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Honolulu voters will be choosing a new prosecutor this year, after the current one stepped down in the wake of the Kealoha corruption scandal. HPR will be profiling the candidates running for the office up until the August 8 primaries.

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Honolulu voters will be choosing a new prosecutor this year after the current one stepped down in the wake of the Kealoha corruption scandal. HPR will be profiling the candidates running for the office until the August 8 primaries.

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Most of Honolulu's budget bills for the next fiscal year passed into law without Mayor Kirk Caldwell's signature Wednesday. 

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The city placed Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s plan to purchase $2 million worth of COVID-19 tests on hold after state Health Director Bruce Anderson wrote a letter criticizing the decision.

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Starting Monday, Honolulu licensing centers and satellite city halls will no longer accept walk-in appointments for license and identification renewals.

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A Honolulu City Council committee kicks off a review of Mayor Kirk Caldwell's multi-billion dollar budget plan on Thursday as the threat of the coronavirus pandemic looms. Caldwell is proposing a $2.98 billion operating budget and $1.27 billion capital improvements budget for fiscal year 2021.

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Honolulu's acting city prosecutor is seeking to fill the office for another four years.

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Honolulu is the latest city in the country to file a lawsuit against oil companies for the effects of climate change. It joined more than a dozen U.S. cities, states and counties that have taken similar legal action against the fossil fuel industry.

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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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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2019 was the hottest year ever recorded for Oahu. A separate study from the City and County of Honolulu found the hottest day ever recorded also happened last year. And the trend suggests temperatures will continue to rise.

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Former Hawaiʻi News Now general manager Rick Blangiardi announced Wednesday he is running for mayor of the City and County of Honolulu. He enters an already crowded mayoral race.

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A proposal before the Honolulu City Council aims to reduce the long-term carbon footprint of Oahu’s buildings, but it has run into opposition from the island’s gas utility and construction industry.

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The Honolulu City Council is continuing efforts to address concerns about the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney following the departure of Keith Kaneshiro. The prosecutor, who is the subject of a federal investigation, has been on paid leave.

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Honolulu's acting chief medical examiner says 127 people considered homeless died on Oʻahu in 2019, up from two years ago.

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A recent audit of Honolulu's Department of Permitting and Planning found the process to approve building permits is a time-consuming and inefficient one. But city officials argue the audit's results don't take into account the steps taken by the department and administration.

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Honolulu's mayor signed a bill creating a new tax classification for owners of Oahu properties where bed-and-breakfast establishments are operated.

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The number of vacation rentals on Oahu declined more than 5 percent from the same time last year. Honolulu’s recent restrictions on short-term renting appear to be the cause.

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The city plans to send out real property assessment notices for the 2020-2021 tax year by Dec. 15.

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The City and County of Honolulu is clearing large amounts of debris from Kea'au Beach Park and conducting enforcement activity to remove homeless encampments from the space.

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Honolulu councilmembers passed a measure Wednesday that opponents say favors labor unions and that supporters argue will gurantee jobs for local workers.

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Despite having an ambitious goal to plant 100,000 trees by 2025, the city has been unable to keep count of exactly how many have already been planted.

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HONOLULU — The number of short-term rental violations issued by the city of Honolulu continues to rise following the implementation of a new ordinance, officials said.

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The Honolulu Rate Commission is considering whether rail fares should be lower or higher than a ride on TheBus. That's along with other issues concerning fares that the advisory committee wants the public to comment on before it makes its final rate recommendations to the City Council and city administration later this year.

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Honolulu officials say the city's bulky item pilot program is beginning to work despite ongoing complaints. And officials are encouraging residents to report illegal dumpers.

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Notification letters have been sent out to 5,000 possible short-term vacation rental operators on Oahu. The letters are informing them they are in violation of new regulations that go into effect next week.

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a talk with the Executive Director of the Department of Housing at the City and County of Honolulu about "What Works Cities." A discussion about how the project leveraged data and evidence to effectively tackle pressing challenges with chronic homelessness. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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The city Department of Environmental Services is fine-tuning its bulky item pickup pilot program following complaints islandwide that mounds of trash have been collecting on the streets.

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a look at the City and County of Honolulu's Oʻahu Resiliency Strategy. Find out what went into the development of the plan, and what actions can be taken to build a more resilient island community.

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Honolulu’s Blaisdell Center is heading for some changes—but not as quickly as city leaders had hoped. Pacific Business News has learned of a legislative speed bump that’s delaying the process.

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Starting Monday, a new pilot program for bulky trash collection takes effect for Honolulu's urban core. City officials say it's an effort to prevent illegal dumping in neighborhoods, and minimize trash on curbs and sidewalks.

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