Sunday, December 21, 2014         
After allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in 2000, Hawaii was widely envisioned to be the first state that would legalize marijuana in America. Instead, 14 years later, there's no legal way for patients to obtain marijuana without growing it themselves.  Story »

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials opened Railroad Avenue at noon Saturday to provide an alternate emergency-access route in and out of Pahoa as the Kilauea lava flow continues to advance toward the area's main highway. Story »

In 2012, a 6-year-old foster child was sexually assaulted by a 17-year-old foster youth living in the same home. It was believed to be one of three cases since 2010 in which a Hawaii child was sexually abused while in foster care. Story »

 Closing Lanai
Lanai will turn into more of a deserted island when its two Four Seasons hotels close simultaneously to guests for the second half of next year as billionaire owner Larry Ellison upgrades the properties. Story »
Lifesaving class taps knowledge of military

Firefighters, police, paramedics and even a couple of big-wave surfers jumped into action last week at Kapiolani Community College, learning how to save as many lives as possible in tough situations.

Stargazers turn attention to newfound 'super-Earth'

A University of Hawaii astronomer is part of a team that has discovered a "super-Earth" using a creative approach to make up for a mechanical glitch aboard the star-gazing Kepler spacecraft. The newfound planet is 2 1⁄2 times the size of Earth.

Obama takes usual course and spends the day golfing

President Barack Obama spent the first full day of his Christmas vacation in Hawaii as he usually does — on the golf course. According to press pool reports, Obama left the Kailua luxury rental where he and the rest of the first family are staying shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Closing Lanai

Lanai will turn into more of a deserted island when its two Four Seasons hotels close simultaneously to guests for the second half of next year as billionaire owner Larry Ellison upgrades the properties.

H.S. Wrestling: Moanalua boys, Campbell girls make statements

Mililani's Zachary Diamond pinned Baylen Cooper of Pearl City late in the third period to win the 138-pound bracket of the Hawaii Wrestling Officials Association Scholarship Tournament at Leilehua on Saturday night.

H.S. Volleyball: True-blue leader

Of her many responsibilities, McKenna Granato was tasked with leading her Punahou volleyball team on and off the court. The senior co-captain was always known for her heavy hitting.

Old Christmas letters awaken memories of childhood wonder

For several years, whenever Santa came to our home on Christmas Eve, he could count on a plate of homemade holiday cookies, a few carrots for his reindeer and a letter from my daughters.

 Joint efforts needed to protect dolphins in isles, study finds
A combination of federal regulations and community-based conservation measures is needed to protect popular wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii, according to scientists from Duke University. Story »
Severe arthritis in Marlina Tinoco's knees, ankle and back had forced her to take time off from work as a grocery cashier in 2012, but with only temporary disability insurance and her boyfriend's job loss, she fell behind in her rent and utility bills.  Story »

Gov. David Ige met this week with civil defense officials, stopped by area schools and visited the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station where the public may view a cooling lava flow. More Videos »

 Show Biz: 'Twas the Sunday before Christmas
With Santa still struggling, To finish his omiyage list, To avoid last-minute juggling. His mission was challenging, Searching all over the aina. For items large and small, Some majah, some mynah.  Story »
 Island Voices: REITs should pay fair share of Hawaii taxes
There is a way for the state to get more money to fund early childhood education, improve services at our public hospitals, and address its obligations to the Employee Retirement System. Story »
 Stick with Smith
Derron Smith led the rallying cry. The Fresno State Bulldogs were 3-6 and the defense, with Smith the leader at safety, had just allowed 45 points and nearly 700 total yards in a blowout home loss to Wyoming. Story »
For the seventh time, the Warriors were kings. Dwayne Bacon overcame a sore fibula and a bad cold to score 14 points as Oak Hill (Va.) rallied past Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.) 58-49 in the final of the 'Iolani Classic on Saturday night. 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 »

Within three days, Hunter, a former Army sniper with Special Forces training, was in shackles on an airplane bound for New York, where he was formally accused of managing a team of contract hit men overseas. Story »

What do you think should be done about the projected $500 million to $700 million increase in the cost of Honolulu’s rail transit system?
2014 FBWA Kimona Ball
Filipino Business Women’s Association Foundation hosted its 2014 Kimona Ball at Dole Cannery Ballroom. Read More »
RECIPE: Wasabi Mustard Potato Salad
For your next luau or office potluck, make this recipe and make some new friends. There is a new potato salad in town — and here it is. Read More »

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