Trans-Pacific quarantine likely extended

HONOLULU — The 14-day quarantine for trans-Pacific travel to Hawai‘i will likely continue through at least the beginning of October, according to a Tuesday announcement from Governor David Ige.

Interisland quarantine coming back

Governor David Ige on Thursday announced the reinstatement of a partial interisland travel quarantine effective Tuesday, Aug. 11, prompted by a statewide surge of COVID-19 cases and discussions with county mayors.

You’ve got ‘til 7 p.m. Saturday

We’re getting down to the wire in Hawai‘i’s first mail-in primary election, and if you’ve been following along with The Garden Island, you know that a team of volunteers in the county Office of the County Clerk Elections Division has already sorted more than 12,000 primary-election ballots.

Kaua‘i confirms two more COVID-19 cases

LIHU‘E —Kaua‘i now has a total of 4 active COVID-19 cases on the island, as two new virus cases were confirmed Tuesday evening, and officials are saying one of the new cases is directly linked to interisland travel.

Polihale closed indefinitely

POLIHALE — Polihale State Park has been closed to the public indefinitely, with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources stating the reason is reckless, illegal behavior and overuse.

Opening Kai Bar, pandemic or not

Raj Denisewicz wasn’t expecting to pick up a coffee from Java Kai on Saturday when he journeyed to Kilauea to check his post office box.

Together, we move forward

Most of us have spent the past 24 hours nailing down roofs and boarding up windows, cutting trees away from power lines — getting ready for impending Hurricane Douglas.

Mayor tightens COVID-19 rules

Mayor Derek Kawakami tightened pandemic emergency rules on Saturday, as the state reported a new single-day record of 73 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Bracing for Douglas amid pandemic

While there are currently zero active cases of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i as of Friday, Hawai‘i reported its second day of record virus cases Friday, with a single-day record of 60 new COVID-19 infections reported.

More cesspools targeted for closure

LIHU‘E — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set closure dates and doled out fines for three more cesspools in Hawai‘i, a continuation of a campaign to replace all of the state’s cesspools by 2050.

Hurricane Lane brought fire, rain to Hawai‘i

LIHU‘E — A recent study led by University of Hawai‘i researchers analyzed the impacts of August 2018 Hurricane Lane, detailing both fire and rain produced as a result of the storm, and how those complications affected emergency response.

Schools reopening face opposition

LIHU‘E — Hawaii State Teachers Association voiced concerns on Tuesday about bringing students back to classrooms, citing a lack of preparation and insufficient pandemic training.

Native species uprooted at museum

Chucky Boy Chock used to take the curious patrons at Kaua‘i Museum out to the native garden to show them the pili grass Native Hawaiians used to make thatch houses with.

Report: Plastic most common beach pollutant

The first annual Beach Cleanup Report has been issued by the Surfrider Foundation, analyzing results from all of the coastal cleanups done nationwide by the organization in 2019.

Report shows increase in flooding nationwide

LIHU‘E — Experts say sea-level rise flooding across U.S. coastlines is increasing, and if the trend continues, the water levels seen during high-tide flooding, also known as king tides, could become the new high-tide mark.

First seabird returns to Nihoku

The first of 87 birds translocated as chicks and fledged from the protected seacliffs of Nihoku at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge has returned after several years at sea.

DOH to issue color-coded placards

LIHU‘E — Restaurants could be shut down by the state if they don’t enforce social distancing or other pandemic guidelines, and the Hawaii Health Department issued a press release Thursday reminding food establishments of the “serious consequences” should they fail to follow the emergency rules.

Breakthrough could boost yellow tang

Scientists in Hawai‘i have made breakthroughs in studies of the popular yellow tang aquarium fish that could lead to a shift to aquaculture for procurement instead of wild catching.