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Gov. David Ige speaks at a State Capitol news conference Tuesday about the first confirmed corona-virus related death in Hawaii. “This is a difficult time for everyone in Hawaii, and I know you join me in mourning the passing of one of our neighbors to a virus that is threatening our community, other communities all around the world,” he said.

Hawaii sees first death from novel coronavirus

Hawaii sees first death from novel coronavirus


                                A Hawaiian Airlines B-717 took off at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Hawaiian Airlines to provide free flights for medical professionals in new coronavirus interisland flight schedule

Starting April 4, Hawaiian Airlines will make 16 daily roundtrip flights between Honolulu and Hilo and Kona on Big Island; Kahului on Maui; and Lihue on Kauai. Read more

911 Report

Motorcycle crash sends man, 65, to hospital in critical condition

Honolulu police say a 65-year-old man was taken to a hospital in critical condition on Sunday after he crashed his motorcycle in Waialua. Read more

Vital Statistics

Vital statistics: March 13-19, 2020

Each week, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser publishes Oahu statistics for marriage licenses and birth certificates filed with the state Department of Health’s Vital Statistics System. Read more

Kokua Line

                                Car, driving.
Kokua Line: Honolulu County working on fixes for motor vehicle renewals with expired safety check

Question: I know the state extended the safety checks, but did they extend the motor vehicle registrations, too? Read more

Lee Cataluna

                                The city promised all city park restrooms would reopen Wednesday but as of Thursday morning most remain closed, including the bathroom at Waianae district park, which is relied on by residents at Puuhonua encampment.
Lee Cataluna: Public restrooms critical for some

Staying home during this health emergency is hard. It is especially hard on those who don’t have a home. Read more

Incidental Lives

Incidental Lives: Family-run business thrives on a set of old-school values

If you want to do business with Miller Industries, you’ll need to pick up the phone and have an actual conversation with an actual human being or, better, stop by the shop on Kalihi Street, where you can have that same actual conversation face to face with one of those human beings. Read more


                                Gov. David Ige held a press conference in the state Capitol rotunda on March 21, announcing the 14-day quarantine for arrivals.
David Shapiro: If the coronavirus hasn’t driven you bonkers yet, this might help

Public leaders have advised us to find what routine we can to maintain our sanity in these dreadful times, so … it’s the last Sunday in March and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused — mostly the latter. Read more

Facts of the Matter

                                A balloon flies near the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, on the Spring equinox, early Thursday, March 21, 2019.
Column: Many factors affect timing of spring, autumn equinoxes

Equinox derives from Latin for “equal night,” actually referring to equal length of day and night. It is not true that day and night are exactly the same length everywhere around the globe, but they are nearly. Read more

Volcanic Ash

                                Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders debated each other March 15 at CNN Studios in Washington. The location had been changed and audience canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
David Shapiro: Coronavirus takes our political debates back to the future

The coronavirus is forcing us to change our ways of doing things — often causing hardship, but in some instances bringing change that turns out for the better, such as the stripped-down debate format. Read more


Skywatch: Catch meteor shower and supermoon in April

April welcomes the sun back to the northern hemisphere and the star family Kaiwikuamo‘o, the Backbone, back to the spring night sky. Read more

Ocean Watch

                                The kolea population is unknown because the last census was in 1968. With a new website started,, the public can contribute sightings to get an estimate on the population size.
Ocean Watch: Citizen scientists needed to track kolea in Hawaii

This is not a farewell column. It’s a see-you-soon-in-another-place column. I wish everyone the best in these challenging times, and look forward to continuing our connection. Read more

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