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Thursday, December 25, 2014         
Honolulu City Council candidate Tommy Waters' challenge to the 41-vote victory by his opponent, Trevor Ozawa, in the November election was rejected Wednesday by the Hawaii Supreme Court, paving the way for Ozawa to be sworn in at Honolulu Hale next week.  Story »

When Jean Ogata of Hawaii Kai saw the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's nomination request for the annual Heroes Next Door series, she immediately thought of her own neighbors. Story »

State officials issued a reminder this week that coastal fishing will be prohibited in the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area in 2015.  Story »

 
Walmart to honor rivals’ gift cards
Starting Christmas Day, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is letting customers exchange gift cards from more than 200 retailers, airlines and restaurants for a Walmart card. The cards don’t expire and can be used in stores and online.  Story »
All-State Football: Trio make a clean sweep for Trojans

M is for magical. Magnificent. Mililani. Milton. McKenzie Milton. Week after week, the young quarterback made his way back to campus. On Sundays. Some receivers showed up with him, and they'd run routes of all kinds as Milton worked on every type of throw.

Church's spirits still soaring

Attendance at Sunday Mass at St. Rita Catholic Church in Nanakuli is usually wall-to-wall, but this day there's a traffic jam along Farrington Highway because a driver hit a fire hydrant and a geyser of water is shooting 40 feet into the air a block away from the church.

Mokuleia pasture to host 106 new houses

It's been eyed in past decades as a site for a resort, a golf course and a private club. Now a historic property on Oahu's North Shore is again slated for development.

Unions see potential in immigration reform

Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama's recent executive action, hoping to expand their dwindling ranks by recruiting millions of workers who entered the U.S. illegally.

Hawaii Bowl: Rice Owls have reason to hoot

Rice had 25 days to stew over the 76 points it gave up to Louisiana Tech in its regular-season finale. Fresno State was the unsuspecting victim of an Owls squad that avenged its worst defensive game of the season with one of the best.

Annual Keiki Kalikimaka wreath revealed

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.

Review: 'Into The Woods' a decent mash-up

"Into the Woods" brings together the stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel when a witch challenges a Baker and his wife to retrieve a number of objects: a red cape, blond hair, a white cow and a golden slipper.

Obama hits the golf course with Malaysian prime minister
What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, you round up a few aides and make common cause on the golf course. Story »
 Flooded streams prompt rescue of hikers on Kauai
Kauai firefighters rescued 62 hikers stranded in Kalalau Valley on Wednesday after several streams flooded and became impassable, Kauai County said.  Story »
CHRISTMAS EVE AT BAGRAM AIRBASE
American troops taking time to mark Christmas Eve — and remembering family members celebrating without them back home. More Videos »



 Annual Keiki Kalikimaka wreath revealed
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 »
'Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds. Bene­dict Cumberbatch stars in "The Imitation Game" as Alan Turing, the man chiefly responsible for cracking the Enigma code used by WWII Germany. Story »

 Our View: Holiday refrain always relevant
Across the Hawaiian islands, today is Christmas Day. It's Christmas for our families and friends, gathered to celebrate with a sumptuous feast and gifts under a glittering tree.  Story »
 Wins abound for local aces
Michelle Wie celebrated her 25th year with a heart-warming homecoming victory at the LPGA Lotte Championship and a memorable U.S. Women's Open championship in 2014. In Hawaii, local golfers also celebrated what Wie helped inspire as golfers a decade younger had breakout years. Story »
M is for magical. Magnificent. Mililani. Milton. McKenzie Milton. Week after week, the young quarterback made his way back to campus. On Sundays. Some receivers showed up with him, and they'd run routes of all kinds as Milton worked on every type of throw. 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 »




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Homes For Vets
Former Marine Tony Dias, himself the son of a career military man, is spreading the word that our veterans are eligible for VA home loans with no down payment. Read More »
 
Frank De Lima Spills Da Beans
The first time I met Frank De Lima, I was 16 and he just got off stage at the Noodle Shop in Waikiki. I was blown away by his charisma and timing. Read More »
 

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