Yes, it's not your imagination. Oahu is getting more crowded. Thanks to the number of births, the overall population rose to 991,788 in 2014. • Easily avoidable distractions contribute to far more car crashes involving teenage drivers than previously thought.
Somebody with the city is finally talking again about what's up with the archery range at Kapiolani Park, and it's about time. • Families on Maui can feel relieved that pediatricians will be on staff around the clock at Maui Memorial Hospital, but now the debt-encumbered hospital has another bill to pay.
The theft case against the former program director at a Waianae homeless shelter raises serious questions about the oversight of state funding intended to help Oahu's most impoverished residents. • This week the news media and open-government interest groups have been marking the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week, which spotlights the right to access public information.
The site of the Obama library has not been officially announced, but the president himself has made his preference clear. • Who will be the next University of Hawaii athletic director? An eight-person search committee have settled on a final choice.
There seems to be movement, after a long hiatus, for regulation of vacation rentals by the Honolulu City Council. The affected communities and this largely underground sector of the visitor industry find both good news and bad news in the bills that are moving.
The University of Hawaii-Manoa medical and law schools soared in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report. • One can only imagine the confusion and scrambling that went on at the state Attorney General's Office for the case file involving former Gov. Ben Cayetano's complaint against the Pacific Resource Partnership's political action committee.
The good news on the University of Hawaii football-ticket front is that season ticket prices will remain about the same as last year. The bad news, though... • It will be interesting to watch business at the new Target store in Kailua. Will shoppers embrace the no-plastic-bag policy the store is implementing, ahead of the city's ban taking effect in July?
The Public Utilities Commission welcomed all 28 groups that want to formally participate in the process weighing the proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries to NextEra Energy Inc. • There are actually a few takeaway messages from those stories about Chinese nationals coming to undercover "birthing houses" in the U.S.
In strictly monetary terms, the theft of a jar containing $200 isn't so surprising. But the fact that it was a donation jar for a little girl in desperate need of a heart transplant makes the theft mind-boggling, and outrageous. • This week's cause for relief comes in the decision by the state Senate to shelve a proposed constitutional amendment initiative that calling for a public vote to reverse the semi-autonomy voters granted to the University of Hawaii 15 years ago.
Honolulu has reasons to exhale with the news that Hitachi Ltd. has bought the unprofitable AnsaldoBreda SpA and 40 percent of Ansaldo STS SpA. • The threat of the coffee berry borer is growing. Limited quarantine restrictions on Oahu have been expanded to cover the whole island
Gung hee fat choy! Or is it kung hei fat choi? Either way, Happy New Year! This is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. • A bright spot on the Hawaii education landscape appeared this week with news of a $6 million grant to fund the Partnerships in Unlimited Educational Opportunities.
Get the roses ready, the champagne chilled and the chocolates out — after all, Saturday is Valentine's Day. Oh, and just what Cupid ordered: a live cablecast of Hawaii's conversation with Edward Snowden. • Hawaii folks have lots of experience coping with vog, and a British researcher wants to hear their stories.
Oahu's grim toll of pedestrian deaths is rising at an even faster rate than last year, which was already a terrible one. Five people have been killed by cars while out walking or jogging so far in 2015.
Research out of the University of California-Los Angeles confirms that today's college freshmen recall spending much less time partying and drinking alcohol in their last year of high school than their predecessors.
Well, there it went — any hope that the chapter involving Gib Arnold, the fired University of Hawaii basketball coach, would be quietly closed. • It will be a crucial accomplishment for the Hawaiian immersion program to get the federal waiver needed so that standardized testing in Grades 3 and 4 can be given only in Hawaiian.
It is a basic rule that Hawaii legislators live in the districts they are elected to represent. Sen. Brickwood Galuteria is the second state lawmaker in recent years to be called on this rule. • Community colleges are a main entry point for students who continue on to the University of Hawaii's four-year campuses, so it makes sense to streamline the transfer process.
Boot camp is not for toddlers. It is not for potty training. That there is a market for "potty camp" and "potty boot camp" is a sad commentary on modern life. • At long last, research-ers here have received a permit to import industrial hemp seeds from Australia for Hawaii's Industrial Hemp Research Project, which was signed into law last April after years of advocacy.
It's a stretch, and not just geographically. The journey of former Gov. Linda Lingle from Washington Place to a job with the Illinois governor set off a new round of speculation among local pundits about what she's really thinking.
One thing's for sure in this whole Robert Allenby mess: Hawaii's image as a safe tourist destination sure has taken a beating. • Cloudier and hazier. No, we're not talking about the smoke emanating from electronic cigarettes, but the health-risk information swirling around them.
The state Constitution should be amended to lift the rule requiring that the governor can select only Cabinet members who have lived in Hawaii for a year preceding the appointment. • The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranks Hawaii No. 2 on its list of states where taxation drains a larger share from the poor than other income groups.
Being an endangered species is not an enviable position but, ironically, it does bestow a certain elite status. The nene goose, Hawaii's state bird, driven to near extinction, is now protected wherever it's found.
That the natural disaster still unfolding in Pahoa is known as the June 27 lava flow sums up the stressful uncertainty of coping with the effects of a volcanic eruption. • Boarding someone's boat and taking violent action, which four Molokai fishermen are accused of doing, is not the appropriate response to outsiders plying nearshore waters.
President Barack Obama treated the press conferences held just before leaving for his Hawaii vacation as the last chance to leave a good impression for the year. But even given the Democrats' electoral drubbing, the 2014 edition had a rosier tinge than the year before.
Marcus Mariota charmed with the best of 'em, holding his own on Monday night's "Late Show with David Letterman," counting down the Top 10 list. • Rock climbers assume a certain level of risk simply by participating in the activity, and most of them know what they are getting into.
Once again, the Honolulu Marathon proved its credentials as an international event, especially in the elite class of runners. • Ensuring that the ocean is not overharvested with impunity is the right instinct. That's what the state BLNR is trying to do.
An infusion of federal funds rightly brings preschool to Hawaii charter schools, which deserve the same sort of options available to regular public schools. • The agreement by the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday to pay $250,000 to an alleged victim of police abuse is lamentable.
The estranged son of a Hawaii fisherman rescued after 12 days at sea looks forward to seeing his father for the first time since the 1990s. • Teachers could simply turn to Google and type in "lesson plan" and "volcanoes" and get ideas and materials for their classroom. However, there's no topping the real thing.
The health questions. The emotions. The misinformation. If there's one contentious issue in our midst that urgently needs mediation, it's genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and products. • Add this to the evidence that human beings are among the most adaptable creatures on the planet: Some Big Island folks are learning to like coqui frogs.