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                                Tissue Culture Technician Marge Ortega works in the Tissue Culture Transfer Room separating clumps of sugar cane plants at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center in Kunia.

A new growth industry for Hawaii sugar

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                                Tissue Culture Technician Marge Ortega works in the Tissue Culture Transfer Room separating clumps of sugar cane plants at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center in Kunia.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 6:05 pm
It’s hard to let go of something like sugar, which has left such an indelible mark on Hawaii. Perhaps we won’t have to. Read More

A better way to treat box jellyfish stings

Angel Yanagihara, a Hawaii researcher who studies the toxicology of box jellyfish, wanted to set the record straight about useful treatments for a sting. Read More
Updated on  March 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Lyft, which entered the Oahu market in 2014, just joined competitor Uber on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island, signs that both companies are bullish on the future.

Ride-hailing goes island hopping

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Lyft, which entered the Oahu market in 2014, just joined competitor Uber on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island, signs that both companies are bullish on the future.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:16 pm
Neither new regulations nor opposition from the taxi industry seem able to slow down the ride-hailing business in Hawaii. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Hawaii is not the only place in where the medical-aid-in-dying bill is playing out in 2017.

Medical aid in dying will have to wait

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Hawaii is not the only place in where the medical-aid-in-dying bill is playing out in 2017.

Updated on  March 25, 2017 at 12:10 am
Lawmakers this week shelved the latest medical-aid-in-dying bill at the State Capitol, when SB 1129 was deferred in the House Health Committee on Thursday. But Hawaii is not the only place in where this difficult issue is playing out in 2017. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Workers with T&M Environmental drag a tarp filled with debris from the makai slopes of Diamond Head in an effort to clear homeless camps from the area on Wednesday.

A better shelter awaits Diamond Head dwellers

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Workers with T&M Environmental drag a tarp filled with debris from the makai slopes of Diamond Head in an effort to clear homeless camps from the area on Wednesday.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm
State law enforcement officers are clearing 40 or so homeless encampments — mostly tucked behind tangles of kiawe and hidden from view — on Diamond Head’s iconic slopes. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                An analysis released Monday by the Hawaii-based social investment fund Ulupono Initiative suggests that through a “design-build-finance” model, private third parties could pay for final miles and a transit hub — and get paid back after the project is pau. Thereby, taxpayers could pay for that transit stretch when they start to benefit from it.

Financing proposals get creative for rail

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                An analysis released Monday by the Hawaii-based social investment fund Ulupono Initiative suggests that through a “design-build-finance” model, private third parties could pay for final miles and a transit hub — and get paid back after the project is pau. Thereby, taxpayers could pay for that transit stretch when they start to benefit from it.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 1:32 am
State lawmakers and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation cannot afford to simply dismiss an analysis released Monday by the Hawaii-based social investment fund Ulupono Initiative. Read More
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                                Punahou alum and current NYU student Christian Gutierrez spoke with his attroney Myles Breiner before court is in session on March 16.

Albatrosses could use more legal help

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Punahou alum and current NYU student Christian Gutierrez spoke with his attroney Myles Breiner before court is in session on March 16.

Updated on  March 20, 2017 at 9:47 pm
It’s been an interesting challenge for Hawaii’s new environmental court system, which began in July 2015. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                HPD estimates that 500 cameras could generate about 4,000 terabytes a year (one terabyte equals 1,000 gigabytes). Managing and storing that data could cost from $1.5 million to $3 million annually.

HPD will put body cameras, data storage to test

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                HPD estimates that 500 cameras could generate about 4,000 terabytes a year (one terabyte equals 1,000 gigabytes). Managing and storing that data could cost from $1.5 million to $3 million annually.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm
Like other Hawaii counties have done, the Honolulu Police Department aims to strap body cameras to patrol officers in at least one district by the end of the year. Read More
COURTESY ODYSSEY
                                This St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday during Lent, which means no meat. However, some bishops across the country have issued special dispensations, allowing Catholics to enjoy their corned beef with a clear conscience.

Erin go Bragh, and pass the corned beef

COURTESY ODYSSEY
                                This St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday during Lent, which means no meat. However, some bishops across the country have issued special dispensations, allowing Catholics to enjoy their corned beef with a clear conscience.

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm
Today we celebrate the legendary St. Patrick, bishop of Ireland, who spread Christianity in the Emerald Isle. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Rep. Angus McKelvey

House speaker knows how to keep a secret

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Rep. Angus McKelvey

Updated on  March 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm
Say, what? Say very little. That appears to be the misbegotten rule of the state House of Representatives. Read More
WARNER BROS. PICTURES
                                Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson try to survive on an island full of giant creatures in “Kong: Skull Island.”

King Kong returns to isles, in theaters this time

WARNER BROS. PICTURES
                                Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson try to survive on an island full of giant creatures in “Kong: Skull Island.”

Updated on  March 11, 2017 at 9:07 pm
Roughly four years ago, movie cameras were prepping for close-up shots of Godzilla clomping into Waikiki. Kong has followed with an on-island appearance, naturally. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Retired Judge James S. Burns died of throat cancer Thursday morning at the Queen’s Medical Center at the age of 79. He leaves behind his wife Emme Tomimbang, son Brendan and daughter Meredith.

Aloha to the Honorable James Seishiro Burns

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Retired Judge James S. Burns died of throat cancer Thursday morning at the Queen’s Medical Center at the age of 79. He leaves behind his wife Emme Tomimbang, son Brendan and daughter Meredith.

Updated on  March 10, 2017 at 7:21 pm
There’s an interesting tidbit about the late Judge James S. Burns, who died this week, in the biography of his father, Hawaii’s first Democratic governor. It’s illustrative of the family’s affinity for Hawaii’s multiculturalism. Read More
COURTESY FIXION - GWLNSOD
                                On Wednesday, a 66-year-old Hawaiian Airlines passenger reportedly threatened to “take someone to the woodshed” because he asked for a blanket, and was told it would cost $10. It was enough for the pilot to divert the plane to Los Angeles, where the man was escorted off.

For want of a blanket, a stop in L.A.

COURTESY FIXION - GWLNSOD
                                On Wednesday, a 66-year-old Hawaiian Airlines passenger reportedly threatened to “take someone to the woodshed” because he asked for a blanket, and was told it would cost $10. It was enough for the pilot to divert the plane to Los Angeles, where the man was escorted off.

Updated on  March 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm
On Wednesday, a 66-year-old Hawaiian Airlines passenger reportedly threatened to “take someone to the woodshed” because he asked for a blanket, and was told it would cost $10. Read More
GEORGE F. LEE / 2015
                                State Attorney General Doug Chin urged people to stand up against the executive order, which he earlier described as “Muslim Ban 2.0.” He said Trump has sold the executive order under the pretense that it is essential for national security and safety. But Chin said that’s not what it’s about.

AG takes on another, high-profile challenge

GEORGE F. LEE / 2015
                                State Attorney General Doug Chin urged people to stand up against the executive order, which he earlier described as “Muslim Ban 2.0.” He said Trump has sold the executive order under the pretense that it is essential for national security and safety. But Chin said that’s not what it’s about.

Updated on  March 8, 2017 at 6:19 pm
It was somewhat of a surprise to see state Attorney General Doug Chin front and center in the debate over the president’s revised travel ban. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                Darrel Galera has resigned from the BOE to apply for the superintendent job. A BOE search committee will take applications till April and recommend at least two finalists to the board for action in June.

Galera leaves BOE, applies to BOE for job

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                Darrel Galera has resigned from the BOE to apply for the superintendent job. A BOE search committee will take applications till April and recommend at least two finalists to the board for action in June.

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 6:34 pm
There’s much room for improvement in the public schools, but there’s also much to cheer and champion. For the sake of the kids, let’s get the best champion available. Read More

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