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  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

Attorney: 4 Kealoha era lawsuits could cost city up to $40 million

  Ethics Commission, former director spar over handling of Kealoha probes

  Canoe club: Homeless camp is putting young paddlers’ safety in jeopardy

  A hazardous discovery could cost the rail authority $10 million

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

  Souped-up urgent care clinic to play key role in housing Oahu’s homeless

Continued Coverage

  ‘The world knows the truth;’ Man framed by Kealohas speaks out for first time since historic verdict

Council resolution demands agencies say how they’ll prevent more Kealoha-esque incidents

  HPD training videos show disgraced Kealohas lecturing officers about ethics

  ‘Holidays are the worst:’ Ex-con, defense attorney details life behind bars for Kealoha

State Supreme Court revokes Katherine Kealoha’s law license, pending appeal

  Katherine Kealoha’s attorney cites ethical issue in request to withdraw as counsel

After guilty verdict, state moves to prevent Katherine Kealoha from practicing law

The office said Kealoha’s law license has been on voluntary inactive status “for some time.”

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

  Judge calls Katherine Kealoha a ‘corrupting influence,’ orders her jailed

Former power couple Katherine and Louis Kealoha were found guilty in one of the most-watched public corruption trials in Hawaii history.

  The fallout from the Kealoha case could last for years ... and cost taxpayers millions more

The guilty verdicts are just the beginning.

  What’s next? A look at the lingering questions now that the Kealoha verdict is in

Prosecutors prevail in bid to have Katherine Kealoha detained after conviction

  With closing arguments complete, jurors in Kealoha ‘mailbox trial’ begin deliberations

  Unsealed records: Kealoha was prosecuting cases despite ‘serious’ medical condition

  Legal expert: One witness stands out of the 70 in the Kealoha mailbox trial

Report: A Honolulu renter needs to earn $40 an hour to afford a 2-bedroom

  Second urgent care clinic that caters to homeless set to open in Kaneohe

Patients can walk-in and be seen by a doctor, even if they don’t have any money.

  Defense team rests in Kealoha trial; closing arguments set for next week

On Thursday, rebuttal witnesses will be called.

  Katherine Kealoha adds new attorney mid-trial as prosecution rests its case

Defense attorneys will now get their opportunity to pick apart the evidence presented.

  FEMA wants some eruption evacuees to return disaster assistance funds

“It’s like kicking somebody when they’re already down."

  Newly-released evidence in Kealoha trial includes enhanced video of mailbox theft

The trial is set to resume next week.

  Nanakuli residents at wits’ end over volatile homeless camp on federal property

"The situation has gotten worse and they’re not doing anything about it."

  After 12 days and 55 witnesses, Kealoha ‘mailbox trial’ takes a week off

The Kealoha public corruption trial is taking a break after 12 days and 55 witnesses.

  Experts: Lack of drug treatment to blame for surge in homeless dying on streets

The problem is even worse on the neighbor islands.

  Expert testifies signatures on key documents in Kealoha case were likely forged

The handwriting expert was used to establish some key building blocks of the case.

  ‘Absolutely not’: Relative who Kealohas alleged stole their mailbox tells jurors he’s innocent

It's day 10 of the public corruption trial against the Kealohas.

‘Startling’ number of homeless are dying on Oahu streets, new numbers show

“It’s clear from the data that we gathered that living on the streets leads to an early death.”

After months of complaints, squatters who built a small village in Kalihi are kicked out

Just a few months ago, the area was plagued with homeless.

  Prosecution’s questioning leaves judge in Kealoha corruption trial peeved

The third week of the so-called "mailbox trial" against the Kealohas kicked off Monday.

  Kahului’s homeless crisis gets an unflattering comparison: It’s starting to look like Honolulu’s

“We want to keep Maui Maui.”

Key actors in federal ‘mailbox trial’ do a little ... acting

The unusual performance happened while federal public defender Ali Silvert was on the stand.

Deputy sheriff’s testimony in Kealoha trial gets him into hot water

The state has launched a misconduct investigation.

  On the Big Island, homeless crisis has first responders stretched thin

“What we really lack is mental health resources.”

  Kauai scrambles for solutions after number of unsheltered homeless doubles

“We need more shelters. But we need more housing as well."

In 5th day of ‘mailbox trial,’ government focuses on pivotal 2011 arrest

Seven witnesses took the stand Wednesday at the so-called "mailbox trial" against the Kealohas.

New arrivals who end up homeless test aloha, resources on Friendly Isle

"There comes a point where we have to say, ‘What about our people here on this island?'"

  Kauai mayor wants island to be test site for controversial mental health plan

The idea is already generating opposition.

Completed questionnaires offer insight into prospective jurors for Kealoha trial

And many of them didn't hold back.

  Louis Kealoha has ‘a temper’ and other things we learned in week 1 of the ‘mailbox trial’

The trial resumes Tuesday after the long holiday weekend.

  Friday updates from federal court during the Kealoha corruption trial

The corruption trial against Louis and Katherine Kealoha continues in federal court on Friday.

  Homicide detective who helped investigate Kealoha mailbox theft asked ‘Why us?’

On the stand, Akagi said he believed it was a conflict for homicide detectives to investigate the theft.

  Despite shortage of beds for Big Island’s homeless men, shelter’s expansion hits red tape

“This is really an issue for all of us."

  ‘You are going to have to decide’: Prosecutors, defense make opening statements in Kealoha trial

The scope of the case is unprecedented.

  ‘The Mailbox Trial’: Public corruption case of unprecedented scope in Hawaii gets underway

At the center of the case: Ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, a former deputy city prosecutor.

  Old UH dormitory to become apartments for Maui’s homeless families

The vision: Affordable apartments with onsite services to help keep residents from falling back into homelessness.

Defendants, attorney, alleged victims: Here’s who’s who in the Kealoha mailbox trial

It’s the most important public corruption trial the state has ever seen.

Doctors: Key witness won’t be able to testify in person at Kealoha trial

The elderly grandmother of Katherine Kealoha is not physically able to handle the stress that testifying would cause.

Nearly 200 prospective jurors already eliminated for Kealoha ‘mailbox trial’

Jurors were eliminated for a number of reasons, including connections to the parties, inability to be fair, or language or health issues.

  First-time homeowners handed the keys to new affordable housing towers in Kakaako

A two-bedroom unit in Ke Kilohana measures about 750 square feet -- and prices start at around $473,000.

  In bizarre twist, businessman labeled as ‘possible suspect’ in Kealoha mailbox theft

The man told HNN that he was stunned to be added to the case.

Honolulu mayor plans 3 tax hikes to cover future rail costs

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has proposed a trio of tax increases to cover costs of a forthcoming rail line.

  City slow to address fights, filth and lewdness that plague Waikiki pavilions

"They smell like marijuana and pee."

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

  Oahu hospital to launch ‘stabilization program’ for those in mental health crises

On the streets, the need is undeniable.

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  2 years later, officers accused in corruption case still getting paychecks

HPD officers accused in federal corruption case still getting pay checks

‘A humbled man’: Officer sentenced in connection with case against Kealohas

In federal court Monday, the former officer apologized for his actions, choking up as he spoke.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

When children die because of abuse or neglect, child protection agencies are often blamed – they are underfunded and overworked. But there are many other culprits who failed children.

  Changes would make it easier to force homeless with severe mental illnesses to get treatment

“The previous law made it too hard for us to intervene."

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Carfax experts say there are potentially more than one million cars on the roads with false odometer readings - meaning their mileage has been rolled back to make the vehicles look like they have less wear and tear.

  Internal affairs case opened after DPS’ head trainer accused of puffing up resume

“Marte Martinez lied on the job application regarding her education.”

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

“Nothing’s being done.”

Sizable rockfall is latest sign of settling at Kilauea summit

Park officials said the rockfall could be viewed from across across the caldera at Volcano House.

  Advocates, families face overwhelming barriers to help homeless with severe mental illness

A law passed five years ago was supposed to offer a way out. It hasn't.

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

“To stymie our efforts or make it more difficult for us to collect signatures of our supporters."

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

Not funding the shelters wasn't an option given the state's ongoing homeless crisis.

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

It was most of her life savings.

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

“FTA wants to see what the cost of the City Center contract is before releasing funds,” said Robbins.

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

Head of training at Public Safety Dept. accused of puffing up resume to get job, promotions

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

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

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

It's one of two Ohana Zone projects in the works for Hawaii Island.

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

Despite warnings from the state Attorney General to not show up to work, sources tell Hawaii News Now he's continued to come back, anyway.

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

Trial delayed for former HPD officer amid Katherine Kealoha scandal.