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Updated: 8/26/2020, 3:16 p.m.

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The Hawaii Department of Health reported 2 deaths and 277 new COVID-19 cases today. Testing shows the state's positivity rate is over 10% --  placing the state in the red zone under federal guidelines.

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Hawaiʻi County is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases on the Hilo side of the Big Island. State health authorities say its community spread and that testing and contact tracing are aggressively being pursued.

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Testing is one of the many issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. While the ability to get a test varies in different locations, one city in Asia is about to offer tests to all of its residents who want one.

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HILO — The mayor of Hawaii County has expressed reservations about a quarantine concept being considered by other counties that would allow visitors to remain isolated in hotels or on the grounds of individual resorts rather than in their rooms.

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Updated: 8/25/2020, 12:25 p.m.

Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced they are reinstating the stay-at-home order for Oahu that had been imposed in March to help stop the spread of COVID-19 cases. The order will take effect Thursday and last for at least two weeks and will not affect the Neighbor Islands.

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COVID-19 infections at O'ahu's homeless shelters are putting more pressure on Honolulu's street population. HPD enforcements continue as options for safe shelter are decreasing. Encampments in Waimanalo and Waianae are being allowed to remain, while mobile testing on the street gets increased attention.

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The state’s hospital industry says it’s facing a crisis and has appealed to the federal government to help it staff critically needed beds.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss a mystery relating to a possible second sun for the solar system.


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In response to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Hawaiʻi, some are turning to cultural practice and tradition for answers. Dozens of kumu hula are calling for a 30-day kapu – a period of discipline and focus on well-being – to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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14-day quarantines will remain in force for passengers arriving to Hawaii at least through the end of September. But in Southeast Asia, one country is starting to make some careful adjustments to its quarantine policy.

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Hawaii's communities that survived the demise of plantations by transforming into tourist destinations are struggling as the coronavirus pandemic keeps away visitors.

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Updated: 8/24/2020, 12 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 2 deaths and 169 new COVID-19 cases today. That brings the state's total to 6,600 cases. Total deaths now number 49. Of the new cases, 150 are on Oahu, 10 in Maui County, and 9 on Hawaii Island.

The Institute for Human Services on Saturday confirmed the death from COVID-19 of one of its workers, 36-year-old Willie Talamoa. 

IHS recently converted its Sumner Street men's shelter into a temporary quarantine center after a cluster of about 20 cases developed at the location.

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All Hawaii airports that receive transpacific flights are now operating thermal cameras to screen out of state arrivals for symptoms of COVID-19.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Schools across the United States, including those in Hawaii, are facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: the laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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WAILUKU, Hawaii — Hawaii plans to leave undetonated World War II ordnance in place off Maui until a nonexplosive removal option is developed.

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s office declined to provide copies of communications about the coronavirus that his staff exchanged with the state Department of Health, the tourism industry and other organizations.

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Updated: 8/23/2020, 12:07 p.m.

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The Hawaii Department of Health reported 248 new COVID-19 cases today. That brings the state's total to 6,600 cases. Total deaths remain at 47. Of the new cases, 228 are on Oahu, 12 in Maui County, and 8 on Hawaii Island. The Hawaii Department of Health reported 1 death and 284 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. 

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Updated: 8/22/2020, 4:05 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 1 death and 284 new COVID-19 cases today. That brings the state's total to 6,356 and total deaths to 47. Of the new cases, 259 are on Oahu, 10 in Maui County, and 15 on Hawaii Island.

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The National Science Foundation has launched an informal outreach to Hawaii about possible funding efforts for the stalled Thirty Meter Telescope project.

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Plans to welcome dozens of elderly World War II veterans for ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II while Hawaii is facing a surge in coronavirus cases have been canceled and limited attendance and a virtual presentation are in the works instead.

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According to the latest U.S. census figures, less than 3 percent of Hawaiʻi’s population is Black. But there is a long history of Black experience in Hawaiʻi, and that includes early writings by Hawaiian monarchs like King Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani. UH Mānoa English Professor Joyce Pualani Warren examined the literature and shares her findings with HPR.

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Hawaii has been dealing with Covid-19 cases in the triple digits for weeks. But a growing number of business associations say the state still has not yet formulated a clear plan for dealing with the virus and its economic impact.

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This week, police in Thailand arrested the leaders of a pro-democracy movement. Protests have been going on for several weeks — and those demonstrating against the current government are using a particular sign of defiance.

Teachers and students across the state concluded their first week of school Friday. Some attended class in-person and others started the year online with distance learning. That decision was largely left up to individual principals.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's unemployment rate declined slightly last month but large numbers of people continue to be out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Governor David Ige extended his COVID-19 emergency order until September 30. This extends the state's requirement for facial coverings in compliance with county rules, the 14-day quarantine for transpacific and certain interisland travel, and rental eviction moratorium.

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The Rim of the Pacific military exercises are underway this week and next week in the waters around Honolulu. The event known as RIMPAC is scaled back in size and scale from its original plans, but it’s also not the only military exercise going on in the Asia Pacific.

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HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court ordered the temporary release of some detainees and inmates at the Oahu Community Correctional Center because of the coronavirus.