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Saturday, December 20, 2014         

President Barack Obama and his family arrived on Oahu Thursday evening for their annual two-week Christmas vacation in Hawaii. Story »


An off-duty lifeguard spotted two sharks behaving aggressively 30 yards to 50 yards offshore at Bellows Air Force Station this afternoon. Lifeguards immediately cleared the water and posted warning signs.  Story »


Quick-thinking witnesses on Kauai this afternoon scrawled an SOS message on the sand to alert the Coast Guard to a man who had been pulled offshore by a rip current. Story »

 
 Business Briefs
Connector enrollment deadline extended • Mokulele Air offering same-day shipping • NLRB: McDonald's violated workers' rights • Chrysler to recall 288,000 Ram pickups and more Story »
Medina wins world surfing title; Wilson takes Pipe, Triple Crown

Gabriel Medina became the first surfing world champion from Brazil at Ehukai Beach on Friday in the Billabong Pipe Masters.

County to open emergency road in Pahoa as lava nears

One of three alternative emergency-access routes in and out of the Pahoa area will open Saturday as the June 27 lava flow continues to threaten the area's main highway.

New video shows Rice and fiancee in aftermath of punch

A video released Friday shows Ray Rice's then-fiancee crying and kissing him while they are both handcuffed and being taken to jail by police officers after Rice punched her in a casino elevator.

Bethany Hamilton falls short in 'Amazing Race' finale

Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks won the hearts of fans as the couple competed this season in the globetrotting reality show "The Amazing Race."

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.

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

 First ohana arrives home for holidays
President Barack Obama ended his traditional year-end press conference Friday by telling reporters, "And now I'm going to go on vacation. Mele Kali­ki­maka, everybody. Mahalo." Story »
Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change might not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society." Story »




 Kalakoa! A mishmash of family fun and news
"Uncle's Magic Thrownet," by Todd Yamashita (BeachHouse Publishing, $12.95) provides a lesson in conservation. In a tale inspired by the story of Molokai's Mervin Dudoit, a boy learns about taking only what he needs. Story »
 Kauakukalahale: 'O Mariota ka 'oi, 'a'ohe mea nāna e pa'i kona po'
Synopsis: Congratulations to Marcus Mariota and his family, and not just for all his awards.  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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Last year, President Barack Obama announced his administration would, by the beginning of the 2015 academic year, rate America's colleges "on who's offering the best value, so students and taxpayers get a bigger bang for their buck." 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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