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Failed policies allow Hawaii beaches to disappear, study finds

Political leaders and land managers are failing to protect Hawaii’s beaches despite policies that call for them to safeguard the natural shoreline. Read More

Faculty, staff urge University of Hawaii to reject plans for Thirty Meter Telescope

With the legal fight against the Thirty Meter Telescope appeared to be over, University of Hawaii faculty, staff and students took their case to the public Wednesday in a press conference on the UH Manoa campus. Read More

Hawaii joins Marriott security breach investigation

The state launched an investigation into the massive Marriott security breach and is likely to team up with other states in an effort to get to the bottom of the incident, officials said Friday. Read More

Scary Hawaii hurricane season matched activity record

The 2018 Central Pacific hurricane season will end Friday much like it started — with a couple of months of smooth sailing and no tropical cyclones on the horizon. Read More
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North Shore beach erosion: 45-foot waves pound island

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Robert Schieve was reading the paper at about 6 a.m. Monday when he heard a loud crash on the beach side of his ocean-front home on the North Shore. Read More

Filmmaker sues Hawaii Film Office, claims religious bias

A veteran producer of faith-based films is accusing officials in the Hawaii Film Office of discriminating against his Christian-themed historical movie and conspiring to deny a substantial tax credit due his production. Read More

Climate report paints dire picture for Hawaii

Extreme coastal flooding. Warmer temperatures. Extended periods of drought. Imperiled coral reefs. Hurricanes with greater intensity and consequence. Read More

Teddy’s Mapunapuna closes for cleaning after video allegedly shows workers grilling rat

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers’ Mapunapuna location will remain closed for cleaning until at least Friday in response to a video circulating online that appeared to show a rat being cooked on the restaurant’s grill. Read More

Isle sellers say Christmas trees plentiful

Despite reports of a Christmas tree shortage on the mainland, it appears Hawaii will see plenty of trees this year. Read More

Climate change ‘like a terror movie’

Global warming is posing such wide-ranging risks to humanity, involving so many types of phenomena, that by the end of this century, some parts of the world could face as many as six climate- related crises at the same time, researchers say. Read More

Kahala Nui clarifies its policy on medical aid in dying

Kahala Nui retirement community has sent a clarification to its independent-living residents saying they can indeed take advantage of a new law allowing the terminally ill to obtain medication to end their life. Read More

Kahala retirement home says some residents can take advantage of medically assisted death law

The ACLU had obtained a May memo from the home saying it is “not an option” for all residents, citing the facility’s ground lease from the Catholic Church which forbids “any use or activity … morally repugnant to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Honolulu or inconsistent with the doctrines and teaching of the Church.” Read More

U.K. man challenges Hawaii’s stun gun ban

Andrew Namiki Roberts is an Oahu photographer who wants to be able to protect himself as he carries his equipment to photo locations around the islands. Read More

University of Hawaii scientists doubt space object has alien origins

When the first space object from beyond our solar system was discovered from Hawaii last year, there was a lot of playful speculation about whether it was an alien spacecraft. Read More

Hilo gun owner contests petition in open-carry case

The attorneys for the Hilo man challenging Hawaii’s open-carry gun law filed a response Thursday to the state’s latest legal maneuver, saying its argument is both legally wrong and “far too little and far too late.” Read More

Toppled after 28 years at OHA, Rowena Akana says she was a target

Rowena Akana won a seat on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board of trustees in 1990 and was re-elected seven straight times stretching across three decades. Read More

Akaka outpaces Kia‘aina for OHA seat; few vote for Akana

Kalei Akaka, granddaughter of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, led handily Tuesday in the race for the open Oahu seat on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board of trustees, while embattled at-large incumbent Rowena Akana was trailing in her re-election bid. Read More

Kalei Akaka outpaces Esther Kia‘aina for OHA seat; few vote for Rowena Akana

The winner of the race for the Oahu seat will replace veteran OHA trustee Peter Apo, who stepped down from the board. Read More

More hurricanes are predicted to reach Hawaii

Hawaii will be under increasing risk of flooding and other damaging storm impacts as climate change shifts the historical pattern of hurricane tracks and raises the ocean level to make the islands more vulnerable, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Read More
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Honeycreepers’ numbers dwindling, and so are their songs

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For decades scientists have warned of the decline of Hawaii’s colorful forest birds, which have long been victims of avian malaria and other environmental threats. Read More

ACLU accuses Kahala Nui retirement home of discrimination for its ban on medically assisted death

The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing a Kahala retirement community of illegal religious discrimination by warning its residents that they cannot take advantage of a new “morally repugnant” law. Read More

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