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Charter amendment proposal would dissolve HART

City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson wants voters to abolish the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and transfer oversight of the island’s troubled rail construction project to an agency that answers directly to the mayor. Read more

Former Ethics Commission leader rips members for lack of support

The former director of the Honolulu Ethics Commission told the panel’s members Wednesday that they violated the public’s trust by pulling him and his staff off from their investigations of ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, then-Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha. Read more

HART should pay its own legal fees, councilwoman says

Honolulu Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi says the agency tasked with building the $9.2 billion East Kapolei-to- Ala Moana Center rail line shouldn’t use additional city taxpayer money to hire a lawyer to deal with three federal subpoenas that are looking into wrongdoing at the agency. Read more

State again seeks to subpoena Airbnb records

The state Department of Taxation is again asking a judge for permission to force vacation rental giant Airbnb Inc. to turn over the booking records of operators in Hawaii who advertise with them. Read more

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell defends his ‘move on’ comments following Kealoha verdicts

Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Friday defended his comments suggesting the Honolulu Police Department, the city and Oahu residents “move on” following Thursday’s convictions of former Police Chief Louis Kealoha, his wife and former Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha and two other police officers on federal conspiracy and corruption charges. Read more

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