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  Family fights for Kapolei home turned into suspected gambling site

Residents in a Kapolei neighborhood are sleeping easier after a suspected gambling house in the area was shut down over the weekend. The house, which is a part of a Hawaiian Homes subdivision, has been a point of contention for a west O'ahu family for the last two years.

  Zippy’s begins to resume dine-in service as company struggles with revenue loss

Survey: 8 in 10 residents say they aren’t ready to welcome tourists back

Close to 30 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide

  State, teachers union come to agreement on what social distancing will mean at public schools

DOH: Clusters at Hawaiian Airlines, local gyms involve same patient

Waikiki’s Halekulani Hotel announces closure until mid-2021

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Oahu photographer looks to the past to capture stunning portraits for today

State hammers out quarantine modifications for university students

  Visa ban creates confusion for international students

Ige plans to extend moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent through August

Hawaii reports 3 new COVID-19 fatalities, pushing death toll to 22

  Zippy’s set to offer dine-in services once again at Makiki location

Actress Kelly Preston dies at 57 after battle with breast cancer

Preston enjoyed a lengthy career in film and television, appearing in “Jerry Maguire,” “Twins” and at times starring with her husband, John Travolta, in films like “Battlefield Earth” and “Gotti.”

Hawaii reports 23 new COVID-19 cases, including 19 on Oahu

State officials have said that some increase in cases is to be expected as the kamaaina economy reopens.

  WATCH ‘This is Now': Amid COVID-19 surge, Ige faced mounting pressure to delay tourism’s reboot

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  Testing to continue after 6 COVID-19 cases are tied to the Pearl City Nursing Home

A staff member found out they tested positive on Thursday.

  As mainland cases spike, county mayors want a tourism restart delayed

Kauai police seek tips in a hit-and-run crash involving a bicyclist overnight

Pedestrian dies after crash on Maui overnight

Despite hesitance from some, city holds a ‘Dine in Chinatown’ event

Boat operators say the Kakaako building boom is fueling rust problems

HPD arrests man in connection with Kahala Beach stabbing

  Forecast: Increasing showers to ride in on the trade winds

The winds will remain locally breezy for Monday before easing up for midweek.

  21 more COVID-19 cases are reported Sunday

State officials have said that some increase in cases is to be expected as the kamaaina economy reopens.

Bill that would’ve expanded evidence against alleged domestic abusers is deferred

Statements given to first responders against alleged abusers would've been acceptable evidence.

Man dies after crash on the H-1 West Aiea off-ramp

Speed may have been a factor, police said, as the driver took the exit.

  Manoa man indicted for allegedly stealing $1.2 million from his church

He’s accused of using church credit cards to pay for his own personal expenses.

Voting machines tested for accuracy ahead of this year’s primary election

Ballots will be mailed to voters beginning July 21.

  Forecast: Trades still breezy but will gradually slow down

The chance for showers will increase for the first part of the work week.

  An Oahu fisherman’s shark encounter is caught on camera

As scary as this is for some people, he said he was left in awe by the powerful encounter.

32-year-old Kapolei man pleads guilty to attempted enticement of a minor

He was chatting with someone who he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Juvenile arrested after a Waipahu stabbing

Honolulu police have launched a second-degree attempted murder investigation.

20,000 gallons of waste water spills at Kona’s Kailua Bay

The Department of Health reported the spill Saturday around 12:30 p.m.

  Legacy of Life launches a new campaign to honor organ donors and their families

Legacy of Life Hawaii is known for its quilts that honor organ donors and its promotion of organ and tissue donation.

  After weeks of prepping for tourism’s reopening, hotels face the prospect of a costly delay

“If that date is going to change we’d certainly like to know sooner than later so we can make adjustments to our business cycle."

‘My dad is a survivor’: Son of missing Big Island fisherman pleads for help

The family of a fisherman who disappeared on the Big Island almost a month ago is not giving up.

  Political newcomer Keith Amemiya is chief fundraiser in mayoral race

State campaign spending filings show that first-time candidate Keith Amemiya raised the most money — $1.2 million — followed by City Councilmember Kymberly Pine who collected $754,000.

  Amid growing scrutiny of gyms, some call for tougher protocols rather than a shutdown

“Without recognizing that a lot of the gym owners, the majority of gym owners are small business owners, really go out of their way to make sure that themselves, their patrons are safe as possible.”

  Mayors push back on plan to reopen tourism but aren’t sure how long it should be delayed

So far, Gov. David Ige hasn’t indicated how he’ll come down on the issue.

  Cluster of COVID-19 cases at 2 Oahu gyms prompts Health Department warning

DOH says cases in both gyms are linked to one person who participated in exercise classes at both.

Board of Education holds off on approving plan to reopen public school campuses

Thousands of educators and parents testified, citing concerns about unsafe social distancing protocols.

8,000 citations were issued for violating stay-at-home orders. They’re all entitled to jury trials.

There’s increasing concern about how those citations could clog the already overburdened courts. Experts say fighting the citations could take years because the accused are entitled to jury trials.

Worker at Cheesecake Factory Waikiki tests positive for COVID-19

The restaurant is still open, but at least one staffer said they don’t feel safe going to work.

  Ige: Still no decision on whether to push back plan to reopen tourism

“We’re really struggling to figure out what we do next to thaw out our economy."

Despite criticism, city’s open street events in Waikiki and Chinatown will proceed

Lt. Governor Josh Green criticized the “Open Street Kalakaua” event on Tuesday.

Plexiglass barriers will be part of the show as live music returns to Blue Note Hawaii

The show kicks off with performances by HAPA on July 10 and 12.

UH football reduced to 9-game season after the Pac-12 announces a move to conference-only play for all fall sports

The Pac-12 announced Friday that they will be moving to a conference-only schedule for all of their fall sports, citing concerns over the safety of their student-athletes and staff. This leaves the University of Hawaii’s Football season in jeopardy.

  Shortage of COVID-19 tests nationally throws cold water on Hawaii’s tourism reopening plan

A newly-obtained email written by the state’s health director includes a list of strict testing standards he says need to be in place in order to reopen tourism.

  WATCH ‘This is Now': After days of discussions, still no decision on tourism reopening plan

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Warning signs posted after shark spotted at Pokai Bay

Warning signs have been posted after a shark was spotted in waters off Pokai Bay, Ocean Safety officials said.

Longtime Aiea restaurant closes permanently amid pandemic

A longtime Aiea restaurant has shut down for good amid the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump approves disaster declaration request for Kauai flooding

President Trump has signed a disaster declaration for massive flooding in Kauai in March.

  USS Arizona Memorial welcomes back visitors with limited tours, safety protocols

Beginning on Friday, guests will be allowed to once again tour the USS Arizona Memorial.

Forecast: Brisk trade winds will hold through the weekend

A strong surface high centered far north of the main Hawaiian Islands will keep breezy trade winds in the forecast into the first half of next week.

Hawaii student-athletes hold out hope for season to resume

The early days of August have always signified the return of High School football.

  Public schools identify which teaching models they’ll use come fall

Schools can choose their own instructional model based on student needs and enrollment.

  Multiple COVID-19 cases connected to Hawaii State Hospital temporarily halt construction at site

Five of those who have tested positive are employees who don’t deal directly with patients.

  Utilities commission rejects Hu Honua’s deal to provide energy for HECO

Hu Honua, which is changing its name to Honua Ola Bioenergy, said its plant in Pepeekeo has taken a dozen years to build at a cost of about $350 million dollars.

Return of prep sports at Hawaii schools delayed again as seasons remain in flux

Multiple Oahu public schools were told on Thursday that they will not be able to start any extracurricular activities — including sports — until at least August 18th.

  Manhunt continues for suspect accused of stabbing 17-year-old in the neck at Kahala beach

Police are continuing to search for a suspect and say they don’t yet have any substantial leads.

‘Monumental error’ could delay Aloha Stadium redevelopment another year

The state has already set aside $350 million for the project.

Health Department: Hawaii labs are able to meet current demand for COVID-19 testing

Officials said Hawaii is well-equipped to meet its current demand of about 1,200 tests a day and could as much as double that number. In-state tests, however, are reserved for “priority” cases.

Community input sought on large solar project proposed for Kihei

If approved, the Kamaole Solar Project will be located on 320 acres of Haleakala Ranch land.

Eateries, bars could be temporarily closed if they don’t comply with COVID-19 safety rules

“We feel these steps are necessary to assure all restaurants and other food establishments are doing everything they can to protect the health of the public and their employees.”

  WATCH ‘This is Now’: 12 residents infected with COVID-19 at nursing home have recovered

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Hawaii reports 36 new COVID-19 cases amid growing concerns about community spread

State officials have said that some increase in cases is to be expected as the kamaaina economy reopens.

  Here’s how to register to vote in Hawaii as deadline arrives

The deadline to register for the primary election is July 9.

Man seriously injured in crash in Waialua area

It happened around midnight.

  New ICE rule not expected to impact international students in Hawaii

The University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University says it plans to resume in-person classes this fall.

  Top contenders for Honolulu mayor make their case in ‘The Job Interview'

Three panelists from HNN and three from Civil Beat conducted the interviews, a unique opportunity for voters to learn more about the candidates and decide who is best qualified to lead Honolulu Hale.

As US cases surge, council asks state to ‘consider’ delaying changes to travel restrictions

More than 60,000 new cases were reported nationwide on Wednesday, according the Covid Tracking Project.

Forecast: Firm trade winds to hold into the weekend

The breezy trade wind pattern will continue through early next week.

Court official to oversee damages for Hawaiian homesteads

The price of land in a specific area of Oahu will be used to determine damages owed to Native Hawaiian plaintiffs who have waited years for property administered by the state.

  Crews on Maui cut firebreak to protect Paia residents from large brush fire

At last check Wednesday night, the fire was just 30 percent contained.

Pizza-pua? 7-Eleven Hawaii unveils new manapua flavor

Yum!

United Airlines workers in Hawaii face layoffs as air travel industry struggles

Some 386 Hawaii employees may be on the chopping block.

  A viewer’s guide: Here’s how the ‘The Job Interview: Honolulu Mayor’ was conducted

Candidates sat down with a panel from Hawaii News Now and Honolulu Civil Beat for an hour each, answering questions on a range of topics, from rail to homelessness to their approach to leadership.

  Bishop Museum now permanent home of 2 artifacts gifted to Captain Cook

The ʻahu ʻula and mahiole were on loan from a New Zealand museum... until now.

  College internships during a pandemic? A local company is making it work

A Kalihi warehouse is one of the few places business school interns can now get hands on experience.

  PPP funds were a lifeline for some businesses, but others say it wasn’t enough

Economist Paul Brewbaker said the program was not designed to be a cure-all.