General News

Navy Region Hawaii / U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy is experimenting with native oysters to improve the water quality in Pearl Harbor.

Wayne Yoshioka

A group of sightseers injured by a "lava bomb" during a boat tour in Hawaiʻi have filed a lawsuit.

Hawaii Department of Transportation

The state has extended an emergency proclamation to cover Maui County so that funds can be used to restore parts of Honoapiʻilani Highway affected by landslides in the recent heavy rains.

Casey Harlow

The third and latest federal subpoena sent to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation asks for copies of all unredacted minutes from the transit agency's board of directors meetings, including those from executive sessions, over about an eight-year period, the agency said today. 

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Statewide hotel occupancy dropped to its lowest January level in four years, as every major island began the year with fewer occupied hotel rooms. According to a report from the data and analytics firm STR, statewide occupancy dropped 3.4% to 79.5% when compared to January 2018.

Hawaii Department of Transportation

Contraflow lanes between Kailua/Kaneohe and downtown Honolulu will continue on the Pali Highway through Friday, the state Department of Transportation has advised drivers.

During the work week, the lanes operate in the Honolulu-bound direction between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. and accommodate Kailua/Kaneohe-bound traffic  from 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Officials plan to issue a revised schedule the week of March 4.

Over the weekend, the highway was closed as work continued between Castle Junction and Waokanaka Street to remove loose material, debris and boulders above the road.  

Wikipedia

Scientists measuring the thickness of Kilauea volcano's newest lava flows have said molten rock added as much as 180 feet of lava to parts of the Big Island last year. New land created in the ocean reaches as high as 919 feet.

The U.S. Geological Survey released the data last week along with a preliminary map of the flows, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .

Kauai Surf Co.

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg caused public outcry on Kauaʻi after seeking land titles from kuleana property owners? Yeah, Hawaiʻi lawmakers haven’t forgotten either. A bill before the State Legislature aims to change the way these property disputes are resolved. 

Forest and Kim Starr

Southern Airways says it is laying off 10 percent of Mokulele Airlines' staff after acquiring the Big Island-based carrier earlier this month.

Hakilon / Wikimedia Commons

A leading commercial real estate firm says 2018 was a good year for the sector in Hawai‘i. And this year is likely to be one of change.

Casey Harlow

A federal investigator is expected to visit Honolulu next month as part of a developing grand jury probe into the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, the agency charged with building the city's rail project.

Rob Cowie / University of Hawaii at Manoa

A Wailuku man is suing Hāna Fresh, claiming the nonprofit was negligent by distributing "unreasonably dangerous" produce that carried a slug infected with rat lungworm, a charge the food producer disputes.

Hawaii Department of Transportation

Contraflow lanes are open today on the Kailua-bound side of the Pali Highway, a major roadway that had been closed since Monday following several landslides near the Pali tunnels. But a permanent solution to fully restore the highway may be months away.

Crews removed a section of Old Pali Road that had been hanging above the highway, making it safe for drivers and allowing the contraflow traffic, officials said in a news release.

Milken Family Foundation

State lawmakers are weighing two bills intended to create a housing voucher program for full-time teachers employed by the Hawaii Department of Education or at public charter schools.

The bills would authorize the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. to implement the housing program, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday.

Department of Public Safety - Sheriff Division

A deputy Hawaii sheriff shot and killed a man during a struggle at the state Capitol.

Senior Master Sgt. Burke Baker / U.S. Air Force

Garbage disposal is a huge issue for our entire state. On Hawai’i Island there are two landfills, and one is running out of space. Recycling has become more complicated with China’s decision to stop accepting recycled materials. And that’s left many community members wondering what’s happening with their trash.

Casey Harlow

California's attorney general filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Joining in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaiʻi, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia.

Department of Land and Natural Resources

State officials are asking Oʻahu residents to be on the look-out for a new invasive species.

Wikipedia

The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed more than 30,000 documents from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Hawaii Supreme Court today ordered Honolulu City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro to respond to a petition filed by the state attorney general seeking to suspend the prosecutor while a federal corruption probe moves forward.

Mayor Caldwell's Office

The City and County of Honolulu has reached an agreement in completing a street improvement project that was ordered under a 1997 federal consent decree.

Sandy Tsukiyama

Attorney Ted Tsukiyama, a U.S. Army military intelligence translator during World War II who returned to Hawaii with other Japanese-American veterans to transform the political landscape of the islands, died Wednesday.

He was 98 years old.

Tsukiyama, whose fair and civil demeanor won him trust and respect in Hawaii's legal and political circles, is widely credited for his trailblazing work in establishing legal arbitration in the state.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

For the sea-faring people of the Pacific Islands, canoes have long been a way to travel, trade, and fish for food. But for a tight-knit community of local Tokelauans, they hope their newly-built canoe will strengthen their ties to their ancestral homeland – a remote group of atolls 2,500 miles south of Hawaiʻi. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Long-time hotel executive Christopher Tatum is the new head of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. He’s got some plans for a new direction.

Cory Lum / Civil Beat

It will be another three weeks before a court hearing is held about the online petition to impeach Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro.

Cory Lum / Civil Beat

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation received a federal subpoena for project documents this week, the agency said today.

Casey Harlow

A community effort to impeach Honolulu City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro is scheduled to be heard in court next month.

The White House

 

Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama's $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago's lakeshore, but it's no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group.

Obama picked Chicago over other places, including Hawaii where he was born. Erin Adams, a Chicago resident who attended today's hearing, said she worries that frustration over the lawsuit and the delays it has caused will lead Barack and Michelle Obama to rethink their selection.

Office of Mauna Kea Management

Strong winds from a winter storm caused minor damage to at least two observatories on Hawaii's tallest peak, officials said.

The Big Island summit of Mauna Kea recorded wind gusts of 191 mph (307 kph) late Sunday, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .

Cory Lum / Civil Beat

A Hawaii pain doctor and his former prosecutor sister were released on bond Wednesday while awaiting trial on charges they dealt opioids.

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