Friday, February 27, 2015         
Thirty-five Hawaii facilities — mostly power companies, fuel industries and the military — combined to release 3 million pounds of toxic material into the islands' air, water and land in 2013, representing a 12 percent increase from the year before, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Story »

An improving economy and low inflation continue to put more money in the pockets of Hawaii consumers. Honolulu inflation remained far below its historical average and finished 2014 below the U.S. rate for the first time in 13 years, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Story »

Hawaii is expected to continue its moderate expansion this year with nominal gains in visitor arrivals, steady labor market improvement and additional income growth, the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization said in a report set for release Friday. Story »

 Maxims impart wisdom to Winners' Camp teens
Which organization was founded by an orphan who grew up feeling she was stupid and ugly? The answer is Winners' Camp Foundation at the Hawaii Leadership Academy. It provides weeklong programs for Hawaii teens at its facilities atop Kame­hame Ridge in Hawaii Kai. Story »
HPD chief assessed as above average in review

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kea­loha's handling of an incident involving an off-duty officer captured on video punching a woman at a Wai­pahu restaurant may have negatively affected his annual review, but the Hono­­lulu Police Commission still rated his 2014 performance as above average.

More visitors expected in 2015 than '14

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has set a target of hosting nearly 8.6 million visitors this year, up from the 8.3 million who came last year, despite a dip in January arrivals.

Buy Local: Artist's colorful paintings adorn clothing and more

Seeing Hawaii through someone else's eyes can be enlightening, and Michal Abramovitz makes it easy by transferring her original artwork to practical items you can wear, carry with you or collect, in various forms.

Rainbows outshoot the beach

Hawaii proved itself more than ready to snap out of a two-game slide. The Rainbow Warriors pounced on slumping Long Beach State 78-59 with big nights from four players and evened their Big West record at 7-7 as the conference tournament looms.

Cal softball wallops Wahine

It took just four pitches for Hawaii to record its first two outs in Thursday's matchup against California. The Rainbow Wahine would stay on the field for 33 more before heading into the dugout.

Kalaheo pounds top seed Punahou

This time, it wasn't quite so close. When they last met, Kalaheo needed a buzzer-beating putback by Alec MacLeod to edge Punahou in the final of the Punahou Invitational two months ago.

Name In The News: Richard Ha

Richard Ha says he learned his own can-do spirit from his father, who worked the land before him on Hawaii island. Farming has always been a challenge, he said earlier this week, but now the challenges are starting to overcome even the sunniest optimist.

 Victim admitted theft before beating, jury told
A 42-year-old man who was fatally beaten in an illegal gambling room downtown in 2011 admitted stealing $1,500 from the house, the operation's head of security testified in state court Thursday. Story »
The inactive extreme tip of the June 27 lava flow on Thursday remained about 550 yards from Highway 130 in the area west of the Pahoa fire and police stations, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Story »

Movie Review: Come on, go along with a long con
If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what's going on — when of course you haven't a clue — that's also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn't it? Story »
 Our View: Keep Malaekahana country
If "Keep the Country Country" is to be more than a mere slogan, more than a wistful aspiration expressed by the popular bumper stickers, Oahu's elected officials must be prepared to make very tough decisions about development, decisions that may dismay as many voters as they delight. Story »
 Rainbow Wahine hoops clinch Big West title 
The Rainbow Wahine nearly threw away a chance to clinch the Big West regular season basketball title. But Hawaii's resolve protected a slim lead and its defense prevented a potential game-winning basket as UH beat the 49ers 47-46 to clinch the Big West title on Thursday night at the Walter Pyramid. Story »
Sticking perfectly with their on-again, off-again script, the OIA champs are done. The executioners, the unseeded Campbell Sabers, started strong and fought off second-seeded Farrington 51-45 in the Division I quarterfinals of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Basketball Championships on Thursday night at McKinley. Story »

 Hawaii's Backyard: Culinary adventure connects diners to farmers
Colin Hazama remembers making faces when he was handed the children's menu at restaurants; even as a young boy, he had a sophisticated palate. "I wanted to order things off the adult menu that most kids my age wouldn't eat," he said. Story »
Media partner
The prestigious consulting firm, known for its close ties to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, was orchestrating an extensive effort to remake his image and prepare him for the 2016 presidential campaign. Story »

For years, it was information shared only in whispers. An immigrant student, bright and educated but in the country illegally, wanted to go to college, and a precious few universities were willing, very quietly, to help them pay for it. Story »


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