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As the cost of Honolulu’s rail transit system continued to climb, officials wrangled with extending a 0.5 percent excise tax surcharge to keep the project afloat.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
Fueled by an unusually strong El Nino, a record 15 tropical cyclones swirled through the Central Pacific from June to November, yet the state emerged from the 2015 hurricane season with barely a scratch.
Kakaako Makai emerged as ground zero of Hawaii’s homelessness crisis, with a full-court press by the state, city and service providers to clear some 300 homeless campers from the area.
Construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea was delayed by protests and ground to a halt when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled the project’s conservation district use permit had been improperly granted.
Record high temperatures sparked public outcry for more air-conditioned public school classrooms as students, parents and teachers complained about conditions that made learning difficult and verged on being a health hazard.