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Kirstin Downey

GOP Could Reverse Protection Of Papahanaumokuakea Courtesy: NOAA

GOP Could Reverse Protection Of Papahanaumokuakea

Some Republican House members want Trump to reopen marine monuments to commercial fishing.

Why Federal Budget Cuts Are Likely To Hit Hawaii Hard Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Federal Budget Cuts Are Likely To Hit Hawaii Hard

Impacts are expected in education, consumer protection, environmental initiatives, science research and health care.

Democratic Attorneys General Are Banding Together Against Trump Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Democratic Attorneys General Are Banding Together Against Trump

It’s not uncommon for the top state lawyers to push back against whichever opposing political party holds the White House.

Why A Big Boost In US Sea Power Could Be A Boon For Hawaii U.S. Navy, Keith DeVinney

Why A Big Boost In US Sea Power Could Be A Boon For Hawaii

More ships stationed in the islands could provide an economic boost — including high-paying jobs — for decades to come.

Is Hawaii Ready For Driverless Cars? NACTO/Flickr.com

Is Hawaii Ready For Driverless Cars?

Waikiki tourists, highway traffic jams, pedestrian problems and unique environmental conditions could pose issues for the new technology.

Trump Briefs Governors On Plan To Spend More On Military White House Press Pool

Trump Briefs Governors On Plan To Spend More On Military

Hawaii’s David Ige joins a bipartisan group of state executives responding to the president’s budget plans.

Hawaii’s Governor Steps Gingerly Into GOP Power Circle Courtesy of Gov. David Ige's Office

Hawaii’s Governor Steps Gingerly Into GOP Power Circle

David Ige is in Washington meeting with everyone who he thinks might help the islands — including the newly empowered Republicans.

Congress: How Vulnerable Is Hawaii To Missile Attack? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Congress: How Vulnerable Is Hawaii To Missile Attack?

One possibility is converting a test facility on Kauai into an “operational” intercept site in the face of a growing threat from North Korea.

Bipartisan Support For VA Chief, But Can He Help Hawaii Vets? Department of Veterans Affairs

Bipartisan Support For VA Chief, But Can He Help Hawaii Vets?

Sen. Hirono addressed island veterans’ issues with David Shulkin during his confirmation hearing. The Senate approved him unanimously.

US Senate Bill Calls For Better Monitoring of Volcanic Eruptions Michael Poland/USGS/HVO

US Senate Bill Calls For Better Monitoring of Volcanic Eruptions

Hawaii’s Hirono supports the measure. An expert says the lack of seismic monitoring coordination threatens public safety.

The Surprising State Of Military Unreadiness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Surprising State Of Military Unreadiness

“We need to tell the truth about how unready we are,” says U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

How Trump Is Working To Play Nice With Japan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Trump Is Working To Play Nice With Japan

Abe and his wife will visit the White House and then spend the weekend with Trump and his wife at the president’s Palm Beach golf resort.