Thursday, March 26, 2015         

Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside. Story »

The Kauai Fire Department rescued 32 stranded hikers from the Kalalau trail Wednesday after rising waters made Hanakapiai Stream too dangerous to cross. Story »

Hawaii surfer Shane Dorian is nominated twice for the Billabong Ride of the Year Award for waves off Jaws on Maui and at Puerto Escondido, Mexico.  Story »

 Tourism numbers miss HTA goals
It looks like 2015 tourism is off to a slow start, with arrivals and spending below targets. Although visitor arrivals came back in February, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported Wednesday that total visitor spending continued trending down, dropping by 4.3 percent from a year ago to $1.2 billion. Average daily spending also dropped by 6.4 percent to $194 per person. Story »
More residents are packing up and leaving Oahu

More people left Oahu between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, than moved in, but births made up the difference and nudged the island's population closer to 1 million, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

Vietnam veteran fulfills wish to see Pearl Harbor

When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

Warning level downgraded as Kilauea lava activity cools

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists on Wednesday downgraded the alert level for Kilauea volcano from warning to watch for the first time since warning levels were reached in September.

Oahu grand jury indicts woman in death of 90-year-old pedestrian

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday, charging a 25-year-old woman with causing the death of a pedestrian in 2013. The indictment charged Stacey Selzer with negligent homicide in last year's death of 90-year-old Takashi Kunihiro. Selzer's bail is $11,000.

Turtle Bay deal thrown a lifeline

More than a year's worth of work to keep development off a big piece of Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore avoided a serious setback Wednesday after receiving a life-sustaining vote at the state Legislature.

Kokua Line: Ensure websites are official by noting use of .gov suffix

Please alert senior citizens applying for a replacement Social Security card or renewing their passport online to be sure to scroll down to official government websites and not on fraudulent sites listed first. • Reporting Fraud • Mahalo to two good Samaritans

Comfortable in her own skin

You might or might not see Maria Glanz au naturel during her one-woman show, "See Me Naked." As writer, director and star of the production, it's her prerogative to keep her clothes on if she wants, and if she feels the audience can't handle nudity, she'll skip it.

TGIF A Tony Award nominee helps keep “South Pacific” relevant with her dark portrayal of Bloody Mary. Story »

The University of Hawaii introduced David Matlin as its new athletic director on March 25. Video by Brian McInnis. More Videos »
 House plan to audit rail advances
A House resolution that would call for a state audit of Oahu's cash-strapped rail project is gaining momentum. The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve House Concurrent Resolution 181. Story »
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday proposed to expand the focus of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to include all the marine species within its boundaries. Story »

 On the Scene: ‘Footloose’ kicks it at Castle
John Berger’s On the Scene photos run throughout the week. Contact him at jberger@star­adver­tiser.com. Story »
 Our View: Let state pursue SNAP eligibles
People in Hawaii who are eligible for food stamps should be encouraged to sign up for the benefit, which is funded by federal taxpayers to help impoverished people afford nutritious food. Story »
 It's time for aloha and support, says Amemiya
Keith Amemiya said he will "move forward" from the disappointment of not being named the University of Hawaii's athletic director. Story »
Benjy Taylor still likes his chances. David Matlin's hiring as the new Hawaii athletic director on Wednesday did nothing to dampen Taylor's enthusiasm that he can be the long-term men's basketball coach in Manoa. Story »

 Hawaii's Backyard: Maui museum pays tribute to Makawao's history
Although the Makawao History Museum measures just 353 square feet — the size of an average living room — it covers several decades of Upcountry Maui history. Story »
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The FBI has made great strides since the Sept. 11 attacks but urgently needs to improve its intelligence capabilities, hire more linguists and elevate the stature of its analysts to counter the rapidly evolving threats to the United States, according to a report released Wednesday. Story »

She has worked for more than 30 years among the shoeshine men of Luxor. She sits with men in coffee shops, prays with them in the local mosque and dresses just as they do in pants or a traditional floor-length tunic known as a galabeya. Story »


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