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Lime gets fast swat from city slipper

Updated on  May 22, 2018 at 10:50 pm
Lime came to town, Mayor Kirk Caldwell got mad and stuff got handled. Quickly. Read More

Delivering graduation speech is a tough gig

Updated on  May 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm
Retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki began his keynote speech at the University of Hawaii at Manoa graduation on May 12 with that perfect description of a commencement speaker. It’s a tough gig. Read More

The weight of waiting is palpable in Pahoa

The Puna district is huge. It’s almost the size of Oahu, 500 square miles, yet it feels like a small town. Read More
Updated on  May 17, 2018 at 10:45 pm

Message often lost or wrong in crisis

The talk in Pahoa Longs was unfiltered. Two men standing several customers apart at the checkout line were both buying cases of beer. Read More
Updated on  May 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Friends and family gather in Hilo to pray for Billy Kenoi

Just before noon Saturday, the motorcycle clubs came roaring into Lili‘uokalani Park and Gardens along Hilo Bay. They came to pray for former Hawaii island Mayor Billy Kenoi, a man many in the crowd of family, friends and supporters know as “Braddah Billy.” Read More

Mayor Harry Kim still the man to rely on during crisis

Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm
In the early morning hours of Thursday, April 26, Hawaii island Mayor Harry Kim had suffered two heart attacks. Two days later the roads in Leilani Estates started cracking open. Read More

The first question might be the worst

Why live on an active volcano? So many news outlets have posed this question. Some people have been popping off on social media, in the terrible way some people do, victim-blaming and head-­shaking after a terrible thing happens to somebody else. Read More
Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 11:45 am

Bill could send Fido back to the doghouse

There was a time when dogs stayed home. They had little houses in the backyard, a worn spot on the floorboards of the porch where they lay to enjoy the sun, their own special pillows next to the lounge chair in the TV room. Read More

What about all the other bad stuff affecting reefs?

State legislators voted Tuesday to ban sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because evidence indicates that, when in the ocean in large amounts, these chemicals can damage coral reefs at nearshore waters. Read More
Updated on  May 1, 2018 at 10:20 pm

Ballard’s tree falls silently in woods

Updated on  April 29, 2018 at 9:05 am
Chief Susan Ballard drops this truth bomb and folks just nod and go about their business like it’s just another inconvenience of living in paradise. Read More

Nurse uses own illness as path to higher calling

When Melaca Cannella was first diagnosed, she asked her doctor if there was any local support group or agency where she could find help and information. Read More
Updated on  April 27, 2018 at 12:22 am

Evidence of East Oahu flood piles up at Kawaikui beach

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:22 pm
If you’re looking for your shower curtain, it’s on the beach at Kawaikui. Read More

TVR boom complicates Hanalei’s recovery

Updated on  April 22, 2018 at 12:43 pm
Comparisons have been made between the devastation of the recent Kauai floods and the destruction wrought by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Read More

Last-place marathoner reunites with Hawaii helper

Updated on  April 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm
The first time Richard Kiyabu Jr. saw Ayako Hayashi, he wasn’t sure she was going to make it. Read More

Disaster response presents crucial test for officials

There are now rolls of wet carpet along the curbs in Niu Valley, Aina Haina and the stretch of Kalanianaole Highway that connects the two neighborhoods. Read More
Updated on  April 17, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Left-hand turns drive decades of politicking

When is a left-hand turn more than a left-hand turn? When it’s a measure of political power. And, apparently, when it’s on Kapiolani Boulevard. Read More
Updated on  April 14, 2018 at 10:27 pm

Emerging readers love a supportive, furry listener

Updated on  April 13, 2018 at 12:26 am
Just before 2 o’clock, three little boys burst into the library chanting “Dogs! Dogs! Dogs!” It is a quiet chant, and a controlled burst, but the excitement is clear. It’s the day they get to read a story to a dog. They’re so ready. Read More

Search for facts becomes emotional homecoming

Updated on  April 10, 2018 at 10:12 pm
Tom Holowach sent the email and then waited. He had chosen his words carefully, including that delicate, brace-for-impact phrase: “Are you sitting down?” Read More

Inmates challenge common fear of public speaking

Updated on  April 8, 2018 at 1:11 pm
For 20 years, Jeff Beard has volunteered to sponsor Toastmasters clubs in Oahu prisons at Halawa and Waiawa, going every week to support the inmates as they run their own public speaking clubs. Read More

Students think bigger, seeking huge aftereffect

In the past, high school students may have sold benefit chili tickets or circulated a petition written on folder paper. Read More
Updated on  April 5, 2018 at 10:20 pm