General News

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Social distancing has made its way to Hawaii as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. And its impacts have been felt immediately — and in nearly every industry.

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County regulations that prohibit restaurant dining go into effect on O‘ahu and Maui today. As meal service and wait staff hit the unemployment lines, restaurants and bars that are able are switching to takeout and delivery only. 

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The Honolulu City Council approved a twin-tower condominium project that is expected to add nearly 1,000 residential units.

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KAILUA-KONA — A record 48 Hawaiian monk seal pups were born in the main Hawaiian Islands in 2019, officials said.

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Updated 3/20/20, 4 p.m.

Latest coronavirus cases

The Hawaii Department of Health says the state total of confirmed and presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus now stands at 37. Two cases of community spread have been confirmed, officials said in an update Friday afternoon. The latest numbers reflect 11 new cases since yesterday. One is a child, the state's first young case of COVID-19.

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Big Island residents are breathing a sigh of relief after state authorities canceled a cruise ship’s emergency plans to unload hundreds of its passengers at Hilo Harbor. State transportation officials say the Holland America Line vessel is now set to arrive in Honolulu Friday, but none of its more than 800 passengers will be allowed off.

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HONOLULU — A group of Hawaii grocery stores plans to reserve specific hours for seniors and other customers most of suffering the worst effects of the coronavirus, officials said.

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See yesterday’s updates: Hawaii schools closed until April 7, Kauai imposes a curfew, Maui and Honolulu close dine-in.

Updated: 3/19/20, 7:00 p.m.

House Speaker Scott Saiki, calling the response to the pandemic "utterly chaotic," implored Gov. David Ige to shut down the state for 15 days.

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In less than a week, the number of cases of coronavirus in Hawaii increased from 2 to 16. Are Hawaii’s hospitals fully prepared for the influx of coronavirus patients? Two studies say no.

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HONOLULU — Two cruise ships turned away by other ports are headed to Honolulu. There are no positive cases of coronavirus on either ship, state officials said.

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The cost to build a giant telescope that's unpopular among many Native Hawaiians is now estimated to have ballooned by a billion dollars.

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WAILUKU — Police in Maui arrested a man for allegedly making arrangements online to meet an undercover officer who was posing as a teenage girl.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's construction industry could soften the blow to the state's economy during the continuing spread of the new coronavirus, analysts and business leaders said.

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Updated: 3/18/20, 6:30 p.m.

See yesterday's updates on governor's call for tourists to postpone visits, strict limits for bars and restaurants, latest coronavirus cases.

Hawaii public school students will not be returning to school after the extended spring break. The Hawaii State Deparment of Education has closed schools until April 7.

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If you are going to stockpile anything these days, consider liquid savings.

A stash of easily accessible money to tap for emergencies is always important, but it is critical at times like these when people face potential layoffs and deep economic uncertainty.

Experts generally suggest having three to six months of savings on hand, but that can be tough for many people who are living paycheck to paycheck. At least one-quarter of American adults say they wouldn't be able to cover an unexpected expense of $400, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve.

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Updated: 3/18/20, 8:04 a.m.

Gov. David Ige said the state is encouraging tourists to temporarily postpone their Hawaii visits for a least 30 days and will screen cruise ship passengers for the coronavirus starting on Friday while working on similar thermal screening at the airport. At a press conference on Tuesday, he urged stricter social distancing, with gatherings of more than 10 strongly discouraged, which would effectively close many bars, night clubs, restaurants and religious gatherings.

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Updated 3/17/20, 5:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has cancelled a severe thunderstorm watch for Maui County. Kauaʻi and Oʻahu were under the same watch earlier today. 

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HONOLULU — A bill to prohibit foreigners from buying some homes in Hawaii was endorsed by state senators in an effort to make housing more affordable for local residents.

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LIHUE — A Hawaii scientific group has announced the discovery of new cases of a fungal disease that has killed thousands of native ʻōhiʻa trees.

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The spread of the coronavirus has prompted a judge to postpone the sentencing of a former high-ranking Honolulu prosecutor in Hawaii's biggest corruption investigation that also took down her retired police chief husband.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are considering a large amount of public comment on proposed legislation to keep landfills from intruding on residential areas.

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Updated: 3/16/20, 4:20 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday confirmed the state has its first community-spread coronavirus case. The state reports there are now 10 cases of COVID-19 in the state with the addition of two Oahu residents and one Maui visitor. Media reports say a Kualoa Ranch employee with no travel history to indicate her infection came from out of state has tested positive for the virus, which signals the disease is spreading within the community.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Multiple road construction projects in Hawaii could start sooner under a $103 million bond measure advanced by a county council committee.

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A 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress needs someone to handle her estate despite taking testimony from the so-called princess on Monday that she didn't need a conservator because she's still alive, a judge ruled Friday.

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Updated: 3/14/20, 9:17 p.m.

Gov. David Ige says a Mainland couple who came into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient flew directly into Maui on March 2 on a United flight and then to Kauaʻi on March 8 before testing positive for the virus. Meanwhile, city officials said they have been notified of another case on Oahu, and Maui officials have been told tonight that a female visitor who was under investigation has tested positive for the coronavirus. 

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The news on the Hawaii front of the coronavirus battle is swiftly changing. Here are live updates on local health, economic and societal impacts from the spread of COVID-19.

Updated: 3/14/20, 7:03 p.m.

Where Hawaii stands

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Starting Monday, Honolulu licensing centers and satellite city halls will no longer accept walk-in appointments for license and identification renewals.

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Hawaii is feeling the effects of the global response to the spread of coronavirus. 

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See latest updates for 3/14/20.

The news on the Hawaii front of the coronavirus battle is swiftly changing. Here are live updates on local health, economic and societal impacts from the spread of COVID-19.

Updated: 3/13/20, 6:03 p.m. 

Where Hawaii stands

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Manufacturers say their supply chains haven’t been interrupted. Shippers say cargo volume is normal. So why are many Hawaii stores out of toilet paper?

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