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A new study out of UC Berkeley ranks Hawaiʻi the top state in the country when it comes to inclusiveness. Researchers looked at factors like income inequality, political representation, and reported hate crimes to determine just how each state treats vulnerable and marginalized groups. 

The Biden administration is ordering U.S. immigration enforcement agencies to change how they talk about immigrants.

The terms "illegal alien" and "assimilation" are out — replaced by "undocumented noncitizen" and "integration."

The new guidance is laid out in a pair of detailed memos sent Monday by the heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to roll back the previous administration's hard-line policies and build what they call a more "humane" immigration system.

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Special Olympics Hawaii has opened its new headquarters in West Oahu and can host competitions and practices for its 3,400 athletes.

To say Leah Juelke is an award-winning teacher is a bit of an understatement. She was a top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize in 2020; she was North Dakota's Teacher of the Year in 2018; and she was awarded an NEA Foundation award for teaching excellence in 2019.

But Juelke, who teaches high school English learners in Fargo, N.D., says nothing prepared her for teaching during the coronavirus pandemic.

"The level of stress is exponentially higher. It's like nothing I've experienced before."

Updated April 19, 2021 at 7:29 AM ET

Orville and Wilbur would be proud.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has made the first powered flight on another planet, more than 117 years after the Wright brothers' historic flight on this planet.

The flight itself was modest. The 4-pound helicopter rose 10 feet in the air, hovered briefly and returned to the Martian surface. An image taken from the craft showed Ingenuity's shadow on the surface, and another from the Perseverance rover showed an airborne Ingenuity.

For Denver-based flight attendant Ken Kyle, getting a coronavirus vaccine was as convenient as pulling up to the place he knows so well.

"It was great to be able to be vaccinated at the airport," Kyle says, quipping: "You know where you're going."

Kyle is one of a growing number of workers who are benefitting from a strong push by some companies to provide shots at employment sites, all in coordination with local and state health authorities.

The Hawaiian Airlines Nā Wāhine O Ke Kai and Hawaiian Airlines Molokaʻi Hoe - the  premier outrigger canoe race across the Kaʻiwi Channel - has been canceled for the second year in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DENVER — Two passengers who were aboard a United Airlines flight that had to make an emergency landing after one of its engines blew apart and sent debris raining down on Colorado neighborhoods sued the company Friday.

Neighbor Island nonprofits have been in a tough spot through the COVID-19 economy. Their services are needed more than ever, but their funding has been harder to come by.

Attendees of the infamous Fyre Festival didn't exactly get what they paid for in 2017, when they arrived in the Bahamas for a luxury music festival only to find themselves stranded without basic provisions, let alone first-class accommodations.

Some four years later, hundreds of ticket holders are poised to receive more than $7,000 each after settling a class-action lawsuit with event organizers.

Calling the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a "symbol of lawlessness and human rights abuses," two dozen U.S. senators are urging President Biden to shut it down quickly and find new homes for the 40 men remaining there. Many of the detainees have been confined at Guantánamo for nearly two decades without being tried or charged, and some have been cleared for release but are still being held.

The Biden administration will send $1.7 billion to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state governments and other research efforts, starting early next month to find and track coronavirus variants lurking in the United States. Already, the more contagious U.K. variant, B.1.1.7, is now the dominant strain in this country, fueling surges in Michigan and the Northeast.

Honolulu Police Shoot, Kill Man in Nu‘uanu

Apr 15, 2021
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For a second time in less than two weeks, Honolulu police have shot and killed someone. A man who walked into a Honolulu home punched officers who responded to the burglary call Wednesday night and later died at a hospital after an officer fired at him, Chief Susan Ballard said.

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HONOLULU — As muddy rainwater surged from Hawaii's steep seaside mountains and inundated residential communities last month, the damage caused by flooding was obvious — houses were destroyed and businesses swamped, landslides covered highways and raging rivers and streams were clogged with debris.

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Officials closed Waimanalo Bay Beach Park and warned people to stay out of the water after sharks were seen eating the carcass of a Hawaiian humpback whale that has since washed ashore and been removed.

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Hawai‘i lawmakers moved this week to delay pay raises that were due to go in effect for themselves, the governor, cabinet officials and judges — citing lingering economic struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hawaii State Parks

Hawai‘i residents are currently invited to take a survey about the current condition of state parks, future recreation and facilities developments, as well as the protection of cultural sites. It's an opportunity to impact how our recreational spaces will develop in the next five years.

Updated April 14, 2021 at 3:27 PM ET

U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton will tell a congressional committee in prepared testimony Thursday that the agency must shift away from its current approach to deal with rising threats to the Capitol.

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As Oahu businesses continue to reopen, a local art mart is wondering when they will be allowed to return to a stretch of fence at the Honolulu Zoo.

Updated April 15, 2021 at 1:43 AM ET

A House committee has voted to move forward with a bill that would establish a commission to develop proposals to help repair the lasting effects of slavery. The vote came nearly three decades after the bill was was first introduced.

Fresh debate over the issue of reparations for the descendants of enslaved people comes amid a national reckoning over race and justice.

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Bikeshare Hawaii will be downsizing its Biki service starting Thursday due to economic impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Honolulu building inspector pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations he took bribes in exchange for favors, including nullifying a Waikiki building code violation.

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The Hawaii Department of Health said Tuesday it is pausing usage of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution while federal regulators review six reports of rare, potentially dangerous blood clots.

Japan's government announced a decision to begin dumping more than a million tons of treated but still radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years.

The plant was severely damaged in a 2011 magnitude 9.0 quake and tsunami that left about 20,000 people in northeast Japan dead or missing.

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Chad Kālepa Baybayan died suddenly on Thursday—after a lifetime perpetuating the tradition of Polynesian navigation—including many years aboard the Hōkūleʻa. He navigated not only the ocean waters, but also the challenges of leadership—and mentoring the next generation of voyagers.

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Hawaii state House leaders have resisted union pressure to revive bills that would raise the minimum wage and exempt unemployment benefits from state income taxes.

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Isolated economies such as Hawaii, New Zealand and Western Australia are dominated by one major industry, thus leaving it open to external shocks. A new look explores these vulnerabilities and how economic diversification might be possible.

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Governor David Ige has issued another emergency proclamation in response to the coronavirus pandemic that extends the statewide eviction moratorium for another two months and details plans for vaccinated travelers.

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Two state Senate committees have voted to advance a House bill that would reconfigure how the aerospace industry is managed in Hawaii with amendments that some argue limit the duties and resources of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

HONOLULU — The state of Hawaii could pay over $370,000 in lawyer fees after losing a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 2,700 Native Hawaiians who spent years on the waitlist for homestead land.

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