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Father angry over scuba death of teenage son in Maunalua Bay

The water was choppy and the wind was blowing the morning of Jan. 5 when an excited 13-year-old boy from Mongolia put on scuba equipment for the first time and ended up dead in 60 feet of water in Maunalua Bay. Read More

Hawaii banks offer programs to federal workers affected by the government shutdown

Some of Hawaii’s major banks are offering loan extensions and deferred payment options as more than 2,500 federal workers are estimated to be affected across the islands by the partial federal government shutdown. Read More

New Damien president touts Christian Brothers education

Damien Memorial School’s new president, Brother Brian M. Walsh, has taken over in the middle of the school year and visited the school Monday after overseeing a $1.9 million settlement to victims of child sexual abuse at a Catholic school in New Jersey three years ago. Read More

City and state to suspend homeless sweeps during annual census

State and city officials plan to temporarily postpone homeless sweeps a week before — and during — the upcoming annual Point in Time Count to try and ensure an accurate census of Oahu’s homeless population. Read More

More parks to be secured at night to keep out homeless

Starting tonight, 59 city parks will be locked at night to curtail vandalism and illegal homeless activity. Read More

City to lock up 18 more Oahu parks at night starting Friday

Eighteen more city parks — from Makapuu to Mokuleia — are scheduled to be closed each night starting Friday night to curtail vandalism and illegal homeless activity. Read More
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Heroes Next Door: Volunteer Glenn Uejio keeps an upbeat attitude at veterans’ center

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Other people volunteer to spend time with disabled military veterans hospitalized at the Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center, but none come as often — or as consistently — as Glenn Uejio. Read More

Sashimi prices are still uncertain as the new year approaches

Depending on the grade, a pound of ahi was running from $14.95 to $39.95 at Tamashiro Market on Thursday — but everything can change when the next boats arrive early this morning and their catch begins hitting stores over the next few days. Read More

Homeless efforts among Honolulu agencies are ‘better than other cities in the country,’ officials say

State and county officials, social service agencies and law enforcement are working together to address the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the country, but more needs to be done, according to the regional coordinator for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Read More

Church domes in Kahaluu provide sanctuary for homeless single mothers

Mothers and their children who had been homeless just days ago this Christmas will wake up in new beds in a place where they can reboot their lives. Read More

Annual homeless count seeks volunteers and hygiene products

Partners In Care — the group organizing January’s six-day census of Oahu’s homeless — needs hygiene products and volunteers in every community. Read More

Service will commemorate deaths of 68 Oahu homeless

Sixty-eight homeless people who died in shelters or on the streets of Oahu this year will be recognized tonight, the longest night of the year, at the fourth annual “Blue Christmas” event. Read More

Report shows drop in homeless numbers

A new report that looks at homelessness in America in 2017 underscores the progress Hawaii has made in the last two years, when the state’s overall homeless rate has consecutively dropped 9 percent. Read More

2 Windward churches aiding the homeless get different results

Two Windward churches that began hosting monthly fairs this year to attract homeless people in their communities have seen dramatically different results, underscoring the complexities of addressing island homelessness. Read More

Honolulu mayor extends private security guard patrol over 9 city parks

A one-month pilot project to hire private security guards to patrol nine city parks for illegal homeless activity will be extended into January. Read More

Pu‘uhonua o Waianae homeless receive $150K to help build new encampment

The leaders of the Pu‘uhonua o Waianae homeless encampment next to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor on Friday received a $150,000 check that represents a major kick-start toward their dream of raising $1.5 million to find a new location that would move them off of oceanfront state land. Read More
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Hawaii State Hospital workers cleared in killer’s escape

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The Hawaii State Hospital employees who were put on paid leave and suspected of possibly helping dangerous psychiatric patient Randall Saito make an infamous escape to Maui and California using cash and fake identifi­cation have been cleared and face no discipline, state officials announced Wednesday. Read More
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No Hawaii State Hospital employees disciplined following killer’s escape

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Randall Saito escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital in November 2017 and made his way to Maui and then California using cash and a fake identification. Read More

Kilauea emergency not over

Three months have passed without volcanic activity on the Big Island’s lower East Rift Zone. By the standard of at least one scientific institution, that marks the end of the eruption that began May 3 and covered 6,000 acres of land in Lower Puna, destroyed 720 homes and isolated 1,600 acres of farmland. Read More
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Parade and lava museum revive hopes for Pahoa’s future

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Saturday’s eclectic Pahoa Holiday Parade — the 25th to run down Pahoa Village Road through the heart of the small rural town — carried the hopes of a community still struggling in the aftermath of Kilauea Volcano’s destructive eruption this year. Read More

Private company plans lava viewing area in Puna

The public could soon have authorized — and unauthorized — access to see firsthand the aftermath of Kilauea Volcano’s Puna eruption. Read More

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