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Tsunami Warning Center Investigating False Alert

May 22, 2019
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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is investigating a false tsunami alert that went out Tuesday.

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  KAILUA-KONA — A Hawaiʻi county has closed a bay to prevent disruption of coral spawning that scientists predicted would occur over two days.

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A former Honolulu police chief, his ex-prosecutor wife and current and former police officers abused their positions by "planning and scheming" to frame her uncle for a crime he did not commit, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday in a trial for what has been described as the biggest corruption case in Hawaiʻi history.

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A measure to promote the building of affordable rental units in Honolulu is now a law.

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  HILO — A journalist in Hawaii was banned from covering what a newspaper contends was a public meeting but the U.S. Army said was not open to all, a report said.

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WAILUKU — A Hawaiʻi jail where a riot broke out in March is operating with less than half the normal number of corrections officers, officials said.

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The YMCA of Honolulu is planning to sell its Central Branch location on Atkinson Drive. The announcement was made Friday by the organization’s Metropolitan Board of Directors.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city's $9.2 billion rail project isn't in danger of losing federal funds, so long as it builds all 20 miles of the planned transit line.

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POHOIKI, Hawaiʻi — A Hawaiʻi geothermal power company must win state approval before rebuilding transmission lines wiped out by volcanic eruption, reports said.

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KAHULUI — A Maui airport has opened a $340 million facility for car rental companies, officials said, paid for by vehicle rental fees.

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WASHINGTON  — Congresswomen who have served in the military are setting up a new caucus to support the nation's growing ranks of female service members, and they're looking for clout, too, in American politics.

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Two former Hawaiʻi County police officers have been indicted on a variety of charges involving cases from drugs to gambling.

How Honolulu Property Tax Decisions Could Affect Owners

May 14, 2019
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The Honolulu City Council on Tuesday overrode Mayor Kirk Caldwell's veto of a bill that increases the standard home exemption on property taxes while advancing his proposal to hike the tax rate on hotels and resorts.

The University of Hawaiʻi should freeze undergraduate tuition and lower costs for some graduate students, its president says.

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The mayor of Honolulu has proposed a trio of tax increases to cover costs of a forthcoming rail line, a report said.


Southwest Airlines started a new route in the Hawaiian islands between Honolulu and Kona with plans to add more interisland service, officials said.

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Jury selection has begun in a closely watched corruption scandal involving the highest levels of Honolulu law enforcement.

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Witnesses to a helicopter crash last month that killed three people told federal investigators that they heard an odd noise followed by a bang and then saw the helicopter descend without its rotor blades spinning.

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Opening a business can be hard in Hawaiʻi. But one operation is finding early success highlighting local fruits in hard cider, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented apple juice that's caught the attention of millennials and other consumers.

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Hawaiʻi’s Department of Land and Natural Resources is involved in a new project to clear microplastics from the state’s beaches, helped by a machine built by Canadian university students.

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The public should give adequate space to ensure the safety of a monk seal that has been resting on a Hawaiʻi beach, officials said.

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A Hawaiʻi man who fatally stabbed his mother when he was 16 has received a reduced prison term under young adult sentencing guidelines, reports said.

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A Hawaiʻi senator is asking federal transportation officials for detailed information about helicopter accidents in the state, including a deadly crash in Kailua last month.

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Updated: May 8, 2:13 p.m.


A leadership shakeup today at the Honolulu City Council landed Ikaika Anderson the chairmanship of the council while Tommy Waters was sworn in to represent East Honolulu following a court challenge and months of delays. The changes came as the council also took up the contentious issue of short-term vacation rentals.


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LOS ANGELES — The nation's most productive agricultural state will ban a widely used pesticide blamed for harming brain development in babies, California officials said Wednesday.

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Court documents say a Japanese tourist and her husband lured another visitor from Japan to their Waikīkī hotel room, where they sexually assaulted her.

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The Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is home to Kīlauea, the world’s most active volcano. Its eruption last year and the earthquakes and ash explosions that followed forced the park to close for four months. With the eruption now over, visitors have been returning in droves again. Officials see this as an opportunity to plan for better management of the park for the future. 

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Hawaiʻi's coral reefs that dissipate offshore wave energy and act as undersea breakwaters provide more than $835 million in flood protection for the state annually, according to a new study.

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A U.S. Army soldier has been upgraded to stable condition after a fall onto a ledge in a volcano crater in Hawaiʻi.

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A year ago today, lava began flowing from steaming ground cracks in Leilani Estates in Puna on the Big Island. This led to a destructive volcanic eruption lasting three months – and some Hawaiʻi Island residents are still trying to recover.