Sophia McCullough

Digital Producer

Sophia McCullough joined Hawai‘i Public Radio in 2021 as digital producer. Raised in Kailua, as well as around the world, she has been part of the O‘ahu community her whole life. Prior to joining the HPR team, she worked at NBC San Diego as a digital producer following her graduation from the University of California, San Diego.

Honolulu Police Department

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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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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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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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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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."

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

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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Some 28,000 travelers arrived in the state Saturday, raising questions about the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine passport system in Hawai‘i.