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The developers of a controversial plan to use prime “A” rated agricultural lands in Kunia for a large solar project are backing down.

City Closes Hanauma Bay After Influx Of Box Jellyfish

Mar 29, 2019

The city Department of Parks and Recreation closed the beach at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve today due to an influx of box jellyfish.

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The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people 21 and older is contemplating a new nicotine crackdown: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping.


Repairs to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor are expected to keep the dock closed through the summer.

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Repair work continues on Oʻahu’s Pali Highway where landslides in February blocked the tunnels that connect Honolulu with the Windward side.

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A bill is advancing through the Legislature that would eliminate a tax deduction for Real Estate Investment Trusts.

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Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawaiʻi Office of the Auditor has issued a blistering report on the failure of state accounting officials to adequately verify invoices from the transit agency developing the Honolulu rail system.

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  Hawaiʻi's state legislators should receive a series of annual pay raises beginning in 2021, according to recommendations by the state Commission on Salaries.

Gavin Scott

Many of Australia’s most prominent news organizations and dozens of journalists face fines and even prison sentences for violating a gag order. A judge prohibited coverage of the trial of Cardinal George Pell; news of Pell’s conviction was a major news story in February. But, he had actually been convicted last December.

Lawmakers Approve $16B Budget For Fiscal 2020, 2021

Mar 27, 2019
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State House and Senate legislators approved a two-year operating budget today calling for hundreds of millions of dollars for state employee retirement and health benefits and other monies to address major disasters, fight invasive species and maintain highways.

State Reversing Rental Car Fee After Legal Snafu

Mar 27, 2019
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The State Tax Office has notified 300 rental car companies that a law implemented at the beginning of the year is flawed and that a $2 fee must apply to tourists and residents alike.

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State officials say a 75-year-old man sustained an apparent shark bite on his leg while paddling an outrigger canoe in an isolated area off Hawaiʻi's Big Island.

Save Rapozo Kuleana Legacy

In the wake of a closely watched kuleana land auction on Kauaʻi last week, one faction of the family caught up in the property dispute is calling for change. A core group of Rapozo family members is demanding new policies and protections for kuleana landowners. 

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The head of the Hawaiian Humane Society has stepped down amid criticism of her leadership and handling of the organization's euthanasia policies.

Maui Food Bank Struggles To Recover Post-Shutdown

Mar 26, 2019
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The federal government shutdown earlier this year had unexpected impacts on several local nonprofits---including The Maui Food Bank. The Bank's stocks are still running low this month after distributions to federal workers and a busy holiday season.

Sherry Bracken

On Hawai‘i Island, the County Charter serves as the local “constitution” — setting the basic framework for how Hawaii County operates.  Once every ten years, it’s reviewed, and the Charter Commission members are now asking for public input.

City and County of Honolulu

Updated: March 25, 2019, 7:22 p.m.  

Plans to extend the period for public comment on a proposal to renovate Ala Moana Regional Park hit a roadblock tonight. Earlier in the day, the City Council's Parks, Community Services and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee provided an update on the project, and heard testimony from residents, some of whom objected to aspects of the proposal.

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A Utah family has become the victim of extreme stalking involving unwanted service providers repeatedly being sent to their home, according to the homeowner and police. The family suspects someone who lives in Hawaiʻi is responsible and has taken out a civil stalking injunction against the person.

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Hawaiʻi Gov. David Ige's administration has requested an additional $4.3 million to continue housing inmates on the mainland as security systems are upgraded at a state prison.

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A Hawaiʻi man has been ordered not to drink his favorite soft drink during four years of probation on a car theft conviction.

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Senator Donna Mercado Kim has completed a review of more than a hundred positions at the University of Hawaii that were in jeopardy of being dropped. Earlier this week, the UH administration was warned of a proposed $30 million budget cut at the State Legislature. 


State officials are ramping up efforts on Kauaʻi to prevent the spread of diseases that are killing ʻōhiʻa trees.


  The owners of a family ukulele business in Hawaiʻi will celebrate their deep musical roots at a cultural festival in Portugal.

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Ten million visitors a year may be a goal for some, but it’s an overwhelming number for others. Hotel executive and tourism marketing experts sat down with Pacific Business News to talk about their current challenges and opportunities.

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The NFL is coming back to Hawaiʻi. The Los Angeles Rams, in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, announced the team will be playing the Dallas Cowboys at Aloha Stadium this August.

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Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard's job performance exceeded or met expectations last year, according to her first yearly evaluation by the police commission released today.

Casey Harlow

Two House committees heard impassioned testimony yesterday from residents and local businesses on bills that would ban various plastic and polystyrene containers.

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Honolulu's police commission has approved hiring a lawyer to represent a retired chief in a federal case that accuses him of using police resources to frame a relative.

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A Big Island composer has created several musical works highlighting events and people in Hawaiian history. This weekend, he is premiering a symphonic suite that recalls one of the most significant battles in Hawaiian history.

Amber Khan

In recent weeks, we've talked with Hawai'iʻs county mayors on HPR's The Conversation about the issues and concerns they are confronting on Oʻahu and the Neighbor Islands.

On Thursday, listen in as we talk to Maui Mayor Michael Victorino on The Conversation, starting at 11 a.m.