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City howls over man’s efforts at dog park

There’s been barking and threatening behavior at the Moanalua off-leash dog park, but it’s not from the dogs. Read More
Updated on  February 15, 2018 at 10:29 pm

Kaimuki resident documents ‘monster’ houses

From the kitchen window of her Kaimuki home, Christine Otto Zaa can see the roof of a “monster” house so big she calls it “Noah’s Ark.” Read More

Kauai’s first lady never gave up on any child

Updated on  February 9, 2018 at 12:23 am
Patrice Kunimura Wright has been slowly sorting through her mother’s things, marveling at all the projects her mother started and the people she helped. Read More

85-year-old marathoner seeks change in older age brackets

Updated on  February 7, 2018 at 12:27 am
Ronald Todd has a simple request. He wants all marathons and half-marathons to post results equally throughout age categories. Read More

Leadership is more than a cute face and shakas

Some people should not go into politics. I mean, most people should not go into politics, but most people know that about themselves, so they stay safely away from the scrum. Read More
Updated on  February 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm

Shan Tsutsui has left the building for obvious reasons

Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 8:01 pm
Shan Tsutsui didn’t just step down as lieutenant governor. He bolted. Read More

College student aims to establish local music program

Updated on  January 20, 2018 at 10:29 pm
Christopher Yick had a dream of someday coming home, “Like LeBron going back to the Cavs,” he said, but instead of hoops, it’s strings. The dream has changed a bit since he left Hawaii for college. Now, the focus is more on the team and the town. Read More

Somebody needs to get fired over false missile alarm

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:30 am
Somebody ought to be fired, and if it’s not the person who actually sent out the doomsday text, then it’s those along the chain of command who think saying, “Sorry, it won’t happen again” will suffice. Read More

Community would help homeless if a good solution is presented

Updated on  January 5, 2018 at 9:57 pm
The homeless people who stubbornly set up camp along the Kakaako Waterfront were rousted (again), offered help and temporary shelter (again) but instead (again) took up residence a few blocks mauka on another public space, Mother Waldron Park. Read More

Theater artist greets new year with high hair drama

Updated on  December 30, 2017 at 11:53 pm
All those typical New Year’s resolutions? Friston Hookano has gotten a jump on them already. Read More

Islanders speak volumes with silence

First of all, things are changing, and it is no longer true that Hawaii operates on a “don’t make waves,” “no talk stink,” “the nail that sticks up gets the hammer” kind of code. Read More
Updated on  December 28, 2017 at 10:17 pm

Bank employee bonuses add to hopeful signs for workers

Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 9:52 pm
You can just imagine the flurry of emails and texts that whizzed around between bank executives and board members starting last Friday afternoon. Read More

Waipahu may be the most festive town on the island

Updated on  December 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm
Stars flashing, lights pulsing over handrails, LED icicles cascading from tarpaulin carports — it can be argued that Waipahu is the most Christmassy town on the island. Read More

Exclusionary tactics OK in Hawaii — but not that place

There was shock, outrage and lots of tsk-tsking when plans for a high-rise near the Keeaumoku Street Walmart revealed that there would be one entrance for the rich people, who will buy the high-end suites with sweeping views and deluxe amenities, and a separate entrance for those who qualify to rent affordable units in the same huge building. Read More
Updated on  December 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Family of robbery victim, 94, asks for help

Updated on  December 21, 2017 at 12:08 am
On Saturday around 6 p.m., a 94-year-old woman answered her apartment door at Pohai Nani retirement community thinking it was her grandchild. Read More

Even the smallest hole in the road can sink political ambitions

Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm
The crime rate can be way down, the city can be almost litter-free, the lines at the DMV and for summer fun registration can be magically nonexistent, but none of that matters in a voter’s assessment if there is a single ill-placed pothole. Potholes can make or break the career of a local politician. Read More

Aloha Airlines employees plan reunion to mark 10 years since shutdown

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm
In March, it will be 10 years since Aloha Airlines shut down. This is a story about a reunion being planned for Aloha employees, but also about how the soul of the airline has lived on past the company’s abrupt end. Read More

Amid cancer fight, Hirono’s force seems to grow

Mazie Hirono said her piece, turned away from the camera and I swear, icicles formed and broke in that D.C. hallway because she was so cold. Read More
Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 12:44 am