Friday, March 06, 2015         
The state's largest carrier said Thursday it is retrofitting the 18 Boeing 717 aircraft it uses on interisland routes with new lightweight seats that will reduce legroom by about an inch under a reconfiguration and allow the airline to add five to 10 more passengers on each flight. Story »

When more than 3,000 acres burned in a devastating series of West Kauai wildland fires in 2012, state officials not only mourned the loss of healthy state forest, but were faced with the potential for even further disaster. Story »

Hawaii Pacific Health, the state's largest medical provider, is exploring a purchase of all or part of the financially struggling Wahiawa General Hospital. Story »

 Groundbreaking held at mall site in East Kapolei
Under a big white tent behind a green construction fence on Thursday, there was much appreciation expressed along with doubt confessed over the long-planned Ka Makana Ali‘i regional mall. Story »
Panel approves Hoopili project but rejects portion of Laie plan

The City Council Zoning and Planning Committee gave a preliminary thumbs up Thursday to one landscape-changing development scheme and a thumbs down to another one.

Study: Ocean once spread over ~20% of Mars

Mars once had an ocean that covered nearly one-fifth of its surface to a depth of maybe a mile, according to new research using Mauna Kea telescopes.

Buy Local: Hawaiian Palm Baskets comprise Kauai's flora

Hawaiian Palm Baskets by Amy and Ron Christmas represent the "ultimate recycling," Amy says. All the primary materials used in the couple's baskets, ornaments and, soon, tree toppers are from Kauai-grown plants and trees and have been gathered by hand.

Rearview Mirror: Cook named isles after his patron

Did Native Hawaiians eat sandwiches when Capt. James Cook arrived in 1778? Surely not. Did the islands look like some sort of submarine sandwich to the Brits? I couldn't see how, so I decided to sink my teeth into the subject.

Down 7-0, Wahine rally past Longwood

Better late than never. The University of Hawaii softball team's offense went silent for the first four innings of Thursday's game against Longwood while spells of shaky defense contributed to a seven-run deficit going into the bottom of the fifth.

UH hirings seem to have a pecking order

The search for a new basketball coach at the University of Hawaii apparently has been pushed back so that the next athletic director can make the hire.

Name in the News: Jacce S. Mikulanec

A deep-rooted commitment to social justice motivates Jacce S. Mikulanec, whether he is advocating for gay rights, universal preschool or the preservation of the Honouliuli Internment Camp.

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 Councilman wants body to back rail tax's extension 
Elected leaders at Honolulu Hale and the state Capitol have been watching closely to see how their colleagues across Punchbowl Street will respond to rail's budget crisis. Story »
Hawaii snow enthusiasts might want to enjoy the fluffy stuff Friday on Big Island summits before conditions worsen, a National Weather Service meteorologist predicted. Story »

Movie Review: Film explores paradox of superb Soviet hockey team
Gabe Polsky, director of the documentary "Red Army," likes to say that his film is a hockey movie for people who don't care about hockey, and its reception has proved him right.  Story »
 Our View: Pursue Maui health partnership
The sickest patients in the Hawaii system of public hospitals are the hospitals themselves, which are hemorrhaging losses at an alarmingly increasing rate. The cure is not going to be easy, but the basic framework of House Bill 1075 represents a strategy the state desperately needs. Story »
Park, Tseng take early lead in Singapore
South Korea’s Inbee Park and Taiwan’s Yani Tseng each shot 6-under 66 to top the leaderboard after the first round of the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s Champions. Story »
 UH blows by Santa Barbara in second half
It was a quick trip for the Hawaii women's basketball team, to California and back in less than 52 hours. The same can be said for the Rainbow Wahine's turnaround in the second half in Thursday night's Big West game with host UC Santa Barbara. 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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The retired chief pilot of Malaysia Airlines is torn between logic and loyalty to an old friend. Nik Huzlan, 56, was one of the first captains to fly the 12-year-old Boeing 777 that disappeared over the Indian Ocean a year ago this Sunday. He knew the pilot who flew the plane that day, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, for decades. Story »

The Islamic State, the violent extremist group that espouses a return to a seventh-century caliphate, has been astonishingly successful at spreading its message using 21st-century social media, according to a study released Thursday. Story »


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