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Wealthy Property Owners All Want a Slice of Hawaii’s Kona-Kohala Coast The area’s luxury real-estate market experienced a rebound in growth in 2019. But disturbances both natural and man-made have left this once-remote corner of the Big Island on shaky ground.

Pixar director Lee Unkrich sells scenic Hawaii getaway for $6.3 million In Hawaii, longtime Pixar director Lee Unkrich has sold his coastal retreat on two acres for $6.3 million.

20 for the Next 20: Melissa Miyashiro, Blue Planet Foundation Managing Director of Strategy and Policy Blue Planet FoundationAge 38. "We have yet to charge Melissa with a task that she can't do," says Lorraine Akiba, the foundation's board secretary, president and CEO of LHA Ventures and a 20 for the Next 20 honoree in 2017.

20 for the Next 20: Cayenne Pe'a, Alaka'i Development Principal and co-founder, Alaka'i DevelopmentAge 37. West O'ahu native Cayenne Pe'a recalls waking at 5:30 a.m. so she could catch the school bus to Kamehameha Kapālama. "I remember when we first moved out to Makakilo, there were no streetlights on the freeway," she says.

Rescued California sea lions now at Hawaii aquatic park HONOLULU - Two sea lions rescued off the coast of California are making their debut at a new home in a Hawaii aquatic park. The sea lions named Niblet and Brawler are 3-year-old females and joined the aquatic attractions at Sea Life Park on Oahu Wednesday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Hawaii notables visit Newberry NEWBERRY - Hawaii State Senator Mike and Carol Gabbard spoke to and visited with Newberry County Democrats at their monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb 20. The Gabbards are parents of Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is running for president. "Tulsi's been service-oriented all her life," said State Senator Gabbard.

Spidertracks announces Blue Hawaiian Helicopters as launch customer of Spider X Spidertracks, a leading provider of satellite-based real-time flight tracking, fleet management, and aviation communication solutions, has partnered with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters as the official launch customer for its Spider X.

Hidden gem in town: @Sushi Every so often, I'll pop my head into Ohana Hale Marketplace to say hi to Tiny Tadani, who has a vegan soft serve spot in there. Then he'll tell me about his latest favorite eats in the place, and show me around. His latest pick was @Sushi, located near the main stage.

Hawaii men's volleyball: Guilherme Voss, Rainbow Warriors throw block party against Nittaidai The size differential was as vast as the swath of Pacific Ocean that separated the campuses of the two schools on the Stan Sheriff Center floor on Wednesday night. Hawaii and Nittaidai of Tokyo, Japan, came together to engage in an entertaining contrast of men's volleyball styles in the first of two exhibitions this week.

Leilani man still sought after 4 years - Hawaii Tribune-Herald Police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in finding a 38-year-old Pahoa man who’s been missing for almost four years.

State orders Ocean View care home to cease and desist - Hawaii Tribune-Herald The state Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance has issued a cease-and-desist order to Emily Lee for allegedly owning and operating of an illegal adult residential care home at 92-1769 Ocean View Parkway in Ocean View.

Mom of missing kids waives extradition; bail remains at $5M - Hawaii Tribune-Herald HONOLULU — Bail will remain at $5 million for a mother arrested in Hawaii over the disappearance of her two Idaho children, a judge ruled Wednesday.

CIP budget includes more than $140M for Big Island projects - Hawaii Tribune-Herald Funding for two major Hawaii Island road projects is among more than $4.9 billion in capital improvement projects funds approved Wednesday by the state House Committee on Finance.

E-waste recycling program in jeopardy - Hawaii Tribune-Herald Hawaii County’s e-waste program is drastically over budget and may have to be halted if more funding isn’t found soon, local contractor Mr. K’s Recycle and Redemption Center told the Environmental Management Commission on Wednesday.

Document details Kolekole park improvements - Hawaii Tribune-Herald A draft environmental assessment was published Monday for accessibility improvements the county has planned at Kolekole Beach Park.

State takes proactive approach with virus, prepares for worst - Hawaii Tribune-Herald Although there are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the state, officials believe it is only a matter of time before the epidemic reaches Hawaii.

Kokua Line: Next of kin can’t override organ donor’s expressed wishes Question: I am registered as an organ donor and have been for years. My new husband is asking me a lot of questions about it, just because he saw it on my driver’s license. If I unfortunately ever am in the position to donate, could he overrule?

Hawaiian, Delta both suspend Korea flights ATLANTA >> The new virus is taking a broader toll on airline travel. Most airlines have already stopped flying to China, and now Hawaiian Airlines and Delta Air Lines are sharply cutting back on flights between the U.S. and Seoul.

House committee proposes $4.9B, 2-year state construction budget House lawmakers released a draft construction budget for next year that features an increase in funding for a number of major highway projects as well as for the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Hawaii chefs, Honolulu bar named James Beard semifinalists Honolulu’s Senia restaurant scored two spots Wednesday on the list of semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation culinary awards.

Man, 33, charged in deaths of his mother and her dog Prosecutors charged a 33-year-old man accused of killing his 74-year-old mother and her dog in her apartment in Mililani.

Frustration over Waikiki crime prompts town hall meeting to find solutions People fed up with rising crime in Waikiki, including several recent murders, urged officials at a town hall meeting Wednesday to take action to improve the neighborhood for tourists and residents alike.

HPD chief Ballard pushes for new gun limits Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard made a public pitch on Wednesday for proposals to ban rifle magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, and for new restrictions on the sale of ammunition in advance of key floor votes scheduled for today on a package of firearms bills.

City officials bump up cost of rail operations contract The city will pay $918 million to Hitachi Rail International to operate and maintain the city’s rail line for its first 13-1/4 years under an agreement reached last week by the Caldwell administration and the vendor.

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