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

Briefing from feds about rail appears doubtful

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

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 12:43 am
State lawmakers say they’re unlikely to get the briefing they want from the city rail system’s federal partners before they must decide what to do about Oahu’s cash-strapped transit project. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction snakes between utility poles on Kamehameha Highway. Under the new plan unveiled at Thursday’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board meeting, most of the overhead power lines running along the rail route’s first 11 miles from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium would stay in place, and HECO crews would work on them using new, specialized trucks and cranes.

Rail project saving $140M on power-line clearance

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction snakes between utility poles on Kamehameha Highway. Under the new plan unveiled at Thursday’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board meeting, most of the overhead power lines running along the rail route’s first 11 miles from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium would stay in place, and HECO crews would work on them using new, specialized trucks and cranes.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 11:32 am
Local rail officials and Hawaiian Electric Co. say they’ve agreed to a cheaper fix for many of the utility-line clearance problems that have plagued Oahu’s elevated transit project, saving about $140 million. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The start (or end) of HART’s mass transit rail line is in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy.

Rail tax bills progress at Legislature

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The start (or end) of HART’s mass transit rail line is in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy.

Updated on  February 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm
Bills that would extend Oahu’s rail tax easily advanced in both Legislative chambers Wednesday, but the measures now face tougher scrutiny in the House and Senate’s money committees. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The city’s rail line crosses Aiea Interchange No. 4, shown at left near the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Plan to give state more rail funds lives

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The city’s rail line crosses Aiea Interchange No. 4, shown at left near the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  February 12, 2017 at 10:51 pm
The contentious proposal to spend a share of Oahu rail tax dollars on state transportation projects is still alive in the state Senate after all. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Progress on the construction of the rail line as seen from the Moanalua Road highway entrance on Wednesday, just west of Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery, along Kamehameha Highway.

Rail surcharge kickback rejected by senators

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Progress on the construction of the rail line as seen from the Moanalua Road highway entrance on Wednesday, just west of Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery, along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  February 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm
Key Hawaii state senators are moving against the deal proposed last week that would extend Oahu’s rail tax in exchange for the city relinquishing a share of those rail dollars to the state for neighbor island projects. Read More
COURTESY URBAN ADVANTAGE / HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS
                                A group of local architects, planners and environmental activists has revived the push for building a street-level light rail system instead of the concrete elevated guideway in urban Honolulu. Members argue the move could save taxpayers between $2.9 billion and $4.2 billion. Pictured here is the group’s rendering of what an “at-grade” system might look like on King Street.

Advocates of ground-level rail pitch their plan to lawmakers

COURTESY URBAN ADVANTAGE / HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS
                                A group of local architects, planners and environmental activists has revived the push for building a street-level light rail system instead of the concrete elevated guideway in urban Honolulu. Members argue the move could save taxpayers between $2.9 billion and $4.2 billion. Pictured here is the group’s rendering of what an “at-grade” system might look like on King Street.

Updated on  February 5, 2017 at 10:36 am
With rail facing its gravest fiscal crisis yet, a local cadre that once advocated bringing the elevated transit system down to street level in town is reviving that idea — and it’s taking its pitch directly to state lawmakers. Read More
YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT
                                King’s Hawaiian will present a 30-second Super Bowl commercial called “False Cabinet,” in which a package of sweet rolls can’t stay hidden for long. The spot is slated to run in the fourth quarter and will also introduce the company’s new barbecue sauce.

Kamaaina company rolls out first Super Bowl ad

YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT
                                King’s Hawaiian will present a 30-second Super Bowl commercial called “False Cabinet,” in which a package of sweet rolls can’t stay hidden for long. The spot is slated to run in the fourth quarter and will also introduce the company’s new barbecue sauce.

Updated on  February 3, 2017 at 11:43 pm
This year’s high-priced lineup of Super Bowl commercials will feature a brand familiar to many longtime locals as King’s Hawaiian r olls out what’s believed to be the game’s first national spot for a company with strong Hawaii ties. Read More