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Hawaii GOP Rep resigns from 'failing party' citing racist and sexist bullying

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:58:37 GMT

Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto announced on Wednesday that she would be leaving the Republican Party and is seeking to join the Democratic Party instead. KITV 4 reports Fukumoto "cited racism and sexism as the core reasons why she's leaving" during a press conference.

House budget would benefit Big Island roads

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:31:07 GMT

The recently approved House budget proposal, which state representatives sent along to the Senate Tuesday, includes nearly $361 million in Capital Improvement Project funding for Hawaii Island, the lion's share of which will prioritize upgrades to roads and airports. The proposal allocates $1.9 billion in fiscal year 2018 and $926 million in fiscal year 2019 for CIP projects throughout Hawaii, but doesn't include a number of statewide CIP projects that are not county specific.

'Art in The Park' coming to Mauna Lani: Benefit for Kona Historical Society

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:58:05 GMT

The Shops at Mauna Lani will present a special live art auction event on April 1, featuring collections by Lahaina Galleries, Third Dimension Gallery, Kozy's Tiki Gallery and The Fine Hawaiian Gift Gallery. It will commence in the central courtyard area with a reception at 5 p.m. provided by The Blue Room Brasserie &Bar and Monstera Noodles &Sushi.

Just the facts, please

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:41:51 GMT

Hawaii Preparatory Academy captured first place in the "Best Factoid" category at PBS Hawaii's 2017 HIKI NO Awards show on March 11 at the GVS Transmedia Accelerator at Honua Studios in Kailua-Kona. The event, hosted by Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii president and CEO, and Aaron Sala, PBS Hawaii board member from the PBS Hawaii Studio on Oahu, was the first-ever live-streamed awards show happening simultaneously at award sites on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Kailua-Kona and Hilo.

The Latest: Republican eyes continued care for incurably ill

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:21:35 GMT

A Republican state legislator wants to ensure Nevadans with chronic conditions such as his own experience no gaps in treatment. Assemblyman Keith Pickard of Carson City introduced a bill Monday that would outlaw insurance companies from dropping coverage during regular reassessments of incurable diseases.

Hawaii sues Trump for discrimination a but have they checked the mirror?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:55:18 GMT

Commenting on his office's lawsuit against the Trump administration's travel order, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin accused the administration of wanting "a system where there are certain 'races' that are going to be presumptively in a second-class type of environment, and there will be a 'superior race' that is running everything." As noted above, there are reasons for rejecting Chin's claims about the Trump order.

Hawaii Symphony Presents World Premiere Of Anders Paulsson Kumulipo Reflections, 4/1-2

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:45:09 GMT

Artistic Advisor JoAnn Falletta returns in April to lead the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra in "Ocean Dreams," a concert showcasing the world premiere of Kumulipo Reflections , a symphonic tone poem celebrating the power of the ocean by Anders Paulsson and featuring vocalist Aaron D. Mahi, on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 pm. Paulsson's evocative score, which captures the timelessness and beauty of the Hawai'ian landscape and seascape, is a symphonic reflection of the Hawai'ian creation chant Kumulipo , presented and uplifted with the HSO to a new audience.

Lava 'fire hose' continues show

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 01:40:39 GMT

A fire hose of lava continues to pour into the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry, the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports. The lava stream is roughly 3 to 6 feet wide and plunges about 66 feet into the water sending a plume of steam, hydrochloric acid, and glass particles into the air and drifting downwind.

Travel ban fight personal for Hawaii's 'scholarly gentleman'

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:32:29 GMT

Growing up in Washington state, Douglas Chin says he was the stereotypical "smart Chinese kid that got straight As." His parents taught him not to stick out too much and used to say "don't poke the lion."

Student programs face cuts: Budget could end after-school care

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:59:52 GMT

At least 6,000 Hawaii students - including more than 1,000 on the Big Island - could be without after-school care if President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 fiscal budget were to take effect as is. That's according to state advocates of before- and after-school programs who say Trump's plan to eliminate the $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers program could leave many low-income and at-risk students in Hawaii without a place to go when school ends for the day.

Barack Obama visits Hawaii, hits the links and enjoys fine dining

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:01:28 GMT

Barack Obama is making the most out of post-presidency life.The former commander-in-chief headed to the Aloha State this week, where he's been spotted hitting th... The former commander-in-chief headed to the Aloha State this week, where he's been spotted hitting the links, dining out and, of course, attracting throngs of photo-snapping fans wherever he goes. On Tuesday night, Obama headed to Noi Thai Cuisine at Honolulu's Royal Hawaiian Center, where he had dinner in a private dining room with a group of friends and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, a restaurant spokeswoman tells ABC News.

US soldiers train for jungle warfare at Hawaii rainforest

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:57:21 GMT

In this March 1, 2017, photo, soldiers from the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team participate in jungle warfare training at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The Army has set up a jungle training course amid a renewed focus on Asia and the Pacific after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trump's travel ban: How could Hawaii block it?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:50:59 GMT

Just hours before President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was set to go into effect, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order, putting the ban on hold. US District Judge Derrick Watson concluded in his ruling that while the order did not mention Islam by name, "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavour a particular religion".

Hawaii passes $28B budget amid fear of federal funding cuts

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:42:50 GMT

Hawaii lawmakers have passed the state's $28 billion two-year budget at a time when state revenue projections are falling and there's fear of potential cuts in federal funding to Hawaii. "The financial picture did not look as rosy and robust as had been portrayed," said House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke before the House approved the spending bill Wednesday.

Hawaii cites tourism fears in lawsuit over travel ban

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:14:18 GMT

Hawaii's white sand beaches, towering volcanoes and relaxing tropical vistas attract millions of visitors annually from around the globe. But the announcement of President Donald Trump's second travel ban has stoked fears that the state's main economic driver - tourism - could take a hit.

'Peaman' citation dismissed

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 03:35:02 GMT

The prosecutors have moved to dismiss a citation against Sean "Peaman" Pagett after he was cited for running an unpermitted race at the Kailua Pier in December. On Monday in district court, Deputy Prosecutor Kori Weinberger said the prosecution moved to dismiss with prejudice because Pagett was in compliance with the insurance and the charge leveled against him by the Department of Land and Natural Resources didn't apply.

Police arrest 16 for suspected DUI

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:32:47 GMT

During the week of March 6 through Sunday, Hawaii Island police arrested 16 motorists for suspected driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Four of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents; two were younger than age 21. Of the 16 arrests on the Big Island, Puna officers arrested six drivers while Kona and South Hilo officers arrested five motorists in each district, according to the Hawaii Police Department.