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Thirty Meter Telescope

HONOLULU — Losing the Thirty Meter Telescope could mean losing billions of dollars in research funding over the next few decades, a senior University of Hawaii official said.

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LIHUE — The number of abandoned vehicles on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is rising each year, a report said.

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HONOLULU — Advocates for a former U.S. soldier convicted of the attempted rape and murder at Schofield Barracks of an Army officer's son 37 years ago are asking a federal judge to order DNA testing to discredit what they say is weak evidence presented at a court-martial that sent him to prison for life.

Catherine Cruz

Protesters on Mauna Kea are on high alert preparing for what they say could be police action to clear them out this week. The group sent out a call-to-action to reinforce their numbers on Hawaiʻi Island, while supporters on O’ahu mobilized a cross-island convoy from Maunalua to Māʻili without major disruption.

 

Special Session Planned On Hawaii Court Nominees

Sep 8, 2019
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The Hawaii Senate is scheduled to convene Sept. 16 in special session to review nominees to the state courts.

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Updated: Sept. 8, 3:10 p.m.

WAILUKU, Hawaii — Maui Mayor Michael Victorino on Sunday criticized a decision by a County Council comnittee to recommend acceptance of a settlement proposal with environmental groups that sued over the use of injection wells.

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Oʻahu motorists should expect traffic delays Sunday morning heading west from Hawaiʻi Kai to Waiʻanae. 

Hawaii DOT Removes Illegal Structure on Mauna Kea

Sep 6, 2019
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Updated: Sept. 6, 1:45 p.m.

State officials Friday morning tore down a structure at the base of Mauna Kea that was unlawfully constructed on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands property.

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A federal agency has approved a rail recovery plan submitted by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, officials said.

Sandra Oshiro

The future of worker benefits just might include free college. It’s a concept that is getting some attention on the mainland, and it may have a future here in the islands. 

Ashley Mizuo

While showing off the new renovations at Ala Moana Beach Park on Thursday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell slammed critics of his plan to add a playground to the park.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hurricane Dorian sideswiped the Carolinas with shrieking winds, tornadoes and sideways rain Thursday as it closed in for a possible direct hit on the dangerously exposed Outer Banks. At least four deaths in the Southeast were blamed on the storm.

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There’s no denying the power of music to inspire passion and spark social change – such has been the case throughout Hawaiʻi’s history. From the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom to the current conflict on Mauna Kea, songs have inspired activism and activism has inspired songs.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

A Kauaʻi helicopter company is facing fines of up to $10,000 a day for structures that lack permits on its property in Port Allen. The tour company’s initial request for the Kauaʻi County permits was met with strong opposition from traditional salt makers who practice in nearby Hanapēpē.

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The Honolulu City Council is hoping to get ahead of the curve when it comes to regulating transportation rental companies. Councilmembers heard testimony for two bills that would establish fees and areas where companies can leave their shared rentals.

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HILO, Hawaii — Demonstrators opposed to a huge telescope planned for the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island have constructed a wooden building in a lava field near their telescope protest camp without obtaining a permit, officials said

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Amendments may be made to a bill that would ban use of plastic bags, utensils and Styrofoam containers by restaurants. The measure, Bill 40,  continued to advance at the Honolulu City Council Wednesday with the unanimous backing of its members.

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President Donald Trump defunded two of Hawaii’s military projects to pay for his administration's southern border wall, including one project deemed high priority by the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Lahaina Groundwater Tracer Study

As the legal dispute between Maui County and environmental groups barrels forward to the United States Supreme Court, people weighed in Tuesday at a Maui Council committee meeting on the case.

Hawaii Business Plan

According to federal figures, most businesses in the country are small businesses. On Hawaii Island, about four out of five businesses have fewer than 20 employees. But small businesses often need some assistance to succeed. And that's where an entrepreneur from Kona is helping. 

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More than 350 swimmers had to be helped to shore by Honolulu firefighters and lifeguards because of strong currents during the annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim, officials said.

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The prime minister of the Bahamas says the death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen from five to seven, but the full scale of the disaster remains unknown.

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The words kapu aloha have emerged in the ongoing conflict over Mauna Kea. The term refers to a non-violent approach in Hawaiian activism. This code of conduct has its roots in the peaceful steps taken by Hawaiʻi’s last monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani.

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DETROIT — Tigers minor league catcher Chace Numata died Monday, days after being injured in a skateboarding accident in Pennsylvania. He was 27.

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According to new research from the University of Hawaii and Institute for Basic Science, icebergs could weaken and delay the effects of climate change for the Southern Hemisphere by up to 50 years.

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HILO — Hawaii County has agreed to pay a $15.1 million settlement to the family of a Michigan man who was hit and killed by a police patrol car, officials said.

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The chairman of the University of Hawai'i Board of Regents says he'll call for the university president to lead the effort to resolve the conflict on Mauna Kea and planned construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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A dozen doctors have lost their positions after a Honolulu hospital switched to a new employment contractor, officials said.

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The USS Arizona Memorial welcomed large numbers of visitors to its reopening after 15 months of repairs, officials said.

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A proposed change to the federal food assistance program could affect thousands of Hawaii residents if it goes into effect as proposed.

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