Mayor Blangiardi picks HPU athletic director as Chief of Staff

  LIVE: Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

After 8 years on the job, Honolulu’s fire chief to retire next month

  On Day One, Biden to undo Trump policies on climate, coronavirus

  Biden’s first act: Executive orders on pandemic, climate, immigration

  Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

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‘A good day’: Hawaii’s congressional leaders weigh in on Biden presidency

  Watch ‘This is Now’: World leaders hope for renewed cooperation under Biden

Hawaii reports an additional COVID-19 fatality, 75 new infections

New legislative session opens with little fanfare, lots to get done

  President Biden’s inauguration, in moments: Watch the swearing in, performances

  Biden’s inauguration goes off with no security issues

  With passion and fashion, Lady Gaga delivers powerful anthem

A slew of glittery celebrities is descending on Washington — virtually or in person — to welcome the new administration.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams to step down at President Biden’s request

“It’s been the honor of my life to serve this nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health,” Adams said in a tweet Wednesday.

  Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation’s second-highest office.

2 of Hawaii’s own to serve on Biden’s White House communications team

Remi Yamamoto and Michael Kikukawa will hold communications jobs in the White House.

  Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

  State: COVID-19 inoculation efforts still slowed by limited doses of vaccine

  1 year later, loved ones of fallen officers killed in the Diamond Head tragedy remember their lives, legacies

Suspect in windward Oahu road rage incident charged

  Flash flood warning finally canceled on Kauai; Kuhio Highway partially reopened

  In new legislative session, leaders seek changes in penalties for COVID violations

  Survivor who came face to face with Diamond Head killer finds forgiveness 1 year later

Finding the will to forgive isn't easy, but it was something she needed to do to move on.

10K kalo starters, Hawaiian flags to be given out at the state Capitol Wednesday

Wednesday is the opening day of the Hawaii state legislature.

  Biden marks nation’s COVID grief before inauguration pomp

The sober moment on the eve of Biden's inauguration — typically a celebratory time in Washington when the nation marks the democratic tradition of a peaceful transfer of power — was a measure of the enormity of loss for the nation.

  From Christmas gifts to a prospering business, Oahu couple focuses on new venture

Over the holidays, they passed out 20 boxes to their loved ones. Soon enough, outside orders started pouring in.

  Forecast: Calmer conditions, but a bit wetter for windward areas

There's still a chance for heavier showers near Kauai.

Hawaii Island educator tapped to fill vacant state senate seat

She fills the seat vacated by Congressman Kai Kahele.

  After backlash, state asks partners to vaccinate only kupuna, not caregivers

About 100 people under 75 years old were vaccinated at Pier 2 on Monday because they served as escorts for the seniors.

Maui Memorial says postponing 5,000 appointments after supply drop a “huge disappointment”

Maui Memorial Medical Center says it had to postpone thousands of vaccine appointments for three weeks because of a drop in supply. There’s an urgency to get as many shots in arms as possible that’s why Maui Memorial says it was a huge disappointment to postpone thousands of appointments for the fir

  Teenager’s COVID vaccine video game lets players zap the virus

“Many people say that this game is great for their kids because they better understand what the vaccine is and what it does,” he said.

  Kahele calls for explanation on how U.S. military is handling internal extremists

Some of the individuals arrested in connection with the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol had military connections.

Burial Councils criticize state for alleged mismanagement of iwi kupuna

The State Historic Preservation Division says it’s committed to administration of the burial program and compliance.

  1 year later, signs of healing visible in Diamond Head neighborhood gripped by tragedy

In Jan. 2020, Hibiscus Drive was the scene of a violent rampage that left 4 people dead and several houses burned to ashes.

Maui men accused in racially-motivated attack plead not guilty

The victim suffered broken ribs and a huge gash when he was hit with a shovel.

  2 Guard members made extremist statements about inauguration

U.S. Secret Service tightened security in and around the Capitol days earlier than usual in preparation, and the city center is essentially on lockdown with streets blocked, high fencing installed and tens of thousands of troops and law enforcement officers stationed around the area.

City prosecutor asks for dismissal in COVID-19 violation case against U.S. Surgeon General

Prosecutor Steve Alm said that the further prosecution of the U.S. Surgeon General would not do justice.

Two more fatalities, 65 new COVID-19 infections reported across Hawaii

Hawaii reported 65 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, pushing the statewide total since the pandemic began to 24,546.

  Watch ‘This is Now’: Cold front lingers, with heavy showers moving toward Kauai

Watch “This is Now” live from the HNN Digital Center weekdays on KHNL or across Hawaii News Now’s platforms online and on mobile.

  Biden’s nominees promise fresh approach on national security

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to “speak truth to power" and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted.

  Jet skiers scramble to dodge a massive wave in this past weekend’s impressive swell

Video showed the moment the jet skiers went scrambling. Some turned around, others were sent flying.

  Biden picks 1st transgender person for Senate-confirmed post

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health.

It’s Dolly’s Birthday! Here’s 5 surprising connections Parton has to Hawaii

Dolly’s little known but surprising connections to the aloha state.

9 hikers trapped by flash flooding rescued on Hawaii Island

Heavy rain quickly swelled the river to impassable levels.

  An inauguration like we’ve never seen before

The COVID-19 pandemic and the violence at the Capitol earlier this month are causing big changes.

Siren sounds in Kaneohe, but officials say no emergency

The siren went off on Luluku Road around 5 a.m.

  A blown roof, landslides and flooding: Front brings severe weather to the state

Much of the state remains under a flash flood watch and a wind advisory.

Study links pulmonary condition to Hawaii snorkeling deaths

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.

Forecast: Widespread rain expected as cold front lingers

A large cold front has stalled out over Maui and the Big Island and will continue to produce widespread rain across the eastern islands through Tuesday.

After a 10-month closure, the Polynesian Cultural Center welcomes back visitors

Workers at PCC are getting tested weekly with the company covering the costs.

  ASL interpreter whose services amid pandemic helped keep community safe dies of COVID

“If a deaf person needed her or needed help communicating with families, Patty was right there, always there."

Vandals strike a DLNR greenhouse, home to extremely rare native plants

Federally protected plants were broken, pots knocked over, and water left running. An investigation is underway.

  Forecast: More rain ahead, but winds to ease up

Trade wind conditions should ease in for the latter part of the week.

  Vaccinated travelers could be exempt from quarantine, testing by spring

“This is a massive game changing level of security if we get this done.”

  Man comes forward, reuniting woman with 2 dogs stolen in car theft

All along, she was more concerned about the health and safety of the dogs, one of which is a service animal.

  Hundreds get immunized at Oahu’s first mass vaccination site

Dr. Melinda Ashton, chief quality control officer at Hawaii Pacific Health, estimated the average appointment was taking between 30 and 45 minutes.

  With Waikiki Shell check-in, 160 American Samoans begin long-awaited journey home

There are 160 people on the first repatriation flight Jan. 29 from Honolulu to American Samoa.

Donations pour in for Disney lookalike facing rare medical disease

An online fundraising campaign has already surpassed its initial goal.

Meet ‘Mele’ ... the monk seal pup who brought some much-needed joy to 2020

A Hawaiian monk seal pup born last year has finally been named!

Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Hawaii

Hawaii is ramping up distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Hawaii, but not everyone is eligible yet to get the shot.

129 new COVID-19 infections reported in Hawaii; no additional fatalities

There have been 2,232 cases in the last 14 days.

  Biden aims for unifying speech at daunting moment for US

Joe Biden faces a fraught moment as he prepares to deliver a speech that aides say he wants to use to “call Americans to unity.”

  Watch ‘This is Now’: Airlines ramp up for new COVID rules for international travelers

Watch “This is Now” live from the HNN Digital Center weekdays on KHNL or across Hawaii News Now’s platforms online and on mobile.

  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.

  Kona family seeks return of toy truck belonging to 1-year-old son who recently died

The boy's mom said the toy wasn't intended to be sold during their moving sale last week.

Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices amid pandemic recession

Cut spending, raise taxes or perhaps both. Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, the state’s biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue.

Forecast: Cold front brings heavy rain and gusty winds

A strong cold front will continue to move southeastward down the island chain, stalling near the Big Island on Monday.

Hawaii soldier found dead at Texas Army base

A Texas-based solider from Maui was found dead in his on-post residence last week.

  Forecast: Front to bring threat of heavy rain and strong winds

Some areas could see as much as ten inches of rain over the next few days.

Despite weekend protests rumors, Hawaii’s Capitol was quiet Sunday

Just one event took place: Onipa'a, a ceremony to mark the 128 years since the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom.

Fisherman dies after apparent drowning in Nanakuli waters

The 64-year-old was fishing alongside a 16-year-old teen.

Hawaii reports 132 new COVID-19 cases; 2 new fatalities

It’s the 13th consecutive day Hawaii has seen a triple-digit rise in new cases.

‘Show Aloha Land’ grand prize winners drive off in brand new Ford vehicles

Both winners were in complete shock, and never expected a simple family outing to end with brand new vehicles.

  Warning-level swell draws curious onlookers to Oahu’s North Shore

Ocean Safety crews were also kept busy with rescues.

  High surf warning extended through Tuesday with a new NW swell

There's the potential for waves as high as 40 to 50 feet.

  Forecast: Front to bring rain, chance of flash flooding

Strong and cool northerly winds will follow the frontal passage.

‘This is Not a Drill’: False missile alert documentary now streaming

Nearly three years later, HNN is premiering a new documentary ― “This is Not a Drill” ― that looks back at a day most anyone who experienced it will never forget.

  Surfer, board shaper and coach Ben Aipa dies at age 78

Family members say his health had been on the decline over the last 2 years.

Delay in shipment puts a hold on COVID-19 vaccinations for some on Maui

The Maui Health Community Vaccination Clinic has already administered nearly 4,000 doses.

Punahou grad named Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News

Nancy Cordes worked as a reporter for KHNL from 1995 to 1997.