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Updated: 11/11/2020, 3:22 p.m.

The new COVID-19 case count returned to triple digits today, with 118 cases reported statewide, again jeoparizing further easing of restrictions, particularly on Oahu. There were no additional deaths, with the state toll standing at 222.

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Events are being held across the country today in honor of those who have served in the U.S. military. Veterans Day celebrations in Hilo will be especially meaningful in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak that claimed the lives of 27 residents at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. 

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Updated: 11/10/2020, 3:30 p.m. The new COVID-19 case count moderated again today with 78 infections reported, but it's still not enough to secure more easing of restrictions. There was one additional death, bringing the state toll to 222.

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A protest by neighbors of an Oahu housing development has stopped construction crews from completing the subdivision’s drainage project, which demonstrators believe will harm marine wildlife.

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Kauai and Maui are encouraging trans-Pacific travelers to take a free, second COVID-19 test a few days after they arrive on the islands. It’s as an extra precaution to stem the spread of the virus -- but few are taking up the offer.

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WASHINGTON — Despite President-elect Joe Biden's victory, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday President Donald Trump is “100% within his rights” to question election results, as GOP lawmakers fall in line behind the White House.

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Hawaii law enforcement officers have cleared 42 illegal campsites at a Honolulu recreation area before the state hauled away tons of trash, officials said.

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Updated: 11/9/2020, 3:23 p.m.

After five days of triple-digit daily case counts, the state Department of Health reported 64 new cases today. The decline in the COVID-19 daily count comes with an asterisk. The smaller number comes on a Monday after a weekend when labs may not be reporting all of their results.

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WAIPAHU — Susan Galicha can see Honolulu’s rail cars being tested on elevated tracks just minutes from her home. Yet the Waikiki hotel housekeeper may never get to ride them to work and avoid the city’s horrendous traffic jams because the city doesn’t have enough money to finish building the rail line.

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Maui police said they have arrested and charged a New York couple for violating coronavirus quarantine rules.

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The list of “Throwin' Samoans” continues to grow — with no end in sight.

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Updated: 11/8/2020, 3:21 p.m. Five days of triple-digit daily case counts have created mounting concerns that the state, particularly Oahu, could be slipping back into another surge in infections that would force a retreat in reopening efforts.

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The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources reopened a popular scenic spot on Oahu that has been closed to visitors since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

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An assistant chief of police in Kauai settled a lawsuit against his department and Kauai County for $1.84 million.

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Sixty-four passengers from Japan arrived at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport yesterday under the state's pre-travel testing program, allowing them to bypass the mandatory two-week quarantine.

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The City and County of Honolulu is considering creating a new utility. The concept is to make it easier to deal with the challenges that come from storm water. And it would also involve a new tax.

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WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden was on the cusp of winning the presidency on Friday as he opened up narrow leads over President Donald Trump in the critical battlegrounds of Georgia and Pennsylvania.

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Updated: 11/6/2020, 3:10 p.m. 

The state Department of Health reported no deaths and 122 new COVID-19 cases today, again retreating from what had been a general decline in the spread of the virus in the islands over several weeks.

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Updated 11/6/20, 10:13 a.m.

The next Honolulu City Council is now set after voters across Oʻahu filled the last three council seats on Tuesday. But like the new administration, new council members will have to tackle difficult problems once they are sworn in come January. 

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Hawaii bankruptcies declined in October for the eighth time in 10 months as state unemployment reached a national high of 15.1% and tourism was in the beginning stage of reopening after a major economic downturn.

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Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Colette Machado was voted out of office Tuesday, after more than 24 years on the job.


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Updated: 11/5/2020, 3:37 p.m.


The state Department of Health reported no deaths and 100 new COVID-19 cases today. The total infections since the pandemic began now number 15,572.


Oahu had 66 new cases, Hawaii County 24, Maui 1, Lanai 1, Kauai 1 and Molokai none. There were 7 new cases diagnosed out of state. The death toll stands at 219.


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Uupdated: 11/4/2020, 3:38 p.m. The state Department of Health reported no deaths but 156 new COVID-19 cases today. The total infections since the pandemic began now number 15,473.

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Adrian Tam is the new state House representative for District 22 covering the Kakaako and Waikiki area.

He will make history as the only declared LGBTQ elected official in the state Legislature.

Tam says his main objective will be to diversify Hawaii’s economy away from just tourism, construction and military.

Beyond economic diversification, Tam wants to focus on public safety and homelessness.

He’s aware his election is noteworthy.

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Results in Hawaii’s first-ever vote by mail election were severely delayed last night by long lines of residents casting votes -- in person.


Although 2020 was billed as Hawaii’s first all-mail-in election, voters always have to read the fine print.


While the goal was for all registered voters to cast their ballots by mail or drop box, traditional, in-person voting was still available on every island.


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Updated: 11/4/2020, 8:03 a.m.

Former TV executive Rick Blangiardi won the race for Honolulu mayor over Keith Amemiya, the one-time head of the high school athletics organization, according to final unofficial state Office of Elections results released this morning. While both are political newcomers, they had advanced to the general election from the primary as voters favored outsiders over career politicians.

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Updated: 11/3/2020, 8 a.m. If you didn't send back your ballot in the mail by Oct. 27, state election officials advise that you hand-carry yours to a deposit box or a voter service center. Doing so will help ensure your vote will be counted in time. If you want to register and vote in person, the voter service centers can also help you. Over 480,000 ballots have been sent in thus far, a strong number that signals a high turnout.

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Some Oahu bar owners expressed frustration about a requirement to renew and pay for liquor licenses they cannot use as the businesses remain closed by coronavirus regulations.

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Updated: 11/3/2020, 3:18 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported no deaths and 89 new COVID-19 cases today. The total infections since the pandemic began now number 15,318.

Oahu had 73 new cases, Hawaii County 7, Kauai 1, Lanai 3, and Maui and Molokai none. There were 5 new cases diagnosed out of state. The death toll stands at 219.

There have been 13,321 cases on Oahu, 1,311 on Hawaii Island, 410 on Maui, 103 on Lanai, 67 on Kauai, and 17 on Molokai. There have been 89 cases diagnosed out of state.

Hawaii residents have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to cast their ballots in one of the most pivotal elections in the country’s modern history.