Kauai

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A person who was near a remote Hawaii site where a tour helicopter crashed and killed seven people last month told investigators that visibility was only about 20 feet (6 meters) at the time because of fog and rain, according to a preliminary accident report released Wednesday.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Recycling is a good goal. It reuses materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill. But the world market is changing and, for Kauaʻi, this means rethinking whether exporting recyclables to other countries is sustainable.

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Updated 1/15/20, 11:15 a.m.

HONOLULU — A person who was near a remote Hawaii site where a tour helicopter crashed and killed seven people last month told investigators that visibility was only about 20 feet (6 meters) at the time because of fog and rain, according to a preliminary accident report released Wednesday.

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Kauaʻi's rural landscape and small-town charm are characteristics residents here enjoy and strive to protect. But small-island living also means limited space and fewer options. As garbage continues to pile up at the island’s only landfill, Kauaʻi is looking to turn its small size into its biggest advantage. 

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HANAPEPE, Hawaii — A Hawaii man died in an early morning crash when his motorcycle collided with an ambulance that was responding to a call, authorities said.

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Bad weather and rugged terrain are preventing federal investigators from recovering the wreckage of a Kauaʻi tour helicopter that crashed last week. The pilot and all six passengers were killed.

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A Hawaii tour helicopter that crashed and killed all seven people on board hit a ridge at an altitude of 2,900 feet (883 meters) then fell about 100 feet (30 meters), the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday as investigators planned how to recover the wreckage from the remote and rugged crash site.

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In the wake of the deadly Kauai helicopter crash last week, U.S. Congressman Ed Case has again called for stricter regulation of tour helicopters and small planes. But he acknowledges federal regulators may prove an obstacle.

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Updated: Dec. 29, 6:22 a.m.

HONOLULU -- Tour helicopter operations in Hawaii have come under increased scrutiny after the deadly crash Thursday, one of several recent accidents in the state, with a congressman calling the trips unsafe and lacking proper oversight.

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Updated: Dec. 7:57 p.m.

The National Weather Service canceled a flood advisory for Oahu on Wednesday after heavy but short-lived rains passed to the east. A weakening front is expected to move over Maui tonight then dissipate as it shifts to the Big Island later in the week.

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HILO — The state of Hawaii received a $6.5 million grant from a federal transportation agency to purchase new buses for Kauai and Hawaii Island, agency officials said.

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ANAHOLA, Hawaii — Kauai police say speed appears to have played a role in a car crash that killed three people, including two teen boys.

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LIHUE, Hawaii — A county council member in Hawaii has been charged with striking a police officer with his car while fleeing a traffic stop, records said.

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Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz accused companies related to Kauai's recent islandwide Internet, cable and phone outage of failing to give residents timely information on the communications disruption and when service might be restored.

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The U.S. Air Force has approved Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility as its top choice for the Air National Guard's Space Control Squadron.

County of Kauaʻi

Updated: Oct. 31, 5:40 p.m.

Kauaʻi Council member Arthur Brun was released on bail following his arrest Tuesday when police said he tried to flee during a traffic stop. Council Chair Arryl Kaneshiro says the council is awaiting more information about the arrest.

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Kauaʻi's power utility is seeking public comment on its draft environmental assessment covering diverting stream water to run the Waiahi hydropower plants.

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LIHUE — The number of abandoned vehicles on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is rising each year, a report said.

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A Kauaʻi helicopter company is facing fines of up to $10,000 a day for structures that lack permits on its property in Port Allen. The tour company’s initial request for the Kauaʻi County permits was met with strong opposition from traditional salt makers who practice in nearby Hanapēpē.

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Bookstores used to be all over the islands, and all over the country. There are fewer now than there used to be, and on Kauai there is only one left – the Talk Story Bookstore.

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LIHUE — A Kauaʻi beach park has reopened following a $6 million repair project, a report said.

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LIHUE, Hawaii — A frayed 17-year-old cable was to blame for a widespread power outage in Hawaiʻi, a report said.

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii group is counting vehicles approaching a state park on the island of Kauai as it looks to help regulate visitor traffic.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Updated 6/19 9:30 AM

WAIPA, Hawaii (AP) — Protesters formed a human chain and blocked tourists from using a Kauai highway to access an area they said cannot support a large influx of people, according to reports.

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The highway beyond Hanalei on Kauaʻi’s North Shore is officially open to the public today. Kūhiō Highway has been closed for more than fourteen months to complete repairs following last year’s massive rain and flooding. While some residents are glad the roadway is open, others are bracing for the influx of visitors.

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Kūhiō Highway on Kauaʻi’s North Shore is set to fully re-open next Monday. This also means the re-opening of the popular Kalalau Trail on the Nā Pali Coast, but visitors should know there will be a few changes.

Save Rapozo Kuleana Legacy

A Kauaʻi family dispute over kuleana land within Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s estate continues today in court. In a lawsuit filed in state circuit court, one faction of the Rapozo family is alleging the other committed fraud and deceit leading up to the forced land auction. The court will rule today on whether the case can proceed.

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Noe Tanigawa

In gratitude for the thirty years Hawai‘i has nurtured his professional life, Hawai‘i Symphony principal oboist Scott Janusch came up with a novel idea. He would use a piece of endemic Hawaiian wood to create a very special oboe, one that can be passed on to future generations.

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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. 

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