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State education department addresses missile scare

As students returned to public schools on Tuesday, the state Department of Education issued a letter reassuring parents and guardians that emergency drills — including shelter-in-place drills, the advised response for a ballistic missile threat — are in place. Read More

Drop-down menu used for alerts draws criticism

Techies and the general public are weighing in on the design, logic and layout of the drop-down menu the state employee saw before clicking on the wrong link, leading to the false missile alert sent by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency on Saturday. Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:50 am

State issues different image of screen leading to employee’s false missile alert


Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:20 am
Techies and the general public are already weighing in on the design, logic and layout of the screen that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency released Monday, illustrating what the state employee saw before clicking on the wrong link, leading to the false missile alert. Read More

Chin joins multistate lawsuit on net neutrality


Updated on  January 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin has joined a multi-state lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of net neutrality. Read More

Be aware of kids’ behaviors to foster healing from trauma

For parents across the isles, the false missile alert Saturday morning was a time of panic as well as a time to figure out how to keep their children safe and reassured in the following week to come. It was also a wake-up call. Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:55 am

Sam Choy’s Big Island restaurant is fined $13,000

The state Health Department has fined Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai restaurant in Kailua-Kona for several violations, including the intentional removal of a yellow placard and replacing it with a green one. Read More
Updated on  January 11, 2018 at 9:41 pm

Isle sculptor, beloved mentor influenced generations of artists


Updated on  January 11, 2018 at 9:51 am
Fred H. Roster, an acclaimed sculptor and beloved professor of art, died at home on Dec. 19 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 73. Read More

Kaimana the monk seal is hooked again


Updated on  January 3, 2018 at 10:28 pm
Kaimana the monk seal got hooked — a second time. This time, she needed help getting it out. Read More

Popular monk seal hooked a second time


Updated on  January 3, 2018 at 2:14 pm
Kaimana the monk seal got hooked — a second time. This time, she needed help getting it out. Read More

Year’s first baby arrives ahead of schedule


Updated on  January 1, 2018 at 10:18 pm
Franklin Wilde Sanford Wilson arrived into the world with a bang — amid celebratory fireworks — at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Read More

Petitions hope to save Pali Lanes

Petitions are circulating in the community of Kailua to save Pali Lanes, a bowling alley slated for demolition early next year. Read More

Animal lover seeks compassion for cats


Updated on  December 30, 2017 at 10:59 pm
A honeymoon and first-time trip to Lanai a few years ago led Keoni Vaughn to his current mission — to save both the native birds and homeless cats on the remote island. Read More

Report gauges rising sea level’s threat to isles


Updated on  December 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm
Hawaii should plan for 3.2 feet of sea level rise in the middle to latter half of this century, causing the loss or compromise of more than 6,500 structures near the shoreline, including Waikiki hotels and North Shore homes. Read More

Efforts are underway to save the Falls of Clyde


Updated on  December 28, 2017 at 9:31 am
A year and a half after she was impounded by the state Harbors Division, the historic Falls of Clyde may be heading home to her birthplace of Scotland this summer. Read More

Erosion at Sunset Beach could cause ‘catastrophic’ collapse, state says


Updated on  December 22, 2017 at 8:38 am
The severely eroding cliff and shoreline at Sunset Beach Park on Oahu’s North Shore have reached inland at an unprecedented level, forcing city officials to implement immediate safety measures. Read More

‘Beagle Brigade’ sniffs out contraband at airport to prevent spread of pests


Updated on  December 20, 2017 at 11:25 pm
After roaming among passengers waiting to board a flight to Los Angeles at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on a recent weekday morning, Trapper the beagle sniffed out a piece of contraband. Read More

Isle Christian musician entertained for decades


Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 12:23 am
Randy Hongo, a beloved Christian recording artist and Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musician, died Saturday morning. He was 70. Read More