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Ward Warehouse’s demolition yields a trove of materials for reuse

Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm
Earlier this month Ward Warehouse started to come down, with the claw of a more than 25,000-pound excavator pulling apart the buildings put up 42 years ago using wooden beams. Read More

State Hospital’s procedures under review in wake of escape

Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 10:41 pm
Six investigators from the state Attorney General’s Office are looking into how killer Randall Saito escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe on Nov. 12 and made his way to Maui and then California while officials at the psychiatric hospital waited 10 hours to notify authorities, Gov. David Ige said Tuesday. Read More

Another mental patient is on the run from state custody

Updated on  November 22, 2017 at 8:45 am
Prior to the highly publicized Nov. 12 escape of Hawaii State Hospital patient Randall Saito, acquitted of murder by reason of insanity, another patient under Department of Health custody disappeared, and he remains on the run. Read More

Massive viaduct cleanup complete

Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 10:32 pm
It cost the state $516,000 to remove 180 homeless people, their belongings and trash from below the H-1 freeway viaduct last month in what Gov. David Ige described Tuesday as a “new approach” to addressing homeless encampments on state land. Read More

Hughes Corp. sues over alleged deficiencies in Waiea tower

Updated on  November 22, 2017 at 12:39 am
As the first residential tower in a proclaimed model 21st-century urban Honolulu community, the ultraluxury Waiea high-rise was supposed to be a showcase for Ward Village. Read More

Former city worker gets jail and probation in sex assault

Updated on  November 22, 2017 at 12:27 pm
Fired city parks groundskeeper Harold Villanueva Jr. insisted at his sentencing in state court for misdemeanor sexual assault Tuesday that he did not grab the victim’s buttock. Read More

Sweeps show improvement in Kauai’s Kalalau Valley

During their latest sweep of Kauai’s Kalalau Valley, state conservation officers cited three campers without permits, dismantled a squatter camp and spotted a handful of illegal camps hidden in the forest. Read More
Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 10:19 pm

Shuttered Snappers seeks protection from creditors

A more than 25-year-old Waikiki sports bar that had been trying to deal with disruptive sewer and storm drain flooding along with a federal sexual harassment lawsuit has filed for bankruptcy after closing two weeks ago. Read More

A careful life and a bygone era are embodied in a lost list

The way the paper was folded, it looked like a personal check — one of those basic blue ones — just lying on the asphalt of the parking stall as though dropped from a pocket or purse. Read More
Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

Bicycles ridden at night must have lights and reflectors

Question: I was just curious with the news of the increase in bicyclist deaths. Are lights and reflectors required, especially at night? Read More
Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 10:18 pm

High school student is robbed at gunpoint

CrimeStoppers and police are asking for the public’s help in locating two masked males involved in a gunpoint robbery of a Kapolei High School student. Read More
Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 10:22 pm

New dean hired for UH’s College of Education

Professor Nathan Murata has been tapped to take over as dean of the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Jan. 1, replacing Donald B. Young, who is retiring. Read More
Updated on  November 22, 2017 at 12:28 am

First observed interstellar object to pass by Earth is given Hawaiian name

Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm
University of Hawaii astronomers Monday unveiled a description of their discovery last month of the first interstellar object seen passing through our solar system. Read More

Unruly air passenger is sentenced to time served

Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 10:17 pm
A federal judge Monday sentenced a man to six months and one day in jail — the time he has already served — for disrupting a Hono­lulu-bound flight. Read More

State urges extra mumps vaccine dose as cases rise

As the holiday season approaches, the state Department of Health encourages individuals to get an extra dose of the mumps vaccine as confirmed cases continue to rise in Hawaii. Read More
Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Confidence, culture help teen with school transition

Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 10:12 pm
From kindergarten though grade eight, much of what Kehaulani “Kai” Smith understood of the world came through the filter of her immediate family and her only slightly extended family at Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School. Read More

Oahu diners should be served water only upon their request

Question: A friend recently went to a Hono­lulu restaurant; printed on the menu was the advisory that “Hawaii state law prohibits water being served to diners unless specifically requested.” Read More
Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 12:06 am

Hawaiian first U.S. airline on board for daily air quality monitoring

Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 10:14 pm
Hawaiian Airlines has become the first U.S. airline to begin daily air quality monitoring of one of the biggest and cleanest regions of the planet: an area from China to New Zealand to Seattle. Read More

Man’s body found off Kailua-Kona coast

Hawaii island firefighters recovered a body off Kailua-­Kona early Monday after a visitor last seen at Old Kona Airport beach park was reported missing Sunday. Read More
Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 10:09 pm

Julianne Chu is crowned Miss Hawaii USA

Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 12:06 am
A dream long in the making came true Sunday when Julianne Chu was named Miss Hawaii USA 2018 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. It was the fifth time she had run for the title. Her persistence paid off. Read More

HART board delays $18M increase for rail contractor

Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm
The board overseeing Honolulu’s rail project rejected a request by rail staff to increase a key engineering contract by nearly $18 million. Read More

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