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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/2021

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/2020

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/2021

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.”

Lawsuit Aims To Protect Hawaii’s Iiwi Bird From Extinction Jack Jeffrey Photography

Lawsuit Aims To Protect Hawaii’s Iiwi Bird From Extinction

Mosquito-borne illness has decimated the forest bird’s numbers. It could disappear on Kauai in the next 30 years if no action is taken, conservationists say.

Hawaii Island Couple In ‘Bizarre’ Aquarium Fishing Incident Fined More Than $270,000 Wikimedia Commons

Hawaii Island Couple In ‘Bizarre’ Aquarium Fishing Incident Fined More Than $270,000

State officers say a collector left his wife and another diver in the water while trying to hide their illegal aquarium fishing.

COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $70 Million For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $70 Million For Honolulu Rail

The funding will help, but the multibillion-dollar transit project still faces much larger financial problems.