Global warming’s extreme rains threaten Hawaii’s coral reefs

HONOLULU — As muddy rainwater surged from Hawaii’s steep seaside mountains and inundated residential communities last month, the damage caused by flooding was obvious — houses were destroyed and businesses swamped, landslides covered highways and raging rivers and streams were clogged with debris.

Airport COVID-19 testers ousted

Hawaii County ousted Premier Medical Group from its COVID-19 testing program at the island’s three major airports, uprooting more than 100 workers with less than a week’s notice, and brought in another vendor on an emergency two-week, $508,200 contract.

Hawaiian Electric warns customers to watch for scams

Hawaiian Electric is advising customers to be wary of scammers using scare tactics and trickery, pretending to be the utility and threatening to disconnect customers’ electric service unless “overdue” bills are cleared with prepaid debit cards.