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HONOLULU — Honolulu’s mayor on Tuesday said he would appoint former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to the board of the city’s rail line as the long-delayed and massively over-budget project faces a funding shortfall that could prevent construction from continuing to its original intended destination of Ala Moana Center.

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More than 21,000 additional jobs were lost in the state during the third quarter of 2020.


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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HONOLULU — Hawaii's vaccine passport program for inter-island travel has begun.

Famed Hawai‘i Quarterback Colt Brennan Dies at 37

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HONOLULU — Colt Brennan, a star quarterback at the University of Hawaii who finished third in the 2007 Heisman Trophy balloting, died early Tuesday, his father said. He was 37.

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Mental health is a growing concern at this stage in the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization is supporting artist-led projects that contribute to mental, social and environmental health.

Various studies have found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones. This month, people on Moloka'i can test that hypothesis for free.

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Updated 5/11/21, 9 a.m.

House Speaker Scott Saiki unveiled the members of a new working group that will be responsible for recommending new management guidelines for Mauna Kea. The 15 member group will review and develop recommendations for a new governance and management structure for the mountain.

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A public records request from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii uncovered a rail report that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit tried to keep confidential. In it is an analysis of 27 alternatives to the original plan including an underground tunnel and shifting the line to Nimitz Highway.

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HONOLULU — A U.S. judge is allowing a former Honolulu police chief convicted in a corruption case to meet with family and friends in Washington state before he begins serving a seven-year prison sentence in Oregon.

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HONOLULU — Scientists have started to introduce native damselflies into the wild on Oahu's North Shore to help repopulate the insect and potentially save the species from extinction.

Micronesians Feel Hatred in Hawaii, Decry Police Shooting

May 10, 2021
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HONOLULU — Comments on social media about a 16-year-old boy shot and killed by Honolulu police have been so hateful that a Catholic priest, who hails from the same small Pacific island as the teen’s family, hesitates to repeat them.

AARP Hawaii: Be On The Lookout For Gift Card Fraud

May 10, 2021
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AARP Hawaii is urging residents to be on the lookout for gift card fraud. Gift cards, also called electronic vouchers, are one of the most common payment methods that scammers request from victims.

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Out of the more than 200 bills that were approved during the 2021 legislative session, a handful were education-related. Some lawmakers and education advocacy groups are calling the session a success, but understand the state's education system continues to be a work in progress.

US Navy Region Hawaii

About 700 gallons of fuel were recovered Friday after 1,000 gallons leaked from a fuel line at the Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, according to the Hawaii Department of Health and the Navy Region Hawaii.

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Customers who have not paid their bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic still kept their electricity and other utilities running. However, that may change at the end of the month when the state’s utility shutoff moratorium comes to an end. Some advocacy groups are calling for utility companies to be lenient to customers who are unable to pay their bills.

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The Honolulu Police Commission has announced its choice for interim police chief upon Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard's last day on June 1. 

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HONOLULU — A man who spent decades in a Hawaii psychiatric hospital for killing a woman was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for escaping from the facility in 2017 and flying to California before he was captured.

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Seasoned arts administrator Allison Wong has been relieved of her position as Deputy Director at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Wong was a link to local artists and to the former Contemporary Museum in Makiki.

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“My Octopus Teacher,” the Oscar-winning documentary film from South Africa, tells the tale of an unusual friendship with an intelligent octopus living in a South African kelp forest. The Conversation learned of the film's Hawai‘i connection in University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu professor Louis Herman, who also hails from South Africa.

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HONOLULU — New confirmed coronavirus infections have surpassed a threshold that calls for increased restrictions on Oahu, but Honolulu's mayor wants to change the parameters of its tiered system to allow gatherings and businesses to stay open. The City will stay in its current tier for an additional four weeks, but thye mayor is still pursuing modified metrics for Honolulu's tier system.

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Hotels are ramping up safety and cleaning protocols to welcome back guests and staff in anticipation of a busier summer travel season.

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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.

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Tonight, citizens could find out what the City plans to do to relieve the filth and crime in Chinatown. Mayor Blangiardi, the City Managing Director, and all the area representatives are scheduled for presentations at tonight's Downtown Chinatown Neighborhood Board meeting. Recent depressing images of the area can make us forget the unique heritage of Honolulu's Chinatown, but during and after WWII, Hotel Street was the center of a vibrant music scene.

Ex-Maui Officer Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Pursuit Of Sex

May 6, 2021
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HONOLULU — A former Maui police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to fraud charges after prosecutors accused him of soliciting sex from a woman he pulled over for driving while intoxicated.

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The Biden administration announced Wednesday a new website dedicated to artificial intelligence, a place where people can stay up-to-date on the federal government’s developments in artificial intelligence. This news comes as Dr. Peter Hershock from the East-West Center prepares for a virtual discussion on the subject Thursday.

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The Hawai‘i Department of Health believes the state will still be able to reach herd immunity against the coronavirus, and it’s taking a grassroots approach to getting more residents vaccinated.

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Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has approved Council Bill 1, introduced by Council Chair Tommy Waters, in a move to address O'ahu's housing crisis by incentivizing the construction of affordable rental housing.

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Kauai County will roll back Thursday to Tier 3 of its COVID-19 business and recreational guidelines due to a surge in new cases over the past two weeks, the county said.

Hawaii Pacific Health

HONOLULU — Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga had no idea a baby was coming when she went into labor on a flight from her home in Utah to Honolulu last week.

Families, Advocates Mark Day of Awareness for Native Victims

May 5, 2021
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — From Washington to Indigenous communities across the American Southwest, top government officials, family members and advocates gathered Wednesday as part of a call to action to address the ongoing problem of violence against Indigenous women and children.