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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, each country has adopted its own policies to control the spread of the virus — with mixed success. Thailand has had a relatively low number of cases, but a new spike has led to a quick and concentrated response from the government.

Viewpoints Gallery

Viewpoints Gallery has been part of the arts scene in Maui's upcountry town of Makawao for thirty years.

It’s run by artists—and known for colorful and diverse works.

HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that hasn’t changed—even though the current show is about what we’ve been through in 2020.

Updated 12/24/20, 3:46 p.m.

Where we stand

The state Department of Health reported 129 new cases and no new fatalities Thursday.

According to the state's numbers, Oʻahu had 79 new cases, Maui 33, Hawaiʻi County 11, Kauaʻi 1, Lanai and Molokaʻi had none.

The latest state counts bring the Oʻahu total to 17,356, Hawaiʻi County 1,848, Maui 838, Kauaʻi 139, Lanai 106 and Molokaʻi 22. The number of out-of-state cases totals 341.

Since the pandemic began, the state has tallied 20,650 cases. The death toll stands at 285.


KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — One Hawaii helicopter tour company has seen a substantial rise in bookings after a volcano eruption and following months of limited business due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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More than half of adults in China are overweight. That’s according to a new government study out this week that blames a variety of factors for a dramatic rise in the numbers.

Governor David Ige announced Wednesday afternoon that there will be a delay in state furloughs, that were set to begin on January 1, 2021.

Still Need A Christmas Tree? Try An ʻŌhiʻa

Dec 24, 2020
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Decorating the tree is among our most treasured Christmas traditions. But these iconic holiday centerpieces may be harboring some harmful critters.

"Pests species — lizards, slugs, wasps, that kind of thing," said Franny Brewer, the Communications Director for the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC).

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The future of a bill to deliver a second round of pandemic assistance spending remains unclear after President Trump expressed dissatisfaction with a measure passed by Congress this week.

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Updated 12/23/20, 10:42 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The video message that plunged Washington into chaos was filmed in secret.

Manu Minute: Pueo, The Early Bird

Dec 23, 2020
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Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their recordings in today's Manu Minute.

The Pueo, or Asio flammeus sandwichensis, is one of ten subspecies of the short-eared owl. With the exception of Australia and Antartica, the short-eared owl can be found on every continent and many Pacific islands. Collectively, it has one of the most extensive ranges in the avian world.

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Spending around the world continues to increase on fighting the spread of the coronavirus. That includes budgeting for events that are still in the planning stages, such as the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The games are scheduled to start seven months from today, but it's still far from certain that they will take place.

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NEW YORK — Clay Reynolds is starting to make peace with a gut-wrenching reality: He may have to once again close his business, Arrichion Hot Yoga and Circuit Training.

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Residents of long-term care facilities are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. In Hawaii, those facilities are preparing to distribute the first doses of vaccines.

Distribution could start as soon as next week.

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The combination of COVID-19 and the Christmas holidays is turning out to be a difficult one across the country and around the world. That's true this week in Australia's largest city, where one area has seen a recent spike in cases.

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Crowds have gathered at Halemaʻumaʻu Crater on the Big Island to catch a glimpse of the latest volcanic eruption at Kilauea. 

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Hawaii Governor David Ige says his proposed two-year spending plan reflects the difficult decisions forced on the state by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Oʻahu will be adjusting its tiered reopening plan by removing new cases from the Halawa Correctional Facility cluster. Under the changes, Honolulu will be subtracting new cases among the prison population from its weekly averages, but will still count positives among prison guards and staff.

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For this week’s Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss the big conjunction story taking place in our solar system.


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NEWARK, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television as part of a growing effort to convince the American public the inoculations are safe.

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HONOLULU — On Hawaii's rural island of Kauai, where sprawling white sand beaches and dramatic seaside mountains attract visitors from around the world, local residents spent the first seven months of the pandemic sheltered from the viral storm.

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Updated 12/21/20, 3:49 p.m.

Governor David Ige has released his proposed state budget for lawmakers to consider in the 2021 legislative session. Ige says the two year spending plan reflects the difficult decisions forced on the state by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Updated 12/21/20, 10:20 a.m.

LONDON — Trucks waiting to get out of Britain backed up for miles and people were left stranded at airports Monday as dozens of countries around the world slapped tough travel restrictions on the U.K. because of a new and seemingly more contagious strain of the coronavirus in England.

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COVID-19 vaccines are just starting to make their way through the first phase of health workers in Hawaii. But a number of tourism destinations are already adjusting some of their policies and plans when it comes to visitors.

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Updated 12/21/20, 1:45 p.m.

HONOLULU — Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island roared back to life Sunday night as lava went shooting into air, boiling away a water lake and sending a massive plume of steam, gas and ash soaring into the atmosphere.

Courtesy of Malama Puuloa

State-wide unemployment remains at more than ten-percent in Hawaii, among the highest levels in the country. To create jobs, one local organization has brought back an idea from the Great Depression: paying unemployed workers to do environmental restoration.

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

Historic funding shortfalls to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands are forcing a discussion among beneficiaries about potential ways to raise revenue. And that includes looking at the possibility of casino gambling.

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HONOLULU (AP) — The board of a semi-autonomous Honolulu agency in charge of building a light rail project to connect the island of Oahu has decided not to renew the contract of its CEO.

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The coronavirus pandemic has reached deep into Hawaiʻi's criminal justice system -- infecting nearly 1,500 inmates and 170 staff. The latest COVID-19 outbreak at the Hālawa prison alone has grown to 177 inmates and 33 staff—and it was a top concern at the latest meeting of the Hawaii Correctional Systems Oversight Commission.

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We're a week away from Christmas, and doctors are reminding people to be cautious about holiday gatherings in the midst of the pandemic. That's true across the United States, and it's also the case in the Philippines — which is starting to see the beginnings of a spike in new cases.

Casey Harlow / HPR

HONOLULU — Aloha Stadium officials said they aren't scheduling new events because of coronavirus restrictions and budget issues.