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Man attempts to rob Zippy’s Waimalu

A man who attempted to rob workers at the Zippy’s Waimalu Express at gunpoint Wednesday morning is still at large, the company said. Read More

SamKoo wins final approval for affordable housing in Ala Moana despite mayor’s objections

Embracing the view that affordable housing units in the near future trump a transit hub on the same site in the distant future, the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday voted 9-0 to approve exemptions clearing the way for SamKoo Hawaii’s 43-story, 513-unit The Central Ala Moana. Read More

$100M ‘Midway’ movie remake comes to Oahu in September

Filming is expected to start early next month at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on the nearly $100 million remake of the action epic “Midway.” Read More

Bookkeeper, 70, receives 25 years in prison for stealing almost $7M from nonprofit

A state judge sentenced the longtime bookkeeper of The Arc in Hawaii to 25 years in prison Wednesday for stealing nearly $7 million from the nonprofit that provides services to children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities and for failing to pay taxes on some of the money she stole. Read More

Owner of burned boat lacked insurance and permit

The owner of the 36-foot sailboat No Faith that went up in flames at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor on Monday night didn’t have insurance and had been in the harbor illegally since at least September. Read More

Sunset Beach dune restoration could be a model for preserving Oahu’s coast

The city’s new six-part plan to restore Sunset Beach Park on Oahu’s North Shore, following last winter’s severe erosion, is the first to take climate change into account, according to Jim Howe, director of the city’s Emergency Service Department. Read More


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Voter turnout was down compared with 2014

In an apples-to-apples comparison, Hawaii voter turnout declined again in this year’s primary election in both the percentage of people who participated and the raw number of people who voted as compared with 2014, according to state statistics. Read More

Big Island gets OK for cannabis center

The Big Island’s first marijuana production center got the green light Tuesday to begin growing plants, a year after Hawaii’s first dispensaries opened on Maui and Oahu. Read More

Uber and Lyft are allowed to continue airport pickups

The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it has amended its rules to allow ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Read More

‘Ohia Challenge’ offers $75,000 to help save trees

Conservationists have issued a challenge to the public: Help us find a solution to rapid ohia death, the fungal blight that is decimating hundreds of thousands of ohia lehua trees in Hawaii, and win at least $75,000. Read More

Microbe hunters prove volcano-algae connection

When University of Hawaii oceanography professor David Karl saw the satellite images suggesting elevated chlorophyll levels in the ocean near Kilauea’s shoreline lava entry zone, he was propelled into action. Read More

Don Quijote is new owner of Pan Am Building

A retail chain with a focus on Japanese merchandise is now the owner of a Honolulu office tower named after a long-gone airline. Read More

Crash on Kauai causes fire and closes road

A single-vehicle crash on Kuhio Highway in Hanamaulu resulted in a roadside fire that closed the highway in both directions for about half an hour Monday night, according to police on Kauai. Read More

Ewa-Pearl City courthouse isn’t an option for jury duty

Question: I just got a summons for jury duty, assigned to District Court on Alakea Street. I live about 3 miles from the Ewa-Pearl City District Court and 13 miles from the District Court on Alakea Street. Read More

Private Moiliili road dispute takes new turn

A confusing scene might greet the first tenants of the Hale Mahana collegiate rental housing tower opening Thursday in Moiliili. Read More

Sailboat catches on fire and sinks

A 42-foot Coronado sailboat went up in flames and sank Monday night at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor. Read More

Governor goes on vacation

Gov. David Ige left Hawaii Tuesday for a five-day vacation to Washington state, where two of his children attend college. Read More

With women losing major races, some question role of gender bias

This year’s Democratic primary election saw the defeat of three major female candidates by men in top races, disappointing some political observers and advocates who say women are still struggling to navigate gender bias despite a heightened consciousness around women’s rights issues in the past couple of years. Read More

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