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The University of Hawaiʻi has warned that proposed budget reductions by the Hawaii Legislature would result in the elimination of hundreds of positions.

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We head to the Big Island for KanakaCona comic book convention, or comic-con, with a Hawaiian twist. 

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Honolulu officials have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a firefighter who died after he was injured in a training exercise.

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A measure to decriminalize possession of marijuana in small amounts is moving forward at the State Legislature. House Bill 1383 would make possessing three grams or less of cannabis a misdemeanor. It would also establish a fine, and expunge prior convictions for possession of three grams or less from criminal records.

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Hawai'i taxpayers lost money following a private investment firm's failed plan to establish a dairy on Kauaʻi.

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Hawaiʻi would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. / CC-BY-SA 2.0

Kauaʻi residents can now submit a police report for certain crimes online with the Kauaʻi Police Department.

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A high surf warning is still in effect for much of the state's north and west facing shores until 6 AM Tuesday. Surf is expected to be between 25 to 45 feet, and eventually lowering to 18 to 24 feet later today. A high surf advisory is in effect until Tuesday at 6 AM for west facing shores of Hawaiʻi Island.


Survivors of the Kilauea eruption have said they want to return to their homes despite incomplete restoration work in the area.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Hawaii court rulings that found a bed and breakfast owner violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple.

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The National Weather Service says extremely hazardous high surf is expected on the northern and western shores of all islands beginning Sunday.

Hawai'i State Capitol Celebrates 50th Birthday

Mar 15, 2019
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Did you know the Hawaiʻi State Capitol that opened 50 years ago was once considered for Windward Oʻahu? Or that one idea for the building in downtown Honolulu called for it to be nine stories tall? That surprising history is part of the rediscovery underway marking the iconic buildingʻs golden 50th.

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It was Match Day madness for students at the UH Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine on Friday.

Match Day is the nerve-wracking time of year when med school seniors find out where they will spend their residencies.

MCCC Inmates Identified In Riot Transferred to Hālawa

Mar 14, 2019

State corrections officials transported 21 pre-trial detainees to Hālawa Correctional Facility today who were identified as participants in Monday's riot at a Maui jail.

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Several Boeing 737 Max jets were sitting at Hawaiʻi airports this afternoon as investigators probe the cause of the most recent crash of that model aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered all 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes grounded yesterday in response to the crashes in Ethiopia on Sunday and Indonesia in October.

One plane was sitting on the tarmac of Kahului Airport after arriving yesterday morning from Los Angeles and another was at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.

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Kauaʻi County Mayor Derek Kawakami delivered his first State of the County address today in Lihuʻe, pointing to aging infrastructure repairs and investments in modernizing county operations as his two policy priorities.

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What do Bill Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, and Prince William have in common? They’re all colorblind. According to Prevent Blindness America, an estimated eight percent of males have color vision problems. One local artist kept his colorblindness a secret for nearly 30 years.

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The state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the City and County of Honolulu, in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, will be holding a town hall meeting on the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project next Tuesday.

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The chair of the Maui County Council is hoping for more collaboration between Mayor Mike Victorino's office and the council.

Hawaiian Airlines Lowers Prices As Southwest Enters Market

Mar 13, 2019
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Hawaiian Airlines has dropped prices for some flights as Southwest Airlines enters the Hawaiʻi market.

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A U.S. judge on Wednesday approved the sale of a home belonging to a retired Honolulu police chief and his former prosecutor wife mired in a corruption investigation.

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-5.5 earthquake has hit the southern flank of Hawaiʻi's Kīlauea volcano. The agency reports light to moderate shaking was felt across the Big Island and Maui early Wednesday morning. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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Protestors rallied against the Thirty-Meter Telescope on college campuses in California today. Demonstrations are planned for UH campuses tomorrow. 


Internal and criminal investigations are underway following an disturbance at the Maui Community Correctional Center yesterday that left several staff members with minor injuries.

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The state Department of Transportation will be holding community meetings across the state starting on March 20 in Kapolei to get feedback on a possible road usage charge.

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The Honolulu Fire Department says the wildfire in Nānākuli that started on Sunday is a hundred percent contained. The blaze originated from behind the Sack-and-Save, and burned a total of 500 acres. But the fire department wants residents to start now to help prevent wildfires near their homes by making a plan.

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A new hearing date has been set for a civil case aiming to impeach Honolulu City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

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The Honolulu City Council has agreed to pay $550,000 to a retired police lieutenant who claimed that Police Chief Susan Ballard had tampered with recruits' test scores when she was in charge of the training division.

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Last week's announcement of a second infestation of little fire ants on Oʻahu is the latest episode in the spread of one of the world's worst invasive species.

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It’s been more than ten months since a lava flow devastated parts of lower Puna on Hawaiʻi Island. More than 700 structures were lost, and the event disrupted other parts of life for many residents. And that includes small businesses in the area – which are now getting some help from a unique combination of organizations.