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Sunday, March 01, 2015         
Oahu's cash-strapped rail project faces a momentous week ahead, with key findings and decisions that could lend a clearer picture of where the public transit system is heading.  Story »

Therese Willkomm, a nationally recognized occupational therapist from New Hampshire, showed 150 people in Honolulu last week how to "take ordinary items and use them in extraordinary ways" to help the disabled.  Story »

The commanding officer of the Pearl Harbor-based Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Mississippi was relieved of his duties Friday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said.  Story »

 Research tax preparers before seeking assistance
“Akamai Money” seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you would like us to tackle, please email it to business@star-advertiser.com and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.  Story »
HC&S will begin its harvest under scrutiny from environmental watchdogs

In a couple of weeks Hawaii's only sugar grower begins its 143th harvest season on Maui, the last plantation holdout from bygone days when sugar was king in the islands.

Bids to develop two Kewalo sites are accepted

A pair of Japanese companies no longer have an inside track to develop two pieces of public land bordering Kewalo Harbor after an exclusive period to negotiate a lease with a state agency ran out and wasn't extended.

Mid-Pacific soccer dominant in victory

The outcome was never in doubt. Mid-Pacific scored four first-half goals on the way to a 7-1 victory over Kamehameha-Hawaii to repeat as Division II winners in the Outrigger Resorts/HHSAA Boys Soccer State Championships.

Kalaheo hoops wins it all

Clear the rafters a bit, they're going to need room for another banner above Pete Smith Court. The Kalaheo Mustangs used every bit of wit and skill, getting a near-flawless floor game from Kupaa Harrison in a point-forward role, and 30 points from marksman Kaleb Gilmore to stave off ‘Iolani 53-46 to capture the Division I state crown on Saturday night.

Wahine softball dishin’ it out

Ulu Matagiese has taken her share of bruises at the plate in her first two seasons with the University of Hawaii softball team. The sophomore from Waimea High took a turn inflicting punishment in UH’s last two games.

Life among the stacks

Rick and Susan Jackson live high on a hill. From their windows you can see all the way from Koko Head to Wai­kiki. What distinguishes them from their Wai­alae Nui neighbors is that the panorama vies for the couple's attention with their collection of 5,000 books.

Mountain draws pilgrims to take the climb of Ireland's patron saint

Shrouded in mist, the sacred mountain rises above the countryside, majestic, mysterious and a little foreboding. Here, St. Patrick is said to have fasted for 40 days and nights as he wrestled with demons and banished snakes from Ireland.

 TJ's animated day
Fourteen-year-old Tristan "TJ" Fernandez galvanized the community and fans of anime, or Japanese animation, and inspired many in Pearl City on Saturday, despite having lost the ability to walk or talk in his battle with incurable brain cancer.  Story »
Let's say you went to Lincoln Elementary School — next to Thomas Square — in the early 1950s. By the time you reached the sixth grade, you had had Lincoln's Gettysburg Address drilled into you so often that you can recite it probably even today.  Story »




 Personality & Process
On a sunny afternoon, Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, a married couple from the frozen Midwest, were hanging a large abstract canvas brushed with red-and-blue shapes outside the gallery of the Honolulu Museum Art School.  Story »
 Insight: Who should own the electric company?
Historically, Hawaii residents have felt powerless where electric power is concerned — most are customers of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) subsidiaries, all privately owned utilities. But history has been changing. Story »
 Campbell sweeps; 23 first-timers win 
Of the 28 OIA champions crowned Saturday night, it was the first time on the top step for 23 of them. They capped their evening with the biggest first-time OIA champion, heavyweight Tristan Ludiazo. Story »
Mililani is back on top of the Hawaii soccer world. The Trojans tipped Kalani 1-0 on Saturday night in the Division I final of the Outrigger Resorts/HHSAA State Championships at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. Story »







 Hawaii's Backyard: Fashionably lathed
In the gifted hands of John Mydock, blocks of rigid wood are transformed into art that curves, bends and even seems to shine like glass. The renowned Hawaii island artist uses the painstaking processes of pyrography and pearlizing to embellish his vessels.  Story »
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On Sunday, the county transit system for the Seattle metropolitan area began hurtling down a road that few cities have traveled before: pricing tickets based on passengers' income. Story »

In Canada and Australia, young men inspired by the bloody, apocalyptic vision of the Islamic State were thwarted in their efforts to join the battle in Syria, so they took up arms in their homelands, staging small attacks that drew widespread attention. Story »



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FootGolf
To spread the word and the fun, Bay View plans an introductory FootGolf tournament at 10 a.m. March 26 with lunch and prizes. Read More »
 
RECIPE: Seared ahi poke salad
Try this great recipe for a salad with seared poke and lilikoi vinaigrette. Read More »