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Happy Camper for Sunday, July 5, 2020

No big gatherings is the message officials encouraged for the Fourth of July as Hawai‘i records more new COVID-19 cases…great time of do those quiet neighborhood walks (Brian Atendido found a pueo, but had no camera, and what new safe beach did Sabrina Bodon find? John Feagans is still trying to get back from Japan — his new re-scheduled date is now in August!).

Bikes are in vogue during pandemic

LIHU‘E – These days Lihu‘e resident Romie Mabyni can be found pedaling around town, biking around his home near Wilcox Elementary School or over to the 7-11 store for a cold drink.

Sailing graduates have fun in the sun

“They love being out on the water,” said Shale Shore, president of the Kaua‘i Sailing Association Friday during graduation-day festivities taking place at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

CAK hands out scholarships

PUHI — The Contractors Association of Kaua‘i announced seven scholarship recipients, and turned over the collection of food and funds collected during a Tuesday afternoon meeting held at Gaylord’s at Kilohana who opened the facility for the occasion.

Texas governor issues mask order to fight coronavirus

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state, a dramatic ramp-up of the Republican’s efforts to control spiking numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 states

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Four U.S. states — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend.

How California went from success story to virus hot spot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California’s mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

2 dozen health clubs disobey Arizona’s gym closure order

PHOENIX — For the third straight day, two dozen health clubs in metro Phoenix were defying Gov. Doug Ducey’s order Thursday to close gyms, raising questions about whether officials who have been criticized for responding indecisively to the pandemic will be effective in shutting down the clubs.