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Monday, December 22, 2014         
Mayor Kirk Caldwell is supporting the Hono­lulu Police Commission's decision to wait until a possible FBI investigation concludes before looking into allegations of police misconduct in a federal case involving the police chief's stolen mailbox. Story »

Obama ventured from his vacation rental home in Kai­lua to spend the day at the beach and the golf course before ending the evening at Mori­moto in Wai­kiki for dinner with friends. Story »


President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company. Story »

 
 Business Briefs
Whistleblower to get $56M in Bank of America case • Total Recall: Caramel apples • Coming Up • Ship Ahoy! Story »
Lifesaving class taps knowledge of military

Firefighters, police, paramedics and even a couple of big-wave surfers jumped into action last week at Kapiolani Community College, learning how to save as many lives as possible in tough situations.

Stargazers turn attention to newfound 'super-Earth'

A University of Hawaii astronomer is part of a team that has discovered a "super-Earth" using a creative approach to make up for a mechanical glitch aboard the star-gazing Kepler spacecraft. The newfound planet is 2 1⁄2 times the size of Earth.

Obama takes usual course and spends the day golfing

President Barack Obama spent the first full day of his Christmas vacation in Hawaii as he usually does — on the golf course. According to press pool reports, Obama left the Kailua luxury rental where he and the rest of the first family are staying shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Closing Lanai

Lanai will turn into more of a deserted island when its two Four Seasons hotels close simultaneously to guests for the second half of next year as billionaire owner Larry Ellison upgrades the properties.

H.S. Wrestling: Moanalua boys, Campbell girls make statements

Mililani's Zachary Diamond pinned Baylen Cooper of Pearl City late in the third period to win the 138-pound bracket of the Hawaii Wrestling Officials Association Scholarship Tournament at Leilehua on Saturday night.

H.S. Volleyball: True-blue leader

Of her many responsibilities, McKenna Granato was tasked with leading her Punahou volleyball team on and off the court. The senior co-captain was always known for her heavy hitting.

Old Christmas letters awaken memories of childhood wonder

For several years, whenever Santa came to our home on Christmas Eve, he could count on a plate of homemade holiday cookies, a few carrots for his reindeer and a letter from my daughters.

 Nanakuli house fire linked to child playing with lighter
The fire destroyed a single-story wooden home on Mohihi Street and injured a 37-year-old woman as she was rescuing her son inside, said fire Capt. James Todd. Story »
Lava from the flow almost took over the village's main road in October before stalling 480 feet away. Now it's heading toward a marketplace vital to the community's well-being. Story »

VIDEO: GOV. IGE VISITS PAHOA
Gov. David Ige met last week with civil defense officials, stopped by area schools and visited the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station where the public may view a cooling lava flow. More Videos »



 Columnist Wayne Harada perfects the art of gift-making
For more than 30 years, Harada has been the Kris Kringle of crafting between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The 72-year-old journalist embarks on a frenzy of gift making that would put Santa's elves to shame.  Story »
 Letters to the Editor
Ohana zoning could help provide homes • Require bicyclists to carry insurance • Wheelchair results were not reported • Plant-based diet best for the planet • Stop lava by cooling it into solid rock Story »
 Medina stayed cool as Pipe heated up
Gabriel Medina and Julian Wilson were sitting in the Pipeline lineup with less than three minutes left in the most important situation of their young lives. As they waited for what turned out to be a grand finale, Medina was splashing around as serenely as a kid in the tiny shorebreak.  Story »
The Rainbow Warriors should have their two resident Canucks, Stefan Jankovic and Negus Webster-Chan, available for Monday's 8 p.m. first-round matchup of the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic against Nebraska of the Big Ten Conference. Story »





A walk to remember
Had I been driving I would not have stopped here. But I was lured from the sidewalk by an open gate and the mysterious buildings beyond. There was a Moorish structure with a minaret, another was Italian with a loggia, a third had a fleur-de-lis on a chimney.  Story »




ASSOCIATED PRESS / VIDEO
It Can Wait. The buzz phrase, popularized by AT&T in a public service campaign, urges drivers to show restraint with their phones. But a growing number of drivers who make their living behind the wheel can't wait.  Story »






POLL QUESTION
Would you see the Sony Pictures movie “The Interview” if you had the chance?
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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