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The head of Maui's main airport says a 15-year-old stowaway aboard a flight from San Jose had no clue he was in Maui after jumping from a jetliner's wheel well to the tarmac. Story »



Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. Story »



The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Gov. Neil Abercrombie's appointment of retired banker Don Horner to a second term on the state Board of Education.  Story »

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The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs and about 200 supporters demonstrated at the Legislature on Tuesday with signs, Hawaiian flags, songs, chants and hula to remind lawmakers how much they want a bill passed that allows residential development on land the agency owns in Kakaako.  Story »

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I'd been waiting for Grondin to open as soon as I heard about it in December, and it's been worth the wait for such tapas-style dishes as a ceviche ($13) of Kauai shrimp with the heat of serrano peppers, and pulpo ($15), marinated octopus tossed with onion, olives, roasted red pepper and chilies, or fried plantain chips.  Story »

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There is one ray of hope to be extracted from the usual storm of woe delivered with any report about homelessness — specifically in Waikiki. Story »

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Kalani ranked best public high school in state

U.S. News & World Report ranked Kalani High School as the best public high school in Hawaii in 2014.

Council committee resurrects bus ad bill

A controversial bill to allow advertising on the outside of city buses was resurrected by the City Council's Budget Committee Wednesday.

Court shooting sheds light on 'Tongan Crips'

This week's fatal shooting of a gang member by a U.S. marshal inside Salt Lake City's federal courthouse during the man's trial has put the spotlight on his relatively unknown street gang.

Police crack down on cell phone use while driving

Officers issued 127 traffic tickets in a distracted driver enforcement effort in Kalihi on Friday, of the citations, 92 were for using mobile devices while driving.

City Council panel approves ban on sweepstakes machines

The odds are looking good that sweepstakes gaming machines will be outlawed on Oahu after a Hono­lulu City Council committee Tuesday endorsed a proposed ordinance.

Walgreens eyes Market City as expansion rolls along

Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain, is planning to open a store at Market City Shopping Center on Kapiolani Boulevard near Kapa­hulu Avenue, according to center tenants.

By Request: ‘Awesome’ cherry crisp brightened school lunches

Our hero of the day wishes to remain anonymous, which is too bad, because when you taste her dessert you will want to shake her hand.

Merrie Monarch Festival
PICS: Hula rehearsals at the Edith Kanakaole Stadium
Hala Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu practice at the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium in Hilo to prepare for the 51st annual Merrie Monarch competition.  More Photos  »
 
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 Blue Angels bringing fun to South Shore
The Navy's Blue Angels demonstration squadron will add a twist to the corkscrewing, speeding and precision aerobatic flying performance they'll put on in September in Hawaii: The show this year will be at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.  Story »
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 Moore tops Wright in Bells Beach final 
Hawaii's Carissa Moore repeated as champion of the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach on Wednesday in Australia. Moore edged Tyler Wright of Australia 16.23 to 15.77 in the final of the ASP Women's World Championship Tour contest. Story »
Mililani alum Courtney Senas is second on Florida State's career home run list and in the top 10 all-time in hits, doubles, RBIs and stolen bases. She leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in triples and runs scored and is the starting center fielder on a team that is 44-6 and ranked sixth in the country. Story »

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 Photography expert helps folks take their best shot
With that brief introduction, Michael Gilbert sums up his Outdoor Photography: Light, Composition & Gesture class: The key to photography is not mastering sophisticated equipment; it's being aware of your surroundings and responding to them. Story »

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Merrie Monarch Ignoring ‘Hula Mua’
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Ghosts Of Hawaii’s Past
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