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Top Story: The Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo will remain open “for the time being.”
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Even as several national retail franchises temporarily suspend operations to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo will remain open for the time being.
During the week of March 9-15, Hawaii Island Police arrested 25 motorists for DUI. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One was younger than 21.
West Hawaii Community Health Center has tested 21 people for suspected COVID-19.
Thirty-five people were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday on Hilo Medical Center’s first day of drive-through testing.
They say you can’t fight city hall. In these uncertain times, you can hardly even go there.
Gov. David Ige this afternoon urged potential visitors to the islands to postpone their vacations for at least 30 days as part of what he called strong measures to secure our islands from the global coronavirus pandemic.
HONOLULU — The cost to build the Thirty Meter Telescope is now estimated to have ballooned by a billion dollars.
A visitor from the mainland is the first confirmed Big Island case, state Epidemiologist Sarah Park said this afternoon.
A brief look at other news from throughout the state.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources today announced the temporary closure of the following state parks on the Big Island, effective Wednesday:
The Small Business Administrations Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is currently available to businesses that are being impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus.
NEW YORK In response to the widespread COVID-19 outbreak, Macys today announced that it will temporarily close all stores by end of business today, through March 31, the company said on its corporate website.
Events at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are cancelled until further notice, but the park will remain open.
Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors and Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection Executive Director Stephen Levins are urging the Hawaii public to beware of, and report, scams related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
HONOLULU — The spread of the coronavirus 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.
The state Department of Education continues to develop its COVID-19 response plan.
Mayor Harry Kim doesn’t want to shut the county down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying instead he’s promoting a community effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus on the island.
A cruise ship that had a reservation to stop at Hilo Harbor later this week will be docking elsewhere.
CORRECTION: A previous version of the story contained an incorrect ending date for the proclamation, which was provided to the Tribune-Herald by the Governors Office.
Hawaii County is seeking to fill vacancies on the Redistricting Commission, which, every 10 years establishes the boundaries of County Council districts.
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