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Wednesday, April 23, 2014         
Lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation that would make kindergarten mandatory for 5-year-olds in hopes of giving the state time to run a public education campaign about the change before the school year ends next month.  Story »

In the mid-1990s, military officials became concerned that inadequate and poor-quality housing was undermining the quality of life for service members.  Story »

I'm naturally reticent and don't care much for talking. I believe in the sanctity of ha, breath, and that it should not be wasted on the trivial, so while some people say they miss phone calls in the era of texting, I'm perfectly fine with typing back and forth.  Story »

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Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain, is planning to open a store at Market City Shopping Center on Kapiolani Boulevard near Kapa­hulu Avenue, according to center tenants.  Story »

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At Kapolei High School, culinary arts students are taking diners on trips around the globe via their World Caf Restaurant Project. Since April 14, student teams have been presenting cuisine from 23 countries at lunch for family and friends.  Story »

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There is one ray of hope to be extracted from the usual storm of woe delivered with any report about homelessness — specifically in Waikiki. Story »

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Details of teen's life emerge as he awaits return to home

The 15-year-old Cali­for­nia boy who survived a harrowing San Jose-to-Maui flight in a jetliner's wheel well remains at a Hono­lulu children's hospital while child-welfare officials work on the details of getting him back to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Blue Angels bringing fun to South Shore

The Navy's Blue Angels demonstration squadron will add a twist to the corkscrewing, speeding and precision aerobatic flying performance they'll put on in September in Hawaii: The show this year will be at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Dentist settles with state over complaints

State authorities have reached tentative settlements with Dr. John D. Stover to resolve 11 of the 12 complaints filed against him for his medical and dental work.

Kakaako backers rally

The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs and about 200 supporters demonstrated at the Legislature on Tuesday with signs, Hawaiian flags, songs, chants and hula to remind lawmakers how much they want a bill passed that allows residential development on land the agency owns in Kakaako.

By Request: ‘Awesome’ cherry crisp brightened school lunches

Our hero of the day wishes to remain anonymous, which is too bad, because when you taste her dessert you will want to shake her hand.

Hawaii Grown: Senas melancholy as she nears her final at-bat

She's second on Florida State's career home run list and in the top 10 all-time in hits, doubles, RBIs and stolen bases. She leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in triples and runs scored and is the starting center fielder on a team that is 44-6 and ranked sixth in the country.

Surfing: Moore tops Wright in Bells Beach final

Hawaii's Carissa Moore repeated as champion of the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach on Wednesday in Australia. Moore edged Tyler Wright of Australia 16.23 to 15.77 in the final of the ASP Women's World Championship Tour contest.

 Isle shows pau, Mars is off to Zippy's
The three sold-out shows at Blaisdell Arena are history. With latest leg of his 14-month Moonshine Jungle Tour completed and almost a month before he starts the next one, Bruno Mars has time to take a deep breath, enjoy Hawaii and talk to the media.  Story »
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 Mid-Pacific whitewashes Punahou
The ILH softball race is going into extra innings. Mid-Pacific beat Punahou 6-0 at Mid-Pacific on Tuesday to seal the deal on a three-way tie at the end of the regular season. The Owls, Maryknoll and defending champion Kamehameha are all 11-3. Story »
Larry Tuileta slammed 15 kills as No. 1 Punahou rallied past No. 3 Kamehameha 18-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 to capture the Interscholastic League of Honolulu boys volleyball championship. Story »

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 Photography expert helps folks take their best shot
With that brief introduction, Michael Gilbert sums up his Outdoor Photography: Light, Composition & Gesture class: The key to photography is not mastering sophisticated equipment; it's being aware of your surroundings and responding to them. Story »

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