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Mitch Roth campaign

Updated: Dec. 11, 6:55 p.m.

Mitch Roth, currently Hawaiʻi County prosecutor, announced plans Tuesday to run for Big Island mayor.

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A Hawaii state agency is set to begin overseeing redevelopment of the state's largest stadium.

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Companies that rent small mobility vehicles such as bicycles will soon have to pay to operate in City and County of Honolulu parking spaces. But it won't immediately affect Biki Hawaii, the city's partner in a pilot program testing shared bicycles.

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President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed rule changes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that could make it more difficult for low-income families in Hawaii to qualify for assistance.

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An independent audit of the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs has identified as much as $7.8 million in potentially fraudulent, wasteful or abusive spending.

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A Hawaii man has been charged with the death of an acclaimed artist who was found beaten near his home on the Big Island.

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Governments in every county across the state are cutting back on plastic. On Hawaii Island, the county is no longer recycling plastic, and that’s where one woman has turned a problem into a business.

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Mountain West runner-up Hawaii will play BYU in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve in Honolulu.

Nene Downlisted From Endangered To Threatened

Dec 9, 2019
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The Trump administration is downlisting the nene -- Hawaii's state bird -- from endangered to threatened.

 

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt made the announcement Sunday at the Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge in Ewa Beach.

 

Federal officials say the nene has been brought back from the brink of extinction through a breeding program and habitat restoration.

 

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Thousands of people attended a ceremony over the weekend marking 78 years since the Pearl Harbor attack, despite two recent mass shootings at Navy bases, including the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

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The government of American Samoa declared that the U.S. territory has an outbreak of measles, a move that will lead to the closure of public schools starting Monday and a ban on gatherings in parks.  

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A dozen frail survivors of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor returned Saturday to honor those who perished when Japanese planes pierced a quiet sunny morning and rained bombs on battleships below.

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The survivor of a deadly shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard this week expressed his thanks Saturday to first responders and Queen's Medical Center hospital staff.

National Park Service

The National Park Service has announced an increase in visitor entrance fees at Haleakala National Park on Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. The two parks are among the national parks across the country rolling out higher fees to help pay for infrastructure and maintenance.

U.S. Navy

Survivors and members of the public are gathering in Pearl Harbor Saturday to remember those killed when Japanese planes bombed the Hawaii naval base 78 years ago and launched the United States into World War II. The observance comes just three days after a deadly shooting that shocked the shipyard community.

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In just four years, a new private investment firm has acquired a dozen parcels of land along a short stretch of Kapiolani Boulevard.

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Updated: Dec. 6, 9:19 a.m.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says he’s concerned about the safety of protesters at Mauna Kea after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Big Island summits. The notice is posted until at least 6 p.m. Friday afternoon. 

 

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The Hawaii Board of Education passed a proposal Thursday that would increase the pay for teachers in special education, hard-to-fill areas and Hawaiian language immersion.

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Updated, Dec. 6, 10:57 a.m.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner released the names of those who died at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting Wednesday.

Gabriel Antonio Romero, 22, was the Navy sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and injured a third before killing himself. The Navy identified him as a machinist’s mate auxiliary fireman assigned to the USS Columbia submarine who was from Texas.

U.S. Census Bureau

The upcoming 2020 census involves the same participation challenges as it does every 10 years. But Hawaiʻi has a few unique challenges of its own that could put Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders at risk of being undercounted. One coalition is working to help ensure an accurate count.

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A motive remains unclear for a shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Wednesday afternoon that left a Navy sailor dead by his own hand and two male civilian workers killed. One other Department of Defense employee was injured and was in guarded condition.

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The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday approved one of the strictest bans on plastics in the country, closing loopholes in the existing ordinance on plastic bags and prohibiting single-use utensils and Styrofoam containers.

Updated: Dec. 4, 5:40 p.m.

A sailor killed himself after shooting three male civilian workers, two of whom were dead, at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Wednesday afternoon, the Navy said.

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A former University of Hawaiʻi regent is suing the state over what he says is a backroom deal struck by legislators to downsize the university’s governing board.

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The Hawaii Board of Education on Thursday will vote on a proposal that would increase the annual pay for teachers in hard-to-fill areas such as special education, rural schools and Hawaiian language immersion to address the state's perennial instructor shortage.

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A letter sent out to parents Monday from a Wahiawa elementary school saying a student had the measles was wrong.

State Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo says there is no new reported case of measles in the islands.

She says the false report resulted from parents who believed their pre-kindergarten child had come down with the infectious disease.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said the letter from the Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School was distributed out of an abundance of caution.

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The Honolulu City Council is expected to pass the strictest ban in the state on single-use plastic products.

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The Hawaii Department of Health gathered public comments Monday on a proposal to require underground fuel storage tanks like those at the U.S. Navy's Red Hill facility to have a secondary containment system or be moved by 2045.

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Hawaii has some of the highest construction costs in the country. That makes building new housing an expensive prospect.

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The president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of Hawaii told employees in a memo that the health plan is losing money and has no sustainable growth plan.

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