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A brush fire continues to burn on Kahoʻolawe, but it could be a blessing in disguise for those restoring native plants on the island.

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Updated: 2/26/20, 12:35 p.m.

Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday that it is suspending its flights to South Korea starting March 2 and extending to April 30 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in that country.

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The coronavirus has led to travel complications in many parts of the world — especially in the Asia Pacific.  Some countries are banning or restricting visitors from places ranging from China to South Korea. And in at least one location, there’s an angry reaction.

From coral bleaching to rising sea temperatures, Hawai’i is full of evidence of climate change. But a prominent UK scientist says Hawai’i may also have an important role to play in a new effort: climate repair. Find out more in today’s episode of “Planet 808: Climate Change in the Islands.”

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The latest data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows the number of short-term vacation rentals on Oahu continued to decline, while Maui and Kauai saw substantial increases.

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SEOUL, South Korea — The number of new virus cases in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the first U.S. military soldier tested positive, with his infection and many others connected to a southeastern city where the outbreak has clustered.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The president and CEO of one of the nation’s largest marathons has joined a chorus of former students who have complained about a late University of Michigan doctor by saying the physician performed a “completely inappropriate” act on him during a medical examination in the 1970s.

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Another political surprise has hit a major country in Southeast Asia. The prime minister of Malaysia suddenly resigned on Monday. But he's still running the country in the latest twist of a continuing drama.

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Roughly 99 million Americans still do not have identification in compliance with a federal law set to take effect in October. More than half of Hawaii licenses and IDs are compliant, but for those on Oahu who haven't gotten the approved identifications, the wait for an appointment now stretches to about six weeks.

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The Honolulu medical examiner on Monday identified the two victims in Saturday's crash of a small plane near Dillingham Airfield.

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On Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips return to a star that’s had some mysterious shape changing we’ve covered before.

  

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Updated: 2/25/20, 6:32 a.m.

Counselors and extra security will be on hand at Mililani High School Tuesday, a day after two Oʻahu teenagers were apparently stabbed on campus and transported to an emergency room in serious condition.

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Hawaii shares many cultural ties with New Zealand. But the two island groups also share some challenges. And one of them is a consistent shortage of teachers.

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Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz says the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak has fallen far short and he is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Japan embassy to see if that country can provide coronavirus test kits to Hawaii. 

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State election officials are urging residents to pay attention to their mail in the coming months. The state elections office sent postcards last month to registered voters to confirm their addresses. But there's more information arriving as part of an effort to ensure the new vote-by-mail system goes smoothly.

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University of Hawaii economists expected 2020 to be a better year for tourism than 2019, but that may not be borne out because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Updated: 2/23/20, 7:10 a.m.

Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s North Shore has been closed following a plane crash that killed two people Saturday morning. The fatal crash has rekindled debate over the airfield's future.

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections Saturday with more than 400 cases mostly linked to a church and a hospital, while the death toll in Iran climbed to five and a dozen towns in Italy effectively went into lockdowns as health officials around the world battle a new virus that has spread from China.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Hawaii Association of the Blind returning, the state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, made up of members of the community who are blind, have vision disabilities and or are loved ones of or advocates for the blind. They advocate for and provide service to the blind on a number of levels, and there are many ways to support them.

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Updated 2/21/20, 3 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — Wells Fargo agreed Friday to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil investigations into a long-running practice whereby company employees opened millions of unauthorized bank accounts in order to meet unrealistic sales goals.

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It's the end of a real estate era in Kahala, as Alexander & Baldwin sells the last three Kawamoto homes.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been keeping a low profile in recent weeks. And while the region remains focused on the coronavirus, policymakers in Seoul and Washington remain mindful of developments in the north.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Several states have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.

A measure that would create statewide paid family leave took a step forward at the state Legislature on Thursday.

Climate change is affecting human lives, and that experience is showing up in the arts. Tonight in Honolulu, five contemporary Australian musicians will share experiences of nature from Down Under. In this concert, visions of the natural world include pastoral landscapes, majestic vistas, and much more.

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HONOLULU — The mother of two Idaho children missing since September was arrested Thursday in Hawaii.

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A proposed polystyrene ban on Kauaʻi has passed first reading at the County Council. Council members discussed the proposed ban at its monthly meeting yesterday. 

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2019 was the hottest year ever recorded for Oahu. A separate study from the City and County of Honolulu found the hottest day ever recorded also happened last year. And the trend suggests temperatures will continue to rise.

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The longer the coronavirus lingers, the more of a concern it becomes as a potential threat to global tourism. While that has not yet emerged as a focus in Hawaii, it’s already hitting destinations in the Asia Pacific.

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More than two dozen bills at the Hawaii Legislature aim to increase the use of electric vehicles, but auto dealers and green energy proponents are supporting different approaches.

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