Local health officials say 23 Native Hawaiians died from COVID-19 last week, accounting for 20% of all fatalities among Native Hawaiians since the start of the pandemic 18 months ago.
Researchers say an endangered Hawaiian monk seal has made an exceptionally fast and long swim across the archipelago. The 6-year-old female seal made her way from Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the North Shore of Oʻahu — a trip of about 1,300 miles.
New federal rules for international travelers are expected to help Hawaiʻi’s crippled tourism industry. Last week, the White House announced a loosening of rules that had previously prohibited some foreign travelers from coming to the U.S.
Visitor arrivals have plummeted since Gov. David Ige urged tourists not to come to the islands in August. As a result, Hawaiʻi's largest hospitality worker union says hotels have been furloughing workers or cutting their hours.
The World Expo 2020 is taking place in Dubai this year — after a one-year delay due to the pandemic. Two women from Hawaiʻi will represent the USA Pavilion as youth ambassadors.
The state of Hawaii reports that 88.8% of its employees are fully vaccinated. That’s up from 85.6% in mid-August, when state government workers either had to show their vaccination status or submit to weekly testing.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Suisan Company after a Black employee says he was harassed and later fired in retaliation.
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