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Hawaii lawmakers held an informational briefing Tuesday on the state's crackdown on unlicensed elderly care homes, but some in the industry say Hawaii Department of Health licensing procedures may have contributed to the problem. 

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As 2019's hurricane season comes to a close, weather experts say it was an average year for the Central Pacific basin.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arizona official who is accused of running an adoption-fraud scheme involving smuggling women from a country in the Pacific asked an Arkansas court to delay his trail for 10 months, arguing the defense has already received hundreds of documents related to charges.

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Updated: Nov. 27, 8:40 a.m.

HONOLULU — A Hawaii man tormented a Utah family for over a year by sending more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, repairs, tow trucks, locksmiths, plumbers and prostitutes, according to a U.S. prosecutor who called it "extreme cyberstalking."

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The Hawaii Department of Education plans to offer free Hawaiian language courses to its employees, officials said.

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HILO — A Hawaii pharmacy college’s faculty senate has passed a vote of “no confidence” in its dean, officials said.

NWS Issues Coastal Flooding Bulletin For Major Islands

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The National Weather Service issued a special advisory Monday warning that flooding may occur this week along the shores of the major Hawaiian islands because of unsually high tides that are expected.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The remains of an Army helicopter pilot killed in a crash while on a mission in Afghanistan are being brought back to Utah for burial.

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Three supervisors in Hawaii’s Department of Education have been fined for misusing state employees for private construction projects, officials said.

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The Hawaii Energy Office and state Department of Health have created an online map that identifies contaminated lands that officials hope developers can turn into renewable energy sites.

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Scientists from NASA have confirmed the presence of water millions of miles from Earth. The observations were made using the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea.

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HILO — The state of Hawaii received a $6.5 million grant from a federal transportation agency to purchase new buses for Kauai and Hawaii Island, agency officials said.

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ANAHOLA, Hawaii — Kauai police say speed appears to have played a role in a car crash that killed three people, including two teen boys.

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Jason-Matthew Sharsh caught 10 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night, and Hawaii held off San Diego State 14-11 in a battle for the Mountain West Conference West Division title.

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HONG KONG — Voters in Hong Kong turned out in droves on Sunday in district council elections seen as a barometer of public support for pro-democracy protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for more than five months.

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KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii County Council has become the first local government in the state to ban the use of herbicides on public property, officials said.

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LAHAINA — An insurance company is offering a $50,000 reward to help find a masked man in a full-length black gown who stole more than $1 million in diamonds from a Hawaii jewelry store on Halloween.

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Producing clothing locally in Hawaiʻi is a challenge for any company. But for the owners of one local firm, that's only part of the story.

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Hours of service for city lifeguards will be extended from sun up to sun down beginning on July 1, 2021 under a measure signed on Thursday by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

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Agrochemicals company Monsanto on Thursday pleaded guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on research crops on Maui in 2014 and agreed to pay millions, prosecutors said.

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WAILUKU — A Hawaii jail has issued fines to 18 prisoners convicted of participating in a riot that caused millions of dollars in damage, officials said.

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Acting City Prosecutor Dwight Nadamoto, who received a federal subpoena on Monday, said on Thursday that he has done nothing wrong and intends to comply with it.


Ten candidates are taking the stage for the November Democratic Debate in Atlanta, amid public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. NPR reporters will be providing fact checks and analysis throughout the debate. Follow along.


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Members of the public packed Moanalua Middle School cafeteria last night, many calling for the Navy to move its Red Hill fuel tanks away from drinking water aquifers.

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Total visitor spending declined and the value of private building permits decreased this year through September, signs that the Hawaii economy is ratcheting back.

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Out of the 22 arrests of alleged online predators targeting children on Oahu, only one had a prior criminal record, said Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors on Monday.

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Fewer Chinese visitors are coming to Hawaii, according to the latest figures from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. That matches a broader trend for the United States.

Updated: Nov. 20, 6:25 a.m.

A high surf and small craft advisories have been posted by the National Weather Service for most major islands starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday through at least Thursday. 

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There’s been a noticeable spike in Hawaiian flags seen on roads and highways. Many of the drivers are showing support for the protest on Mauna Kea and other land disputes. But authorities' crackdown on the flags on vehicles, along with parking tickets on the mountain and arrests in Kahuku are raising the question: where is the line between the law and free speech?

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State researchers are enjoying a rare opportunity to observe the formation of new life on Hawaii Island's Pohoiki shoreline.