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Honolulu police chief mailbox theft case dismissed

HONOLULU — The criminal case against a man accused of stealing the Honolulu police chief’s mailbox was dismissed Tuesday, about two weeks after the case abruptly ended in a mistrial and raised allegations about how the city’s police department handled the investigation.

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State lowers unemployment taxes

The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reports that Unemployment Insurance contribution rates for 2015 will be reduced 22 percent on average, resulting in employers paying $50 million less in taxes, or $100 less per employee on average for 2015.

Westin Maui plans $55M in improvements

WAILUKU, Maui — The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is seeking a special management area permit and a shoreline setback variance as part of an estimated $55 million in master plan improvements that call for, among other things, a new four-level parking garage and more ballroom and spa space, according to a final environmental assessment.