Friday, December 19, 2014         

More than 61,000 T-Mobile customers in Hawaii could get refunds under a $90 million settlement announced Friday over unauthorized charges on phone bills. Story »

Lava continued to flow at a slower pace toward the Pahoa Marketplace and the intersection of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road Friday. Story »

President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.  Story »

 Hawaiian flies 10M passengers in 1 year
Hawaiian Airlines has served a record 10 million customers this year, the company said Thursday. Hawaiian Airlines' first 10 million passengers took nearly 40 years to carry, from 1929 to 1967, the company said. Story »
Rail price tag soaring

Facing lagging revenues and soaring costs, Oahu's rail transit system finds itself at yet another crossroads. The 20-mile, 21-station project is now on course to cost anywhere between $550 million and $700 million more than originally thought.

Pearl shipyard to hire 731

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard said it plans to hire 731 workers this fiscal year, a significant boost for high-paying jobs at the state's largest industrial employer. The shipyard has 4,523 civilian workers and 462 military members.

Justices question challenge to same-sex marriage law

With legal opinion nationally shifting toward marriage equality, justices on the state Supreme Court on Thursday took a skeptical view of a state House lawmaker's challenge to Hawaii's marriage law.

Name in the News: Sandra Pfund

Barely two weeks as chief of the city's new Office of Strategic Development, Sandra Pfund is working to fast-track housing on city property, especially for homeless people who need "wraparound" mental-health and social services.

Kauai couple surprises in 'Race'

Lured by the adventure of a lifetime and a $1 million prize, Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton and husband Adam "Honey Buns" Dirks raced around the world and into Friday's season finale of "The Amazing Race."

H.S. Basketball: Final 4 looks classic

Sophomore point guard Lindell Wigginton scored 12 points, 6-10 center Daniel Giddens had 10 and 6-8 forward Khadim Sy added nine as Oak Hill turned an eight-point halftime lead into an 82-39 runaway over 'Iolani.

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino.

From concerts and plays to mall Santas and light displays, there’s so much to do and see in Honolulu. Story »

 UH tuition holds steady pending legislative action
The University of Hawaii will wait until after the legislative session to decide whether to raise tuition in the fall, officials told lawmakers Thursday. UH President David Lassner said the university has drafted a budget that assumes no tuition increases. Story »
Hawaii County plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling invalidating a county law restricting genetically modified crops on the island. The County Council voted 5-4 to appeal the ruling, West Hawaii Today reported Thursday.  Story »

Movie Review: Latest 'Museum' film a tiresome affair
There's a mildly amusing Pompeii gag midway through "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb." It involves a scale model toy Roman soldier (Steve Coogan), his Old West cowboy pal (Owen Wilson) and a monkey in need of extinguishing a model volcano's fire. Story »
Barely two weeks as chief of the city's new Office of Strategic Development, Sandra Pfund is working to fast-track housing on city property, especially for homeless people who need "wraparound" mental-health and social services. 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 »

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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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