Welcome to the News Year’s Day edition of Hawaii News Digest.
Top story: The fate of the Thirty Meter Telescope seems less certain than a decade ago when it was first proposed.
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As 2020 dawns on Mauna Kea, the fate of the Thirty Meter Telescope seems less certain now than it did a decade ago when the billion-dollar-plus project was first proposed. Read more
If all goes according to plan, the first segment at the Ewa end of Honolulu’s $9.2 billion rail line will open to the public by the end of 2020, a major milestone for a troubled project that has been dogged by years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns. Read more
As Mayor Kirk Caldwell prepares to clear out the third-floor corner office at Honolulu Hale after eight tumultuous years, Oahu voters will be asked later in 2020 to choose his successor. Read more
Breezy tradewinds, mild temperatures and huge surf graced the islands on the last day of 2019. Read more
Two men have been charged with sexual assault on Hawaii island following a statewide effort to test hundreds of rape kits that for years sat unprocessed in county storage facilities. Read more
The state was finishing up the year with a tally of 107 traffic-related fatalities as of Dec. 26, according to preliminary statistics from the Hawaii Department of Transportation. Read more
State prosecutors indicted two people Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder in the death of a 38-year-old man whose badly decomposed body was discovered in May in a wooded area along a Kailua hiking trail. Read more
Kauai police today revealed the names of the four remaining passengers that died in Thursday’s tour helicopter crash in Kokee as they finalized recovery efforts this afternoon. Read more
During this monthly test, all outdoor sirens will sound a one-minute attention alert signal in the form of a steady tone. Read more
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a paddleboarder a mile off Ukumehame Beach Park today. Read more
A large swath of land on Oahu’s North Shore, including the upper Waimea watershed, will now be protected as part of the state’s forest reserve, thanks to a recent acquisition. Read more
Hawaii-based bank stocks struggled for much of 2019 as low interest rates cut into the margins they could make between lending money to borrowers and paying for customers’ deposits. Read more
If the neighbors are lighting illegal fireworks next door, call and report it. Read more
From one of the largest public corruption cases in state history to a new airline entering the Hawaii market, these are the top five Hawaii news stories of 2019. Read more
State Auditor Les Kondo announced Monday that the Office of the Auditor has suspended its audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ limited liability companies because the OHA Board of Trustees is denying access to complete and unredacted minutes of its meetings. Read more
National Transportation Safety Board investigators on Monday flew over the site of a fatal sightseeing tour helicopter crash on Kauai, and will try, among other things, to get “boots on the ground” today, the lead investigator said. Read more
It’s sashimi time, and the selection is good, according to markets across Oahu that are helping to supply the delicacy to ring in the new year. Read more
Hawaiian Telcom on Monday painted over an unauthorized mural that well-known marine artist Robert Wyland had painted on its Dickenson Street building in Lahaina over the weekend. Read more
A robber pulled a knife on a 76-year-old man at Ala Moana Center Sunday afternoon, leaving with the man’s watch and bag and giving him a laceration on his face. Read more
The city said 14 rescues were performed on the North Shore of Oahu today, with approximately another 1,500 preventative actions taken by lifeguards. Another 16 rescues were made in West Oahu, with around 3,000 preventative actions taken. Read more
Earlier in the year, HoMA began introducing its new brand by offering it on a few logo items in the museum shop. Read more