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Hawaii Updates: Hale Nani Cases Total 15, Company-Run Center In Utah Reports 10 Dead; 4 New Cases

Jun 22, 2020
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Updated: 6/22/2020, 3:37 p.m.

The total number of COVID-19 cases at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Makiki now stands at 15 with the addition of three positive cases at the state's largest skilled nursing home facility.

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Updated: 6/21/2020, 2:32 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 today, 9 on Oahu and 2 on the Big Island. 

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Michelle Wie West now has a little one of her own.

The former U.S. Women's Open champion announced on Instagram that she and her husband, Golden State Warriors executive Jonnie West, are parents of a daughter born Friday.

“Kenna baby, I have waited my entire life to meet you,” Wie wrote on Instagram.

They named her Makenna Kamalei Yoona West. The 30-year-old Wie was born and raised in Honolulu. Kamalei is a Hawaiian for “beloved child.”

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Former longtime television reporter Angela Keen knows how to track people down. During the coronavirus pandemic, she’s putting her skills to use finding tourists who defy Hawaii's mandatory two-week quarantine on arriving travelers.

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WASHINGTON — Pressing ahead in a pandemic, President Donald Trump looked to reverse a decline in his political fortunes Saturday by returning to the format that has so often energized him and his loyal supporters: a raucous, no-holds-barred rally before tens of thousands of ardent fans, this time in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Updated: 6/20/2020, 11:59 a.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 today, 7 on Kauai, 6 on Oahu and 1 on Maui. That follow's yesterday's spike of 27 cases.

The seven new cases on Kauai are all in a single household where a previous case had been identified. Those infected were placed in quarantine and the Kauai District Health Office is continuing its contact tracing to identify any additional cases.

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A tourist from Oklahoma who was supposed to be obeying Hawaii's 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving to the state, was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive in the ocean.

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Unemployment in Hawaii remains at historic levels—especially on Neighbor Islands. But there are companies that are hiring right now.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has announced that city officials will halt a development project at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park that opponents said could disturb cultural artifacts.

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Updated: 6/18/2020, 7:58 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 today, the largest single-day spike since early April. Twenty-five are on Oahu and one each on Maui and Kauai. State officials sought to ease worries brought on by the high numbers.

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A team from the University of Hawaii is hoping to find better ways to treat COVID-19 by analyzing the experiences of other patients.

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Most of Honolulu's budget bills for the next fiscal year passed into law without Mayor Kirk Caldwell's signature Wednesday. 

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Hawaii County's mayor has issued new guidance enabling short term vacation rentals to begin operating again following a forced closure resulting from the coronavirus outbreak, but said the rule applies only to renters not subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines.

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A high-profile nominee to the Honolulu Police Commission faces opposition through an email campaign organized by a group saying he has a record of anti-LGBTQ sentiment.

Hawaii Updates:18 New Cases, 10 Test Positive At Hale Nani; 2nd Resident Arrested In Quarantine Case

Jun 18, 2020
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Updated: 6/18/2020, 5:21 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 today, all on Oahu. Fifteen of the cases are Hawaii residents; three others remain under investigation. All but one are adults.


LIHUE, Hawaii — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to close 16 large capacity cesspools on Kauai as part of an ongoing effort to protect Hawaii's water resources.

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After two and a half months, the state of Hawaiʻi has lifted its mandatory interisland quarantine requirement. That means residents are once again free to travel to other islands. 

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Updated: 6/17/2020, 12:05 p.m.

The state’s largest skilled nursing facility said today that three more residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Makiki said on its website that a total of four residents and one staff member are now confirmed to have the virus.

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Most of the 21 people who call themselves a misunderstood, nature-loving family, remained jailed Tuesday over allegedly violating Hawaii’s traveler quarantine, even after they agreed to return to Los Angeles.

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KAILUA-KONA — A Hawaii ocean shipping company is making adjustments to rules regulating its cargo service as it continues to seek federal coronavirus relief through the state.

Hawaii Department of Education website

When Hawaii public schools closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and moved to distance learning, education advocates warned that students learning English were at high risk for falling behind.

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Updated 06/16/20, 12:48 p.m.

Starting today, residents of Hawaii will be able to travel between islands without a mandatory 14-day quarantine. But when it comes to longer-distance travel, the timeline is much less certain.

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HONOLULU — A group of 21 travelers arrested on suspicion of violating Hawaii's coronavirus quarantine order has agreed to leave the state because of threats from residents, a member of the group said Monday.

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The Marshall Islands is among only a few countries left in the world that are COVID-19 free. This is due in part to a strict travel ban that has left more than 200 Marshallese citizens stranded since March here in Hawaiʻi. 

Hawaii Department of Health website

Updated: 6/15/2020, 12:05 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 8 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. All are on Oahu. The increase follows Sunday's 5 new cases, Saturday's 17 cases and Friday's 15 infections.

After adjusting for updated testing information, the number of COVID-19 cases statewide now stands at 736. The number of deaths remains at 17.

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Updated: 6/14/2020, 1:20 p.m.

The state has posted the new interisland travel and health form that must be downloaded and filled out before a flight between the islands.

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A shuttered dairy processing plant in Honolulu has been listed for sale for $25 million after shutting down in April, a closure that affected more than 200 employees.

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The leadership of the Honolulu City Council has halted an independent forensic audit of the agency charged with building Honolulu’s rail line.

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Updated: 6/13/2020, 12 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health reported another sharp spike in cases of COVID-19 Saturday with 17 new cases reported. That follow's Friday's 15 new infections.

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Twenty-one people who recently arrived in Hawaii, describing themselves as a family with a leader, were arrested and charged with violating the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine put in place in an attempt to protect the islands from the spread of the coronavirus, police said.