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Hawaii residents who were affected in the largest ever consumer data breach may be eligible for compensation.

Casey Harlow

A Maui family is suing two state departments, saying they violated federal law by cutting off essential mental health services for their daughter when she turned 18 years old.

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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.

Lieutenant Governor Visits Mauna Kea Protesters

Jul 22, 2019

Updated: July 22, 4:30 p.m.

State officials estimated the crowd on Monday stood at 1,500 people at the site of the protest against the planned Thirty Meter Telescope. There were no arrests.

Officials said when informed by law enforcement officers about alcohol and marijuana use at the site last week, protest leaders said they would patrol the area and ask violators to leave. "Those efforts were successful as officers say there is no longer evidence of alcohol and marijuana use," the state said in a media news release.

Also, those climbing the volcanic cone at Puʻu Huluhulu were advised to take precautions to prevent the spread of Rapid Ohia Death. 
 

Updated: July 22, 4:16 p.m.

Fifty-six Honolulu police officers were sent to the Big Island to help with law enforcement at the Mauna Kea TMT protest, a police department spokeswoman said Monday. The number was provided to media representatives after City Councilman Ron Menor asked for information on the deployment in a letter to Police Chief Susan Ballard dated Monday.

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HILO, Hawaii — An increase in short-term vacation rental applications has been offset by a drop in building permits on Hawaii Island, officials said.

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Updated: July 22, 5:45 p.m.

Kauai'i Island Utility Coopeative says a cable failure caused its Kapaia generating unit to trip offline on Sunday, leading to an islandwide outage. The unit is expected to be back in service by the end of the week.

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A newly appointed, taxpayer-funded attorney representing a former Honolulu prosecutor wants to delay her trial on bank fraud and identity theft charges.

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Workplace wellness programs have become a common feature of Hawaiʻi workplaces. And now the concept is expanding to help employees with aspects of their lives that go beyond physical health.

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HONOLULU — Honolulu police were seeking a gunman after a victim was injured in what may have been a road rage attack along a highway, officials said.

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Hawaii officials say they are prepared to maintain women’s health services in the state as the Trump administration orders taxpayer-funded family planning clinics to stop both referring patients for abortion services and discussing the topic with them.

If the clinics refuse to comply with the administration rule, they risk losing federal funding.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

The Honolulu Ethics Commission says it has not dismissed its investigations into retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a former city prosecutor. But the commission's former executive director called the commission's actions surrounding ethics complaints against the couple "careless." 

At an Ethics Commission meeting Wednesday, Chair Victoria Marks said there’s a lot of misinformation surrounding the board’s handling of the Kealohas cases.

Casey Harlow

Climate change and rising sea levels may impact the bond ratings of coastal U.S. cities, Honolulu among them. That issue was briefly discussed Tuesday during the first hearing of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. 

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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam Homeland Security supervisor has been sentenced for mailing methamphetamine to his workplace, a report said.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Volunteers are expected to start repairing more than two dozen gravestones that were vandalized at a historic church cemetery in downtown Honolulu.

OHA Chair Demands Governor Halt TMT Construction

Jul 13, 2019
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The chairperson of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has demanded a halt to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope that is scheduled to start next week.

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Big data breaches at major corporations make headlines, but small business are also vulnerable to attack—including here in Hawaii.

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HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed a new case of rat lungworm disease, a report said.

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HONOLULU — A former prosecutor convicted of conspiracy in what's been described as Hawaii's biggest corruption case said she should get a new trial because her defense attorney was ineffective.

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A dispute is brewing over a parcel of land in West Oʻahu designated as the site of a new state film studio.

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The skydiving company that was operating a plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month did not have the proper state permits to take people skydiving.

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HONOLULU — Honolulu firefighters battled a brush fire after an Army drone crashed in the mountains near an Schofield Barracks yesterday afternoon.

TMT Construction Scheduled To Start Up Next Week

Jul 10, 2019
Thirty Meter Telescope

Updated: July 10, 4:27 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory announced Wednesday that construction of the telescope on Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island will begin next week.

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The Honolulu City Council recently approved 160 designated parking stalls for car-sharing services, but some council members have raised questions about whether the city's policies on the reserved spots for ride-sharing operations are fair to companies and taxpayers.

Judge Dismisses Petition To Impeach Honolulu Prosecutor

Jul 9, 2019
Cory Lum / Civil Beat

HONOLULU — A Hawaii judge has dismissed a petition for the impeachment of Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

The aviation industry faces a worldwide shortage of qualified pilots. Hawaiʻi has an even greater need, given our heavy dependence on air travel. To help close the gap, a summer flight school is targeting girls who have often been overlooked as future pilots -- and exposing them to a career that could take them anywhere.

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HONOLULU — The National Transportation Safety Board says two skydivers made a last-minute decision to board the Hawaii plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month.

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Gov. David Ige signed a bill Monday to revitalize the Aloha Stadium area and provide funding for construction of a new stadium. H.B. 1586, now Act 268, allows the Hawaii Community Development Authority to upgrade state-owned property under the stadium authority’s jurisdiction and designates the area around the sports center as the Stadium Development District.

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A Honolulu councilmember wants answers from rail officials about what she says is the use of $50,000 in taxpayer money for an outside attorney. She says that violates the city charter.

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park law enforcement officer who shot the driver of stolen vehicle is on desk duty while local and federal agencies investigate.

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HONOLULU — A large missile defense radar mounted on a modified floating oil platform has returned to Hawaii.

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