Stories by Wyatt Haupt Jr.

Roadwork scheduled this week on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — A number of road-related projects are on tap in the holiday-shortened week with most of the work taking place on the eastside of the island, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation said in a weekly update on Friday.

A note to our loyal readers

LIHU‘E — The Garden Island newspaper is moving on up. After decades of working out of our location on Kuhio Highway, we are relocating the business office and newsroom.

Hawai‘i Department of Health probe in February didn’t detect petroleum in water

HONOLULU — A recent investigation by the state Department of Health into the Navy’s O‘ahu drinking water system found no petroleum or jet fuel compounds in drinking water samples collected in February but did not rule out the possibility of residual fuel in the system after fuel from the Navy’s Red Hill storage facility contaminated it in November 2021.

Counties differ in approach to regulating vacation rentals

HONOLULU — New state legislation giving the counties the power to reduce or even phase out short-term vacation rentals has triggered different responses — none likely to result in immediate county action even on Maui, where proposed reform was inspired by the housing needs of those displaced by the deadly Aug. 8 wildfires.

First building permit issued after Lahaina Fire

The Maui County Recovery Permit Center, which opened three weeks ago to facilitate permitting for August wildfire survivors, has issued its first building permit to a Lahaina couple to rebuild their destroyed home.

Lane closures scheduled on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — A number of road-related projects are on tap in the coming week with work set to take place from Waimea to Princeville, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation said in an update on Friday.

Honolulu’s rail agency ‘stretched thin,’ CEO says

HONOLULU — As the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation suffers the loss of key personnel, an embattled leader’s current work contract that might not be renewed and long-standing employee vacancies, one rail official posed a question about the future of the nearly $10 billion Skyline project.