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Hawaiʻi lawmakers wrapped up their 2019 legislative session Thursday with an olive branch extended to Gov. David Ige.

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State lawmakers are asking federal officials to either ground all tour helicopters in the islands or ban flights over residential neighborhoods. Following Monday's deadly helicopter crash in Kailua, four senators signed a letter asking for action by the Federal Aviation Administration and state Department of Transportation.

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HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — A man was seriously injured after crossing a safety barrier and falling onto a ledge inside a Hawaiʻi caldera, authorities said.

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New limits on the construction of so-called "monster homes" will take effect immediately after Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell allowed a regulatory measure to become law without his signature.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers have passed bills instituting all-mail voting and automatic recounts for races with narrow victory margins, measures lawmakers hope will boost voter turnout and confidence in elections.

City To Pick Up Bulky Trash By Appointment

May 1, 2019
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Starting June 3, the city plans to switch from monthly pickups of bulky items to scheduled collection appointments in neighborhoods from Foster Village to Hawaiʻi Kai, including Waikīkī. Monthly collections will continue in other areas of Oʻahu.

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This Friday makes a year since Kīlauea erupted, sending lava into residential communities on Hawaiʻi Island. The event displaced about 2,000 people and claimed more than 700 homes in the Puna area of the Big Island. Many of the residents are still recovering. Among them are the scientists who monitor the volcano that could rumble to life at any time.

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A new program announced today aims to help K-12 teachers in the state purchase a home. It's the result of a partnership with local leaders and a mainland firm with a connection to Mark Zuckerberg.

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State transportation officials plan to delay the full reopening of Kauaʻi's Kūhiō Highway until the week of May 20 following concerns raised by residents in the area.

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Two dogs attacked a mother and her 1 1/2-year-old daughter last week near the Children's Discovery Center in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu.

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HONOLULU — A bill making it a misdemeanor to lie to government investigators or inspectors during building inspections won approval from both houses of the Hawaiʻi Legislature.

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A measure that would have implemented red light cameras at intersections will instead call for further study.

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He was Honolulu's Rolex-wearing police chief, an avid surfer who chatted with beat cops in Pidgin, Hawaiʻi's creole language. She was his deputy city prosecutor wife, who drove a Maserati and led an elite unit targeting career criminals while showering lunches on colleagues, friends and even the workers renovating her home.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami is urging the state to postpone its planned reopening of Kūhiō Highway this Wednesday. The flood-damaged road has been closed for nearly a year, and Kawakami says there is still much to be done first. 


After completing an inaugural flight from Kahului to Honolulu yesterday morning, Southwest Airlines is offering $29 fares for interisland flights.

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KAHULUI — Hybrid electric planes will be tested by a Hawaiʻi airline hoping to use them for short-haul commercial flights, officials said.

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The visitor industry remains one of Hawaii’s key economic engines, but what about the future? One need is to continue to develop a tourism workforce, and that was a goal of a program this month involving more than a thousand high school students on four islands.

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New census figures indicate the population on Oʻahu fell by tens of thousands over the previous eight years.

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Hawaii County is part of a nation- and state-wide effort to keep opioids and other powerful pain medications from being misused. 

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — A nonprofit organization that investigates sexual misconduct for the U.S. Olympic Committee has been looking into allegations that University of Hawaii men's volleyball coach Charlie Wade engaged in sexual misconduct with a former female player.

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NEW YORK — Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.

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State Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda was confirmed by the Hawaiʻi Senate Wednesday after critical remarks by several of his opponents.


Across the country, health care spending is through the roof reaching $3.5 trillion in 2017. Hawaiʻi’s largest insurer HMSA says the way doctors have been paid is part of the problem. 

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Hawaiʻi firefighters will receive pay increases as part of a new two-year contract agreement, officials said.

  The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and the state government agreed to 2% pay increases in each of the next two years, one-time bonuses in each year and an increase in regular raises based on years of service, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.


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.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

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.