Friday, December 26, 2014         

Gov. David Ige says all of the appointees have a leadership style that will move Hawaii forward for the benefit of the public. Some are staying on from the previous administration. Story »

<br /><br />star-advertiser / 2012 <br />A hui led by real estate developer Ed Bushor completed the purchase of the Naniloa Volcanoes Hotel Tuesday. Bushor bought the hotel for $7 million through a bankruptcy auction with partners, including marine artist Wyland.<br /> Oahu-based developer Ed Bushor, a partner in the project with Hilo businessman Ed Olson, said he's optimistic they will obtain a loan to pay for an estimated $12 million in improvements, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. Story »

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their prayers and best wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa. Story »

 Minimum wage going up 50 cents
The increase will help generate economic activity and strengthen Hawaii's economy, Dwight Takamine, director of the state Labor Department, said Wednesday in a news release.  Story »
Thousands attend wake for slain NYC officer

Thousands of uniformed police officers from New York City and around the country gathered Friday at the solemn, eight-hour wake of a city policeman who was killed along with his partner in a brazen daytime shooting a week ago.

N. Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row

North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview."

U.S. looks into retirement plans for employees at RadioShack

The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating how RadioShack manages its retirement plan for employees, according to a regulatory filing.

Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles

The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.

1990s TV star 'Screech' charged in bar stabbing

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas.

Review: Year's films not flimsy

There were a lot of movies this year and quite a few good ones. Here are 21, a 10-best list followed by runners-up, arranged alphabetically. It is, as always, a highly personal selection.

College quarterback retires after 5 concussions

West Virginia senior quarterback Clint Trickett is retiring from football because of concussions and won't play in the Liberty Bowl on Monday against Texas A&M.

Hawaii defeated Colorado 69-66 to finish third at the Diamond Head Classic. It's UH's highest finish in the tournament. More Videos »
Longtime stand-up comic Bill Maher returns to share his clever views on current events. Story »

 Hawaii population growing faster than national average
More Hawaii residents moved to the mainland than came the other way, but the state still added more than 10,500 people in the past year ending July 1, according to a census report.  Story »
Museum relocates to 'heart of town'
The Makawao History Museum has moved to a new location to gain more exposure within the Makawao community.  Story »

Review: Year's films not flimsy 
There were a lot of movies this year and quite a few good ones. Here are 21, a 10-best list followed by runners-up, arranged alphabetically. It is, as always, a highly personal selection. Story »
On this festive day, we trim our wreath with hand-drawn ornaments submitted by island youngsters for our annual Keiki Kalikimaka contest. The ornaments are a simple and fun reminder of the joy of Christmas as seen through the eyes of a child. Story »

 Our View: Isle issues could use Obama's pull
For every vacation of his six years in office — and even the one before the inauguration — President Barack Obama has been warmly welcomed in Hawaii, his birthplace and still the place where much of his worldview originated. Story »
 Defense carries Hawaii past Colorado 
Colorado point guard Askia Booker attacked in transition and saw an open lane to the basket. The athletic ballhandler leapt, cradling the ball in one hand as he prepared to throw down a tomahawk jam. Hawaii's Garrett Nevels was having none of it. Not this time. Story »
Sometimes you can learn a lot more about your team in a loser's bracket than a championship game this time of year -- like how good is it coming off the mat. Story »

A walk to remember
Had I been driving I would not have stopped here. But I was lured from the sidewalk by an open gate and the mysterious buildings beyond. There was a Moorish structure with a minaret, another was Italian with a loggia, a third had a fleur-de-lis on a chimney.  Story »

Carolers dressed in Dickensian costumes sang "Silent Night" at 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday here, as a woman with a strip of shiny gold garland tied around her head handed out hot cider.  Story »

The Kauai Police Department will start using body cameras next summer; should Honolulu police do the same?
Having A Ball This Holiday Season
The new year is just one week away, and with a new year comes those resolutions that usually include getting healthier and staying active. Read More »
Adjusting To Life In America
There is a segment of our population very familiar with the plight of being second-class citizens. Arriving in America with hope of a new start in the land of opportunity, they face the reality of what it's like to be an 'alien.' Read More »

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