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A additional person associated with a pair of McDonald’s restaurants in Kailua-Kona has tested positive for COVID-19, state health officials announced Thursday.
As the state struggles to resurrect an economy sucker-punched by the coronavirus, there were no guarantees Thursday that the neighbor islands will see their fair share of a federal bailout of local governments.
The Hawaii Department of Health launched a new online portal compiling resources for residents to conduct health-related appointments remotely.
The state Supreme Court ordered the Hawaii Paroling Authority to “expeditiously address requests for early parole” for prisoners because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
A 47-year-old Pahoa man with no permanent address allegedly asked several customers at a Hilo gas station to give him gas, and when no one was willing to do so, threatened them with a BB pistol that looked like a real handgun.
HONOLULU — More than one-third of Hawaii’s labor force has filed unemployment claims, according to the latest state data as the islands effectively shut down large sectors of the economy to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
A Wednesday afternoon house fire in the Waiakea Uka area of Hilo was extinguished quickly, likely because of the home’s proximity to the Haihai Street Fire Station.
A brief look at other news from throughout the state.
The state Department of Health reports 11 new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus today, bringing the statewide total of cases to 541.
The number of Hawaii National Guardsmen activated to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic increases today.
The number of cases associated with two Kailua-Kona McDonald’s restaurants remained steady at a dozen Wednesday, reported state health officials.
Pay cuts for state employees are on the table, but increases in state general excise or personal income taxes are not at this time, Gov. David Ige said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Gov. David Ige’s point man on economic and nonmedical logistic response to the COVID-19 pandemic told lawmakers Wednesday now is the time to plan for reopening the state for business.
East Hawaii high schools must now consider new ways to celebrate the class of 2020.
A 38-year-old Pepeekeo man arrested Monday admitted to being a heroin dealer, according to court documents filed by police.
A civilian who works in the Hawaii Police Department Records Division tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, Chief Paul Ferreira confirmed Tuesday.
The number of COVID-19 tests conducted at sites in Hilo and Pahoa continue to decline.
For about an hour a day, cars full of families line up throughout Hawaii County to pick up breakfasts and lunches for their students as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps schools closed indefinitely.
The state Senate confirmed Peter K. Kubota as a circuit court judge of the 3rd Circuit, effective immediately.
Police are looking for 16-year-old girl missing since Feb. 2.
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