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Updated 3/17/20, 5:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has cancelled a severe thunderstorm watch for Maui County. Kauaʻi and Oʻahu were under the same watch earlier today. 

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LIHUE — A Hawaii scientific group has announced the discovery of new cases of a fungal disease that has killed thousands of native ʻōhiʻa trees.

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Updated: 3/14/20, 9:17 p.m.

Gov. David Ige says a Mainland couple who came into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient flew directly into Maui on March 2 on a United flight and then to Kauaʻi on March 8 before testing positive for the virus. Meanwhile, city officials said they have been notified of another case on Oahu, and Maui officials have been told tonight that a female visitor who was under investigation has tested positive for the coronavirus. 

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The arrest on Thursday of Kauaʻi Council Member Arthur Brun has surprised and disappointed residents across the small island, while charges that he led a major drug ring selling methamphetamine has shaken the image of the tranquil, laid-back community.

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Bail will remain at $5 million for a mother arrested in Hawaii over the disappearance of her two Idaho children, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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Updated: 2/28/20, 4:55 p.m.

Kauaʻi County Council member Arthur Brun pleaded not guilty Friday to 10 felony charges -- two with a maximum punishment of life in prison -- after he was arrested with 11 others by Kauaʻi police and federal agents as part of an islandwide drug sweep.

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A proposed polystyrene ban on Kauaʻi has passed first reading at the County Council. Council members discussed the proposed ban at its monthly meeting yesterday. 

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BOISE, Idaho — Police say the mother of two missing kids has been found in Hawaii along with her new husband, but there's still no sign of the children in the cross-country investigation that includes several mysterious deaths.

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More than 26 percent of the food in Hawaiʻi goes uneaten each year – that’s nearly one billion dollars’ worth of food likely ending up in the landfill. But Kauaʻi wastes a lot less food, and thanks to a backyard effort that could prove a solution to problem of food waste statewide.

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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.

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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.

Trashing the Islands, Kauai; Surf & Space; Changes at the Police Commission; Honolulu Zoo Accreditation; Lei Day Celebrations

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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.

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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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