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As Hawaii reopens, business owners and leaders are yearning for a single voice they can turn to for guidelines.

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The state Department of Education recently released guidelines on reopening public schools. However, several members of the state Board of Education and the state teachers union took issue with some of the procedures on Thursday.

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Updated: 6/5/2020, 7:53 p.m.

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Hawaii recorded nine new coronavirus cases today, but three were older cases after discrepancies in lab reporting were corrected. Still, the net six cases are the largest number the state has reported in recent weeks. The last time the state had six new cases was on April 22. The state says they won't know the cause until the cases are fully investigated.

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As businesses reopen on Hawaiʻi Island, unemployed hotel workers are waiting for their chance to get back to work. Several hotels are already taking reservations beginning July 1, and that has some in the industry cautiously optimistic.

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Updated: 6/4/2020, 3:45 p.m.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard’s job performance exceeded expectations last year, according to her annual evaluation by the police commission.

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Updated: 6/4/2020,12:50 p.m.

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Hawaii recorded two new coronavirus cases today. The state health department reports the number of recorded cases now stands at 655; deaths remain at 17.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission plans to conduct an emergency investigation into the financial condition of an ocean shipping company seeking $25 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to remain in business.

Hawaii Updates: New Case; DOE Wants Fall Opening Of Elementary Schools; City Seeks Economic Recovery

Jun 3, 2020
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Updated: 6/3/2020, 12:10 p.m.

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Hawaii recorded one new coronavirus case today. After adjusting for test results, however, the statewide total remains the same from yesterday.

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When Hawaii students return to classes in the fall after completing the last months of the school year through distance learning, many may have lost the earlier progress they made for lack of in-person instruction.

 

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Updated: 6/2/2020, 11:58 a.m.

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Hawaii recorded one new coronavirus cases today, this one on Oahu, for another day of single or zero cases that have spurred reopenings across the state.

The state health department now reports the number of recorded cases at 653; deaths remain at 17. The case count for Oahu is at 422, Maui County at 120, Hawaii Island at 81 and Kauai at 20. There are 10 cases diagnosed out of state. Some 609 people have been released from isolation.

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Hawai’i health officials say additional demographic data on COVID-19’s impact in Hawaii is on its way. The state Health Department began providing data a month ago, but critics say the information is incomplete and tells an inaccurate story of the pandemic’s impact on various communities. 

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Updated: 6/1/2020, 5:18 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is lifting the 14-day mandatory quarantine for interisland travelers beginning on June 16. The move was widely anticipated and heavily advocated by Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who wanted it lifted earlier because of the low number of new COVID-19 cases in the islands.

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The Hawaii State Department of Education is closing about a third of its grab ‘n go food sites for the summer, and many more are taking a break until June 8th.

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Updated: 5/31/2020, 12:20 p.m.

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Hawaii recorded one new coronavirus case today, this one on Maui.

The state health department now reports the number of recorded cases at 652; deaths remain at 17. The case count for Oahu is at 421, Maui County at 120, Hawaii Island at 81 and Kauai at 20. There are 10 cases diagnosed out of state. Some 608 people have been released from isolation.

Locals Take Back Tourist-Free Waikiki During Pandemic

May 31, 2020
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HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in Hawaii, Amber Lethem's family avoided Waikiki, the world-famous tourist mecca.

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WAILUKU — The Maui County Liquor Control Department has issued a written notice of warning to Maui Brewing Company after an investigation revealed the company violated state law by advertising free hand sanitizer with the sale of liquor.

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Updated: 5/30/2020, 12:02 p.m.

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Hawaii recorded three new coronavirus cases again today, the third day running of three cases after a spell of zero or single new cases. 

The state health department now reports the number of recorded cases at 651; deaths remain at 17. The case count for Oahu is at 421, Maui County at 119, Hawaii Island at 81 and Kauai at 20. There are 10 cases diagnosed out of state. Some 606 people have been released from isolation.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Fires burned unchecked and thousands protesting the police killing of George Floyd ignored a curfew as unrest overwhelmed authorities for another night in Minneapolis, and the governor acknowledged Saturday that he didn't have enough manpower to contain the chaos.

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Every business has a story to tell about coping with the COVID economy. This week, Pacific Business News takes a closer look at four family-owned Hawaii businesses for their tales. 

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Updated: 5/29/2020, 12:18 p.m.

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Hawaii recorded three new coronavirus cases again today, the second day running of that many cases after a spell of zero or single new cases. 

The state health department now reports the number of recorded cases at 649; deaths remain at 17. The case count for Oahu is at 419, Maui County at 118, Hawaii Island at 82 and Kauai at 20. There are 10 cases diagnosed out of state. Some 605 people have been released from isolation.

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A new survey of Hawaii primary care providers reveals a majority are struggling to stay in business because of changes made to the way they’re compensated by the state’s largest insurer HMSA.

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The Honolulu Liquor Commission and other agencies are investigating two businesses connected to Oahu holiday parties that allegedly violated emergency health regulations stemming from the coronavirus outbreak.

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Updated: 5/28/2020, 12:25 p.m.

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Hawaii recorded three new coronavirus cases today, continuing the trend in recent days of zero or few additional cases and spurring moves to reopen the economy.

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Last updated: 5/27/2020

Information -- it's inoculation against the anxiety that can take hold as COVID-19 spreads, jobs are lost and lives are frayed. Hawai‘i Public Radio is compiling resources and information to help the community deal with the hurdles ahead as we navigate life during a pandemic.

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Hawai’i has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country with nearly a quarter of a million island residents out of work. As state leaders consider solutions to this crisis, there’s one approach that would create jobs, address some local issues, and reach back to a bit of history that worked in the past.

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Gov. David Ige says the state will be reviewing a request from Young Brothers LLC for $25 million in CARES Act funding to shore up a sharp decline in cargo volume due to the COVID-19 emergency.

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Updated: 5/27/2020, 1:35 p.m.

SEATTLE — The first word Seattle political consultant Dayna Lurie had that someone filed for unemployment benefits in her name was when her boss called.

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Updated 5/27/20, 7:51 p.m.

Gov. David Ige has approved the city's request to reopen hair salons, barbers and other personal services with modifications in place on Friday, along with outdoor places like Sea Life Park, his office announced today.

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Updated: 5/26/2020, 12:05 p.m.

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For the third day running, Hawaii recorded no new coronavirus cases today, continuing the trend in recent days of zero or few additional cases and spurring moves to reopen the economy.

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