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Friday, December 26, 2014         
Two University of Hawaii at Hilo students are being called the "champions of freedom" for their efforts to protect First Amendment rights on campus.  Story »

More Hawaii residents moved to the mainland than came the other way, but the state still added more than 10,500 people in the past year ending July 1, according to a census report.  Story »

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greeted military service members and their families at a holiday dinner held Thursday afternoon at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Story »

 
 Minimum wage going up 50 cents
The increase will help generate economic activity and strengthen Hawaii's economy, Dwight Takamine, director of the state Labor Department, said Wednesday in a news release.  Story »
HPD aims to reduce fatal car crashes

Honolulu police are asking for the public's help in reducing fatal traffic accidents. So far this year there have been 55 traffic fatalities on Oahu.

Costs outweigh funding, revenue

The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is facing an uncertain future as revenue streams shrink and financial losses mount at the research facility. At the same time, federal requirements call for operations to expand.

Drones flying off the shelves for the holiday

The industry says it plans to distribute safety pamphlets at industry events and work with drone manufacturers to make sure safety information is enclosed inside the packaging of new drones.

Rearview Mirror: Solid workmanship secured palace fence for nearly a century

A fascinating fact about the Iolani Palace fence was uncovered during renovations in 1983. When ironworkers took apart the ornamental fence surrounding the palace grounds to clean and paint it, they were surprised to discover there wasn't a single weld in it.

Name in the News: Esther Kia'aina

Esther Kia‘aina, the youngest of seven children, was born in Guam, where her father was a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy. So her appointment as the assistant secretary for insular affairs — the part of the Department of the Interior that deals with the U.S. territories, including Guam — feels a bit like a homecoming, a chance to give back.

Basketball: Defense carries Hawaii past Colorado

Colorado point guard Askia Booker attacked in transition and saw an open lane to the basket. The athletic ballhandler leapt, cradling the ball in one hand as he prepared to throw down a tomahawk jam. Hawaii's Garrett Nevels was having none of it. Not this time.

Review: Year's films not flimsy

There were a lot of movies this year and quite a few good ones. Here are 21, a 10-best list followed by runners-up, arranged alphabetically. It is, as always, a highly personal selection.

VIDEO: UH BEATS COLORADO
Hawaii defeated Colorado 69-66 to finish third at the Diamond Head Classic. It's UH's highest finish in the tournament. More Videos »
Longtime stand-up comic Bill Maher returns to share his clever views on current events. Story »

 Hawaii population growing faster than national average
More Hawaii residents moved to the mainland than came the other way, but the state still added more than 10,500 people in the past year ending July 1, according to a census report.  Story »
Museum relocates to 'heart of town'
The Makawao History Museum has moved to a new location to gain more exposure within the Makawao community.  Story »



Review: Year's films not flimsy 
There were a lot of movies this year and quite a few good ones. Here are 21, a 10-best list followed by runners-up, arranged alphabetically. It is, as always, a highly personal selection. Story »
On this festive day, we trim our wreath with hand-drawn ornaments submitted by island youngsters for our annual Keiki Kalikimaka contest. The ornaments are a simple and fun reminder of the joy of Christmas as seen through the eyes of a child. Story »

 Our View: Isle issues could use Obama's pull
For every vacation of his six years in office — and even the one before the inauguration — President Barack Obama has been warmly welcomed in Hawaii, his birthplace and still the place where much of his worldview originated. Story »
 Defense carries Hawaii past Colorado 
Colorado point guard Askia Booker attacked in transition and saw an open lane to the basket. The athletic ballhandler leapt, cradling the ball in one hand as he prepared to throw down a tomahawk jam. Hawaii's Garrett Nevels was having none of it. Not this time. Story »
Sometimes you can learn a lot more about your team in a loser's bracket than a championship game this time of year -- like how good is it coming off the mat. Story »





A walk to remember
Had I been driving I would not have stopped here. But I was lured from the sidewalk by an open gate and the mysterious buildings beyond. There was a Moorish structure with a minaret, another was Italian with a loggia, a third had a fleur-de-lis on a chimney.  Story »




ASSOCIATED PRESS / VIDEO
Carolers dressed in Dickensian costumes sang "Silent Night" at 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday here, as a woman with a strip of shiny gold garland tied around her head handed out hot cider.  Story »






POLL QUESTION
The Kauai Police Department will start using body cameras next summer; should Honolulu police do the same?
Homes For Vets
Former Marine Tony Dias, himself the son of a career military man, is spreading the word that our veterans are eligible for VA home loans with no down payment. Read More »
 
Frank De Lima Spills Da Beans
The first time I met Frank De Lima, I was 16 and he just got off stage at the Noodle Shop in Waikiki. I was blown away by his charisma and timing. Read More »
 

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