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Honolulu businessman and political newcomer Keith Amemiya is outpacing former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, City Councilwoman Kym Pine and other candidates in fundraising for the 2020 Honolulu mayor’s race. Read more
The fraction of students who say they have been sexually harassed at any time while enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa rose to 17.2% from 13.1% two years earlier, according to survey data released Friday. Read more
The state Attorney General’s Office can subpoena the financial records of a nonprofit organization that raises money to oppose the Thirty Meter Telescope planned for Mauna Kea, a Circuit Court judge ruled Friday. Read more
Unlike the mayors of most of the other designated cities, Kirk Caldwell said he is not responsible for his city’s airport as Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is a state operation. Read more
A mysterious Hawaii company that donated $150,000 to a mainland political action committee has prompted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, which is being asked to investigate and fine the company. Read more
A bill that aims to create a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus Commission to address issues concerning the LGBTQ+ community won preliminary approvalfrom a House committee on Wednesday on a 6-1 vote. Read more
If you dig it, they will come. Opae ula, that is. Read more
The purchase agreement includes a due-diligence period ending July 31 and a closing date 45 days after that. Read more
Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who is acting governor this week, said the individuals have no signs or symptoms of the deadly coronavirus, but are being monitored closely by the state Health Department. Read more
Bernard DeCoito Jr. was charged Thursday with manslaughter in the death of Malia Soma-Valmoja. He was also charged with firearm violations. Read more
One of two men charged in a 7-Eleven robbery spree last July was sentenced today to 41 months in prison. Read more
The DOT said Thursday that operating Dillingham Airfield “is not in the best interest of the state of Hawaii,” and is transferring it back to the Army effective July 1. Read more
Two drafted city resolutions meant to be an agreement between opposing sides of the construction project at Sherwood Forest are drawing criticism from community members. Read more
Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard offered plans Thursday to address the increase in violent crime and use of firearms in crimes on Oahu, including purse snatchings, while the department is lacking a sufficient number of patrol officers. Read more
Plans for an off-leash dog park at Ala Moana Regional Park have been scrapped by the Caldwell administration, city Parks Director Michele Nekota told members of the City Council Budget Committee on Thursday. Read more
The pilot in the December crash of a Hawaii sightseeing helicopter that killed him and six passengers previously lost his professional license for a year because of drug use, officials said. Read more
He would be facing a life sentence with the possibility of parole. Read more
Ward Village has a new executive overseeing development of the growing high-rise community in Kakaako. Read more
Oahu’s housing market started a new year on all major positive notes, according to new data that showed median prices and sale volumes rose in January after some weakness last year. Read more
Hawaiian Airlines’ passenger traffic edged up 0.5% in January as the company flew more miles than in the year-earlier period. Read more
What is it with the term “world class”? Hawaii political and business leaders have been throwing around that term for the past two decades now, maybe longer, often to justify developing some weedy stretch of land into a big complex with an even bigger parking structure or re-developing a lowly cluster of un-fancy but serviceable buildings into a gleaming shopping experience. Read more
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