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Opioid bills would tackle Hawaii’s opioid crisis

A handful of bills to tackle the opioid problem in Hawaii are awaiting the governor’s signature to become law. One would give pharmacists the ability to prescribe medication that could save lives in case of a drug overdose. But one regional health care group says it’s not waiting for a legal mandate. Kaiser Permanente says it’s staying ahead of the …

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False tsunami rumors swirl after Big Island quakes

When a 6.9 earthquake shook the Big Island earlier this month, tsunami fears kicked into high gear and so did the rumor mill. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it received dozens of phone calls asking if a tsunami was coming. “We’ve received phone calls even from the mainland asking about a tsunami hazard from Hawaii,” Oceanographer Nathan Becker said. …

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Who is Madam Pele?

As the world watches Kilauea’s eruption, many people are for the first time hearing the name Pele. Who is she and why are people talking about her? As lava flows through Hawaii Island’s Lelani estates, some will describe what’s happening with scientific terms. Others will use just one term: Madam Pele, the Goddess of Fire, known to appear in many …

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Queen Kaahumanu Center Making Security Changes After Deadly Machete Attack

After a deadly machete attack on March 18 and a subsequent review from the owners of Queen Kaahumanu Center on Maui, the mall’s making security changes. It’s considering posting security officers at the bus transit center at the back of the mall. The March 18 incident started on the Maui Bus. Security will also be getting crisis intervention training from …

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Maui Police Officer Suing the Department for Discrimination

A Maui police officer is suing the Maui Police Department for “Discrimination and Retaliation” in the workplace. After serving in the Gulf War with the Army, Kelly Pau’ole was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He claims his condition was aggravated after a shooting in 2006. Pau’ole also says that he denied light-duty work and was demoted because of his condition. …

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FDNY honors death of Trucker Duke with memorial

An outpouring of aloha for a Maui child who inspired others, even after he lost his battle with cancer. This time, the New York Fire Department made sure Trucker’s spirit is never forgotten, during an emotional ceremony in the New York City on Saturday. The ceremony in Manhattan unveiled 5 plaques for Trucker that will hang along the walls of …

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If bill passes, law enforcement officers who’ve been fired for misconduct won’t be able to get a similar job

Should law enforcement officers who’ve been fired for misconduct be able to get a similar job at another agency? Some state lawmakers are saying no and a bill at the State Capitol would ban that from happening if it becomes law. The bill would prohibit any officer fired for improper behavior from any county police department, state department agency or …

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Maui and Kaua’i residents speak out about pesticides

Concerned residents from Maui and Kaua’i are set to testify in support of a pesticide regulation bill at the State Capitol requiring companies to alert the public before chemicals are spayed. If approved, the measure would also establish a pilot program creating pesticide buffer zones around five schools near commercial agriculture land. Proponents of the bill claim pesticide application made …

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Rep. Joe Souki is accused of sexual harassment

State Representative Joe Souki is accused of sexual harassment. A complaint was filed last fall with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission by the former head of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services. Rachael Wong is declining to say any more about the allegations pending the investigation. Souki’s lawyer says the allegations stems from something that happened three years ago and is …

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Hawai`i Ranked as Worst State for Driving

Hawai`i is the worst state in the United States for driving, according to a study by WalletHub. The study took into account 23 different factors, including gas prices, rush hour traffic, and road quality. Hawai`i is ranked below Washington State and Maryland. The best states for driving are Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.

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