Kauai

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LIHUE — More than 200 people gathered on Kauai to show support for reopening tourism on the island amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A grassroots effort is underway for a local non-profit to purchase an ancient Hawaiian fishpond on Kauaʻi. The Alakoko Fishpond was recently put on the market with a pricetag of $3 million dollars.

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LIHUE — The Marriott Beach Club on Kauai laid off more than 450 employees across departments within the hotel, which is undergoing a change in ownership.

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HONOLULU — The island of Kauai plans to reopen to tourists after a halt forced by the coronavirus, but the economic recovery in the vital tourism industry could be slow.

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Mayor Derek Kawakami is awaiting Governor David Ige's approval on a proposed change to Kauaʻi's Rule 23. The amendment would rescind the county's moratorium on the Safe Travels program for inter-island travel.

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HONOLULU — On Hawaii's rural island of Kauai, where sprawling white sand beaches and dramatic seaside mountains attract visitors from around the world, local residents spent the first seven months of the pandemic sheltered from the viral storm.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Travelers to Kauai will have to spend 14 days in quarantine regardless of whether they obtain a negative COVID-19 test, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Friday.

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Updated: 11/18/20, 12:08 p.m. The state Department of Health today reported one new death and 71 new COVID-19 cases.

With the state’s recent reporting changes that delays the numbers for two days, the daily case counts are from Monday. The health department said the receipt of 4,000 to 5,000 electronic records daily from the labs that handle the tests take time to process, accounting for the delay.

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Updated: 11/14/2020, 3:10 p.m. Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami is calling for changes to the state's Safe Travels program that has allowed passengers to arrive in the island before receiving their pre-flight COVID-19 results, contributing to a dramatic increase in the county's cases.

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An assistant chief of police in Kauai settled a lawsuit against his department and Kauai County for $1.84 million.

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Kauai voters are weighing County Council seats, a congressional representative seat, and several charter amendments.  Kaua'i's natural disaster history and its recent successes containing the COVID-19 virus are affecting voter choices.

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COVID Check-in with Lt. Gov. Green; Contact tracing training program underway; Political fundraisers linked to M Nightclub; Concerns of Garden Isle community; Docuseries: A Climate for Change

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LIHUE, Hawaii — The Kauai Invasive Species Committee and other groups have conducted early detection, rapid response and control work this year on dozens of invasive plant and animal species as other activities and business operations have been restricted during the coronavirus pandemic.

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LIHUE, Hawaii — Businesses on Kauai are offering large discounts to lure back customers after a near complete end to tourist visits to the Hawaiian island since the coronavirus outbreak in the spring.

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Updated 7/16/20 at 12:10 p.m.

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The Hawai’i Health Department reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 today. Sixteen cases are on Oahu, and three cases are pending. The number of deaths remains at 22.

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A company that Hawaii Senate President Ronald Kouchi owns shares in and is employed by received a small business coronavirus relief loan from the U.S. government, according to data released by the Small Business Administration.

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Kauai Mayor on reopening interisland travel and the local economy; How a Hawaiian homested kept COVID-19 at bay; Mental health during this time of crisis; Group wants more trees in Honolulu

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Kauaʻi County today is reopening its beaches for casual use – like a family picnic or sunbathing – all with social distancing measures in place. The island continues to carefully reopen under the COVID-19 pandemic, a process that began a week ago with retailers getting back to business. 

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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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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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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 arrest on Thursday of Kauaʻi Council Member Arthur Brun has surprised and disappointed residents across the small island, while charges that he led a major drug ring selling methamphetamine has shaken the image of the tranquil, laid-back community.

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Bail will remain at $5 million for a mother arrested in Hawaii over the disappearance of her two Idaho children, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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Updated: 2/28/20, 4:55 p.m.

Kauaʻi County Council member Arthur Brun pleaded not guilty Friday to 10 felony charges -- two with a maximum punishment of life in prison -- after he was arrested with 11 others by Kauaʻi police and federal agents as part of an islandwide drug sweep.

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A proposed polystyrene ban on Kauaʻi has passed first reading at the County Council. Council members discussed the proposed ban at its monthly meeting yesterday. 

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BOISE, Idaho — Police say the mother of two missing kids has been found in Hawaii along with her new husband, but there's still no sign of the children in the cross-country investigation that includes several mysterious deaths.

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More than 26 percent of the food in Hawaiʻi goes uneaten each year – that’s nearly one billion dollars’ worth of food likely ending up in the landfill. But Kauaʻi wastes a lot less food, and thanks to a backyard effort that could prove a solution to problem of food waste statewide.

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A person who was near a remote Hawaii site where a tour helicopter crashed and killed seven people last month told investigators that visibility was only about 20 feet (6 meters) at the time because of fog and rain, according to a preliminary accident report released Wednesday.

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Recycling is a good goal. It reuses materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill. But the world market is changing and, for Kauaʻi, this means rethinking whether exporting recyclables to other countries is sustainable.

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