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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARDVERTISER.COM
                                The Honolulu Police Commission voted 5-1 during a four-hour meeting Wednesday to approve a $250,000 settlement package for the Honolulu police chief if he vacates his position by the end of February. Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword spoke during a recess of a Police Commission meeting on Jan. 4.

Police chief will get $250,000 to leave

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARDVERTISER.COM
                                The Honolulu Police Commission voted 5-1 during a four-hour meeting Wednesday to approve a $250,000 settlement package for the Honolulu police chief if he vacates his position by the end of February. Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword spoke during a recess of a Police Commission meeting on Jan. 4.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 11:27 pm
The city will pay $250,000 to embattled Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha to leave at the end of February under a “retirement agreement” approved by the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hundreds of pounds of kalo were provided in the state Capitol rotunda for participants to experience the cultural practice of poi pounding at the “Ku‘i at the Capitol” event during the opening of the 2017 legislative session. Kalena Keaunui, left, and Kupaa and Pola Yim took part while Pua Perkins sat with Kamanaolana (last name unknown) and pounded poi.

Prayers, music kick off new legislative session

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hundreds of pounds of kalo were provided in the state Capitol rotunda for participants to experience the cultural practice of poi pounding at the “Ku‘i at the Capitol” event during the opening of the 2017 legislative session. Kalena Keaunui, left, and Kupaa and Pola Yim took part while Pua Perkins sat with Kamanaolana (last name unknown) and pounded poi.

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 2:37 am
Lawmakers are expecting spirited debates on issues of rail financing, “death with dignity,” overcrowded jails, affordable housing and the state’s ongoing homeless problem. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI., shown in July during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Gabbard quietly makes visit to Syria

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI., shown in July during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard traveled to Syria this week on what her aides described as a “fact-finding” mission relating to her efforts to bring resolution to a war that has torn the country apart and heightened tensions between the United States and Russia. Read More
KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER 2012
                                Hawaii State Chief Economist, Eugene Tian, in his office in downtown Honolulu.

Inflation rate in Honolulu doubled in 2016

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER 2012
                                Hawaii State Chief Economist, Eugene Tian, in his office in downtown Honolulu.

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 1:42 am
Honolulu inflation doubled to 2 percent last year despite lower energy costs as consumer prices rose at the fastest pace since 2012. Read More

United allows frequent-flyer miles to be given to charity

Question: We have a lot of United Airlines miles that are going to expire at the end of the month. Is there any place that we can donate them where there won’t be a fee assessed? Read More
Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 10:57 pm
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sign making get-together was held Wednesday at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in preparation for a protest against President-elect Donald Trump on his inauguration day this Friday.

Isles ready inauguration protests

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sign making get-together was held Wednesday at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in preparation for a protest against President-elect Donald Trump on his inauguration day this Friday.

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 1:48 am
A “Day of Resistance” on Friday organized by University of Hawaii students, staff and faculty will add teach-ins, a march in front of the Trump International Hotel Waikiki and a concert at the Waikiki Shell to protests across the country over the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Read More

Group gives state a D+ for asset seizure program

A program in Hawaii that allows law enforcement officers to seize property that they suspect is related to the commission of a crime has scored low marks for falling short on transparency and accountability. Read More
 
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                An Institute for Human Services outreach specialist fills out a survey for a homeless man he encountered during the Point in Time count at Aala Park in Chinatown in January 2016.

400 sign up to help in homeless count

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                An Institute for Human Services outreach specialist fills out a survey for a homeless man he encountered during the Point in Time count at Aala Park in Chinatown in January 2016.

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 9:51 am
About 400 volunteers have signed up to count Oahu’s homeless population next week, and the organizer of the annual homeless census said she believes that’s enough people to get a good picture. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010
                                An emergency siren on Oahu.

Glitch in Halawa siren puts residents on edge

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010
                                An emergency siren on Oahu.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 11:01 pm
There’s nothing like a malfunctioning siren wailing for about an hour to set a quiet neighborhood on edge. Read More
 
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Chuck Burrows

Vigils will spotlight climate awareness

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Chuck Burrows
Hawaii Interfaith Power and Light (HIPL) will hold two rallies in conjunction with green, or climate, vigils around the country during the first 100 hours of the new Trump administration. Read More

Vandals temporarily silence 3 radio stations

Vandalism at a transmitter site has knocked three Honolulu radio stations off the air for possibly the next two weeks. Read More
Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Housing development EIS OK’d

The state Land Use Commission has accepted the environmental impact statement for a proposed 1,433-unit residential development in central Maui. Read More
Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 11:18 pm
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Samuel Hufanga

Man indicted on robbery and assault charges

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Samuel Hufanga

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 1:51 am
An Oahu grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old Kalihi man who allegedly robbed a poker game in Makiki and assaulted police officers as they detained him. Read More
RON KOSEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Several small parcels of land within Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s 700-acre Kauai property are owned by kama­aina families who have rights to cross the billionaire’s estate. Zuckerberg is suing to force the families to sell.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg sues to force land sales

RON KOSEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Several small parcels of land within Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s 700-acre Kauai property are owned by kama­aina families who have rights to cross the billionaire’s estate. Zuckerberg is suing to force the families to sell.

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm
When Facebook’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg paid around $100 million for 700 acres of rural beachfront land on Kauai two years ago to create what Forbes magazine described as a secluded family sanctuary, he actually acquired a not-so-secluded property. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / JAN. 2012
                                Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi gave a progress report at the state Capitol in 2012. Matayoshi’s contract will end June 30.

BOE leaders try to explain why they let Matayoshi go

STAR-ADVERTISER / JAN. 2012
                                Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi gave a progress report at the state Capitol in 2012. Matayoshi’s contract will end June 30.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 1:58 pm
Lawmakers interrogated several members of the Board of Education on Tuesday over the decision not to retain schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, and demanded to know what prompted the call for a leadership change. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The iHeart Radio Broadcast Tower has been near the corner of Dillingham Boulevard and Kokea Street for more than 30 years.

Input sought on relocation of radio tower

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The iHeart Radio Broadcast Tower has been near the corner of Dillingham Boulevard and Kokea Street for more than 30 years.

Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 10:17 pm
State officials say they’ll have to relocate the 450-foot-tall radio tower near the Kapalama Canal in the next several years to help make way for more harbor capacity — but where the tower will go hasn’t been decided. Read More
COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
                                This ball python was recovered over the weekend.

Illegal python turned in under amnesty program

COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
                                This ball python was recovered over the weekend.

Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 11:14 pm
State officials recovered an illegal 4-1/2-foot ball python over the weekend, the Department of Agriculture said. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bishop Robert Barron, left, of Los Angeles paused to take a photo with the Most Rev. Larry Silva, bishop of Honolulu, before Red Mass began Tuesday at Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.

Bishop voices inspiration for lawmakers

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bishop Robert Barron, left, of Los Angeles paused to take a photo with the Most Rev. Larry Silva, bishop of Honolulu, before Red Mass began Tuesday at Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 12:26 am
Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, the second most followed Catholic leader on social media after Pope Francis, told lawmakers on the eve of the opening of the state Legislature that well-formed laws serve freedom. Read More

Proposals seek to boost Hawaiians’ health

A group of health leaders is proposing public policy changes such as a minimum wage hike and public dental benefits for low-income residents in an attempt to reduce health disparities among Native Hawaiians with a higher proportion of chronic diseases. Read More
Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Program to ease overcrowding in state’s jails has yet to launch

A plan to ease overcrowding in Hawaii jails by releasing nonviolent accused or convicted petty criminals hasn’t gotten off the ground yet, and might not have much impact when it finally takes effect because too few inmates will qualify. Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 11:20 pm

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