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An announcement from the Biden administration that it will adopt new international travel policies as soon as November won’t immediately fix Hawaii’s global travel slump, which is still down 97% from pre-pandemic times. Read more
Projects to restore infrastructure damaged in the 2018 Kilauea eruption in Lower Puna are moving ahead, with environmental assessments scheduled to start for work on Highway 137 and Pohoiki Road, including potential restoration of water to Isaac Hale Beach Park, according to Hawaii County officials. Read more
The rules for short-term rentals are looking at a drastic change — increasing the minimum number of days that a property can be rented without a special permit to 180 from 30 — and runs counter to years of talks with homeowners and vacation rental companies. Read more
A federal investigation into a scheme to file false tax returns and then use Hawaii businesses, banks and trusts to launder the refunds resulted in the indictment of two women who allegedly conspired to manage more than $1.6 million in proceeds, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more
University of Hawaii officials are seeking participants for a statewide study on the dietary habits of Native Hawaiian mothers and their babies. Read more
National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists for Hawaii have been named. Read more
Virtually everyone knows that physical activity is an essential component of a healthful lifestyle. But how much and what kinds of activity can make a difference? Do you need a gym membership? Run marathons? Lift weights? Although all of these approaches have benefits, there is one valuable exercise that all of us do every day — at least, if we can walk. Read more
Each week, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser publishes Oahu statistics for marriage licenses and birth certificates filed with the state Department of Health’s Vital Statistics System. Read more
For nearly 75 years, a fairly secluded aquatic recreation area has existed around much of an East Oahu community where an ancient fishpond once stood. Read more
Native Hawaiian leaders call new Oahu tourism plan ‘step in the right direction,’ but execution is key
Volunteers from various sectors impacted by tourism including hotels, businesses, government agencies, and environmental and cultural organizations spent five months working with HTA officials on the Oahu Destination Management Action Plan. Read more
When Kahu Kenneth Makuakane discovered documents at the State Archives detailing his great- grandparents’ journey to immigrate to Hawaii from China many years ago, he said finding that connection helped bring them back to life. Read more
It’s the last Sunday in September and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused: Read more
Question: I thought the boosters were already approved a while ago — my friend got one — but now all I ever hear them talk about is the Pfizer shot. What if I got Moderna? Read more
Gail Nagasako began home-schooling her son on Maui at a time in the 1980s when relatively few were doing that kind of thing. Read more
Hawaii’s deep-set longline fishery could see changes in the way it handles interactions with seabirds after recent field trials showed fishing pole-like “tori lines” are effective at keeping the birds away from fishing gear and bait. Read more
The twin stars in the bucket of the Little Dipper, Holopuni (Kochab) and Hokumau (Pherkad), are good clues for determining latitude in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more
A 32-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly punched a flight attendant twice Thursday in an unprovoked attack on a Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Hilo. Read more
The first major addition of workforce housing on Lanai in over 30 years could break ground late next year following recent approval of a planned subdivision on the former Pineapple Isle. Read more
U.S. Rep. Ed Case said the House passed a defense policy bill that “expresses the sense of Congress” that Hawaii should have discrimination radar coverage against intercontinental ballistic missiles equivalent to Alaska’s long-range discrimination radar. Read more
Thousands of Hawaii residents who were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are now eligible for booster shots, but the state Department of Health is urging that priority be given to those who still haven’t gotten their first or second doses of a vaccine. Read more