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Increase in HART board raises concerns

The board overseeing Hawaii’s largest-ever, multibillion-dollar public works project grew this week by four members — but city and state leaders continue to debate whether that increase was even legal. Read more

Rail costs cast shadow over Blaisdell plan

As the plan to make over the Neal S. Blaisdell Center moves ahead, one prominent state lawmaker continues to question whether the city should tackle that nearly $700 million endeavor before it finishes funding rail. Read more

Auditor urges city to get some cash for its trash

Many of the recyclables collected in Honolulu residents’ blue bins could eventually wind up at the city’s HPOWER plant in Kapolei instead of overseas, based on the recommendations of a new city auditor’s report. Read more

Legislative picks to sit on HART board announced

State Legislative leaders have announced their four picks to serve as nonvoting members on the volunteer Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board, a provision of the $2.4 billion rail-bailout package they approved in September. Read more

Council panel supports homeless ‘safe zones’

Honolulu City Council members continue to grapple with Oahu’s homelessness problem, advancing a resolution to create “safe zones” but deferring a bill that would have expanded the city’s so-called sit-lie ban across the entire island. Read more

Video: Honolulu rail cars go on test run

Local transit officials have released footage of Honolulu’s rail cars running under their own power for the first time on the elevated guideway. Read more

Research ship helps ocean scientists dive deep

When the state-of-the-art vessel Falkor first docked in Honolulu Harbor in 2013, its private backers looked to fill what they said was a growing void in badly needed ocean research. Read more

Council approves rail recovery plan

The City Council approved the rail recovery plan this week, making it more likely that property tax dollars will help fund project construction despite earlier assurances those dollars would not be used. Read more

3-alarm apartment fire damages 6 units

Honolulu firefighters extinguished a three-alarm fire Thursday that damaged at least six units of a Kapiolani Boulevard apartment building. Read more

Main break in Nanakuli snarls traffic, cuts water

Leeward Coast residents are coping with the latest in a long-running saga of severe traffic headaches there, as a ruptured water main has choked off access along Farrington Highway in Nanakuli and left some 15 homes without water. Read more

Rail officials confident about strength of new plan

In the only recovery plan they ever hope to write, Honolulu rail officials say it’s “realistic and achievable” to build the full line to Ala Moana Center with the $9 billion total they now expect to receive. Read more

City fails to pay for land it took for rail

A month after local business Honolulu Hardwoods became the first official casualty of rail eminent domain, the city has missed the deadline to pay its owner the balance he’s owed. Read more

Event to help Hawaiian voyaging canoe

A fundraiser for the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hawai‘iloa and the nonprofit group that manages it, Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa, will take place 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki. Read more

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