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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                More than 50,000 people, both Hawaii residents and visitors to the island, are expected to attend the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

Pacific Ocean becomes a spiritual river

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                More than 50,000 people, both Hawaii residents and visitors to the island, are expected to attend the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

Updated on  May 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Lantern Floating Hawaii combines Memorial Day with Japan’s “toro nagashi” observance for those who have died. Read More
PHOTO COURTESY HAWAII DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE
                                Originally from South America, Little Fire Ant (LFA) is considered among the world’s worst invasive species. LFA are tiny ants, measuring 1/16th inch long, are pale orange in color and move slowly.

Get out, little fire ants — and stay out

PHOTO COURTESY HAWAII DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE
                                Originally from South America, Little Fire Ant (LFA) is considered among the world’s worst invasive species. LFA are tiny ants, measuring 1/16th inch long, are pale orange in color and move slowly.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 12:23 am
The good news: A Mililani Mauka neighborhood where little fire ants were first found three years ago is now free of the tiny pest that packs a sting nasty enough to cause blindness in animals. Read More
COURTESY ALOHA GREEN
                                Marijuana plants are seen as part of the first harvest of Aloha Green, a legal medicinal marijuana dispensary.

However hazy, there’s a ranking for everything

COURTESY ALOHA GREEN
                                Marijuana plants are seen as part of the first harvest of Aloha Green, a legal medicinal marijuana dispensary.
Our dispensaries’ doors haven’t even opened — yet Hawaii is already scoring a “B” and ranked among states as having the fifth-best medical marijuana program, according to a recent report card for new distribution programs. Read More
COURTESY DLNR
                                State officials are asking the public to submit information about sightings of the Hawaiian owl.

Yes, new project gives a hoot about Hawaiian owl

COURTESY DLNR
                                State officials are asking the public to submit information about sightings of the Hawaiian owl.

Updated on  May 23, 2017 at 6:06 pm
In the interest of pueo protection and research, state officials are asking the public to submit information about sightings of the Hawaiian owl, an endemic subspecies listed by the state as endangered on Oahu. Read More

King tides might bring royal pain to low-lying areas

Citizen scientists: Get your cameras ready. The Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands King Tides Project is recruiting volunteers to snap photos of king tides — the highest tides that occur around solstices. Read More
Updated on  May 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2014
                                Beth Chapman, left, was considered to have a role in selecting the city’s next police chief. Chairman Max Sword said he’s known Chapman personally for a long time and thought her background in the bail bonds business would have been helpful.

Best to step away from Chapman suggestion

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2014
                                Beth Chapman, left, was considered to have a role in selecting the city’s next police chief. Chairman Max Sword said he’s known Chapman personally for a long time and thought her background in the bail bonds business would have been helpful.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 7:34 pm
In the process of selecting a new Honolulu police chief, which was never going to be easy, the whole issue of naming Beth Chapman to an advisory panel was an added distraction. Read More
POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY
                                The traditional Polynesian sailing canoe replica is slated to arrive at Ala Moana’s Magic Island at 8:30 a.m. June 17, with an arrival ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by a homecoming celebration.

3 years already? Hokule‘a on final leg home

POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY
                                The traditional Polynesian sailing canoe replica is slated to arrive at Ala Moana’s Magic Island at 8:30 a.m. June 17, with an arrival ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by a homecoming celebration.

Updated on  May 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm
The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hokule‘a, which departed Hawaii’s waters three years ago this month for an around-the-world journey focused on conservation and sustainability issues, is now headed home. Read More
 
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Chimpanzee exhibit at the Zoo is now empty because of the recent escape from the exhibit.

No more monkeying around with Puiwa’s place

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Chimpanzee exhibit at the Zoo is now empty because of the recent escape from the exhibit.

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm
Puiwa the chimpanzee tried to make a break at the Honolulu Zoo — again — causing a brief stir Sunday when he escaped his exhibit and ended up in a nonpublic enclosure; just a minor incident, fortunately. Read More
Managers of the pension fund for state employees plan to add homes, a hotel, retail and restaurants at two Kaanapali Resort golf courses owned by the fund, as a way to increase the financial return on the assets.

ERS tees up plan to retool Maui golf investment

Managers of the pension fund for state employees plan to add homes, a hotel, retail and restaurants at two Kaanapali Resort golf courses owned by the fund, as a way to increase the financial return on the assets.

Updated on  May 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm
Following two unsuccessful attempts to sell a pair of Maui golf courses (Royal Kaanapali and Kaanapali Kai) acquired from a company that couldn’t pay back a loan, the state’s Employees’ Retirement System is weighing a makeover plan that involves adding condos and a hotel while shrinking and reconfiguring golf space. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / 2010
                                The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive returns today. The drive is the nation’s largest one-day effort to combat hunger and is held to support the mission of community food banks such as the Hawaii Foodbank.

Stamp out hunger with generous donations today

JAMM AQUINO / 2010
                                The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive returns today. The drive is the nation’s largest one-day effort to combat hunger and is held to support the mission of community food banks such as the Hawaii Foodbank.

Updated on  May 12, 2017 at 7:33 pm
The 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is underway today. So, pack a bag of nonperishable food items and place it next to your mailbox before your mail carrier passes by. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                An aerial view of the Thomas Square renovation in January.

Well, at least the square’s grass will be greener

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                An aerial view of the Thomas Square renovation in January.

Updated on  May 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm
The City Council is flatly rejecting Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s effort to shift oversight of Thomas Square to the Department of Enterprise Services from Parks and Recreation. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Among the new pavilion themes at the annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival is what’s certain to be an appetizing focus: books about food and cookbooks.

Books, music and more downtown today

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Among the new pavilion themes at the annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival is what’s certain to be an appetizing focus: books about food and cookbooks.

Updated on  May 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm
Hawaii’s annual two-day celebration of books, storytelling and music gets underway at 10 a.m. today at the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, with scores of free events. Read More

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