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Andrew Gomes is a business reporter at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Gomes is a longtime Hawaii journalist who for most of his career has concentrated on business subjects with a particular focus on real estate and land-use topics that include housing, development and agriculture.


He is a fourth-generation kamaaina born on Oahu who earned a journalism degree from the University of Hawaii. Gomes has been a reporter for local newspapers since the mid-1990s. He regularly enjoys surfing, bodysurfing and skateboarding.
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                                Pictured is a Skyline train heading eastbound from the Pouhala - Waipahu Transit Center.
Plan for shorter Skyline wins OK for federal funding

A federal agency helping pay for Honolulu’s rail system has agreed to release funding it has been withholding over concerns about past city handling of the grossly delayed and over-budget project. Read more

                                Lisa Ginoza, front wearing lei, and Vladimir Devens, wearing lei beside her, were the center of attention Tuesday at the state Capitol after being being confirmed to the Hawaii Supreme Court.
Hawaii Supreme Court vacancies filled

State senators filled two vacant seats on the five-member Hawaii Supreme Court in unanimous confirmation decisions Tuesday during a special floor session. Read more

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                                The sale of Grace Pacific LLC to Nan Inc. includes a 200-acre rock quarry in Makakilo.
Hawaii construction firm buys Grace Pacific

One of Hawaii’s largest infrastructure companies engaged in road paving, rock quarrying and other things has been acquired by local construction firm Nan Inc. Read more

                                Volunteer Scott Weber of El Dorado Hills, Calif., arrived at the Samaritan’s Purse camp earlier this month in Kapalua. The nonprofit has a rotating group of volunteers helping survivors mainly with returning to their burned homes to find personal effects.
Good Samaritans abound in Maui fire relief work

Work by the faith-based nonprofit humanitarian organization currently involves assisting fire survivors visiting remains of lost homes, and in the future may include helping some of the same people rebuild what they lost. Read more

                                Inspections of properties continued Wednesday near Komohana Place, Hamau Place and Ainakea Road in Lahaina.
Maui fire fund to compensate survivors

The beginnings of a Lahaina wildfire victims compensation fund were announced Wednesday by Gov. Josh Green, three months after the disaster that killed at least 99 people. Read more

                                TMT against backdrop of other Mauna Kea telescopes. 3D artist rendering (2014).
Board hears arguments over TMT permit

Defining the word “construction” took up a large part of a more than three-hour Tuesday hearing that could determine whether a permit to develop the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea is valid. Read more

                                Charred cars and buildings are visible in the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug. 22, 2023.
Wildfire named Hawaii’s top hazard in new report

Hawaii has an updated plan to reduce disaster hazard risks statewide, though it was almost entirely produced before the Aug. 8 Maui wildfire that killed at least 99 people and destroyed Lahaina town. Read more

                                Noe Ahia, left, of Maui Medic Healers Hui comforted Paula Dizon Kahahane as she saw her mother’s burnt home in the Mala area of Lahaina for the first time Friday. The property was a beloved gathering place for family.
Milestone reached in the reopening of burned areas in Lahaina

For the first time since a wildfire leveled most of Lahaina town nearly three months ago, members of the intertwined Kahahane and Dizon families reunited Friday with neighbors, fond memories and a departed relative inside their seaside Mala neighborhood that was reduced largely to ash. Read more

                                A new landfill in West Maui is being considered for a disposal site for debris from the Aug. 8 wildfire that destroyed 2,200 buildings in Lahaina. Above, a smokestack stood among the ruins last week along Lahainaluna Road.
Lahaina fire debris burial site proposed in West Maui

A memorial for fire victims could also be part of what is developed on the site, recognizing that ash might contain some elements of human remains from the Aug. 8 wildfire, which killed at least 99 people. Read more

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