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                                Medical professionals collected samples from people in their cars at the COVID-19 drive-thru test site held at Kakaako Waterfront Park on Sunday, August 9, 2020.
Health Department has new contact tracing leader

Hawaii’s top health officials have turned their much maligned “contact tracing” program over to a new hire, following record numbers of COVID-19 cases and a call for the removal of the state’s health director and epidemiologist. Read more

                                Mufi Hannemann and Colleen Hanabusa
Mufi Hannemann and Colleen Hanabusa may have run last campaigns

Neither former Mayor Mufi Hannemann nor former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will rule out seeking future office, but both of their political careers could be over — especially with a record number of voters who overlooked them in last week’s mayoral primary election. Read more

                                The Watumull’s store on the street level of the Ala Moana Center, Thursday, June 18, 2020.
Hawaii income forecast coming amid troubled economy

The Council on Revenues’ latest projection for Hawaii’s total personal income for the year is scheduled to come out this afternoon amid a precarious economy, in which a $600 weekly federal lifeline for unemployed workers across the country is set to expire this week. Read more

                                Pedestrians walking along N. King Street.
64% polled say Chinatown still feels safe

Honolulu’s original neighborhood — the 52.2-acre parcel of land known as Chinatown — still feels “safe” to 64% of registered voters despite complaints about homelessness, crime and concerns early this year that it could be the source of COVID-19. Read more

                                The skies started to shroud with cloud cover by mid afternoon in Haleiwa on the North Shore on Saturday.
Hawaii residents brace as Hurricane Douglas churns toward islands

Even if Hurricane Douglas arrives with less than a hurricane-force punch, its potential for wind, rain and ocean surges still has people worried about the damage it could cause — especially on east- facing shores of all islands, where the surf is expected to rise to 15 feet. Read more

                                City Clerk Glen Takahashi on Tuesday explained the mail-in ballot available to registered voters.
Hawaii officials hope mail-in vote means fewer glitches

With just about everything different in Hawaii’s 2020 primary, state election officials anticipate that glitches, if any, on Aug. 8 could come from the eight real- time, old-school “voter service centers” in the new era of statewide, mail-in voting. Read more

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