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Hawaii hotel rates top nation

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:33 pm
Alabama residents Laura and Kasey Harris, who were visiting Oahu on Tuesday, said they weren’t surprised to hear that Hawaii’s hotel prices were the nation’s highest during the first quarter. Read More

Lawmakers commit $200M to affordable-housing fund

State lawmakers Tuesday tentatively agreed on a bill to deposit $200 million into the state Rental Housing Revolving Fund — the biggest single cash contribution ever for the fund — and to dramatically expand an excise tax exemption for construction of affordable rental housing to help cope with the severe housing shortage. Read More
Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:29 pm

Kauai seeks to access emergency fund as disaster spending continues rising

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:25 pm
Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. signed a supplementary emergency proclamation Tuesday that allows the county to continue responding in the aftermath of the torrential rainfall and flooding that occurred a week and a half ago. Read More

Evidence of East Oahu flood piles up at Kawaikui beach

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:22 pm
If you’re looking for your shower curtain, it’s on the beach at Kawaikui. Read More

Pacific Command’s Harris tapped to be ambassador to South Korea

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:03 pm
Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii and President Donald Trump’s choice to be the next ambassador to Australia, is being diverted at the last minute to instead become ambassador to South Korea, multiple media sources reported. Read More

Ige dedicates day to imperiled ohia

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm
In an effort to recognize the significance and precariousness of the state’s most abundant native tree, Gov. David Ige has proclaimed today Ohia Lehua Day in Hawaii. Read More

Settlement proposed for HPD excessive-force case

The Honolulu City Council today will take up the proposed settlement of a lawsuit brought by a man who alleges a Honolulu Police Department officer used excessive force against him in Kahuku six years ago. Read More
Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 9:51 pm

Hilo academy puts staffer on leave after sex charges

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:21 pm
The Hawaii Youth Challenge Academy in Hilo has placed a staff member, charged with nine counts of sexual assault of a female student, on administrative leave, said a Hawaii National Guard spokesman. Read More

Governor signs law tying electricity rates to benchmarks

Hawaiian Electric Co. and its neighbor island subsidiaries will no longer be able to set electricity rates based on utility expenses, under legislation Gov. David Ige signed into law Tuesday. Read More
Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm

State is seeking to end golf lease at Olomana, gain delinquent rent

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 9:51 pm
The state is taking steps to reclaim control of the land it owns under the Olomana golf course in Waimanalo and recover unpaid rent from a company that closed the course two weeks ago. Read More

Key disaster aid and tax break depend on U.S. declaration

Question: I have a question about the recent flooding on Oahu and Kauai. Has FEMA declared a federal disaster in these areas? Getting the declaration is important for anyone who suffered uninsured losses … because of changes in the federal tax code. Read More
Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

Shoplifter breaks security guard’s wrist

Police arrested a man early Tuesday morning after he allegedly stole an item from a store and injured a security guard who tried to stop him in Ewa Beach. Read More
Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:16 pm

National Merit winners announced

Two Hawaii students were among the 1,000 high school seniors nationwide awarded corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships for 2018. Read More


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Voters will decide this fall on a tax for education

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 9:41 am
Hawaii voters will decide in November whether they want to tax investment property to help pay for public education after a proposed constitutional amendment sailed through the Senate in a 23-1 vote Monday. Read More

Binoculars are typical gear for electrical meter readers

Updated on  April 23, 2018 at 11:18 pm
Question: Do you know if the Hawaiian Electric meter readers must wear an ID tag on their clothing? The reason I ask was that on April 13 my wife said that the neighbor’s dog was barking at someone outside our neighbor’s house. Read More

Kauai after the storm: Government officials scramble to fund recovery efforts

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 5:46 pm
More than a week after floodwaters ravaged homes, businesses, hillsides and roads, there is still no idea of the cost of the damage — or even a guess of how many structures were destroyed or left uninhabitable. Read More

For 36 years Auntie Edna ‘pulled ears’ and eased fears

Updated on  April 23, 2018 at 11:23 pm
For many the transition starts on the long, dark ride from Portland International Airport to Forest Grove. Read More

Honolulu median income up 11 percent in 2018

The area median income for Honolulu County jumped to $96,000 for 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has determined. Read More
Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 12:26 am

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