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Department of Land and Natural Resources

President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for the March floods, opening the door to federal funding.

All Saints' Episcopal Church

A project to restore Kaua‘i’s only pipe organ turned out to be a bigger ordeal than anyone in the congregation ever imagined. With the project completed, the newly rebuilt instrument will once again reverberate throughout the All Saints’ Episcopal Church this weekend.

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The City and County of Honolulu's Summer Fun program is a few weeks away -- and there’s still room for kids and workers.

Gov. Ige Says State Mask Mandate Will Remain in Effect

May 13, 2021
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Governor David Ige said Thursday the state’s current mask mandate will remain in effect for everyone, including for those who are fully vaccinated.

Hawaii Public Radio

A federal assistance program that helps low-income families with their electricity bills will begin taking applications next month.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Hawaii man who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking a Utah family by sending more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, plumbers and prostitutes was sentenced Thursday to three years of supervision and ordered to adhere to strict limitations on use of the internet.

Ex-Honolulu Lieutenant Asks to Remain Free During Appeal

May 13, 2021
Casey Harlow/HPR

A former Honolulu police lieutenant who is scheduled to begin serving a three-and-a-half year prison sentence next month in Hawaii's biggest corruption case is asking a judge to let him remain free while he appeals his conviction.

Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige via Flickr

The state rolled out its vaccine passport system this week, making inter-island travel easier for people who were vaccinated in Hawaii. Lieutenant Governor Josh Green says he'd soon like to use the system for vaccinated residents returning to the islands from the mainland.

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Wildlife officials want people and their dogs on a Waikiki beach to give an endangered newborn seal and its nursing mother lots of space.

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A newly discovered species of tardigrade, also known as water bears, was named after Dr. Samuel M. ‘Ohu Gon III.

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Nobody disputes that the annual Pow! Wow! Street Art Festival has left its mark on Honolulu. Every day people walk or park their cars alongside murals made by international stars. This weekend, those street artists are making a resounding appearance at the Bishop Museum, with a celebration of Pow! Wow!'s first decade.

Bill Proposes Funding The Removal of Ha‘iku Stairs

May 12, 2021
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One of the most popular, and illegal, hiking trails in Oʻahu may not exist for much longer.

Hawai‘i Rated 'Mostly Closed' in 50-State Analysis of Police Misconduct Record Laws

May 12, 2021
Catherine Cruz / HPR

Police misconduct records are either secret or difficult to access in a majority of states - 35 of them plus Washington, D.C. But the breeze of openness is blowing. Seven big states have opened records in recent years - California, New York, Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon and Maryland.

Taming The Virus: US Deaths Hit Lowest Level In 10 Months

May 12, 2021
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COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day — the lowest level in 10 months — with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting zero on some days, including in Hawai‘i.

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Training is underway for the first cohort of the Remote Ready Hawaiʻi Pilot Program, which matches unemployed residents with remote work offered by companies outside the state.  The program gives Hawaiʻi residents an opportunity to participate in a growing sector of the global digital economy, but it may take more than employee training to help workers compete.

How is rainwater connected to our aquifer system? A group of researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa wanted to trace the origins of groundwater from central to leeward Hawaiʻi Island.

Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

HONOLULU — Honolulu’s mayor on Tuesday said he would appoint former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to the board of the city’s rail line as the long-delayed and massively over-budget project faces a funding shortfall that could prevent construction from continuing to its original intended destination of Ala Moana Center.

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More than 21,000 additional jobs were lost in the state during the third quarter of 2020.


Longtime Honolulu rail critic Panos Prevedouros advocated that the project should hit pause, finish the line to Middle Street and the route should be reassessed. A city councilmember introduced a resolution this week with a similar stance.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's vaccine passport program for inter-island travel has begun.

Famed Hawai‘i Quarterback Colt Brennan Dies at 37

May 11, 2021
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HONOLULU — Colt Brennan, a star quarterback at the University of Hawaii who finished third in the 2007 Heisman Trophy balloting, died early Tuesday, his father said. He was 37.

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Mental health is a growing concern at this stage in the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization is supporting artist-led projects that contribute to mental, social and environmental health.

Various studies have found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones. This month, people on Moloka'i can test that hypothesis for free.

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Updated 5/11/21, 9 a.m.

House Speaker Scott Saiki unveiled the members of a new working group that will be responsible for recommending new management guidelines for Mauna Kea. The 15 member group will review and develop recommendations for a new governance and management structure for the mountain.

Catherine Cruz / HPR

A public records request from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii uncovered a rail report that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit tried to keep confidential. In it is an analysis of 27 alternatives to the original plan including an underground tunnel and shifting the line to Nimitz Highway.

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HONOLULU — A U.S. judge is allowing a former Honolulu police chief convicted in a corruption case to meet with family and friends in Washington state before he begins serving a seven-year prison sentence in Oregon.

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HONOLULU — Scientists have started to introduce native damselflies into the wild on Oahu's North Shore to help repopulate the insect and potentially save the species from extinction.

Micronesians Feel Hatred in Hawaii, Decry Police Shooting

May 10, 2021
Associated Press

HONOLULU — Comments on social media about a 16-year-old boy shot and killed by Honolulu police have been so hateful that a Catholic priest, who hails from the same small Pacific island as the teen’s family, hesitates to repeat them.

AARP Hawaii: Be On The Lookout For Gift Card Fraud

May 10, 2021
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AARP Hawaii is urging residents to be on the lookout for gift card fraud. Gift cards, also called electronic vouchers, are one of the most common payment methods that scammers request from victims.

Casey Harlow / HPR

Out of the more than 200 bills that were approved during the 2021 legislative session, a handful were education-related. Some lawmakers and education advocacy groups are calling the session a success, but understand the state's education system continues to be a work in progress.

US Navy Region Hawaii

About 700 gallons of fuel were recovered Friday after 1,000 gallons leaked from a fuel line at the Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, according to the Hawaii Department of Health and the Navy Region Hawaii.