With the addition of 173 new COVID-19 cases, Hawaii’s statewide virus total rises to 2,763.

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Hawaii counts 173 new coronavirus cases, all on Oahu

The state Department of Health reported 173 new coronavirus cases today, all on Oahu, bringing the statewide total since the outbreak began to 2,763.
Kaiser Moanalua shuts down visiting hours due to COVID-19 spike

Starting Friday, Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center will not allow visitors to visit patients — a policy change prompted by the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
Big Island home sales buck recent trend

Real estate in Hawaii is still being hit by COVID-19 shocks, but one segment of the market appeared close to normal in July.

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Facebook, citing coronavirus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus .
Television and radio – Aug. 6, 2020

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On the Move: Au, Bass and Boivin

The Hawaii Leadership Forum has announced the local leaders who are joining the eighth cohort of its Omidyar Fellows program. The program’s goal is to cultivate the conditions in which Hawaii thrives by providing leaders with the skills and cross-sector relationships necessary to collectively effect societal change. Individuals were selected through an application process, based on their accompli
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Hawaii High School Athletic Association postpones prep football

Just because the Hawaii High School Athletic Association postponed “higher and moderate risk” sports to January, not everybody is convinced they’ll be ringing in the New Year with fall-time sports.
Ferd Lewis: Mountain West Conference surges forward with football

In the space of less than 24 hours one university, Connecticut, canceled its football season and 12 others in the Mountain West Conference, including Hawaii, Wednesday pledged to press on in an attempt to preserve theirs.
Ship returns from Great Pacific Garbage Patch with 67 tons of plastic trash

In the fierce midday sun at Kewalo Basin Harbor Wednesday, elephantine mounds of algae-wrapped, tar-stained, red and yellow cordage, poison-green fishing nets and bleached consumer plastics in various stages of decay were being unloaded from the weatherbeaten hull of the tall-masted cargo ship KWAI, which had returned to Honolulu that morning with its hold bearing 67 tons of marine trash collecte
Man slated to be arraigned today in manslaughter case

An arraignment is scheduled to be held at Circuit Court today for a 44-year-old man accused of manslaughter in the 2009 shooting death of a 35-year-old man in the Keeaumoku area.
52 WWII vets expected for end-of-war commemoration on Oahu as virus worries mount

With a Japanese helicopter destroyer, the battleship Missouri and USS Arizona Memorial behind them, officials announced Wednesday that 52 World War II veterans plan to attend events on Oahu marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the deadliest conflict in human history.
Matson finds profit in China amid Hawaii’s economic downturn

Hawaii’s biggest ocean cargo transportation firm has found a very profitable opportunity amid the economy- crushing coronavirus pandemic: China.
Pressure builds to impose COVID-19 restrictions

The number of COVID-19 cases climbed to another triple-digit record on Oahu Wednesday, placing further pressure on Gov. David Ige and other top officials to impose tighter restrictions to prevent the spread of the disease.
Surge in virus cases highlights disparities for Pacific Islanders

Pacific Islanders make up just 4% of Hawaii’s population but represent 27% of the islands’ latest COVID-19 cases, far more than any ethnic group.
Court eyes ‘gut-and-replace’ gambit

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving what is known as a “gut-and-replace bill” that passed the state Legislature in 2018 and was enacted as Act 84.
University of Hawaii football team’s opener set for Sept. 26

Under a structure announced by the Mountain West Conference on Wednesday, the University of Hawaii football team will kick off the 2020 season on Sept. 26.
Kokua Line: Youth teams can use city parks for now, but large postgame potlucks aren’t allowed

Qu estion : Could you please clarify what is and what isn’t allowed with youth sports teams using the public parks? Shouldn’t everyone be wearing masks? What about potlucks? Teams aren’t supposed to be doing that, right? Are teams even allowed to use the parks for practice anymore with the limit going back down to groups of 10 or more? There seems to be a lot of confusion among parents and someti
Linebacker from New Orleans commits to University of Hawaii football team

In search of an outside linebacker, the University of Hawaii football team took the Big Easy route.
Big Island home sales buck recent trend

Real estate in Hawaii is still being hit by COVID-19 shocks, but one segment of the market appeared close to normal in July.
Debate over coronavirus law heats up

TOKYO >> The power of words is being tested in Japan, where efforts to fight the novel coronavirus — bound by a law tailored to a different disease — remain strictly voluntary.
Robots at train stations devised to boost safety

TOKYO >> Robots were on the job at JR Takanawa Gateway Station in Minato Ward, Tokyo, last week, disinfecting handrails and performing other tasks during a demonstration.
Column: Diversifying Hawaii economy tough in free-market world

One of the more peculiar effects of the pandemic has been a deluge of optimistic calls for a revitalized economy, usually one focused on renewable energy and agriculture. These initia- tives matter, but their advocates tend to overstate their impact and blithely assume away some 60 years of failed efforts at diversification. If we wish to diversify, we must first understand why we haven’t yet.
Off the News: Virtual shopping for those in need

Since March, due to coronavirus-related hardship, demand for food assistance has spiraled. In response, the Hawaii Foodbank, which has a typical annual budget of $400,000, has purchased more than $4.75 million in emergency food. Given that the nonprofit cannot sustain this level of purchasing, its flagship fundraiser holds heightened importance this year.
Editorial: Mail-in voting put to the test

When Americans talk about 2020 being an historic election year, they usually are referring to the presidential election, to be decided on Nov. 3. In Hawaii, however, voters will be making key decisions in the Aug. 8 primary election, in many contests and at every level except the governor’s office and the U.S. Senate.
Column: Poor leadership leaves U.S. vulnerable to major disasters

Although Hawaii was spared recently by Hurricane Douglas, continued vigilance is necessary with four more months left in hurricane season.
Letters: HART following law regarding contracts; State’s position on tracers needs clarity; $600 plus-up allows people to avoid work

Any suggestion that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is relying on a “dubious” claim of what the Hawaii procurement code requires is false and faulty (“Oahu rail careens toward yet another fiscal train wreck,” Star-Advertiser, Volcanic Ash, Aug. 2) .
Pressure builds to impose COVID-19 restrictions

The number of COVID-19 cases climbed to another triple-digit record on Oahu Wednesday, placing further pressure on Gov. David Ige and other top officials to impose tighter restrictions to prevent the spread of the disease.
Surge in virus cases highlights disparities for Pacific Islanders

Pacific Islanders make up just 4% of Hawaii’s population but represent 27% of the islands’ latest COVID-19 cases, far more than any ethnic group.
52 WWII vets expected for end-of-war commemoration on Oahu as virus worries mount

With a Japanese helicopter destroyer, the battleship Missouri and USS Arizona Memorial behind them, officials announced Wednesday that 52 World War II veterans plan to attend events on Oahu marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the de
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