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Blaze Lovell

UH Wants $40 Million To Help Students Lower Their Tuition Costs Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

UH Wants $40 Million To Help Students Lower Their Tuition Costs

The university is asking legislators for money to expand the Hawaii Promise program to the Manoa, Hilo and West Oahu four-year campuses.

Election Day Is Already Over For Almost 80,000 Hawaii Voters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Election Day Is Already Over For Almost 80,000 Hawaii Voters

Of the 254,880 mail ballots sent out so far, about 75,000 have been returned. Another 5,000 voters already went to early walk-in polling places.

Two Council Veterans Tackle Housing Shortage In Maui Mayoral Race

Two Council Veterans Tackle Housing Shortage In Maui Mayoral Race

Elle Cochran and Mike Victorino both say they will make the need for more housing their top priority.

UH Students And Staff Will Pay For $35 Million In Parking Garage Repairs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Students And Staff Will Pay For $35 Million In Parking Garage Repairs

Parking rate increases will be phased in over the next six years in a plan approved by the Board of Regents.

Commission Doubles Fines For First-Time Campaign Spending Violators Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Commission Doubles Fines For First-Time Campaign Spending Violators

New penalties were levied against 25 candidates and committees. Maui mayoral candidate Mike Victorino will pay the biggest penalty.

City Mistakenly OK’d Permit For Site With Native Hawaiian Remains Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Mistakenly OK’d Permit For Site With Native Hawaiian Remains

A residential development is on hold while a developer devises a plan for the iwi — 12 years after the state warned the city of their possible presence.

On Citizen Initiatives, Courts — Not Voters — Often Have The Last Word Cory Lum/Civil Beat

On Citizen Initiatives, Courts — Not Voters — Often Have The Last Word

Statewide citizen initiatives aren’t authorized in Hawaii. But each of the four counties allow voters to place proposed laws directly on the ballot.

HPD Chief: Man Lunged With A Knife At Officers Before Being Fatally Shot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief: Man Lunged With A Knife At Officers Before Being Fatally Shot

HPD officers have been involved in two fatal shootings in a week, and a total of five in 2018.

Hawaii’s Crack Seed Shops May Be The Losers In Trump Trade Dispute Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Hawaii’s Crack Seed Shops May Be The Losers In Trump Trade Dispute

The iconic fruit snacks that have been enjoyed for generations were already getting hard to find. The U.S. tariff dispute with China could make it harder.

Why Hundreds Of Mililani Residents Must Pay Thousands Of Dollars To Save A Few Homes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hundreds Of Mililani Residents Must Pay Thousands Of Dollars To Save A Few Homes

About eight homes in the Launani Valley community are threatened, but owners of more than 800 homes will have to cough up $3.2 million to save them.

UH Wants $600 Million In 2019 To Modernize Its Crumbling Campuses Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Wants $600 Million In 2019 To Modernize Its Crumbling Campuses

And that’s just the beginning. The university has a six-year, $1.6 billion plan in the works.

No Danger Of Flooding At Nuuanu Dam, City Says Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

No Danger Of Flooding At Nuuanu Dam, City Says

UPDATED: Heavy rains had raised the reservoir level to within about 1.5 feet below the spillway, causing officials to consider evacuations.