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Rushing To Mine A Sea Floor Full Of Treasure — And Unique Creatures Craig Smith/University of Hawaii

Rushing To Mine A Sea Floor Full Of Treasure — And Unique Creatures

Critics fear rules for opening a swath of ocean bed between Mexico and Hawaii won’t protect “the most pristine wilderness on the planet.”

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington

But local Republicans took solace in their expanded majority in the U.S. Senate.

Maui Voters Want Tougher Fines For Unlicensed Airbnbs Airbnb

Maui Voters Want Tougher Fines For Unlicensed Airbnbs

On Kauai, voters were rejecting an amendment that would repeal the current term limits on County Council members.

Filmmaker Sues Hawaii: My Film Is ‘Not The History They Want Told’ Tim Chey/RiverRain Productions

Filmmaker Sues Hawaii: My Film Is ‘Not The History They Want Told’

Tim Chey alleges the state film office withheld tax grants for his movie “Islands” because it’s about the Christian conversion of a Hawaiian chiefess.

Will Kiosks And Robots Replace Hotel Workers? Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Will Kiosks And Robots Replace Hotel Workers?

Striking hotel workers in Hawaii and elsewhere, fearful of losing jobs, want a seat at the table as management rolls out disruptive technology.

Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope

UPDATED: The ruling says the state Board of Land and Natural Resources properly granted a conservation district permit for Mauna Kea.

Should Unlicensed Airbnbs On Maui Face A $20,000 Fine? Airbnb

Should Unlicensed Airbnbs On Maui Face A $20,000 Fine?

Voters will decide whether to amend the county charter to crack down on the proliferation of vacation rentals.

Court Strikes Down Education Tax Ballot Measure Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

Court Strikes Down Education Tax Ballot Measure

UPDATED: The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled the language wasn’t clear enough on a proposed constitutional amendment to fund public schools.

Surprise Eviction Notices Have This Old Plantation Community Up In Arms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Surprise Eviction Notices Have This Old Plantation Community Up In Arms

State Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz and a state agency are aggressively moving ahead with development plans for Central Oahu’s Whitmore Village.

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To ConAm Ballot Measure But Defers Ruling Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To ConAm Ballot Measure But Defers Ruling

Hawaii’s county governments hope the court will act quickly to invalidate the measure that would allow the state to tax property for education.

This Maui Couple’s Photo App Is An Instagram Sensation Troy Plota

This Maui Couple’s Photo App Is An Instagram Sensation

Prominent influencers are using the startup company’s program, which has 6 million downloads and counting.

Has Kakaako Gotten Too Fancy Even For IBM? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Has Kakaako Gotten Too Fancy Even For IBM?

The company will soon depart its landmark namesake building to make way for developer offices and model condos.