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Records show a Hawaii state agency allowed a man to accumulate a six-figure debt by making sporadic lease payments on a parcel of land, a report said.

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HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii County has received a federal government extension to complete reconstruction of a highway that was severely damaged during last year's Kilauea volcanic eruption, officials said.

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CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii's Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands' most abundant and vibrant coral reefs thrives just below the surface.

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One of this year's winners of an award some call the "Oscar of the Physics World" is a team that included 30 people on the Big Island working at two telescopes atop Mauna Kea.  

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Today marks a year since the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park reopened its doors to visitors following the 2018 Kīlauea eruption that destroyed homes, closed roadways and disrupted the lives of the community. Now, the park has marked another milestone.

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In an effort to reduce a long wait list for homestead lots, the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands offered 37 "turn-key" homes in Kapolei to native Hawaiian beneficiaries, the agency announced Saturday.

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Twenty-seven people pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of obstructing government operations related to the ongoing protest against the planned Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, according to media coverage.

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The Maui County Council voted 5-4 on Friday to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But a last-minute revelation from county attorneys has set up a showdown between councilmembers and Mayor Michael Victorino.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is monitoring six pygmy killer whales lingering off Sugar Beach in Kihei, Maui, the same beach where a different group of whales stranded themselves last month.

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HILO, Hawaii — The state attorney general's office is ordering the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to provide information about how the agency is helping protesters blocking construction of a giant telescope.

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A federal court ruled Valley Isle wastewater treatment plants violate the Clean Water Act. The island’s mayor wants to challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court, but lawmakers want to settle. A decision may come down to a Maui County Council vote today. 

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The Federal Reserve cut interest rates Wednesday to help the slowing national economy. Meanwhile, researchers say Hawaii's economy is already weak, and the state is growing more vulnerable to global events.

Hawaii Emergency Management Authority may build and maintain the state’s emergency siren system, but officials said they are not to blame for the emergency sirens that sounded by accident on Oahu and in Kahului, Maui, on Wednesday.

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A judge is postponing sentencing for a retired Honolulu police chief and his wife convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii's largest corruption case.

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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease.

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Despite having an ambitious goal to plant 100,000 trees by 2025, the city has been unable to keep count of exactly how many have already been planted.

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Drought has caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage in Hawaii in the past 20 years. A particularly severe event from 2007-2014 was especially damaging to ranching in the state.

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Updated: Sept. 19, 2019, 6:44 a.m.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard is calling the accidental activation of emergency sirens by her department on Wednesday "unacceptable." She said HPD is taking steps to prevent a reoccurrence.

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To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, the Hawaii attorney general's office will take over prosecution of protesters arrested for blocking construction of a giant telescope.

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Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors is siding with states opposing a Kentucky law that imposes criminal and civil penalties on doctors who perform abortions using a commonly used procedure for women after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

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Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono is joining efforts to prevent changes to an immigration guideline. The amendments would make it harder for low-income immigrants to get green cards or temporary visas. 

Federal officials announced charges against 15 defendants who authorities say were involved in illegal gambling operations on the island, some run in residential homes on Oahu.

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Hawaii has amassed a backlog of property title certificates that stretches back six years, state officials said.

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Chinatown merchants are now required to use city-mandated yellow bags to dispose of their curbside trash, otherwise it won't be picked up by city trash collectors.

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Community meetings throughout Maui County are being held to help Mayor Michael Victorino and his administration craft its first budget that will cover fiscal year 2020-2021.

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Honolulu has seen the cost of repairing vandalism to city parks fall because of new security strategies, officials said.

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Honolulu is updating a pilot program to improve the collection of bulky trash items that have been piling up in neighborhoods since new rules took effect, officials said.

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An unverified Twitter account has closely copied the appearance of the official Thirty Meter Telescope account and is sending out derogatory and culturally insensitive posts.

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HONOLULU — A 100-year-old woman who sued her prosecutor granddaughter in a financial dispute and lost is getting a new trial.

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HONOLULU — The number of short-term rental violations issued by the city of Honolulu continues to rise following the implementation of a new ordinance, officials said.

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