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Citing ‘egregious’ fraud,' judge OKs request for new civil trial against Katherine Kealoha

Thanks to donations, Hawaii’s largest homeless camp a step closer to a permanent home

  Katherine Kealoha’s ‘Alison Lee Wong’ resurfaces in bizarre court filing

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

  A new village-style homeless project could begin to rise by Thanksgiving on Oahu

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

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  Is New York really ‘exporting its homeless to Hawaii,' as a recent article claimed?

Friends, relatives ask judge to consider Louis Kealoha’s public service in sentencing

  Experts: City unlikely to recoup Louis Kealoha’s $250,000 payout

  Businesses along busy urban corridor prepare for a hit as rail construction moves east

  Under deal approved by judge, Kealohas plead guilty to remaining charges

  Roving homeless service center with inflatable tents to debut in Waipahu

  Kealohas agree to plead guilty to remaining federal charges

Under the plea deal, Honolulu’s former police chief and his wife, an ex-deputy city prosecutor, will admit to financial crimes. The trial on those charges was set to begin in January.

  Kealohas close to reaching a plea deal for remaining federal charges

Attorneys for Louis and Katherine Kealoha spent the day negotiating with the government on a proposed deal.

  As both await sentencing, ex-police chief files for divorce from his wife

Both were convicted on June 27 in a massive public corruption case.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

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  A federal judge will decide whether the Kealohas are guilty of alleged financial crimes

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

What’s up with Hawaii’s incredible shrinking civilian labor force?

Applications being accepted for affordable senior housing complex

  Lt. Gov. Green criticizes homeless sweeps, proposes new plan to create more housing

  Federal inmate steps up to defend Katherine Kealoha, criticize judge

The woman accuses the judge of racial bias.

  Crews left with 5 tons of garbage (and counting) after Diamond Head sweep

It’s been nearly eight months since the city has done any kind of homeless enforcement at Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park.

  New late night outreach will target Waikiki’s chronically homeless

On any given night, it’s estimated there are at least 200 homeless people in Waikiki.

  Topic of a Honolulu summit: How to solve Hawaii’s housing crisis

"The crisis is worse than it's ever been."

  Recorded interview sheds light on dozens of costly change orders for rail project

New questions are raised about more than $100 million in change orders for rail.

Kealohas granted face-to-face meeting at federal detention center

A federal judge allowed the meeting, overruling detention center officials who didn’t want it to happen.

  Moiliili resident threatens to sue city over sidewalks blocked by homeless camps

“Mothers pushing babies in their strollers. They’re on the street. That’s so dangerous. One of these days someone’s going to get hit."

  Judge says civil lawsuit against Katherine Kealoha was tainted with fraud

Relatives of Katherine Kealoha who once unsuccessfully sued the former Honolulu deputy prosecutor for theft have been granted a new trial.

  Nonprofit to end critical case management for mentally ill

“It’s a population that’s often misunderstood. They struggle with the day-to-day basics."

  Alleged false police report at center of retaliation claim against prosecutor’s office

Kaneshiro’s special assistant, Roger Lau, called Honolulu Police claiming employees heard the woman threaten to get a gun and shoot the administration.

  ‘It makes you proud’: USS Arizona Memorial reopens after lengthy closure

“This is a bucket list thing. It’s was pretty, pretty impressive, nothing short of incredible," said Bob Drake.

  Court report: Katherine Kealoha should spend more than a decade behind bars

“The government just piled it on."

  Katherine Kealoha’s relatives point to her conviction in bid for new civil trial

While Kealoha, a former high-ranking deputy prosecutor, was found guilty in federal court, she famously won the 2015 civil suit filed against her in state court by members of her family.

  State’s only psychiatric street medicine team gets $500,000 from city

The IHS street medicine team is led by a psychiatrist and goes into homeless camps to treat engage and treat patients.

Maui police seek other possible victims of officer accused of abusing power

“We want to let the Maui community know that we are concerned about recent revelations within the department.”

  Woman says she complained to MPD a year ago about officer accused of inappropriate conduct

The new allegations came a day after HNN reported the story.

  Maui officer accused of offering to throw trial for woman he arrested

The woman fears retaliation and believes the officer looked up her phone number in the arrest report, and also knows where she lives.

  Retired judge testifies at grand jury hearing evidence against prosecutor’s office

Retired District Court Judge David Lo spent more than two hours inside the federal grand jury room before being wheeled out by an FBI agent.

Proposals for the cost to ride the rail discussed, but public input still wanted

The commission met Tuesday to discuss some ideas and recommendations.

In Hawaii, infant care is pricier than college

The average cost for infant care in Hawaii is more than $1,100 a month.

Officer who pleaded guilty in Kealoha corruption case fights to keep job

Honolulu Police Officer Danny Sellers reached a plea deal.

  How much time will the Kealohas spend in prison? It depends

Former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha has already spent 45 days behind bars.

  3 West Oahu rail stations nearly complete

Just a year from now, the rail authority plans to launch its interim service between Kapolei and Aloha Stadium.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

HART budgeting to fix cracks found in West Oahu rail stations

Honolulu’s embattled rail project is already in need of repairs, and it isn’t even fully operable yet.

  Kealoha corruption case exposes lack of available court-appointed attorneys

Kealoha corruption case exposes problem with the lack of court appointed attorneys available

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

Katherine Kealoha refuses to leave detention center for court hearing

Katherine Kealoha, a former deputy prosecutor, refused to leave her cell at the Federal Detention Center for a court appearance Friday morning.

  New court-appointed attorney for Katherine Kealoha has potential conflict

Gary Singh, the latest taxpayer funded attorney to represent Katherine Kealoha in her remaining two criminal trials, has a potential conflict in at least one of the cases.

  US Surgeon General: Hawaii’s homeless crisis won’t be solved with housing alone

Dr. Jerome Adams says problems in the islands go much deeper than a lack of housing.

  ‘She started swinging’: Clean-up volunteer punched in unprovoked attack

For years, the area has been plagued by drugs and violence.

  Big Island builders design turn-key modular homes for low-income families

Pricing starts at just under $100,000.

  Judge tosses confession from accomplice of alleged Big Island cop killer

“He had no remorse ... which was kind of the scary thing,” she said.

  Program to help homeless falls through after key lawmakers question deal

A new stabilization facility at Wahiawa General Hospital was expected to open early next year.

  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.

  Federal investigators probe Katherine Kealoha’s role in costly rail project delay

“In my opinion, if it isn’t criminal, it should be."

Katherine Kealoha’s new attorney wants more time to review evidence for 2nd trial

Katherine Kealoha’s court appointed federal attorney, Gary Signh, asked that the next trial for his client be pushed back from October to January so he can review all the evidence.

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

The city declined comment.

  Ethics Commission, former director spar over handling of Kealoha probes

“The Ethics Commission did not carry out its duties to the public to properly investigate the Kealohas."

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

The situation is a disappointing setback, they say, after things had seemed to be getting better.

  A hazardous discovery could cost the rail authority $10 million

“The fact that HART never realized that, never budgeted that, seems to be crazy."

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

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

It’s prime property for a first-of-its-kind project that’s intended to free up beds in Honolulu’s already overburdened hospitals.

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

Gerard Puana says the guilty verdicts restored his faith in a system that once prosecuted him for a crime he didn’t commit.

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

The measure calls for departments to review their management and ethical oversight procedures.

  HPD training videos show disgraced Kealohas lecturing officers about ethics

It was mandatory for all officers to watch the training videos.

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

Katherine Kealoha was convicted last week on federal conspiracy and obstruction charges.

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

The ruling was issued Wednesday by the Hawaii Supreme Court.

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

The lawyer said there “appears to be an irretrievable breakdown in the attorney-client relationship, which cannot be reconciled.”

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

Now that the so-called ‘Mailbox Trial’ is over, here are some of the other pressing questions regarding the corruption case.

Prosecutors prevail in bid to have Katherine Kealoha detained after conviction

“For over a decade, Katherine Kealoha has repeatedly flaunted the law, leaving countless victims in her wake."

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

“The motives in this case are greed, to maintain prestige and power."

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

The revelation is drawing concern about how she handled cases at the city Prosecutor's Office.

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

Federal prosecutors say Katherine Kealoha manipulated her grandmother and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from her, starting a family feud.