This year’s Memorial Day ceremony at Punchbowl will be a hybrid event following state and federal COVID-19 rules.
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It’s a hybrid Memorial Day observance that will be held this year at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to honor veterans — as well as to keep in line with conflicting state and federal COVID-19 guidelines. Read more
Hawaii’s dreams of cashing in on the first Olympic surfing competition and seeing a quicker Japan tourism rebound were “blown out” again Monday when U.S. health officials and the State Department warned Americans against travel to Japan. Read more
A plan to turn Manoa Valley’s long-shuttered Paradise Park botanical and zoological garden into a new visitor attraction appears relinquished seven years after being announced. Read more
Honolulu police are investigating a deadly shooting of a 46-year-old man in Nanakuli early Monday. Read more
The Hawaii Supreme Court, giving new life to Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC’s nearly completed biomass plant on Hawaii island, ruled unanimously Monday in favor of the company’s appeal and sent back the case to the state Public Utilities Commission with clear instructions on how to proceed. Read more
Hawaii was one of just 11 states with National Guard troops on a second round of security duty at the U.S. Capitol as other citizen soldiers from the Aloha State helped with COVID-19 and vaccinations back home. Read more
The same folks who challenged the Thirty Meter Telescope in a lengthy contested case hearing in 2016 and 2017 are now following a new line of attack in questioning the recent determination that construction of the $2.4 billion project has already begun. Read more
The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years coincides with a supermoon this week for quite a cosmic show. Read more
Hawaiian Airlines plans to fill more than 400 positions ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer travel season. Read more
The Hawaii Bicycling League held its #SafeUs Ride and Rally event at the Capitol on Sunday. Read more
Coldwell Banker Realty has announced that Nilda A. Quindara has rejoined the firm in its Leeward office as an independent agent. Prior to joining Coldwell Banker Realty, Quindara served as a Realtor-associate at Century 21-Waikele. She first joined Coldwell Banker Realty in 2014. Read more
Kokua Line: I am looking to hire a window washer. Can I ask whether he’s vaccinated against COVID-19?
Question: My house’s windows haven’t been cleaned since sometime in 2019. Needless to say, that’s long overdue. I would like to hire someone who’s been vaccinated and willing to wear a mask, primarily to protect my 102-year-old mom (even though she has been vaccinated, I’m being super cautious). One guy was honest and said he hasn’t been vaccinated, and he isn’t keen about wearing a mask while he’s working. Another bidder said he had to check with his HR department because he thinks asking people whether they’ve been vaccinated violates HIPAA. Is that true? Read more
Nowadays most of us are leery of taking phone calls from numbers that we don’t recognize. Even though calls have local numbers, chances are the person on the other end of the line sounds like they are at a call center on another continent. They might even claim to be “tech support” from Microsoft or perhaps the IRS. Never mind that you own an Apple computer and your taxes are all paid up. They are here to help you. Read more
In preparation for next year’s planned circumnavigation of the Pacific, two canoes of the Polynesian Voyaging Society set off Wednesday for a training voyage to the Intertropical Convergence Zone, more commonly known by sailors as the doldrums. Read more
The state is spending about $38 million to fund one year of its Safe Travels airport screening program and is making plans to spend another $22 million on top of that even though most U.S. destinations have dropped nearly all of their travel restrictions. Read more
Time is running out for those who need to pay their rent, utilities or mortgage, and the time to take action is now, according to a nonprofit advisory group. Read more
Honolulu prosecutors will charge a 61-year-old Florida suspect in the September 1982 beating and strangulation death of Kathy Hicks, a 25-year-old Delta Air Lines employee, who was on a visit to Honolulu from Atlanta. Read more
The coronavirus crisis in India has some Hawaii residents scrambling to help loved ones and others as the nation deals with a dire shortage of hospital beds, oxygen and other medical essentials. Read more
Of the state’s total infection count, 995 cases are considered active today, down 35 from Saturday. Read more
For more than 40 years, Dennis Mendoza was the leader and keyboardist of the group known first as the Nomads and then as Aura. By either name, it was one of Hawaii’s most powerful Top 40 bands of the 1970s and 1980s. Mendoza died Wednesday at his West Oahu home. He was 70. Read more
More than 400 people, most of them students, received their first doses of coronavirus vaccine Saturday when Hawaii Pacific Health’s COVID-19 Vax Squad Bus visited Punahou School. Read more