Articles by Audrey McAvoy

Hawaii’s Governor Wants Tighter Rules After Virus Surge

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he wants to reimpose some limits on gatherings and bars to control the spread of the coronavirus as the state reported a record 109 new cases of the disease. The governor said he agrees with …

Hawaii’s Battle is Now Complacency Following Another Hurricane Near-Miss

Hurricane Douglas joined a long list of hurricanes that have come near the Hawaiian Islands but didn’t cause major damage. Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said such experiences unfortunately help people become complacent and think disaster will never strike them. “What …

Hawaiian Islands Avoided Direct Hit From Hurricane Douglas

Hawaii avoided a direct hit from Hurricane Douglas and the Category 1 storm was swirling just north of the island chain. The Central Pacific Warning Center lifted the hurricane warning on Monday for the island of Kauai, the final remaining …

Tropical Storm Drenches Hawaii With Rain

A gradually weakening tropical storm hit Hawaii on Wednesday, soaking a part of Maui and sending gusts of wind that toppled trees and cancelled flights at a number of airports in the state. Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa urged residents and …

Kilauea Generates Toxic Gas Plume Called Laze

The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island’s southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction. The molten rock started pouring into the …

115 Homes in Hawaii Destroyed or Damaged by Heavy Rains

Last month’s record rains destroyed or did major damage to 115 homes on Kauai and Oahu islands, the state of Hawaii said Wednesday as it sought a disaster declaration from the president. The cost of emergency work and damage to …

Panic Gripped Hawaii After False Missile Alert

The second recent blunder in Hawaii’s planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack left islanders shaken after an emergency alert warning of an imminent strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones. For nearly 40 minutes people waited. Then …

Hawaiian Lawmakers Seeking to Get Vacation Rental Data

Hawaii lawmakers may create a group to develop a way to collect data on how vacation rentals affect Hawaii’s tax revenue, housing supply and brand as a visitor destination. The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed a bill to set …

Hawaii Officials Warn of Raw Food Risk After Hepatitis A Outbreak

Hawaii authorities are urging diners to be aware of the risks of eating raw and undercooked food after they traced a hepatitis A outbreak to frozen scallops served raw at a sushi restaurant chain. State Department of Health Sanitation Branch …

Lava on Track To Hit Gas Station, Stores in Hawaii

Lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said. Lava is about 1 mile from the shopping center in …