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Mayor urges safety ahead of Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon

Oahu residents are urged to be patient and to be on the lookout for suspicious activity Sunday as more than 32,000 runners hit the streets for the 46th annual Honolulu Marathon and the companion Start to Park 10K run. Read More

ACLU files gender bias lawsuit against Hawaii Department of Education

A federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of two female athletes at James Campbell High School alleging gender-based bias has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Read More

Fire sprinkler extension denied for outdated Oahu high-rises

At its last meeting of 2018, the Honolulu City Council failed to override Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s veto of a bill easing condo fire safety rules. Read More

Caldwell vetoes sidewalk bill

Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Monday vetoed a bill that would bar mobile kiosks in Waikiki, arguing that another bill he’s already signed accomplishes the same thing. Read More

Committee OKs plan for homeless, with conditions

A key Honolulu City Council committee Tuesday gave Mayor Kirk Caldwell a preliminary green light to enforce the Sidewalk Obstruction and No Lodging ordinances that were signed into law nearly two months ago. Read More

7 vacation rental bills before the Honolulu City Council

Seven bills that try to both regulate and legitimize Oahu’s short-term vacation rentals get their first airing before the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday. Read More

Portlock gate issue could be resolved soon

The city is a step closer to initiating a condemnation action to acquire an easement for a long-­discussed public beach right of way to the ocean ­ in East Honolulu’s ritzy Portlock Road area. Read More

Latest ‘monster house’ bill adds restrictions

The latest version of a comprehensive bill aimed at halting the growth of large-scale houses in residential zones would require smaller homes to abide by the same rules limiting the number of wet bars, bathrooms and laundry rooms allowed per dwelling, as well as provisions for more parking and a limit on the percentage of cement or other impermeable surfaces. Read More

Zoning Committee gives initial nod to Waikiki rental tower

Plans for Waikiki’s first constructed all-rental tower in about 40 years won approval from the City Council’s Zoning and Housing Committee on Thursday. Read More
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Measure to speed building permit approval becomes law

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A bill aimed at speeding up the processing of building permits will become law despite Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s lingering concerns about it. Read More
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Honolulu mayor allows law speeding up some building permits

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell today allowed a bill to become law aimed at speeding up the processing of building permits for one- and two-family houses. Read More

Another rail car delivered for Oahu line

Twelve rail cars already are on island for three of the 20 trains that will shuttle passengers along the city’s rapid transit line, and another was transported Tuesday morning to Waipahu from Honolulu Harbor. Read More
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Prepare for climate change, say Caldwell and Hawaii scientists

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The city is taking steps to prepare for the significant impacts of global climate change, but moving the route of Honolulu’s rail line more inland is not one of them, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Monday. Read More

Waters challenges results of Ozawa’s 22-vote win

Waters wants the Hawaii Supreme Court to either declare him the winner, order a recount of the votes or to demand that the results be invalidated and a new election be held. Read More

Head of award-winning permitting agency says DPP can change, too

The head of a Washington county permitting department that transformed itself into a nationally recognized exemplary agency says the same thing can happen at Honolulu’s embattled Department of Planning and Permitting. Read More

Tommy Waters, supporters threaten recount lawsuits

City Council candidate Tommy Waters and a group of supporters from East Hono­lulu are threatening to file separate court challenges seeking a recount of nearly 40,000 ballots from the Nov. 6 general election, which Waters lost by 22 votes to incumbent Trevor Ozawa. Read More

Honolulu City Council OKs expedited building permit approval process

A plan to speed up the processing of building permits for one- and two-family houses won final approval from the Honolulu City Council Wednesday despite continuing objections from the head of the agency tasked with reviewing the applications. Read More

Twin tower Sky Ala Moana gets OK from City Council

The twin-tower Sky Ala Moana, a condo-hotel project on Kapiolani Boulevard, won approval from the Honolulu City Council Wednesday. Read More

City Council paves the way for construction of Sky Ala Moana tower on Kapiolani

The development is expected to create up to 810 construction jobs and, upon opening, 540 permanent full-time jobs. Read More
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Honolulu City Council might delay condo fire safety rules

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After the July 2017 fire at the Marco Polo condominium killed four people, there was a call to have older condos retrofitted with fire sprinklers. Read More

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