Wednesday, December 17, 2014         

It was a chaotic Wednesday morning at Pahoa Marketplace as shoppers scrambled to snap up groceries before the store is shuttered Thursday in advance of the slow-moving lava flow's arrival in the area.  Story »

Wednesday's announcements followed more than a year of secret talks between the U.S. and Cuba, including clandestine meetings in Canada and the Vatican and personal involvement from Pope Francis. The re-establishment of diplomatic ties was accompanied by Cuba's release of American Alan Gross and the swap of a U.S. spy held in Cuba for three Cubans jailed in Florida. Story »

A U.S. official says federal investigators have connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea, as the movie company cancels the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy depicting the assassination of Kim Jong-un. Story »

 Health exchange still buggy
The Hawaii Health Connector said it enrolled 3,500 residents in medical insurance in the first month of this year's open enrollment period, a stark contrast to the fewer than 300 sign-ups in the same period a year ago. Story »
New DHHL permit process approved

The Hawaiian Homes Commission on Tuesday approved sweeping changes to the basic framework for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands' controversial month-to-month land leasing program, authorizing reforms intended to make the process more transparent and more fair.

Sweeping changes would affect fishermen, consumers

Fisheries management officials are considering changes that could have profound effects on the catch and sale of popular island fish — from yellowfin ahi to deep-water species such as opakapaka and onaga.

Police chief's mailbox lands on FBI radar

The federal criminal case against the man accused of stealing Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha's mailbox has been dismissed and the FBI might now be looking into the Honolulu Police Department's handling of the case.

Roof solar permits issued in Honolulu fall 50%

The number of rooftop solar permits Hono­lulu issued in November marks 19 months of year-over-year decline for the solar industry. The City and County of Hono­lulu issued 520 rooftop solar building permits last month compared with 1,040 in November 2013.

By Request: Kindness of strangers results in gem of a recipe

Talking to strangers can pay off. Especially when the stranger is a nice lady with a good recipe and a willingness to share.

The Weekly Eater: Kaimana Farm Cafe gives healthful touch to breakfast, brunch

The way I see it, restaurants in Hawaii largely fall into three camps: the local, the national corporate and the Japan-affiliated, whether the owner is a transplant or the company has Japan ties.

Athletics: 3 in 2015 Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame

Two prominent surfing figures, Sunny Garcia and Randy Rarick, join Honolulu Marathon President Jim Barahal in the 2015 class of the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.

 Remark about ethnicity wins convict resentencing hearing
A state appeals court has overturned the manslaughter sentence of a Waipahu man found guilty of fatally stabbing his cousin because the prosecutor urged the judge to impose a harsh penalty "to send a message to the Micronesian community." Story »
The union for Hawaii public school teachers says some of its members are being caught up in lengthy investigations for alleged misconduct that 7 out of 10 times results in clearance of wrongdoing by schools — but their reputations are maligned in the process. Story »

Costume highlights from Sunday's colorful and wet 2014 Honolulu Marathon. More Videos »

Football: Mariota, Kikaha honored by Associated Press
The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on the Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tre’ Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American for the second straight season. Story »
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 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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Around the time that grisly images of beheadings circulated across the world this fall, Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia introduced a raft of laws in response to what he said was an increasing threat that the Islamic State would attempt a bold act of terrorism on Australian soil. Story »

Should electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) be banned in all the same places as regular cigarettes?
The Best Gifts For Eric Lee
Eric Lee has played with some of Hawaii’s best bands, yet remains rather anonymous to many. That’s about to change. Read More »
Where The Lights Are Brightest
Two Waikele streets go all out with Christmas lights and displays that also help bring neighbors together Read More »

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