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BRUCE ASATO / 2012
                                Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha

Buying out Kealoha was the sensible thing to do

BRUCE ASATO / 2012
                                Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm
OK, enough already. Everybody back to their corners and breathe a bit while this thing plays out. Read More

Style guide gets it right: Locals aren’t all Hawaiian

Last week the U.S. Government Publishing Office released the 31st edition of the GPO Style Manual, a guide for writers and editors both inside and outside the federal government. Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 11:16 pm
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Five-year-old Azzure Obando helps his mother, Ciera, with her volunteer efforts with 808Cleanups. This dump is hidden in plain sight in the bushes by Kaupo Beach north of the Makai Research Pier in Waimanalo.

Piles of trash hide in mile of bushes in east Oahu

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Five-year-old Azzure Obando helps his mother, Ciera, with her volunteer efforts with 808Cleanups. This dump is hidden in plain sight in the bushes by Kaupo Beach north of the Makai Research Pier in Waimanalo.

Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 10:48 am
If you just drive by, you would never know. On one side of the road, the Koolau mountains stand, proud as can be. On the other, the span of blue stretches from the white sand beach to Manana, Rabbit Island, and the cliffs below the Makapuu lighthouse. Read More
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A hiker heads up the popular Lanikai Pillbox Hike. The trail starts in a low-key residential area with no parking and no restroom facilities.

Popular hike has tenants calling out for solutions

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A hiker heads up the popular Lanikai Pillbox Hike. The trail starts in a low-key residential area with no parking and no restroom facilities.

Updated on  January 12, 2017 at 11:50 pm
A young man wearing a gold glitter helmet rides up on a small red motorcycle. The four ladies know what he’s going to say before he says anything. Read More

No easy fix for Hawaii’s fireworks quandary

When your next-door neighbors are shooting off rockets like it’s the halftime show at the Super Bowl and your beloved dog is missing and you think you will never breathe right or hear well again, Hawaii’s illegal fireworks problem seems like the most dangerous, lawless, uncontrollable thing ever. Somebody oughta …! Read More
Updated on  January 5, 2017 at 11:16 pm
 
BRUCE ASATO / 2014
                                A hiker jumps off the rocks into the pond at Maunawili Falls in Maunawili, Windward Oahu.

At last, some reprieve for hike-ravaged Maunawili

BRUCE ASATO / 2014
                                A hiker jumps off the rocks into the pond at Maunawili Falls in Maunawili, Windward Oahu.

Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 11:55 am
Something is finally being done about the out-of-control mess that has become of Mau­nawili Falls trail. Read More

Phone-Home Man a new hero in your local market

You see it so often now: men walking though the grocery store with their cell phones pressed to their ear, calling in to home base for directions and details. Read More
Updated on  December 31, 2016 at 10:36 pm
 
STAR-ADVERTISER / SEPT. 2014
                                The entrance to Kalani High School on Kalanianaole Highway. The school’s graduating class of 2016 boasted 42 valedictorians — the most in school history — all of whom maintained a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

Where you wen’ grad? Isle bias is instructive

STAR-ADVERTISER / SEPT. 2014
                                The entrance to Kalani High School on Kalanianaole Highway. The school’s graduating class of 2016 boasted 42 valedictorians — the most in school history — all of whom maintained a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

Updated on  December 30, 2016 at 11:38 am
Does it matter which high school you attended? In Hawaii, yes. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Palani Vaughan

Entertainer imbued kin with a sense of old Hawaii

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Palani Vaughan

Updated on  December 27, 2016 at 10:45 pm
A memorial service has been set for Jan. 6 at Kaumakapili Church for Vaughan, who died Dec. 8 at age 72. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Haku Souza, 11, gets his first surfing lesson from family friend Chuck Inman in Waikiki. Inman and his wife, Jasmine, have “walked very closely with us on this journey,” said Ola Souza, Haku’s mother.

Autism is a daily struggle for a boy and his mom

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Haku Souza, 11, gets his first surfing lesson from family friend Chuck Inman in Waikiki. Inman and his wife, Jasmine, have “walked very closely with us on this journey,” said Ola Souza, Haku’s mother.

Updated on  December 26, 2016 at 12:28 am
It’s clear what 11-year old Haku loves: He loves the ocean, he loves his mom and he loves a challenge. As a child with autism, his challenges are sometimes very different from other kids his age, though at times his abilities are beyond those of his peers. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Ola Souza and her son, Haku, 11, navigate the challenges of autism together. Souza says, “Haku’s not dumb. He gets so overloaded by sensory information that it can make it harder for him to concentrate.”

The gift: A beautiful son, the challenges of autism and abiding love

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Ola Souza and her son, Haku, 11, navigate the challenges of autism together. Souza says, “Haku’s not dumb. He gets so overloaded by sensory information that it can make it harder for him to concentrate.”

Updated on  December 25, 2016 at 12:41 am
Haku Souza is one of the most popular kids in his school. He’s tall, athletic, polite and soft-spoken. Girls fight over who gets to have him in their group during class projects. His teachers speak of him with such fondness and admiration. Read More
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Eleanor Shiroma, left, her niece Mae Hasegawa and daughters Lee Choy and Karleen Keaney organize prizes for their annual family Christmas Eve party.

Miyashiros make merry with annual holiday bash

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Eleanor Shiroma, left, her niece Mae Hasegawa and daughters Lee Choy and Karleen Keaney organize prizes for their annual family Christmas Eve party.

Updated on  December 23, 2016 at 12:07 am
The dining room table is covered with all the prizes: Vienna sausage cans tied with ribbon, gift bags of Lion Coffee, DVD sets of Korean soap operas. Read More
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Fourteen houses on Anapau Place in Waikele put on a nightly show of lights synchronized to music.

Lights bright as neighbors join together for jubilation

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Fourteen houses on Anapau Place in Waikele put on a nightly show of lights synchronized to music.

Updated on  December 23, 2016 at 11:52 am
You have to go see it. At least once. A crowd of strangers, starry-eyed and awestruck. Thousands of lights dancing in the soft nighttime rain. Read More
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lily Pu shows off a pencil case made out of 62 Cheetos bags. The Lanikai Grannies have been trying to help Lanikai School’s zero-waste program by finding ways to deal with the Mylar packaging that comes with so many snack foods and juice pouches.

Lanikai kids, ‘grannies’ team to fight Mylar trash

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lily Pu shows off a pencil case made out of 62 Cheetos bags. The Lanikai Grannies have been trying to help Lanikai School’s zero-waste program by finding ways to deal with the Mylar packaging that comes with so many snack foods and juice pouches.

Updated on  December 11, 2016 at 12:28 am
You would not believe the amount of Mylar kids throw away. At one little school, they calculated 80,000 pieces a year. And that’s a school that’s paying attention to the problem and trying to make changes. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                At an Aug. 12 press conference, Gov. David Ige announced that the State had reached an agreement with United Public Workers Union to proceed with Maui hospitals transition.

Ige nearly incoherent in defense of meddling

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                At an Aug. 12 press conference, Gov. David Ige announced that the State had reached an agreement with United Public Workers Union to proceed with Maui hospitals transition.

Updated on  December 9, 2016 at 6:40 am
So much for transparency. The windows are shut, the blinds are drawn and there are only fumbled denials when anyone knocks and ask questions. Read More
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Helemano Elementary counselor Stephen Chinen poses with his newly published workbook, “Rainbows in Me.”

Counselor’s rainbows act as peace ambassadors

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Helemano Elementary counselor Stephen Chinen poses with his newly published workbook, “Rainbows in Me.”

Updated on  December 7, 2016 at 12:21 am
Helemano Elementary is a little school tucked in the back of a Whitmore Village neighborhood where houses have corrugated metal roofs and second-floor balconies laced with Christmas lights. Read More

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