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A Hawaii resident is under mandatory quarantine at Pearl Harbor after arriving from Hubei Province in China on Monday.

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Updated: 2/11/20, 11:30 a.m.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is growing increasingly impatient with delays in the city's rail project, citing holdups in awarding the final phase of the system's construction contract and work along Dillingham Boulevard.

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A panel of Hawaii lawmakers on Monday passed a resolution calling for the governor to convene a Native Hawaiian reconciliation commission, a step that comes after protests blocking the construction of one of the world's largest telescopes.

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Updated 2/10/20, 8:13 a.m

HONOLULU — Growing up in American Samoa, Filipo Ilaoa's neighbors were his cousins on a plot of land full of banana and breadfruit trees shared by his extended family and overseen by a chief elected by his relatives.

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The Hawaii House of Representatives has deferred action on a bill that would have expanded police powers to search for firearms without obtaining a warrant.


HILO — Two bills introduced to the Hawaii state Senate seek harsher penalties for parents, spectators and athletes who assault or terrorize sports officials such as referees, umpires and coaches.

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State lawmakers have recognized the need for affordable child care in the state, so much so that they’ve made it a part of a joint-legislative package negotiated by the governor and House and Senate leaders.

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Hawaii state legislators have preliminarily approved a bill that would create a commission to address issues concerning the LGBTQ community.

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HONOLULU — A pair of animal cruelty bills were introduced in Hawaii that could make it illegal to improperly chain dogs, legislators said.

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A 2019 University of Hawaii student survey shows an increase in sexual harassment and unwanted contact reports despite efforts to address the problem.


A sick Hawaiian monk seal under the care of wildlife scientists suffering from a parasitic infection often spread via feral cat feces has been showing signs of improvement this week, according to officials.

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Hawaii's largest union representing hotel workers has asked resort executives to allow employees to wear surgical masks as protection against a new virus, officials said.

The Kaiser Foundation’s Health Plan and Hospitals has a new president. He’s been on the job for a few months now, and his early priorities include improving care. Part of reaching that goal includes finding more doctors.

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A Honolulu man has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2016 stabbing of a four-year-old boy.

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A bill making its way through the Hawaiʻi State Legislature aims to prohibit the attorney general from investigating a nonprofit that helped raise funds for opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope planned for Mauna Kea.

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LIHUE, Hawaii — The pilot in the December crash of a Hawaii sightseeing helicopter that killed him and six passengers previously lost his professional license for a year because of drug use, officials said.

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One of the consequences of the strict U.S. travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak is that it's difficult for some Chinese nationals to return home.

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The Honolulu medical examiner has identified the second set of remains at the scene of the fatal Diamond Head-area shooting and fire as Jerry Hanel. Police say Hanel shot and killed two police officers last month as they responded to a 911 call.

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WAILUKU, Hawaii — Hawaii lawmakers have proposed a state purchase of a watershed in the West Maui Mountains to help preserve the area's native plants, endangered species and drinking water.

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Two asylum seekers from China remain at the federal detention center Wednesday after they were taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on arriving at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. 

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A homeless man is suing the Honolulu Police Department and the city after he says officers forced him to lick a urinal in a public restroom.

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Hawai’i County has started to use a new strategy to respond faster to a particular kind of medical emergency. It’s a way to get qualified people to help with cases of sudden cardiac arrest. 

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Updated 2/4/2020 10:31 a.m.

Hawaii has only a modest healthcare system and can’t be a hub for accommodating people potentially exposed to the rapidly spreading new virus that emerged in China in recent months, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said Monday.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is suspending the Neal S. Blaisdell Center renovation project, citing the uncertainty over the financing and timing of the elevated rail project and the coming switch in city administrations.

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The number of students caught bringing projectile weapons, ranging from guns to slingshots, to Hawaii public schools has dropped to the lowest level in 10 years, according to a new report.

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WAILUKU — Maui surpassed 3 million annual visitors for the first time since the Hawaii Tourism Authority began keeping records, a new report said.

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A key lawmaker wants Hawaii libraries to accommodate early learning classrooms as the state Legislature attempts to make good on its proposal to rapidly expand childcare services.

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HILO — A pair of bills introduced in Hawaii would remove restrictions on wild pig hunting on the Big Island to control the feral pig population and protect local plant life.

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Hawaii is unlikely to build the more than 50,000 new homes for sale and rental needed to meet demand over the next five years, a new study said.

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A new round of change is coming to a familiar local company: Hawaiian Host. CEO Edward Schultz is taking the company into a major rebranding — and some product innovation.