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It's been nearly a year since Kīlauea erupted on the Big Island's lower East Rift Zone. The event destroyed more than 700 structures and displaced hundreds, if not thousands, of residents. Scientists are still studying the eruption, but they think they know what did, and didn't, cause it.

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A Hawaiʻi education organization is seeking financial data on public schools but has said data made public by the state is incomplete.

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Some of Hawaiʻi’s doctors are struggling with the latest changes in the way they are paid by the Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state’s largest health care insurer. Two years ago, HMSA altered the way it compensates physicians, all in a bid to control rising costs and improve care. But the transition has been tough on some independent primary care doctors.

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Honolulu officials have approved a bill that would lower property taxes by about $70 for most Oahu homeowners.

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Hawaiʻi's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets.

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OOKALA — A Hawaiʻi dairy has discharged millions of gallons of stormwater and wastewater as part of a scheduled closure plan, officials said.

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WAILUKU — The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved the first base-rate increase in six years by Maui Electric Company Ltd., officials said.

The power company announced the 3.7% increase Friday and expects the change to generate $12.1 million in annual revenue, The Maui News reported Sunday.

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  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field next week.

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KATHMANDU, Nepal — Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive.

Governor Asks Lawmakers to Revive Water Rights Bill

Apr 18, 2019
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Gov. David Ige has asked state lawmakers to revive a bill that would extend water permits held by private users, a measure that a Senate committee shelved earlier this session.

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The Honolulu City Council has preliminarily approved the latest versions of the rail project's capital and operating budgets for the new year. Bills 15 and 16 outline what the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will receive from the City and County for Fiscal Year 2019.

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All Nippon Airways has completed a test flight of a new wide-body aircraft with its arrival in Hawaii.

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Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. Now, Hawaii lawmakers are considering adopting a resolution calling for the creation of legal protections for Native Hawaiian cultural intellectual property. 

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Barring any action by the City Council, most of Honolulu's top officials will get a 3.5% pay raise this year. The city's Salary Commission agreed on the pay hike for positions ranging from the mayor to the deputy fire and police chiefs. 

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Legislation to regulate midwives in Hawaiʻi has highlighted a divide among home birth advocates.

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KALAOA, Hawaii — A weekend earthquake that struck Hawaiʻi was not related to volcanic activity, scientists said.

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Electronic sports, or esports, is a form of competition using video games. And it's a growing industry. The University of Hawaiʻi is in the process developing a curriculum focusing on esports, and the many facets of the industry.

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It has been about a year since massive flooding on the Garden Island wiped out the only highway on Kauaʻi’s North Shore. Since then, road repairs have kept Kūhiō Highway closed to the general public. 

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UPDATED: 3:23 PM, 4/15

An inmate who escaped from a Hawaii jail has been found.

Police arrested Troy Diego Monday after an island-wide manhunt. The search began when he and another inmate escaped from Maui Community Correctional Center on Sunday.

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HILO, Hawaii — Scientists in Hawaii are monitoring increasing activity surrounding one of the Big Island's volcanoes.

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Farmers and ranchers from across the state met with Governor David Ige and legislators today in an attempt to revive a contentious water rights bill. The group says without House Bill 1326, hundreds of Hawaiʻi’s farmers and ranchers would lose their access to water at the end of the year.

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HILO, Hawaii — Hawaiʻi County has joined a multi-state lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over opioid addiction and overdoses, according to officials.

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The Federal Transit Administration is withholding payments for Honolulu's rail system until officials make changes to its plan to get the $9 billion project back on track.

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Nolan Espinda, Gov. David Ige’s nominee to head the state Department of Public Safety, won’t get the backing of a key legislative committee.

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  A Hawaiʻi man charged in the beating death of a homeless man has agreed to a plea deal and will testify against his co-defendant, a prosecutor said.

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Scientists are celebrating a milestone today. Astronomers have captured the first ever image of a black hole. The image was produced by a network of telescopes around the world, including two on Hawaiʻi’s own Mauna Kea.

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HONOLULU — Former Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle wants to return to his old job as the city's top prosecutor because of a growing corruption scandal, he said Wednesday.

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Hawaii lawmakers tried Tuesday to get more information about the recent Maui prison riot and two fatal shootings involving the state Department of Public Safety.

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Time is running out for voters in the Honolulu City Council District 4 to cast their ballots in the contentious special election between Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters.

DOT To Temporarily Reopen Pali Highway On Sunday

Apr 10, 2019
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Due to emergency electrical repairs on the Likelike Highway, the state Department of Transportation will be temporarily reopening the Pali Highway this Sunday, April 14. 

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