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The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources found an illegal lay net estimated at 1,000 feet long in Kaneohe Bay on Sunday.

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The Hawaii Department of Health is advising all e-cigarette users to immediately stop vaping until more is known about its health impacts.

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A fire that burned in the Maalaea Mauka area and forced evacuations and road closures has been 100% contained as of Monday morning, Maui Fire Department said.

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An engineering consulting firm provided new alternatives to a flood management plan for the Ala Wai Canal, officials said.

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Work on Factory Street in Kalihi addressing high lead levels in the soil is scheduled to start later this month. The project, run by the Environmental Protection Agency, will take three to four weeks to complete.

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KAILUA-KONA — Nearly 10% of tsunami warning sirens on Hawaii Island were found to be inoperable during a recent test, officials said.

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The state’s commitment to remove five existing telescopes on Mauna Kea to build the Thirty-Meter Telescope remains part of the effort to resolve the protest on the mountain. But most of these telescopes are still operating and even TMT opponents see the value of keeping them online until their lease expires.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is off to Denmark this week for a global gathering of big city mayors. Their goal is to tackle the major challenges of climate change. 

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NAHIKU, Hawaii — Hawaii scientists have used helicopters to launch an aerial attack against an invasive ant species in east Maui.

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Hawaii school officials have said they are not satisfied with the academic performance of public school students on statewide assessments after lack of growth, a report said.

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NEW YORK — A homeless man wielding a long metal bar rampaged through New York City's Chinatown early Saturday attacking other homeless people who were sleeping, killing four and leaving a fifth with serious injuries, police said.

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Honolulu police say parts of  Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue will close Saturday afternoon for a planned march in support of the protest on Mauna Kea.

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the owners of a shuttered Waikiki sports bar must pay more than $250,000 in penalties for sexual harassment.

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The retired Honolulu police chief and his former prosecutor wife don't want to be tried by a jury on charges including bank fraud and identity theft in Hawaii's biggest corruption case.

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Hawaii will require sixth-graders to get the HPV vaccine and other immunizations before the start of the next school year, health officials said.

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A group of East Maui taro farmers is urging the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court to overturn a ruling allowing continued use of public water by private users without environmental reviews.


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WAILUKU — Maui will prohibit commercial activity in parks on Sunday and official holidays.

Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc. has been awarded a contract to own and  operate the electrical system for the U.S. Army's Oahu installations, a deal valued at $638.5 million over 50 years, the company said in a release Thursday.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is giving tentative approval to Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines working more closely together but won’t give the airlines antitrust immunity.

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Officials say the state and counties in Hawaii have spent at least $7.7 million on law enforcement costs related to demonstrations opposing the Mauna Kea telescope.

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A new project at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum may help researchers find Pacific island land snails thought to be extinct.

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Updated: Oct. 4, 5:01 p.m.

Maui firefighters say a brush fire in Maalaea Mauka that has burned 4,100 acres remains at 90 percent containment as of Friday afternoon. Firefighters and state forestry workers were mopping up hot spots and will continue to do so until sunset, according to a 4 p.m. update.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — After a series of setbacks, a system for catching plastic floating in the Pacific between California and Hawaii is now working, its Dutch inventor said Wednesday.

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A Marine stationed in Hawaii is scheduled to be arraigned for allegations he tried to bring weapons onto an Air Force base in Nebraska.

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Hawaii Island has a new courthouse in Kona. It’s been a long wait — and the state’s chief justice was on hand for the opening.

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WAILUKU, Hawaii — A study of the 20 Hawaii coastal highways most susceptible to erosion and structural degradation has found 10 of the roads are in Maui County.

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A Hawaii park development project has been delayed following the discovery of a possible artifact on the grounds, officials said.


Scientists suspect infection or disease may be why two pygmy whales stranded themselves last week on Maui's Sugar Beach. The two male mammals were euthanized after blood samples indicated they likely could not have survived in the wild.


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Some Chinatown merchants are not happy with the new garbage bag mandate that requires their trash be disposed of in city-required yellow bags for pickup by city trash collectors.

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Fewer babies are being born in Hawaii than at any time in the past 10 years. At the same time, more people are leaving the state than moving here.