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Hirono: Congress Must Resolve Shutdown Issues Without Trump’s Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono: Congress Must Resolve Shutdown Issues Without Trump’s Help

The Hawaii senator says the White House is vacillating, so the solution needs to come from the Capitol building.
Partisan Gridlock Leads To Federal Shutdown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Partisan Gridlock Leads To Federal Shutdown

UPDATED: The shutdown is having varying effects on the operations of Hawaii's national parks and the Pearl Harbor monument.
Officers At Bar Shooting Denied City-Paid Legal Defense Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Officers At Bar Shooting Denied City-Paid Legal Defense

They were off-duty, out of uniform and drinking when HPD Sgt. Anson Kimura accidentally shot a bartender.
False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill

Hawaii Gov. David Ige and emergency officials say new safeguards should prevent a repeat of the false alert.
Will The HPD Scandal Jump-Start Police Reform In The Legislature? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will The HPD Scandal Jump-Start Police Reform In The Legislature?

So far, lawmakers have failed to establish a standards and training board and lift the secrecy in police misconduct cases.
Another Guilty Plea In Federal Police Corruption Investigation Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Another Guilty Plea In Federal Police Corruption Investigation

UPDATED: Prosecutors say Ransen Taito was a victim of Katherine Kealoha's financial crimes, but he helped her cover them up anyway.
Police Commission Loosens Rules On Legal Fees For Officers Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Police Commission Loosens Rules On Legal Fees For Officers

For years, city attorneys have been strict when it comes to paying an officer's attorney fees in lawsuits and criminal complaints.
Woman Sues Hawaii For Hiring Ex-Cop Who Then Assaulted Her Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Woman Sues Hawaii For Hiring Ex-Cop Who Then Assaulted Her

The Department of Land and Natural Resources ignored HPD's warnings not to hire Ethan Ferguson.
Hawaii Is Still Waiting For An Audit Of Police Property Seizures Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Still Waiting For An Audit Of Police Property Seizures

A report that was due before the 2017 legislative session is now expected sometime during the 2018 session.

Suits Against Honolulu Cops Cite ‘Culture Of Silence’ At HPD Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Suits Against Honolulu Cops Cite ‘Culture Of Silence’ At HPD

An attorney says the incidents that injured his clients could have been prevented if officers had been disciplined in the past.

New Police Chief Reassigns Union President To Patrol Shift Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Police Chief Reassigns Union President To Patrol Shift

Susan Ballard says she had concerns with how the department’s Peer Support Unit was led by SHOPO chief Tenari Maafala.

Trump Nominates Honolulu Attorney Jill Otake For Federal Judgeship Tracy Wright Corvo

Trump Nominates Honolulu Attorney Jill Otake For Federal Judgeship

The announcement was praised by by Hawaii’s two Democratic senators, Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono.