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Wave-riding, rat-hunting adventures fill Hemmings’ memoir

Fred Hemmings has some stories to tell. He’s like that one relative you’re happy to see at holiday dinners because you know he’ll keep things interesting with his anecdotes. Read More

The wave of #metoo reckonings has not reached Hawaii yet


Updated on  December 7, 2017 at 11:50 pm
There is still a culture of quiet in place here. People deal with things in their own way and want to keep dirty stuff private, even if they’re the innocent victim. Read More

New chief’s straight talk a remarkable change for HPD


Updated on  December 5, 2017 at 11:53 pm
Something amazing happened over the weekend. The Honolulu Police Chief held a press conference. Read More

Attack siren causes mass nonhysteria in Waikiki


Updated on  December 3, 2017 at 10:04 am
You can’t hear the warning sirens on parts of Waikiki Beach. Yeah. There are apparently lots of places where the sirens can’t be heard. Read More

HPD officers recognized for acts of bravery


Updated on  December 1, 2017 at 7:57 pm
Michael Mochizuki has been bugging me to cover the Honolulu Police Department quarterly awards. Read More

Black Friday shifted quickly from calamity to holiday

The answer was supposed to be “Christmas!” It was an easy question, and it was posed to a child of about 6 — an age when Christmas is presumed to be on a child’s mind all year long. Read More
Updated on  November 28, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Devoted surfer had big-hearted personality


Updated on  November 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm
“Hard core” surfer with a sensitive soul leaves messages for the people he loved. Read More

Photo op ignores chronic nature of homelessness

On Tuesday, Gov. David Ige held a press conference below the H-1 freeway viaduct and proclaimed the cleanup of the huge homeless encampment “complete.” Read More
Updated on  November 23, 2017 at 10:15 pm

A careful life and a bygone era are embodied in a lost list

The way the paper was folded, it looked like a personal check — one of those basic blue ones — just lying on the asphalt of the parking stall as though dropped from a pocket or purse. Read More
Updated on  November 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Hawaiian Air took off with Dunkerley on board

Dunkerley accomplished that thing that has been tried again and again in this little island state but so rarely works. Read More

Judge’s ruling put Saito in hospital instead of prison


Updated on  November 17, 2017 at 9:08 am
Now that escaped killer Randall Saito has been captured, we will endure a predictable round of hand-wringing and opinion-giving. Read More

Nonprofit purchases 75 acres in E. Honolulu as a preserve


Updated on  November 15, 2017 at 12:28 am
Earlier this year, 75 acres of East Honolulu land, in one of Hawaii’s wealthiest areas, sold for $380,000. Read More

Exhibit recounts courage and caring in the face of wartime injustice


Updated on  November 9, 2017 at 11:20 pm
Stephen Kagawa was 25 years old when he first learned that his father’s family had been sent to an internment camp during the war. Read More

Farrington students dream big through song and dance


Updated on  November 5, 2017 at 12:50 am
Miguel Cadoy III returned to his alma mater with a vision: to establish a full-fledged musical theater program at the high school. Read More

City wakes too slowly to monsters among us

While massive homeless villages sprout in hidden-away bushes and highly visible parks, massive structures designed to sleep 30 or more people are appearing on quiet residential streets. Read More

Get over the fact that the new police chief is a woman


Updated on  October 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm
On the one hand, it is perhaps remarkable that in 2017, this is only the first time that a woman is serving as chief of police. Why not sooner, particularly in a place like Hawaii where we tend to be more progressive that some other parts of the country? Read More

Honolulu motorists dampened by weather


Updated on  October 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm
Honolulu drivers freak out when it rains. Read More

Scandals at the top not an indictment of entire HPD

On Monday afternoon, in the thick of all that rain, there were blue lights all over town like beacons in the hazy gray. Read More
Updated on  October 24, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Kealoha’s tenure began with such promise


Updated on  October 21, 2017 at 10:10 pm
The criminal charges against retired Honolulu police Chief Kealoha and his wife, a city prosecutor, will have to unfold over time in court. We don’t yet know how this story ends. Read More