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  Residents run into red tape in push to tackle squatters’ village in Kalihi Valley

“We’ve called police. We talked to the city. We talked to the state. We talked to a representative. Nothing’s being done.”

Petition to impeach city prosecutor prompts legal debate: Are e-signatures legal?

  8 homeless shelters don’t meet new standards, but will be funded anyway

  She was identified as a victim in the case against the Kealohas, but was forced to pay legal fees

Feds to delay release of millions in rail funding over construction concerns

  Administrator in charge of DPS training programs accused of lying on her resume

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Continued Coverage

  An old hospital in Hilo is being transformed into a haven for the homeless

Despite warnings, Kaneshiro continues to visit building that houses prosecutor’s office

  Trial of former HPD officer delayed as more info tied to Kealoha is sought

  Report: Number of homeless living on Kauai streets nearly doubled since last year

  Katherine Kealoha loses fight to keep personnel file secret, but questions remain

Impeachment proceedings for Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney hit a snag over signatures

  Judge OKs recorded testimony from 99-year old key witness in Kealoha case

“Typically you’re not allowed to take depositions in criminal cases except, as the judge said, in exceptional circumstances.”

  Donations will fund new neighborhood for low-income kupuna in Pahoa

The need for more permanent housing across Hawaii Island is extremely high.

Council leadership: Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for ex-police chief’s legal defense

The police commission approved the funding, but is being urged to reconsider.

  ‘A no-brainer’: Thousands on Big Island now eligible for big discounts on produce

“It’s a dollar-for-dollar match.”

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

  Amid homeless crisis, funding for critical homeless programs not yet in budget

Ex-police chief’s attorney calls for law school to rein in criminal law expert

  ‘Bring it on’: Judge issues stern warning to city Prosecutor’s Office

  Prosecutors seek taped deposition from key witness in case against Kealohas

  Threat level at Kilauea lowered, signaling the end of an eruptive era

  'Gross incompetence or worse’: Rail purchase of reinforced steel questioned

The change order is one of hundreds of HART transactions under review by the feds.

  State admits less-lethal options are on hand, but not for use in field

It cost taxpayers thousands.

  Program that helps cover costs of kupuna care faces uncertain future

Without the program, families say they'll face tough decisions.

  City Councilman pushes back against plan to pay ex-police chief’s legal fees

"They made the wrong decision."

Rail project whistleblower lawsuit attracts federal scrutiny

A rail contractor whistleblower says the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general has inquired about his claims.

  42 sweeps in 90 days and still volatile encampment plagues neighborhood

“We had a shopping cart thrown through our front door. We find needles and blood in our bathroom. Just a couple days ago we had a stabbing take place right in my loading dock.”

  New hire charged with reining in HART’s budget to get $329 an hour

And his previous work history should be a red flag, one critic says.

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

  State wants to build huge affordable housing projects with units on 99-year leases

The dense projects would not have income restrictions.

Hawaii council seeks details of disaster recovery funds

The federal funds were appropriated after the 2018 eruption of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island.

  State proposes permanent villages of tiny homes for the hardest to house

“This is the permanent housing answer for people who have otherwise refused to go to shelters."

  Poll: Hawaii residents say they’re buckling under strain of state’s high cost of living

“How much it costs to live in paradise is pushing people to the brink."

  Kaneshiro put himself on paid leave. So why is he showing up at the office?

The state attorney general said she planned to look into the matter.

Judge OKs use of cell tracking data in ‘mailbox case’ against Kealohas, officers

The evidence could play a key role in the upcoming trial.

Crews have removed 14,000 shopping carts from city streets since 2013

The crew has cleared more than 14,000 shopping carts from city streets since 2013.

  Taxpayers will pay for city prosecutor’s legal defense in impeachment case

Those pushing for his impeachment say they don't plan to drop their fight.

City report: Oahu’s housing shortage on pace to ease significantly by 2030

The study is based on projects that are currently underway or are being planned.

  Mayor calls prosecutor’s decision to take leave ‘the best solution’ for Oahu

Embattled city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro took leave Thursday, after refusing to step aside for months.

  A year in, mobile hygiene center demonstrates the incredible power of a shower

Hiehie provides some basic comforts of home to people who don’t have one.

  The reason for Oahu’s drop in sheltered homeless? Fewer shelter beds

At the same time, the number of people living on the streets is up.

  HPD chief says ‘temporary refuge areas’ could help Oahu’s homeless problem

Chief Ballard wrote a letter to the state’s lieutenant governor, outlining a half-dozen ideas.

  Judge seeks more information on Kealoha’s cancer claim, trial delay request

It’s unclear when a federal judge will take up the motion.

New online hub features eruption recovery resources

The 2018 eruption went on for months, destroying more than 700 homes and decimating whole communities.

  Whistleblower lawsuit alleges $20M in rail project change order abuses

The whistleblower suit comes as the City Council is calling for a forensic audit of the rail system.

Federal authorities: Katherine Kealoha used cocaine while she was deputy city prosecutor

An FBI agent also alleges in a filing that Kealoha’s brother told investigators about his sister’s drug use.

  As Oahu’s unsheltered homeless population grows, mayor vows to stick to sweeps

Despite a years-long effort to push Oahu’s homeless population into shelters, the number of people living on the streets of Honolulu is the highest it’s been in at least a decade.

Count: Unsheltered homeless population up 12% on Oahu from last year

The count found a total of 4,291 people living in shelters or on the streets islandwide on a single night in January.

  Police investigate if shooting by undercover officers violated policy

“He didn’t know what was going on. He panicked," said his brother.

  A dismissed 2015 DUI is among the ways Kealoha allegedly helped her friends

Feds listed another example of how ex-Deputy Prosecutor Kealoha covered up for friends.

Meet Allison Lee Wong: Court filings outline alleged role of alias in case against Kealohas

"Alison Lee Wong is the ever-versatile alias Katherine Kealoha calls upon to dodge scrutiny, forge documents, secure state Senate confirmation, and more."

  2 high-profile cases moved from prosecutor’s office amid federal probe

And now they could be dismissed entirely.

  If you’re keeping count, the rail authority has now received 3 subpoenas

The scope of the latest subpoena has not yet been divulged.

  Rail authority gets second subpoena in connection with federal criminal probe

The new subpoena seeks documents related to real estate acquisition for the rail line.

  A law meant to help the mentally ill is actually preventing some from getting care

This could all be avoided."

  FBI: Kealoha sent emails from coworkers’ computers to mislead probes. HNN got one

“Erase this will send more," one email said.

  After squatters were kicked out of an urban park, the really big problems began

With barely enough space to squeeze by the sidewalk along Kaimuki Avenue, right next to the high school, seems more like some kind of foul obstacle course.

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

With sweeping tax code changes affecting this year's filings, experts from NerdWallet help explain how the changes will work for different people.

  DOJ criminal probe seeks more than 30,000 documents from rail authority

The investigation comes in the wake of two critical state audits.

  IHS: 1 in 10 homeless people in Hawaii just got here from somewhere else

“By the time you pay a deposit and first month’s rent and all, you have nothing left."

  ‘Got ur back’: Prosecutors say Kealoha’s private texts showcase alleged misconduct

The former deputy city prosecutor has entered a not guilty plea in the case.

Court hearing on impeachment of embattled city prosecutor pushed back

Kaneshiro’s impeachment proceedings began after he received a target letter from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  Katherine Kealoha and doctor brother plead not guilty to drug charges

A trial in the case has been set for April.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

  Filings offer new insight into Kealoha’s alleged misconduct at prosecutor’s office

"Every time you turn around, you get some new revelation about some absolutely despicable conduct.”

In page-turner of a court filing, prosecutors detail the Kealohas’ ‘house of cards’

Why would a power couple go to such lengths to pin such a strange federal crime on a relative?

Oahu highrise to be converted into affordable housing units

The owner of one of Honolulu’s most recognizable office buildings unveiled plans on Tuesday to convert most of the property into hundreds of workforce rental apartments.

  Women say city prosecutor retaliated against them for testifying in corruption probe

“It opens that office up to wrongful termination, whistleblower claims, a multitude of lawsuits that can be brought against him and the city."

  Homeless camp to city: Stop the sweeps and let us come to the bargaining table

“It’s time for the homeless people to speak out."

  Taxpayers to cover legal fees for embattled city prosecutor to fight impeachment

Keith Kaneshiro is the target of a widening public corruption case.

  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Serious hate crimes from murders to attempted bombings do not show up in federal hate crime data, according to analysis by InvestigateTV.

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

Prosecutors say some state hate crime laws are so weak they "aren't worth the paper they're printed on."

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.

Watching Your Wallet: How much could you earn if you invested your coffee money?

Financial experts from NerdWallet say saving and investing as little as $20 a week can amount to $170,000 in retirement money.

  Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

While many people think about health and wellness resolutions for the new year, financial experts recommend thinking about money goals too.

  Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Thousands of nuclear weapons workers are seeking compensation from a federal program that has ballooned far past initial projections - and some say they're being denied based on incorrect information.

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

A company offering to help people reduce their student loan debt is now under investigation. One St. Louis woman says her debt actually increased after trying to work with the company.

  Mice. Mold. Messes.

Hundreds of Americans live in deplorable rental properties and their landlord is the federal government. The properties need $50 billion in repairs. Uncle Sam now is hoping that private investors will save public housing.

Watching Your Wallet: Will Social Security be there when you retire?

Research shows many Americans are concerned with whether Social Security will be available when they retire, but many aren’t saving. NerdWallet experts help explain the realities of Social Security and what you can do.