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Rally calls for end to shaming of women

Organizers of Hawaii’s first SlutWalk, an international movement protesting so-called slut-shaming of victims of sexual violence, want to demonstrate that women should be free to express their sexuality — through clothing or behavior — without being blamed or shamed for it. Read More
Updated on  October 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Panel widens search for homeless ‘safe-zone’ sites


Updated on  October 13, 2017 at 12:26 am
A legislative working group tasked with recommending possible sites for “safe zones” for homeless encampments on state land in Honolulu will expand its search islandwide — and potentially statewide — after ruling out a few vacant parcels in the city’s urban core. Read More

Despite debt, HPU ‘financially sound’


Updated on  October 11, 2017 at 11:15 pm
The head of Hawaii Pacific University maintains the school is in solid financial shape despite concerns raised about the tens of millions of dollars the private college borrowed to redevelop Aloha Tower Marketplace amid declining student enrollment. Read More

UH must rein in travel practices, auditor says

The University of Hawaii’s internal auditor is recommending the university tighten its travel policies after reviewing more than $13 million UH spent on travel last year. Read More
Updated on  October 5, 2017 at 11:16 pm

With thousands of Hawaiians waiting, Home Lands agency produced no homes


Updated on  October 2, 2017 at 9:45 am
The state agency charged with providing homesteads for Native Hawaiians produced no new housing units during the year that ended June 30, and closed out the fiscal year with $30 million in unspent federal housing funds. Read More

State agency criticized for plan to lease rental projects


Updated on  September 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm
Affordable-housing advocates are decrying a state agency’s move to lease its portfolio of six low-cost rental projects, including three high-rises in Kakaako, to a private investor at a time when housing is in extremely short supply for low-income families. Read More

Experts raise state revenue forecast

Economic experts tasked with forecasting Hawaii’s tax collections say the state’s revenue will grow at a slightly higher rate over the next two years, bringing in roughly $40 million more than previously expected. Read More
Updated on  September 7, 2017 at 10:38 pm

State fines PRP over campaign against Cayetano case


Updated on  September 7, 2017 at 11:14 am
A years-long dispute over the failure of a pro-rail political action committee to disclose campaign expenditures it made against former Gov. Ben Cayetano in his 2012 bid for mayor will be resolved with a state-imposed fine. Read More

Decades in law and politics led Hanabusa to seat in U.S. House


Updated on  September 2, 2017 at 12:18 am
Colleen Hanabusa is gearing up for a run for the state’s highest political office next year with the advantage of a 20-year political career behind her. Read More

Rail bail-out bill goes to Ige after House approves


Updated on  September 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm
A $2.4 billion plan to bail out the city’s rail project with state tax increases awaits Gov. David Ige’s signature, following a final vote by the House of Representatives today. Read More

Green, Espero will run for lieutenant governor


Updated on  September 1, 2017 at 8:31 pm
State Sens. Josh Green and Will Espero launched campaigns this week for lieutenant governor in the 2018 election. Read More

Full Senate votes 16-9 in support of Oahu rail bailout


Updated on  August 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm
With all 25 state senators casting votes, legislation aimed at rescuing the city’s cash-strapped rail project by raising state taxes passed out of the full Senate today with a 16-9 vote and now heads over to the House of Representatives. Read More

Vote shows support is strong for rail bill


Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm
A package of state tax hikes to bail out the city’s beleaguered rail project appears poised to clear its last major hurdle with a full Senate vote today before moving over to the House. Read More

Hotel exec Mills is named Kamehameha trustee

A state judge has named Hawaii hotel executive Elliot Mills to a five-year term on the board of trustees for Kamehameha Schools, the educational trust supported by a multibillion-dollar endowment. Read More
Updated on  August 22, 2017 at 10:11 pm

State unveils vision for Kalihi


Updated on  August 22, 2017 at 10:44 pm
Commercial and industrial swaths of Kalihi in urban Honolulu would be redeveloped into mixed-use housing projects and new businesses along with recreational areas under a “vision plan” state officials unveiled Tuesday. Read More

Hawaii hotel executive named as Kamehameha trustee


Updated on  August 21, 2017 at 8:45 pm
Hawaii hotel executive Elliot Mills has been named to a five-year term on the board of trustees for Kamehameha Schools, the educational trust supported by a multibillion-dollar endowment. Read More

Letter spurs Fukumoto to urge GOP to change


Updated on  August 17, 2017 at 10:44 pm
State Rep. Beth Fukumoto says she’s hoping to turn a personal attack she recently received through a profanity-laced letter from a self-­proclaimed supporter of President Donald Trump into a teachable moment. Read More

DOE to restore school bus service for Lahainaluna High


Updated on  August 17, 2017 at 10:39 pm
The Department of Education on Monday will restore school bus service for approximately 100 Lahaina­luna High School students, following a two-week suspension of multiple routes on Maui amid a driver shortage. Read More

New $1.8M state scholarship will help 996 attend college


Updated on  August 22, 2017 at 3:22 pm
Close to 1,000 students enrolled at the University of Hawaii’s community colleges stand to benefit from a new state-funded scholarship designed to eliminate cost as a barrier to higher education. Read More

Hawaii delegates slam Trump for flip-flop on violence


Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 11:18 pm
Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation were among a growing number of elected officials distancing themselves Tuesday from President Donald Trump following the president’s remarks that again blamed “both sides” for the deadly violence over the weekend at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Read More