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                                Gov. David Ige said Thursday that he might have to delay relaunch of trans- Pacific tourism.

More restrictions on the horizon to fight COVID-19 on Oahu

More restrictions on the horizon to fight COVID-19 on Oahu


                                Woman grieving.
Bill for victims of sexual harassment needs governor’s OK

A bill that strengthens protections for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace has been approved by the state Legislature and awaits the governor’s approval. Read more

911 Report

                                Honolulu Fire Dept.
Honolulu firefighters with coronavirus now at 14

Three more Honolulu firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19, the Honolulu Fire Department confirmed Saturday, bringing the total number of HFD firefighters with the virus up to 14. Read more

Vital Statistics

Vital statistics: July 30-Aug. 6, 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

                                The Unemployment Insurance Claims office is seen on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Kokua Line: Hawaii not yet sold on jobless aid that leaves out residents at low end of state benefit

Question: When will we get the extra $400 a week President Trump promised for unemployment? Read more

Lee Cataluna

                                A Honolulu Rail Transit train is seen parked at the Halaulani Rail Station at Leeward Community College.
Lee Cataluna: Work from home era may leave rail behind

What if one of the after­-effects of COVID-19 is that Oahu doesn’t need rail as much anymore? 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


                                Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, left, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige listen to questions during a press conference on Hurricane Douglas on Saturday.
David Shapiro: Local leaders take ‘Hokey Pokey’ path to COVID control

It’s the last Sunday in July and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused: Read more

Facts of the Matter

                                Scientists believe that dogs domesticated themselves by hanging around ancient humans’ camps waiting for scraps. It’s likely the two species evolved side-by-side. A man and woman walk their dog along the Schauinsland mountain near Freiburg, Germany.
Column: Scientists still seek point when wolves became dogs

Dog is man’s best friend, but for how long humans and dogs have been living together is a very combative and controversial field, “more that any other subject in prehistory” according to one researcher. Read more

Volcanic Ash

                                State Health director Dr. Bruce Anderson.
Volcanic Ash: Time to do it all over again on COVID — right this time

Hawaii has become the latest case study of how fleeting success can be in controlling the coronavirus. Read more


Comet, meteor shower light up August nights

August brings the third of the four star families to the eastern 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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