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Rail officials confident about strength of new plan


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm
In the only recovery plan they ever hope to write, Honolulu rail officials say it’s “realistic and achievable” to build the full line to Ala Moana Center with the $9 billion total they now expect to receive. Read More

Rail plan sent to FTA after a year of delay


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm
The fourth time’s the charm. Read More

City fails to pay for land it took for rail


Updated on  September 15, 2017 at 10:12 pm
A month after local business Honolulu Hardwoods became the first official casualty of rail eminent domain, the city has missed the deadline to pay its owner the balance he’s owed. Read More

Event to help Hawaiian voyaging canoe

A fundraiser for the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hawai‘iloa and the nonprofit group that manages it, Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa, will take place 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki. Read More
Updated on  September 14, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Big Island crew nears completion of simulated Mars mission


Updated on  September 13, 2017 at 10:21 pm
On Sunday, the latest six-member crew to help show how a journey to Mars might work will step into Mauna Loa’s cool, fresh air after spending eight months confined in a dome-like tent there. Read More

Rail officials start over on selecting builder for last stretch

Honolulu officials recently canceled their long-stalled effort to award the construction contract for rail’s final 4.3 miles and eight stations into town, opting to start over instead. Read More

Ige signs bill giving state added control over rail


Updated on  September 6, 2017 at 12:56 pm
With the stroke of a pen, Honolulu’s rail line no longer appears stalled at Middle Street. Read More

$2.4B rail bailout bill goes to the governor for approval


Updated on  September 2, 2017 at 12:23 am
Four months after their initial efforts collapsed, state House and Senate majorities have swiftly passed a $2.4 billion funding deal, hoping it will finally be enough to get rail all the way to Ala Moana Center. Read More

House poised to OK rail bailout today


Updated on  August 31, 2017 at 11:12 pm
Based on a procedural voice vote Thursday, rail’s controversial bailout bill appears poised to easily pass the House today. Read More

Senate approves rail bill in 16-9 vote


Updated on  August 30, 2017 at 11:25 pm
The latest bill to bail out Honolulu’s woefully over-budget rail transit project has cleared another key hurdle, with the state Senate advancing the measure to the House, where it’s expected to pass handily. Read More

Rail deal survives first vote in special session


Updated on  August 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm
Senate Bill 4, the vehicle that looks to bail out rail with a $2.4 billion funding deal, narrowly passed the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee Monday. Read More

Caldwell is accused of padding rail budget


Updated on  August 25, 2017 at 11:23 pm
With hostilities escalating over rail this week, state lawmakers are accusing Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and city leaders of “padding the budget” with an 11th-hour increase to their estimated costs that could derail the project. Read More

Hokule‘a starts ‘Mahalo, Hawai‘i’ sail with visit to isles’ new Hope Spot


Updated on  August 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm
The Hokule‘a kicked off its “Mahalo, Hawai‘i” sail last week with a stop at Olowalu reef, an important but imperiled marine refuge that just became Hawaii’s first globally recognized “Hope Spot.” Read More

Hokule‘a returns to its origin to say ‘mahalo’


Updated on  August 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm
Two months after safely returning from what the University of Hawaii’s president called an “audacious, bold and slightly crazy” voyage around the world, the Hokule‘a is venturing back to where it all began. Read More

House and Senate leaders keep searching for rail funds


Updated on  August 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm
With the special session on rail looming in two weeks, legislators still don’t have a deal. But leaders from both chambers appeared open to raising the state’s hotel room tax to help rescue the beleaguered transit project during a marathon hearing Monday. Read More

First rail land trial ends in condemnation


Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm
On Tuesday, the warehouse that Bryan Hoernig has owned since 2002 became the rail project’s first official casualty of eminent domain. Read More

Different appraisal methods led to $1M gap


Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 10:58 pm
Much of the first rail-condemnation case to go to trial hinged on the testimony of two experienced, local dueling appraisers: Jon Yamaguchi and Steven Chee. Read More

HART board selects new executive director


Updated on  July 31, 2017 at 4:17 pm
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has selected Andrew Robbins as the next, permanent executive director to lead the island’s financially challenged rail transit project. Read More

Telescope conditions nearly unchanged


Updated on  July 29, 2017 at 10:02 am
The conditions recommended for the Thirty Meter Telescope this week by a former Hilo judge are virtually identical to those in the controversial project’s original 2011 permit for work atop Mauna Kea. Read More

Land board sets date to hear arguments on TMT permit


Updated on  July 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm
The state Land Board will listen to oral arguments Sept. 20 in Hilo on whether to issue a key permit for the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope, which a consortium of universities and astronomy institutions has proposed to build atop Mauna Kea. Read More

Rail board said to be near to hiring new chief


Updated on  August 3, 2017 at 7:23 pm
The Honolulu rail board is in final talks to hire as its new top executive a rail technology firm manager who once battled the city over its most expensive rail contract, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. Read More