Sunday, December 21, 2014         

PAHOA, Hawaii >> Hawaii County Civil Defense officials opened Railroad Avenue at noon Saturday to provide an alternate emergency-access route in and out of Pahoa as the Kilauea lava flow continues to advance toward the area's main highway.  Story »

The north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai and the north shores of Maui are under a high surf warning, the National Weather Service said. Story »

President Barack Obama spent the first full day of his Christmas vacation in Hawaii as he usually does -- on the golf course. Story »

 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. Story »
Kauai couple survives TV's 'Amazing Race'

Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton and husband Adam Dirks won the hearts of TV viewers as they competed this season in the globetrotting reality show "The Amazing Race," but fell just short of winning the whole thing Friday in the season finale.

T-Mobile users to get refunds

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.

Basketball: 'Bows cruise by Silverswords

Hawaii made a triumphant return to its old stomping ground. The Rainbow Warriors lit up Chaminade for season-highs in points and margin of victory in a 94-63 decision at the Blaisdell Arena on Friday night.

Surfing: It's no pipe dream

With his head down in concentration, Gabriel Medina walked down the beach from Off the Wall to Pipeline with a small contingent following him. That relatively cozy situation was about to change.

H.S. Basketball: Punahou takes round 3

Punahou and Farrington traded lopsided wins in their first two preseason meetings. So, naturally, the third was a tight battle decided in overtime. For its second straight game in the Pete Smith Classic, Farrington forced overtime with a bucket in the final seconds of regulation.

Progress made in fight with invasive beetle

The number of coconut rhinoceros beetles trapped on Oahu has significantly dropped over the past few months, according to the state Department of Agriculture program focused on eradicating the invasive pests.

Daughters inspire Disney's independent young royals

A Disney princess no longer needs a prince to experience true love. Sisterhood saves the day in "Frozen." Motherly love breaks an evil spell in "Maleficent." A little girl's love of her own life is a focus of Pixar's next film, "Inside Out."

 Years after medical marijuana law, patients still struggle to get it legally
After allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in 2000, Hawaii was widely envisioned to be the first state that would legalize marijuana in America. Instead, 14 years later, there's no legal way for patients to obtain marijuana without growing it themselves.  Story »
Severe arthritis in Marlina Tinoco's knees, ankle and back had forced her to take time off from work as a grocery cashier in 2012, but with only temporary disability insurance and her boyfriend's job loss, she fell behind in her rent and utility bills.  Story »

Gov. David Ige met this 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 »

 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. Story »
 Island Voices: REITs should pay fair share of Hawaii taxes
There is a way for the state to get more money to fund early childhood education, improve services at our public hospitals, and address its obligations to the Employee Retirement System. Story »
 Stick with smith
Derron Smith led the rallying cry. The Fresno State Bulldogs were 3-6 and the defense, with Smith the leader at safety, had just allowed 45 points and nearly 700 total yards in a blowout home loss to Wyoming. Story »
Gov. David Ige is scheduled to send his executive budget to the Legislature on Monday and unless the University of Hawaii alum is overflowing with Christmas spirit, it could portend a bleak year for the school's struggling athletic department. Story »

 Las Vegas Advisor: Las Vegas’ 2014 visitor tally will smash previous record
For the first time ever, Las Vegas has topped the 40 million-visitor mark in a calendar year, and the year's not over. With two weeks of tabulation remaining, it's believed that a big New Year's weekend could push the total to 41 million. The previous record was 39.7 million in 2012. Story »

Within three days, Hunter, a former Army sniper with Special Forces training, was in shackles on an airplane bound for New York, where he was formally accused of managing a team of contract hit men overseas. Story »

What do you think should be done about the projected $500 million to $700 million increase in the cost of Honolulu’s rail transit system?
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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