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Isle-based Coast Guard cutter returns from deployment amid Arctic rivalry

Updated on  September 21, 2017 at 12:34 am
The Honolulu-based Coast Guard cutter Sherman returned Wednesday after a 94-day, 16,000 mile patrol in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea in a region where melting sea ice is causing commercial and military activity to heat up as well. Read More

Officer warns police commission on chief selection and corruption

The complaint from a decorated police officer who is urging the Honolulu Police Commission to scrutinize police chief applicants who might be involved in the corruption case against former Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife was taken up behind closed doors Wednesday. Read More
Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 10:08 pm

Medical marijuana sales so far top $426,000

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm
Hawaii’s first two medical marijuana dispensaries sold a combined 57 pounds of buds totaling more than $426,000 in sales since opening in early August. Read More

Union head tells fire panel that HFD chiefs botched handling of Marco Polo blaze

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 10:25 pm
The head of the firefighters’ union took his complaints against Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves and his top lieutenants over their handling of the July 14 Marco Polo condominium fire to the city Fire Commission on Wednesday. Read More

Child porn, trafficking suspect sues his home surveillance company

Updated on  September 21, 2017 at 9:47 am
A man awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and child pornography charges involving a 15-year-old girl and the girl’s 2-year-old daughter is blaming his home surveillance system provider for his troubles. Read More

After often-emotional hearing, telescope decision is up to state land board

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 10:31 pm
The fate of the Thirty Meter Telescope is in the hands of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources following a lengthy and sometimes emotional final hearing Wednesday to conclude the project’s contested case proceeding. Read More


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Mom of abused boy seeking federal inquiry

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm
The mother of Peyton Valiente, the toddler who was severely abused more than two years ago while under the care of his baby sitter, is seeking a federal investigation of the way the state Department of Human Services handled her son’s case. Read More

Isle consumers sue over hacked credit information

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 7:58 am
Two federal class-action lawsuits were filed this week against consumer credit reporting giant Equifax on behalf of Hawaii consumers. Read More

Isle students’ science scores rise as English, math stay flat

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 12:15 am
Students in Hawaii’s public schools did better in science this year, but their English and math performance stagnated, according to the Strive HI report presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday evening. Read More

Former employees reminisce about Liberty House days

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 12:37 am
Winston Purdy hung the red-and-gold Liberty House flag outside the bar and arranged some of his souvenirs on a table just inside the door: Zooper Sale buttons, a menu from Hackfeld’s restaurant, a sign from the employee cafeteria. Read More

Waikiki shooting victim remembered as ‘kind, compassionate’

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm
An 18-year-old man, who was on supervised release for misdemeanor assault when he allegedly fatally shot a 22-year-old Kaneohe man in Waikiki, was charged Tuesday with murder. Read More

Chef Michael Mina to partner in Ko Olina resort restaurant

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 10:47 am
Pipipi will be on the menu in November when chef and restaurateur Michael Mina introduces Mina’s Fish House at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. Read More

Married couples living apart share homeowner exemption

Question: First, I want to thank you for a column back in June that alerted us to a property tax break my brother was not receiving. Read More
Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Rail officials confident about strength of new plan

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm
In the only recovery plan they ever hope to write, Honolulu rail officials say it’s “realistic and achievable” to build the full line to Ala Moana Center with the $9 billion total they now expect to receive. Read More

Animal welfare ‘titan’ led Hawaiian Humane Society for 27 years

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 8:12 am
Pamela Burns, head of the Hawaiian Humane Society, was remembered by former colleagues Tuesday for her contagious compassion for animals and love for the people of Hawaii. Read More

Hawaiian iiwi bird named to list of threatened species

Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 11:19 pm
With its bright red plumage and down-curved bill, the iiwi is a living symbol of Hawaii that for so long seemed to resist the tide of extinction that overcame so many of its native Hawaiian cousins. Read More

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