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Sunday, December 28, 2014         

An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore. Story »


The previously stalled lava flow front has advanced approximately 15 yards since Friday afternoon, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said after an aerial assessment Saturday morning. Story »


President Barack Obama and the rest of the first family spent a third consecutive day lounging at the beach on Saturday.  Story »

 
 Solar rebates face dim future
Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy Industries, which plans to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries for $4.3 billion, does not favor tax rebates for renewable energy projects. Story »
Developer launches renovations at Hilo Naniloa Hotel

The lobby of the Hilo Nani­loa Hotel has been moved down a floor, signaling that long-awaited renovations to the 383-room building have begun. Oahu-based developer Ed Bushor said he's optimistic they will obtain a loan to pay for an estimated $12 million in improvements.

Battle against fire ants continues on 3 isles

One year after the little fire ant was discovered on Oahu, state agricultural officials continue to battle the stinging pest described as among the world's worst invasive species. A multiagency team was mobilized to respond to the ant invaders.

Proposal puts LED lamps on roads

The electricity bill for the city's streetlights could be cut in half under a plan proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell to replace about 51,700 low-pressure sodium street lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lamps over the next few years.

Shippers improve on meeting deadlines

Christmas came on time this year for most people. After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance this holiday season.

Nurses reach deal on Queen's contract

The Hawaii Nurses Association reached an agreement this week with the Queen's Medical Center to bump up wages by 2 percent retroactive to Dec. 1 for roughly 1,400 registered nurses.

Hawaii artist leaves his mark at Hiroshima Peace Museum

Hawaii residents visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum — part of a larger complex in the center of the city that includes many monuments and memorials — might happen upon a display of children's books with artwork done by a very familiar hand.

H.S. Basketball: Kalaheo rolls out of bed and thumps Kalani

Kalaheo basketball coach Alika Smith was a bit concerned about getting the Mustangs revved up for a 9:30 a.m. game the day after Christmas. Kaleb Gilmore helped allay any such worries.

Despite all the accolades, Marcus Mariota will face heavy scrutiny from NFL scouts and draft followers when he decides to turn pro Story »

 Obamas hit the beach, then dine at Alan Wong's
President Barack Obama and the rest of the first family spent a third consecutive day lounging at the beach on Saturday.  Story »
Hawaii's Gov. David Ige has appointed five Cabinet members. Ige says all of the appointees have a leadership style that will move Hawaii forward for the benefit of the public. Some are staying on from the previous administration. Story »

Longtime stand-up comic Bill Maher returns to share his clever views on current events. Story »




Pop culture: Best of 2014
Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen." Suddenly a friend would pour a bucket of ice water over her head. Story »
Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen." Suddenly a friend would pour a bucket of ice water over her head. Story »

 Insight: Solution or smoke screen?
Skyrocketing use of electronic smoking devices (ESDs) by Hawaii youth, who "vape" nicotine at much higher rates than the national average, has galvanized anti-smoking advocates who want e-cigarettes treated the same as combustible cigarettes under state law. Story »
 Nevels will have surgery on his hand
Senior guard Garrett Nevels requires surgery on his right hand between his thumb and index finger after suffering what's known as a "gamekeeper's thumb" injury. He will miss a to-be-determined number of games. Story »
Jake Smith and Tua Unutoa scored 12 points each as No. 2 Farrington withstood a late rally to edge No. 9 Maryknoll 47-44 on Saturday in the second round of the Punahou Invitational boys basketball tournament. 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 »
Nine-hundred-pound Pickles is as cute and friendly as a puppy. The 5-year-old Jersey cow is the mascot of Naked Cow Dairy Farm & Creamery, the only dairy on Oahu and one of just three in Hawaii (the other two are on Hawaii island). Story »





ASSOCIATED PRESS / VIDEO
California's almond orchards have been thriving over the past decade and now provide an $11 billion annual boost to the state economy. Covering 860,000 acres, they account for 80 percent of world production.  Story »






POLL QUESTION
Given financial problems with the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, do we need a publicly funded cancer center?
Having A Ball This Holiday Season
The new year is just one week away, and with a new year comes those resolutions that usually include getting healthier and staying active. Read More »
 
Adjusting To Life In America
There is a segment of our population very familiar with the plight of being second-class citizens. Arriving in America with hope of a new start in the land of opportunity, they face the reality of what it's like to be an 'alien.' Read More »
 

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