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Hula halau look for alternative lodging in Hilo

Updated on  September 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm
There probably is no easy cure for the problem of unconventional hula halau accommodations at the Merrie Monarch Festival, which swamps Hilo each year. Read More

Some angst as Coast Guard cutter leaves Hilo

Updated on  September 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm
No doubt having a Coast Guard cutter in one’s very own back yard for 27 years brings a high level of comfort and security. So Hawaii County, understandably, is feeling daunted by Saturday’s departure of the cutter Kiska, which has left Hilo Harbor for good and is en route to its new Guam home port. Read More

For some jobs in Hawaii, it’s an employees’ market

Updated on  September 15, 2017 at 5:58 pm
Take a look around, next time you’re popping into the local fast-food spot or in any number of retail businesses. There are a lot more with prominent help-wanted signs, at the very least. Read More

From the mauna to the moon — and maybe Mars

Updated on  September 14, 2017 at 7:49 pm
Astronauts from Apollo missions 13 through 17 — launched in 1970 and ‘72, respectively — trained on Hawaii island. So, it’s fitting that potential crew members for a trip to Mars are simulating space exploration there, too. Read More

Sharks make rare appearance at Waimea Bay

Updated on  September 12, 2017 at 7:05 pm
“Warning — Shark sighted, keep out.” Signs bearing that good advice have caused some excitement lately at Waimea Bay — and they’ve been heeded by most, though not all, beachgoers. Read More

‘Silent teachers’ help medical students learn

Updated on  September 11, 2017 at 7:28 pm
The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Willed Body Program receives an average of 150 cadavers annually, up from about 30 over a decade ago. Read More

The Waikiki Shell now bears Moffatt’s name

Updated on  September 10, 2017 at 11:08 am
It’s fitting that the late Tom Moffatt — radio disc jockey, concert promoter and one of the most influential figures in the Hawaii entertainment industry, bringing the likes of Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson to far-flung Honolulu — now has a permanent place under the stars at his favorite venue. Read More

Making the ACT grade is slow, steady work

Updated on  September 8, 2017 at 6:41 pm
Test scores are out on the annual ACT college entrance exams, and it’s one of those good news, bad news situations. Read More

We’ll always have crime, but hopefully less of it

Updated on  September 6, 2017 at 7:36 pm
Police credit ongoing community and government kokua as key to the Aloha State’s record-low crime rate in 2016 — the lowest since statewide data collection started in the mid-1970s. Read More

Life-saving air ambulance can’t be unaffordable

Updated on  September 5, 2017 at 6:43 pm
It’s a quandary that leaves our island state with very little recourse — other than to repeat, early and often: “Do the right thing.” Read More

Good time to get more bang for nonprofit buck

Updated on  September 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm
Your favorite nonprofit is likely feeling the financial pressure more than usual this year. Call it trickle-down economics, but in a negative way. Read More

Eyes refocusing on North Korea again, unfortunately

Updated on  September 4, 2017 at 12:36 am
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, alas, seem to be ramping up again. After two weeks of relative calm that cooled “fire and fury” rhetoric (by the U.S.) and threats on Guam (by North Korea), missiles began flying again last week. Read More

Volleyball fans look forward to more W’s

Updated on  September 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm
Thursday’s win was a relief of sorts, seeing how Ah Mow-Santos is now responsible for a program that flourished for decades under storied coach Dave Shoji. Read More

Seeking to manage burden of more tourists

Updated on  August 31, 2017 at 7:28 pm
An increase in tourists touching down in the islands in July is helping to propel Hawaii toward a sixth straight year of growth. Read More

Training will help keep our restaurants safe

Updated on  August 30, 2017 at 7:07 pm
It’s hard to argue against having baseline food-safety standards for eateries. After all, paying money to eat out shouldn’t include contracting food-borne illnesses. Read More

Church’s domes await first homeless guests

Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm
More than a year ago Mayor Kirk Caldwell pledged to clear permitting issues for churches willing to house some homeless on their property. The city envisioned providing converted shipping containers to serve as temporary homes for individual families. Read More

The wait continues on Papahanaumokuakea’s fate

Updated on  August 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is calling for a “handful” of changes, such as altering boundaries, at an undisclosed number of national monuments. Read More

Mainland lottery excites, but far from sure bet here

Updated on  August 25, 2017 at 9:10 pm
Lucky, lucky Mavis L. Wanczyk. She’s the Massachusetts hospital worker who just won the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history — a whopping $758.7 million. Read More

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