Thursday, December 18, 2014         

June 30 2014 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard said Thursday that it plans to hire 731 workers this fiscal year, a significant boost for high-paying jobs at the state's largest industrial employer. Story »

Lagging tax revenues, fast-rising construction costs and project delays have Oahu's rail transit system on track to cost at least half a billion dollars more than originally budgeted, according to a financial assessment released Thursday by rail officials. Story »

The cause of death of an infant found in Waikiki hotel room on Nov. 26 was asphyxia, according to the medical examiner. The manner of death has been classified as a homicide.  Story »

 New walkway opens in Haleiwa revitalization
The $700,000, 650-foot walkway was designed to replace the standard curb-and-gutter sidewalk with a more rural-friendly, safer promenade, following consultation with North Shore residents and city and county staff, and guidance from the North Shore Sustainable Communities Plan. Story »
Zipline collision at Kualoa Ranch injures woman, 68

Paramedics transported a woman injured in a zipline collision at Kualoa Ranch in serious-but-stable condition to a Windward hospital Thursday afternoon. EMS officials responded to the scene after the accident was reported at about 2:45 p.m.

Lava flow could reach Pahoa marketplace on Christmas Eve

Lava flow is now a bit less than one mile from Pahoa town's main shopping center and its intersection with Highway 130. If the pace holds, a molten stream could reach the area on Wednesday.

MetLife labeled 'potential threat to financial system'

U.S. regulators have labeled insurer MetLife as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings stricter government oversight. MetLife said Thursday that the Financial Stability Oversight Council has designated the company as "systemically important."

Stephen Colbert retiring his 'Report' and the host he played

Colbert Nation will be leaderless after Thursday night.

Hawaii telecom executive indicted

A federal indictment alleges the president of a telecommunications company that serves Hawaiian home lands residents siphoned off $4 million of the corporation's money for a decade to pay for personal expenses, including $92,000 in massages, a $1.3 million house and $1.3 million in false wages for his wife and three children.

Grande thrusts Punahou senior into spotlight

Nhan-nhi "Lillian" Nguyen thought nothing of it when a customer named Ariana Grande purchased one of her handmade headbands from her Etsy shop in October.

49ers' coach Jim Harbaugh mum on reported offer

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater.

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

 Commission awaits 'higher authorities'
Before taking action on allegations of police misconduct, the Honolulu Police Commission will wait until the conclusion of a possible FBI probe into the Honolulu Police Department's handling of a federal case involving police Chief Louis Kealoha's stolen mailbox, commission Chairman Ron Taketa said Wednesday. Story »
The state Ethics Commission on Wednesday rebuffed a staff recommen- dation to advise Gov. David Ige to consider replacing Aloha United Way as the state's workplace giving program with a combined state-run campaign. Story »

 Casual lifestyle of isles helps drive bag brand
Growing up in Kailua, Laura Darrah didn't think much about fashion. "I went to school with a swimsuit under my clothes," she said. But her casual upbringing informs her direction as co-founder, with Sheila Nazarian, of she + lo handbags, a brand noted for its laid-back, chic style.  Story »
Created by the 1978 state Constitutional Convention, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a public trust and state agency — that's a fact, albeit one that might not sit well among a growing number of Hawaiian sovereigntists. 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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Cuba has many economic problems, including the inefficiencies of central planning and the long trade embargo with the United States. Yet the country has a thriving public health system that has made its population among the healthiest in the world. Story »

How much holiday shopping have you done so far?
We All Can Be ‘Cooking Hawaiian Style’
Just in time for Christmas gift giving, the cookbook features recipes from the well-known celebrities and chefs who have been on the show, along with their interesting and entertaining stories. Read More »
Whither Polygamy
Those of us who espoused same-gender marriage on the grounds that government should not control whom we marry find ourselves in a bit of a pickle about polygamy. Read More »

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