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Rob Perez is an investigative journalist at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He has been a journalist for more than 40 years, the last 20 or so focused on enterprise or investigative stories. He has been writing about Hawaii issues since the late 1980s.
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                                Exterior of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands offices located at 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway.
Kapolei casino seen as key to land trust’s future

Given the severe budget deficits expected by the state over the next several years, a plan to develop a West Oahu casino is key to avoiding the prospect of more Native Hawaiians waiting decades for homesteads and thousands dying without getting onto the land, according to an executive with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Read more

                                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

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