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Oahu residents can restrict vehicles from parking on their streets under new law

A bill allowing residents to restrict others wishing to park on their streets was signed into law Friday by Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Read More

Battle for Honolulu City Council seat intensifies between Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters

With the special election for City Council District 4 fast approaching, Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters are seeking to draw voters’ attention to each other’s perceived weaknesses. Read More
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Honolulu Police Commission gives Chief Susan Ballard high marks for first year

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Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard won high marks in her first annual review from her bosses at the city Police Commission. Read More

Bill curbing Waikiki parades and block parties advances

A bill to restrict parades and block parties in Waikiki won initial approval Tuesday from the City Council Transportation Committee. Read More

Interest-free down payment loans available to low-income first-time home buyers

Interest-free down payment loans are available through the city to qualifying first-time home purchasers who are in low- and moderate income brackets. Read More

Council panel moves vacation rental bill

A bill allowing up to 4,000 new bed-and-breakfast permits to be issued while at the same time strengthening enforcement of residential vacation rentals moved out of the City Council Planning Committee on Monday. Read More

Honolulu Council likely relocating offices to Alii Place

With or without Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his administration, Honolulu City Council members want to relocate themselves and the rest of the legislative branch to the Alii Place tower downtown from Honolulu Hale by the end of the year. Read More

First deputy prosecutor gets retroactive paid leave

When First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chasid Sapolu went on voluntary leave Dec. 13 after receiving a subject letter from federal investigators, he used his vacation time. Read More

Police Chief Ballard wants support for homeless initiatives

The Honolulu Police Department is asking for funding of 10 reactivated officer positions for a community outreach unit aimed at coordinating its outreach and enforcement efforts with social service providers to better assist the homeless. Read More

Kaneshiro not in charge, acting prosecutor says

Acting Prosecuting Attorney Dwight Nadamoto insisted Thursday that he is in charge of day-to-day operations at the city prosecutor’s office despite several visits in the past week by Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro, who is on paid leave. Read More

Downtown satellite city hall moving to Chinatown Gateway

City officials told the City Council Budget Committee Wednesday that they will relocate the underground Fort Street Mall satellite city hall to the city’s street-level Chinatown Gateway Plaza tower two blocks away. Read More

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro’s paid leave approved by his appointee

The decision to pay Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro his full $170,712 annual salary and benefits while he is on leave was made by his appointed replacement. Read More

Organizers of Ala Moana park forum call for more transparency

Officials with Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration have agreed to attend a meeting tonight hosted by groups that have raised concerns about planned improvements at popular Ala Moana Regional Park. Read More

$175K granted for Keith Kaneshiro’s attorney in 2 cases

One day after Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro announced he was taking paid leave, the City Council on Friday passed a resolution allowing up to $75,000 for a private law firm to defend him in an impeachment proceeding. Read More

Honolulu Council formally calls for forensic audit of rail

A statement calling for an independent forensic audit of the city’s $9.2 billion rail project was adopted unanimously Friday by the Honolulu City Council. Read More

Council passes resolution on Red Hill fuel tanks

Honolulu City Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution backing the Board of Water Supply’s position that simply upgrading existing single-wall lining of 18 massive jet fuel tanks under Red Hill is not good enough when they sit just 100 feet above a major aquifer that services much of Oahu. Read More

Honolulu City Council votes to acquire Portlock Road easement for public use

The Honolulu City Council today approved legislation that initiates a condemnation action to acquire an easement for a long-­discussed public beach right of way to the ocean ­ in East Honolulu’s upscale Portlock Road area. Read More
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Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro steps aside amid inquiry

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He has faced pressure from Attorney General Clare Connors and Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard to step down. Read More

Kealoha lawyer seeks city funding for fees

An attorney for former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha on Wednesday urged the Police Commission to use taxpayer money to pay for the lawyers representing him in two federal criminal cases. Read More

Rail forensic audit to advance after all

The Honolulu City Council on Friday will likely take the first steps toward a forensic audit of the city’s over-budget rail project. Read More

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