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COURTESY NA‘ALEHU ANTHONY / POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY
                                Longtime Hokule‘a voyagers John Kruse, left, Nainoa Thompson and Billy Richards were on hand for Tuesday’s celebration in Raiatea.

Voyagers’ visit to sacred site buoys Hokule‘a’s trip home

COURTESY NA‘ALEHU ANTHONY / POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY
                                Longtime Hokule‘a voyagers John Kruse, left, Nainoa Thompson and Billy Richards were on hand for Tuesday’s celebration in Raiatea.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 12:34 am
Following a 24-hour sail from Tahiti, Hokule‘a and its crew greeted hundreds of spectators at this ancient capital of Polynesia, where the Hawaiian replica sailing canoe was feted for its recent return to the Pacific. Read More
COURTESY POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY
                                The Hokule‘a off the coast of Tahiti

Dispatch from Hokule’a: crew makes final preparations for Raiatea

COURTESY POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY
                                The Hokule‘a off the coast of Tahiti

Updated on  April 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm
Aloha from Papeete, Tahiti aboard Hokule’a, where crews have been busy making all sorts of final preparations for a morning departure. Read More
COURTESY HOKULE’A
                                The Polynesian Voyaging Society crew was photographed at the Taputapuatea temple on Raiatea during a ceremony in summer 2014, at the beginning of the Malama Honua voyage.

Hokule‘a sails for mecca of voyaging on way home

COURTESY HOKULE’A
                                The Polynesian Voyaging Society crew was photographed at the Taputapuatea temple on Raiatea during a ceremony in summer 2014, at the beginning of the Malama Honua voyage.

Updated on  April 23, 2017 at 11:36 am
Hawaiian sailing canoe Hokule‘a has one more important stop to make before venturing home from its around-the-world voyage. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / NOV. 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to halt federal spending on the project.

Cayetano ad asks Trump to halt federal rail funds

STAR-ADVERTISER / NOV. 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to halt federal spending on the project.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm
With rail’s future uncertain, former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to halt federal spending on the project. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / NOVEMBER 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano was interviewed after losing the race for Honolulu mayor to Kirk Caldwell in 2012. Cayetano has taken out a full-page ad in today’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to end the federal government’s spending deal with Honolulu.

Cayetano asks Trump to ax Honolulu rail funds

STAR-ADVERTISER / NOVEMBER 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano was interviewed after losing the race for Honolulu mayor to Kirk Caldwell in 2012. Cayetano has taken out a full-page ad in today’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to end the federal government’s spending deal with Honolulu.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm
Former Gov. Ben Cayetano has taken out a full-page ad in today’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to end the federal government’s spending deal with Honolulu on rail. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2011
                                HART board member William “Buzz” Hong has announced he will soon leave the board to join the Honolulu Fire Commission. He has served on the board since its 2011 inception. With his departure, there will be only one original board member remaining.

Rail board votes to take First Hawaiian property

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2011
                                HART board member William “Buzz” Hong has announced he will soon leave the board to join the Honolulu Fire Commission. He has served on the board since its 2011 inception. With his departure, there will be only one original board member remaining.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm
Honolulu’s rail agency has started the process to acquire a First Hawaiian Bank-owned facility next to Kalihi Stream via eminent domain. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sidewalk closed for construction greets departing travelers at Honolulu International Airport. The airport has been plagued with delays in plans to modernize.

Legislators reconsider creating an entity to oversee airports

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sidewalk closed for construction greets departing travelers at Honolulu International Airport. The airport has been plagued with delays in plans to modernize.

Updated on  March 25, 2017 at 10:29 pm
Time is money. Last year, it took Hawaiian Airlines a month to re-stripe lines outside the gates at Maui’s Kahului Airport. It would have taken the state six times longer to get that work done, officials with the local carrier say. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lawmakers continue to wrestle with a rail-tax extension, with the latest proposal having an open-ended time frame. In the meantime, construction proceeds on the rail in Kapolei near the Makakilo Quarry, the progress shown as of March 8.

Legislators differ on rail-tax extension

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lawmakers continue to wrestle with a rail-tax extension, with the latest proposal having an open-ended time frame. In the meantime, construction proceeds on the rail in Kapolei near the Makakilo Quarry, the progress shown as of March 8.
A rail-tax extension is back in play at the state Capitol — but the proposal will likely face more tough scrutiny and hurdles in the weeks ahead. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Honolulu’s under-construction rail project, shown here in 2016, could benefit with the helpof the private sector, according to a new study from the nonprofit Ulupono Initiative.

Private investors could help speed rail’s completion, analysis finds

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Honolulu’s under-construction rail project, shown here in 2016, could benefit with the helpof the private sector, according to a new study from the nonprofit Ulupono Initiative.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 11:23 am
Having the private sector shoulder more of the risk of Honolulu’s stalled rail project might result in a quicker, less costly finish, according to a new report. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Honolulu’s under-construction rail project, shown here in 2016, could benefit with the help of the private sector, according to a new study from the nonprofit Ulupono Initiative.

Private sector could help city manage rail’s runaway costs, study finds

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Honolulu’s under-construction rail project, shown here in 2016, could benefit with the help of the private sector, according to a new study from the nonprofit Ulupono Initiative.

Updated on  March 20, 2017 at 10:05 pm
There’s no avoiding that Honolulu’s stalled rail project will need public funding for the city to complete it — but the private sector could still help deliver the transit system more quickly and efficiently, according to a new report. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The latest $15 million in change orders for Honolulu’s rail system will be covered by the project’s contingency fund, with a reported balance of more than $450 million, officials say.

Change orders totaling $15 million approved for rail

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The latest $15 million in change orders for Honolulu’s rail system will be covered by the project’s contingency fund, with a reported balance of more than $450 million, officials say.

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm
The Honolulu rail board approved nearly $15 million in additional change orders Thursday — the latest tranche of money to help cover changes to construction contracts that project leaders have said the city issued prematurely. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Mainland hui doubts rail schedule, price tag

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Updated on  March 10, 2017 at 1:17 am
A new peer review raises renewed concerns over the Honolulu rail agency’s ability to gauge the true cost and schedule for Oahu’s cash-strapped transit project. Read More
ADAM SPARKS / ASPARKS@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction near Aloha Stadium on July 26.

Legislation OK’d to deny state a cut of Oahu’s rail tax revenue

ADAM SPARKS / ASPARKS@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction near Aloha Stadium on July 26.

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm
The state Senate passed a proposal to deal with Oahu’s troubled transit project Tuesday, but not before several members vented about the city’s handling of rail and called for more accountability. Read More
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION 
                                The endangered female monk seal R4DP, shown alive and resting on a beach, was found dead in February under suspicious circumstances.

‘Suspicious’ monk seal death under investigation

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION 
                                The endangered female monk seal R4DP, shown alive and resting on a beach, was found dead in February under suspicious circumstances.

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 12:24 am
State authorities are investigating what they’ve described as the suspicious death of a 15-year-old endangered monk seal on Kauai. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail as seen from the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (from Aiea) looking towards the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

City to offer senators new budget to support rail funding contentions

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail as seen from the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (from Aiea) looking towards the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  March 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm
As they unveil this year’s budget plan, officials in the mayor’s office largely aim to convince state lawmakers that the city cannot cover the added costs to complete the island’s cash-strapped rail project. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Krishniah Murthy, left, interim executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation; City Councilman Joey Manahan; Mayor Kirk Caldwell; and Councilwoman Kymberly Pine listened to testimony Monday at the state Capitol at a hearing regarding funding for the rail project.

Senators blast city leaders over rail funds

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Krishniah Murthy, left, interim executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation; City Councilman Joey Manahan; Mayor Kirk Caldwell; and Councilwoman Kymberly Pine listened to testimony Monday at the state Capitol at a hearing regarding funding for the rail project.

Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 12:17 pm
Senate leaders delivered Honolulu’s mayor and those overseeing the city’s troubled rail project a harsh rebuke Monday. Read More
ROBERT SHIKINA / OCT. 12
                                A dog was seized at the Friends for Life shelter in Makaha.

Humane Society cites Makaha shelter with 310 counts of animal cruelty

ROBERT SHIKINA / OCT. 12
                                A dog was seized at the Friends for Life shelter in Makaha.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 5:47 pm
The Hawaii Humane Society today issued a citation on 310 counts of animal cruelty against the owners of a Makaha animal shelter, where more than 300 dogs were seized this past October. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Anastacia Milla, 93, of Oahu, widow of Filipino World War II veteran Jesus Milla, was surrounded by family Thursday. She is pictured with her sons Gaspar Milla, front left, and Jeorge Milla. Jeorge Milla, along with his wife, Juseline, and two daughters, Jeraldine and Jasmine, are the first Filipinos to arrive in Hawaii under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program. Back row from left, Myrna Milla (wife of Gaspar) and their daughter Charmaine, along with Jeraldine and Jasmine, with their mother, Juseline Milla.

Filipino veteran’s kin arrive in isles

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Anastacia Milla, 93, of Oahu, widow of Filipino World War II veteran Jesus Milla, was surrounded by family Thursday. She is pictured with her sons Gaspar Milla, front left, and Jeorge Milla. Jeorge Milla, along with his wife, Juseline, and two daughters, Jeraldine and Jasmine, are the first Filipinos to arrive in Hawaii under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program. Back row from left, Myrna Milla (wife of Gaspar) and their daughter Charmaine, along with Jeraldine and Jasmine, with their mother, Juseline Milla.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 12:16 am
As families of Filipino World War II veterans start to reunite on American soil under a special new immigration program, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono said she hopes the Trump administration won’t hamper those efforts. Read More