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Rail construction moves forward amid COVID-19 crisis; Pandemic delays Hawaii courts; Staying safe from domestic abuse while staying home; Nearly free childcare for Maui's essential workers

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The Honolulu transit fare review body wants to raise the price of a bus ride by 25 cents to $3, but provide free transfers between the rail and bus.

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Gun control bills at the 2020 legislative session; AARP Hawaii warns of Census scammers; Hitachi lands $70M a year rail contract; Creating Hawaiian subtitles for Netflix content

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The City and County of Honolulu signed an agreement with Hitachi worth $918 million over 13 years to operate the long-delayed rail transit system.

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Updated: 2/11/20, 11:30 a.m.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is growing increasingly impatient with delays in the city's rail project, citing holdups in awarding the final phase of the system's construction contract and work along Dillingham Boulevard.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell sought to reassure the public on Monday that the city has enough money to cover the operational costs of the controversial rail project.

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A federal agency has approved a rail recovery plan submitted by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, officials said.

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Pearl Harbor Shipyard Centennial; DNA Medicare Fraud; Rail Power Issues; Analyzing eDNA In Water Samples; Water Sitting at Bottom of Kilauea Crater

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CRB City Follow-up; UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Rail Update; Hawaii's Filoli Connection

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Leadership and TMT; Polls and Polling; Rail Legal Dispute; Wildfire Risk in Hawaii; Transpac: Roy Disney

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city's $9.2 billion rail project isn't in danger of losing federal funds, so long as it builds all 20 miles of the planned transit line.

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The Federal Transit Administration is withholding payments for Honolulu's rail system until officials make changes to its plan to get the $9 billion project back on track.

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When state lawmakers added new members to the HART board to help scrutinize the growing costs of Honolulu’s rail system, it actually made it more difficult to get a quorum and get business done. That’s why a question to amend the city charter will appear on the ballot next week. HART board chairman Damien Kim sat down with us yesterday afternoon to explain why voters are being asked to tweak the makeup and operation of the board.

The Conversation: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Sep 13, 2017
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Banking for Dispensaries; Technical Challenges of Urban Rail; Women in Business

The Conversation: Monday, August 28th, 2017

Aug 28, 2017
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Rail Finance; Political Dog Whistles; Molokai Community Plan

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The Transient Accommodation Tax or T-A-T is the buzzword of the week. At least it will be at the Hawai‘i State Capitol, where lawmakers are in special session to come up with a plan to finance the Honolulu rail project. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi tells us why this tax is so popular. 

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No one person decided the rail system Honolulu is currently embarked on.  In 2008, 50.6% of voters decided to allow the construction of a steel on steel rail transit system.  There were expert panels, studies, reports, and key City Council decisions, which were shaped by input.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa talked with former Mayor Mufi Hannemann who was spearheading the rail project at the time.  It was pegged at 5.2 billion dollars.

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  There were a few key junctures in the long, convoluted story of Honolulu’s rail project.  Getting the point five percent general excise tax increase was one, and the decision to go with an elevated system is another.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa is taking an average citizen’s look at the project and had a chance to talk with two key players involved in the project’s beginnings.

Town Square: Another Look at the Rail Project

Feb 9, 2017
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  Since before Honolulu's elevated rail broke ground, architect Scott Wilson has advocated for a different system. Still rail but 'at grade.' In a report released this year he re-energized that idea to transform the bloated project once it reaches town. Scott Wilson will be on the show to answer calls and questions.

The Conversation: Friday, August 12th, 2016

Aug 12, 2016
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Outlook for the E-Cig Industry; A Local School Goes Paperless; Future of HART


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Campbell estate heiress Abigail Kawānanakoa has filed a lawsuit against the City and County of Honolulu to re-address the City Council’s approval of the rail project.  The lawsuit seeks to invalidate key votes of two former Honolulu City Council members who favored the rail project.  Former city council members Romy Cachola and Nestor Garcia agreed to pay fines to the city ethics commission for accepting gifts from lobbyists who profited from rail construction.

Bridget G. Morgan is an attorney representing Kawānanakoa. 

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A Hawaii congressman has a new idea to help a couple of major roadways on Oahu. The financial impact of light rail construction has slowed repairs to Kamehameha and Farrington Highways.  The two corridors serve as vital links between Aiea and Waipahu for residents, and require improvements brought on by the rail.

Town Square: Rail progress report

Jan 15, 2015

On Town Square, a progress report on Honolulu's rail project Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Daniel Grabauskas, HART Executive Director & CEO.  

Town Square: Rail Progress Report

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On this Town Square, a progress report on Honolulu's rail project with Mayor Kirk Caldwell and HART Executive Director & CEO, Daniel Grabauskas. 

Honolulu Rail Transit Not On Budget or On Time

Dec 18, 2014
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O’ahu’s 5.3 billion dollar rail transit project is facing harsh financial challenges and probably will not be built on budget or on time.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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  Honolulu’s rail system is still a couple of years away from opening its first section. But another multi-billion dollar train deal overseas is making local headlines in two countries.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Honolulu TOD Plans Up for Public Comment

Oct 13, 2014
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Honolulu’s Rail Transit system is scheduled to begin operating in three years. City officials are currently working on development and zoning plans for land along the transit route. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

Honolulu Rail Transit update

Sep 17, 2014
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Construction of Honolulu’s 5.2 billion dollar Rail Transit System is moving toward the urban center at a steady pace.  The focus of the City Council’s Budget Committee yesterday was on the project’s impact on Kaka’ako businesses.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

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  The Honolulu Rail system is still at least five years from completion. The first section is scheduled to operate in 2017, with the entire system up and running by 2019. This week, another metro rail system took a big step forward...in Mumbai, India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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