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National Weather Service

Updated: June 26, 4:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service maintained a flash flood watch for Kauai and Niihau Wednesday afternoon while removing Oahu in face of improving conditions.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell vetoed one short-term rental measure and signed another that will restrict the operation of the rentals on Oahu. 

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A U.S. prosecutor says 30 Honolulu police officers conducted 24-hour surveillance on the uncle of former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha the week she claimed he stole her mailbox in 2013.

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HONOLULU — A man who was involved in a terrifying 2016 skydiving accident on the same plane that crashed and killed 11 people in Hawaii on Friday says he wishes he could have done more to prevent the tragedy.

Katherine Hitt

HONOLULU — Hawaii's governor will support a state bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, a report said.

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Kauai tourists will need to save their change if they're planning a visit to two of the island’s most popular state parks.

Starting Friday, the state plans to charge out-of-state visitors and commercial buses fees to park at Koke’e and Waimea Canyon State Parks. Residents, however, can enter the parks for free after showing identification.

National Transportation Safety Board

The Honolulu medical examiner has released the identities of seven of the 11 victims in Friday night's skydiving airplane crash at Dillingham Airfield.


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Updated: June 24, 1:02 p.m.

The Oahu emergency management agency wants residents and tourists to prepare for the possibility of heavy rains and flash floods that could begin as early as Monday afternoon. A flash flood watch remains in effect for Oahu, Kauai and Niihau from 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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  HONOLULU — Federal investigators will review repair and inspection records on the skydiving plane that became inverted before crashing shortly after takeoff on Oahu's North Shore, killing all 11 people on board in the deadliest civil aviation accident since 2011.

Michael St. John / AP

  HONOLULU — Yesenia D'Alessandro loaded a GPS tracking app on her cellphone and trudged into a remote Hawaii forest, joining more than 100 other volunteers looking for a missing hiker.


HILO — A memorial has been dedicated to Hawaii Island military members who died during the Korean War, a report said.

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Casey Williamson's love of adventure led him to winter snowboarding in Vail, Colorado, and summer skydiving in Moab, Utah. A year-and-a-half ago, he found his way to Hawaii, where he could skydive year-round.

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BATH, Maine — A Hawaii delegation brought a tropical flair to a state known for cold weather as a Navy destroyer bearing the name of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye was christened Saturday at Bath Iron Works.

National Transportation Safety Board

Updated: June 23, 4:22 p.m.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner determined 10 men and one woman died Friday night at Dillingham Airfield, all the result of multiple blunt trauma injuries caused by the crash of a skydivers airplane. Official identities of the victims may be released starting Monday, the medical examiner said through a city spokeman Sunday afternoon.

9 Reported Dead In Crash Near Dillingham Airfield

Jun 21, 2019

Updated: June 21, 9:20 p.m.

Nine people perished in a crash of a King Air twin-engine plane near Dillingham Airfield, state transportation officials said on Twitter Friday.

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HILO — Officials on the Big Island are considering a bill to loosen restrictions on plastics used by restaurants and other food vendors.


NEW YORK — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada are joining the legal fight against T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint in a case that lawyers on both sides say they hope will reach trial in October.

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The 2017 federal tax cuts created something called “Opportunity Zones.” The idea was to give investors a tax break by putting money into economically troubled areas.

Amy Nakamura / HPR

Updated: June 21, 12:29 p.m.

The controversial Thirty-Meter Telescope is moving ahead again, setting the stage for another round of protests. Gov. David Ige announced on Thursday that the project received a notice to proceed, meaning building of the telescope can resume on the summit of Mauna Kea.

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Updated 6/20 8:50 AM

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii heat wave has continued to set record high temperatures through June, officials said.

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People who use shared cars could see them parked in on-street stalls under a measure bound for the full Honolulu City Council.

Office of Senator Brian Schatz

Senator Brian Schatz answered a wide variety of questions from Hawaii residents Wednesday during his telephone town hall. People asked about the electoral college, climate change, net neutrality, and more.

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HONOLULU (AP) — An ex-Honolulu deputy prosecutor on trial for corruption-related charges has rested her case without testifying in her defense.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Updated 6/19 9:30 AM

WAIPA, Hawaii (AP) — Protesters formed a human chain and blocked tourists from using a Kauai highway to access an area they said cannot support a large influx of people, according to reports.

Noise, Night Work Part Of Year-Long Nimitz Project

Jun 18, 2019

The public is invited to a meeting Tuesday evening to hear about plans to resurface and repair a stretch of Nimitz Highway and Ala Moana Boulevard.

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HONOLULU — Ex-Honolulu prosecutor, Katherine Kealoha, hasn't decided whether she will testify in her defense at a trial over allegations she and her police chief husband framed her uncle to keep him from revealing fraud that funded their lavish lifestyle.

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Updated 6:00 PM 

HONOLULU (AP) — Flights were being delayed and hundreds of people were waiting to go through security screening at Honolulu's airport on Tuesday after an active shooter scare.

KAILUA-KONA — Members of a Big Island community are discussing ways to deal with problems associated with its homeless population, a report said.

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A bill designating Honolulu as a sanctuary city died on Thursday, prompting the question: how progressive is Hawaii? States, counties and cities across the country have adopted sanctuary policies to protect unauthorized immigrants and limit the role of local law emforcement agencies in immigration enforcement but similar efforts have not gained traction in the islands.

Department of Land and Natural Resources

The highway beyond Hanalei on Kauaʻi’s North Shore is officially open to the public today. Kūhiō Highway has been closed for more than fourteen months to complete repairs following last year’s massive rain and flooding. While some residents are glad the roadway is open, others are bracing for the influx of visitors.