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PARIS — Not all French classrooms can safely reopen Tuesday, the country's education minister acknowledged Sunday, as a persistent rise in coronavirus infections jeopardizes the government’s push to get France’s 12.9 million schoolchildren back into class this week.

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Auliʻi Cravalho’s life changed forever at age 14 when she was cast as the voice of Disney’s “Moana.” The Hawaiian native loved singing and acting, but they were just hobbies to her. So were horseback riding, swimming and microbiology, for that matter. A career in Hollywood seemed implausible at best.

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Updated: 8/30/2020, 12:05 p.m.


Hawaii Department of Health today reported 1 death and 200 new cases of COVID-19. The latest case count brings the state's total to 8,339 and deaths to 63.

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Bar exam applicants in Hawaii have been granted more time to decide whether to take the in-person exam or defer the test to a later date with no additional fee after concerns over the coronavirus.

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Updated: 8/29/2020, 4:30 p.m.

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Hawaii Department of Health today reported three more deaths and 310 new cases. The latest case count brings the state's total to 8,139 and deaths to 62. Of the new cases, 263 are on Oahu, 39 on Hawaii Island, 7 in Maui County and 1 on Kauai.

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The Hawaii Department of Health is disputing a state auditor report that said health officials did not provide timely information on its coronavirus contact tracing program.

The report, released Wednesday, says the auditor’s office “encountered barriers, delays, and ultimately were denied access to those responsible for leading the department’s contact tracing.”

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Several local companies, hospitals and schools are part of the effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. One technology company that’s deeply involved is Oceanit. 

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Higher education is just one of the state functions about to be hit by budget shortfalls. The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents is raising alarms about a nearly $100 million expected loss in revenue, possibly starting this November.  One critical piece of information is still needed for detailed planning. 

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Updated: 8/28/2020, 12:15 p.m.

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Hawaii Department of Health today reported four more deaths and 265 new cases. The latest case count brings the state's total to 7,830 and deaths to 59.

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Oʻahu is under a lockdown for the next two weeks because of COVID-19. But discussions have already started on reopening. This time, city officials hope to learn from the mistakes that followed the first reopening.

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A proposal on Molokaʻi aimed at giving the community greater control over local fisheries is prompting opposition from some families on the island who say they aren't being heard.  The state has been developing a community-based model for marine resource management over 26 years now. But what happens when a community can't agree on how to manage the fishery?

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A report from Hawaii's state auditor’s office says Department of Health officials stonewalled them while attempting to get answers about the government's coronavirus contact tracing program.

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HONOLULU (AP) -- More than 10% of people tested for COVID-19 in Hawaii have been found to have the disease in the past 24 hours, new data showed Wednesday, underscoring that coronavirus was becoming more widespread in the community.

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Some Hawaii public schools have stopped using an online learning platform after parents and teachers objected to what they considered sexist, racist and unsuitable content.

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Updated: 8/31/2020, 7:28 p.m.

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A day after saying COVID-19 infections appear to be stabilizing, the Hawaii Department of Health today reported one of the state's worse daily counts in the pandemic: 4 deaths and 306 new cases. 

Of the new infections, 289 are on Oahu, 10 on Hawaii Island and 7 on Maui. Total cases stand at 6,915 on Oahu, 318 in Maui County, 253 on Hawaii Island and 56 on Kauai.

The latest count brings the state's total to 7,566 cases. Total deaths rose to 55. 

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday the state will apply to take advantage of a Trump administration program that will pay for an extra $300 in weekly unemployment benefits to those who are jobless.

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

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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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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.