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‘Bows volleyball crowned 2021 National Champions, sweeps BYU in title match

The Celebration is well underway in Columbus, Ohio — the Rainbow Warriors volleyball team was crowned National Champions, in what was only their second match in front of Fans this year, sweeping arch rival BYU to bring a title to the fans that stuck with the ‘Bows through thick and thin.

  South Africa holds state funeral for the man fatally shot by police in Nuuanu

With damselflies at the brink of extinction, crews release the insect on Oahu’s North Shore

Hawaii reports 91 new COVID cases; 1 additional fatality

Building collapses after fire rips through unattended structure on the Big Island

  Flower shops across the state are seeing huge turnout for Mother’s Day celebrations

  Stuck in their cars, soccer parents call on city to allow them to watch play from field

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Kamehameha Schools celebrates its 101st annual Song Contest virtually

City to close deteriorating pathway near Honolulu Zoo for construction

  Another leak prompts new calls to shut down Navy’s massive Red Hill fuel storage facility

Gov. Ige authorizes vaccine passport program for inter-island travelers

  Residents in Haleiwa still on the road to recovery after floods destroyed their homes

  Harmless side effect from the COVID vaccine could prompt irregular breast scan

  Meet the unsung heroes who help put on the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest

“The students this year are a little different. They’ve had to endure a lot more than any others have been asked."

  Marine debris research team fishes for clues in tons of ‘ghost nets’

Ghost nets are fishing nets fishermen lose or deliberately leave behind. A lab analysis will pinpoint the plastics they’re made of and could lead to the source.

  Hawaii Strong: A fisherman and a businessman join forces to deliver the freshest catch

A business born out of necessity is now set for longevity ― a far cry from March 2020 when it was sink or swim.

With HART facing $3.6B deficit, Blangiardi says rail will likely not make it to Ala Moana

“No matter what we do between now and July, I’m not gonna be able to manufacture $3.6 billion."

Police search for suspect who allegedly attacked UH Manoa students on campus

Police ask for public’s help in tracking down suspect in McCully shooting

  Watch ‘This is Now’: Family and friends gather for Lindani Myeni’s memorial service

  To reach hard-hit Filipino communities, leaders seek to overcome vaccine hesitancy

  Mayor tells Chinatown he’s got a big ‘to do’ list for the area

115 new COVID cases reported in Hawaii; no additional fatalities

Maui man indicted for murdering his ex-girlfriend seeks to throw out case

Bernard Brown was arrested in 2019 after he was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2014.

  Civil Beat-HNN poll: Hawaii voters split on legalizing weed for recreational use

A new Civil Beat-Hawaii News Now poll shows the issue remains divisive among voters.

  State releases list of school-based clinics as part of push to vaccinate teens

It comes as education officials scramble to prepare for a full reopening of schools in the fall and coronavirus spreads among young people.

  Kealoha victim says settlement talks with city collapsed after ‘slap in the face’ offers

Settlement talks between the Puana family and attorneys for the city have collapsed, leaving the victims of the Kealoha corruption scandal preparing for trial.

Forecast: Heavy rain, few thunderstorms still possible

Heavy showers and a few storms will remain possible through Friday night as an upper disturbance and surface trough continue to influence the local weather.

Drivers will be able to purchase a special license plate that features the iconic Hokulea

Through purchasing a commemorative license plate, revenue will go toward PVS and its efforts to care for the Earth and continue its voyages.

2021 Hoku Awards finalists revealed with a Big Island artist up for the most awards

The artist with the most nominations this year is Kainani Kahaunaele from Hawaii Island, with 10 nominations.

  Oahu to remain in Tier 3 for another 4 weeks as city, state mull changes to tier system

The Blangiardi administration met with the governor this week to discuss a request to modify the tier system, incorporating vaccination levels and other metrics.

New bill creates incentives for developers to build affordable housing on Oahu

“We’re building for locals so our children have a place to move into, save money and climb the housing ladder.”

  Residents of Kakaako highrise ask state to intervene in dispute with developer

Residents in the Ke Kilohana affordable apartment complex in Kakaako are asking for the state’s help in their multi-million dollar dispute over maintenance fees.

  Student art on display at this year’s 101st annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest

“Song Contest is about perpetuating our culture and sharing the mele with the rest of the community,” said McKee.

Want to explore the treasures of Iolani Palace? Now, you can do it online

The online experience is in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Month.

  At sentencing, admitted killer says he fled State Hospital to prove he posed no danger

After Randall Saito serves his time, he will be remanded back into the custody of the state Health Department and returned to the Hawaii State Hospital ― a forensic psychiatric facility in Kaneohe.

  Kauai tightens COVID restrictions on gatherings in bid to stem community spread

The updated Business & Recreation Guidelines tier chart includes new guidelines limiting gathering sizes.

  Hawaii soldier featured in Army’s new anime recruiting campaign

It’s new recruiting tool on YouTube is called “The Calling.”

California man dies while paddle boarding off Maui

His body was found about 100 yards offshore from Kauhale Makai.

Man arrested for manslaughter following deadly car crash on Maui

Maui police said Holden Bingham was driving at an “excessive speed” on Waiehu Beach Road when he lost control and crashed into the shoulder guardrail.

Legislature slashes operating funds to UH by 10% over next 2 years

The bulk of the cut is to the UH-Manoa, the institution’s flagship campus, which saw a cut of $35.6 million to its fiscal year 2022 general funds operating budget and a $30 million cut the following year.

  Watch ‘This is Now’: Regal Cinemas is reopening Hawaii locations

Watch “This is Now” live from the HNN Digital Center weekdays on KHNL or across Hawaii News Now’s platforms online and on mobile.

Demolition of Aloha Stadium now slated for late 2022

The 50,000-seat, 46-year-old Aloha Stadium was previously expected to be demolished in 2023.

Hawaii reports 128 new COVID cases; 1 additional fatality

In the last 14 days, there have been 1,218 new infections in Hawaii.

Flash flood watch to take effect statewide as heavy rains expected to drench the islands

The National Weather Service said the flash flood watch will be in place until Saturday at 6 a.m.

Program will offer Hawaii households monthly subsidies to help cover internet costs

Eligible households can receive up to $75 a month to pay for broadband service.

  Online registration begins soon for city’s free Summer Fun program

The city’s 2021 summer fun program will be offered on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting on June 7.

  Civil Beat-HNN poll: Support for rail is low, but most don’t want to see it stop at Middle Street

With Honolulu’s rail system burdened by its biggest funding deficit ever, its reputation in the public is suffering as well.

  For the first time, students to host 101st annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest

Seniors Jeslie Pavao and La’akea Awong are serving as the first-ever student hosts for the event.

University of Hawaii graduate assistants sue to unionize

Graduate assistants perform research, teach classes, hold office hours and grade student work while earning their own advanced degrees.

Forecast: Heavy showers, thunderstorms possible through Saturday

Cloudy skies and increasing moisture associated with an upper disturbance and surface trough setting up in the area will lead to increasing rainfall chances statewide Thursday through early Saturday.

MPD seeks public’s assistance in identifying the cause of multiple brush fires on Lanai

MPD said between September 2020 to May, 10 brush fires have been reported.

  In a rare encounter, divers spot humpback whales in waters off west Oahu

The divers said they spotted two humpback whales a few hundred yards off Kahe Point.

  HART spent nearly $300K for laptops — most of which aren’t being used

Some 22 of the roughly 200 computers have been set up.

Woman wanted by federal authorities for allegedly trafficking meth in Honolulu

Authorities said she allegedly brought “multiple pounds” of methamphetamine from California to Hawaii.

  A west Maui farmer worries wild dogs are killing his animals; asks community for help

The feral dogs have killed about 20 goats in the last five months in the same area, humane society officials said.

  Ex-MPD officer pleads guilty to soliciting sex in exchange for providing false testimony

Hawaii News Now broke the story in the days after the 2019 incident because the woman was too afraid to report it to Maui police.

  Hawaii artists explore opportunities for collecting royalties in digital music landscape

The pandemic has devastated Hawaii’s music industry, closing the curtain on major events and live shows.

  Task force created to research missing and murdered Native Hawaiian women and girls

The task force will be co-chaired by the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

  Civil Beat-HNN poll: Among voters, Ige (and not Green) is getting the blame for COVID missteps

Gov. David Ige appears to be getting the blame for the state’s COVID-19 response, while Lt. Gov. Josh Green is getting all the credit, according to the poll.

  In key step toward fully reopening campuses, state to launch school-based vaccination clinics

The push comes as state education officials scramble to prepare for a full reopening of schools in the fall.

  City: Personal information belonging to some Oahu rent relief applicants mishandled

“We’ve been awarded tens of millions of dollars and we’re running a sloppy program.”

  With big hearts and a big home, this Hawaii family seeks to inspire others to foster

Emily and Joey Rogers have a five-bedroom home, and they need every inch for their growing family.

3 types of canned beans recalled after reports of broken seals, potential contamination

DOH said it is investigating an illness that may be associated with the recalled product.

64 new COVID infections, 1 fatality reported, bringing state’s virus death toll to 485

In the last 14 days, there have been 1,191 new infections in Hawaii.

City to reopen applications portal for rent and utility relief program

The city says the application process for the rent and utility relief program closed when the threshold of 4,000 applicants was reached.

  HPD faces international pressure for more transparency in fatal police shooting

“We are a nation in anger and mourning. We are angry at the snail’s pace of the Honolulu Police Department in releasing information.”

Federal program offers much-needed grants to Hawaii’s struggling restaurants

Some of Hawaii’s struggling restaurants are getting some much needed help thanks to a federal grant program.

  Watch ‘This is Now’: CDC’s new summer camp guidelines

Watch “This is Now” live from the HNN Digital Center weekdays on KHNL or across Hawaii News Now’s platforms online and on mobile.

  How We Live: An ICU nurse on the frontlines of COVID opts for positivity in the worst of times

“We would end our shift really really tired and just drained – physically drained, mentally, and emotionally.”

Several stores across Hawaii now accepting walk-ins for COVID vaccine

Several stores across Hawaii are now accepting walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine.

HPD arrests man accused of threatening to fight bus driver after being told to wear face mask

No injuries were reported.

  As Hawaii faces a mental health crisis, psychologists struggle to keep up with patient demand

"I’m putting every joule of energy that I have in my body towards trying to make an impact on a problem that feels so insurmountable.”

Forecast: Heavy rain possible through Friday

Moderate trade winds will continue Wednesday night through Thursday morning, with showers favoring windward and mauka areas and a stray shower reaching leeward areas from time to time.

  Prosecutors seek maximum sentence for former death row inmate found guilty of robbery

Isaiah McCoy is known for beating criminal charges at the state and federal levels.

Marsha Rose Joyner, human rights advocate, dies at 82

Joyner was most known for her work at the Hawaiian National Communications Corporation, where she worked as an executive producer for 27 years.

It could take 20 years to finish new Aloha Stadium ‘entertainment district’

Among the issues brought up was the need to install a new sewer system, which is one of the main reasons the construction timeline has been pushed back.

  Experts: Mobile clinics, outreach key to next phase of Hawaii’s vaccination efforts

Health officials say that for the population who still need to get COVID vaccinations, accessibility is key.

  In 1962, Flight 739 disappeared over the Pacific. Grieving families still want answers.

Ninety-three US soldiers died when a transport airliner bound for Saigon crashed. Two people from Hawaii were onboard.

Facial recognition technology goes live at Honolulu’s airport as part of federal program

The agency said the comparison takes seconds and is more than 98% accurate.

  As it plans for a ‘return to normal’ in the fall, HPU sees a big uptick in enrollment

The university says it’s seen a record 71% jump in first-time student enrollment.