Four seals go back to Midway Atoll

KONA — Four Hawaiian monk seals were successfully released last Wednesday on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge after rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and visitor center in Kailua-Kona that is dedicated to the endangered marine mammal.

New case travel-related

The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office Sunday reported one new positive case of COVID-19. This is the only active case on Kaua‘i at this time, and the cumulative total of cases to date is now 48.

On to the general election

Kaua‘i voter turnout was slightly less than the statewide turnout for the primary election, but 49% of registered voters had their ballots counted on Kaua‘i.

DOCARE patroling Flat Island

So far, on the first day of closures for O‘ahu offshore islands, the Aha o Laku sandbar in Kane‘ohe Bay and state parks, officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) have issued warnings to 10 kayakers who made illegal landings on Flat Island (Popoia) off Kailua.

Protect against elder fraud

AARP Hawai‘i is holding a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. aimed at protecting kupuna from financial fraud and exploitation.

Portions of Hanapepe to lose water service next week

The county Department of Water has revised the affected service area for the scheduled water service shutdown to include: a portion of Hanapepe Road from Ko Road to Hana Road; Pa Lane, Kona Road, Koula Road, Pepe Road and a portion of Kaumuali‘i Highway between Hana Road and Puna Road.

‘Green Flash’ winner announced

Jane Goldsmith is the winner of the green flash book-cover competition, held by author and owner of DAWN Enterprises/TropicBird Press, Dawn Fraser Kawahara.

HHSAA postpones start of moderate- to high-risk fall sports

The Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association executive board approved by majority vote to postpone the start of moderate- and high-risk fall sports to January 2021, which affects cheerleading, cross country, football, and girls volleyball.

Kekahu Foundation/KKCR accepting board applications

The Kekahu Foundation, which operates KKCR — Kaua‘i’s independent, non‐commercial, listener-supported community radio station with studios in Princeville — is accepting applications for candidates for the foundation’s board of directors.

State has paid $2.6B in jobless claims

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Thursday announced updated unemployment insurance claims information, including paying $2,620,848,963 for 2,464,674 weeks claimed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 1.

COVID quarantine violation in Wainiha

LIHU‘E – Kaua‘i police arrested 64-year-old Michael Rowan of Wainiha on Tuesday for violating Hawai‘i’s 14-day quarantine emergency rules pertaining to COVID-19. The quarantine requires that all trans-Pacific travelers stay in an approved accommodation for 14 days, including having food delivered, except for emergency medical purposes.

Inter-island quarantine requested

LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek Kawakami, along with Mayors Harry Kim and Mike Victorino, are requesting Governor David Ige reinstate the 14-day quarantine for inter-island travel after the state reported 900 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week.