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Condos’ high-rising insurance premiums are a top issue in these legislative races

Jul. 15, 2024 11:51 AM EDT

Jillian Anderson was planning to make fighting crime in Waikiki the top issue in her campaign for a seat in the Hawaii House of Representatives. Then came the letter from her condo association announcing a 300% increase in insurance premiums, which would be passed on to owners through an...

Police union fears Honolulu department can’t recruit its way out of its staffing crisis

Jul. 09, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

Honolulu has increased its efforts to recruit police officers, including a $25,000 signing bonus announced in March, but union officials say the department is losing so many officers per year that focusing on hiring alone won’t do enough to fill its gaping vacancies. Between 2020...

An Oahu teacher’s futile apartment hunt shows how bad the rental market is

Jul. 08, 2024 12:49 PM EDT

Helen Lau’s life was recently upended by a note on her door. “I regret to inform you that I will not be extending your rental agreement,” wrote Suzi Rim, the owner of the condo that Lau’s been living in since October 2020. Lau had 45 days to move out, the note said. ...

Hawaii wildfire death toll rises to 102 after woman determined to have died from fire injuries

Jun. 25, 2024 00:56 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The death toll from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in over a century has risen to 102, authorities in Hawaii said Monday. Claudette Heermance, 68, died in hospice care in Honolulu on March 28 of injuries suffered in the fire which devastated the historic town of...

Higher caseloads and staffing shortages plague Honolulu medical examiner’s office

Jun. 24, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

The number of autopsies handled by the Honolulu Department of the Medical Examiner has more than doubled since 2008. That combined with a staffing shortage has meant individual forensic pathologists have had to take on higher-than-average caseloads, and autopsy reports are taking months. ...

‘Hawaii Five-0’ fan favorite and former UFC fighter Taylor Wily dies at 56

Jun. 21, 2024 16:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Wily, a former sumo wrestler who became known for his role as confidential informant Kamekona Tupuola on both “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I,” has died, his friend and a “Hawaii Five-0” producer both said Friday. He was 56. “Hawaii Five-0”...

More homeowners are needed to join the push to restore Honolulu’s urban watersheds

Jun. 18, 2024 15:14 PM EDT

It’s been a year since eight conservation groups launched an unprecedented, large-scale restoration effort in the islands that tries to apply the Hawaiian concept of ahupuaa ridge-to-reef land management to one of Honolulu’s most heavily developed areas. So far, that $7.8 million...

Don't take all your cash with you to the beach and other tips to avoid theft during a Hawaii holiday

Jun. 16, 2024 01:42 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police recently received some attention on social media for recommending beachgoers not leave their valuables unattended and instead take those items with them into the ocean in a waterproof bag. But the police and the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, a...

A few midwives seek to uphold Native Hawaiian birth traditions. Would a state law jeopardize them?

Jun. 15, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Ki‘inaniokalani Kahoʻohanohano longed for a deeper connection to her Native Hawaiian ancestors and culture as she prepared to give birth to her first child at home on the north shore of Maui in 2003. But generations of colonialist suppression had eroded many...

Honolulu tentatively agrees to $7 million settlement with remaining Makaha crash victim

Jun. 12, 2024 15:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu has tentatively agreed to a $7 million settlement with a 17-year-old boy who was riding in the back seat of a Honda Civic when it crashed following a high-speed police pursuit in Makaha in 2021. The settlement agreement, which was reached last week, is...