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New seal pups thriving across the islands

Updated on  October 23, 2017 at 10:11 am
Kaimana, the celebrity Hawaiian monk seal pup who captured the public’s attention during her rare birth in Waikiki, was one of four born this summer on Oahu. Read More

‘Voluntour’ opportunities abound for visitors

An estimated 2,000 travelers a year sign up with Travel2Change, a Honolulu-based nonprofit that offers free “voluntour” opportunities for visitors to Oahu and Maui. Read More

Dancer brought unmatched grace and beauty to Waikiki showrooms

Renowned hula dancer Beverly Kaui Rivera Noa of Honolulu, known to many for her trademark performance of “Lovely Hula Hands,” died early Thursday morning at The Queen’s Medical Center after a battle with cancer. She was 84. Read More

City facing a shortage of lifeguards for pools

Updated on  October 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm
While some city-owned pool closures in Honolulu are due to pump issues, algae growth and, on occasion, bodily fluids in the pool, oftentimes it is due to a shortage of lifeguards. Read More

Students learn compassion and courage in Sandy Hook mom’s program

Updated on  October 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm
On a recent weekday morning, Kaelepulu Elementary School counselor Nicolle Grimes talked to a class of first-graders about courage and asked them to show her their brave pose. Read More

Snorkeling is the most deadly ocean activity in Hawaii

Updated on  October 5, 2017 at 11:20 pm
On a typical Monday afternoon, Hanauma Bay is filled with snorkelers of all ages, faces immersed in the ocean, searching for fish and coral in the nature preserve. Read More

Gandhi institute holding annual peace ceremony

In the midst of global, political turmoil, Raj Kumar, president of the Honolulu-based Gandhi International Institute for Peace, feels his mission of instilling nonviolence and peace is more important than ever. Read More

Karen Pence lauds military spouses for strength, sacrifices

Updated on  September 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm
Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, offered thanks and a message of unity as the keynote speaker at an annual conference for military spouses Friday afternoon at Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Read More

Mana Maoli releases new music video

Following the success of its first collective project, the Mana Maoli Collective released its second video, “Island Style - ‘Oiwi E” to fans Monday featuring Hawaii’s award-winning singers and charter school students. Read More
Updated on  September 26, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Polystyrene foam bill likely to pass in Hilo

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim plans to sign a bill passed by the County Council that would ban the use of polystyrene foam food containers on the island in two years. Read More

Big Isle to ban use of foam containers by food establishments

Updated on  September 21, 2017 at 11:46 am
The Hawaii County Council passed a bill on Wednesday that will ban the use of polystyrene foam food containers by retail food establishments and vendors starting July 1, 2019. Read More

Study finds turtle populations on the rise

Sea turtle populations worldwide appear to be on the rise, indicating that conservation measures are working, according to a recent article published in “Science Advances.” Read More

Merrie Monarch halau banned from gym stays

Updated on  September 17, 2017 at 10:42 pm
Several hula halau are scrambling to find alternate accommodations for Hilo’s Merrie Monarch Festival, now that Hawaii County has ruled out overnight stays in county-owned gyms, citing fire code violations. The decision turns a practice common for decades on its heels. Read More

Children learn through playing in after-school program

Updated on  September 17, 2017 at 4:42 pm
The Little Veterinarian School enrichment program is for kids ages 4 to 14. A Honolulu franchise brought the program here, with a roll-out at more than 20 public, charter and private schools. Read More

City launches hotel room videos on ocean safety

Updated on  September 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm
In an effort to help prevent drownings among Hawaii’s visitors, the city is now airing 25-second public service announcements on Real Hawaii TV in 25,000 hotel rooms on Oahu. Read More

Ocean safety PSAs aimed at visitors in Hawaii hotel rooms

Updated on  September 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm
In an effort to help prevent drownings among Hawaii’s visitors, the city is now airing 25-second public service announcements on Real Hawaii TV in 25,000 hotel rooms on Oahu. Read More

Tenants ousted by fire seek more details

Updated on  September 14, 2017 at 11:49 pm
Residents displaced by the deadly Marco Polo condominium fire, which killed three residents, welcomed Thursday’s announcement that federal loans are available to help them recover from property losses, but remain frustrated that after two months they have little information about when they can get back into sealed-off, damaged units. Read More

Time magazine profiles Hirono in special issue

Updated on  September 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono is among a list of 46 prominent female leaders selected for Time Magazine’s special, multimedia project, “FIRSTS: Women Who are Changing the World.” Read More