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HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller.

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HONOLULU — Tax collections in Hawaii were up by about 5% last year, a report said.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's county mayors asked the Legislature to consider a proposal to charge motorists a fee for driving on key roads during peak traffic hours.

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Waikīkī has seen a lot of changes in recent years. That’s especially true for its retail scene — which has gone through a transformation in less than a decade. 

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Kaimuki High School could be redeveloped under a plan to lease a portion of its property with the aim of generating income for school improvements. 

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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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Maui Mayor Michael Victorino is asking the state Legislature to extend a deadline that will allow the county to impose a general excise tax surcharge on business activities such as sales of products.

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HONOLULU — Reports of a "ghost net" floating off the coast of Hawaii have mariners, pilots and residents on the lookout for the large array of netting that poses a threat to sea life.

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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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Lawmakers opened a new session of the Hawaii Legislature on Wednesday with vows to address the state's punishingly high cost of living so families don't have to abandon the islands for cheaper places.

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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.

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Updated: 1/15/20 12:00 p.m.

Three civilians were released Wednesday after they were arrested when Navy personnel found a mortar round, later determined to be non-explosive, inside their vehicle, according to Pearl Harbor spokesman Chuck Anthony.

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Hawaii House and Senate leaders, with the support of Gov. David Ige, on Tuesday unveiled a long list of measures to boost housing, early childhood education and incomes with a particular focus on alleviating the struggles of Hawaii’s working families and poor.

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State Department of Public Safety administrators outlined the department's budget priorities to lawmakers Tuesday at the state Capitol, including a request for $8.4 million over two years for staff on Mauna Kea.

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Several months after Hawaii County stopped accepting plastic products at its recycling program, residents are looking for an alternative, and one not governed by international markets.

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The president of Washington State University tweeted Tuesday that Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich will take over as the Cougars' head football coach, replacing Mike Leach.

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The controversial sports project planned for Waimanalo would be no more under a city plan announced at a neighborhood board meeting Monday night. The announcement represents a change in direction for the administration of Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who had once defended the project in the face of mounting opposition.

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The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is asking the Legislature for more than $40 million this year to deliver homestead lots to qualified native Hawaiians.

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Organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club are active in addressing broad environmental issues at the local level, including on Maui. But one island company and a homegrown community group are developing ways to recycle and reduce waste that could be adopted beyond the county.

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HILO — The decommissioning process for one of the Mauna Kea telescopes to be removed in the coming decade remains on schedule.

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The owner of RRR Recycling that handles Honolulu’s blue recycling bins says he’s had to close over half of his locations since around 2017. The president of Reynolds Recycling said his company has had to do the same in recent years.

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Updated: 1/13/2020 5:13 p.m.

A flash flood watch has been canceled for all Hawaiian islands after wind and rain that impacted the islands over the weekend diminished Monday.

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A company that wants to build a surf park on Oahu says the $72 million facility could include Hawaii's first man-made barreling wave.

The centerpiece of Honokea's proposed aquatic recreation park would be a lagoon with multiple simultaneous waves for surfers, body boarders and body surfers, The Hawaii Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.

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HILO, Hawaii — The mayor of Hawaii County has identified six legislative priorities ahead of a scheduled meeting with all four county mayors to begin the regular legislative session.

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Michelle Wie always thought if she ever had children, that would be the end of her golf. Now she is more inspired than ever to return.

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A company owned by billionaire Larry Ellison is in negotiations to purchase the power plant and electric grid on Lanai, officials said.

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WASHINGTON — Confronted by persistent questions about his military action in the Middle East, President Donald Trump and his top officials offered a string of fresh explanations Friday, with Trump now contending Iranian militants had planned major attacks on four U.S. embassies.

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Honolulu's Board of Water Supply will soon begin a $5 million project to improve its meter reading system.

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For a look ahead at 2020, Pacific Business News checked in with a range of industries to find out more about their biggest opportunities and challenges.

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