State Health Department confirms omicron variant XE detected in Hawaii.
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Health Department confirms omicron variant XE detected in Hawai‘i
The recombinant Covid-19 omicron variant XE, first identified in the United Kingdom, has been detected in Hawai‘i, according to the state Department of Health. DOH’s State Laboratories Division, in its latest variant report, confirmed one case of XE — which contains genetic material derived from the variants BA.1 and BA.2 — on O‘ahu after sequencing a specimen collected in March. Officials believe that the variant is about 10% more transmissible than BA.2
Local high school prohibits lei giving at upcoming graduation ceremony
In a letter sent by the Department of Education to parents this week, it announced that Baldwin High School in Wailuku will not allow lei and gift giving before, during, or after the ceremony. Officials have not indicated if it is for health and safety precautions.
Hours-long barricade situation in Kapahulu ends with suspect in custody
Officers responded to the scene at 4:15 a.m. when they received reports about a man with an outstanding warrant who was possibly armed in an apartment complex. The suspect was arrested at 12:30 p.m.
Drought Disaster designated for Maui and Hawaiʻi Counties, allowing emergency farm loans
The United States Department of Agriculture has designated Maui County and Hawai‘i County as primary natural disaster areas as a result of drought, making farm operators in both counties eligible for emergency loans and other Farm Service Agency assistance. The deadline to apply for the emergency drought loans is Dec. 8.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES
Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 Announces Public Programming for Closing Weekend
The triennial is preparing for its final weeks of public programming through May 8. Pacific Century – E Ho‘omau no Moananuiākea explores complex themes of the history, place, and identity of Hawaiʻi across seven venues, including Bishop Museum, Foster Botanical Garden, Hawaii Theatre Center, Hawai‘i State Art Museum, Iolani Palace, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Royal Hawaiian Center. Featuring 43 artists and collectives with more than 60 participants, the exhibition showcases internationally-renowned cultural figures alongside multiple generations of Hawai‘i-based artists.
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Bright colors of orange and yellow shine during sunset in Kealakekua, Hawaiʻi.
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