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Former Land Board chairman, WWII hero William Paty dies

Former state Land Board Chairman William Paty, a Hawaii native and onetime manager for the Waialua Sugar Plantation, died this week. Read More

Former Land Board chairman, WWII hero William Paty dies

Former state Land Board Chairman William Paty, a onetime manager for the Waialua Sugar Plantation, died on Sunday. He was 97. Read More

City Council advances Laie expansion plan

The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday advanced a bill that would give Hawaii Reserves Inc. clearance to build homes in the Laie area despite disagreement between supporters and opponents of the plan. Read More

SamKoo wins final approval for affordable housing in Ala Moana despite mayor’s objections

Embracing the view that affordable housing units in the near future trump a transit hub on the same site in the distant future, the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday voted 9-0 to approve exemptions clearing the way for SamKoo Hawaii’s 43-story, 513-unit The Central Ala Moana. Read More

City Council fails to override veto of military tax break

Leaders of the Honolulu City Council failed Wednesday to override Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s veto of a bill giving additional tax breaks for active military personnel who own property on Oahu. Read More

Honolulu City Council fails to override mayor’s veto of military tax break

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s veto was the fourth in four months against Council-approved bills. This is the only one of the four that Council leadership attempted to override. Read More

SamKoo project up for final vote

A Honolulu City Council committee Monday advanced a plan for a 400-foot tower fronting Ala Moana Center despite an in-person plea by Mayor Kirk Caldwell to hold off to allow city officials to keep open the option of using the location for a transit hub and possible path for rail to UH Manoa. Read More

Tommy Waters and Trevor Ozawa headed to November runoff

Political newcomer Heidi Tsuneyoshi and veteran politician Carol Fukunaga clinched victories in their respective Honolulu City Council races, while Councilman Trevor Ozawa will need to go head-to-head against former state Rep. Tommy Waters in November to win re-election. Read More

Zoning face-off likely over Ala Moana parcel

A political firestorm is brewing at Honolulu Hale over the future of a 1.43-acre parcel fronting Ala Moana Center. Read More

Two win Honolulu City Council seats but Ozawa and Waters headed for rematch

Political newcomer Heidi Tsuneyoshi and veteran politico Carol Fukunaga won victories in their Honolulu City Council races while Councilman Trevor Ozawa and former state Rep. Tommy Waters are heading for a run-off in November. Read More
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Hawaii residents continue to vote absentee

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The trend toward early voting in Hawaii continues with today’s primary election. Read More

Lopresti removes rival’s flyer, then apologizes

State Rep. Matt Lopresti issued an apology to constituents for removing an opponent’s campaign flyer from a constituent’s door in Ewa Beach recently. Read More

Caldwell bill offers tax breaks to build ADUs

Oahu homeowners who want to build accessory dwelling units would get annual tax breaks of about $200 under a bill proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Read More

Super PACs spending to influence the vote

Super PACs are again trying to influence the election. Below are the ones that have spent the most through July 27. Read More

Source of ads attacking City Council candidate is a mystery

A series of mailers attacking Honolulu City Council candidate Robert “Bobby” Bunda calls for constituents of Council District 2 (Mililani Mauka to Kahaluu) to instead vote for Dave Burlew, one of the other three candidates in the race. Read More

New rules for North Shore surf permits panned

Some North Shore surf meet organizers and supporters are unhappy with new rules that went into effect Monday for the granting of permits for North Shore events. Read More

Councilman is accused of harassing aide who helped rival

Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin said he will conduct an internal investigation into whether one Council member harassed another’s staff aide. Read More

King Kamehameha III bronze statue to be unveiled at Thomas Square

Native Hawaiian groups and royal societies will join Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other officials Tuesday at Thomas Square as they dedicate a 12-foot-tall bronze statue of King Kamehameha III and a flagpole that will fly only the Hawaiian flag. Read More

Caldwell proposes new bills affecting short-term rentals

The mayor Thursday unveiled a bill that allow homeowners to set up bed-and-breakfast establishments where they live but bans nonowner transient vacation units in residential zones. Read More

Caldwell vetoes military tax exemption measure

A bill giving military service members living in homes they purchased on Oahu an additional break on property taxes was vetoed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell this week. Read More

2 homeless bills stall in committee

Two bills making it illegal for people to “lodge” or otherwise obstruct pedestrians on city sidewalks islandwide were deferred by a City Council committee Wednesday after homeless advocates and council members questioned whether they pass legal muster. Read More