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Wildland fire danger elevated in Hawaii with drought in forecast

The National Interagency Fire Center is predicting that Hawaii will be especially vulnerable to wildland fire this winter as drought appears to be setting in under developing El Nino weather conditions. Read More

Schatz wants pesticide banned near schools

Column: Display artist makes space for the spirit of the season

The Kealoha Arms condominium in Makiki was constructed in 1970 and rises seven walk-up stories with 32 units ranging from studios to three-bedroom units. There’s a pool. A nice recreation area, as well. Read More

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative gets permit renewed for water diversion

The State Board of Land and Natural Resources approved Monday a staff recommendation for the holdover of a revocable permit for water use at the Blue Hole diversion, allowing Kauai Island Utility Cooperative to continue to operate two hydroelectric facilities which contribute 1.5 megawatts of energy to the island’s renewable portfolio. Read More

Report shows drop in homeless numbers

A new report that looks at homelessness in America in 2017 underscores the progress Hawaii has made in the last two years, when the state’s overall homeless rate has consecutively dropped 9 percent. Read More
 

Cautious Gov. Ige budget holds back $100 million in proposed spending

Ige’s $15.47 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2020 represents a 7.2 percent increase over this year’s appropriation. For fiscal year 2021 he is proposing an operating budget of $15.7 billion. Read More

Loss on rail charter question prompts concerns about community outreach

Oahu voters resoundingly rejected a proposed charter amendment that would have made it easier for the Honolulu rail authority to conduct its business, and one member of the rail board says the election loss was a sign that there is “no public trust in our organization.” Read More

Gondola and zip line are proposed for Waialua

A owner of a Canadian thrill-ride company wants to build an aerial tramway and a zip line in the hills above Waialua as part of an “agribusiness” on land zoned for agriculture. Read More
 

Learning center to open in Nanakuli

Kamehameha Schools plans to build a community learning center in Nanakuli next year, with educational programs focused on teens and young adults. Read More

Kokua Line: Reader spreads the word about timesaving mail tool

Question: Please, please, please do a column to enlighten people that mailing labels for U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail packages can be printed at home from a personal computer and charged to a credit card. Read More

Man dies after excavator accident in Hauula

A 30-year-old man was in critical condition Sunday after he was crushed by the bucket of a backhoe in Hauula. Read More
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More whale entanglements and fewer sightings in isles

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Seven of the 76 confirmed cases of large whale entanglements documented along U.S. coasts in 2017 were in Hawaii waters, and all seven involved humpback whales, according to a recent report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as whale season in the state gets underway. Read More

3 fires in 2 days cause more than $1M in damage on Oahu

Three fires over the past two days have caused more than $1 million in damage on Oahu, and the cause of all three could not be immediately determined, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said. Read More

Kakaako traffic stop uncovers drugs, stolen information

A traffic stop in Kakaako this morning resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old man for investigation of multiple offenses, police said. Read More

2 Windward churches aiding the homeless get different results

Two Windward churches that began hosting monthly fairs this year to attract homeless people in their communities have seen dramatically different results, underscoring the complexities of addressing island homelessness. Read More

Tulsi Gabbard’s birthplace could create political fodder in national campaign

Being born in American Samoa, where Gabbard lived until the age of 2, elicits unsettled constitutional questions about what it means to be a “natural-born citizen,” a requirement for the presidency, according to legal scholars. Read More
 
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Hawaii-born actor Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ role parallels own upbringing

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It’s fitting that Jason Momoa is catapulting to international stardom in a movie titled “Aquaman.” Read More
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Pilot recounts ditching fighter jet off Kewalo Basin

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Matt Pothier was standing and lifting his knees in his hospital room Saturday, just three days after having to eject from a fighter jet that crashed into the ocean off Oahu. Read More

Rotary still committed to building park in Waikiki

Overgrown weeds, trash and graffiti are still hallmarks of the vacant lot between Aloha Drive and Manukai Street, where the city has been promisingresidents a park for some 15 years. Read More

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