Thursday, December 18, 2014         

Lagging tax revenues, fast-rising construction costs and project delays have Oahu's rail transit system on track to cost at least half a billion dollars more than originally budgeted, according to a financial assessment released Thursday by rail officials. Story »

The cause of death of an infant found in Waikiki hotel room on Nov. 26 was asphyxia, according to the medical examiner. The manner of death has been classified as a homicide.  Story »

A helicopter overflight of the flow Thursday showed the front of the flow consists of two closely spaced fingers, both heading to the Highway 130 and Pahoa Road intersection, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists said. Story »

 Residents see electric bills shrink; HECO cites fuel prices
Oahu customers will see the lowest electrical bills in two years this month, with a typical household paying about $6 less than in November due to cutbacks in fuel prices. Story »
Hawaii telecom executive indicted

A federal indictment alleges the president of a telecommunications company that serves Hawaiian home lands residents siphoned off $4 million of the corporation's money for a decade to pay for personal expenses, including $92,000 in massages, a $1.3 million house and $1.3 million in false wages for his wife and three children.

School director put on leave as suspicious spending is detailed

Debit cards for Halau Lokahi Charter School's bank account have been canceled and the co-director of the school placed on administrative leave in the wake of a raid by the Attorney General's office.

Former Sacred Hearts teacher pleads guilty in sex assault case

The former Sacred Hearts Academy teacher accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student pleaded guilty in state court Wednesday to seven counts of sexual assault.

Artists' housing gains HCDA, public support

The developer, Artspace, was awarded a 65-year lease for a 30,000-square-foot lot on Waimanu Street by the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which agreed to nominal rent of $1 a year.

Grande thrusts Punahou senior into spotlight

Nhan-nhi "Lillian" Nguyen thought nothing of it when a customer named Ariana Grande purchased one of her handmade headbands from her Etsy shop in October.

Thomas utilizes offseason for improvement on court

Young Mike Thomas had a choice. Tap dancing, or basketball. Years later as a freshman at Hawaii, Thomas had another decision to make. Pout about his role, or do something about it.

Football: Harding earns All-America honor

Soon after being named to the Football Writers Association of America's All-America second team as a punter, former University of Hawaii player Scott Harding asked: "What does it mean?"

 Commission awaits 'higher authorities'
Before taking action on allegations of police misconduct, the Honolulu Police Commission will wait until the conclusion of a possible FBI probe into the Honolulu Police Department's handling of a federal case involving police Chief Louis Kealoha's stolen mailbox, commission Chairman Ron Taketa said Wednesday. Story »
The state Ethics Commission on Wednesday rebuffed a staff recommen- dation to advise Gov. David Ige to consider replacing Aloha United Way as the state's workplace giving program with a combined state-run campaign. Story »

Costume highlights from Sunday's colorful and wet 2014 Honolulu Marathon. More Videos »

 Casual lifestyle of isles helps drive bag brand
Growing up in Kailua, Laura Darrah didn't think much about fashion. "I went to school with a swimsuit under my clothes," she said. But her casual upbringing informs her direction as co-founder, with Sheila Nazarian, of she + lo handbags, a brand noted for its laid-back, chic style.  Story »
Created by the 1978 state Constitutional Convention, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a public trust and state agency — that's a fact, albeit one that might not sit well among a growing number of Hawaiian sovereigntists. Story »

 Unwind Australia's coastline
Australia's legendary Pacific Coast drive will take you from Sydney in New South Wales with its prominent Opera House, spectacular harbor views, inherent beach culture and bustling city life across to the neighboring state of Queensland to its capital, Brisbane.  Story »

How much holiday shopping have you done so far?
We All Can Be ‘Cooking Hawaiian Style’
Just in time for Christmas gift giving, the cookbook features recipes from the well-known celebrities and chefs who have been on the show, along with their interesting and entertaining stories. Read More »
Whither Polygamy
Those of us who espoused same-gender marriage on the grounds that government should not control whom we marry find ourselves in a bit of a pickle about polygamy. Read More »

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