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Updated 5/4/21, 8:37 a.m.

Nearly 3,000 bills were proposed this past legislative session. But only a few hundred were passed by both the House and Senate last week. Among those that were approved, are measures that could improve the state's broadband infrastructure.

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The first Tongan police chief in the state of Hawaii and first Tongan police officer with the Maui Police Department has retired from the department after 36 years, officials said.

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HONOLULU — A doctor and a team of neonatal medical professionals were in the right place at the right time — helping a Utah woman deliver her baby onboard an hourslong flight to Hawaii.

For months, members of the Sackler family that owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, have portrayed their bid for immunity from future opioid lawsuits as a kind of fait accompli, a take-it-or-leave-it fix to a legal morass.

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is conducting an investigation into students who debate participants say made racist remarks to students from Morehouse College -- a historically Black men's college.

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The Honolulu Police Department released Friday a 911 call from a frightened woman about Lindani Myeni's allegedly illegal presence at a Nuʻuanu house prior to the fatal shooting by police.

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Earlier this week, Senator Brian Schatz introduced new legislation to support hotel workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HONOLULU — Honolulu's new prosecuting attorney said Thursday his office will conduct independent investigations into recent police shootings in which a 29-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were killed.


Median home prices are nipping at the $1 million mark amid a pandemic buying frenzy, according to Pacific Business News editor A. Kam Napier.

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Closing out this special series on the Civil War, we learned about three men whose gravestones are at the far Diamond Head corner of the O‘ahu Cemetery.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather a pandemic that threw tens of thousands of people out of work and upended the state’s tourism-dependent economy.

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Kaua‘i reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the first uptick of positive cases in many months. The island is also participating in the Safe Travels Program while encouraging residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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Visitor arrivals in March were up 1% compared to the same month in 2020, according to monthly statistics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The new data marks the first time in a year that visitor arrivals were up compared to the same month a year prior.

India Cases Set New Global Record; Millions Vote In 1 State

Apr 29, 2021
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NEW DELHI — India set another global record in new virus cases Thursday, as millions of people in one state cast votes despite rising infections and the country geared up to open its vaccination rollout to all adults amid snags.

HILO, Hawaii — A bill that would allow Hawaii's four counties to impose an additional tax on hotel rooms and vacation rentals passed its final reading in the state Legislature.


This Saturday is May 1, officially, a day to celebrate garlands of flowers in Hawai'i. Lei day was established in 1929, and each major island has its own significant lei. O'ahu, for example, has the regal 'ilima, for Kaho'olawe, it's the grey green hinahina. Lei, in Hawai'i, are much more than adornment.

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Molokaʻi High School educator Diane Mokuau was awarded 2021 Librarian of the Year by the School Library Journal.

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Students from the University of Hawaii Maui College Nursing Program will administer COVID-19 vaccines to Maui's Filipino community on May 1.

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HONOLULU — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted two older brothers of a 16-year-old who was shot and killed by Honolulu police.

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii House on Tuesday quashed a bill that would have eliminated no-knock warrants, a centerpiece of police reform legislation proposed in the wake of high-profile killings by police across the nation.

WASHINGTON — Americans will have more time to get the Real ID that they will need to board a flight or enter federal facilities.

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State Senator J. Kalani English is retiring at the end of this week - citing issues caused from the long-term effects of COVID-19.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Hawaiian Electric Co. to identify the best areas for developing microgrids on Oahu.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii was poised to become the 49th state to recognize Juneteenth after the House and Senate passed legislation Tuesday designating June 19 as a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

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On the 160th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, The Conversation explored a special plot at a Nu‘uanu cemetery for men who served in the war.

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HONOLULU — The bulk of the money from the foreclosure sale of a house owned by a former Honolulu police chief and his estranged wife convicted of conspiracy must go to the relatives they bilked, a U.S. judge ruled Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask when they're outdoors unless they're in a crowd, such as attending a live performance, sporting event or parade. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's population grew 7% over the past decade, according to data from the 2020 census released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Hawaii To Resume Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine

Apr 26, 2021
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The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) will resume use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine starting on Thursday at O‘ahu's Windward Community College (WCC). Use of the vaccine was paused for nearly two weeks following six reported cases of severe blood clotting, which resulted in one death.

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During a time when the country can seem deeply divided politically and culturally, interest in another era of deep division has been rekindled.