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                                Workers mix FDA-regulated hand sanitizer at the Hawai‘i Agricultural Research Center facility in Kunia, Oahu.
A ‘sanitizer hui’ forms to make hand sanitizer for Hawaii coronavirus frontliners

KoHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum has joined the growing ranks of local companies who are making and donating coronavirus-killing, alcohol-based hand sanitizers to healthcare workers, first responders, the elderly, the homeless and workers performing essential services in sectors from food and education to prisons. Read more

                                Though some hiking trails are closed, Kuliouou Ridge Trail, which offers a sweeping view of Hawaii Kai, Koko Crater, Koko Head, Koko Marina and Sandy Beach, is currently open.
Hawaii hiking trails may be open but off-limits in closed parks

When Hawaii Kai resident Lisa Westly checked the Na Ala Hele hiking trails website of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife on Thursday, she was happy to see the Hawaii Loa Ridge trail, a nearby favorite, was open, despite the closure of several city and state parks to counter the coronavirus’ spread. Read more

                                Dive Oahu and Surf employee Keith Munson instructed Samantha Sumner, 12, Wednesday during a surf lesson at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki.
Unauthorized vendors fill a gap left by departing city beach concessions

Despite Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s announcement Wednesday that the city’s parks would be closed the next day, there were at least 100 tourists enjoying Kuhio Beach Park on Thursday morning, according to Dave Carvalho of the city concession Pacific Island Beach Boys, who was waiting to hear whether the city Department of Enterprise Serv­ices would order his concession to close that day. Read more

                                Chase and Kaitlin, who declined to give their last names, relaxed in hammocks at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki on Wednesday. Waikiki was busy with beachgoers enjoying the first day of sun after days of rain. Later in the day, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that city parks and facilities will be closed through April 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus complicates Hawaii ocean activities

Before Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell closed city and beach parks on Wednesday afternoon, incoming ripples generated by the COVID-19 pandemic had been presaging a wave of change for Hawaii’s oceangoers. Read more

                                From left to right: Surf leaders Carol Philips, “Banzai” Betty Depolito, Sabrina Brennan, Rep. Lauren Cheape Matsumoto, Keala Kennelly, Honolua Blomfield and Carol Moore (Carissa Moore’s mother) were honored by state representatives today.
Hawaii women surfers and advocates honored at Capitol

March is National Women’s History Month, so Hawaii State Representatives Lauren Matsumoto and Sean Quinlan took the opportunity to honor women who’ve made history in surfing, Hawaii’s native-born sport, at the Capitol today. Read more

                                Arthur S.K. Fong met his wife Victoria K.Y. Chun Fong, right, while studying at the University of Michigan. Fong died Feb. 23 at age 95.
Former Honolulu judge lived a life that mattered

Honolulu attorney and former state Circuit Court Judge Arthur S.K. Fong died peacefully Feb. 23 after receiving last rites, surrounded by his family, said his son Peter Fong. Read more

                                Mililani High School students were sent home early Monday following a stabbing incident on campus. The suspect was taken into custody. The two injured students were sent to a hospital with serious injuries.
Mililani student allegedly stabs 2 classmates

Students at Mililani High School were outside at recess Monday morning when they heard screams a classroom building where two students were apparently stabbed by another student. Read more

New online tool can help in preserving places

When it comes to historic preservation, landscapes as well as structures can hold profound cultural, religious and historical value, according to Kiersten Faulkner, executive director of the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. Read more

                                Removal of a metal gate has restored access to and from Leahi Beach Park and a waterfront walkway.
Walkway access to beach parks restored

Standing in rain jackets beneath the dripping trees of Leahi Beach Park at Diamond Head on a stormy Monday afternoon, Alex Drouin, Charlene Caron and Mark Smith smiled and gesticulated with joy at the removal of the metal fence that had barred access between the park and a waterfront walkway since Christmas Eve. Read more

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