The state Department of Health's State Laboratories Division has confirmed the highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant is present in Hawaii. The variant was originally detected in the United Kingdom, and leads to a more rapid spread than other common COVID-19 strains.
HONOLULU — A retired Honolulu police officer and a Big Island firefighter were sentenced Wednesday in connection with a corruption case involving a former Honolulu prosecutor and her retired police chief husband.
HONOLULU — A survey conducted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority has found that visitors to the islands between late December and early January were pleased despite limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
State health officials warn that the more transmissible UK COVID-19 virus may be present in Hawaii. Diagnostic Labs detected a molecular clue in four samples that could indicate that the specimens are the more transmissible variant.
Community opposition is growing in Kohala over plans to develop a parking lot near the Pololū Valley lookout. The proposal would improve access to the area’s popular hiking trail, but it could also open the door to residential development on the valley ridgeline.
American Samoa’s repatriation system picked up five COVID-19 cases so far among the more than 160 residents in quarantine here in Honolulu. This is American Samoa’s first attempt to help residents get home since the pandemic closed its borders more than 10 months ago.
The Honolulu City Council has referred the appointment of Andy Kawano as the city's next budget director to its budget committee for further consideration. The city's department of budget and fiscal services has one of the largest responsibilities in city government.
HONOLULU — Birthday plans for one of Hawaii's most esteemed houses have raised concerns over the proposed $53,000 cost while the state deals with significant economic problems stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.