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  Love’s Bakery, which struggled with pandemic losses, to cease operations

The news is certain to come as a shock to generations of Hawaii residents, who grew up on the company’s locally-made loaves and treats.

HPD investigating moped crash in Waimanalo that critically injured man

Forecast: Gusty winds persist, pick up again for the weekend

Green suggests a timeline for vaccination expansion, easing travel rules

Local restaurants partner with delivery service for food drive

  Hawaii grew up on Love’s Bakery. Now it’s imagining a future without it.

New hours in place for the popular Diamond Head State Monument

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  Sea Life Park prepares to welcome guests for the first time in nearly a year

  Whipping winds damage structures, topple trees, injuring at least 4 people

  After a rare surfing injury, a love of magic helped him find a new purpose

Body of missing hiker recovered on Maui; search ongoing for second man

  HPD sets quota for speed program, requiring officers to make more stops

  Forecast: Still windy, but showers easing up a bit

Honolulu restaurant to contest $4K fine from DOH

The business removed a red placard given for mask violations by an employee.

  Coast Guard gears up for busier seas as COVID restrictions ease

The US Coast Guard in Honolulu has kept busy during the pandemic, despite fewer search and rescue missions.

Hawaii reports 29 new COVID cases; no additional fatalities

There have been 630 new cases in the islands in the last 14 days.

  Watch ‘This is Now’: State wants to resume in-person class for elementary schools

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

  It’s not a rebound (yet), but the economy is showing signs of recovery

Honolulu police investigating deadly moped crash in Ewa Beach

  FAA investigating plane crash off Lanai that injured 2

  City wants to move forward with project to address safety issues atop Koko Crater

Wind advisory in effect for most islands due to gusty conditions

  Owner of plane that crashed off of Lanai says pilots followed proper water-landing protocols

Hawaiian Airlines records top flight punctuality in US

Hawaiian Airlines had the nation’s top on-time performance last year with 87.5% of its flights arriving to their destinations on time, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported.

Honolulu Salary Commission says no raises for top officials

A group within the Honolulu Salary Commission has recommended that Mayor Rick Blangiardi, City Council members and other top officials receive no salary increases this year, a report said.

  Forecast: Strong winds and more showers ahead

Very windy weather is possible statewide Monday and Tuesday.

Roughly 30 hours and 135 miles later, a man completes his run around Oahu

Sergio Florian crossed the finish line with friends and loved ones cheering him on Sunday.

Woman reportedly injured after large tree comes crashing down in Mililani

Bystanders rushed to aid the woman as first responders were also called out to the scene.

  At 53, an inspirational Hawaii Island woman just won a national pageant

She hopes that through this new title, she can continue to inspire and empower women.

Health care company distributes 500 boxes of produce to local families in need

The event was put on to help families that are struggling financially due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

Schatz secures $70M for rail in new COVID relief bill to keep project on track

The new federal funding will help the city pay for a portion of the rail project, covering tax revenue that was loss due to the pandemic.

Teen motorcyclist dies days after a late-night crash in East Oahu

The teen’s death marks the 7th traffic fatality on Oahu this year.

Hawaii reports 60 new COVID cases, pushing statewide total to 27,559; no additional fatalities

There have been 636 new cases in the islands in the last 14 days.

  Hawaii reports higher COVID case count due to Maui lab reporting issue

DOCD said that of the 75 COVID-19 cases reported on Maui, 31 cases were not previously confirmed.

  After alarming symptoms, a Big Island teen is diagnosed with rat lungworm disease

Doctors say he could have gotten the brain invading parasite from drinking catchment water.

  For 40 years, one group has aided police in catching criminals, and solving cold cases

In 1989, the murder of an 81-year-old woman went cold. Years later, police got an anonymous tip.

  DOH advises public to avoid Kailua Bay after large discharges of wastewater

Under state permitting, the city is authorized to discharge up to 15.25 million gallons of wastewater a day into Kailua Bay.

Hilo man charged, accused of beating, threatening girlfriend

He allegedly struck the back of her head with a closed fist, then broke a large glass smoking pipe and stabbed her.

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

Team of Oahu students wins an award for a device that helps those in need

The team of students created what they call a “Magnetic C-Clamp,” a device that was used to help a woman with cerebral palsy safely secure her crutches.

Nonprofit questions why HECO’s profits jumped in 2020 as customers struggled to pay bills

According to a Hawaiian Electric Industries 2020 report, HECO saw a net income of $169 million, compared to $156.8 million in 2019. That’s a 4.5% increase in profits.

Hawaii reports 2 additional COVID deaths and 106 new cases

There have been 623 new cases in the islands in the last 14 days.

Unstable weather lingers, prompting flood advisories, watches

A prolonged period of sometimes heavy rain is expected.

Pedestrian in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in Barbers Point area

The woman driving the vehicle fled the scene and was later found by officials in the Barbers Point area.

Apparent transformer explosion triggers large power outage in Moiliili

Hawaiian Electic says more than 4,000 customers are without power in the Moiliili area.

  In internal video, police chief says 263 officers abused overtime policy

Four cases were turned over to the state Attorney General’s Office for criminal investigation. However, those cases were declined.

Hawaii gets $87M to open multiple community vaccination sites

The grant will reimburse the state for eligible expenses to distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Big Island couple is fined more than $200K for illegal aquarium fishing

The couple captured around 250 tropical fish.

  Police report of lawmaker’s DUI arrest says she smelled of alcohol, was slurring speech

The police accounts contradict Har’s explanation of the events. Earlier this week, the veteran lawmaker blamed the arrest on a single beer mixed with medication she was taking for a respiratory illness.

  Mass vaccination operation at Pearl Harbor part of ‘war-like’ posture against COVID-19

Commanders say getting people vaccinated against COVID-19 is part of military readiness ― essential to national security.

  Forecast: Wet and windy weekend ahead

Persistent rain could lead to flooding for Maui and the Big Island's windward areas.

  Health officials detect worrisome Brazil mutation of COVID-19 in Hawaii

The state Department of Health said the P.2 variant, which contains the E484K mutation, was found through surveillance testing on Oahu.

  Violent Waialae Iki home invasion latest in recent rash of robberies on Oahu

Over the past month, Oahu has seen a sharp rise in robberies.

  Hawaii Strong: A year ago, this theater didn’t own a camera. Now they have a streaming service.

When COVID hit and the theater had to close, they didn’t own any video cameras.

  Famed Buffalo Soldiers built the Mauna Loa Trail with only hammers and their hands

In 1915, Black American's from the special Army unit famously known as the Buffalo Soldiers literally carved their way into Hawaii's history.

Hundreds have accepted DUI plea deals aimed at easing court backlog

Mothers Against Drunk Driving was consulted on the plan and agreed this was necessary because of the shutdowns that stopped court proceedings.

Court documents shed light on apparent motive in fatal Hawaii Kai stabbing

Police have charged Jake Edwards with second-degree murder in the case. He made his initial appearance in court Friday.

DOE considers plan to reopen elementary schools for full, in-person learning in late March

“This would allow our youngest learners the opportunity to have some in-person time back in the classroom this academic year."

Hawaii reports 2 additional COVID deaths; 44 new cases

There have been 613 new cases in the islands in the last 14 days.

  Watch ‘This is Now’: US House poised to approve COVID relief bill

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

  Educators, families applaud decision to OK graduation ceremonies

Graduates will be allowed to bring two members from their household.

Hawaiian Home Land beneficiaries asked to weigh in on potential transfer of land

Transferring the land would require $10 million of a $16.9 million land credit the trust has with the federal government.

Hawaii lawmakers consider standardized pandemic travel rules

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would standardize the state’s pandemic travel restrictions across the islands, a departure from the current system that allows individual counties to create their own modified safety measures.

Hawaii resolution explores new management for Mauna Kea

Two Hawaii legislative committees on Thursday passed a resolution creating a working group to develop recommendations for new management of the state’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea.

Lawmakers consider measures to aid Hawaiian burial practices

Hawaii lawmakers are considering legislation to accommodate traditional Hawaiian burial practices through a technology aimed at replacing burial or traditional cremation.

Honolulu police to complete body camera rollout in March

The Honolulu Police Department’s chief said she expects to complete the rollout of a body-worn camera program for officers by the end of March.

Forecast: Gusty winds to persist into next week

Strong and gusty trade winds will persist across the region into early next week due to a series of strong surface highs to the north and northeast of the islands.

City eases gathering restrictions, but not enough for wedding planners to start ... planning

Wedding planners are hoping officials will ease the rules for them as funerals can have up to 25 people and retailers and restaurants have no capacity restrictions under Tier 3.

  Oahu businesses hope fewer COVID restrictions will translate into more customers

Tier 3 means changes rules for gyms, restaurants, retailers and more.

  Tents offer an innovative solution to schools seeking socially-distanced classroom space

It’s a nearly $20,000 donation of event tents from an unlikely benefactor, the Temptation Island tv show which filmed on Maui. Six event tents went to Kihei schools; Kamalii Elementary, Lokelani Intermediate, Kihei Elementary and Kihei Public Charter School.

Maui woman pleads for return of her stolen pup

“Please bring my dog back to me. I just want to be reunited with my dog.”

Kauai hotel workers could be next in line for COVID vaccines

"Rather than waiting for the industry system to be up and running and in order not to waste any of the vaccines, the decision was name to vaccinate.”

US Rep. Kai Kahele honors Hawaiian language in speech to Congress

"In the language rests life, in the language rests death, I ka Olelo o Ke Ola, I ka Olelo no ka make."

  With COVID protocols in place, Mid-Pac gears up to play spring sports

Over 70% of students in Mid-Pacific Institute’s middle and high school grades play at least one sport.

  Kealoha scandal fuels push to seize pension benefits from criminals

The proposal allows for half of the individual’s pension benefits to be taken away upon conviction.

  First vials of single-dose COVID vaccine could arrive in Hawaii within 7 to 14 days

Officials are hopeful the one-shot vaccine will help dramatically speed up efforts to vaccinate the population.

A Hawaiian monk seal suffers injuries from a suspected dog attack

Center veterinarians noted that the monk seal suffered head, neck and flipper swelling due to infected puncture wounds.

  Forecast: More gusty trades and windward showers ahead

The winds won't likely ease up until sometime next week.

Carpooling may have been a factor in COVID clusters at cleaning services

The health department said that the individuals infected are either employees or their relatives and that no clients are sick.

PODCAST: She turned a snack shop side hustle into a full-time, family-run business

This week on ‘Muthaship’ we talk story with Charis Kihewa, co-founder of “Broke Da’ Mouth Pupus” — famous for their local-style pickled onions, pickled cuttlefish and spicy taegu with ‘ōpae.

  Oahu eases COVID restrictions on gatherings, businesses as new infections drop

New changes went into effect just after midnight.