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A Tragic Misunderstanding That Left A Navy Man Dead On His Neighbor’s Porch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Tragic Misunderstanding That Left A Navy Man Dead On His Neighbor’s Porch

Criminal charges were recently dismissed. But a judge will decide whether prosecutors can still pursue a case that goes to the heart of Hawaii’s self-defense laws.

How Did A Long-Discussed Beach Park Project Sneak Up On Waimanalo? Courtesy of Kevin O'Mahony

How Did A Long-Discussed Beach Park Project Sneak Up On Waimanalo?

Times have changed since the redevelopment of Sherwood Forest was first discussed. These days, many residents just want to hang onto what they already have.

No Link Between Honolulu, California Rail Troubles, Local Leaders Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Link Between Honolulu, California Rail Troubles, Local Leaders Say

Federal officials just cut nearly $1 billion for California’s ambitious high-speed rail project, but local leaders say Honolulu is better poised to secure its remaining cash.

I.M. Pei, Architect With Hawaii Ties, Dead At 102 EWC

I.M. Pei, Architect With Hawaii Ties, Dead At 102

He designed both the Imin Center and Kennedy Theatre.

Paula Akana Leaving KITV For Iolani Palace

Paula Akana Leaving KITV For Iolani Palace

The longtime news figure has been named executive director of the historic building.

TV Reporter No Longer Sought As Witness In Corruption Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

TV Reporter No Longer Sought As Witness In Corruption Trial

Hawaii News Now reporter Lynn Kawano had said the move to call her to the stand was retaliation for her prior coverage.

Pali Highway Repair Pegged At $20 Million To Date Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pali Highway Repair Pegged At $20 Million To Date

Emergency work continues to install a rockfall mitigation system.

Hawaii News Now: Kealohas Are Retaliating Against Our Reporter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii News Now: Kealohas Are Retaliating Against Our Reporter

Lynn Kawano of Hawaii News Now says in court records that the Kealohas are trying to stop her from covering the trial because of her investigative reports.

City Council Overrides Caldwell Veto On Tax Break Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Overrides Caldwell Veto On Tax Break

The Honolulu mayor prefers a bill providing targeted property tax exemptions.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: How I Became A Witness In The Kealoha Corruption Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: How I Became A Witness In The Kealoha Corruption Trial

At the top of their game, Kat and Louie were one of the most recognized, and I’ll dare say, well-liked couples I knew.

HART Poised To Approve $1.4 Million To Combat Bird Droppings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Poised To Approve $1.4 Million To Combat Bird Droppings

Rail officials say so many pigeons and other birds are nesting inside the transit line’s cavernous concrete guideway that it’s become a health hazard to workers.

Hundreds Of Potential Jurors Screened On Opening Day Of Kealoha Trial Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hundreds Of Potential Jurors Screened On Opening Day Of Kealoha Trial

The prosecution and defense will now work to narrow the list of potential jurors to 12, which could take up to 10 days.

May 2019

Monday, May 20

A Tragic Misunderstanding That Left A Navy Man Dead On His Neighbor’s Porch

Friday, May 17

How Did A Long-Discussed Beach Park Project Sneak Up On Waimanalo?

Thursday, May 16

No Link Between Honolulu, California Rail Troubles, Local Leaders Say

Wednesday, May 15

TV Reporter No Longer Sought As Witness In Corruption Trial

Hawaii News Now: Kealohas Are Retaliating Against Our Reporter

Tuesday, May 14

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: How I Became A Witness In The Kealoha Corruption Trial

Monday, May 13

Hundreds Of Potential Jurors Screened On Opening Day Of Kealoha Trial

The Kealoha Trial Begins

Friday, May 10

Housing Advocates Might Love This Project, But The Neighbors Don’t

Thursday, May 9

Report: Witnesses Saw Helicopter Break Apart In Mid-Air Before Kailua Crash

Wednesday, May 8

City Council Defers Measures to Crack Down On Vacation Rentals

‘Save Sherwood Forest’: Anger Grows Over Planned Sports Complex

Tuesday, May 7

Denby Fawcett: Kakaako Homeless Population Grows While City And State Dither Over Land Transfer

Friday, May 3

Caldwell Refuses To Halt Construction At Waimanalo Beach

Final State Audit On Rail Finds Overpayments To Contractors, Billing Issues

Wednesday, May 1

Why Is It So Hard To Fire Honolulu Police Sgt. Darren Cachola?

April 2019

Monday, April 29

Official: 3 Dead In Kailua Tour Helicopter Crash

Former HPD Sergeant Gets 1-Year Probation In Mailbox Theft Case

Longtime Acupuncturist Agrees To Stop Practicing To Settle Patient Complaint

Ala Wai Canal: Flood Control Project Will Do Little To Clean Up the Polluted Waterway

Friday, April 26

Census: Oahu’s Population Declined From 2010-18

Thursday, April 25

A Nonprofit Honolulu Rehab Center Mixes Taxpayer Support With Lavish Pay

Wednesday, April 24

Honolulu Police Sergeant Charged With Domestic Abuse

Neighborhoods Are Really Angry At The Feds’ $345 Million Ala Wai Project

Tuesday, April 23

Saiki: ‘End Is Near’ For Company’s Hold On Kakaako Streets After $250K Fine

Thursday, April 18

A ‘Vicious’ Battle Over The Future Of Koko Crater Stables

Monday, April 15

Honolulu Mayor To Legislature: Let’s Partner On Fixing The Ala Wai

Vacation Rentals On Oahu May Face Tough Enforcement And New Limits

Saturday, April 13

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch

Friday, April 12

Honolulu Police Corruption: This Is Why We Rarely Rely On Anonymous Sources

Thursday, April 11

Honolulu Rail’s Final Federal Money Not Expected Until Next Year

Wednesday, April 10

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail

Ex-Mayor Peter Carlisle Wants To Be Honolulu Prosecutor Again

Over 30,000 Have Voted In Special Election For City Council

Friday, April 5

Judge Allows Early Testimony From Grandmother In Kealoha Case

Feds Indict Two Honolulu Cops For Making Man Lick Urinal

Thursday, April 4

Waters Leads Ozawa In Money Raised And Spent In City Council Race

Defendant Wants To Stop Early Testimony Of Katherine Kealoha’s 99-Year-Old Grandmother

Wednesday, April 3

Critics Renew Calls To Stop Honolulu Rail At Middle Street

Monday, April 1

Pod Squad: Helping Men In Their Crucial First Weeks Out Of Prison

March 2019

Friday, March 29

Kealoha Attorney Wants UH Instructor Muzzled Or Fired

Honolulu Rail Cars Fail Fire Test, But Officials Question Its Validity

Thursday, March 28

Latest Audit: Agency ‘Arbitrary,’ ‘Inconsistent’ In Reviewing Rail Costs

Zero-Interest Loans Help Hawaii Residents Afford Big Down Payments

Wednesday, March 27

Feds Want Testimony From Katherine Kealoha’s Aging Grandmother Before It’s Too Late

These 10 Oahu Intersections Drive Our Readers Crazy

The Twisted History Of Honolulu Traffic Engineering

Tuesday, March 26

Local Artisans Are Thriving Amid Kakaako’s Condo Boom

Friday, March 22

After City Offered Help, Kealoha Says He Wants To Stick With His Federal Lawyer

Thursday, March 21

Honolulu Police Chief Gets High Marks From Commission And Community

Wednesday, March 20

HPD Chief Ballard Says Allegations Of Doctored Test Scores Are Unfounded

This Longtime Acupuncturist Who Pushed For Oversight Is Now Under Investigation

Monday, March 18

Judge Orders Release Of More Records In Case Of HPD Officer Who Beat Girlfriend

Thursday, March 14

Names, Ranks And Salaries Of Honolulu Cops Are Still Secret

Wednesday, March 13

Judge Approves $1.3 Million Sale of Kealohas’ Hawaii Kai Home

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena

Tuesday, March 12

SLIDESHOW: Battling High Winds, Falling Rocks To Fix Pali Highway

Shining Sunlight On The Honolulu Police Chief’s Performance

Monday, March 11

How An Accused Drug Dealer Became Key To The Biggest Corruption Case In Honolulu History

Lawsuit Claims HPD Officer Sexually Assaulted Woman

Friday, March 8

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project

City Council Decides To Pay Keith Kaneshiro’s Legal Fees

The Kealohas Could Lose Their Taxpayer-Funded Lawyers

Thursday, March 7

City Council Approves $550,000 Payment To Cop Who Claimed HPD Doctored Test Scores

Embattled Honolulu Prosecutor Takes Immediate Leave Of Absence

Wednesday, March 6

SLIDESHOW: Growing Food, Fixing Bikes — This Is Kalihi’s Cornerstone

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits

Tuesday, March 5

Stripping Away The Stereotypes About People With Mental Illness

Monday, March 4

Kealohas’ Trial Delayed Until May For Medical Reasons

Danny De Gracia: When Are City Leaders Going To Talk To Us About Corruption?

Friday, March 1

Katherine Kealoha Says She Needs Cancer Treatment, Wants Trial Delayed

February 2019

Thursday, February 28

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders

Wednesday, February 27

Honolulu Corruption: State Will Take Over Some City Prosecutor Cases

Tuesday, February 26

Judge Releases Potential Juror Who Was Jailed For Shouting ‘He Is Guilty!’

Monday, February 25

Feds Demand Records Of HART Board’s Closed-Door Meetings

Friday, February 22

Katherine Kealoha Says She’s Mentally Unfit To Stand Trial But The Judge Disagrees

Thursday, February 21

Feds Are Investigating HART’s Relocation Payments

Two Honolulu Police Shootings In Less Than A Day, One Of Them Fatal

Banning Bikes At The Capitol Would Make Cycling On Oahu Even Harder

Special Council Election Requires Hundreds Of New Campaign Finance Reports

Wednesday, February 20

Family Is The Safety Net For Many Young Adults On Pricey Oahu

10 Charts That Show The Struggle Of Being A Millennial In Hawaii

Police Union Goes To Court To Overturn Labor Board Ruling On Officer Transfers

Tuesday, February 19

Landslide Closes Pali Highway And Seriously Injures Woman

Judge: HPD Must Release Arbitration Report On Officer Who Beat Girlfriend

So Why Would Anyone Fake Stealing A Mailbox? The Feds Make Their Case

Friday, February 15

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds

Kealohas’ Hawaii Kai House Gets $1.3 Million Cash Offer

Thursday, February 14

Honolulu Rail Agency Hit With Federal Subpoena

Businessman Launches New Petition Drive To Oust Kaneshiro

Justice Served? A Highly Unusual Hawaii Law Is Costing This Woman Her Home

Wednesday, February 13

Prosecutors Want Katherine Kealoha’s Brother Held Without Bail

State Looks To End The Battle Over Kakaako’s Disputed Roads

Group Calls For Ouster Of Humane Society CEO

Tuesday, February 12

Hawaii’s ‘Unprecedented’ Push To Suspend Keith Kaneshiro

Honolulu Police Corruption: Drug Charges Filed Against Katherine Kealoha And Her Brother

City Councilwoman Calls For Forensic Audit Of Honolulu Rail Project

Hawaii AG Asks Supreme Court To Suspend Honolulu Prosecutor

Monday, February 11

Nonprofits Protest Coca-Cola’s Sponsorship Of The Great Aloha Run

SLIDESHOW: They’re Covering America With Giant Postcards

Friday, February 8

Want Real Traffic Relief? Give Oahu’s Students And Workers Flexible Hours

Fighting To Keep The Kealoha Case Open To The Public

Thursday, February 7

Mysterious Manoa Tree Hackers May Be Peddling Hallucinogenic Bark

Monday, February 4

Police: Driver Struck Honolulu Pedestrians At High Speed

City Council Likely To Appoint Mike Formby As Interim Member

Report: Far Fewer HPD Officers Were Fired Or Suspended Last Year

Friday, February 1

Honolulu’s Mayor Must Own Up To Rail’s Failures

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

Manslaughter Charges Filed In Deaths Of 3 Pedestrians

Tuesday, January 29

Police Chief On Honolulu Crash: ‘Deadliest In Many, Many Years’

Ozawa-Waters Rematch Coming Up April 13 In City Council District 4

Honolulu Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Drove Toward Officer

Honolulu Disability Treatment Center For Kids Will Close

Friday, January 25

Supreme Court Invalidates Ozawa-Waters Election Result

Wednesday, January 23

Police Commission Opts For Public Hearings In Former Chief’s Case

Former Police Chief Wants Taxpayers To Cover His Criminal Defense

Tuesday, January 22

SLIDESHOW: Canoes Are The Classrooms For Youth Paddling Team

Friday, January 18

Government Shutdown Won’t Stall Kealoha Trial

Labor Board: Police Chief Did Nothing Wrong When She Transferred SHOPO President

City Auditor: Rail Costs Could Keep Rising If HART Doesn’t Take Action

Thursday, January 17

Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus

Wednesday, January 16

Federal Shutdown Claims New Victim: Katherine Kealoha’s Right To A Fair Trial

Tuesday, January 15

Supreme Court Focuses On Late Mail Ballots In Ozawa-Waters Vote Challenge

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project

Monday, January 14

Police Corruption Probe Snags City’s Top Lawyer

Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays

Here’s Another Busy Highway Where The Crosswalks Have Been Removed

Friday, January 11

Honolulu Police Corruption: Another Cop Pleads Guilty

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Ozawa-Waters Election Challenge

Lawsuit Filed Against Honolulu Police Over Beach Park Shooting

Trump’s Border Wall Could Imperil $345M Ala Wai Canal Flood Control Project

Thursday, January 10

Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View

Wednesday, January 9

What Would You Pay To Drive During Honolulu’s Rush Hour?

Tuesday, January 8

Court Demands Mail Ballot Information In Challenges To Ozawa Victory

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Home For Sale In Foreclosure

Monday, January 7

Veggies Really Are Cheaper In Chinatown — If You Know How To Shop

Friday, January 4

Honolulu Is Short On Cops — And Seattle Is Poaching

Thursday, January 3

Honolulu Police Sergeant To Plead Guilty In Kealoha Case

Can Someone Please Turn These !*#@#&! Lights Off?

Wednesday, January 2

Election Challenge Prevents Ozawa From Being Sworn In For New Term

Cracking Down On People Who Abandon Cars Is Harder Than You Think