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Hawaii Senate reconfirms Public Safety Department leader Nolan Espinda

The Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs raised a litany 0f concerns about the Public Safety Department during earlier hearings. Read More

Lawmakers decline to issue budget surplus refunds

State lawmakers have decided to make a modest $5 million deposit into the state’s “rainy day” budget reserve fund instead of issuing taxpayer refunds from the state budget surplus this year. Read More

Hula signals ‘awakening’

The town of Hilo has come alive as the 56th Merrie Monarch Festival gets underway, nearly a year after the start of Kilauea Volcano’s historic eruption in lower Puna. Read More

Effort to impeach Kaneshiro hits new roadblocks

An effort to get city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro impeached is continuing to run into roadblocks. Read More

Church vandalism investigated

Maui police are investigating the recent vandalization of St. Anthony Catholic Church as a burglary, according to The Maui News. Read More

Lawmakers position bills on forfeiture and prison deaths for final passage

Despite pushback from some hotel and commercial property owners, lawmakers this week continued to mull plans to require real estate investment trusts to pay Hawaii corporate income taxes, and reached agreements on some criminal justice bills. Read More
 

Hermes expands Waikiki presence and products

It’s been said that Kala­kaua Avenue is the Rodeo Drive of Hawaii and now it’s got a new comparably sized triple-decker Hermes store to prove it. Read More

Hawaiian stock falls amid competition concerns

The stock of Hawaiian Airlines’ parent company sank Wednesday as much as 9.5%, the biggest decline since March 4, as analysts said concerns about competition and rising fuel costs overshadowed the company’s higher-than- expected first-quarter earnings. Read More

Maui Land & Pineapple loss widens to $1.1M

Maui Land & Pineapple Co. reported Wednesday a slightly wider first-quarter loss of $1.1 million, or a loss of 6 cents a share, compared to a loss of $1 million, or a loss of 5 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Read More
 

Combine lower property tax rates with new trash fee, Caldwell says

With his proposed trash pickup fee on life support, Mayor Kirk Caldwell is attempting to revive the idea by offering the City Council Budget Committee a new proposition. Read More

Arson suspected in Makakilo townhome fire

Honolulu police have opened a first-degree arson investigation of the fire that started in the back patio of unit V106 at 92-1210 Palahia St. at about 10:05 a.m. Tuesday. Read More

Authorities raid Makiki massage center linked to prostitution case

No one was arrested at the business, which was initially listed on an indictment but later removed, but officials seized evidence. Read More

Kokua Line: Permits for short-term vacation rentals would be issued by lottery if demand exceeds supply

Question: If they pass the bill allowing more short-term rentals, how will they issue the permits? Will they favor operators who have been paying their taxes, even if their units are technically illegal? Read More

Possible Trump waiver to Jones Act watched closely

The Trump administration is said to be considering a 10-year waiver to the Jones Act to allow foreign-flagged vessels to deliver natural gas to Puerto Rico — and possibly nationwide — creating the latest dust-up over the controversial century-old maritime law. Read More
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Jury sees video of canines seized from Makaha shelter

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The operator of a no-kill animal rescue shelter in Makaha is not responsible for the condition of the dogs seized from his family’s property in 2016 because people dropped off their old, sick and injured pets at the shelter at all hours of the day, oftentimes anonymously, the operator’s lawyer told a state jury. Read More

Hawaii Convention Center scrapped from plans for proposed Hawaiian music and dance center

Key members of the state House and Senate have agreed to scrap the Hawai‘i Convention Center as the location for a proposed Hawaiian music and dance center after the state spent $800,000 studying the feasibility of the location and coming up with preliminary design and business plans. Read More
 

Critically ill monk seal gets CT scan at North Hawaii Community Hospital

She has been provided with life-saving and supportive care, and the team continues to conduct extensive testing to find the cause of illness in the endangered monk seal. Read More

Council committee voices opposition to park updates

A Honolulu City Council committee voiced opposition Tuesday to key parts of Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s plan for improving Ala Moana Regional Park. Read More

Committee holds off votes on vacation rental bills

Two bills aimed at carving out rules and a permitting process for short-term vacation rentals were held up Tuesday by the City Council Planning Committee to allow committee members more time to look into the different impacts the legislation would have on the community. Read More
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Mokulele Airlines adding service between Kahului and Lanai City

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Mokulele Airlines will add a new route between Kahului and Lanai City in June. Read More

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