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Updated: 6/30/2020, 2:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Health Department announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 today. Fifteen cases are on Oahu, one case on Kauai, one Maui county, and one case is pending determination of location.

Short-term vacation rentals in Hawaiʻi may be reopening to more regulation under COVID-19.

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Honolulu police officers arrested Micronesians, Samoans and Blacks for violating the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in marked disproportion to their representation in the general population, a Hawaii Public Radio investigation found.

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Updated: 6/29/2020, 5:26 p.m.

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The Hawaii Health Department reported only two new cases of COVID-19 today but the increase brought the total statewide cases to 900. Both new cases are Oahu adults associated with a known case and they have been isolated. The smaller count follows yesterday's spike of 27 new cases.

The state Department of Education is expected to issue its plans on how classes will run for the new school year on Thursday. But lawmakers say they are deeply concerned about the DOE’s lack of a clear financial proposal for the fall reopening.

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ROME — Worldwide confirmed coronavirus infections hit the 10 million mark Sunday as voters in Poland and France went to the polls for virus-delayed elections.

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Updated: 6/28/2020, 3:30 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 27 new COVID-19 cases today, with 17 of them tied to an Oahu funeral. Of today's new cases, 23 are from Oahu, 1 on Hawaii Island, 2 on Kauai and 1 in Maui County. The operator of city's bus system also said one of its bus drivers has tested positive, the first case of a driver who fell ill while in service.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Ikua Purdy might not have known a soul in Cheyenne when, after travel by steamship and train, he arrived in the frontier town from Honolulu in 1908.

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WASHINGTON — For a moment, Congress had a chance to act on a policing overhaul, mobilized by a national trauma and overwhelming public support. Those efforts have stalled now and seem unlikely to be revived in an election year.

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Updated: 6/27/2020, 12:03 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 6 new cases today. Yesterday, they announced Hawaii's 18th death from COVID-19. The elderly Honolulu man who died from the virus was the first coronavirus death in the islands since May 3. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case over whether a federal agent should face a third trial over a fatal 2011 shooting in a Waikiki McDonald's restaurant.

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In this economy, even well-established businesses feel like they need to start from scratch to stay alive.

Public worker pay raises under consideration in the Hawaii House and Senate would cost more than $150 million.

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Over on the west side of the Big Island, a growing number of Marshallese citizens are mobilizing to keep their community safe from COVID-19.

Updated: 6/26/2020, 7:38 p.m.

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The Hawaii Department of Health reports that Hawaii recorded its 18th death from COVID-19 today. An elderly Honolulu man died from the virus, the first coronavirus death in the islands since May 3. The state also reported 17 new cases today, the second daily jump as the state plans for a partial lifting of the visitor quarantine on Aug. 1.

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The body of a paraplegic woman rowing from California to Hawaii was headed to Tahiti after she was found lifeless in the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii said Thursday it paid $15.8 million in benefits for potentially fraudulent jobless claims under a U.S. government program providing funds to independent contractors and self-employed individuals unable to work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated 6/25/20, 1:12 p.m.

HONOLULU — A judge said she will "disregard" the U.S. Department of Justice's statement in support of a lawsuit challenging Hawaii's quarantine, imposed on arriving travelers in an attempt to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

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Updated: 6/25/2020, 2:12 p.m.

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday said that starting Aug. 1, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19.

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Businesses across the state are continuing to re-open after months of COVID-19 closures. But with the mandatory two-week quarantine still in place for out-of-state tourists, businesses are re-examining their relationships with the sometimes overlooked kamaʻāina customer. 


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Updated 6/24/20, at 12:40 p.m.

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The Hawaii Department of Health reported 16 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. Thirteen of those cases were from Oahu. One case is reported on the Big Island. Two cases were residents who were diagnosed outside of the state. 

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Hawaii lawmakers have agreed to a plan to set aside millions in CARES Act funds to cover some of the benefits that unemployed workers will lose at the end of July. It's just one item in a budget proposal to use $635 million in federal assistance to address a range of coronavirus-related issues, and jump start the economy.

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The Department of Justice is backing a lawsuit filed by Mainland residents who are challenging the constitutionality of Gov. David Ige's mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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WAILUKU — A Hawaii lawmaker and her husband are scheduled to be arraigned on charges of violating a coronavirus stay-at-home order for stretching on a Maui beach.

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The Hawaii Department of Health reported 3 new COVID-19 cases today. All three cases are on Oahu.Today's low number of new cases marks the second day of single-digit increases since the weekend.

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The 1918 flu pandemic was one of the deadliest in recent history – killing 50 million people worldwide, including thousands here in Hawaiʻi. Kona historian Maile Melrose shared her familyʻs history with the pandemic and reflects on some of the lessons for a world caught in the grip of COVID-19. 

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The ACLU of Hawaii sent a letter to state officials on Monday saying the group has serious privacy and civil rights concerns over the planned use of facial recognition in state airports.

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At least 21 shipping containers fell from overboard into the ocean near Hilo Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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WAILUKU — The Maui County mayor has announced he will allow the $822.6 million budget for the upcoming year to go into effect without his signature.