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KAILUA-KONA — Vacation rental registrations have been coming in to Hawaii County faster than workers can process them as the county implements a new law.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama man says he has completed his quest to mow lawns for veterans in all 50 states.

Rodney Smith Jr. tweeted Friday that he was headed home from Hawaii after cutting grass in Oahu. He got to his last state with help from Delta Air Lines.

He says he will now continue providing free lawn care to the elderly, disabled, single mothers and veterans in Alabama.

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Questionable spending by trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is back in the news. The state Ethics Commission confirmed Thursday that several trustees have been asked in recent years to repay the state for their use of agency funds.

Daniel Gluck, head of the state Ethics Commission, said the commission has taken action against four OHA trustees for rule violations that occured prior to 2017.

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HONOLULU — A man injured during a rockfall in a Hawaii state park was among five people cited for trespassing, officials said.

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BOSTON  — The remains of a sailor from Massachusetts lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been accounted for.

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The deep-sea voyaging canoe Makaliʻi sets sail today for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Organizers say this is the first voyage in modern times to be provisioned entirely with food grown, harvested, and prepared by the crew’s supporters.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has sued the Queen's Health System in federal court after it said the parties failed to reach agreement over a hospital provider contract that expired last month.

The number of Hawaii bankruptcy filings in May grew by double digits over the same month last year, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Hawaii reported this week.

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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.

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Hawaii has long sought to diversify its economy and build up its tech industry. One area gaining ground at local colleges is the competitive video gaming known as esports. 

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When you think of elections in 2020, you might think first of the presidential election. But there are others — including a number of important county races across the islands. One of them is Hawaii County — where the mayor’s race is drawing interest from someone who’s already a public official.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii has experienced record high temperatures since the start of June, officials said.

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WAILUKU — A Maui police officer has been arrested for drug-related offenses and conspiracy, officials said.

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  KAHULUI — Hawaii's corrections department has begun recruiting guards from other islands to counter a staffing deficit at a Maui jail, officials said.

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A state judge on Monday dismissed a motion that aimed to toss out an impeachment petition against Honolulu City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.  

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WAILUKU, Hawaii — A celebrity couple's request to convert their Hawaii home into a short-term rental is landing them in the middle of a housing debate on the island of Maui.

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HONOLULU — The state budget passed by the Hawaii Legislature includes funding for repairs at Waikiki Beach, officials said.

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WAILUKU — A Hawaii police officer has been arrested for drug-related offenses and conspiracy, officials said.

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Jurors in a Hawaii corruption trial heard testimony Friday about an imaginary notary U.S. authorities say former Honolulu deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha invented and whose signature appears on documents she drafted for the uncle she's accused of framing.

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More than 100 people packed into the committee room at Honolulu Hale to hear debate and give testimony on proposals to regulate short term rentals.

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The U.S. Department of Labor released its latest statistics Friday on Hawaii’s job market, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) finding that the leisure and hospitality industry lost more jobs than it gained in the third quarter of 2018.

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The former director of the Honolulu Ethics Commission says an investigation into a former police chief and his wife began with inquiries about department-owned surveillance cameras at the couple's home.

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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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Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamanaʻopono Crabbe is stepping down at the end of the month. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees decided Thursday not to renew Crabbe’s contract, which expires on June 30.

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The lawyer representing Honolulu's ex-police chief in a corruption trial is trying to show jurors his client wasn't involved in his wife's family financial dispute that U.S. prosecutors say led the couple to frame a relative.

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ATLANTA — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions.

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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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NEW YORK — Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers' permission first.

Honolulu Medical Examiner Warns Homeless Dying Early

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Living on Oahu's street leads to early death, the Honolulu medical examiner said Wednesday in releasing a report analyzing the deaths of 373 homeless people over a five-year period.

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The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday approved increases in property taxes for hotels/resorts and residential condos and houses over $1 million not used as primary residences -- all to help cover a $12.8 billion operating budget for the next fiscal year.

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