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As Hawai'i establishes a new normal, how different will it be, from what we had before? Hawai'i could be very different, and a series of community talk story sessions are underway to explore alternatives.

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The Hawaii Department of Health said Tuesday it is pausing usage of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution while federal regulators review six reports of rare, potentially dangerous blood clots.

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South Korea’s biggest city has a new mayor, and he’s looking to change the way the national capital is dealing with the coronavirus.

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Chad Kālepa Baybayan died suddenly on Thursday—after a lifetime perpetuating the tradition of Polynesian navigation—including many years aboard the Hōkūleʻa. He navigated not only the ocean waters, but also the challenges of leadership—and mentoring the next generation of voyagers.

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Hawaii state House leaders have resisted union pressure to revive bills that would raise the minimum wage and exempt unemployment benefits from state income taxes.

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Isolated economies such as Hawaii, New Zealand and Western Australia are dominated by one major industry, thus leaving it open to external shocks. A new look explores these vulnerabilities and how economic diversification might be possible.

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Governor David Ige has issued another emergency proclamation in response to the coronavirus pandemic that extends the statewide eviction moratorium for another two months and details plans for vaccinated travelers.

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Two state Senate committees have voted to advance a House bill that would reconfigure how the aerospace industry is managed in Hawaii with amendments that some argue limit the duties and resources of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

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HONOLULU — The state of Hawaii could pay over $370,000 in lawyer fees after losing a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 2,700 Native Hawaiians who spent years on the waitlist for homestead land.

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A powerful tropical cyclone cut its way across the Asia Pacific last week. Indonesia was hit particularly hard, and scientists there say climate change played a role.

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Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard announced Friday she will step down from her role on June 1 and begin her retirement.

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Hawai‘i has consistently ranked in the top ten states for vaccination rates which has some people wondering about an inter-island vaccine passport system for residents.

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WAILUKU — Maui County will soon require second coronavirus tests for trans-Pacific travelers flying directly to the island.

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Golf is on the upswing with kama‘aina in Hawai‘i. It’s outdoors and it’s perceived as a safe activity in the pandemic. But local courses have struggled financially without tourists and tournaments.

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Thailand is closing bars and clubs in dozens of provinces, the latest move to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus. The actions come as residents are about to celebrate a national holiday.

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Starting on Monday, O‘ahu residents age 50 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Divers from the Department of Land and Natural Resources investigated and identified probable World War II munitions off the south shore of Lana‘i on March 25.

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WAILUKU — The Maui County Council is considering measures that would reserve at least half of all public beach access parking for residents and for visitors to be charged parking fees.

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The tourist trade is picking up a bit, and not just in Hawaii. This week, the Hawaii Tourism Authority has reported more than 20,000 arrivals a day, about three-quarters of them coming for vacation. Elsewhere around the Pacific, other tourist destinations are getting ready for business, such as Indonesia.

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Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting is further considering possible regulations for vacation rentals.

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Tourism is slowly returning to some parts of the world, and so is the concept of “travel bubbles.” That’s the ability to visit certain countries without quarantine, and a new one’s about to get underway in the Asia Pacific.

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The City and County of Honolulu has begun filling potholes on Kaka‘ako streets acquired by the state earlier this year.

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Eight football players from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week, the athletics department announced Tuesday. This comes within two weeks of starting spring practice on March 25.

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Kekaulike Mall, on the 'Ewa end of Chinatown, bustles with activity from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Fruit and vegetable vendors line the mall outside and shoppers duck into storefronts for fish, meat, sauces, and other supplies.

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HONOLULU — Hawai‘i's vacation rental market has outperformed hotels in occupancy rates in every month since October.

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COVID-19 cases are spiking again in the Philippines. The government there is extending a lockdown in the Manila area, and some hospitals are turning patients away.

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Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi re-emphasized that he is "dead set against" rolling Oʻahu back to Tier 2 restrictions, and he is discussing possible amendments to the city's reopening plan to keep the island in Tier 3.

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The City and County of Honolulu reopened its rent and utility relief program for struggling households Monday afternoon. But hours after its launch, the city temporarily closed the online portal in order to process the 8,000 applications it received.

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Environmental scientists anticipate the return of Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu, nesting sites at Bellows Field Beach Park this summer after documenting seven sites in 2020, the Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i and the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation announced.

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For this week’s Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips talk about the historic next step for the latest NASA mission to Mars: the deployment of a flying drone on another planet!


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