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HILO — Hawaii has spent about $15 million to ensure safe access to Mauna Kea during an ongoing protest of a giant telescope project, the governor said.

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Honolulu's mayor signed a bill creating a new tax classification for owners of Oahu properties where bed-and-breakfast establishments are operated.

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Honolulu police were reviewing body camera footage after police fatally shot a second man in less than 24 hours. The shootings come as there appears to be uptick in Honolulu crime. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard says she is concerned that there has been about a 20% increase in the number of violent crimes involving firearms.

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The family of a U.S. Navy sailor who shot three civilian shipyard workers at the Pearl Harbor military base before killing himself offered condolences to the families of the victims Monday.

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The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court recently ruled in a landmark case that the state is constitutionally required to provide reasonable access to Hawaiian immersion education. The ruling may be a game changer for advocates of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiian language.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Sunday signed Bill 40 into law, establishing a sweeping ban on single-use plastic and polystyrene foodware for Oahu.

Big Island Mayor Vetoes Herbicide Measure

Dec 15, 2019
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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has vetoed a measure to ban use of herbicides in county owned and maintained parks and areas along roadways.

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State lawmakers grilled University of Hawaii President David Lassner on Friday about the university's spending, focusing on a $2.7 million consultant contract to increase enrollment and recent salary increases for UH vice presidents.

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BEIJING — China expressed cautious optimism Saturday about a first-step trade agreement that dials down a trade war it blames the U.S. for starting.

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A Navy commander says the motive is unknown for a Pearl Harbor shooting that left two civilian workers and the attacker dead.

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An alternate site for a controversial children's playground in Honolulu will likely become a reality, as the group funding the project is holding a press conference Saturday in Kakaʻako.

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A city audit of the Honolulu Zoo found a discrepancy of more than $650,000 in its finances, along with other problems. But city officials say the audit's findings are "dated" and changes have already been made.

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The Honolulu Police Department plans to set up mobile navigation homeless centers in parks on Oahu, starting in Waipahu this week and possibly Stadium Park at a later date.

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The city plans to send out real property assessment notices for the 2020-2021 tax year by Dec. 15.

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Updated: Dec. 11, 6:55 p.m.

Mitch Roth, currently Hawaiʻi County prosecutor, announced plans Tuesday to run for Big Island mayor.

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A Hawaii state agency is set to begin overseeing redevelopment of the state's largest stadium.

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Companies that rent small mobility vehicles such as bicycles will soon have to pay to operate in City and County of Honolulu parking spaces. But it won't immediately affect Biki Hawaii, the city's partner in a pilot program testing shared bicycles.

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President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed rule changes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that could make it more difficult for low-income families in Hawaii to qualify for assistance.

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An independent audit of the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs has identified as much as $7.8 million in potentially fraudulent, wasteful or abusive spending.

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A Hawaii man has been charged with the death of an acclaimed artist who was found beaten near his home on the Big Island.

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Governments in every county across the state are cutting back on plastic. On Hawaii Island, the county is no longer recycling plastic, and that’s where one woman has turned a problem into a business.

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Mountain West runner-up Hawaii will play BYU in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve in Honolulu.

Nene Downlisted From Endangered To Threatened

Dec 9, 2019
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The Trump administration is downlisting the nene -- Hawaii's state bird -- from endangered to threatened.

 

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt made the announcement Sunday at the Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge in Ewa Beach.

 

Federal officials say the nene has been brought back from the brink of extinction through a breeding program and habitat restoration.

 

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Thousands of people attended a ceremony over the weekend marking 78 years since the Pearl Harbor attack, despite two recent mass shootings at Navy bases, including the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

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The government of American Samoa declared that the U.S. territory has an outbreak of measles, a move that will lead to the closure of public schools starting Monday and a ban on gatherings in parks.  

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A dozen frail survivors of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor returned Saturday to honor those who perished when Japanese planes pierced a quiet sunny morning and rained bombs on battleships below.

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The survivor of a deadly shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard this week expressed his thanks Saturday to first responders and Queen's Medical Center hospital staff.

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The National Park Service has announced an increase in visitor entrance fees at Haleakala National Park on Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. The two parks are among the national parks across the country rolling out higher fees to help pay for infrastructure and maintenance.

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Survivors and members of the public are gathering in Pearl Harbor Saturday to remember those killed when Japanese planes bombed the Hawaii naval base 78 years ago and launched the United States into World War II. The observance comes just three days after a deadly shooting that shocked the shipyard community.

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In just four years, a new private investment firm has acquired a dozen parcels of land along a short stretch of Kapiolani Boulevard.

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