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At 10 am Thursday morning the Honolulu Board of Water Supply began notifying Oahu residents that one of its reservoirs was reaching dangerous levels. The reservoir in question is held in place by a 103-year old earthen dam that sits uphill of thousands of homes.

Nu’uanu Reservoir #1 sits just off the Ewa side of Pali Highway behind the Oahu Country Club. It’s not one of the larger reservoirs in the area, but it still holds millions of gallons of water above dense residential neighborhoods.

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On Wednesday the Honolulu City Council voted unanimously to advance two bills that could have a major impact on the city’s homelessness policy. One would make it illegal to obstruct public sidewalks. The other would ban camping in any public space. But a court case on the mainland may spell trouble for one of the bills.

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A Hawaii judge has ruled in the legal dispute surrounding control of a sugar plantation fortune. The details of the case read like a novel. Abigail Kawananakoa is the heir to the James Campbell trust, a collection of real estate, properties, and cash assets valued at $215 million. She is also a descendant of Hawaii's former monarchy and is considered by many to be the last Hawaiian princess. 

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Despite receiving approval from the state in 2009, a community hospital development project in West Maui has struggled to obtain funding for the past 9 years. That is a big deal for a community where it can take as long as two hours to reach the nearest hospital.

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Voters will get the chance to decide whether or not property taxes should be used to fund Hawaii's public schools. A judge ruled on Friday that a referendum question to amend the state constitution could remain on the November ballot. 

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The Honolulu Planning Commission held a public hearing yesterday on several proposals that would change the way Temporary Vacation Units, or TVU’s, operate on Oahu. Dozens of Oahu residents appeared in person to testify.

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Hurricane Lane only recently departed the Hawaiian Islands but other storms, Hurricanes Norman and Oliva, are moving our way.

The Conversation producer Ryan Finnerty takes a closer look at how storms disrupt the all-important ocean shipping industry here in Hawaii. Brad Dechter is the President of the freight company Dependable Hawaiian Express as Hurricane Lane moved through.

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Adaptive Surfers from around the world are expressing displeasure with a new scoring policy. 

The sport of adaptive surfing uses modified boards and equipment to allow people with physical limitations to ride ocean waves. The sport has been gaining popularity worldwide after the Hawaii-based organization Access Surf started the first ever adaptive surfing contest 11 years ago.

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How do sick and injured people get help during a storm? It’s a matter of life and death for some patients riding out the storm in hospitals, long-term care facilities or at home.

Maintaining the healthcare system during an emergency is the job of Chris Crabtree. He’s the Director of Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management.

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Hurricane Lane Update, Homeless Preparation During Hurricane, Healthcare During Storms, Disaster Preparedness, Reporter Update with Wayne Yoshioka

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Hawaii is known around the world as the birthplace of surfing. In the Territorial Days, Duke Kahanamoku introduced the Western world to the sport of wave riding at Queen's surf break in Waikiki. Now, under the watchful gaze of the Duke statue, Queens is once again the site of a milestone event in the world of surfing.

The 11th annual Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Championships wrap up today in Waikiki. There are plenty of surf competitions across Hawaii – but this one is unique among them. The big difference? Many of the competitors arrive at the beach in a wheelchair. 

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It’s being hailed as a solution to save Sunset Beach thanks to a private-public partnership. Work began yesterday to take down damaged portion of a bike lane eaten away by beach erosion during high waves. The North Shore Community Land Trust has partnered with the City to complete the Sunset restoration project.

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If you’ve ever ordered anything online, you know that shipping to Hawaii can take a while. That is because the vast majority of goods in Hawaii came here on a ship. But the share delivered by air has been growing steadily for almost 30 years.

In fact, Hawaiian Airlines is the nation’s oldest air cargo carrier. It was issued the first-ever certificate for air freight back during World War Two. This week the company debuted a new fleet of inter-island cargo planes

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2018 Primary Election Debrief; Primary Election Recap, Presidential Authority to Use Military Force; Harmany App

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Overfishing is a concern around the world and here in Hawaii. A new conservation law just signed by President Trump stands to significantly change the way commercial fisherman in Hawaii and U.S. Pacific Territories bring their catch to market. 

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Earlier in the week, a young woman who was severely injured by a lava bomb spoke to the media for the first time. 20-year-old Jessica Tilton and her family were visiting Hawaii from Illinois. The Tilton’s booked a lava viewing boat tour out of Hilo on July 16th.

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The roar of two F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets signaled the start of an assault on Kaneohe’s Pyramid Rock Beach. A multinational coalition was about to launch an amphibious landing in the fictional nation of Griffon. Their objective was to retake an airfield that had been captured by hostile forces in the wake of a natural disaster.

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A local nonprofit, Common Cause Hawaii, has created a “Power Ballot” that provides Hawaii voters with information regarding candidates in upcoming elections. Corrie Tanida of Common Cause hopes this project will help Hawaii voters make informed choices on Election Day.

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The eruption at Kilauea has been disrupting life in Puna for almost 3 months. At present, over 700 homes have been destroyed. Many more have been abandoned due to unsafe conditions and lack of access.

Some residents have been receiving payouts from their homeowners insurance to cover the damage. But others are not so lucky. One Big Island couple is suing their insurer over the company's lack of response.

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  Hawaii’s primary elections are less than 3 weeks away. Yesterday, we highlighted the race for Congressional District 1 as part of an HPR electrion forum. Today we’re putting the spotlight on another contentious race: Lieutenant Governor.

 

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The Honolulu City Council says parking is the number one complaint across the island in all the districts. That is why councilmember Carol Fukunaga has cracked down with a bill that regulates commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods.

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This week several members of the 25 nation coalition participated in a naval gunnery exercise off the coast of Oahu as part of the 2018 Rim of the Pacific. The Conversation’s Ryan Finnerty joined the crew of the USS Lake Erie as they went through live fire training.

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Imagine: a devastating tsunami strikes the island of Oahu. Ports are blocked, bridges are damaged, and hospitals are overwhelmed. It’s a nightmare scenario that has been playing out on Ford Island this week. Service members from 10 nations are participating in a disaster response training exercise as part of the 2018 Rim of the Pacific war games.

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The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation recently released a revised draft plan to make extensive renovations to Ala Moana Regional Park. Public pushback to the initial parking plan triggered the changes.

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The State of Hawaii has announced a new policy regarding the collection of so-called agency fees from non-members of public employee unions.

 

The policy, outlined in a memo from the State Comptroller, was spurred by last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Janus v AFSCMEThat case, brought by Illinois state employee Mark Janus, overturned a precedent established in 1977 that allowed public unions to collect dues from all public employees, regardless of their membership status in the union.

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The process of desalination offers the alluring possibility of a near unlimited supply of water for drinking and agriculture from an otherwise unusable source. But there’s a catch. Current desalination technology requires a lot of energy. Most plants are powered by fossil fuel, generating a great deal of carbon pollution in the process.

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A traditional Lion Dance marked the official opening of the Joint Outreach Center – located next to the Downtown Police Substation on Hotel Street. Leaders from government, healthcare, and the non-profit communities gathered to mark its opening.

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Do you know where your internet comes from? Yesterday on The Conversation we heard about how next-generation 5G wireless networks will eventually come to communities in Hawaii. But those local high-speed networks aren’t worth much without a high-speed connection to the global internet. And that comes from a vast network of undersea cables crisscrossing the globe.

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App-based services and businesses have fundamentally changed the economic landscape. But their evolution would not have been possible without a high-speed wireless network over which to transmit all that data. That network is known as 4G or LTE.

The next generation of even faster wireless networks is known as 5G, and it’s poised to further change an already dynamic digital landscape… but those networks can’t be built without first developing the infrastructure to support 5G.

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Hawaii has a well-documented problem recruiting and retaining public school teachers. At a meeting of the State Board of Education yesterday, Hawaii State Teachers Association President Corey Rosenlee revealed that teachers are now moving to the mainland at a record-setting rate. One of those teachers who recently left Hawaii is Kellee Kelly. After years of struggling to make ends meet, Kellie made the decision to move her family to the mainland. She now lives in Dallas, Texas.

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