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Keck Observatory

UCLA astronomer Andrea Ghez, who worked long years on the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, was among three scientists named winners of the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday.

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Maui and Kauai haven’t decided whether they will follow the lead of the Big Island and opt out of the state’s pre-travel testing program, leaving the 14-day quarantine in place.

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Updated: 10/7/2020, 12:17 p.m. One of the country's most trusted doctors on COVID-19 says Hawaii can reopen to tourists with precautions. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes for Health, spoke with Lt. Gov. Josh Green on Olelo community television this morning.

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Updated 10/6/20, 4:15 p.m.

HONOLULU — The U.S. surgeon general was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

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Leaders of one of the world’s most popular airports say the business is facing a “daunting” future. It’s an important transit hub in Asia, but as with airlines and airports around the world, it’s been hit hard by the coronavirus. 

Maui County

Maui County residents will be casting ballots for state representatives, county councilmembers, Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees and seven county charter amendments.

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It's been two weeks since the Caldwell administration announced it was withdrawing from a crucial part of the rail project. Mayor Kirk Caldwell explained his decision at a special Honolulu City Council meeting on Monday.

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Updated: 10/6/2020, 12:19 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health today reported three new deaths from COVID-19 and 83 new cases. The latest statewide case count brought the total number of infections to 12,937 since the pandemic began. Deaths total 157. 

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This week on Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss a new discovery of a rouge planet.


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Beach cleaning is usually a regular group activity around the islands. While the pandemic has disrupted that local routine, a different kind of beach cleanup is going on in the Philippines. And it's sparked some controversy.

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Updated: 10/5/2020, 12:15 p.m. The Hawaii Department of Health today reported 1 death from COVID-19 and 52 new cases. The latest statewide case count brought the total number of infections to 12,854 since the pandemic began. Deaths total 157. 

Ryan Finnerty

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations launched a call center to address an ongoing backlog of unemployment claims, but delays are pushing some residents to the brink of financial ruin.

Hawai'i Food Basket

HILO — A Hawaii Island food bank has significantly increased its services since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, serving up to 80,000 people monthly.

Parents: Online Learning Program Has Racist, Sexist Content

Oct 4, 2020
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HONOLULU (AP) -- Zan Timtim doesn't think it's safe for her eighth-grade daughter to return to school in person during the coronavirus pandemic but also doesn't want her exposed to a remote learning program that misspelled and mispronounced the name of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last monarch to rule the Hawaiian Kingdom.

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WASHINGTON — Republicans on Saturday sought to call off legislative work in the Senate until Oct. 19 as the coronavirus reached into their ranks. But they vowed that hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee would push ahead as planned even as lawmakers increasingly demanded testing for everyone on Capitol Hill.

Schatz Calls For White House Staff Contact Tracing

Oct 3, 2020
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Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz called on the White House to immediately launch contact tracing of all staff, including housekeepers and food and maintenance workers.

U.S. Census Bureau

LEWISTON, Idaho — The U.S. Census Bureau has reported that Hawaii is among six other states and Puerto Rico with the highest overall census response rate.

The federal government conducts the census every 10 years as required by the Constitution as an official count of everyone living in the country. The official census day is April 1, but the count can take months to complete.

Census results are used to redistrict or redraw political boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts to ensure populations are balanced. The results also influence federal funding.

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A CEO of a Hawaii company accused of defrauding banks of money meant to assist businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic can be released on $2 million cash bond, a U.S. judge ruled Friday.

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The Queen’s Health Systems got a new president and CEO in October. Jill Hoggard Green took up her position shortly before the unprecedented challenges of 2020.

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We’re now less than two weeks away from the date when Hawaii will open the door to visitors a bit wider. As the state continues to refine the points of pre-travel testing, other destinations are finding some complications when it comes to visitors.

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Up to 100,000 Hawaii residents receiving unemployment benefits are expected to receive $500 meal cards for use in restaurants throughout the state.

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Updated: 10/2/2020, 12:05 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health today reported three deaths from COVID-19 and 87 new cases. The latest statewide case count brought the total number of infections to 12,601 since the pandemic began. Deaths total 142. 

There have now been 11,365 cases on Oahu (70 new cases), 752 on Hawaii Island (16 new cases), 391 for Maui County (no new cases), and 59 on Kauai County (no new cases). Those diagnosed out of state climbed to 34. One case from Honolulu was removed from the count due to updated information.

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As more questions and concerns about the state’s pre-travel testing program have surfaced in recent days, Lt. Gov. Josh Green yesterday defended the program, which is set to start in a couple of weeks. 

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LAS VEGAS — A court on Wednesday approved a settlement totaling $800 million from casino company MGM Resorts International and its insurers to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the Las Vegas Strip shooting that was the deadliest in recent U.S. history.

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A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs Thursday became the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy, seeking relief from a torrent of lawsuits filed after the state suspended the statute of limitations for suing over sexual abuse by priests.

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October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries seek to avoid a "twindemic" with COVID-19.

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The next U.S. presidential debate is scheduled for two weeks from tonight. In the Asia Pacific, many who watched the first one are still voicing their reactions.

Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney

Honolulu election officials should soon be mailing out ballots to Oʻahu voters. One of the races will decide Honolulu's next prosecutor. The two candidates in the running both have experience as prosecutors, but what sets them apart?

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Airlines here in Hawaii and around the world are continuing to struggle. The decline in travel because of the pandemic has led some airlines to cut jobs by the thousands. Others are looking for different ways to use their airplanes — including a new idea this week from Southeast Asia.

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Election ballots will be going out across the state starting next week. On Hawaii Island, what began as a crowded race among some 16 mayoral hopefuls is now a head-to-head battle to the finish line for local entrepreneur Ikaika Marzo and county prosecutor Mitch Roth.