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NTSB: ‘Aggressive Takeoff Maneuver’ Likely Caused Fatal Skydiving Crash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

NTSB: ‘Aggressive Takeoff Maneuver’ Likely Caused Fatal Skydiving Crash

UPDATED: A new report also points to a twisted left wing, failures by the skydiving company and lax regulation by the FAA as contributing factors.

HART, Hitachi At Odds Over Wheel Defect As Rail Costs Soar Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART, Hitachi At Odds Over Wheel Defect As Rail Costs Soar

The wheel rims are narrower than the track crossings, causing renewed headaches on what’s now a $12.4 billion transit project.

Relics Of Sugar’s Past, Hawaii Dams Will Take Years To Fix Or Remove Courtesy: DLNR

Relics Of Sugar’s Past, Hawaii Dams Will Take Years To Fix Or Remove

The majority of Hawaii’s dams trace their roots back to the sugar cane plantation days, but the industry has left the state. And so has the money to maintain them.

Hawaii’s Unemployed Must Clear Up Earlier Benefit Snafus Before Getting Federal Dollars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Unemployed Must Clear Up Earlier Benefit Snafus Before Getting Federal Dollars

Minor mistakes that led to overpayments of a few hundred dollars can hold up much more substantial relief for struggling families.

HART: Defective Train Wheels Are A ‘Major’ Problem And Possible Safety Issue Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART: Defective Train Wheels Are A ‘Major’ Problem And Possible Safety Issue

The latest defect, revealed after a tense exchange at a City Council hearing, could delay the system’s interim opening another year.

Honolulu Rail Has A New Price Tag: $12.4 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Has A New Price Tag: $12.4 Billion

UPDATED: It’s not clear how the city will fill the latest funding gap, which exceeds $3 billion.

HART: Expect Honolulu’s Full Rail Line To Be Done In 2031 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART: Expect Honolulu’s Full Rail Line To Be Done In 2031

That’s a couple of years earlier than a recent city estimate but also several years later than a recent HART estimate.

Maui Area Evacuated After Heavy Rains Cause Dam To Overflow Jack Truesdale/Civil Beat

Maui Area Evacuated After Heavy Rains Cause Dam To Overflow

UPDATED: The state’s online dam inventory system lists the dam’s potential for hazard as “high.”

Rail Board Believed HART’s Former Director Misled On Costs, Records Show Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Board Believed HART’s Former Director Misled On Costs, Records Show

Dan Grabauskas, who resigned as director in 2016, says the assertions that he misrepresented the numbers are “flatly incorrect.”