Hawaii’s largest prison doesn’t have an overcrowding issue — but that doesn’t mean it’s free of any others

  OHA appoints permanent CEO at ‘critical moment’ in its 40-year history

Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

  Nanakuli Village Center, a dream years in the making, becomes a reality

  Prominent former judge announces run for Honolulu city prosecutor

At least 12 homes evacuated as Maui firefighters battle wind-whipped brush fire

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Bits of plastic in dough trigger voluntary recall of popular cheese crackers

  Spot in conference championship up for grabs as 'Bows host San Diego State

  A NYC homeless program relocated this family to Hawaii. It wasn’t easy or quick.

Wind advisory issued as forecasters predict gusts to 50 mph in some spots

Surf slowly declining, but still dangerous on north, west shores of islands

A mom juggling school, work and raising kids is hoping for help from Christmas elves

  Philippine Airlines jet lands safely after engine ignites in flight

The aircraft was seen spewing flames from one its engines shortly after takeoff.

  Hawaii service member killed in Afghanistan chopper crash remembered as gentle, kind

He was one of two U.S. service members killed in a helicopter crash.

  Monsanto to plead guilty to criminal count of spraying banned pesticide

The company admitted to using the pesticide on corn seed and research crops at its Maui Valley Farm facility in 2014.

In suit, Hawaii woman claims baby powder contaminated with asbestos made her sick

“It’s been a big, horrible experience."

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  Former Maui inmate recounts large jail riot that left behind millions in damage

  A grieving family joins with Maui police for a new campaign to deter impaired drivers

Hilo man killed in Korean War identified almost 70 years later

Maui jail penalizes 18 inmates involved in riot and fire

2 injured in separate moped crashes on Oahu

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash in Makakilo

The woman was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.

Apparent shooting in Makaha leaves 39-year-old dead

Authorities said the incident happened about 7:10 p.m. on Manuku Street.

  6K+ Mauna Kea citations called ‘misconduct’ by retired officer

A retired Hawaii county police officer has launched a complaint against his ex-boss, Chief of Police Paul Ferreria, because of beefed up traffic enforcement at Mauna Kea. Police have issued 6,585 citations since August 15 according to HPD.

  Acting city prosecutor gets FBI subpoena to testify in ongoing criminal probe of his boss

It was not immediately clear what the subpoena is demanding.

  Short-staffed and overcrowded. And for the state’s largest jail, that’s just the start

There are plans to move the facility to a site in Halawa.

The holidays are here! Honolulu Hale welcomes its Christmas tree

It’s the first sign of preparation for the city’s upcoming month-long holiday lights and decorations display.

Gabbard takes stage in 5th Democratic presidential debate

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is set to the stage on Wednesday for the fifth presidential debate in Atlanta.

  Vet’s family fights for VA help, says illness linked to Agent Orange

Three years after he graduated from Castle High School, Wallace Soeda joined the Air Force to fight in the Vietnam War.

  Honolulu muralist to appear on NBC’s ‘Making It’ with Amy Poehler

Matt Kawika Ortiz from Honolulu is one of the ten talented “makers” competing to impress the expert judges in a variety of crafting challenges.

Finally, satellite city halls on Oahu start taking credit and debit cards

“We continue to look for ways to help improve and modernize the experience of our customers."

Transport of wind farm equipment wrapped up ahead of schedule

“We have completed transport for Na Pua Makani ahead of schedule and will continue to work towards helping Hawaii achieve its 100% renewable energy future."

Earthquake shakes Thailand, Laos, sways Bangkok high-rises

A strong earthquake shook a border area between northern Thailand and Laos on Thursday morning, swaying Bangkok high-rises.

Police seek vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run in Lahaina

A stretch of Honoapiilani Highway in Lahaina was closed for several hours early Wednesday following a crash.

Shawn Ching to depart as Hawaii News Now 5 p.m. co-anchor

“To the viewers who have watched Hawaii News Now each and every night — thank you for your enduring trust and support,” he said.

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  Hawaiian Air flight attendants vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

A staggering 99.9% of Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants voted to authorize a strike in a vote conducted in recent weeks.

Following manhunt, US Marshals nab fugitive hiding in Kauai woods

He will now be flown to Oahu to face a federal judge.

Police arrest suspect following deadly stabbing in Wahiawa

The suspect is accused of stabbing a 45-year-old man with a sharp object and fleeing the scene.

  After another night of protests, number of arrests linked to wind farm opposition hit 200

After a quiet past few weeks, hundreds of protesters have been descending on Kalaeloa in recent days, showing their opposition to the project.

Police arrest man on kidnapping, assault charges after stabbing in Nuuanu

Emergency crews rushed the 25-year-old woman to the hospital.

Big Island police investigating officer-involved shooting in Glenwood

Authorities said officers were looking for wanted suspects known to frequent the area when a Honda sedan drove at one of the plainclothes officers.

Forecast: Drier conditions taking over, stronger trade winds fill in

The flash flood watch remains in effect for all of the main Hawaiian Islands through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

  Conditions start to settle overnight after waves of wild weather

Hawaii saw hail, thunderstorms, and even snow.

  Navy says their plan to reduce risk from Red Hill fuel tanks will take some time

People crowded into a public meeting on Tuesday to weigh in on the issue.

Officer accused of forcing man to lick urinal set to change his plea

His lawyer reportedly said he wants to take responsibility for his actions.

Crash closes Hawaii Island’s Highway 190; investigation ongoing

Police are rerouting drivers to Waikoloa Road and Kaiminui Drive.

Gen. LaCamera assumes role in change of command ceremony

LaCamera is now in charge of all Army forces in the Indo-Pacific region.

In honor of Queen Kapiolani’s birthday, you can soon tour Iolani Palace at night

The special tours are only being offered on three nights.

  Maui water rights deal praised as step toward resolving years-long dispute

For years, kalo farmers and kuleana landowners have fought for more water ― especially after the demise of the island’s sugar industry.

Work furlough inmate wanted after failing to return to facility

Anyone who sees him should call 911 or Sheriffs at 586-1352.

  Hawaii-made short film ‘Molokai Bound’ qualifies for Oscar consideration

In "Molokai Bound" Hawaii filmmaker Alika Maikau tells the story of an ex-con who's trying to reconnect with his son.

  Lawmakers set aside millions for overcrowding at Maui jail to prevent further riots

It’s been eight months since destructive riots broke out at the Maui Community Correctional Center ― and damage inside the modules is still visible.

  ‘It was wild’: Thunderstorms battered one Oahu community particularly hard

Neighbors say the worst of the storm only lasted about a minute. But the sound it made is something they’ll never forget.

Reporting Social Security scams made easier with new online form

Officials are reminding everyone to never give out personal information over the phone.

  Proposed steel sea wall for an Ewa Beach shoreline raises concerns

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz is among those asking them to reconsider.

Weather service to change how flash flood alerts get sent to your phone

This month the Honolulu Forecast Office of the National Weather Service started using the new Impact-Based (IBW) Flash Flood Warning format that will change what alerts get sent to your phone.

New study bolsters efforts to save endangered Hawaiian duck

The koloa is threatened with genetic extinction.

Head-on Big Island crash leaves 1 woman dead, another critically injured

A 3-year-old girl in the Kia was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and released.

He had uncontrollable fits of laughter. That turned out to be a key symptom.

They said the laughter was actually a gelastic seizure, a rare form of epilepsy.

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  Despite overcrowding, Kauai jail considered a model for other correctional facilities

The facility has gained national and international attention for its approach to rehabilitation, with teams from Japan coming for tours in just the last month.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

You can get texts from Santa leading up to Christmas

The holly, jolly, man himself will text jokes, sayings, recipes, facts, and little reminders.

  Stings net more than 2 dozen suspected child sex predators in Hawaii

“They’re out there. They do live in our communities and they do target our children."

USPS is recruiting elves to help spread Christmas cheer through ‘Operation Santa’

Every year, kids around the country send countless letters to Santa, and this year, you can make some of those Christmas wishes come true.

Forecast: Thunderstorms to persist but gusty winds on the way

An unsettled weather pattern will persist across the island chain through Tuesday, with locally heavy rainfall and thunderstorms possible statewide.

  ‘Find this monster’: Mother makes plea for help to find man accused of torturing her daughter

"Please help me find this monster. Let’s get justice for my daughter."

PHOTOS: Lightning illuminate Hawaii skies as unstable weather continues

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  ‘Her lucky day’: Kauai woman recounts story of survival after being swept out to sea

“I was exhausted and I was in pain, but I knew if I didn’t do this last task that I was going to die."

Hawaii Kai pine tree chosen to serve as city’s shining holiday centerpiece

The towering 80-foot pine was harvested this week.

Necropsy reveals cause of death for a monk seal pup born at Kalaupapa

"RL 76" died back in August. Results from her necropsy were recently released.

  Caught on camera: Thieves plow through security gate to rob pawn shop

Maui police said the crooks got away with $34,000 worth of goods, and caused $15,000 worth in property damage.

A community park on the outskirts of Downtown is getting new life

Kamamalu Park is one of the city’s oldest parks.

  These women have hidden their smiles from the world. That’s about to change

"I lost my voice. I couldn't say what I wanted to say so I just stopped talking."

Suspect sought after alleged groping in Safeway parking lot

It happened Sunday afternoon in the Kapahulu area.

Audit: City failed to control ‘monster homes’ or take residents’ complaints seriously

The auditor said information from various operations within the department is not organized well enough to prevent problems “so it is only able to discover issues ... based on complaints only.”

Scientists use Hawaii telescope to spot water vapor on distant moon

The find almost certainly means the moon has liquid water, an essential ingredient for life.

Flames destroy structure, equipment at Maui agricultural park

Flames broke out around 8:40 p.m. Sunday at the Kula Agricultural Park storage building.