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An ohia tree-killing fungal disease local to Hawaii was discovered spreading on Oahu after wildlife officials conducted an aerial survey of the island forest, state officials said.

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KAHUKU (AP) — Flapping Hawaiian flags adorn a large canopy on the easement of a highway that winds along Oahu’s famed North Shore.

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The state Department of Health has confirmed another two people have fallen ill due to vaping-related causes. A total of four people in the state have become sick after vaping, and the department is investigating more cases. 

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A measure banning single-use plastic and polystyrene products from Oahu restaurants is moving to the full City Council for a final vote after amendments, although some businesses remain opposed to it.

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Police have made more arrests during protests against a wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore.

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Hawaii restaurant owners confront challenges from meeting customers’ expectations for new items to finding good help. And that’s true whether they have a single location — or many more.

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WAILUKU — The Hawaii Department of Health notified a Maui neighborhood of a suspected case of a mosquito-borne illness near their residences, officials said.

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LIHUE, Hawaii — A county council member in Hawaii has been charged with striking a police officer with his car while fleeing a traffic stop, records said.

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The Federal Transit Administration on Thursday approved the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s plan to correct its relocation services following a July report critical of the rail agency's handling of payments to those displaced by the transit line.

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The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will halt its program after the deaths of nine endangered birds, officials said.

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A Hawaii man was charged with killing a 16-year-old in a shooting he said was self-defense, court records said.

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Hawaii lawmakers heard from election officials on Wednesday about efforts to move to mail ballot elections next year starting with the August primary, a transition that some legislators and community groups worry might cause problems for voters.

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A confrontation with police early Tuesday night left one man dead and another in custody. 

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The Honolulu City Council and Mayor Kirk Caldwell have approved a $214 million spending bill for the city rail project, officials said.

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The Honolulu City Council passed a measure Tuesday to sue large oil companies, backing plans by Mayor Kirk Caldwell to seek compensation for the damaging effects of climate change.


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The first local survey focused on sexual harassment in the workplace found that lifelong Hawaii residents were half as likely to report harassment compared to those who moved to the state in the last 10 years.

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Traditional economic data measures features like output and productivity, but typically ignores subjective qualities that make up the human experience. A study by University of Hawaii economists could help to change that by asking whether factors like poverty influence well-being.

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HILO, Hawaii — The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources is expected to seek funding from the state Legislature to establish ocean access at a boat ramp cut off by the Kilauea eruption, officials said.

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation plans to use a new type of asphalt that could extend road life by years, officials said.

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ATLANTA — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was admitted to a hospital on Monday evening for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls, his spokeswoman said.

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Museums and archives are often celebrated as rich repositories of culture and history. But for the communities whose culture and history are on display, having a say over what should become of these items is an ongoing battle – one that some native Hawaiian advocates and scholars are tackling head on.

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Until the death of one man in Nebraska this year, the last fatal dam failure in the U.S. occurred on the island of Kauai in 2006.

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Tiny bits of plastics are threatening fish nurseries in Hawaii, and likely around the globe. That's according to the latest study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.

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Native Hawaiians experience fewer years of good health compared with other ethnic groups in the state, a public health study found.

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Honolulu could remake a deteriorating war memorial swimming facility into an open-circulation saltwater pool, a city report said.

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During an hour-long hearing on the Maui Clean Water Act case, the U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed to be seeking a legal path to keep polluters from skirting the law without ensnaring ordinary homeowners. 

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A Honolulu City Councilmember hopes Mayor Kirk Caldwell will seriously consider alternative locations for a controversial children’s playground, with Kaka’ako Waterfront Park that was recently transferred to the city being one option.

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HILO, Hawaii — The newest homeless shelter on the Big Island has reached near capacity weeks after opening, Hawaii housing officials said.

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COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico — Family and friends prepared to bury on Saturday the last victim of a cartel ambush that killed nine American women and children from a community in northern Mexico where having gangsters in their midst has long been a fact of life.

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NEW YORK — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused.