Evolving ideas on opening safely

Hawai’i is now not only one of the most beautiful places in the world but also one of the most COVID-free. The big question everyone is grappling with is how to safely reopen our economy with limited tourism.

More quarantine-related arrests on Oahu

HONOLULU – A student attending college in Hawai‘i was arrested this morning by Special Agents from the Investigation Division of the Dept. of the Attorney General. 21-year-old Venasio Vaipulu was reported by a witness.

New food pick up hours

NAWILIWILI — Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank announces new emergency food pickup hours for the month of June.

Gymnastics, dance combine forces

PUHI — June 1 marked a new page for Kaua‘i Gymnastics Academy — when the handover from Jack and Kay Leonard to Tiffany and Pono Dick of the Aloha Dance Studio is complete.

Beach safety, now

LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami said the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how important Kaua‘i’s beaches are to the community, Monday during the announcement of June 1 through 7 being Hawai‘i Beach Safety Week.

Mexico president kicks off ‘new normal’ phase amid pandemic

CANCUN, Mexico — Amid a pandemic and a brewing tropical storm, Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador kicked off Mexico’s return to a “new normal” Monday with his first road trip in two months as the nation began to gradually ease some virus-inspired restrictions.

Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

WASHINGTON — Congress convened Monday confronting protests outside its door, and across the nation, over the treatment of black people in the United States. The civil unrest combined with the COVID-19 crisis that’s disproportionately striking African Americans sparked an urgent plea for understanding from some leaders as the world watches a nation in turmoil.

The Salvation Army accepting donated goods

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center will be accepting donations on Friday, June 19, in Lihu‘e, at the county Kaua‘i Resource Center at the Lihu‘e transfer station, 3460 Ahukini Rd., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

YB wants to stop hauling small loads

Young Brothers shipping company is seeking permission to discontinue less-than-container-load shipping of goods to and from Kaua‘i, according to a request recently submitted to the state Public Utilities Commission.

New strategies for business owners

On May 8, Divine Planet business owners Mike McGinnis and Sonja McGinnis opened their doors for the first time since they were forced to close due to the pandemic and, since then, their sales have been about 5% or 10% of what they were before businesses were closed.

Happy Camper for Monday, June 1, 2020

Rhonda Cabelo said the one nice thing about Police, Pastors & Platters at the Puakea Golf Course is how the event brings all the people together — living together, working together and getting through this COVID thing.

Wedding photographer gives back

Mallory Roe, a professional photographer and creator of Vows With Views Photography, is still in business after 100% of her bookings from mid-March though the end of August were canceled or postponed.