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Even the smallest hole in the road can sink political ambitions

Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm
The crime rate can be way down, the city can be almost litter-free, the lines at the DMV and for summer fun registration can be magically nonexistent, but none of that matters in a voter’s assessment if there is a single ill-placed pothole. Potholes can make or break the career of a local politician. Read More

Aloha Airlines employees plan reunion to mark 10 years since shutdown

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm
In March, it will be 10 years since Aloha Airlines shut down. This is a story about a reunion being planned for Aloha employees, but also about how the soul of the airline has lived on past the company’s abrupt end. Read More

Amid cancer fight, Hirono’s force seems to grow

Mazie Hirono said her piece, turned away from the camera and I swear, icicles formed and broke in that D.C. hallway because she was so cold. Read More
Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 12:44 am

Better locks won’t solve Hawaii problems rooted in mental illness

Last month, a psychiatric patient deemed dangerous, a man who had admitted to a brutal murder for which he was found not guilty by reason of insanity, slipped away unnoticed from the Hawaii State Hospital and managed to get all the way to California before anybody reported he was gone. Read More
Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Last person to finish marathon makes friends along the way

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm
At 4 p.m. Sunday, Richard Kiyabu Jr. was heading home on Kalanianaole Highway. Read More

Wave-riding, rat-hunting adventures fill Hemmings’ memoir

Fred Hemmings has some stories to tell. He’s like that one relative you’re happy to see at holiday dinners because you know he’ll keep things interesting with his anecdotes. Read More

The wave of #metoo reckonings has not reached Hawaii yet

Updated on  December 7, 2017 at 11:50 pm
There is still a culture of quiet in place here. People deal with things in their own way and want to keep dirty stuff private, even if they’re the innocent victim. Read More

New chief’s straight talk a remarkable change for HPD

Updated on  December 5, 2017 at 11:53 pm
Something amazing happened over the weekend. The Honolulu Police Chief held a press conference. Read More

Attack siren causes mass nonhysteria in Waikiki

Updated on  December 3, 2017 at 10:04 am
You can’t hear the warning sirens on parts of Waikiki Beach. Yeah. There are apparently lots of places where the sirens can’t be heard. Read More

HPD officers recognized for acts of bravery

Updated on  December 1, 2017 at 7:57 pm
Michael Mochizuki has been bugging me to cover the Honolulu Police Department quarterly awards. Read More

Black Friday shifted quickly from calamity to holiday

The answer was supposed to be “Christmas!” It was an easy question, and it was posed to a child of about 6 — an age when Christmas is presumed to be on a child’s mind all year long. Read More
Updated on  November 28, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Devoted surfer had big-hearted personality

Updated on  November 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm
“Hard core” surfer with a sensitive soul leaves messages for the people he loved. Read More

Photo op ignores chronic nature of homelessness

On Tuesday, Gov. David Ige held a press conference below the H-1 freeway viaduct and proclaimed the cleanup of the huge homeless encampment “complete.” Read More
Updated on  November 23, 2017 at 10:15 pm

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 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Hawaiian Air took off with Dunkerley on board

Dunkerley accomplished that thing that has been tried again and again in this little island state but so rarely works. Read More

Judge’s ruling put Saito in hospital instead of prison

Updated on  November 17, 2017 at 9:08 am
Now that escaped killer Randall Saito has been captured, we will endure a predictable round of hand-wringing and opinion-giving. Read More

Nonprofit purchases 75 acres in E. Honolulu as a preserve

Updated on  November 15, 2017 at 12:28 am
Earlier this year, 75 acres of East Honolulu land, in one of Hawaii’s wealthiest areas, sold for $380,000. Read More

Exhibit recounts courage and caring in the face of wartime injustice

Updated on  November 9, 2017 at 11:20 pm
Stephen Kagawa was 25 years old when he first learned that his father’s family had been sent to an internment camp during the war. Read More

Farrington students dream big through song and dance

Updated on  November 5, 2017 at 12:50 am
Miguel Cadoy III returned to his alma mater with a vision: to establish a full-fledged musical theater program at the high school. Read More

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