Nearly 1,500 Hawaii inmates have contracted COVID-19 this year.
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Nearly 1,500 Hawaiʻi inmates have contracted COVID-19 this year
The pandemic has reached deep into Hawaiʻi’s criminal justice system, infecting at least 1,475 inmates and 170 staff. The latest outbreak at the Hālawa prison alone has grown to 177 inmates and 33 staff — making it a top concern at the latest meeting of the Hawai‘i Correctional Systems Oversight Commission. Newly appointed Public Safety Director Max Otani says the situation at Hālawa has been further exacerbated by persistent overcrowding.
UH researchers say it was a 14-foot tiger shark that fatally attacked a Maui man
A pair of shark researchers at the UH Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology used new DNA barcoding technology to determine the type of shark — and say it was undoubtedly a tiger shark that fatally attacked a surfer at Honolua Bay on Dec. 8. By measuring bite marks on the surfboard, they were able to determine that the shark was about 14.3 feet long. State officials say they will use the new swab kit to gather information in future incidents.
Hawai‘i’s forecast has it all: high surf, strong winds, possible thunderstorms, and even a little snow
Weather officials have issued high surf, wind, gale and small craft advisories for the Hawaiian Islands today. Surf of 12 to 16 feet along the north shores is expected to gradually lower to 10 to 14 feet tonight, and to 7 to 10 feet on Saturday morning. A high-surf advisory has also been issued for east shores of all islands due to strong trade winds, which will create rough surf today and tomorrow. Forecasters issued a wind advisory for portions of Maui County, with localized gusts up to 50 mph today, and warn of snow and freezing rain over Big Island summits today.
Health officials report 130 new infections and 1 death on O‘ahu
Today’s new COVID-19 cases include 105 on O‘ahu, 11 on Maui, seven on the Big Island, one on Kaua‘i, and six Hawai‘i residents diagnosed outside the state. O‘ahu remains in Tier 2 of its reopening plan. The island’s case rate increased Friday to a weekly average of 101 new cases reported daily, with approximately 3.6% of tests returning positive. O‘ahu must see a testing positivity rate of 2.49% or lower for two consecutive weeks to enter Tier 3, which would loosen some restrictions.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES
Child and Family Service to hold holiday drive-thru festival in Waimānalo tomorrow, with special guest Paula Fuga
About 500 Waimānalo families are expected to receive resources, services and chef-prepared meals at the Festival of Hope for Families. Musician Paula Fuga will appear at the Dec. 19 event to help show her support and bring a little cheer to the holiday season. The festival will follow social distancing guidelines and require attendees to stay in their cars while driving from booth to booth, where groceries, meal kits, community resource kits, PPE items and educational resources will be distributed.
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Nominate your favorite local business for the SmallBiz Editor’s Choice Awards
Hawaii Business Magazine honors outstanding small businesses across the state of Hawaiʻi with the annual SmallBiz Editor’s Choice Awards. Each company gets a profile in the May “Best of Small Business” issue. Nominees must be businesses based in Hawaiʻi with fewer than 100 employees. Nominations close 12/31.
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TODAY’S HAWAIʻI VIEWS
A finger of Moloka‘i’s towering cliffs stretches out into the ocean.
Photo credit: Jeff Hawe