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Timing is crucial for clearing camps, sheltering homeless

By Dan Nakaso
Mayor Kirk Caldwell estimates it will take months to find enough shelter beds and housing to clear out the estimated 293 people living in the Kakaako homeless encampment, even as the Institute for Human Services quietly moved 21 adults and family members off the sidewalks over the last three weeks.

Several Department of Health workers have raked in overtime pay amid dubious circumstances

By Sophie Cocke
A handful of state workers who are responsible for allocating federal funds to county water projects have raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime pay in recent years, raising concerns that staff has been abusing overtime and sabotaging efforts to upgrade antiquated accounting processes that would make things more efficient.

Slow payment to vendor, Kim urges

By Kevin Dayton
State Sen. Donna Kim is warning that a contract for a new Department of Taxation computer system is putting taxpayers' money at risk, and she is urging Gov. David Ige's administration to overhaul the payment schedule for the tax project before it moves forward.

Plans to improve Oneula Beach Park meet resistance

By Jayna Omaye
City officials are seeking to make improvements at Oneula Beach Park in Ewa Beach amid concerns from residents who fear some changes could hurt the area.

City gears up safety and sewage plans

By Rob Shikina
City officials are preparing to prevent further sewage spills and ensure the safety of residents and visitors in case Hurricane Ignacio brushes Oahu early this week.

Laser ‘fence’ protecting seabirds gets fine-tuning

By Rosemarie Bernardo
The Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative is refining an effort that uses low-powered lasers to create a visual "light fence" that helps night-flying endangered seabirds steer clear of power lines and transmission poles.
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