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As a new city administration settles in to Honolulu Hale, finances are one challenging area.

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HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii estimates annual losses up to $400,000 while using an expanded practice facility for home football games.

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Updated 2/5/21, 3:10 p.m.

The state Department of Health's State Laboratories Division has confirmed the highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant is present in Hawaii. The variant was originally detected in the United Kingdom, and leads to a more rapid spread than other common COVID-19 strains.

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HONOLULU — A retired Honolulu police officer and a Big Island firefighter were sentenced Wednesday in connection with a corruption case involving a former Honolulu prosecutor and her retired police chief husband.

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Updated 2/4/21, 12 p.m.

The University of Hawaii has responded to House Speaker Scott Saiki's call for it to end its management of state lands on Mauna Kea.

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HONOLULU — A survey conducted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority has found that visitors to the islands between late December and early January were pleased despite limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated 2/3/21, 11:59 a.m.

State health officials warn that the more transmissible UK COVID-19 virus may be present in Hawaii. Diagnostic Labs detected a molecular clue in four samples that could indicate that the specimens are the more transmissible variant.

Community opposition is growing in Kohala over plans to develop a parking lot near the Pololū Valley lookout. The proposal would improve access to the area’s popular hiking trail, but it could also open the door to residential development on the valley ridgeline.


The state faces steep budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic--and that may include education. 

Children advocacy groups hope to fill the gaps in services and find new ways to generate funds for those programs.

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HONOLULU — Educators and child care workers across Hawaii have become eligible and started receiving coronavirus vaccinations.

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Updated 2/2/21, 11:58 a.m.

Reports of domestic violence have increased during the pandemic, and that has the state judiciary concerned.

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HONOLULU — The chairperson of the Hawaii Republican Party has resigned after a senior party member used an official Twitter account to send tweets defending adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

A grassroots effort is underway for a local non-profit to purchase an ancient Hawaiian fishpond on Kauaʻi. The Alakoko Fishpond was recently put on the market with a pricetag of $3 million dollars.

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Updated 2/1/21, 12 p.m.

Some Hawaii schools and childcare facilities water pipes will be tested for lead this year. It's part of a federal initiative partially funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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HILO — Some Hawaii restaurant owners have come out against a proposed bill to place a 2-cent tax on each fluid ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages sold in the state.

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HONOLULU — A bill introduced at the Hawaii Legislature would broaden the powers of the state agency managing the redevelopment of Aloha Stadium.

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HONOLULU — The operator of a Hawaii wind farm has agreed to fund research into their environmental practices after some endangered species were killed by their turbines.

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HAGATNA, Guam — Health workers at clinics in Guam have distributed coronavirus vaccine to residents who are not in current priority groups to prevent unused doses from being wasted.

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HONOLULU — The Honolulu City Council has endorsed an affordable rental housing tower for older adults on city land in Chinatown.

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HONOLULU — The Navy has announced about a dozen personnel assigned to a Pearl Harbor destroyer, now in San Diego, have tested positive for COVID-19 and were removed from the ship.

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Updated 1/29/21, 1:14 p.m.

The state’s largest private medical laboratory is scaling up its COVID-19 testing capacity. Diagnostic Laboratory Services will go from being able to do 1,000 tests a day to 4,000.

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Two surveys of commercial and residential real estate show how much unpaid rent has accumulated through the Covid economy.

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The Honolulu City Council is again tightening city regulations on oversized houses in residential neighborhoods. This time by going after the permits that allow them to be built.

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Updated 1/28/21, 12 p.m.

The state judiciary is asking the legislature to not decrease its operating budget for the next year.

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HONOLULU — Travelers from South Korea can soon bypass Hawaii's mandatory 10-day quarantine by producing a negative COVID-19 test from a trusted screening partner in their home country.


American Samoa’s repatriation system picked up five COVID-19 cases so far among the more than 160 residents in quarantine here in Honolulu. This is American Samoa’s first attempt to help residents get home since the pandemic closed its borders more than 10 months ago.  

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Updated 1/27/21, 11:58 a.m.

Former Hawaiʻi County Mayor Billy Kenoi died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 52.

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii Tourism Authority has started planning for the possibility the organization could be defunded by the state.

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Updated 1/27/21, 1:09 p.m.

The Honolulu City Council has referred the appointment of Andy Kawano as the city's next budget director to its budget committee for further consideration. The city's department of budget and fiscal services has one of the largest responsibilities in city government.

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HONOLULU — Birthday plans for one of Hawaii's most esteemed houses have raised concerns over the proposed $53,000 cost while the state deals with significant economic problems stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.