US supports legal challenge to Hawaii traveler quarantine

FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo a surfer walks out of the ocean on Oahu’s North Shore near Haleiwa, Hawaii. The U.S. Department of Justice says a traveler quarantine in Hawaii that was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus discriminates against out-of-state residents. The Justice Department has filed a statement of interest in a federal lawsuit filed by Nevada and California residents who own property in Hawaii and are challenging the quarantine mandate. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones,File)

HONOLULU — A quarantine imposed on travelers arriving to Hawaii discriminates against out-of-state residents, the U.S. Department of Justice said in support of a lawsuit challenging the mandate meant to protect the islands against the spread of the coronavirus.