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Department of Transportation

Honolulu-bound lanes of the Pali Highway will remain closed through August to complete repairs following the landslides that began on Feb. 18.

The state Department of Transportation announced today that it will be installing a mesh barrier above the tunnel to protect construction crews from any falling rocks or debris.

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Oʻahu’s recent milk shortage has renewed calls from state lawmakers for more local food production. But that may be easier said than done.

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Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro announced today he is taking a leave of absence from his office. His action follows reports that he is a target in an ongoing federal corruption investigation and subsequent calls for him to step down.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Hawaiʻi is a global hotspot for invasive species from fire ants to miconia to coqui frogs. Combatting this threat is no easy task, but some believe they’ve found a recipe for success. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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State officials are encouraging current and former students of Argosy University Hawaii to obtain their records from the institution immediately and attend a school transfer fair tomorrow.

This follows an announcement by the university that it may close on Friday, the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affaris said in a news release today.

Kaua'i Police Department

The Kauaʻi Police Commission has selected a retired Las Vegas police captain as the island's new police chief starting in April, it was announced yesterday.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Hawaiʻi visitors can now buy medical marijuana while on vacation in the islands. The state Health Department announced it is offering temporary cannabis cards to qualified out-of-state patients. 

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There's evidence of potential fraud within the state's HI-5 recycling program. That's according to a recent state audit of the deposit beverage container operation.

WSJ Reports UH Among Targets Of Chinese Hackers

Mar 5, 2019
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The University of Hawaiʻi and at least two dozen other universities have been targeted by Chinese hackers as part of an effort to steal military maritime technology research, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

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Officials at the University of Hawaii at Hilo expect freshman enrollment to increase this fall after seeing growth in the number of student applicants and acceptances.

Remains of NY Sailor Killed At Pearl Harbor Identified

Mar 5, 2019
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Pentagon officials say the remains of an American sailor from upstate New York who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified.

U.S. Geological Survey

A new webpage will connect Big Island residents affected by last year's Kīlauea eruption with recovery resources.

Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Hawaiʻi joined a coalition of 21 states in challenging a Trump administration's rule restricting tax-funded family planning providers from referring women to abortion services.

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Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim last Friday submitted his proposed budget of nearly $574 million for the next fiscal year, which begins in July. 

Kim’s proposed budget is more than $55 million or nearly 11 percent larger than the current budget. Kim attributes nearly half the increase, or $26 million, to employee salaries and benefits plus the addition of 35 new employees for Hawaiʻi County police. 

The budget is a first cut.  The Hawaiʻi County Council will now do its analysis, and has scheduled  departmental budget reviews for April.      

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A trial for a former Honolulu prosecutor, her now-retired police chief husband and officers accused of framing her uncle to try to mask her financial schemes has been moved back so she can get cancer treatment.


Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently put out a preliminary lava thickness map, based on last summer’s Kilauea lava flow. They’ve created similar maps before, but mostly for official publications. Now this map is on the HVO web site.


It’s official: Southwest Airlines is putting tickets on sale for flights to Hawaiʻi from California and between the major islands. 

According to the company’s website, the initial flights will be between Oakland and Honolulu, starting March 17th. Interisland tickets are also available on the airline's site.

Department of Agriculture

A Kaimuki resident reported that she and her infant were stung by Little Fire Ants last week. They noticed the ants were crawling on the nightstand where a staghorn fern was placed. The plant was purchased last month at the Punahou Carnival.

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Some Big Island residents are asking how they will be able to afford sewer systems connections after large-capacity cesspools are shut down.

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Efforts to allow recreational pot in Hawaiʻi appear to have been delivered a fatal blow at the Legislature this year with a key Senate committee effectively killing a marijuana legalization measure. 

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A new report from the University of Hawai‘i’s Economic Research Organization looks at Hawaii’s 2019 economic forecast. The report sees growth, but less of it.

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Board members of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation today defended their decisions in managing the city's controversial $9.2 billion rail project.

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Travelers won't be allowed to carry lithium batteries as cargo on passenger airlines under an interim U.S. Department of Transportation rule

The regulation, however, would not restrict passengers or flight crew members from taking personal items or electronic devices with lithium cells with them in airplane cabins.

Casey Harlow

A majority of Hawaiʻi residents did not panic during the false missile alert, but instead wanted more information. That's according to a study from the University of Georgia, analyzing how residents reacted to the false alarm.

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The planned reopening of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor that had been set for the end of March has been delayed.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Taro, or kalo as native Hawaiians call it, is making a comeback across the island chain – and not only in rural areas. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi introduces us to a taro farmer trying to break through the concrete in urban O’ahu.  


Journalism is under assault in the Philippines. Maria Ressa is an award-winning reporter and the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of, an independent voice of news in that country.

A couple of months ago, she was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for her courage in continuing to publish independent journalism in the face of what can only be called government harassment. Two weeks ago, she was arrested on charges of “cyber-libel” — based on a story that came out seven years ago — before that law was even on the books.

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Kailua, ʻEwa, Lahaina and Kahului are among the cities with the highest mortgage debt-to-income ratios in the country, according to the personal finance website WalletHub. 

Researchers analyzed 2,572 cities to rank the locations with the best money management skills using 10 measures, including credit card debt versus income, median credit scores and average number of late payments.

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An initiative by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found overtime, minimum wage, and child labor violations by several retail mall employers in the state.


The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it has granted Southwest Airlines approval to begin flights between California and Hawaii, capping the airline's effort to extend its reach 2,400 miles (3,800 kilometers) across the Pacific.