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  Hawaiian Airlines sees ‘momentum building’ as it prepares to launch testing program

  City pulls out of bidding process to finish, operate rail system

Family separated by quarantine in Guam mourns the loss of 2 relatives to COVID-19

Right lane on King Street through urban core will soon be reserved for buses only

  How a high-energy Zumba instructor helped raise thousands for charity

Patient, 3 staff members at Hawaii State Hospital test positive for COVID-19

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  Mountain West’s decision to resume play is only first step in getting 'Bows back on the field

Koolau Golf Club to close permanently due to coronavirus pandemic

Hawaii astronomers set out to create huge 3D map of Milky Way’s outer regions

  Gym owners: City’s emergency order unfairly targets their business

  WATCH ‘This is Now’: After COVID vaccine is OK’d, distributing it could prove big challenge

Hawaiian Air to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing near some airports

CDC recalls dried mushrooms linked to salmonella outbreak

Restaurant employees are also being asked to check for the recalled dried mushrooms.

Warning signs posted at 2 Oahu beaches due to shark sightings

Warning signs have been posted Friday at two Oahu beaches after sharks were spotted.

Former President Barack Obama endorses Kai Kahele for Congress

Obama made the announcement over social media on Friday as part of his second and final slate of endorsements across the nation for 2020.

Hawaii geothermal plant can restart without further review

The Hawaii Department of Health determined the state’s only geothermal power plant does not need an additional environmental review in its ongoing effort to restart after the facility was shut down by a volcanic eruption.

Attorney argues Hawaii law is a ban on carrying guns

Forecast: Lighter winds with drier conditions heading in for the weekend

1 dead, 1 critically injured in late-night crash in Ewa Beach

  Honolulu firefighters contain stubborn brush fire along Waahila Ridge

  Hilo veterans home grappling with COVID-19 outbreak has faced scrutiny in the past

  After 51 years and lots of memories, flight attendant says aloha to Hawaiian Air

  HART board reverses course, won’t fire CEO Robbins before contract expires

Robbins' fate with the problem-plagued rail authority, however, is still up in the air because his three-year contract expires at the end of the year. So far, the HART board has taken no action to extend it.

Honolulu Pride parade isn’t just going virtual this year. It’s going tiny.

The Honolulu Pride parade is going virtual this year and it’s also shrinking ― literally.

  United to offer COVID-19 testing for passengers, starting on Hawaii route

Starting Oct. 15, passengers flying from San Francisco will be given the option to take a rapid COVID-19 test at the airport or an at-home, mail-in test before their trip.

  New emergency order allows most Oahu businesses to reopen, but with restrictions

Reaction to the new rules have been mixed, including from businesses.

  Mountain West votes to play shortened eight-game 2020 football season

The Rainbow Warriors have continued to work out since receiving word early last month that their season had been postponed, sources say.

State reports 90 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional fatalities

Of the 90 new cases, 81 are on Oahu, five are on the Big Island, two are on Maui and two are out of state.

18-year-old arrested in connection with attack on elderly woman in Chinatown

Police arrested Micah Obrian Toro for second-degree robbery.

State spends $14M to staff up Hawaii hospitals with more nurses, respiratory therapists

“During their time here, these experienced healthcare staff will be providing critical patient care as well as respite for our dedicated local healthcare workforce.”

  US cruise lines vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

Major cruise lines say they will test all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the Americas.

Big Island police ask for the public’s help to find missing 10-year-old girl

She was last seen in the 100 block area of Ululani Street on Sept. 18 at approximately 4:35 p.m.

PODCAST: Laughter is the best medicine, and this Hawaii Five-0 star is serving it up

In search of a good laugh? It may just be the best medicine to help us get through these tough times.

3 Hawaii public schools named national Blue Ribbon winners

The US Department of Education has named three Hawaii elementary schools as 2020 National Blue Ribbon winners.

  WATCH ‘This is Now’: United testing program for Hawaii offers potential model for other hubs

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

  Worried that young athletes are losing motivation, coaches want youth sports to return

The city's latest reopening plan has those sports returning last.

  More obstacles threaten to delay completion of rail project by up to 4 years

“Whenever we hear about delays we know that’s going to add to cost."

Man seriously injured in Kalihi shooting

A heavy police presence was on the scene shortly after the incident.

  As death toll at Hilo veteran’s home mounts, family calls for criminal investigation

"I want answers. I thought my dad was safe. And knowing that he’s not, it just brings a lot of anxiety and fear.”

  Census workers make progress in counting Hawaii’s homeless population

A nationwide operation started on Tuesday to accurately count people experiencing homelessness.

  2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests

The protests come after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Breonna Taylor, a Black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend.

Financially hurting Hawaii candy maker offers vendors a deal

A financially hurting Hawaii candy maker is trying to shore up its business by offering a deal to vendors as the company faces difficulties due to the pandemic.

Hawaii appeals court vacates murder conviction, citing error

Brian Smith was sentenced in June 2019 to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years for second-degree murder in the June 2018 killing of Thomas Ballesteros Jr.

Forecast: Lighter winds, drier conditions heading in for the weekend

Trade winds will continue into the weekend, but will diminish on Sunday, then remain light for most of next week.

  Nearly 30 medical workers on Maui at risk of losing their jobs after the planned closure of a surgery center

Kaiser Permanente announced it will shut down various services at its Wailuku Clinic on Maui because of financial troubles.

Over 3,000 families have tapped a city program offering financial assistance

Honolulu’s pandemic relief program began back in May.

DHHL selects developers to build an affordable housing complex in Moiliili

DHHL estimates rent will range from $633 for studios, to $3,133 for 3-bedroom town home units.

Rapid Ohia Death spreads on Kauai as more infected trees are found

The fungus was found in trees in two areas on the island's North Shore.

  Police search for suspect who targeted elderly victim in Chinatown attack

Honolulu Police are hoping for witnesses to help find the man responsible for a vicious attack on an elderly woman in Chinatown.

  'It’s not fair’: Some small businesses say city’s new reopening strategy too restrictive

The city is easing its COVID-19 restrictions Thursday, allowing a host of businesses to reopen. But some small business owners say the rules are still too restrictive.

  Workers at vets home face harassment as facility faces growing questions about protocols

“People are angry and folks are still dying so it’s not over yet or contained yet definitely somebody’s responsible."

City eases eligibility requirements for program offering assistance for rent, utilities

In a bid to help struggling Oahu families, the city has eased eligibility restrictions for its Household Hardship Relief Program.

Hawaii reports 168 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional fatalities

Of the new cases, 154 are on Oahu, 13 are on the Big Island and one is on Maui.

  Under order, Oahu restaurants will have to keep diners' contact details for 28 days

Oahu restaurants will be allowed to reopen limited dine-in services Thursday, under the city’s new emergency order.

  'Be Vocal Support Local’ campaign created to help small businesses amid the pandemic

The 'Be Vocal Support Local' campaign is gaining traction on social media.

Anderson officially steps away from City Council; Kobayashi takes over as chair

Honolulu City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson participated in his final council meeting on Wednesday, officially resigning from the council at the end of one of the day’s sessions and igniting a brief debate about the process in which his successor was named.

  Caldwell: Exceptions for UH football, stadium crowds to come from state

In the new emergency order, outdoor sports are not allowed until tier four — a tier Oahu likely won’t be in until at least December — when asked if the 'Bows would get an exemption if play resumed, Mayor Caldwell says that the decision does not fall under his jurisdiction.

Assets from big Hawaii solar company gone bankrupt hit auction block

Nearly everything from the company is going up for grabs including solar panels, rooftop PV materials, tools, work vans, a forklift and office furniture.

4 workers at USPS processing facility in Honolulu test positive for COVID-19

Four employees at the US Postal Service mail processing facility in Honolulu have tested positive for COVID-19 since Sept. 15, officials confirmed to Hawaii News Now.

  WATCH ‘This is Now’: New emergency order eases restrictions, but it won’t be business as usual

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

Schatz urges Hawaii schools to increase air ventilation ahead of welcoming students back

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is calling on public and private schools in Hawaii to ensure “adequate air ventilation” in classrooms before welcoming students back.

  Oahu business owners express mixed reactions to mayor’s reopening plan

Some Honolulu business owners say the mayor’s new order is a welcome chance to reopen, even with limits. Others say it’s a big confusing hassle.

  Most Oahu businesses to reopen with restrictions under mayor’s new emergency order

The new order allows certain businesses to reopen with restrictions and gatherings of up to five people.

The Kahala Hotel is now a chain after opening a sister resort in Japan

The Kahala Hotel & Resort, one of Hawaii’s most famous luxury hotel properties, subdivided today, opening a second location in Japan.

Sale of Hawaii beer operation to clear way for acquisition

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the sale of the Hawaii operations of a beer company, which could clear the way for a related acquisition by Anheuser-Busch Inc.

Forecast: Showers moving in with strengthening trade winds

A band of showers will spread west across the islands today. Much drier weather will return by Thursday night.

4 displaced after flames tear through an Anahola home

The blaze caused $200,000 in damage, officials said.

Is Halloween happening? Mayor Caldwell says yes, but take extra precautions

There are ways you can safely get creative with your Halloween celebration this year.

Antibody testing gives insight to COVID-19 among Hawaii Pacific Health workers

Around 7,200 employees participated.

Developer withdraws application to build affordable housing complex in Kailua

It was the only affordable housing project in the works for Kailua.

  HART: Canceling public-private partnership could cause 18 months of rail delays

The Honolulu Authority of Rapid Transportation said delays of up to 18 months should be expected if its current plans to use a private-public partnership are scrapped.

5 honu are now enjoying the open waters after being released off Maui

Kuʻuipo, Kilakila, Hohonu, Makaʻala and ʻAuliʻi were all hatched at the Sea Life Park on Oahu, but raised on Maui.

  Community groups, education helped drive down COVID-19 cases among Pacific Islanders

Since the beginning of September, community support and leaders have made incredible strides.

  What’s allowed (and not allowed) under the city’s new COVID-19 order

Most Oahu businesses deemed non-essential under the stay-at-home order will be allowed to reopen starting Thursday under the city’s new restrictions.

Blangiardi picks up endorsement of United Food & Commercial Workers Union

The Local 480 represents some 2,700 workers ranging from health-care employees to retail grocery workers.

United Laundry Services to lay off over 800 workers

The biggest cuts are that of production workers, drivers and sorters and folders.

Satellite city halls on Oahu to reopen this week, but appointments are required

Business hours are also being adjusted to accommodate canceled appointments.

  Caldwell: Oahu’s bars, nightclubs likely shuttered until at least December

Leaders in Hawaii’s bar and nightclub industry say the new orders leave them behind ― and the decision will likely mean a death blow to many Oahu establishments.

State Health Dept. chemist charged with making, selling LSD to military servicemembers

One of the suspects is alleged to have told the undercover agent "that his source of supply for the LSD 'works in chemistry' and 'makes his own stuff.'"

State to begin distributing $300 in additional weekly jobless benefits

In all, the state has received approval from the federal government to pay six weeks of the additional $300.