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                                Norman Lee, owner of Jack’s Restaurant, stood Wednesday in front of the damaged entry to the restaurant — one of three in Aina Haina broken into and robbed earlier in the day.
Thieves target East Oahu in smash-and-grabs

Honolulu police are investigating a rash of early morning burglaries where perpetrators smashed glass doors and took cash registers at several small restaurants in East Honolulu. Read more

                                The Hawaii Tourism Authority wants to create an urban trail in Honolulu similar to Boston’s Freedom Trail. People walk past Faneuil Hall, right, one of the historic sites on Boston’s Freedom Trail.
Creation of Honolulu urban trail part of $14 million tourism recovery plan

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is working on a plan to spend $14 million in COVID-19-era federal funding from the Economic Development Administration that includes development of a Honolulu urban trail that would use virtual reality and other smart features to connect people to points of interest and businesses along the path. Read more

                                The Hawaii State Hospital’s new, 144-bed psychiatric facility sat empty for more than a year.
New Hawaii State Hospital faces more delays

State health officials say they face additional delays in moving patients into the Hawaii State Hospital’s new, 144-bed psychiatric facility, after assuring state lawmakers in early April that all the patients would be moved in by this month. Read more

                                Construction of the elevated guideway of Hono­lulu’s rail system continues near the Kalihi Transit Center on Middle Street.
Oahu rail recovery plan advances at City Council

The new rail recovery plan that would notably shorten the route and delay the construction of the Pearl Highlands parking garage advanced out of the Honolulu City Council Transportation, Sustainability and Health Committee on Tuesday. Read more

                                Students and visitors strolled the mall at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.
University of Hawaii reinstates indoor masking

Amid the statewide COVID-19 surge, Hawaii’s public schools have reported a ninth straight week of increases in campus cases, and the University of Hawaii, starting today, is reinstating an indoor mask requirement across its 10- campus system. Read more

                                Tourists lined up Monday to order from a food truck parked near Waikiki Beach.
States diverge in approach to case surge

A high school prom in Hawaii where masked dancers weren’t allowed to touch. A return to virtual city council meetings in one Colorado town after the mayor and others tested positive following an in-person session. A reinstated mask mandate at skilled nursing facilities in Los Angeles County after 22 new outbreaks in a single week. Read more

                                A home COVID-19 test kit is held.
Kokua Line: Are expiration dates for iHealth COVID-19 tests extended?

Question: When free at-home COVID-19 tests were first delivered by mail at the beginning of this year, the “use by” date for some kits was only a few months away, and Kokua Line shortly thereafter reported that the expiration date for the CareStart brand was extended by three months from the date printed on the box. Read more

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