A new report on the nation's growing income gap finds that stagnant wages for most Americans have dampened consumer spending, and that's bad for states like Hawaii that depend heavily on sales taxes to keep their governments running.
The federal government has lost confidence that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will finish construction of its commuter rail on time. A new government report says there's a 50 percent chance that the project will be done by the end of 2019.
During a picturesque drive along Upolu's northeastern coast last week, Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crews were hard at work cracking up one another — mostly with bad impressions of crew members — as their caravan neared the village of Faleapuna.
A judge is releasing a man acquitted of charges in a Kailua-Kona shooting, but on the condition he receives psychiatric care and treatment. Raymond Lee Robinson was acquitted earlier this week of 10 charges in the April 5 rampage in the parking lot of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.
Crew members from the Hokule‘a and the Hikianalia were treated to a homecoming — Samoan-style — when they were invited by the paramount chief of the nearby village of Matautu on Monday to join in a traditional ava, or kava, ceremony.
Strong, relentless winds have tossed the crew members for Hokule‘a and Hikianalia into a race against time to meet the head of the United Nations in Samoa and receive a commitment toward protecting more ocean area.
A federal judge in Hawaii says she won't consider approving $2.4 million in settlements for hundreds of Thai farm workers until the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a news conference clarifying that the agreements are still subject to court approval.
A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning to change from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said last week in reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage.
A former bellman at a Maui resort has been sentenced to 1 1⁄2 years in jail for stealing from guests' luggage and rooms. John Bueno pleaded no contest to charges of stealing jewelry, electronics and other valuables from March 2012 to February 2013 while working at the Grand Wailea.
Since becoming secretary of state in February 2013, John Kerry has carved out a deserved reputation as the ultimate road warrior. Before his current diplomatic trip, Kerry had traveled 519,136 miles to 51 countries, logging 230 travel days.
Voters ousted two veteran legislators in the Democratic primary, House Majority Floor Leader Rida Cabanilla and Sen. Malama Solomon. Cabanilla took a drubbing at the hands of philosophy professor Matt LoPresti.
With storms threatening to disrupt Hawaii's primary election voting on Saturday, more people cast early ballots than voted on Election Day. It was a first for Hawaii, officials said, as more than 160,000 people voted ahead of time.
Voters Saturday narrowed the candidate choices for five seats on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board of trustees -- an election that comes at a critical juncture as Native Hawaiians step up their pursuit of political self-determination.
All six of Hawaii island's Council members seeking re-election were cruising to easy victory Saturday night, including first-term Councilwoman Margaret Wille, who had pushed to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and wanted to ban genetically modified crops.
In the coming months, Obama will decide whether to build the library in one of the cities he once called home or, perhaps, the place he's considering calling home after he leaves 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.: Honolulu, Chicago or New York.
After the storms, retailers are bracing for a rush of another kind: returns.
News that Tropical Storm Iselle and Hurricane Julio were taking aim at the Hawaiian Islands triggered a shopping frenzy this week as residents stocked up on essentials such as bottled water, Spam and toilet paper.
Two Hawaii island polling sites will be closed Saturday and voting postponed for affected voters while election officials try to determine how to distribute and collect absentee ballots from the areas hemmed in by damaged roads stemming from Tropical Storm Iselle.
Tropical Storm Iselle threw trees into Hawaii island homes and left thousands of people without power Friday but also gave county officials the hope that they had been spared the worst of Iselles powerful punch.
After delivering a nasty blow to Hawaii island, the first tropical cyclone to hit the state in 22 years limped off to the west Friday evening, but not before taking a few shots at the rest of the island chain.
The Blood Bank of Hawaii urgently needs blood donors due to a lower-than-normal supply. The blood bank reported a low turnout at donor centers this week as residents prepared for Tropical Storm Iselle and Hurricane Julio.
Air Force hurricane hunters have been flying WC-130J aircraft through Tropcal Storm Iselle every six hours since Tuesday providing location, wind conditions and other meteorological information to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
A Hawaii County Council candidate has been accused of voter fraud and tax irregularities. Eight people gathered at the state building in Hilo on Wednesday to announce they want the state attorney general's office to investigate alleged tax and voting irregularities by Tiffany Edwards Hunt.
Most of Hawaii's state and county offices, except those providing essential services, were closed Friday as Hurricane Iselle moves through the isles and Hurricane Julio approaches. Scores of schools and some federal offices also were closed.
Honolulu officials are collaborating with emergency service providers and others to ensure Oahu's homeless population is well-informed about hurricane shelters and shuttle service as back-to-back storms approach.
Hurricane Iselle continues to churn menacingly from the east, weakening as it encounters Central Pacific wind shear and cooler waters but still is expected to be capable of unleashing flash flooding, tropical storm-force winds and ocean surge starting Thursday afternoon in Hawaii.
The Hawaii County clerk won't evaluate a complaint that a County Council candidate isn't qualified to represent the Puna district because she claimed a homeowner's property tax exemption on a Hilo home.
A Hawaii fish collector has been charged with terroristic threatening for allegedly pulling the air-supply regulator out of the mouth of an anti-aquarium-industry activist while they were both underwater.
The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources has denied requests to contest the approval of a sublease for the Thirty Meter Telescope, allowing construction to move forward for what will be one of the largest telescopes in the world.
When Hokule‘a embarked on its global voyage in late May, crew members took with them a pledge signed by some 21 environmental groups and public agencies to advance the goals of the canoe’s latest, most ambitious journey while back at home.
Delilah Williams testified at her husband's murder trial that she had stomped on her 5-year-old stepdaughter so hard that she heard bone crack. She said she and her former soldier husband abused the girl regularly.
A California chicken producer has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said.
The first product recall has been issued for a California chicken producer since it was linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year.
Two members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents have resigned after state lawmakers unanimously passed a bill requiring public financial disclosures from people serving on more than a dozen state boards and commissions.
Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved a sublease for a $1.3 billion telescope that would be one of the world's largest, but the approval is on hold until the board hears objections in a separate review process.
A Coast Guard helicopter Sunday plucked from the Pacific Ocean a rower who was participating in a race from California to Hawaii, the second time in a 24-hour period that authorities were called to help during the inaugural 2,400-mile competition.
The Polynesian voyaging canoes Hokule‘a and Hikianalia arrived in Papeete, the Tahitian capital, Sunday afternoon, returning to the welcoming landfall of Hokule‘a's history-making maiden voyage some 38 years past.
A Coast Guard helicopter rescued four people attempting to row from California to Hawaii. The Coast Guard said Saturday that the rowers were participating in the Great Pacific Race when they reported taking water on board their 24-foot boat
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources began investigating a History channel television show called "American Jungle" after an episode that aired in November raised concerns that unpermitted hunting was taking place on state land on Hawaii island.
The Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday deferred a key decision for a $1.3 billion telescope project, saying the state needs more time to explore legal issues. Board members voted to defer a decision on the sublease for the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Five Puna residents are suing Hawaii County and the police to get their confiscated marijuana plants back.
Two lawsuits seek the return of dozens of marijuana plants or more than $250,000 in compensation.
Strong, steady trades and lighter, swifter hulls are so far helping Hokule‘a make its fastest time yet to Tahiti, crews sailing on the first international leg of the voyaging canoe's worldwide journey report.
Kauai organizations are planning to protest international maritime exercises hosted by the U.S. Navy this summer. A coalition called Oceans 4 Peace says it will educate the public on the dangers of what it calls "permanent war preparation and naval military harm" to oceans.
Twenty-nine crew members huddled on a canoe deck much like those used by their ancestors and considered the epic journey ahead, as several hundred onlookers watched in hushed anticipation from the shore.
Amid the discouraging headlines about the extinction of wildlife species around the world, there is this bright spot: So many new species of animals and plants are discovered every year that no one knows the number.
All the public ceremonies, tours and extended farewells in Hawaii are pau. Now all that's left for the crews of Hokule‘a and Hikianalia are to make some last-minute canoe fixes, take a few deep breaths and sail around the world.
After six years of preparation, Hokule‘a has finally pushed off its dock at Sand Island — bound for Hilo, then Tahiti, then new oceans, new ports, new risks and new adventures for the historic Hawaiian voyaging canoe.
Unable to find a good solution to protecting their certified organic seed crops from potential contamination from genetically engineered crops, small organic farmers in this Oregon valley are appealing to a higher power: voters.
A filmed underwater confrontation between an environmentalist who wants to shut down the aquarium fish industry in Hawaii and a collector who gathers the fish and sells them for a living has put a spotlight on a long-running conflict over the business.
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