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Updated: August 8, 10:05 a.m.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, in Honolulu for a medical convention, raised alarms earlier this week about the heavy use of e-cigarettes by Hawaii’s youth. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Hawaii number two among states for children grades 6 to 12 who are vaping. Hawaii's e-cigarette usage by its youngsters is double the average for the country as a whole.

Hawaii Tourism Authority

HONOLULU — New short-term rental rules could impact Hawaii's tourism industry by decreasing the amount of lodging for potential visitors, officials said.

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Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

HILO — Multiple sharks in Hawaii have been found without their fins, raising concerns among marine biologists, a report said.

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The biennial long-distance sailing race has been sending yachts from Long Beach, California, to Honolulu since 1906. This year, for the first time, one of the competing ships never returned to port.

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Hawaiʻi is expected to see its 10 millionth visitor this year. The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority says in the first half of 2019, tourist arrivals were up by 4 percent even while visitor spending fell. Communities statewide are feeling the growing presence of tourists -- at local beaches and on the roads. Now, University of Hawaii researchers are asking how precisely are visitors affecting local neighborhoods – like those in Windward Oahu.

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HONOLULU — Changes to environmental conditions may have caused the deaths of multiple fish in a Honolulu stream, officials said.

How To Get Ready For Approaching Storms

Aug 1, 2019
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As Hurricane Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie make their way closer to the islands, emergency management officials want Hawaii residents to stay vigilant.

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Updated: Aug. 5, 5:35 p.m.

As a weakening Flossie, now a post-tropical cyclone, moves closer to the islands, it is bringing high surf, heavy rainfall and muggy weather to parts of the islands, particularly Maui and the Big Island. 

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HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii coffee farmers have filed a lawsuit against major retailers after scientific tests confirm Kona coffee is mislabeled as authentic.

W. M. Keck Observatory

The telescopes on Mauna Kea are billion-dollar instruments that require daily maintenance to stay in good working order. As access restrictions continue for a third week, many are developing serious problems.

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Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard raised questions on Tuesday about how a previously convicted criminal -- now the suspect in the shooting of a police officer -- got a hold of a handgun.

Ryan Finnerty
Ryan Finnerty

Citing changed conditions atop Mauna Kea, Governor David Ige has withdrawn his emergency proclamation. During a press conference, Ige told reporters that the Department of Land and Natural Resources have approved a two year deadline extension to begin construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center re-opened on Monday following damage from the Waiko Road fire earlier this month.

Harry Kim

The man tasked with trying to find a way out of an impasse over the construction of a giant telescope in Hawaii says he met with Native Hawaiian leaders Friday. But the only issue they reached a consensus on was to meet again.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he is willing to listen to arguments on a resolution proposing to dissolve the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

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Compromise may seem like a long shot for those on all sides of the Thirty-Meter Telescope debate. Media reports, polling data, and statewide demonstrations can simplify a complex topic that continues to divide island communities. But there are folks who have changed their minds over time. Here are their stories.

Thirty Meter Telescope

Updated: July 29, 5:51 p.m.

Some workers have been allowed access to observatories on Mauna Kea in an agreement that also permits Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners to make their way up the mountain, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Monday.

NOAA

Updated: July 31, 5:52 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for Hawaiian offshore waters that will kick up winds and surf and produce scattered thunderstorms. Erick continued to weaken but remains a category 2 hurricane producing maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Wednesday. Flossie also weakened to a tropical storm, but could regain strength later in the week. 

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Updated: July 29, 8:32 a.m

A Honolulu City Council committee is proposing new plans for the controversial Honolulu Prosecutor’s Safe House. The Safe House was previously used by the City’s Prosecuting Attorney to house victims of domestic abuse. 

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Bookstores used to be all over the islands, and all over the country. There are fewer now than there used to be, and on Kauai there is only one left – the Talk Story Bookstore.

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Around 300 people gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol on Thursday evening to express their support for the Thirty Meter Telescope. Many said they felt the anti-telescope actions underway on Mauna Kea were obscuring broad support for the project.

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Notification letters have been sent out to 5,000 possible short-term vacation rental operators on Oahu. The letters are informing them they are in violation of new regulations that go into effect next week.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Long before concepts like sustainability and biodiversity became environmentalist buzzwords, native Hawaiians cared for their environment as a natural expression of their belief that the land is chief. Now a growing number of Hawaiian language speakers working in conservation are helping to unlock ancestral wisdom preserved in the ʻōlelo, and changing the industry in the process.

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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says “he has no authority to intervene or make any kind of deal regarding TMT.” Instead, Kim says his role is “to work with all sides to find a better way forward for everyone concerned.”

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This year is already turning out to be a dangerous one for traffic on Maui.

On Sunday, two people were killed in a car crash—bringing the total number of traffic related deaths on the island this year to 14. This time last year, there were only 10 traffic related deaths in Maui county. According to officials, the county averages 18 deaths from traffic crashes each year.

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WAILUKU — A state trauma registry lists Maui as the location of the highest number of spinal injuries occurring at Hawaiʻi's beaches.

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LIHUE — A Kauaʻi beach park has reopened following a $6 million repair project, a report said.

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Hawaii is largely relying on solar panels and battery storage to achieve its 100 percent renewable electricity goal. But geothermal power offers the possibility of carbon-free energy without the inconsistency of solar and wind.

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Local construction unions will get preference in large city projects under a bill making its way through Honolulu City Council.

USGS

HONOLULU — Federal officials are expected to meet with Kīlauea disaster aid recipients who have been told to return the relief funds, a report said.

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