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Gabbard Promoted to Major at Punchbowl Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Promoted to Major at Punchbowl

The Hawaii congresswoman has served in the Hawaii Army National Guard since 2003, and has twice been deployed to the Middle East.
Judge Invalidates Mauna Kea Restrictions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Invalidates Mauna Kea Restrictions

The state had adopted the rules after Thirty Meter Telescope protesters had placed boulders in the road to the summit to block construction vehicles.
Asia-Pacific Center Renamed for Inouye ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Asia-Pacific Center Renamed for Inouye

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Honolulu center is renamed the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Honolulu Drivers Can’t Get No Satisfaction PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Honolulu Drivers Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Feeling miserable behind the wheel? You should, according to the navigation app Waze.
Koko Crater: A Little Less Sting

Koko Crater: A Little Less Sting

A "bee infestation" is removed on southeast Oahu's volcanic landmark, making it a slightly less hazardous hike.
Schatz Joins Effort to Streamline Visas

Schatz Joins Effort to Streamline Visas

Bipartisan bill would make it easier for some foreighn tourists to visit US.
Online Travel Firms Owe Hawaii $53.1M Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Online Travel Firms Owe Hawaii $53.1M

Supreme Court had ruled last March that the firms owed back taxes. Now they know how much.
Feds’ Native Hawaiian Government Proposal Flickr: Sheree Zielke

Feds’ Native Hawaiian Government Proposal

The U.S. Department of the Interior proposes a framework for a "Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community."
Obama Nominates Honolulu Attorney for U.S. District Court Judge

Obama Nominates Honolulu Attorney for U.S. District Court Judge

Clare Connors chosen to serve on the federal bench in Hawaii District.
Ignacio Weakens and Moves Farther North of Hawaii NOAA

Ignacio Weakens and Moves Farther North of Hawaii

UPDATE: Meanwhile, it's too soon to say if there's any threat from Jimena, currently a Category 4 hurricane farther east.
Hawaii DLNR Official Has Close Connection to Virginia Shootings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DLNR Official Has Close Connection to Virginia Shootings

Dan Dennison had been the news director of WDBJ in Roanoke, and hired and fired the man suspected of shooting two colleagues, Hawaii News Now reports.
Getting Tropically Depressed Yet? Ignacio is Next Storm in Line NOAA/National Weather Service

Getting Tropically Depressed Yet? Ignacio is Next Storm in Line

Now a tropical storm, it's likely to strengthen into a hurricane and could affect Hawaii early next week.