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Senator Donna Mercado Kim has completed a review of more than a hundred positions at the University of Hawaii that were in jeopardy of being dropped. Earlier this week, the UH administration was warned of a proposed $30 million budget cut at the State Legislature. 


State officials are ramping up efforts on Kauaʻi to prevent the spread of diseases that are killing ʻōhiʻa trees.


  The owners of a family ukulele business in Hawaiʻi will celebrate their deep musical roots at a cultural festival in Portugal.

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Ten million visitors a year may be a goal for some, but it’s an overwhelming number for others. Hotel executive and tourism marketing experts sat down with Pacific Business News to talk about their current challenges and opportunities.

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The NFL is coming back to Hawaiʻi. The Los Angeles Rams, in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, announced the team will be playing the Dallas Cowboys at Aloha Stadium this August.

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Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard's job performance exceeded or met expectations last year, according to her first yearly evaluation by the police commission released today.

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Two House committees heard impassioned testimony yesterday from residents and local businesses on bills that would ban various plastic and polystyrene containers.

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Honolulu's police commission has approved hiring a lawyer to represent a retired chief in a federal case that accuses him of using police resources to frame a relative.

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A Big Island composer has created several musical works highlighting events and people in Hawaiian history. This weekend, he is premiering a symphonic suite that recalls one of the most significant battles in Hawaiian history.

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In recent weeks, we've talked with Hawai'iʻs county mayors on HPR's The Conversation about the issues and concerns they are confronting on Oʻahu and the Neighbor Islands.

On Thursday, listen in as we talk to Maui Mayor Michael Victorino on The Conversation, starting at 11 a.m.

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The University of Hawaiʻi has warned that proposed budget reductions by the Hawaii Legislature would result in the elimination of hundreds of positions.

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We head to the Big Island for KanakaCona comic book convention, or comic-con, with a Hawaiian twist. 

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Honolulu officials have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a firefighter who died after he was injured in a training exercise.

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A measure to decriminalize possession of marijuana in small amounts is moving forward at the State Legislature. House Bill 1383 would make possessing three grams or less of cannabis a misdemeanor. It would also establish a fine, and expunge prior convictions for possession of three grams or less from criminal records.

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Hawai'i taxpayers lost money following a private investment firm's failed plan to establish a dairy on Kauaʻi.

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Hawaiʻi would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. / CC-BY-SA 2.0

Kauaʻi residents can now submit a police report for certain crimes online with the Kauaʻi Police Department.

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A high surf warning is still in effect for much of the state's north and west facing shores until 6 AM Tuesday. Surf is expected to be between 25 to 45 feet, and eventually lowering to 18 to 24 feet later today. A high surf advisory is in effect until Tuesday at 6 AM for west facing shores of Hawaiʻi Island.


Survivors of the Kilauea eruption have said they want to return to their homes despite incomplete restoration work in the area.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Hawaii court rulings that found a bed and breakfast owner violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple.

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The National Weather Service says extremely hazardous high surf is expected on the northern and western shores of all islands beginning Sunday.

Hawai'i State Capitol Celebrates 50th Birthday

Mar 15, 2019
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Did you know the Hawaiʻi State Capitol that opened 50 years ago was once considered for Windward Oʻahu? Or that one idea for the building in downtown Honolulu called for it to be nine stories tall? That surprising history is part of the rediscovery underway marking the iconic buildingʻs golden 50th.

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It was Match Day madness for students at the UH Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine on Friday.

Match Day is the nerve-wracking time of year when med school seniors find out where they will spend their residencies.

MCCC Inmates Identified In Riot Transferred to Hālawa

Mar 14, 2019

State corrections officials transported 21 pre-trial detainees to Hālawa Correctional Facility today who were identified as participants in Monday's riot at a Maui jail.

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Several Boeing 737 Max jets were sitting at Hawaiʻi airports this afternoon as investigators probe the cause of the most recent crash of that model aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered all 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes grounded yesterday in response to the crashes in Ethiopia on Sunday and Indonesia in October.

One plane was sitting on the tarmac of Kahului Airport after arriving yesterday morning from Los Angeles and another was at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.

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Kauaʻi County Mayor Derek Kawakami delivered his first State of the County address today in Lihuʻe, pointing to aging infrastructure repairs and investments in modernizing county operations as his two policy priorities.

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What do Bill Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, and Prince William have in common? They’re all colorblind. According to Prevent Blindness America, an estimated eight percent of males have color vision problems. One local artist kept his colorblindness a secret for nearly 30 years.

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The state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the City and County of Honolulu, in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, will be holding a town hall meeting on the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project next Tuesday.

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The chair of the Maui County Council is hoping for more collaboration between Mayor Mike Victorino's office and the council.

Hawaiian Airlines Lowers Prices As Southwest Enters Market

Mar 13, 2019
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Hawaiian Airlines has dropped prices for some flights as Southwest Airlines enters the Hawaiʻi market.