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Hawaii officials move to restrict neighbor island air travel

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Hawaii authorities push to restrict neighbor island air travel and take passengers’ temperatures

State authorities are moving toward restricting neighbor island air traffic and conducting temperature testing for passengers in the latest measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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When Troy Enoka flew home to Oahu from New York City over a week ago, he volunteered to isolate himself for 14 days to protect his elderly grandparents from the possibility of getting the coronavirus even before a two-week quarantine was mandated in Hawaii.

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Family suspects Ewa Beach resident, now on life support, got coronavirus while working at Waikiki bar

Ewa Beach resident Lee-Jacob “Coby” Torda is fighting for his life after contracting COVID-19.
Scores answer call in response to Hawaii’s gear shortage during coronavirus crisis

When Troy Enoka flew home to Oahu from New York City over a week ago, he volunteered to isolate himself for 14 days to protect his elderly grandparents from the possibility of getting the coronavirus even before a two-week quarantine was mandated in Hawaii.
Homeless coronavirus quarantine site in Iwilei expected to open next week

A hui of health care organizations, nonprofit groups and laid-off hotel workers are teaming up to open Hawaii’s first triage and quarantine center for homeless people who may have contracted the novel coronavirus , while mobile medical outreach to homeless shelters and large encampments will begin “immediately.”
Ocean Watch: Citizen scientists needed to track kolea in Hawaii

I originally wrote about opihi for today, but when I received a notice from Star-Advertiser editors that this would be my last “Ocean Watch” column, I wanted to use the space to share some good news: “Ocean Watch” will not go away. I’ll continue speaking for Hawaii’s wildlife on my website, susanscott.net .
Fall in ridership leads to reduced bus service in Hawaii

Weekday service on TheBus will move to a state holiday schedule effective Wednesday, while Saturday and Sunday schedules will remain unchanged.
Hawaii authorities push to restrict neighbor island air travel and take passengers’ temperatures

State authorities are moving toward restricting neighbor island air traffic and conducting temperature testing for passengers in the latest measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Release of inmates nears amid coronavirus crisis

The Hawaii Supreme Court late Friday took a major step toward allowing the release of a segment of the state’s 2,000-plus prison population amid worries that overcrowded conditions could increase the potential spread of coronavirus among inmates and staff.
Homeless coronavirus quarantine site in Iwilei expected to open next week

A hui of health care organizations, nonprofit groups and laid-off hotel workers are teaming up to open Hawaii’s first triage and quarantine center for homeless people who may have contracted the novel coronavirus , while mobile medical outreach to homeless shelters and large encampments will begin “immediately.”
Fall in ridership leads to reduced bus service in Hawaii

Weekday service on TheBus will move to a state holiday schedule effective Wednesday, while Saturday and Sunday schedules will remain unchanged.
Rising coronavirus cases causing havoc with Hawaii military

At least 15 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed within the U.S. military in Hawaii, with a sailor assigned to a Pearl Harbor shore command and a service member at Special Operations Command Pacific at Camp H.M. Smith recent additions.
Column: Open houses go ‘virtual’ during coronavirus pandemic

Hawaii has initiated an unprecedented lockdown, leaving usually bustling streets, business districts and Waikiki’s famed beaches hauntingly desolate like never before.
HPD conference room subs for courtroom in Waipahu manslaughter hearing

A 31-year-old man accused of manslaughter in the death of his 61-year-old father in Waipahu made his initial appearance Friday via video teleconferencing from the police cellblock to a makeshift courtroom set up in a nearby conference room at the Honolulu Police Department main headquarters.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to standardize cleanup for flowers

A new floral policy at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater will standardize the cleanup of flowers and other items left at grave sites to maintain a “serene and beautiful atmosphere,” according to a news release.
Ocean Watch: Citizen scientists needed to track kolea in Hawaii

I originally wrote about opihi for today, but when I received a notice from Star-Advertiser editors that this would be my last “Ocean Watch” column, I wanted to use the space to share some good news: “Ocean Watch” will not go away. I’ll continue speaking for Hawaii’s wildlife on my website, susanscott.net .
Release of inmates nears amid coronavirus crisis

The Hawaii Supreme Court late Friday took a major step toward allowing the release of a segment of the state’s 2,000-plus prison population amid worries that overcrowded conditions could increase the potential spread of coronavirus among inmates and staff.
HPD conference room subs for courtroom in Waipahu manslaughter hearing

A 31-year-old man accused of manslaughter in the death of his 61-year-old father in Waipahu made his initial appearance Friday via video teleconferencing from the police cellblock to a makeshift courtroom set up in a nearby conference room at the Honolulu Police Department main headquarters.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to standardize cleanup for flowers

A new floral policy at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater will standardize the cleanup of flowers and other items left at grave sites to maintain a “serene and beautiful atmosphere,” according to a news release.
Building of new Aloha Stadium seen as vital economic stimulus

The state formally began the solicitation process for the building of the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District by issuing a request for qualifications from potential partners Friday, a project some lawmakers say will be key for post COVID-19 economic stimulus.
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