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Small farmers on state-owned land agricultural lands, or the lack thereof, was a point of criticism by lawmakers at a recent public hearing on Hawaii's embattled Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC). A report by the state auditor found the government entity has done little in its 27-year history to fulfill its mission of developing diversified agricultural enterprises.

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HONOLULU - Hawaii's public schools should resume in-person classes as soon as possible because children can attend class safely, said Dr. Sarah Kemble, the state's acting state epidemiologist.

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Hawaiʻi legislators are one step closer to dissolving the state’s Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC).  The 27-year-old entity was initially created to develop economically viable farms to fill the void created by the closure of plantations. But a recent state audit found the ADC has done little to fill that void.

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Tourism is slowly climbing back, but January 2021 was still a rough month for hotels.

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WAILUKU — Maui Health announced plans to increase the number of first-dose coronavirus vaccination appointments, while Kauai has widened the availability of vaccine doses.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would standardize the state's pandemic travel restrictions across the islands, a departure from the current system that allows individual counties to opt out of a state pre-flight testing program or add their own modified safety measures.

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HONOLULU — Two Hawaii legislative committees on Thursday passed a resolution creating a working group to develop recommendations for new management of the state's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea.

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The Hawaiʻi Nature Center located right on the outskirts of urban Honolulu has been connecting kids to nature for nearly 40 years. But now under the pandemic, the center has become an outdoor classroom for keiki wanting more than what virtual learning has to offer. 

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HONOLULU — The Honolulu Police Department's chief said she expects to complete the rollout of a body-worn camera program for officers by the end of March.

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Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced Tuesday that Honolulu will be moving from Tier 2 to Tier 3 on the county's framework of reopening. The move will loosen certain restrictions on businesses and other activities.

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HONOLULU — Honolulu police arrested state Rep. Sharon Har for allegedly driving under the influence of an intoxicant after she was observed driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

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HONOLULU — While some Hawaii retail shops move online to avoid the closures that have hit many businesses in the sector since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, others are hoping for a rent relief lifeline from the government.

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WAILUKU — Some Maui businesses face tough calls about who should be exempt from universal mask rules as the county pushes for greater compliance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Hawaiʻi lawmakers are considering legislation to help the state’s funeral services industry accommodate traditional Hawaiian burial practices by using a technology known as water cremation. Supporters say this is a cleaner alternative to burial or traditional cremation. But industry representatives say it could come at a higher cost to consumers.

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HONOLULU — A bill advanced Tuesday by the Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee would automatically register to vote eligible U.S. citizens who apply for a driver's license or state identification card, unless the individual declines to be registered.

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Updated 2/23/21, 9:40 a.m.

A proposal to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour is moving forward at the state legislature. But is increasing the minimum wage a good idea for Hawaiʻi's economic recovery?

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Community health centers are changing the way they communicate with patients to combat misinformation and vaccine hesitation. 

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HONOLULU — A new class of U.S. Navy vessel is expected to be deployed for the first time in Hawaii as part of a sweeping force redesign.

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HONOLULU — Affordable housing guidelines set by a Hawaii state agency could rate two-bedroom homes costing $1 million as affordable for some households eligible for government-subsidized housing.

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The Oversight Commission on Hawaiʻi’s Correctional Systems is requesting an analysis of inmate deaths at state jails and prisons. So far eight Hawaiʻi inmates have died of COVID-19 while in state custody, and their relatives are looking for answers.

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HILO — Coronavirus testing of travelers arriving on Hawaii island is expected to continue after the end of February, but official have not yet determined the duration of the extension.

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii Senate is reconsidering allowing county emergency departments to charge out-of-bounds hikers for rescue costs as government spending remains under pressure because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated 2/19/21, 12 p.m.

Law enforcement agents in Hawaii continue to arrest violators of the state's quarantine restrictions.

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Hawaii's housing crisis did not go away during the COVID-19 pandemic, in fact in some ways it got worse. In response, the Legislature is considerign dozens of bills on housing.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii state officials have divided a plan to redevelop the site of Aloha Stadium into two parts with private partners determined through separate bids.

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LIHUE — More than 200 people gathered on Kauai to show support for reopening tourism on the island amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The wage gap between women and men is narrower in Hawaii than in most of the country. That's according to a recent study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While that's a positive indicator for gender equality, some in the state are skeptical and believe more can be done.

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Updated 2/18/21, 2:36 p.m.

Various measures that would affect funding for art and culture in Hawaii are moving through the state legislature. While the need in other sectors has never been greater, arts advocates say cutting state funding for the arts could eventually hamper the state's recovery.

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HONOLULU — A new Hawaii State Department of Health survey indicated the rate of daily vaping among high school students more than doubled over two years.

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A new tax on gasoline-powered cars priced more than $60,000 would be used to fund electric vehicle infrastructure across the state.