Kevin Dayton is the former Capitol Bureau chief for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He was formerly Capitol Bureau chief and Big Island Bureau chief for The Honolulu Advertiser, which was Hawaii’s largest circulation daily newspaper until it closed.
He also reported for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald in Hilo, the Honolulu bureau of the Associated Press, Sun Press weekly newspapers in Kaneohe, and the Tucson Citizen.
He also worked as an executive assistant and executive director for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, and is a former U.S. Army sergeant and infantry fire team leader.
He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii Manoa, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.
He and his wife Mahealani live in Hilo and have six children, five of them grown. They have been state-licensed foster parents since 2009.
Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has called for the nursing home operator to be removed.
Department of Public Safety officials say the first mass testing of a state prison found no cases among the convicts.
He was a nisei World War II veteran who died in the COVID-19 outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.
The state and neighbor island counties are required to expend nearly $863 million by the end of the year — or they will lose it.
So far 68 residents and 30 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the skilled nursing facility.
The retired Honolulu firefighter was one of 12 residents of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home to die with COVID-19.
Inmates at Hawaii Community Correctional Center set fire to mattresses, plastic chairs and books.
The Council on Revenues predicts Hawaii tourism will be doing a very modest business by November, but will recover slowly.