition.
Published January 12, 2021 at 10:12 AM
‘Our party is divided’: Republicans in Hawaii try to set a course for the future
“And at this point, regardless of party, it’s so essential that we come together in unity."
Published January 11, 2021 at 4:54 PM
With cases on the rise, Hawaii hospitals brace for more COVID-19 patients
Hawaii hospitals said they are doing well despite the uptick in cases. They say they are preparing for a possible increase in patients in the future.
Published January 8, 2021 at 5:13 PM
Community spread of COVID-19 on Maui, Big Island raises alarm
On Thursday, the state reported 56 new cases on Maui County, 18 in Hawaii County, and one on Kauai.
Published January 7, 2021 at 5:55 PM
A new app could warn you of a possible COVID-19 exposure
A new app aims to warn residents of possible COVID-19 exposure.
Published January 7, 2021 at 10:38 AM
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DOH advises public to avoid Kailua Bay after large discharges of wastewater
Police report of lawmaker’s DUI arrest says she smelled of alcohol, was slurring speech
Mass vaccination operation at Pearl Harbor part of ‘war-like’ posture against COVID-19
In internal video, police chief says 263 officers abused overtime policy