Saturday, December 20, 2014         

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials will be opening Railroad Avenue Saturday at noon to provide an alternate emergency-access route in and out of Pahoa as the Kilauea lava flow continues to advance toward the area's main highway. Story »

Obama and the first family spent the morning at their vacation home in the breezy seaside town of Kailua and were greeted by sunny, blue skies.  Story »

The north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai and the north shores of Maui are under a high surf warning, the National Weather Service said. Story »

Fewer people had to make their way to the unemployment office on Punchbowl Street as the jobless rate in Hawaii fell last month to its lowest level since January 2009.
 Hawaii jobless rate among best in nation
Unemployment rates fell in 41 states, including Hawaii, in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. Story »
Kauai couple survives TV's 'Amazing Race'

Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton and husband Adam Dirks won the hearts of TV viewers as they competed this season in the globetrotting reality show "The Amazing Race," but fell just short of winning the whole thing Friday in the season finale.

T-Mobile users to get refunds

More than 61,000 T-Mobile customers in Hawaii could get refunds under a $90 million settlement announced Friday over unauthorized charges on phone bills.

Basketball: 'Bows cruise by Silverswords

Hawaii made a triumphant return to its old stomping ground. The Rainbow Warriors lit up Chaminade for season-highs in points and margin of victory in a 94-63 decision at the Blaisdell Arena on Friday night.

Surfing: It's no pipe dream

With his head down in concentration, Gabriel Medina walked down the beach from Off the Wall to Pipeline with a small contingent following him. That relatively cozy situation was about to change.

H.S. Basketball: Punahou takes round 3

Punahou and Farrington traded lopsided wins in their first two preseason meetings. So, naturally, the third was a tight battle decided in overtime. For its second straight game in the Pete Smith Classic, Farrington forced overtime with a bucket in the final seconds of regulation.

Progress made in fight with invasive beetle

The number of coconut rhinoceros beetles trapped on Oahu has significantly dropped over the past few months, according to the state Department of Agriculture program focused on eradicating the invasive pests.

Daughters inspire Disney's independent young royals

A Disney princess no longer needs a prince to experience true love. Sisterhood saves the day in "Frozen." Motherly love breaks an evil spell in "Maleficent." A little girl's love of her own life is a focus of Pixar's next film, "Inside Out."

From concerts and plays to mall Santas and light displays, there’s so much to do and see in Honolulu. Story »

 Snailfish spotted at record 5 miles below surface
University of Hawaii scientists say one of two new species of snailfish found in the Mari­ana Trench near Guam swims at the deepest depth ever recorded. Story »
Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change might not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society." Story »

 Kalakoa! A mishmash of family fun and news
"Uncle's Magic Thrownet," by Todd Yamashita (BeachHouse Publishing, $12.95) provides a lesson in conservation. In a tale inspired by the story of Molokai's Mervin Dudoit, a boy learns about taking only what he needs. Story »
 Our View: State must be leader in fight against pests
A tiny beetle from Central Africa threatens the health of Hawaii's $27 million coffee industry. But the beetle, known as the coffee berry borer, also provides a lesson in how the state can maintain and protect a strong diversified agriculture industry. Story »

 Unwind Australia's coastline
Australia's legendary Pacific Coast drive will take you from Sydney in New South Wales with its prominent Opera House, spectacular harbor views, inherent beach culture and bustling city life across to the neighboring state of Queensland to its capital, Brisbane.  Story »
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Last year, President Barack Obama announced his administration would, by the beginning of the 2015 academic year, rate America's colleges "on who's offering the best value, so students and taxpayers get a bigger bang for their buck." Story »

Will you be looking out for President Barack Obama during his vacation in Hawaii?
2014 FBWA Kimona Ball
Filipino Business Women’s Association Foundation hosted its 2014 Kimona Ball at Dole Cannery Ballroom. Read More »
RECIPE: Wasabi Mustard Potato Salad
For your next luau or office potluck, make this recipe and make some new friends. There is a new potato salad in town — and here it is. Read More »

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