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Federal funds appear to be safe after subpoena, HART CEO says

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Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation was served with a sweeping federal subpoena this week. HART officials said Friday they will provide construction documents for the now estimated $9.2 billion project. Read More

Hawaii Supreme Court gives Keith Kaneshiro 20 days to respond

The Hawaii Supreme Court this afternoon ordered city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro to respond within 20 days to state Attorney General Clare Connors’ petition seeking to suspend him from practicing law. Read More
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Effort to impeach Honolulu city prosecutor pushed to March

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A decision on whether Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro should be impeached has been put off for at least one more month — and likely longer. Read More
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Kiosks at Safeway streamline vehicle registrations

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The city’s latest effort to streamline vehicle registration transactions has procrastinators in mind. Read More
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Vehicle registrations can now be done at Safeways

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The notion of self-service, supermarket-based kiosks where motorists can renew their vehicle registrations were created with the procrastinators in mind. Read More

With the cost of street parking about to double, drivers express mixed feelings

Motorists in need of street parking in downtown Honolulu on Monday generally aren’t happy about the city’s announcement that on-street parking meter rates will be doubling in the coming weeks. Read More

City breaks ground on 2 Ewa sewage projects costing $370M

The city broke ground Thursday on two projects totaling $370 million that will make the Honouliuli Waste Water Treatment Plant in Ewa a full secondary treatment facility, making it fully compliant with a 2010 federal consent decree as well as state health laws. Read More

Honolulu police plan to speed up rollout of body cameras

The Honolulu Police Department’s body camera program is going so smoothly that Chief Susan Ballard is aiming for full implementation by the end of the year, eight months earlier than projected. Read More

Plan offers incentives for affordable rental walk-up apartments on Oahu

A plan aimed at providing incentives to owners of smaller apartment-zoned properties who build low-rise rental buildings was unveiled jointly Wednesday by Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine and home developer Marshall Hung. Read More

Formby sworn in as interim District 4 Council member

Former city transit official Mike Formby was sworn in Tuesday as the interim Honolulu City Council member for East Honolulu, a post he will hold until the “re-do” election between Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters. Read More

Council committee OKs $75,000 in attorney fees for Kaneshiro

The City Council Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday voted 7-1 to recommend that city taxpayers foot the bill for private attorneys to represent city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro in his defense against a petition seeking to remove him from his elective office. Read More

Taxpayers should pay for Keith Kaneshiro’s attorneys, committee says

The City Council Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee today voted 7-1 to recommend that city taxpayers foot the bill for private attorneys to represent city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro in his defense against a petition seeking to remove him from his elective office. Read More

Formby is the likely interim District 4 Council member

A Honolulu City Council committee Wednesday voted to recommend former city transportation chief Mike Formby to be the temporary District 4 representative, pending resolution of the Trevor Ozawa-Tommy Waters election conflict. Read More

Committee vote unanimous for Mike Formby to temporarily fill Honolulu City Council seat

The City Council Legislative Matters Committee today voted 8-0 to recommend that former city Transportation Services Director Mike Formby be appointed as the interim Council District 4 representative. Read More

Traffic proposals signal stricter safety rules

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants state lawmakers to pass two eyebrow-raising traffic safety bills that would force Oahu motorists to slow down and use better judgment. Read More

19 candidates nominated to temporarily fill Honolulu City Council seat

The Honolulu City Council has received nominations for 19 candidates to fill its Council District 4 seat for the next few months. Read More

Auditor to look at DPP building permitting delays

The Honolulu City Council adopted a measure Wednesday instructing its auditor’s office to look into why it takes so long to obtain a building permit from the Department of Planning and Permitting. Read More

Ozawa-Waters rematch scheduled for April in ‘all mail’ election

East Honolulu voters in Honolulu City Council District 4 are being asked again to choose between Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters as their representative at City Hall. Read More

City sets April date for special Council election; vote to cost about $250K

Voters in the East Honolulu district will be mailed ballots in the weeks leading up to the decision day. Read More

Honolulu City Council special-election details expected by Wednesday

East Honolulu voters might learn today or Wednesday when and how they’ll cast a vote for their City Council member, City Clerk Glen Takahashi said Monday. Read More

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