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University of Hawaii board defers modified tenure proposal

Oct. 22, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii's board has deferred a proposal to modify the school's tenure system after dozens of faculty members criticized the effort. The Board of Regents on Thursday voted to refer the recommendations to a special ad hoc committee for...

Nearly 90% of Honolulu city workers vaccinated against COVID

Oct. 20, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Almost 90% of Honolulu's 10,000 city workers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The city Department of Human Resources reported it has received 948 requests for an exemption to the city's requirement that all employees be vaccinated....

Telescope protesters march to university president's home

Oct. 20, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — In the ongoing protest over a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest mountain, a group marched to the state university system president's home. Tuesday's march of about 70 protesters marked 2,400 days since heavy equipment first arrived on Mauna...

ACLU demands reform after Black girl arrested in Hawaii

Oct. 18, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police officers and officials with Hawaii’s public school system discriminated against a disabled Black child by handcuffing, arresting and interrogating the 10-year-old girl for a “run-of-the-mill” dispute between children, the American Civil Liberties Union...

Surfboards burn in blaze next to historic Waikiki hotel

Oct. 18, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Surfboards stored next to a historic Waikiki hotel went up in flames Sunday for the second time in less than two years. Firefighters called to the scene found several storage racks of surfboards at a beach alleyway in flames and evacuated the adjacent...

University of Hawaii system enrollment up 1st time in decade

Oct. 18, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of students enrolled at the University of Hawaii's 10 campuses increased this fall for the first time in a decade. The school's flagship Manoa campus led the way with a 6% increase, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The university's...

More rain expected for Hawaii, but drought may persist

Oct. 15, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii can expect above average rainfall during the upcoming wet season and potentially have more floods like last winter, the National Weather Service said Friday. Even so, Maui County and the Big Island may remain in drought and at greater risk for wildfires because the...

Popular hula competition still uncertain because of pandemic

Oct. 15, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Plans for the world's most prestigious hula competition remain uncertain because of the pandemic. In normal times, thousands of people from around the world descend on Hilo on the Big Island for the Merrie Monarch Festival. The event is often...

Hawaii will pay inmates $50 to get coronavirus vaccines

Oct. 15, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Public Safety says certain inmates will get $50 to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Hawaii inmates who were incarcerated on or after March 3 are eligible, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. More...

Developer aims to bring 4th hotel to Honolulu suburb

Oct. 14, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A developer aims to bring a fourth hotel to the Honolulu suburb of Kapolei amid demand from local residents and business travelers for less expensive hotel rooms outside of resort districts. A Utah-based partnership is seeking a city permit to build a...