Monday, April 21, 2014         

A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. Story »

Due to rainy weather, there will be no easbound H-1 lane or ramp closures Sunday evening, according to the state Department of Transportation. Story »

There's a juggling act going on at the Hawaii Legislature as lawmakers negotiate the finer details of hundreds of bills. Story »

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Home improvement card sales rose 13.9 percent and was the second best-performing category from January through March, according to the First Hawaiian Bank quarterly business activity report released Sunday.  Story »

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5 Things We Love celebrates Earth Day, April 22, with this short list of things to help you embrace the green lifestyle. What are you loving this week? Send a brief description of your latest favorite thing, where to find it and how much it costs, along with your name and contact info to features@staradvertiser.com. Story »

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Florida Georgia Line makes Hawaii debut
One night, they’re winning awards and rocking out for a live nationwide television audience. The next, they’re taping an episode of “Ellen.” And the next, they’re off for a string of shows in Canada.  Story »
The Hawaii Tourism Authority foresees relatively rough going for the tourism industry the next few years. This year's market plateau signals the need for aggressive pricing in the leisure market, which is down domestically and is expected to slow internationally as well. Story »

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Visitor complaints about the homeless rise

Laurel Mackie has come to Waikiki for the past 28 years, but the Canadian visitor said she's exploring other options because the destination's growing homeless population has ruined the tourist experience.

Isle CEOs' compensation sank 7% in 2013

Most of the chief executives at Hawaii's top publicly traded companies took pay cuts last year, with the average compensation package falling to just under $2 million.

Mokulele to start Kalaeloa flights in July

Mokulele Airlines is expediting preparations for the first-ever commercial service out of Kalaeloa Airport and is targeting July 1 for its inaugural flight.

Golf: Wie at last

With the weight of Hawaii on her golf bag and the competitor who ran her down at Turtle Bay by her side, it was fitting Michelle Wie's first win on American soil was on her home course.

Beguiled by Bhutan

THIMPHU, Bhutan » When I die I might like to be reincarnated as a citizen of the tiny, mountainous nation of Bhutan. If it were not for the above quirks, it would be heaven on Earth, full of happiness, smiles, prayer flags and drop-dead-gorgeous view of the Himalayas.

Review: Mars gives his all as he rewards hometown fans

Long weeks of anticipation are ending for Bruno Mars fans this weekend as the two-time Grammy-winner and his "hooligans" play three shows in Blaisdell Arena. Mars opened the three-nighter on Friday and his fans got everything they'd been waiting for.

Outtakes: Hawaii-based 'Ingredients' to air nationally

Given America's insatiable appetite for everything related to food, from reality cooking shows to the social media obsession of making each meal a photo op, the idea of creating a new food program on TV is daunting, to say the least.

 All pumped up
Honolulu has endured 12 straight weeks of rising gasoline prices, but an industry expert says fuel prices may peak finally in the next two to four weeks before a possible slide back down. Story »
Marciel Torres Celebrado • Beverly Ann Kamomiala Chu • Carmelita Milleza Depaynos • Araceli Escanilla Gamil • Sonny Gonzaga Sr. • Robert Alan Green • Karl B. Hagen • and more Story »

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 The Graduate
New York Times reporter Karen Crouse swears Michelle Wie has changed, says so over a Sunday brunch at the Masters. Story »
Physical therapists or other medical professionals with a desire to learn Kinesio taping techniques are the target of training sessions May 24 and 25 and June 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Story »

Nene started thinking about how it would all unfold in the middle of the night. No way could he have scripted it any better than this. 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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UH Senior Fashion Show
The 48th annual University of Hawaii Senior Fashion Show is set for April 27 at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, featuring the designs of seven senior and seven junior designers. Read More »
BRUNO MARS AND traveling party are in town, here after their final night in Japan and ready for three nights in Hawaii at the Blaisdell beginning Friday. Welcome home, Bruno! Read More »