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Hawaii Department of Health warns consumers

Hawaii Department of Health warns consumers

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) is alerting residents and visitors that Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. (JJCI) is voluntarily recalling all lots of five NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen product lines. Company testing identified low levels of benzene in some samples of the products. Consumers should stop using the affected products and discard or return them.

The recalled products are spray-on sunscreens, specifically:

  • NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen,
  • NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen,
  • NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defense aerosol sunscreen,
  • NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen, and
  • AVEENO® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen.

Product images and lot information is available at www.neutrogena.com and www.aveeno.com.

The recalled sunscreens are packaged in aerosol cans and were distributed nationwide, including Hawai‘i, through a variety of retailers. Three of the affected sunscreens contain oxybenzone and/or octinoxate, ingredients banned from sale or distribution in Hawai‘i under Section 11-342D-21, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that went into effect in January 2021.

Benzene, the chemical found in the affected sunscreens, is common in the environment including in motor vehicle exhaust and cigarette smoke, and is known to cause cancer in humans. Benzene is not an ingredient in sunscreen products and the levels of benzene found in the recalled products was low. Based on current information, daily exposure to benzene in these sunscreen products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences. However, these products are being recalled to prevent further exposure. JJCI is investigating the possible cause of contamination that led to the presence of benzene in their products.

Sunscreen use is critical to public health and the prevention of skin cancer. People should continue to take appropriate sun protection measures including using reef safe sunscreens, covering skin with clothing and hats, and avoiding the sun during peak hours.

Consumers may contact the JJCI Consumer Care Center 24/7 with questions or to request a refund by calling 1-800-458-1673. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have any questions, concerns or have experienced any problems related to using these aerosol sunscreen products. JJCI is also notifying its distributors and retailers by letter and is arranging for returns of all recalled products.

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Hawaii marks 6th consecutive day of triple-digit cases with 100 new coronavirus infections

Today marked the sixth day in a row that the number of new COVID-19 cases in Hawaii remained in the triple-digit range.

Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 100 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 39,486 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 523.

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The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 405 fatalities on Oahu, 57 on Maui, 56 on Hawaii island, two on Kauai and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 609,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 34.1 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 75 new cases on Oahu, six on Maui, 15 on Hawaii island, one on Kauai and three Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

State health officials have been including probable infections in its total case counts. Probable infections include people who never received a confirmatory test but are believed to have had the virus because of their known exposure and symptoms or because of a positive antigen test.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 28,937 on Oahu, 4,828 on Maui, 3,499 in Hawaii County, 476 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 81 on Molokai. There are also 1,550 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Today’s probable infections since the start of the pandemic added to the counts today include 840 on Maui, 829 on Oahu, 81 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three on Kauai, three on Lanai and 62 residents diagnosed outside the state.

The statistics released today reflect the new infection cases reported to the department on Sunday.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 1,235 cases were considered to be active. Officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The state’s total number of active cases increased today by 66.

By island, Oahu has 839 active cases, the Big Island has 204, Maui has 108, Kauai has 83 and one on Molokai.

Health officials counted 2,037 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 4.91% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 3.5%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,731,897 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Monday, up 2,014 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 59.4% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 66% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,585 have required hospitalizations, with 15 new hospitalizations reported today.

Fourteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,571 hospitalizations within the state, 2,107 have been on Oahu, 299 on Maui, 148 on the Big Island, 11 on Kauai, five on Lanai and one on Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 66 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Monday, with 15 in intensive care units and 12 on ventilators.

This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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2 pilots rescued after plane makes emergency landing off Hawaii coast

HONOLULU — A cargo plane made an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii on Friday morning and both people on board have been rescued.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the pilots of the Transair Flight 810 had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the Boeing 737 cargo aircraft in the water around 2:30 a.m.

According to preliminary information, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued both crew members.

Hawaii News Now reported that the crash happened about 2 miles off Kalaeloa Airport. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

The FAA released the following statement:

Transair Flight 810, a Boeing 737 cargo aircraft with two people aboard, made an emergency landing in the ocean off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, around 2:30 a.m. local time on Friday. The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water. According to preliminary information, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued both crew members. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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Elvis wanted to marry Blue Hawaii star during 'passionate affair' but she turned him down

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One glance at Joan Blackman in 1961 and you could be forgiven for thinking you were looking at Priscilla. Both share sharp elfin features and raven hair. Elvis was apparently so smitten when he met her in Hollywood just before he started his military service in 1958 that he repeatedly pursued her and “begged” her to appear in his movies. In the end she did, playing his girlfriend in Blue Hawaii. Their chemistry was so strong, she was brought back for Kid Galahad the following year. Off screen, Joan said they shared a “magical connection” and The King was planning to make her his wife.

In Blue Hawaii, Elvis sings one of his most iconic ballads to Joan, Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – and the actress later revealed that is exactly what he did.

Joan said: When we first set eyes on each other (in 1957), there was a spark, a magic in the air… There was just that special something between us, sometimes so warm and wonderful you could almost reach out and touch it.”

She maintained she refused his repeated offers to help with her career: “I wanted parts because of my ability, not because I was dating Elvis.”

Joan had worked constantly on television since 1954 and in 1960 starred on the big screen opposite Tony Curtis in military drama The Big Imposter.

She was then cast as local island girl Maile Duval in Blue Hawaii. Life imitated art as Elvis played a GI returning home from the army. Hollywood legend Angela Landsbury played his mother.

In a senational 1977 interview, Joan later described how the long-standing attraction with The King ignited on set.

She said: “We had rooms next to each other in the hotel, and for weeks we just lived together.

“He really wanted me as his wife.”

She played Rose Grogan, the sister of a slippery boxing promoter who spots potential in Elvis’ character, Walter Gulick, an amiable small-town wannabe mechanic.

In the film, as always, Elvis gets the girl but off screen he had failed to persuade Joan.

She said: “I was in love with another actor, Hampton Fancher III. Elvis knew about it. When he would ask me about Hampton, I would answer, ‘I love him, El. I love him like a woman loves a man she wants to share her life with.’

“I never lied to Elvis about Hampton, or about anything else.”

To make it all even more complicated, Blackman was actually married to another actor, Joby Baker from May 1959 to November 1961.

Despite her declared love for Fancher, she actually married yet another actor Rockne Tarkingington from 1968-1970 and they had two children.

Her acting career fizzled out after the mid 1970’s, with her last notable role in the 1975 James Mitchum vie Moonrunners.

In 1990 she made one last return to the small screen in the TV series The Castle of Adventure, based on the Enid Blyton book.  The show also starred Brian Blessed and Susan George and Blackman played a school teacher.

Aloha! New nonstop flights from Austin to Hawaii take off

Author Wes Wilson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

New nonstop flights from Austin to Hawaii take off
Hawaiian Airlines starts nonstop services at Austin Bergstrom International Airport to Honolulu on April 22, 2021. (Courtesy: AUS Airport)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austinites wanting a tropical getaway now have a new nonstop option. Hawaiian Airlines took off from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Thursday morning, flying nonstop to Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.

It was a celebratory first flight complete with Hawaiian music, leis, dancing and cookies.

This is the first nonstop flight between the two destinations and the first time Hawaiian Airlines will have a connection to Texas.

“Aloha Austin!,” Hawaiian Airlines tweeted Thursday. “Today we celebrated our inaugural flight between Austin & Honolulu, providing non-stop service between Central Texas & our Islands.”

KXAN first told you about the new nonstop flights back in December.

The flights will run twice weekly, with the Honolulu to Austin flight arriving at 10:10 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and flying out of Austin on Thursdays and Sundays at 10:10 a.m. It’s approximately an eight-hour, 20-minute flight to get there from Austin and a seven-hour, 15-minute trip to return.

Tickets are currently on sale online.

In August 2019, ABIA said it planned to give incentives to airlines to bring in more nonstop and international flights. It planned to waive landing fees for two years for flights that brought nonstop service to Hawaii, plus a marketing incentive of up to $ 100,000 in advertising and marketing costs for a year, with $ 50,000 for a second year.

ABIA confirmed Hawaiian Airlines will receive these incentives despite the pandemic.

Hawaiian Airlines jet takes off from Austin Bergstrom International Airport bound for Honolulu on April 22, 2021. (Courtesy: AUS Airport)