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Friday, March 27, 2015         
State officials have tried unsuccessfully over the past few decades to identify and set aside high-quality farmland that can be protected from urbanization. Now city planning officials are asking the public to weigh in on what should be included in a new map of the island's important agricultural acreage. Story »

The push to allow for medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii — some 15 years after state leaders permitted medical use of the drug — continues to advance through the Legislature, with key lawmakers in support saying they hope to give the state's nearly 13,000 medical pot patients access to such outlets by early 2016. Story »


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not run for another term in 2016, saying he wanted to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate rather than his own re-election. Story »

 
 HEI CEO touts NextEra's goals
Florida-based NextEra said in December it intends to buy HEI for $4.3 billion and spin off the company's American Savings Bank subsidiary. The state Public Utilities Commission must approve the purchase and has said it will make a decision within 18 months. Story »
Mauna Kea draws 'protectors'

Several dozen demonstrators assembled Thursday along Mauna Kea Access Road, where organizers say protesters plan to camp out indefinitely in hopes of halting work atop Mauna Kea on what is expected to be the world's largest telescope.

Pace of isle construction to accelerate this year, UHERO predicts

There are cranes seemingly all over Kakaako, but the state's overall construction activity didn't live up to its hype in 2014 amid a decline in residential building permits and a meager 1.7 percent gain in jobs throughout the building sector.

Music event will honor Alfred Apaka

"Back in the 1950s Alfred Apaka was the biggest name in Hawaiian music," said Jeff Apaka, who will host a musical tribute to his father Sunday to mark what would have been Alfred Apaka's 96th birthday earlier this month.

Rearview Mirror: As delegate, 'Prince Cupid' won hearts in Congress

Yesterday was Kuhio Day, and I thought I'd write about the "Citizen Prince" in my column this week. A hundred years ago he was the bright, shining light of Hawaii, a man everyone looked up to, a leader of the Hawaiian people.

Matlin sees AD job as daunting, humbling

A popular pastime for media members and University of Hawaii staffers in moments surrounding David Matlin's overflow press conference Wednesday was playing count the athletic directors.

Campbell baseball finds balance in whipping Waipahu

Four Campbell pitchers combined to hold Waipahu to three hits in a 7-0 shutout of the Marauders on Thursday night at Hans L'Orange Park. Lacking offensive punch of late, the Sabers erupted for five runs in the third inning to break a scoreless tie.

Name in the News: Marjorie Ziegler

Activists often profess to work on behalf of those with no voice at the table, and in Marjorie Ziegler's case, the assertion is literally true. As executive director of the Conservation Council for Hawaii, she strives to protect Hawaii's native plants and animals — species that depend on human intervention to undo ravages caused by mankind's earlier missteps.

TGIF A Tony Award nominee helps keep “South Pacific” relevant with her dark portrayal of Bloody Mary. Story »

MAUI ENERGY CONFERENCE
Panelists discuss the need for electric utilities to change to meet customer needs, grid security and how Hawaii can play a role in the sale of the state's largest utility at the Maui Energy Conference. More Videos »
 Stream known for strandings traps 32 hikers
The Kauai Fire Department rescued 32 stranded hikers on the Na Pali Coast after rapidly rising waters made Hana­ka­piai Stream become impassable. Story »
Roy Digma, a quiet surfer known as "Smiley," died Wednesday after being pulled from the water where he had been surfing off Kewalo Basin. Kaimuki resident Kevin Oki­moto, who met Digma while surfing off Kewalos about 20 years ago, said Digma regularly surfed a spot there called Straight Outs. Story »




 Actor will screen 2 cult films in Chinatown
Crispin Hellion Glover, the eccentric actor/avant-garde director, will screen his two cult films and present his "Big Slide Show" this weekend at Nextdoor. Story »
 Our View: UH AD has right ties, attitude
David Matlin said the right things during his introduction this week as the next University of Hawaii athletic director, projecting a positive outlook that the embattled UH department desperately needs to see. Story »
 Punahou cools off HBA 
For a master of preparation like Punahou coach Rick Tune, it was not the ideal circumstance. His top-ranked Buffanblu, as usual, made the most of a five-minute warmup, then pulled ahead to outlast No. 5 Hawaii Baptist 25-20, 25-15 Wednesday night in pool play at the Hawaii Invitational. Story »
A down year by Big West baseball standards has made the conference wide open. Three teams started the year ranked in the top 25 but only UC Santa Barbara (17-6) remains. Story »







 Hawaii's Backyard: Maui museum pays tribute to Makawao's history
Although the Makawao History Museum measures just 353 square feet — the size of an average living room — it covers several decades of Upcountry Maui history. Story »
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Miranda Lumsden, 43, a single mother of four, had never protested against anything before the Irish government introduced new water fees last summer. Story »

Call it the revenge of the nerds, Washington-style. The gun-toting FBI agent and the swashbuckling CIA undercover officer are being increasingly called upon to share their clout, their budgets and even their Hollywood glamour with the humble, desk-bound intelligence analyst. Story »



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