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Starting Monday, a new pilot program for bulky trash collection takes effect for Honolulu's urban core. City officials say it's an effort to prevent illegal dumping in neighborhoods, and minimize trash on curbs and sidewalks.

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  Hawaiʻi and the Central Pacific could experience more storms than normal during this year's hurricane season.

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A measure to promote the building of affordable rental units in Honolulu is now a law.

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Economists at the University of Hawaii have done statewide economic forecasts for years. But now they’re extending that research to the county level.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city's $9.2 billion rail project isn't in danger of losing federal funds, so long as it builds all 20 miles of the planned transit line.

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Two former Hawaiʻi County police officers have been indicted on a variety of charges involving cases from drugs to gambling.

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Opening a business can be hard in Hawaiʻi. But one operation is finding early success highlighting local fruits in hard cider, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented apple juice that's caught the attention of millennials and other consumers.

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State lawmakers are asking federal officials to either ground all tour helicopters in the islands or ban flights over residential neighborhoods. Following Monday's deadly helicopter crash in Kailua, four senators signed a letter asking for action by the Federal Aviation Administration and state Department of Transportation.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers have passed bills instituting all-mail voting and automatic recounts for races with narrow victory margins, measures lawmakers hope will boost voter turnout and confidence in elections.

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A new program announced today aims to help K-12 teachers in the state purchase a home. It's the result of a partnership with local leaders and a mainland firm with a connection to Mark Zuckerberg.

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HONOLULU — A bill making it a misdemeanor to lie to government investigators or inspectors during building inspections won approval from both houses of the Hawaiʻi Legislature.

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A measure that would have implemented red light cameras at intersections will instead call for further study.

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After completing an inaugural flight from Kahului to Honolulu yesterday morning, Southwest Airlines is offering $29 fares for interisland flights.

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Hawaii County is part of a nation- and state-wide effort to keep opioids and other powerful pain medications from being misused. 

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State Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda was confirmed by the Hawaiʻi Senate Wednesday after critical remarks by several of his opponents.

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It's been nearly a year since Kīlauea erupted on the Big Island's lower East Rift Zone. The event destroyed more than 700 structures and displaced hundreds, if not thousands, of residents. Scientists are still studying the eruption, but they think they know what did, and didn't, cause it.

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After several years of debate, a measure to regulate monster homes on Oʻahu is awaiting Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s signature. The bill passed the City Council Wednesday, but the head of the department that will enforce the proposed rules says some details need to be hammered out.

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The Honolulu City Council has preliminarily approved the latest versions of the rail project's capital and operating budgets for the new year. Bills 15 and 16 outline what the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will receive from the City and County for Fiscal Year 2019.

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Barring any action by the City Council, most of Honolulu's top officials will get a 3.5% pay raise this year. The city's Salary Commission agreed on the pay hike for positions ranging from the mayor to the deputy fire and police chiefs. 

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KALAOA, Hawaii — A weekend earthquake that struck Hawaiʻi was not related to volcanic activity, scientists said.

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Electronic sports, or esports, is a form of competition using video games. And it's a growing industry. The University of Hawaiʻi is in the process developing a curriculum focusing on esports, and the many facets of the industry.

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An inmate who escaped from a Hawaii jail has been found.

Police arrested Troy Diego Monday after an island-wide manhunt. The search began when he and another inmate escaped from Maui Community Correctional Center on Sunday.

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HILO, Hawaii — Scientists in Hawaii are monitoring increasing activity surrounding one of the Big Island's volcanoes.

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The Federal Transit Administration is withholding payments for Honolulu's rail system until officials make changes to its plan to get the $9 billion project back on track.

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HONOLULU — Former Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle wants to return to his old job as the city's top prosecutor because of a growing corruption scandal, he said Wednesday.

DOT To Temporarily Reopen Pali Highway On Sunday

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Due to emergency electrical repairs on the Likelike Highway, the state Department of Transportation will be temporarily reopening the Pali Highway this Sunday, April 14. 

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According to a new Point in Time Count, the overall number of homeless individuals and families has decreased on the neighbor islands since last year. 

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HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers eager to gather tax revenue from the state's flourishing, yet mostly unpermitted, vacation rental sector on Tuesday passed legislation that would require websites like Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of short-term rental hosts.

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If you have been procrastinating on doing your taxes, here's a friendly reminder that they are due pretty soon. The deadline to file your federal income tax return is next Monday, April 15th. But the state deadline to file is a week later, on April 22nd.

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Two Honolulu police officers arrested Friday are innocent of allegations they forced a man to lick a urinal, a defense attorney said.

Officers John Rabago and Reginald Ramones were charged with depriving a man of his civil rights.

Federal authorities knew about the allegations for more than a year before the officers were indicted, said , Megan Kau, Rabago's defense attorney.

"This is not a complicated case," she said. "This is a case of one man saying that two police officers forced him to a lick a toilet bowl."

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