Mixed messaging about masks puts Hawaii businesses at center of controversy

While the CDC told the nation this week that vaccinated people can go without masks, Hawaii still requires them most places.

DLNR issues $62K fine to beach rental owner for presetting chairs in Waikiki

HPD arrests suspect in connection with setting a homeless man on fire

Man arrested for allegedly attacking firefighter in Downtown Honolulu

  With a growing trend in property crime, HPD provides tips to prevent home break-ins

  Shelter works to bolster vaccination rates among Oahu’s homeless

UHERO predicts faster Hawaii economic recovery, citing COVID vaccines, travel demand

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Big Island man who used ant poison to kill 6,200 prawns slapped with huge fine

New study shows 42% of people in the US can’t name a single Asian American

  Mask on or off? For guidance, we asked Hawaii epidemiologists what they do.

  Hawaii Strong: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra returns to stage for first time in a year

Queen’s to open clinics at Oahu high schools to vaccinate those 12 and up

  New Bishop Museum exhibit immerses visitors in vibrant street art experience

Hawaiian Airlines apologizes for website booking problems, long wait times

Hawaiian Airlines said that these problems are two separate issues — one technical and one associated with staffing.

Hawaii reports an additional COVID fatality; 83 new infections

There have been 1,123 cases in the last 14 days.

  Watch ‘This is Now’: School-based clinics step up efforts to vaccinate Hawaii’s youth

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

DOH investigating COVID clusters on Oahu, Maui tied performing arts

Officials said 25 cases were linked to an unnamed Oahu studio that offers dance and singing classes.

  HNN panel unpacks what herd immunity means ― and when Hawaii might reach it

  Governor keeps Hawaii’s mask mandate in place despite new CDC guidance for vaccinated people

Forecast: Breezy winds to hold through the weekend

To reduce costs, Ala Wai Canal flood prevention project to be reassessed yet again

For upcoming space mission, Elon Musk eyes waters off Hawaii to land rocket

Hold on! Breezy winds to hold through the weekend

Free COVID testing offered on Molokai after cases identified at work site

Officials said there have been at least four positive cases linked to a construction worksite at Molokai General Hospital.

Autopsy reveals Washington visitor’s death on Hawaii Island was a homicide

In February last year, officers arrested her 43-year-old husband Sonam Saxena for murder.

Hawaii student needs your help in national ‘Doodle for Google’ contest

A Hawaii student’s artwork is in the running to be featured on Google’s homepage.

  State epidemiologist says Hawaii is ‘close’ to reaching herd immunity

“It’s one of those frustrating questions when we’ll kind of know it when we get there, but I do believe we are getting close.”

  Surveillance images show suspect wanted for setting homeless man on fire

So far, police have made no arrests in the case.

City opens temporary housing for homeless in Whitmore Village

As part of the Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons program, the city set up temporary housing and triage services.

  ‘Wings Over Pearl’ experience offers living history flights in a WWII fighter plane

Starting next week, get used to seeing a restored World War II aircraft flying over sites on Oahu that were attacked on December, 7, 1941.

  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."

No prison time for Honolulu man who terrorized, cyberstalked a Utah family

Loren Okamura, 45, pled guilty to preying on the Gilmore family of Utah.

  State investigates after dredging work in Honolulu Harbor damages huge area of coral

The damaged coral includes a colony believed to be several hundred years old.

Maui health officials recommend vaccine appointments for younger kids

Maui health officials are encouraging youngsters' families to pre-register for the coronavirus vaccine so they don't end up wasting doses.

These two names were most common among Hawaii newborns in 2020

The name rankings come from a newly released Social Security Administration list.

Still trying to register your child for Summer Fun? Your registration time may have shifted

Registration will still be held online.

  Watch ‘This is Now’: Japan’s slow pace of vaccinations draws concern

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

Hawaii reports 76 new COVID cases; no additional fatalities

There have been 1,157 cases in the last 14 days.

Schatz to governor: It’s time to allow surf competitions, spectators at youth games

“I urgently ask you to reevaluate your prohibition on parents and guardians watching youth sports."

  ‘Golden Week’ comes and goes as Japan visitors face COVID hurdles when traveling to Hawaii

Japan tops the list of international visitors to the islands. In 2019, there were 1.5 million of them.

Voyaging canoes Hokulea, Hikianalia depart Hawaii on training mission in Pacific

This time, they’re headed to “the doldrums."

  With inter-island vaccine passport set up, state now turns attention to trans-Pacific travel

Setting up the passport for mainland residents is expected to be a logistical nightmare.

  School-based vaccine clinics step up outreach as younger kids start to roll up their sleeves

After a quick screening, a mix of students and parents arrived at the COVID vaccine clinic at Nanakuli High and Intermediate Wednesday.

Former CEO of Hawaii company accused of virus loan fraud pleads not guilty

Authorities say he defrauded banks of more than $12.8 million through the Paycheck Protection Program.

Police shooting review panel picks ex-Maui chief as chairman

Gary Yabuta, director of the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Hawaii, was unanimously selected Tuesday by the Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review Board to serve as chairman at the board’s first meeting in 15 months.

Forecast: Breezy weather to hold beyond the weekend

Surface high pressure far north of the island chain will maintain moderate to locally breezy trade winds through this weekend.

  In horrific attack, suspect intentionally sets homeless man on fire in Downtown Honolulu

“His jacket was practically melted on his body. Somebody kept screaming for him to take off his jacket. He couldn’t. It was part of him,”

Brush fire burns through about 2 acres of land near Lanai Airport

While clearing the scene of a previous brush fire, crews discovered a fire burning in light brush in about 3 to 4 acres of land.

  Given the chance to pay tribute to her hometown, a hula dancer inspires a Hilo mural

“It just really makes me proud. It makes me proud to be from the 96720.”

  Proposal to save Maui properties from falling into the ocean gets community pushback

“It seems like the local community always has to sacrifice our way of life or our livelihoods, so that the condos and the hotels can get what they need.”

State offers $4M in grants to help Hawaii schools recover from the pandemic

The announcement of this grant program comes as student enrollment dwindles for higher education.

  The pandemic and a pilot program reunite brothers who had been apart for years

The brothers vow there will be no more long lapses. They’re already planning the next family get-together.

  ‘Person of interest’ in deadly road rage stabbing located on the East Coast

Honolulu police and the city Prosecutor’s Office declined to comment on why they have yet to file charges.

Woman indicted for attempted murder of her stepson at Schofield Barracks

Prosecutors said the boy was critically injured while under Robinson’s custody.

PODCAST: The attorney who helped uncover ‘Mailbox Case’ joins ‘The Other Side of Paradise’

“The impact of this little mailbox case has been dramatic and will possibly be even more dramatic in the future."

With children 12 and up now eligible for COVID vaccines, here’s what you need to know

As of right now, the only shot children age 12 and up can receive is the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

Hawaii is manually checking vaccine cards for its inter-island ‘vaccine passport’ program

Under the program, inter-island travelers can bypass quarantine by uploading their vaccine cards instead of getting tested.

Kealoha ‘Mailbox Case’ co-conspirator asks to remain free while he pursues appeal

Hahn was convicted of obstruction of justice and conspiracy in June 2019.

With vaccine demand dropping, 2 Oahu distribution points to close

Thursday is the final day for two vaccination clinics around Oahu.

  Watch ‘This is Now’: Air Canada expanding service to Hawaii

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

47 new COVID cases reported statewide; 1 new fatality

There have been 1,195 cases in the last 14 days.

  From Honolulu to D.C., ‘Bows volleyball honored for National Championship

The Celebration continues for your University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team, as both Governor David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi honored the ‘Bows Wednesday morning for their National Championship win over BYU.

  Police arrest suspect in alleged arson at Supreme Court building

The blaze caused about $20,000 in damage.

  ‘No one did it better’: Hawaii remembers the life and legacy of Colt Brennan

University of Hawaii football icon Colt Brennan, has died, sources told Hawaii News Tuesday morning, with news of the record-setting quarterback’s passing reverberating through the entire sports world.

Some Hawaii health care providers accepting vaccination appointments for kids 12 to 15

The approval of the Pfizer shot means an additional 67,500 children in Hawaii are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

  Hanabusa turns down pricey HART consultant contract; mayor appoints her to rail board

“There’s nothing face-saving here,” Blangiardi said. “It’s my desire to finally have a voice with HART. I am inspired by her decision to continue to serve.”

  Officials make final push for vaccinations at key clinic in Leeward Oahu ahead of closure

A major vaccination clinic in Leeward Oahu is closing Thursday.

Dunkin’ employee charged in death after allegedly hitting customer over slur

A Dunkin' employee allegedly punched a customer for using a racial slur

Forecast: Breezy conditions to hold through the weekend

Moderate to locally breezy trade winds will hold firm into this weekend.

Breezy conditions to hold through the weekend

Breezy conditions to hold through the weekend

  Facing serious fine, beach rental owner says he feels unfairly targeted

A beach rental shop in Waikiki is facing a $62,000 fine for presetting lounge chairs and umbrellas before customers arrive.

  Hawaii football legend Colt Brennan, who led an unforgettable era for UH, dies at 37

“You talk about Tiger Woods, you talk about Tom Brady, you talk about LeBron James, he was that popular in the state of Hawaii."

Maui County to accept applications for energy credit assistance program

Eligible low-income homeowners will be able to apply for funds to pay their Hawaiian Electric or Hawaii Gas bills.

After being closed to protect native ohia, Volcanoes National Park to reopen 2 trails

Park rangers constructed a new decontamination station near the trail head and said visitors are required to sanitize their footwear.

Montana man dies after snorkeling incident off an Oahu beach

He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but later died.

  As more housing vouchers flow in, Hawaii needs landlords willing to take them

With the new funding comes a unique opportunity to potentially get an upper hand on the state’s homeless crisis.

‘Operation Keiki Shield’ nabs 5 Big Island men accused of targeting minors online

One of the five suspects was released after posting $50,000 bail, prosecutors said.

Man released pending investigation into stabbing that injured 3 on Hawaii Island

One of the injured victims was a 14-year-old boy.

  Despite strong opposition, advocates push to legalize ‘water cremation’ in Hawaii

The bones can be left intact, which advocates say is valued by Native Hawaiians.

  Fans remember Colt Brennan as a star on and off the field

“I’ll never forget the passion with which he played and the thrill of the unity of our island ohana that he in part gave us."

Blaze at Waikiki hotel causes approximately $75,000 in damage

Fire crews were dispatched to 2500 Kuhio Avenue, the address of the Hilton Waikiki.