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Increase in HART board raises concerns


Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 10:34 pm
The board overseeing Hawaii’s largest-ever, multibillion-dollar public works project grew this week by four members — but city and state leaders continue to debate whether that increase was even legal. Read More

Stunned customers, saddened employees cope with airline’s shutdown


Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 6:16 am
On the penultimate day of operations at Island Air, most passengers arrived to board flights having no idea that their return flights with the airline now ceased to exist. Read More

Rail costs cast shadow over Blaisdell plan


Updated on  November 9, 2017 at 11:09 am
As the plan to make over the Neal S. Blaisdell Center moves ahead, one prominent state lawmaker continues to question whether the city should tackle that nearly $700 million endeavor before it finishes funding rail. Read More

Association seeks to intervene in suit over foreign fishers


Updated on  October 31, 2017 at 11:06 pm
The Hawaii Longline Association may join the court battle over foreign fishermen and whether they should be licensed to fish in Hawaii waters despite being barred from stepping on U.S. soil. Read More

Auditor urges city to get some cash for its trash

Many of the recyclables collected in Honolulu residents’ blue bins could eventually wind up at the city’s HPOWER plant in Kapolei instead of overseas, based on the recommendations of a new city auditor’s report. Read More
Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Lawmakers name 4 finance experts to nonvoting rail board spots


Updated on  October 26, 2017 at 12:42 am
State legislative leaders picked four financial experts to serve on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board. Read More

Legislative picks to sit on HART board announced


Updated on  October 25, 2017 at 12:22 pm
State Legislative leaders have announced their four picks to serve as nonvoting members on the volunteer Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board, a provision of the $2.4 billion rail-bailout package they approved in September. Read More

Council panel supports homeless ‘safe zones’

Honolulu City Council members continue to grapple with Oahu’s homelessness problem, advancing a resolution to create “safe zones” but deferring a bill that would have expanded the city’s so-called sit-lie ban across the entire island. Read More
Updated on  October 24, 2017 at 9:29 pm

Rail’s ‘Plan B’ not vetted by federal agency


Updated on  October 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm
Rail’s federal partners said they never determined whether a scaled-back, less costly alternative to Aloha Tower would have worked instead. Read More

Rail watchdog ‘not confident’ $8.2B price tag to remain fixed


Updated on  October 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm
In its most recent report, the federal contractor overseeing Honolulu rail says it is “not confident” the project’s total construction price tag will remain at $8.2 billion. Read More

Video: Honolulu rail cars go on test run


Updated on  October 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm
Local transit officials have released footage of Honolulu’s rail cars running under their own power for the first time on the elevated guideway. Read More

Research ship helps ocean scientists dive deep


Updated on  October 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm
When the state-of-the-art vessel Falkor first docked in Honolulu Harbor in 2013, its private backers looked to fill what they said was a growing void in badly needed ocean research. Read More

Council approves rail recovery plan


Updated on  October 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm
The City Council approved the rail recovery plan this week, making it more likely that property tax dollars will help fund project construction despite earlier assurances those dollars would not be used. Read More

3-alarm apartment fire damages 6 units

Honolulu firefighters extinguished a three-alarm fire Thursday that damaged at least six units of a Kapiolani Boulevard apartment building. Read More

Main break in Nanakuli snarls traffic, cuts water


Updated on  September 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm
Leeward Coast residents are coping with the latest in a long-running saga of severe traffic headaches there, as a ruptured water main has choked off access along Farrington Highway in Nanakuli and left some 15 homes without water. Read More

Calamity shows how Jones Act could harm Hawaii, critics say


Updated on  September 28, 2017 at 10:53 pm
Typically, it’s been limited to debate in Hawaii, Alaska and U.S. island territories — but this week the rest of the country is suddenly getting a crash course in the Jones Act. Read More

Fire sprinkler bill on hold as Council awaits recommendations

Following summer’s deadly Marco Polo fire, city leaders continue to grapple with how to make hundreds of Honolulu high-rises safer without overburdening owners and tenants. Read More
Updated on  September 26, 2017 at 10:01 pm

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