Hawaii Health Department offers grants for nursing homes to purchase equipment for in-person visits

The Hawaii Department of Health is making federal coronavirus aid funds available to skilled nursing facilities to acquire equipment for in-person visits from relatives and friends.

A total of $135,000 is available to skilled nursing facilities that are Medicare-certified, according to health officials. The facilities may apply for grants up to $3,000 for equipment such as clear barriers for indoor visits and tents for outdoor visits.

“It has been an especially difficult time for residents of skilled nursing facilities who have been separated from their family and friends for months because of necessary restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Keith Ridley, chief of the Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance, which regulates skilled nursing facilities, in a news release. “The equipment will offer a way for families to safely see each other again without putting each other’s health and wellbeing at risk.”

This past

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Hawaii Reopens, Trump’s Helicopter For Sale, An International Tipping Guide And More

Hawaii reopened to American tourists in October, provided they present a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival and take another test within 72 hours of departure. Hotels and restaurants, however, are operating on their own timetables. Many luxury resorts are opening this week while others are welcoming guests in time for the holidays. Here’s what you need to know about traveling to Hawaii.

The dream of high-speed transportation that can go from Los Angeles to San Francisco or New York to Washington in about 30 minutes, got a little closer to reality this week when Virgin Hyperloop took its first human passengers for a ride on its test track in Las Vegas.

It’s not exactly Marine One, but a helicopter reportedly owned by Donald Trump is now for sale. The Sikorsky s76-B was manufactured in 1989 and has flown some 6,200 hours. In addition

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Cause of Hawaii Kai condo fire unknown

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    Area residents were evacuated from the Naniwa Gardens Condominium at 6750 Hawaii Kai Drive folowing a fire on Tuesday night.

The cause of the Tuesday evening condo fire in Hawaii Kai is undetermined, the Honolulu Fire Department announced this afternoon.

HFD acting spokesman Carl Otsuka said that the fire burned so hot that fire investigators were unable to determine where it originated within the condominium unit that was gutted by the fire.

The fire at Naniwaya Gardens, located at 6750 Hawaii Kai Drive, was contained to a single unit, unit 603, in which two dogs died from the fire, HFD said.

Damage was estimated at $360,000 to the unit and $40,000 to the contents. Multiple units above and below have varying degrees of smoke, heat and water damage, HFD said.

The unit resident was not home at the time of the 5:41 p.m. fire, which

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2 dogs die in raging fire at a Hawaii Kai condo

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Firefighters rushed to the scene of a fire at an apartment complex in Hawaii Kai Tuesday evening.



a close up of a tree: The unit was fully engulfed in flames Tuesday evening.


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The unit was fully engulfed in flames Tuesday evening.

Crews were called out around around 5:45 p.m. to the building along Hawaii Kai Drive.

The fire broke out in a 6th floor unit within the Naniwa Gardens complex. Neighbors said the unit was engulfed in flames as smoke billowed out.

Despite not having a fire sprinkler system, HFD said the flames were contained to a single unit.

“I saw the building next door burning down, it was crazy,” witness Kevin Lowry said. “I mean it looks pretty bad. Looks like only one place that has damage, which is good.”

Police closed off a portion of Hawaii Kai Drive as more than 60 firefighters worked to get the fire extinguished.

Officials said no one was

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Hawaii Kai condo fire displaces residents

  • A condo fire in Hawaii Kai displaced residents this afternoon, but no injuries were reported.

    Courtesy Laurel Ackerson

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                                Fire damage is seen at Naniwa Gardens.

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    Fire damage is seen at Naniwa Gardens.

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                                Fire crews responded to a fire at Naniwa Gardens this evening.

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    Fire crews responded to a fire at Naniwa Gardens this evening.

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                                Residents waited outside of Naniwa Gardens this evening.

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    Residents waited outside of Naniwa Gardens this evening.

A condo fire in Hawaii Kai displaced residents this afternoon, but no injuries were reported.

A resident of Naniwa Gardens, on 6750 Hawaii Kai Dr., entered her 12th floor unit around 5:30 p.m. today and immediately smelled the smoke.

“I came home from my parents house. … I walked into the apartment, smelled something a little bit smoky, like a grill, but we don’t do grills on the balcony,” said Laurel Ackerson, later clarifying that grilling is prohibited on balconies at the complex.

Ackerson grabbed her two cats, Cole and Porter,

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Report: Pilot in Hawaii plane crash had risk-taking history

HONOLULU – The pilot of a plane that crashed and killed all 11 on board had a history of taking unnecessary risks and pushing the limits of his skills to give passengers an exciting ride, witnesses told federal officials.

The docket released Wednesday contains reports from a National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the 2019 plane crash that became one of the deadliest civil aviation accidents in the United States over the past decade.

The NTSB reports did not provide a specific cause for the crash. They did note that two skydivers boarded the flight at the last minute. There were also reports that outlined repairs made to the plane after a previous accident in 2016.

Witnesses and other pilots, including Anthony “Tony” Skinner, a former pilot at the same parachute company, who said the accident pilot, Jerome Renck, sometimes flew aggressively and took risks that he wasn’t trained for.

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Hundreds of dogs, cats being flown from Hawaii to Seattle to find homes

The Maui Humane Society is working with Greater Good Charities and Wings of Rescue to send over 600 pets to the mainland on the “Paws Across the Pacific” flight.

SEATTLE — Shelters in Hawaii are sending hundreds of dogs and cats to Seattle as the the islands struggle to find room for the animals as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Maui Humane Society is working with Greater Good Charities and Wings of Rescue to send over 600 pets to the mainland on the “Paws Across the Pacific” flight.

The animals are scheduled to arrive at Boeing Field in Seattle Thursday.

Some animals will go to shelters and humane societies in Washington state. The flight will also stop in Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the “Wings of Aloha” transfer program was on pause for over six months leaving island shelters overcrowded and outsourced.

“We’ve been

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees puts Hawaii condo on market

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NFL quarterback Drew Brees has put his Hawaii townhouse up for sale for $2.05 million.

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is looking to unload is Hawaii townhouse on the island of Kauai … for a somewhat reasonable price for those who have an extra $2.05 million hidden in their couch cushions.

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View of the ocean. Screen grab courtesy of Realtor.com

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The townhome, listed on Corcoran Pacific Properties and realtor.com, features views of the sun reflecting off the Pacific, which can be seen from almost every room in the 2,864-square-foot house in Princeville.

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Views of the ocean. Screen grab courtesy of Realtor.com

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Bathroom Screen grab courtesy of Realtor.com

Originally, Brees bought the 3 bed, 3.5 bath house in 2007 for $2.26 million, SF Gate reported. Not only does it offer gorgeous views of the water, but a nearby golf course offers a nice green contrast.

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Terminating the Co-Ownership of Hawaii Real Property

There are times when co-owners of Hawaii real property are engaged in a dispute and no longer wish to continue co-ownership of such property, or one party is no longer making payments on the mortgage and the paying party wants to remove the non-paying party from title. The question that usually follows is what are the co-owners’ options if they wish to sever such relationship.

In the event that there is no prior written agreement among the co-owners setting forth each owner’s obligations and the procedures for resolving disputes, the co-owners are basically left with two options:

(1) work out some agreement to resolve the dispute or

(2) terminate the co-owner relationship through a court supervised partition action pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 668 (Hawaii’s Partition of Real Estate Statute).

The co-owners should first try to resolve their differences and come to some compromise. By reaching such a compromise, … Read More