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Gov’s chief of staff shifts to deputy role

Updated on  December 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm
Mike McCartney, Gov. David Ige’s chief of staff, has been moved into a lower-­level position and salary — but gets to keep his old title — under what Ige describes as a reorganization of his office. Read More

State legislators aim to regulate high-interest payday loans

State lawmakers plan to again consider imposing stricter regulations on so-called payday lenders issuing loans that can carry interest rates as high as 459 percent in Hawaii. Read More
Updated on  December 10, 2017 at 11:34 pm

Consultant to explore partnerships for rail’s final stretch

Updated on  December 9, 2017 at 11:09 am
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has hired a consultant to study whether public-private partnerships should be used to complete the final stretch of the rail project into urban Honolulu. Read More

State Rep. LoPresti sets sights on Ewa Senate seat

Updated on  December 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm
After serving nearly two terms in the state House of Representatives, Rep. Matthew LoPresti has his sights set on the Senate seat representing Ewa and Ewa Beach. Read More

Scientists rule out disease in Kauai whales’ death

Updated on  November 28, 2017 at 10:24 pm
Marine scientists investigating the mass stranding of five pilot whales on Kauai’s Kalapaki Beach last month have ruled out disease as causing the event, and say something sudden must have triggered the stranding. Read More

Project to provide 160 homes for Native Hawaiians

Updated on  November 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm
More than 100 Native Hawaiians are inching closer to homeownership as the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands works to complete a long-planned subdivision in Kapolei. Read More

9 rail stations’ new Hawaiian names reflect history of sites

Updated on  November 23, 2017 at 7:05 pm
The nine rail stations at the Ewa end of the city’s mass-transit line have been given Hawaiian names that experts say are reflective of ancient place names and legendary sites along the rail route. Read More

HART board delays $18M increase for rail contractor

Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm
The board overseeing Honolulu’s rail project rejected a request by rail staff to increase a key engineering contract by nearly $18 million. Read More

Former rail CEO gets $32,000 bonus pay

Updated on  November 19, 2017 at 12:10 am
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board voted Friday to reward its former interim executive director and CEO, Krishniah Murthy, with a $32,000 bonus. Read More

Rail authority looks to preserve corridor for UH Manoa option

Updated on  November 18, 2017 at 12:36 am
Honolulu rail officials took an initial step Friday toward preserving the option to someday extend the rail line past Ala Moana Center, up to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Read More

Isle lawmakers pressure Trump on gun safety laws

Citing recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, a group of state senators is urging President Donald Trump and congressional leaders to pass “commonsense gun safety laws” to “keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.” Read More
Updated on  November 16, 2017 at 12:14 am

HPD clearing backlog of sexual assault kits

The Honolulu Police Department says that by the end of November it will clear a backlog of nearly 1,400 sexual assault evidence kits, some dating back more than two decades, and will send out all of about 200 more recent kits in the department’s possession for testing by the end of the year. Read More
Updated on  November 13, 2017 at 12:23 am

State Sen. Kim joins race for U.S. House seat

Veteran state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim announced Wednesday she is joining the race to represent Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House. Read More
Updated on  November 8, 2017 at 11:15 pm

State legislators eyeing Hanabusa’s congressional seat

Updated on  November 7, 2017 at 9:45 am
Two months after U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa announced her plans to run for governor, candidates looking to fill her seat in Congress are starting to emerge. Read More

Gabbard accuses DNC of rigging presidential primary for Clinton

Updated on  November 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is calling for an overhaul of the Democratic National Committee and campaign finance laws after an expose by a former committee official detailed the DNC’s close ties to the Hillary Clinton campaign. Read More

Protesters at state Capitol have little aloha for Trump

Updated on  November 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm
Hundreds of protesters ranging from schoolchildren and college students to retirees and legislators gathered in front of the state Capitol on Friday to voice their opposition to President Donald Trump, who is visiting Honolulu on his way to Asia. Read More

Kakaako parks reopen after 3-week closure

Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 10:04 pm
As public parks in Kakaako Makai reopened Monday after a three-week closure to clear homeless encampments and repair park facilities, officials say the state will strictly enforce nightly park closures to prevent the parks from being overrun again. Read More

State to hire private security to enforce Kakaako park hours, Ige says

Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 2:14 pm
The state will begin regularly enforcing park closures in Kakaako Makai “regardless of housing status,” Gov. David Ige said today, as some of the area’s parks reopened to the public three weeks after sprawling homeless encampments were cleared. Read More

Lawmakers press homelands agency to create housing

Updated on  October 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm
As the state grapples with a severe shortage of affordable housing and the highest rate of homelessness per capita in the country, some lawmakers want the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to pitch in resources to help solve the pressing problems. Read More

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