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                                The Honolulu City Council and 19 Oahu neighborhood boards have passed resolutions asking federal aviation officials to impose stiffer safety regulations on air tour operators. Charred pieces of a tour helicopter that crashed April 29 in a Kailua neighborhood lie beside a residential mailbox. The pilot and two passengers were killed in the crash.
Growing air tours crowd isle skies

With sightseers hoping to get a bird’s-eye view of flowing lava, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in 2018 was the most popular site in the country for commercial air tours of national parks. Read more

                                Lawakua Aganos inspected an acacia koa tree that he planted on his family’s lot in Kahikinui. He surrounded the tree with barbed wire and metal fencing to protect it from goats and cattle trying to eat or trample over it.
Off-the-grid Maui homestead marred by conflict

Multiple controversies have stoked anger, frustration and division within Kahikinui, the only homestead in DHHL’s 203,000-acre land trust in which leases were issued for raw land and management of the area was placed in the hands of homesteaders. Read more

                                Louis Kealoha, left, and his wife, Katherine Kealoha, walk toward the federal courthouse on June 4.
Public tab rises for Kealoha defense costs

Nearly $700,000 in public money has been spent on attorney fees and other related expenses for the court-appointed defenses of Katherine and Louis Kealoha and a police officer in their public corruption prosecutions. And the total is expected to climb higher. Read more

                                This is the view along Farrington Hwy. looking toward the east from the Hō’ae’ae (on Farrington Hwy. and Leoku St.) at West Lock in Waipahu.
Feds called to resolve rail land dispute

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the city are turning to the federal government to help resolve a years-long stalemate over how to value land in a property exchange involving the rail project. Read more

                                Louis Kealoha walks by himself up the stairs to federal court on Tuesday.
City to seek repayment of $250K from Louis Kealoha

The city said Wednesday it plans to demand that former police Chief Louis Kealoha repay the $250,000 severance he received upon retirement in 2017 now that Kealoha has been convicted of multiple felonies and waived his right to appeal. Read more

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