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Hawaiian Airlines hopes the state will reconsider its Safe Travels Program after new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that fully vaccinated people can travel domestically at low risk to themselves.

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HONOLULU — A new study from the University of Hawai‘i's School of Architecture has offered detailed short- and long-term design alterations that could help the state combat the effects of climate change.

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KAILUA-KONA — A coronavirus outbreak at the University of the Nations Kona has been reported by university officials, forcing the campus to close to the public.

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Late last week, the CDC said people who are fully vaccinated can travel “at low risk to themselves.” That helps bring a closer focus on the idea of “vaccination passports”—a concept under review in several Asian countries.

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Hundreds of Pacific Islanders on the Big Island received the COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend, in a first-of-its-kind mass vaccination clinic in Kona targeting this high-risk population.

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The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has told the federal government that it will accept 80 acres, or 0.125 square miles, of land in Ewa Beach to eventually redevelop the land into homesteads for Native Hawaiians.

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In the first six months of the pandemic, more than 107,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) were found on beaches and waterways around the world, according to a new report from the California-based nonprofit Ocean Conservancy.

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In commercial real estate, landlords and tenants across the state have had to work together to get through the past year. Now they’re renegotiating how to work together in the future.

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It’s been a week of dramatic developments in Hong Kong. Seven leading pro-democracy activists have been convicted of unlawful assembly and the United States has again sharply criticized China’s policies there.

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Honolulu food vendors won't be allowed to provide customers with plastic utensils under a new law that took effect Thursday. The city ordinance prohibits plastic forks, knives, spoons, straws, stir sticks, picks and sushi grass.

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A state Senate committee will discuss a proposal to improve pre-kindergarten education in the state, but the measure also includes a change to the age eligibility of incoming kindergartners.

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A measure to again increase the price of admission for tourists at Hanauma Bay State Park is advancing at Honolulu Hale. This is the second time in less than a year the City Council is discussing an increase to the nonresident fee at the nature preserve.

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This week, a Filipino woman in a high-rent midtown section of Manhattan was kicked to the ground and stomped while her attacker yelled, “You don’t belong here.” Asians in Hawai'i have felt relatively safe, but some people are questioning Hawai’i’s reputation as a melting pot. Some say discrimination may just look a little different here.

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A coronavirus outbreak tied to a Maui church and its congregation has resulted in at least 55 positive cases and prompted the state Department of Health to warn the general public of the "imminent risk."

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More than a quarter of Hawai‘i’s population has now received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccination. Elsewhere in the Pacific, vaccines are rolling out more slowly, but with some milestones this week.

Fourteen community health centers throughout the islands are receiving about $32 million from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill.

The funds can be used to expand COVID-19 vaccination-related activities, detect and treat COVID-19 infections, expand healthcare services and infrastructure, conduct community and educational outreach related to COVID-19, and more

Manu Minute: 'Akikiki of Kaua'i

Mar 31, 2021
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ˊAkikiki, also known as Kauaˊi creepers, are an endangered forest bird endemic to the island of Kauaˊi.

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Kauai visitors will receive a discount card for local businesses if they voluntarily take a second coronavirus test three days after arrival, in addition to the required test before travel. 

The Kokua Kauai Card program will start Monday when the island reenters the state’s Safe Travels Program. The Safe Travels Program allows people to avoid a quarantine if they present a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test from a trusted travel partner.

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Visitor counts are gradually increasing across the state and the vast majority are domestic passengers—a trend that’s true around the world. But in parts of the Asia Pacific, preparations are underway to welcome more international travelers.

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A special legislative committee will not review state Representative Sharon Har’s conduct until after her case for allegedly driving under the influence concludes, the committee decided Tuesday.

A new directory of organizations and individuals providing identity-affirming services for sexual and gender minorities, also known as LGBTQ+ people, is now available in Hawai‘i, the Department of Health announced Tuesday.

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A former Junior ROTC instructor at a Kaua‘i high school should remain locked up pending trial because he allegedly sexually abused a student and made video recordings of his abuse, U.S. prosecutors said.

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While officials wrestle over how to classify possible hate crimes, the number of documented incidents against Asians in America continues to rise. In Hawai'i, the environment for Asians is different because of demographics. Still, the organizers of Saturday's rally "Stop Asian Hate" in Honolulu said we have a lot to learn.

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While Hawai‘i leads the country in its goals for clean energy, most of the state’s electricity still comes from fossil fuels. That includes a coal-fired power plant on O‘ahu—a technology that’s a long-time target of environmental activists. It’s also an area where Japan may be shifting its policy.

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HONOLULU — Weddings can now be held outside on O‘ahu with a maximum of 100 people after an easing of public health orders related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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HONOLULU -- Hawai‘i's largest labor union has filed a grievance over recent layoffs by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, which is building a delayed and beleaguered commuter rail line project.

Love's Bakery Brand Will Be Continued by Oregon Company

Mar 29, 2021
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The 170-year-old Hawai‘i institution, Love's Bakery, is closing at the end of March, but its branded products won't be leaving the shelves thanks to a new licensing agreement with an Oregon company.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss an update relating to a black hole discovery that involved a team in Hawaii.

  

Honolulu's newest bookstore could be the first of its kind in Honolulu. Bas (pronounced base) Bookshop on Nu'uanu Avenue is dedicated to art, architecture, fashion and design. Its newest exhibition showcases unique typefaces and fonts.

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More students are returning to classrooms, here in Hawai‘i and around the country. But one group of college students remains in low numbers: those from overseas. And in Australia, some government officials are looking to boost those numbers.

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