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Hawaii State Hospital to go digital

The Hawaii State Hospital is replacing 25-year-old surveillance systems, some of which aren’t operational, with new digital equipment to bring the facility up to date and improve safety for patients and staff. Read more

Burning battery charger led to chaos at airport

The “pop, pop, pop” that some people mistook for gunfire at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Tuesday was Plexiglas barriers and plastic posts being knocked to the floor by panicked passengers after a smoking carry-on bag was found at a security checkpoint, a Transportation Security Administration official said at a news conference Wednesday. Read more

Kauai’s tourism concerns are being addressed

The anger that resulted in Kauai protesters temporarily turning back tourists entering the stretch of Kuhio Highway that leads into Ha‘ena was tempered Wednesday after state and county officials promised more collaboration in managing tourism on the Garden Isle. Read more

Hawaii Marine held in Nebraska weapons incident

A 22-year-old Hawaii Marine remains in custody in the brig on Ford Island after he was stopped at Offutt Air Force Base in his home state of Nebraska trying to bring in two semi-automatic rifles, a pistol, a silencer, body armor and ammunition, according to officials and news reports. Read more

Pahoa affordable housing gets $100K donation

Renovation of the Nani O Puna affordable housing community on Hawaii island received a boost Tuesday with a $100,000 donation from the Nareit Foundation’s REIT Way Hawaii Community Giving Campaign to the Affordable Housing and Economic Development Foundation. Read more

New destroyer to be christened ‘Daniel Inouye’

On Saturday in Bath, Maine, Irene Hirano Inouye will shatter a bottle of champagne across the bow of a new $1.5 billion destroyer while stating, “I christen thee United States ship Daniel Inouye.” Read more

Honolulu rail authority must replace 15 cracked canopy arms

The city will redesign and replace portions of 15 metal “canopy arms” that were erected at three rail stations after flaws were discovered in similar arms that were fabricated for the rail line, according to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. Read more

No decision yet on whether Katherine Kealoha will testify

Will she or won’t she? The question of whether Katherine Kealoha — the central figure in the ongoing public corruption and conspiracy trial — will testify on her own behalf was left unanswered after her lawyers called seven witnesses Tuesday to present her defense. Read more

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