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Updated: 11/2/2020, 4:46 p.m. A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams pleaded not guilty Monday on behalf of the official who was cited by Honolulu police for being in a closed park during a trip to help Hawaii cope with a spike in coronavirus cases.

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On Sunday, Central Union Church tolled its tower bells 228 times, one for each person who has died of COVID-19 in Hawaii and for the nine whose confirmation of death from the virus remains pending.

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The embattled Sandwich Isles Communications may soon need to sell off its statewide telecommunications network to pay off mounting federal debt. Another local telecom company is emerging as a potential successor to provide services on Hawaiian Home Lands.

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Updated: 11/2/2020, 3:10 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported no deaths and 78 new COVID-19 cases today. The total infections since the pandemic began now number 15,231.

Oahu had 65 new cases, Hawaii County 4, Kauai 1, Lanai 1, Maui 2 and Molokai none. There were 5 new cases diagnosed out of state. The death toll stands at 219.

There have been 13,250 cases on Oahu, 1,304 on Hawaii Island, 410 on Maui, 100 on Lanai, 66 on Kauai, and 17 on Molokai. There have been 84 cases diagnosed out of state.

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The Honolulu City Council has introduced two bills that would increase fares for public transportation.

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A Hawaii inmate has died at a privately owned prison in Arizona that has experienced an outbreak of the coronavirus, Hawaii officials said.

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MANILA, Philippines — A super typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines with ferocious winds early Sunday and about a million people have been evacuated in its projected path, including in the capital where the main international airport was ordered closed.

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Updated: 10/31/2020, 12:30 p.m. The Hawaii Department of Health reported 68 new COVID-19 cases today, pushing the statewide total in the pandemic to 15,071. There were three new deaths, raising the toll to 219. 

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Development of a $10.5 million facility on Hawaii island to make compost using green waste and food waste has been postponed because of a shortage of the key components.

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As early voting breaks records across the U.S., political analysts and campaigns are reviewing reams of data on the voters, looking for clues to key questions: Who is voting? And who is winning?

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More than 600 dogs and cats flew across the Pacific Ocean from crowded Hawaii shelters to Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, where there's more space for them to await adoption — a charity operation that organizers said is the largest pet rescue flight.

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Hawaii's businesses are still reeling from eight months of the COVID economy — and bracing themselves fo rmore. And in the restaurant industry, that's bringing a great deal of change.

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Some Hawaii public schools have welcomed back students for in-person classes. But parents say it puts them in a difficult spot: how can they decide if it’s safe to send their kids back to campus?

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Updated: 10/30/2020, 12:26 p.m. Hawaii marked another milestone with an additional 94 new reported COVID-19 cases, pushing the statewide total in the pandemic to over 15,000 today.

Report: Pilot In Hawaii Plane Crash Had Risk-Taking History

Oct 29, 2020
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HONOLULU (AP) — The pilot of a plane that crashed and killed all 11 on board had a history of taking unnecessary risks and pushing the limits of his skills to give passengers an exciting ride, witnesses told federal officials.

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Updated: 10/29/2020, 1:15 p.m. The Hawaii Department of Health reported 2 deaths and 77 new COVID-19 cases today. The latest count brings the total number of COVID cases during the pandemic to 14,911. The death toll now stands at 215.

County of Maui

Updated: 10/28/2020, 12:15 p.m. 

The state Department of Health today reported no deaths and 62 new COVID-19 cases. The count for Lanai, which is seeing an outbreak that has locked down the island, increased by 7 cases to 94 in total.

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Mass COVID-19 testing of hundreds of Hawaiʻi inmates being held at an Arizona prison begins Thursday. This comes days after 56 Hawaiʻi inmates at the Saguaro Correctional Center tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Travelers from Japan will be able to avoid the state’s 14-day quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test starting on November 6th.

County of Maui

Updated: 10/27/2020, 12:40 p.m. The Hawaii Department of Health today reported three deaths and 66 new COVID-19 cases. The count for Lanai , which is seeing an outbreak that has locked down the island, increased by 9 cases to 87 in total.

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Big Island Mayor Harry Kim says a recent spike in COVID-19 cases on the island is not a result of reopening trans-Pacific or interisland travel. The uptick in cases is due to community spread.

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A federal lawsuit against the city and Honolulu Police Department alleges an officer arrested a 15-year-old at school after the boy was in a fight with the officer’s son. The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says the case illustrates how some officers abuse their positions while the disciplinary actions taken by the police department are shrouded in secrecy. 

County of Maui

Updated: 10/26/2020, 12:15 p.m. Gov. David Ige has approved a stay-at-home order and travel restrictions on Lanai beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. The order would require travelers and visitors to remain at home or in their lodgings except for essential reasons such as grocery shopping.

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Farm-raised marine animal sales in Hawaii last year reached $83.2 million, breaking a record, a new federal report said.

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Lanai High and Elementary School has switched to distance learning as the COVID-19 outbreak on the island grows and Maui County officials await approval to impose a stay-at-home order on the island starting Tuesday. 

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An increase in firearm permits issued and firearms registered this year may be the result of the coronavirus and the upcoming national election, the Honolulu police chief said.

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Hawaii had more than 65,000 travelers arrive in the islands in the first week of its pre-travel coronavirus testing program, a state effort to get the tourism-based economy moving again amid the pandemic.

State officials said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that 66,644 people were screened between the Oct. 15 launch and Thursday. Of those visitors — including returning residents, tourists and others — 41,783 tested negative for the coronavirus and were allowed to skip the previously required two weeks of quarantine.

Lanai Stay-At-Home Order Expected Starting On Tuesday

Oct 24, 2020
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Maui Mayor Michael Victorino expects Lanai residents and visitors will be under a mandatory stay-at-home order beginning Tuesday. The order is subject to approval by Gov. David Ige, who Victorino said should be signing off on it this weekend.

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Updated: 10/23/2020. 7:30 p.m.

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino has asked the governor to lock down Lanai to travel and order residents to stay at home beginning Tuesday after the number of COVID-19 cases on the island spiked to 65 today. Lanai has a population of about 3,000.

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Five-thousand Hawaii-based soldiers with the U.S. Army are currently in Louisiana for combat training. COVID-19 testing and quarantines are planned when they head back to the islands.

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