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Helping travelers in times of trouble

There is a particular tone to maintain in all of this, a balance of warm optimism in the face of hard truths. Read More
Updated on  June 19, 2018 at 10:34 pm

Accident survivor relies on rideshare


• Updated on  June 16, 2018 at 10:34 pm
Greg Yukumoto relies on Uber in a way that maybe the casual rideshare-user or the person who drives themselves everywhere wouldn’t know. Read More

Big Isle tourism campaign gets love in Ohio


• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 4:45 pm
Aw, somebody send Drew and Cindy some mac nuts. Read More

Holiday highways go back in time

Hawaii Kai into town took a cool 20 minutes. There was street parking in downtown Honolulu. Impossible left turns were a breeze. Read More
Updated on  June 12, 2018 at 10:59 pm

Photos and words fall short in describing volcano


• Updated on  June 10, 2018 at 4:18 pm
Every day, in coffee shops and bus stops and breakrooms around the state, around the world, around Hilo, people struggle to catch up with what’s happening with the volcano and what it all means. Read More

And after the party you can eat the lei

There isn’t much in the way of fashion when it comes to graduation season. Mortarboards, itchy gowns and orchid lei — not much changes in the look of a grad over generations. Read More
Updated on  June 7, 2018 at 10:39 pm
 

Political neophyte learns to campaign


• Updated on  June 2, 2018 at 10:45 pm
Andrew Yee reflected on his campaign and all the things he learned about politics. Read More
 

Mangoes are ripe for creation of app


• Updated on  May 29, 2018 at 11:01 pm
Overheard from the next table at the food court (and going on the assumption that following a loud conversation in a public place is “overhearing” rather than “eavesdropping” since the act is passive as opposed to, say, pressing your ear to the wall of a neighboring hotel room): Read More

Halawa inmates find mercy in caring for sick and dying


• Updated on  May 26, 2018 at 10:14 pm
The concept of time takes on extra significance for these men. Some of the patients they see are dying and know they will not live to see their parole. Read More

Hey, drivers, your stealthy texting isn’t that stealthy


• Updated on  May 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm
You’re not fooling anybody. By you, I mean the person driving down Kapiolani pretending you’re not looking at your phone but obviously looking at your phone. Read More

Lime gets fast swat from city slipper


• Updated on  May 22, 2018 at 10:50 pm
Lime came to town, Mayor Kirk Caldwell got mad and stuff got handled. Quickly. Read More
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Delivering graduation speech is a tough gig

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• Updated on  May 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm
Retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki began his keynote speech at the University of Hawaii at Manoa graduation on May 12 with that perfect description of a commencement speaker. It’s a tough gig. Read More

The weight of waiting is palpable in Pahoa

The Puna district is huge. It’s almost the size of Oahu, 500 square miles, yet it feels like a small town. Read More
Updated on  May 17, 2018 at 10:45 pm

Message often lost or wrong in crisis

The talk in Pahoa Longs was unfiltered. Two men standing several customers apart at the checkout line were both buying cases of beer. Read More
Updated on  May 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Friends and family gather in Hilo to pray for Billy Kenoi

Just before noon Saturday, the motorcycle clubs came roaring into Lili‘uokalani Park and Gardens along Hilo Bay. They came to pray for former Hawaii island Mayor Billy Kenoi, a man many in the crowd of family, friends and supporters know as “Braddah Billy.” Read More

Mayor Harry Kim still the man to rely on during crisis


• Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm
In the early morning hours of Thursday, April 26, Hawaii island Mayor Harry Kim had suffered two heart attacks. Two days later the roads in Leilani Estates started cracking open. Read More

The first question might be the worst

Why live on an active volcano? So many news outlets have posed this question. Some people have been popping off on social media, in the terrible way some people do, victim-blaming and head-­shaking after a terrible thing happens to somebody else. Read More
Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 11:45 am
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Alumna helps Mid-Pacific Institute reclaim long-lost melody

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• Updated on  May 5, 2018 at 11:15 pm
Even before the girls began to sing, kumu Michael Lanakila Casupang was crying. Read More

Bill could send Fido back to the doghouse

There was a time when dogs stayed home. They had little houses in the backyard, a worn spot on the floorboards of the porch where they lay to enjoy the sun, their own special pillows next to the lounge chair in the TV room. Read More

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