Hawaii health officials testing 3 more specimens for possible omicron variant

The Hawaii Department of Health said today that its Laboratories Division is performing whole genome sequencing on three more COVID-19 specimens that may potentially be the omicron variant. The specimens had the same molecular clues indicating that they may be the omicron variant, similar to the one detected on Thursday...
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Military families without clean water, sick after petroleum detected in water near Pearl Harbor

U.S. Navy spouse Megan Kilpatrick woke up in her home on the Hawaiian island of Oahu at 2 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving violently ill. "I first attributed it to food poisoning. I was in bed all day, I had severe stomach pains," Kilpatrick told TODAY. "On Saturday, our friend had texted us and said, 'Have you smelled your water? Does your water smell bad?'"

Rare blizzard warning issued in Hawaii

A blizzard is forecasted for this weekend in Hawaii. Yes, you read that right. Up to 12 inches of snow are possible in the Aloha State's mountain summits with wind gusts of more than 100 miles per hour. A blizzard warning is in effect until 6 a.m. on Sunday. The...

14-year-old girl reported missing in Hawaii Kai is located

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu CrimeStoppers said a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing from Hawaii Kai has been located. Police said Bray Keliihoomalu returned to her home Thursday night on her own. Copyright 2021 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Hawaii’s congressional delegation wants Gov. Ige to request a presidential emergency declaration over Red Hill

Hawaii’s four congressional delegates want Gov. David Ige to request a presidential emergency declaration over the Red Hill contaminated water crisis. In a joint message, U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie K. Hirono and Reps. Ed Case and Kai Kahele, all Democrats, said it is “clear that the Navy has failed to manage its fuel operations, including Red Hill, to a standard that protects the health and safety of the people of Hawaii.”

Hawai‘i Department of Health laboratory detects Omicron variant in Hawai‘i

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s (DOH) State Laboratories Division (SLD) confirms the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, also known as the Omicron variant, has been detected in the islands. “This isn’t reason for panic, but it is reason for concern. It’s a reminder the pandemic is ongoing. We need to...

Hawaii’s tourism industry sees hope with return of cruise ships and meetings

Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Group, Viking and Resident at Sea have expressed interest in resuming Hawaii sailings in 2022, ending a nearly two-year hiatus following a pandemic-related no-sail order from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser!. You're reading a premium story. Read...

Hawaii family sues maker of electric hydrofoil surfboard over youth surf champion’s injury

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island family is suing the maker of an electronic hydrofoil surfboard after an accident left a champion youth surfer permanently disfigured. The lawsuit claims the 10-year-old’s thumb was severed after it became lodged in the board’s propeller. The boy was airlifted to Pali Momi on Oahu for surgery but his thumb could not be saved.

More than 20 nations expected in 2022 for RIMPAC exercise in Hawaii

More than 20 nations and 25,000 personnel are expected to participate in RIMPAC maritime exercises in Hawaii from late June to early August, the Navy said today. Despite ongoing COVID-19 and a reduced 2020 effort, the planning marks a return to the grand scale of the interoperability and combat drills of 2018. The prestigious Rim of the Pacific exercises are held every two years.