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Longtime Honolulu rail critic Panos Prevedouros advocated that the project should hit pause, finish the line to Middle Street and the route should be reassessed. A city councilmember introduced a resolution this week with a similar stance.

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A Honolulu City Council resolution to approve a condo-hotel building has been sent back to the Committee on Zoning and Planning for more consideration.

Updated 4/21/21, 1:15 p.m.

A proposal to raise the fare for Oʻahu’s paratransit service is moving forward at Honolulu Hale.

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A measure to again increase the price of admission for tourists at Hanauma Bay State Park is advancing at Honolulu Hale. This is the second time in less than a year the City Council is discussing an increase to the nonresident fee at the nature preserve.

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A state proposal would transfer the responsibility and costs of emergency medical services on Oahu from the state Department of Health to the City and County of Honolulu. But the City is urging the legislature to oppose the measure.

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Updated 2/18/21, 2:36 p.m.

Various measures that would affect funding for art and culture in Hawaii are moving through the state legislature. While the need in other sectors has never been greater, arts advocates say cutting state funding for the arts could eventually hamper the state's recovery.

Updated 2/17/21, 12:08 p.m.

The Honolulu City Council is considering two measures that address abandoned boats and trailers on city streets today. The measures aim to address safety concerns in communities, while also clarifying jurisdictions and procedures for their removal.

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Updated 2/12/21, 12:05 p.m.

A Hawaiian housing organization plans to file federal racketeering charges against Bank of America for failing to fulfill a decades-long pledge to provide home loans to Native Hawaiians.

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Updated 2/11/21, 11:57 a.m.

A recent statewide survey found 91% of participants plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine. State officials say it's a strong indication that attitudes about the vaccine are rapidly shifting since vaccinations began in mid-December.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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The Honolulu City Council has seen several changes to start the New Year. While they give the Council a new appearance compared to previous years, its reponsibilities remain same – and so do its challenges.

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Updated 1/13/21, 11:58 a.m.

Any reports of mass vaccination centers being set up in Hawaii are not yet definite says House Speaker Scott Saiki.

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HONOLULU — Honolulu has a new slate of leaders after the mayor and five first-term City Council members took the oath of office.

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Five new councilmembers will be sworn in this Saturday at Honolulu Hale. The people they replace spent the last eight years shaping Oʻahu's communities and addressing critical issues.

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Updated 11/6/20, 10:13 a.m.

The next Honolulu City Council is now set after voters across Oʻahu filled the last three council seats on Tuesday. But like the new administration, new council members will have to tackle difficult problems once they are sworn in come January. 

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The Honolulu City Council has introduced two bills that would increase fares for public transportation.

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Voters will fill three of the nine Honolulu City Council seats in the November 3rd general election. Two candidates have already won in the primary. All of the new councilmembers will not only help guide the city's recovery from COVID-19, but tackle problems Oʻahu faced even before the pandemic.

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It's been two weeks since the Caldwell administration announced it was withdrawing from a crucial part of the rail project. Mayor Kirk Caldwell explained his decision at a special Honolulu City Council meeting on Monday.

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Five of the nine Honolulu City Council seats are up for grabs and the city’s next four years hinges on this election.

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Updated: 6/4/2020,12:50 p.m.

Where we stand

Hawaii recorded two new coronavirus cases today. The state health department reports the number of recorded cases now stands at 655; deaths remain at 17.

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The Honolulu City Council approved a twin-tower condominium project that is expected to add nearly 1,000 residential units.

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UPDATED: 1/30/2020, 1:20 p.m.

The Honolulu City Council is continuing efforts to address concerns about the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney following the departure of Keith Kaneshiro. The prosecutor, who is the subject of a federal investigation, has been on paid leave.

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The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday approved one of the strictest bans on plastics in the country, closing loopholes in the existing ordinance on plastic bags and prohibiting single-use utensils and Styrofoam containers.

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The Honolulu City Council is expected to pass the strictest ban in the state on single-use plastic products.

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A measure banning single-use plastic and polystyrene products from Oahu restaurants is moving to the full City Council for a final vote after amendments, although some businesses remain opposed to it.

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A measure to restrict single-use plastics and polystyrene containers on Oahu is moving forward at the City Council.

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