Thursday, January 29, 2015         

A state audit of the troubled Hawaii Health Connector said inadequate planning and improper procurement procedures by the Connector's executive director and board of directors led to an unsustainable health insurance exchange. Story »

Two boys were killed when they were apparently trapped in a burning home in Kailua-Kona Thursday. Story »

Hawaii's visitor industry finished 2014 with its third consecutive year of spending and arrivals records. Story »

 Growth allows CPB to again increase dividends
The remarkable turnaround from a near collapse six years ago keeps gaining momentum. Fueled by its seventh straight quarter of double-digit loan growth, CPB said it will increase its dividend for the second time in less than a year after its net income jumped 28.8 percent in the October-December period. Story »
Reason for Kauai attacker's release a mystery

One day after Shendon Chandler-Taniguchi was released from the psychiatric ward of a Kauai hospital in 2011, he went on a deadly rampage in a quiet Waimea Valley neighborhood — using a large knife to stab his grandfather, fatally injure a neighbor and wound two others before police ended the attacks by shooting him to death.

Virtual wargame targets Honolulu harbor

Aiming to pre-empt a cyberattack that could cripple shipping traffic to Hawaii, the major players in the port of Honolulu joined in a first-of-its-kind exercise Wednesday to examine weaknesses in their computer networks.

Army supporters exceed critics

A standing-room-only crowd of mostly Army supporters but also some detractors turned out Wednesday in Wahiawa for the second of two "listening" sessions as the service weighs big troop cuts around the country, including in Hawaii.

Brasserie Du Vin closing in face of 50% rent hike

Longtime Honolulu restaurateur Dave Stewart will shut down Brasserie Du Vin after service Saturday due to a lease dispute with Plumbers and Fitters Union Local 675, which owns the property.

Lower power bills broached

Legislators pressed NextEra Energy Inc., the Florida-based energy company hoping to purchase Hawaiian Electric Industries, for details of how the mainland company will lower electric rates and by when.

Assault case draws attention to intensive potty training

In a Potty Camp video posted five months ago, smiling toddlers cheer "potty power!" and play with toilet paper at a hotelroom at the Ili­kai Hotel in Wai­kiki.

Destiny King was meant to play for Hawaii

That critical first step. It has to be quick. It has to be decisive. Whether it's on a drive to the basket or signing that inaugural recruit, that first step establishes the base of what is to come.

 Judge puts hold on city's trash pickup cuts
The city's plan to eliminate garbage service for 181 condominiums, apartments and other multifamily properties and nonprofit organizations has been halted temporarily by a state judge. Story »
Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he will likely sign a measure that will add four downtown and Chinatown pedestrian malls to the list of places where people cannot sit or lie. Story »

A jet fuel storage tank at Sand Island may have been leaking for weeks before it was reported Jan. 21, a state official said Wednesday. The fuel spill has already hit the water table, which is just 2 1/2 to 3 feet below ground, and has begun spreading slowly across the surface of the groundwater. Story »

Slack-key virtuoso Makana celebrates a milestone in his thoughtful career with a new double CD and exclusive performances for the Star-Advertiser. Story »
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 What's in Store: Anthropologie opens Ala Moana boutique
Anthropologie opens Ala Moana boutique • Write a love letter, win sweet prizes • Montsuki hosting its second sale ever • Woman Expo offers discount for vendors Story »
 Our View: Curing social ills requires teamwork
Hawaii's vibrant network of nonprofit social service agencies plays a huge role in improving the lives of the state's most vulnerable, disenfranchised people. When it comes to tackling complex social problems, these nonprofits can be most effective when they work in sync, targeting their individual resources and expertise toward common goals. Story »
 ‘Iolani, Punahou tie, stay put 
'Iolani kept its seat at the head of the class in ILH Division I boys soccer on Wednesday with a 1-1 tie against host Punahou. As expected, the encounter between the two rivals was intense. Story »
'Iolani sped out to an early lead then held off a Saint Louis rally and tightened the ILH Division I boys basketball race with a 49-43 win on Wednesday at McCabe Gym. Story »

 Hawaii's Backyard: Lecture series focuses on preserving cemeteries
Stones speak to Nanette Napoleon. A tombstone, she points out, can be a revealing snapshot of the deceased's life, sometimes providing information that's not documented elsewhere. Story »
There was big news last week about the entertainment lineup at Caesars Palace, where it was confirmed that Mariah Carey will take up residence in the Colosseum. Carey announced the news on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Story »


c.Anthropologists exploring a cave in Israel have uncovered a rare 55,000-year-old skull fossil that they say has a story to tell of a reverberating transition in human evolution, in the time and place when some early humans were moving out of Africa and apparently interbreeding with Neanderthals. Story »

What’s your overall reaction to the episode involving Robert Allenby, the Australian golfer who got injured here?
Taking Care Of Our Furry Family Members
The Hawaiian Humane Society’s mission to promote the human-animal bond and the humane treatment of all animals has been our guiding light through the last 131 years since our founding. Read More »
A Few Thoughts On UH Athletics
It seems that every week there’s much more to talk about regarding the future and past of University of Hawaii athletics. Read More »

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