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                                Beretania Florist owner Reece Nakamoto Farinas placed fresh flowers on display Tuesday at the shop in Maikiki to prepare for reopening.
Beretania Florist excited and hopeful to reopen following confusion

Reece Nakamoto Farinas, whose family owns Beretania Florist, had an unpleasant surprise Sept. 15 when his mother got a call from the city’s COVID-19 hotline ordering their business to close immediately because they were violating Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Sept. 8, amended Emergency Order 2020-26, which expired Wednesday night. Read more

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JULY 24
                                Honolulu engineering firm Oceanit is developing a spit-in-cup COVID test and has been selected as a semifinalist in the XPRIZE Foundation’s COVID-19 testing competition. Oceanit CEO and founder Patrick Sullivan shows a virus test kit. 
Oceanit’s new virus test reaches global semifinals

Oceanit’s “spit-in-tube” test, ASSURE-19 — which aims to be easily self-administered, in the manner of a home pregnancy test, and produce a result in three to 10 minutes at an estimated cost of $20 — was selected from a pool of nearly 700 teams. Read more

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                                The Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home is named after World War II veteran Yukio Okutsu, a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
VA issues critical assessment of Hilo veterans home

A team of health care professionals from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued a detailed and sometimes scathing assessment of the sanitary conditions and procedures at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. Read more

COURTESY DLNR
                                The new, rubble-reinforced Royal Hawaiian Groin in Waikiki covers part of the original groin.
New Royal Hawaiian Groin is first of several planned for Waikiki

The construction of a Royal Hawaiian Groin, billed as new but encapsulating the still-intact spine of its 93-year-old predecessor on Waikiki Beach fronting the eponymous pink hotel, is pau, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced in a press release last week. Read more


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