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Worker at Cheesecake Factory Waikiki tests positive for COVID-19

Worker at Cheesecake Factory Waikiki tests positive for COVID-19

By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Cheesecake Factory Waikiki confirmed Friday that one of its staff members tested positive for COVID-19. A staff member told Hawaii News Now they were notified Thursday that a co-worker came to work during the Independence Day weekend feeling feverish. The restaurant is still open, but at least one staffer said they don’t feel safe going to work. “Some of us are upset, and are very uncomfortable at this moment,” said the employee who wanted to remain anonymous, “I myself have decided not to return to work.” The Cheesecake Factory’s Senior Vice...

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Ige: Still no decision on whether to push back plan to reopen tourism

Ige: Still no decision on whether to push back plan to reopen tourism

Caldwell unsure if plan to open Aug. 1 is 'safe enough for everyone' By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After days of discussions with Hawaii’s mayors, the governor still hasn’t made a decision on whether to delay the state’s plan for reopening tourism on Aug. 1. “The mayors and I have had productive meetings this week about the pre-travel testing program,” Gov. Daivd Ige said, in a statement. “We are assessing the current situation in Hawaii and on the mainland, and we’ll make an announcement when we are satisfied that the plans will protect the health and safety of our residents and...

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Juvenile arrested after a Waipahu stabbing

Juvenile arrested after a Waipahu stabbing

By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have launched a second-degree attempted murder investigation after a stabbing Friday. Police said just after 7 p.m., a teenage boy allegedly stabbed a 39-year-old man at a residence along Eleu Street. Sources say the stabbing happened during an argument between the victim and the alleged suspect’s mother. Additional details were limited, but police confirmed the suspect was arrested without incident. At last check Saturday morning, he remained in custody, according to HPD. The victim is expected to recover. This story may be updated....

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Watch top contenders for Honolulu mayor make their case in ‘The Job Interview'

Watch top contenders for Honolulu mayor make their case in ‘The Job Interview'

By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii’s primary election is just a month away, and the five leading candidates for Honolulu mayor are scrambling to make sure their messages are heard at a time when traditional campaigning is impossible and the scale of crisis facing the city is unprecedented. To understand where each of them stand, Hawaii News Now partnered with Honolulu Civil Beat to conduct a one-hour “job interview” of each of the leading contenders for mayor, pressing them on their vision for Oahu, how they’d tackle the problems facing the city, and their approach to leadership....

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Hawaii Legislature passes bill to name suspended police

Hawaii Legislature passes bill to name suspended police

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Legislature passed a police reform bill that would reveal the identities of police officers who have been suspended or discharged. The bill passed Monday would subject police to the same disclosure rules used for other public agency employees, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser . The changes to the Uniform Information Practices Act would require police departments to disclose the officers’ identities after suspension or discharge. The measure would also allow public access to information related to the suspension or discharge of a police officer. The state already names...

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Japanese travel agency extends tour cancellations to Hawaii until Aug. 31

Japanese travel agency extends tour cancellations to Hawaii until Aug. 31

Japanese travel agency extends tour cancellations to Hawaii until Aug. 31 HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Japanese travel agency JTB Hawaii is extending its tour cancellations until Aug. 31, another grim reminder of Japanese tourism at a standstill in Hawaii. JTB Hawaii President Tsuneo Ishida indicated in a letter that the government of Japan won't permit Japanese travel to Hawaii until the mandatory quarantine for international visitors is lifted. "We are hopeful that business will resume back to normal with the 'new normal,' Ishida said in the letter. Japan is the state’s largest...

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Hawaii lawmakers stall funding for 10-story school building

Hawaii lawmakers stall funding for 10-story school building

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers stalled funding for a 10-story public elementary school, preventing a groundbreaking this year for the state’s first vertical public school. Members of the Legislature recently opted not to approve $20 million for the Pohukaina Elementary School and an associated residential tower, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser Sunday. The funding for the estimated $60 million project was planned as a supplemental capital improvement spending authorization running through June 2021. Democratic state Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran, vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means...

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Shrimp poke distributed in Hawaii recalled because of possible contamination

Shrimp poke distributed in Hawaii recalled because of possible contamination

By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Norpac Fisheries Export is recalling fresh shrimp poke distributed in Hawaii from May 11 to June 25 because it might be contaminated with a potentially dangerous bacteria. The product was distributed on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, including at Safeway stores. The poke would have been dished out at the fish counter or deli. To date, no illnesses have been reported. But the FDA said the poke could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious infections to children, the elderly and those with weakened immune...

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Hawaii gym reports member has tested positive for COVID-19

Hawaii gym reports member has tested positive for COVID-19

AIEA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii gym is sending an alert that one of its members tested positive for COVID-19 at one of its locations. The member reportedly went to classes at Egan’s Bootcamp in Aiea in late June but was tested on July 2. The gym said it is directly contacting anyone in those classes: Staff members who were exposed are being tested and will not return to work until they have a negative test result. The gym is also now starting to check the temperatures of all members when they arrive. Copyright 2020 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. 78 Hawaiian Air reported three...

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Honolulu mayor: ‘I am concerned’ about reopening tourism on Aug. 1

Honolulu mayor: ‘I am concerned’ about reopening tourism on Aug. 1

Honolulu Mayor Caldwell: 'I am concerned' about reopening tourism on Aug.1 HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - As the number of COVID-19 cases spikes to double-digits, Honolulu’s mayor said he’s concerned about reopening tourism in less than a month. “I am concerned about opening up on August 1. I think there’s risk involved because we’re inviting people back to our shores from major markets like California, where we see huge spikes in cases,” Caldwell said, in an interview on Hawaii News Now Sunrise. Starting Aug. 1, travelers who come to Hawaii with proof of a negative COVID-19 test ―...

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HPD searching for suspect after drive-by shooting in Kahaluu

HPD searching for suspect after drive-by shooting in Kahaluu

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police are investigating after two young girls were nearly shot while in a vehicle in Kahaluu early Sunday. The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Kahekili Highway and Ahaolele Road. According to police, the girls were in a parked car with their father when someone shot at them. Police sources said the round just missed the 13-year-old and 2-year-old. Police have opened an attempted murder and criminal property damage cases. No arrests have been made yet. This story will be updated. Copyright 2020 Hawaii News Now. All...

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Waipahu Summer Fun employee tests positive for COVID-19

Waipahu Summer Fun employee tests positive for COVID-19

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A city park employee who works at a Summer Fun site in Waipahu and had “minimal” contact with participants has tested positive for COVID-19, authorities said. The city said while the risk of infection is low, all park staff, Summer Fun kids and their family members will be offered a free coronavirus test at any community health center if they don’t have health insurance. The positive test comes just two days after the city reopened its Summer Fun program, which had been modified to follow health and safety guidelines “It is disappointing and also...

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Judge rules Hawaii’s quarantine is reasonable during pandemic

Judge rules Hawaii’s quarantine is reasonable during pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge will not stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, saying in a ruling that the emergency mandate is reasonable during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents tried to stop the quarantine by filing a lawsuit alleging it is unfair and unnecessary. It violates the fundamental right to travel freely, they argued. The quarantine mandate, which applies to out-of-state travelers and Hawaii residents, doesn’t prevent people from traveling and the plaintiffs “have elected not to...

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As more parents return to the office, some face an impossible choice

As more parents return to the office, some face an impossible choice

As more parents return to the office, many find child care near impossible to find By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - As more parents return to the workplace, some are facing an impossible situation as they struggle to find care for their kids or face repercussions at the office. And government workers aren’t immune to the problem. Hawaii News Now spoke anonymously to one employee at the Department of Health who was working from home for three and a half months, but then had to go back to the office. If she didn’t, she was told she’d have to take emergency partially paid leave. “Quite...

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GRAPHIC: Surveillance cameras capture brutal knife attack in Kalihi

GRAPHIC: Surveillance cameras capture brutal knife attack in Kalihi

GRAPHIC: Surveillance cameras capture brutal knife attack in Kalihi By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Surveillance cameras captured a homeless man being brutally stabbed in the chest while sleeping near a busy road in Kalihi. Video showed the victim asleep in a trash bag near Kaiulani Elementary School when he was ambushed by a man with a knife just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. By the time the 41-year-old could turn to see what happened, his attacker was gone. A closer look at the video shows the suspect talking to someone on a bike just minutes before the stabbing. Then he appeared to smoke...

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Ahead of busy holiday weekend, mayor expands mask order in push to prevent spread of virus

Ahead of busy holiday weekend, mayor expands mask order in push to prevent spread of virus

Ahead of busy holiday weekend, mayor expands mask order in push to prevent spread of virus By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The mayor has strengthened his mask order for Oahu, saying they’re now required in all indoor public settings and outdoors if social distancing isn’t possible. Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the order, which takes effect Friday, clarifies his previous mandate while also broadening it. It applies to all private businesses, including indoor offices that do not deal directly with the public. [To read the amended order, .] “You’re required to wear a mask now whether you...

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Nearly 21 pounds of cocaine from Mexico intercepted in Honolulu

Nearly 21 pounds of cocaine from Mexico intercepted in Honolulu

By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made a surprising discovery of a hidden drug stash Wednesday. They intercepted a nearly 21-pound shipment of cocaine in Honolulu. They say the drugs were wrapped up tight in three aluminum blocks that were a part of a shipment labeled “aluminum machinery tools.” Officers found a white powdery substance that later tested positive as cocaine. The package was in transit in Honolulu from Juarez, Mexico heading to Australia. “This particular seizure kind of highlights the means to which the drug traffickers will...

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Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Video compares how well masks stifle a cough (CNN) - Scientists at are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These researchers determined that a bandana was the least effective among the mask options, though better than nothing. They “delivered” a sneeze or cough from a mannequin head wearing varying face coverings and used lasers to detect respiratory droplets. Their results showed that droplets from an uncovered cough were able to travel more than 8 feet. CDC makes plea to young people: Wear masks...

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Wildlife volunteers rescue baby Hawaiian hawk

Wildlife volunteers rescue baby Hawaiian hawk

Wildlife volunteers rescue baby Hawaiian hawk in Hilo HILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A baby io is recovering this week after being found alone in Hilo. Volunteers from the Hawaii Wildlife Center took the baby hawk in after someone found her on the ground. The hawk was checked for any injuries and later cleared by medical staff. “One of our Wheels for Wildlife volunteers met with DOFAW staff to pick up the bird and transport it to our facility,” said an official at the Hawaiian Wildlife Center. “When the bird arrived, we performed an intake exam to check for any injuries or health issues. So...

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City rolls out appointment-only system for bulky item trash pickup to all of Oahu

City rolls out appointment-only system for bulky item trash pickup to all of Oahu

City rolls out appointment-only system for bulky item trash pickup to all of Oahu By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city is expanding its appointment-only bulky item pickup system islandwide starting Wednesday, after piloting the system in urban Honolulu for nearly a year. The appointment-only system will be for residents and multi-unit buildings. “Over time, we worked out the kinks in our new collection program, and it has proved to be more manageable and efficient than our previously bulky item pickup program," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in a news release. "Furthermore, it...

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Pre-orders already sold out for masks sought to help save Iolani Palace

Pre-orders already sold out for masks sought to help save Iolani Palace

Pre-orders already sold out for masks sought to help save Iolani Palace By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -Pre-orders for masks to help Iolani Palace have quickly sold out, according to the website for a local fashion company. The locally-owned company Iolani Inc. decided to sell cloth masks with some special prints to help . Utilities and other costs have totaled more than $600,000 for the former royal residence turned museum. The face masks went for $18 each, and all the proceeds will go to the palace. Iolani Inc. had hoped to raise $20,000 — $10,000 from mask sales and $10,000 donated...

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Unemployment office changes call center hours while new issues delay payments

Unemployment office changes call center hours while new issues delay payments

By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Those unemployed and still waiting for benefits are encountering another issue with the state Department of Labor: The call-in center hours have changed. There are now only three full days that claimants can call in: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hours for the call center are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, incoming calls are taken from 7 a.m. to noon. Then the system switches to outgoing calls only from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays are reserved for outgoing calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The state Department of Labor made the changes a few...

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Daily screenings will now be routine for Honolulu city bus drivers

Daily screenings will now be routine for Honolulu city bus drivers

By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city bus driver who tested positive for COVID-19 On Monday he drove a day shift on the number 40. He then did afternoon to evening runs the rest of the week -- the 88a on Tuesday, the 501 on Wednesday, the 9 on Thursday, and the 42 on Friday. Jonathan Brooks rides the 40 or 42 daily. "Those are the buses that I ride on a regular basis to and from work. I was quite concerned," he said. On Monday Oahu Transit Services, the company that operates The Bus, said its now taking stronger steps to monitor drivers' health. “When our operators and our...

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Some of Abigail Kawananakoa’s items are going up for auction. That’s raising concerns

Some of Abigail Kawananakoa’s items are going up for auction. That’s raising concerns

Some of Abigail Kawananakoa’s items are going up for auction. That’s raising concerns By HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 400 items belonging to Hawaiian royalty descendant Abigail Kawananakoa are headed for the auction block. They include furniture, works of art, silverware and Polynesian artifacts like a Maori jade war club where bidding begins at $185 and a ceremonial stone ax which has a starting price of $104. “It’s actually astonishing and surprising that anyone would have the audacity to sell these private possessions of Ms. Kawananakoa,” said Megan Kau, attorney for...

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Honolulu police chief opposes some reforms for department

Honolulu police chief opposes some reforms for department

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu police chief does not agree with all of the proposed changes expected to pass in upcoming state Legislature police reform bills, she said. Chief Susan Ballard said she does not believe all the measures required to comply with a presidential executive order are necessary at the Honolulu Police Department, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser Sunday. President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 16 that he said would encourage better police practices. Trump’s order would establish a database tracking police officers with excessive use-of-force complaints in their...

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