Neighbor island schools to start with distance learning

Big Island public schools will implement 100% distance learning for at least the first four weeks of instruction, as will most other schools on the neighbor islands, the state Department of Education announced today. During the transition to distance learning, school leaders will assess plans for the rest of the quarter, the DOE said in…

HSTA reports COVID-19 case at Hilo Intermediate

The Hawaii State Teachers Association said today that COVID-19 has been reported at five schools in Hawaii since Aug. 6, including Hilo Intermediate School. The HSTA held a news conference this afternoon, which can be viewed online at According to the HSTA, there have been at least nine campuses with COVID-19 in the last…

DOH reports 118 new COVID-19 cases today, 2 on Big Island

The state Department of Health reported 118 new COVID-19 cases today. That raises the overall statewide total to 3,756. Today’s new cases include 133 on Oahu, two on Hawaii Island and four on Maui and Kauai, according to DOH. One cases was re-categorized from Honolulu to the Big Island, and one Honolulu case was removed…

DOH: 140 new COVID-19 cases reported statewide, 3 new deaths

The state Department of Health reported 14- new COVID-19 cases today. That raises the overall statewide total to 3,638. Today’s new cases include 138 on Oahu and one each on Maui and Kauai, according to DOH. There are also three new deaths, bring the total of coronavirus-related fatalities to 34. No information on those deaths…

County mulls suing companies for damage caused by climate change

The county will consider filing a lawsuit against fossil fuel companies for damages caused by climate change. While the Hawaii County Council passed a resolution last Wednesday to join a lawsuit by the City and County of Honolulu against a collective of fossil fuel companies, Hawaii County Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela said last week that…

Two council races will be decided in November

Races for two County Council seats will be decided in runoffs during the Nov. 3 general election. Longtime former councilman and former County Council Chairman Dominic Yagong led in a crowded race for the District 1 seat representing Hamakua currently held by Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, who is term-limited. Yagong received 37% of votes after eliminating…

DOH: 152 new coronavirus cases today, three on Big Island

The state Department of Health reported 152 new COVID-19 cases today. That raises the overall statewide total to 3,498. Today’s new cases include 147 on Oahu, three on Big Island and one each on Maui and Kauai, according to DOH. Hawaii County Civil Defense said this morning that there are 12 active Big Island cases.…

Roth, Marzo leading the pack for mayor: County prosecutor and political newcomer heading for runoff

Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth and political newcomer Ikaika Marzo were headed for a Nov. 3 runoff for Hawaii County mayor, judging from early returns in the state’s first all-mail election that had voters participating in record numbers. With all ballots counted except those received Friday and Saturday, Roth had 19,168 votes or 32%, compared…

Kapela, Ilagan bring new blood to Democrat House races

When the state Legislature reconvenes in 2021, Puna will have new representation in both the Senate and House. With most of the votes counted in the first and second printouts, state Rep. Joy San Buenaventura won the Democratic primary by a landslide for the District 2 Senate seat currently occupied by Island Naturals owner Russell…

Kona’s wet summer continues

Rainfall continues to be plentiful over the Kona slopes with mostly above-average rainfall totals recorded during July. Nine of the 10 rain gauges in the North Kona and South Kona districts saw more than 115% of average rainfall during July. The Kona area experiences its rainy season during the summer months, which is the dry…

Oahu moves to online-only classes; Kishimoto to meet with neighbor island officials

Oahu schools will temporarily move to online classes only when the school year starts — and the neighbor islands could follow suit. Gov. David Ige announced Friday that, in light of an ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases centered on Oahu — as well as a series of new restrictions on Oahu to combat that surge…

UH-Hilo pushes back on student restrictions

As the state prepares to reinstate interisland travel restrictions next week to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators at the University of Hawaii at Hilo have pushed back against further restrictions for out-of-state students. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim on Thursday told the Tribune-Herald he urged the university and Gov. David Ige to suspend in-person attendance…

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