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Closing arguments set in manslaughter case against Kailua dentist

Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday in the Circuit Court trial of Lilly Geyer, the former Kailua dentist who is charged with recklessly causing the death of her patient 3-year-old Finley Boyle. Read More

Waipahu High is first in nation with Phi Theta Kappa chapter

In another move to raise its students’ sights, Waipahu High has become the first high school in the nation to charter a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges. Read More

Teachers Amy Perruso, Val Okimoto head from classroom to state House

Two of the three Hawaii teachers who jumped into politics this year are headed from the classroom to the state House. Read More

Teachers Amy Perruso, Val Okimoto head from classroom to the state House

Nationally, a record number of educators nationwide decided to run for office this election, according to the National Education Association, after a wave of teacher protests over funding for public schools. Read More

University of Hawaii seeks to expand Hawaii Promise scholarships

The popular Hawaii Promise scholarship would be expanded from community colleges to the University of Hawaii’s four-year campuses under a budget proposal backed by a key regents committee. Read More

Hawaii’s reported rate of teen bullying on par with U.S. average

Hawaii high school students reported fewer physical fights but more suicide attempts than their U.S. peers, while bullying rates approached the national average, according to data to be presented to the school board today. Read More

New Ewa Beach charter school needs to find a home soon

DreamHouse Ewa Beach just earned a major vote of confidence from the federal government in the form of a $567,804 startup grant, but the newcharter school still needs to find a home. Read More

Mom fights tears as she recalls daughter’s last words at dentist office

Ashley Puleo choked back tears as she recalled how her 3-year-old daughter, Finley Puleo Boyle, dutifully swallowed a cocktail of drugs prepared by a dental assistant in the office of former Kailua dentist Lilly Geyer. Read More

Medtronic founder Earl Bakken shared talents with Hawaii

Earl Elmer Bakken, inventor of the first wearable, battery-powered pacemaker and co-founder of Medtronic Inc., embraced his motto of “live on, give on, dream on” when he moved to Hawaii in 1989. Read More

Vendors waiting after DOE payment system crashes

The Department of Education’s computer system that pays bills for goods and serv­ices crashed during a critical upgrade two weeks ago and was still down as of Friday, paralyzing spending at Hawaii’s public schools. Read More

House District 22: Henski-Stark vies for Rep. Brower’s seat again

State Rep. Tom Brower seeks a seventh term representing Waikiki and Ala Moana. But his opponent, Republican Kathryn Henski-Stark is challenging him for a second time. Read More

University of Hawaii at Manoa to raise parking rates starting next year

Parking fees for students and employees at the University of Hawaii at Manoa will go up next year. Read More

Marjorie Ziegler, director of Conservation Council for Hawaii, dies at 62

Marjorie Yasue Fern Ziegler, a passionate advocate for Hawaii’s wildlife and wild places, died unexpectedly at age 62 at her family’s home Wednesday, according to the Conservation Council for Hawaii. Read More

Kapiolani campus becomes a lab for sustainability

For 17-year-old twins Elise and Emily Kuwaye, the fun comes from not knowing what might emerge from their experiments in the laboratory at Kapiolani Community College. Read More

3 Hawaii teachers vie for $100K grants, public urged to vote

Three Hawaii public school teachers were named today as finalists in a nationwide competition sponsored by Farmers Insurance and all three could win $100,000 each for their schools if they get enough support from the public. Read More

UH Manoa enrolls record freshman class

The University of Hawaii at Manoa attracted its biggest freshman class ever this fall, helping reverse a five-year trend of declining total enrollment on the flagship campus. Read More

Public school students make gains in English, stay steady in math

Hawaii public school students improved their English performance by four percentage points while math skills stayed flat on the 2018 Smarter Balanced Assessment, according to results presented Thursday to the Board of Education. Read More

Hawaii high school students tapped to fill medical assistant shortage

Demand for medical assistants in Hawaii far outstrips supply, after Heald College shut down three years ago and Med-Assist of Hawaii lost its accreditation in February. Read More

UH Manoa gets $1M for microbe research in Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley’s natural beauty has long drawn admirers, with its picturesque waterfall, flourishing botanical gardens and river pushing through sand dunes to a sparkling bay. Read More

Honolulu pays tribute to 9/11 victims, first responders

A misty rain fell gently as more than 100 police officers, firefighters and emergency workers stood at attention at noon Tuesday in Tamarind Park downtown, honoring those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 17 years ago. Read More

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